Lay down the conspiracies of men.

This prophecy hit me right in the heart and my spirit stirred in response.

Hear His Heart

Word from the Father:

My people, give ear and listen to your heavenly Father this day.  I have much to say to you in this last hour, so take to heart what I would say to you this day.

My people, why do so many of you still involve yourself in the affairs of this earthly world?  Have I not said in my word to come out of the world and do not touch what is unclean and I will receive you?  Have I not declared that a good soldier does not entangle himself with the affairs of this world?  Have I not warned you that friendship with the world is to be at enmity with Me?  Then why do so many of you fret yourself over the affairs of the governments of this world?

I declare unto you, it is I who sets up governments and kingdoms and allows…

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The True Meaning of Predestination





noun: predestination; noun: pre-destination

(as a doctrine in Christian theology) the divine foreordaining of all that will happen, especially with regard to the salvation of some and not others. It has been particularly associated with the teachings of St. Augustine of Hippo and of John Calvin.



verb pri-des-tuh-neyt; adjective pri-des-tuh-nit, -neyt

verb: (used with object), predestinated, predestinating.

1. Theology. to foreordain by divine decree or purpose.

2. Obsolete. to foreordain; predetermine.


3. predestined; foreordained.


Strong’s Concordance

proorizó: to predetermine, foreordain

Original Word: προορίζω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: proorizó
Phonetic Spelling: (pro-or-id’-zo)
Short Definition: I foreordain, predetermine
Definition: I foreordain, predetermine, mark out beforehand.


HELPS Word-studies

4309 proorízō (from 4253 /pró, “before” and 3724 /horízō, “establish boundaries, limits”) – properly, pre-horizon, pre-determine limits (boundaries) predestine.

[4309 (proorízō) occurs six times in the NT (eight in the writings of Paul). Since the root (3724 /horízō) already means “establish boundaries,” the added prefix (pro, “before”) makes 4309 (proorízō) “to pre-establish boundaries,” i.e. before creation.]


NAS Exhaustive Concordance

Word Origin
from pro and horizó
Definition – to predetermine, foreordain
NASB Translation – predestined (6).


Strong’s Concordance

pro: before

Original Word: πρό
Part of Speech: Preposition
Transliteration: pro
Phonetic Spelling: (pro)
Short Definition: before
Definition: (a) of place: before, in front of, (b) of time: before, earlier than.


NAS Exhaustive Concordance

Word Origin – a prim. preposition
Definition – before
NASB Translation – above (2), ago (4), ahead (2), ahead* (2), before (30), front (2), just outside (1), prior (1), right (1).


Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance

before, ago – A primary preposition; “fore”, i.e. In front of, prior (figuratively, superior) to — above, ago, before, or ever. In the comparative, it retains the same significations.


Strong’s Concordance

horizó: to mark off by boundaries, to determine

Original Word: ὁρίζω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: horizó
Phonetic Spelling: (hor-id’-zo)
Short Definition: I define, determine, appoint, decree
Definition: I separate, mark off by boundaries; I determine, appoint, designate.


HELPS Word-studies

3724 horízō (from horos, “boundary, limit”) – properly, to set boundaries (limits) – literally, “determine horizons” (boundaries).

3724 /horízō (“designate limits, boundaries”) refers to the Lord (literally) “horizoning” all the physical scenes of life before creation. This guarantees God works each in conjunction with His eternal purpose (providence, see 4286 /próthesis).

[The English term “horizon” (“horizoning“) comes from 3724 (horízō), “to set limits.” 4309 /proorízō (“pre-horizon, pre-determine”) emphasizes God’s eternality with its correlations, as operating in His perfect wisdom, absolute foreknowledge, etc.).]


NAS Exhaustive Concordance

Word Origin – from the same as horion
Definition – to mark off by boundaries, to determine
NASB Translation – appointed (2), declared (1), determined (3), fixes (1), predetermined (1).


Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance

declare, determine, limit, ordain.

From horion; to mark out or bound (“horizon”), i.e. (figuratively) to appoint, decree, specify – declare, determine, limit, ordain.

see GREEK horion


Our word horizon is derived from horízō.


A Mistaken Viewpoint

The Calvinistic viewpoint states that YHWH created the Elect to succeed and everyone else to fail, justified by these verses:


Proverbs 16:4 (Literal Translation) YHWH has made all things; yes, even the wicked for the day of evil.


Romans 9:22 What if YHWH, intending to show His wrath and make His power known, bore with great patience the vessels of His wrath, prepared for destruction?


Job 21:30

For the wicked is reserved for the day of calamity;

They will be led forth at the day of fury.


Psalm 69:27 Add iniquity to their iniquity, and may they not come into Your righteousness.


Romans 1:24 Therefore, YHWH gave them up in the desires of their hearts to impurity for the dishonoring of their bodies with one another.


2 Thessalonians 2:11 For this reason, YHWH will send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie…


Acts 2:23 He was handed over by YHWH’s set plan and foreknowledge, and you, by the hands of the lawless, put Him to death by nailing Him to the cross.


Revelation 13:8 And all who dwell on the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.


Malachi 1:2-3 (NKJV)

“I have loved you,” says YHWH.

“Yet you say, ‘In what way have You loved us?’

Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?”

Says YHWH.

