The True Definition of Lukewarm

I had been casually pondering what Yahshua meant when He used the word lukewarm in the following passage:

Revelation 3:16 (Literal Translation) – Thus because you are lukewarm, and neither hot, nor cold, I am about to vomit you out of the mouth of me.

As I walked up the stairs in my home, a simple phrase spoke into my mind, “Lukewarm is comfortable.”I did a search on the ‘net, revelation bible lukewarm is comfortable and all kinds of links pertaining to this subject appeared.

I got a problem…

We humans strive for comfort, thinking that is the place we are supposed to be. No, we are to strive for His sake, for His Word, for His face (favor in resting in His perfect Will), that He gives us breaks from time-to-time.

Yeah, I am too comfortable…

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Why YHWH Loves Music

During a Bible study on Hebrews 6-7, the teacher-elder wanted us to think about our role as a kingly priest serving Christ and the Body. He used intercessory prayer as an example; we should consider the 5 Ws and 1 Hs about it. I am not completely sure what he was getting at, but the hows are arbitrary according to the Spirit.

A few mornings later, I asked the Lord, “How does our service—Your Will through us—manifests in an orderly way, although our human minds perceive chaos in being Spirit-led?”

The answer came quickly. “Music.”

Light-bulb moment… Why hadn’t I thought of that? True believers around the world, his instruments, deliver (submit) the notes He plays (works). We in the carnal cannot see or hear the total symphony, but He can and it is mostly for His enjoyment (delight, glory). Church and religion believe we need to order this symphony for fleshly and/or soulish comprehension (ritual, doctrine, tradition, etc.) He has stated more than enough times He does not need our help; all we have to do is seek His supernatural Will and do it.

Do you trust His supernatural Will? Will you let His “music play” through you and rest from your own “songs?”

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Thought Splatters (Spit!)

The best line in the Evangel that describes the true Sabbath: John 7:23 [Jesus said,] “If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the Law of Moses will not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made an entire man well on the Sabbath?” Ooo, can you feel the burn He gave the Pharisees with that? YHWH’s will never rests!

Laughable moment in the Book of Job: Job 8:20 [Bildad said,] “Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers.” WRONG!!!!! Isaiah 45:7 I form the light and create darkness. I make peace and create evil [affliction, calamity, displeasure, distress]. I YHWH do all these things.

Orthodoxy = spiritual immaturity

Our goodness is His work.

With increasing spiritual maturity comes increasing freedom in Christ. Never assume you have more freedom in His service than what He actually gives you. To assume is religion. Seek His will daily and often.

Am I the only person who eye-rolls at religious pomp being called “beautiful?” Did anyone bother to ask what He thinks of it?

Despite the witness of the Bible, believers tend to overlook spiritually gifted children and very little information is available for parents. The non-believers have plenty… how sad.

“I still kind of hate You.” Is that what we are saying by the sin hidden deep within our minds and hearts?

When James uses the term religion, he does so in a sarcastic way, telling lazy listens to get off their butts and go do something (see Psalm 37:5, Proverbs 3:6, 16:3, 16:9, 19:21, 20:24, Jeremiah 10:23). I have been guilty of this big time. Keep in mind, he does not mean doing good works to merely please the Father, but having the Spirit of Yeshua guide you so His Father’s will is accomplished. Being Spirit-led means He gets the credit (honor, glory). This is why we have “put on Christ” and refresh ourselves in Him daily.

I offer up the children You gave me to You so they will become men of valor worthy enough to serve You. Keep their hearts and minds open to Your Word so Your will shall become theirs. In the eyes of men, they will not be great, but in Yours, oh Father, may they find favor and reward with You. Amen.

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Catharsis

Over the past few days, You have awakened me at increasing earlier intervals. I had asked years ago for revelation at any time, yet You received a piss-poor response. Sleep has overruled devotion. I have not been praying, seeking Your will, worshiping, and fellowshipping with You enough. That will change…

Financial worries have crept in my heart again. “Prayer on the spot” during negative stressful moments, like the children’s behavior, as You told me to is limited. I have been overly critical to the spouse. I have been putting myself out there, but I do not want to get so busy I neglect Our relationship. Time to cancel the TV show in my head and just live life no matter how bored or irritated I am. Sometimes it is better to gently step on the backs of the children’s heels on occasion than kick them.

Yeshua said, “For from everyone to whom much is given, much shall be required…” He spared me the pain of withdrawing from the church system and its oppressive tool, religion, and yet I repaid Him by being slow to obey and neglecting my Connection with Him (the Holy Spirit).

One may ask, “How do you know this? Aren’t you being too hard on yourself?”

He has shown me through a random number: 766.66 – you have the appearance of Me, yet soulish stuff stuck behind you [need more 7s (reacting in spiritual maturity) than 6s (focusing on flesh and soul)]. It is not about sinless perfection (impossible in this form and one would be deceased as not to “get dirty” again), but simply doing what He told me to do. He warned me through others and even stuck the first part of the refrain from Toni Braxton’s song, “Un-Break My Heart” in my head. *sigh* Message received.

I stopped using an alarm clock a while ago. Father, Lord Yeshua, You can wake me anytime You choose. Thank you for Your continued loving-kindness. Amen.

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This Temple

Do I keep You in my mind enough?
Do I keep You in my heart enough?
Without Your Guiding Light, I’m lost.
I’ve slain myself.
I’ve paid the cost.
Are You deep within?
Am I deep within?

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The Four Dispensations

The four dispensations: the Patriarchs, Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles

The Patriarchs – The establishment of the human family leading to a called-out people, whose bloodline would allow for YHWH to enter the world in flesh.

Passover – The establishment of YHWH’s desire for all mankind, foreshadowing Yeshua.

Pentecost – The establishment of YHWH dwelling inside each one He chooses.

Tabernacles – The future establishment of YHWH ruling on Earth in person until the time of the new creation.

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Proof Salvation Is for Gentiles, Too

John 4:22 (Literal Translation) You worship what not you know; we worship what we do know, for the salvation is out of the Jews.

John 10:16 And I have other sheep that are not of this [Israelite] fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. And there will be one flock with one shepherd.

During Yeshua’s time, the Tanahk was Scripture; therefore, the Tanahk must bear witness for what He said to the Samaritan woman and His disciples. The list below will be updated continuously.

Genesis 12:3 (Literal Translation) And I will bless those who bless you; and he who curses you I will curse. And will be blessed, through you, all the families of the earth.

Deuteronomy 32:43 (Literal Translation) Rejoice, you Gentiles, with His people. For He will avenge the blood of His servants, and will render vengeance on His adversaries, and will atone for His land and His people.

Psalm 22:27 (Literal Translation) All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to YHWH, and all the families of the Gentiles shall worship before you.

Psalm 65:2 (Literal Translation) O You that hears prayer, to [You] all flesh comes.

Psalm 66:4 (Literal Translation) All the Earth shall worship to You and shall sing to You. They shall sing to Your name. Selah.

Psalm 86:9 (Literal Translation) All the nations You have made shall come and worship before You, Adoni; [they] shall honor Your name.

Psalm 102:22 (Literal Translation) The peoples are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the YHWH.

Psalm 117:1 (Literal Translation) Praise YHWH, all [you] Gentiles; commend Him, all [you] peoples.

Psalm 145:21 (Literal Translation) The praise of YHWH my mouth shall speak. Bless, all flesh, His holy name forever continually.

Isaiah 2:2-4 (Literal Translation) It shall be in the last days that the mountain of the house of YHWH shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all Gentiles shall flow to it.

Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up into the mountain of YHWH, to the house of the God of Jacob, that He may teach us His ways and that we may walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go Torah and the word of the YHWH, Jerusalem.

He shall judge between the Gentiles, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; Gentile shall not lift up sword against Gentile, neither shall they learn any more war.

Isaiah 11:10 (Literal Translation) There shall be [a] day a root of Jesse, which shall stand for a signal flag of the people. Towards it, the Gentiles seek and His rest shall be glorious.

Isaiah 19:21 So YHWH will make himself known to the Egyptians, and in that day they will acknowledge YHWH. They will worship with sacrifices and grain offerings; they will make vows to YHWH and keep them.

Isaiah 42:4 (Literal Translation) [He] will not fail nor be crushed until He has set in the earth judgment; for His Torah the coastlands shall wait.

Isaiah 45:14 (Literal Translation) Thus says YHWH, “The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush, and the Sabeans, men of stature—they will come over to you and will be yours; they will trudge behind you, coming over to you in chains. They will bow down before you and plead with you, ‘Surely [are you with the] God [and] none else—no other gods.’”