“Yet Jacob I have loved;

But Esau I have hated, [Romans 9:13]

And laid waste his mountains and his heritage

For the jackals of the wilderness.”


This idea conflicts with Yah wanting all to come to Him:


Ezekiel 18:23 “Do I have any pleasure in the death of the wicked,” declares the Lord YHWH, “rather than that he should turn from his ways and live?”


Ezekiel 18:32 “For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,” declares the Lord YHWH. “Therefore, repent and live.”


Ezekiel 33:11 “Say to them, ‘As I live!’ declares the Lord YHWH, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?’”


John 3:17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.


Romans 2:4 Or do you disregard the riches of His kindness, tolerance, and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you to repentance?


2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some understand slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.


1 Timothy 2:4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.


1 Timothy 4:10 To this end we labor and strive, because we have set our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.


2 Timothy 2:25 (ESV) …correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth…


2 Corinthians 5:15 And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and was raised again.


Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men.


The problem stems from Greco-Roman philosophy brought over by pagan converts and encouraged over the centuries. This mindset set a division between the physical and the spiritual. This led to various errors, including humanism and the theory of evolution.


In contrast, the ancient Hebrews believed in everything being of the spirit since it was all derived from the Creator. They understood moving towards or away from Yah by our actions—the process of spiritual maturation—symbolized by the words walk, feet, path, door, gate, and way in Scripture. They also understood that accidental and deliberate sin (iniquity) created a spiritual barrier, separating us from Yah, not a physical one. The heavy veil separating the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place in the Temple/Tabernacle system represented this as a symbolic teaching tool or reminder; its tearing asunder by the sacrifice Yahshua made eliminated that barrier for us on the supernatural level (Matthew 16:19, Matthew 18:18).


Ecclesiastes 8:11 Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, therefore the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil.

(NLT) When a crime is not punished quickly, people feel it is safe to do wrong.


YHWH created humans, starting with Adam and Eve before the Fall, with the ability to choose. That means all are capable of good and evil at any time. Most call it “free will,” but that term continues the mentality of physical separation from Him. If sinners were physically separated from Him, they would either cease to exist, have no hope of salvation, and/or cannot be used by Yah. We would all be lost.


John 4:10 Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of God and Who is asking you for a drink, you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”


Ephesians 2:8-9 (MEV) For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of YHWH, not by works, so that no one can boast.


Acts 15:11 On the contrary, we believe it is through the grace of the Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.


The question is not, “Do we get to choose salvation?” but rather “Do we accept the free gift of salvation?”


Dream Sequences and Alternate Endings


Although humans default to linear thinking for daily ease, we are capable of abstract thought. Have you ever read a story with more than one ending, or thought of alternate ending that you believe would improve a movie’s conclusion? Various forms of visual media can employ the concept of a dream sequence—when a character ponders possible scenarios, favorable or terrible. If mere humans can do this, why can’t the Father?


Predestination for a Being who operates outside of time and space means He knows what will happen no matter which choice His creations make. His mind is the multiverse comic book makers attempt to produce. Therefore, everything is constantly positioned for the best possible outcome despite our flaws and ignorance. Simply put, He knows what will happen if we move right, left, forward, backward, up, down, stay in place, do this sin or that good deed, etc.


We do not.


Genesis 50:20 (ESV) [Joseph said,] “As for you, you meant evil against me, but YHWH meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”


Thank Yah He kept Joseph’s brothers from killing him. Yah used their evil [good, twisted (becomes dysfunctional)] and the Egyptians, to refine Joseph and place him where he needed to be. Since we cannot predict what or who Yah will use for His purposes, we should have the view He wants everyone saved, to trust Him in this, and become a tool in His hands to accomplish this. It is not our job to condemn anyone, and we must make sure we are in the Father’s will before we dish out judgment (correction)—see Matthew 7:1-6, Luke 6:37, Luke 6:41, John 8:7, Romans 2:1, Romans 14:10, Romans 14:13, 1 Corinthians 4:5, James 4:11.


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The Progression

The original article’s lack of historical knowledge is not worth reading, but this comment, written by a pagan, nails the theme of human growth potential:

☽ Majorana Fermion ☾

The only way to read the Bible and for it to make sense is to think of it as a chronological development. For instance: “No one whose testicles are crushed or whose penis is cut off shall be admitted to the assembly of the LORD.” Deuteronomy 23:1 NRSV. From the earliest OT.

Later, that was clearly refuted by Isaiah 56:4-5, “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose what pleases me and hold fast to my covenant to them I will give within my temple and its walls a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that will endure forever.”

And then it was expanded upon by Jesus Himself in Matthew 19:12, “For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others–and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”

And then a whole long story about how that would actually work out in everyday life in Acts 8:26-40, after Jesus was gone.

In other words, the Bible was meant to be seen as a story of the development of how people could please God. From the vicious and violent lessons in the OT to the “new” message in the NT. It’s kinda irrefutable in that it’s the only way the compilation makes any sense or internal consistency.

It would require Christians to provide food, shelter and health care for the poor. Give up their worldly goods. Not judge others. Love instead of hate. Invite strangers not like themselves & non-believers into their lives. Assume all are equal.

And that’s the problem: There is just no monetary, social or political profit in that sort of message. And that’s what we’re all about here in America; profit and hierarchy of power.

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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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