Isaiah 49:6 (Literal Translation) And He said, “Easy, become to Me [a] Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, [and] to restore the preserved ones of Israel. I will also give You [as] a light to the Gentiles, [and] become My salvation until the end of the earth.”

Isaiah 56:3-7 (Literal Translation) Neither let the son of the stranger, that has joined himself to YHWH, speak, saying, “YHWH shall surely separated me from His people.”

Neither let the eunuch say, “Behold, I [am] a dry tree.”

For thus says YHWH, “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose what pleases me and take hold My covenant, I shall give to them in My house and inside My walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters. I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off.

“Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to YHWH, to serve Him, and to love the name of YHWH, to be His servants, every one that preserves the Sabbath, from profaning it, and takes hold of My covenant; I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”

Isaiah 60:1-3 (Literal Translation) Arise, shine, for your light has come and upon, the glory of YHWH has risen. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth and thick cloud the peoples. YHWH will arise upon you and upon, His glory shall be seen. And shall come the Gentiles to your light and kings to the dawning.

Isaiah 66:23 (Literal Translation) “It shall be from new moon to new moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, come all flesh to lying prostrate before Me,” declares YHWH.

Jeremiah 16:19-21 (Literal Translation) YHWH, my Strength, my Fortress and my Refuge, in the day of affliction, to You the Gentiles shall come from the ends of the earth, and shall say, “Surely lies our fathers have inherited, futility and of no benefit. Can man make himself gods yet are not gods?” Therefore, behold, I shall this once inform them, I shall cause them to know My hand (effort, power) and My strength; and they shall know that My name (authority), YHWH.

Jeremiah 31:27-28 (Literal Translation) “Behold, the days come,” declared YHWH, “that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the offspring of man, and with the offspring of beast. It shall be as I have watched over them to pluck up, to break down, to overthrow, to destroy and to afflict, so I will watch over them to build and to plant,” said YHWH.

Daniel 7:13-14 I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and He came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. And to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him; His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.

Micah 4:2-3 (Literal Translation) And many Gentiles shall 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 His ways and that we may walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth Torah and the word of YHWH from Jerusalem. He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide for strong Gentiles far away; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; Gentile shall not lift up sword against Gentile, neither shall they learn any more for war.

Zechariah 2:11 (Literal Translation) And joined shall be many nations unto YHWH in that day, and they shall be a call-out people, and I shall dwell in your midst, and you shall know that YHWH of Hosts has sent me unto [you].

Malachi 1:11 (Literal Translation) “For from the rising of the sun and even to its setting My name shall be great among the Gentiles, and in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering. For My name will be great among the Gentiles,” said YHWH of hosts.

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Thought Splatters (Sip!)

The only time Scripture mentions submission to the assembly is concerning discipline (Matthew 18:15-20, 1 Corinthians 5:5).

John’s Evangel never mentions the word faith. Why? Love is the result of faith.

Three items that seem to terrify most believers are 1) the testing of our faith, 2) the weirdness of the supernatural (unless we benefit from it) and 3) physical death. Are you one of them?

Did anyone notice that Yeshua used the phrase, “Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward,” three times in Matthew 6? See Matthew 6:2, Matthew 6:5, Matthew 6:16. To me, that means the words connected to that sentence are vital to our understanding.

Translation error: Genesis 3:16 has been translated to say, “…and your desire shall be for your husband…” except in the New Living Translation. The same word in Hebrew, el, is most frequently translated against, as in its second use in Genesis 4:8. “…and your desire shall be against your husband, and he shall rule over you,” speaks more in line with what has happened and is still happening between the sexes. This brings to mind the passages about living with a contentious woman (Proverbs 19:13, Proverbs 21:9, Proverbs 21:19, Proverbs 25:24, Proverbs 27:15-16). The NLT got this one almost right by using the word control instead.

You have heard it said that Grace is God’s unmerited favor. This is man’s definition, not Mine. This definition mentions neither My Son Jesus NOR does it mention the Cross. My definition of Grace is this: “I treat you with the favor Jesus deserves. He received what you deserved on the Cross. You believed on Him. I placed you IN HIM. And now I treat you LIKE HIM.” That is My definition of Grace. Jesus did nothing to deserve the way He was treated, so that I can say the SAME THING about you, too.

Why does God allow various version of the Bible to exist? It is the same reason for different denominations and doctrines—He wants each of His children to seek Him and His truth constantly. Never stop! Clawing and fighting to the top of Mt. Zion never ends until we leave this world. Only then will we know if we had reached the peak.

The difference between condemnation and judgment is that judgment declares good from bad, wheat from tares, holy from common; condemnation is the declaration of deserved punishment. As Jesus said, He came to save (correct) existence not condemn it.

We have this all backwards: we are fellowshipping with or like the world and giving believers sermons when it should be the other way around. We need to fellowship with believers and give testimony to the world!

Prayer is bending (submitting, surrendering, yielding) physically, mentally, and spiritually to the will of God, not wishing.

The Kingdom of God was not, is not, and will never be a religion, organization, or institution. The Kingdom is ALIVE; we (the Body) live because the Head (Messiah) is in control.

AD means Anno Domini, Medieval Latin for as in the year of the Lord not after death.

Assumption = willful ignorance; see Hosea 4:6, Acts 17:30, Ephesians 4:18

If anyone says it is unnecessary to either study Torah or sacrifice self, reprove that person. If the person persists, turn the person over to Christ and leave him or her alone. Our calling is too short for debates.

A lesson learned: moments of boredom signal chats with the Lord. Take advantage of them.

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What Do All Men Hold Dear?

paradosis – tradition

π – 80
α – 1
ρ – 100
ά – 1
δ – 4
ο – 70
σ – 200
ι – 10
ς – 200
______
666

euporia – prosperity or wealth

ε – 5
ὐ – 400
π – 80
ο – 70
ρ – 100
ί – 10
α – 1
______
666

Coincidence?

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Puzzling Passages Made Plain: The Levite and His Concubine – Part 2

Read first: Puzzling Passages Made Plain: Tossed to the Depraved

Puzzling Passages Made Plain: The Levite and His Concubine – Part 1

Turn the Light on…

Connection Lesson

1 Corinthians 13:9-10 (Literal Translation) In part, indeed, we know, and in part, we prophesy. When, on the other hand, the completion comes, the “in part” will be abolished.

When one examines the Tanakh and the New Pact (NT) very closely, the mind starts to build bridges connecting the two together. These bridges intersect each other and develop into an intricate map. As the number of persons involved over time increases (i.e. Israel – the man, to Israel – the people), the tales and lessons are no longer linear, but multi-dimensional, reaching out to us from the Father’s realm. To analyze Scripture this way, we look at a single point, for example, salvation, and see the concepts connected to it and the other concepts that connect to those linked to salvation.

Warrior Priest Prophet Jesus
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Yeshua or Yahshua (Jesus) – God saves

Hebrew – teshuah – deliverance

Hebrew – yasha – to deliver

SALVATION

Atonement – to cover over

Skins to cover man’s nakedness

Sacrifice – to give a life to spare (cover) another’s

Abel’s sacrifice accepted

Clean animals sacrificed

Passover

Sprinkled Israelites with blood

Tabernacle/Temple

Jesus’ sacrifice

Notice a trend here? Everything points to Jesus. Is it true for this tale?

Mirror Images

1 Corinthians 13:12 (Literal Translation) We see indeed right now, into a [distorted, polished bronze] mirror in a riddle, [soon] then however [we shall see] face to face; right now, I know from part; [soon] then however, I shall know, as also I have been fully known [by God].

The passage above typifies the normal view of Scripture until the Holy Spirit unveils a hidden or forgotten interpretation. How do we know if the interpretation is true? The Holy Spirit will only reveal things that give YHWH and His Son the glory with collaborating verses (the Law of Two or Three Witnesses). In addition, the markers pointing to Yeshua may not be in linear order. The future events in Genesis 3:15 are not in order, for example, and Saul, a Benjamite, became king before David, a Judean, did.

The following “distorted mirrors” in the tale aimed at Yeshua’s life and ministry, plus the result:

Mirror: She agreed to be a concubine.
Fruition: The Word agreed to become profane flesh – man is the most unclean creature.

Mirror: The concubine is from Bethlehem in Judah.
Fruition: Jesus is from Bethlehem in Judah.

Mirror: She left the Levite and returned to her father’s house.
Fruition: The Word left the Will and became the Son of Man (part of the world, a mortal) and Son of David [part of a bloodline or house (family)].

Mirror: Foreigners rule Jerusalem.
Fruition: Foreigners rule Jerusalem.

Mirror: The young male servant (the flesh) wants the easy, tangible way.
Fruition: Peter and the disciples wanted the easy, tangible way: Matthew 17:4 (Mark 9:5, Luke 9:33), Matthew 16:23 (Mark 8:33, Luke 4:8), Matthew 8:25 (Mark 4:38, Luke 8:24), etc.

Mirror: “We will not turn aside into the city of foreigners, who do not belong to the people of Israel…”
Fruition: “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”

Mirror: By divine providence, the old man saw travelers in need and cared for them.
Fruition: By divine providence, Jesus and the disciples celebrated Passover.

Mirror: They washed their feet, ate, drank and made their hearts merry before she died.
Fruition: They washed their feet, ate, and drank at Yeshua’s Last Passover.

Mirror: The Levite offered his concubine to save every in the house.
Fruition: The Father offered His Son to save us.

Mirror: She did not want to be sacrificed.
Fruition: Jesus did not want to be sacrificed, “…not My will, but Yours be done.” Matthew 26:39, Matthew 26:42, Mark 14:36

Mirror: And they knew her and abused her all night until the morning.
Fruition: He became sin, though innocent, and it killed Him within three hours; the goat sacrificed on the altar; His crucifixion by those in ignorance (darkness).

Mirror: The woman died at the threshold.
Fruition: Jesus, the Door (John 10:7, John 10:9, John 14:6), died on the threshold to the Kingdom.

Mirror: Her hands were on the threshold.
Fruition: “It (My work in flesh) is finished.”

Mirror: The Levite puts her body (the sacrifice) on a donkey to take home.
Fruition: Jesus, the Word of God, Yah’s sacrifice, rides on a donkey to the Temple.

Mirror: The woman’s body cut into 12 pieces.
Fruition: “Here is My body broken for you.” The Word divided and fed to the 12 apostles (including Paul, since Judas left). See John 6:13, Matthew 14:20.

Mirror: The bloody pieces spread through Israel.
Fruition: The Word became flesh; “My flesh [Word] is true food, my blood [life], true drink”; “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”

Mirror: And all who saw it said, “Such a thing has never happened or been seen from the day that the people of Israel…”
Fruition: The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” See Mark 2:12.

In Judges 21, another mirror image springs to life:

Mirror: Israel forces the Benjamites to wed foreign women.
Fruition: Paul, a Benjamite, spreads the Word to foreigners. See 2 Corinthians 11:2.

Prophetic Layer #3

Luke 6:40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.

Luke 15:24 “For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” So they began to celebrate.

Romans 6:5 For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His. See 2 Corinthians 4:10, Ephesians 2:5, Philippians 3:10, Colossians 2:12, Colossians 3:1.

Ultimately, whatever happened to Yeshua will happen to us in some form. We, the called-out ones, are now the concubine and He came down from a high place (symbolized by Mt. Ephraim) to receive us. Although betrothed to Christ, we are willing to accept a lowly position (take crumbs from the Master’s table, become a bondservant rather than a free woman, poor in spirit, etc.)

“Foreigners” now rule physical Jerusalem, split between Jews and Muslims who refuse to see Yeshua as King and Messiah.

We sometimes accept false doctrine or get distracted, placing ourselves into a man-derived, Christian worldview, rather than a Christ-centered, heavenly view, which is supernatural. He woos us away from the comforts of what we know. Grace covers us during the transition.

Eventually, we sojourn with Him, but our flesh still wants what it wants. He corrects us and gives us moments of recovery. We learn that the world, including those who profess Christ as Lord and Savior, may not love or care for us. In those times, we must trust in Him for all that we need, even if we are capable of caring for ourselves. We allow Him to clean us up, eat and drink whatever He gives us, rejoicing and glorifying in what He does.

He uses creation to test our faith and destroy our self-focus. In turn, we must be willing to sacrifice everything we hold dear: family, job, wealth, dreams, interests, and even our very lives to serve Him and rescue others. When we die to self, our efforts also die, changing us into vessels ready for His use. Although imperfect, we deliver to the world the pieces of Himself He recreated us to be. The creation has been, should be and will be astonished at the spiritual power and authority of the called-out ones, even in the face of adversity.

In summary:

You are the concubine (the tainted soul).
You will run to either the Father’s will or the world.
You either are a foreigner in the world, or desire the world’s affection.
You will either embrace the Refiner’s fire, or be lukewarm (take the easy, physical way).
You will either rejoice with Him no matter what, or show Him your back.
You will be broken (sacrificed) so others can be fed His Word and Will through you.
You will become a new person by His process, not your own.

1 Corinthians 2:3-5 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

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