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What does it profit a man?

“What good will it do someone if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life?” (Matthew 16:26)

Thoughts on Yom Rishon, the first day of the week: What does it profit a man to know all 619 Torah commandments, but neglect the widow and the fatherless? What does it profit a man to know all the pagan roots of the holidays, but neglect the hearts and souls of the those who are lost and dying? What does it profit a man to know all the shadows and realities of the Biblical appointed times, but still judge the Jewish people who have guarded them for centuries with their lives? What does it profit a man to question everything ever written in Scripture, every prophet, every disciple, every apostle, but never actually put their faith in Yeshua who is the Word of Life? What does it profit a man to become part of the commonwealth of Israel, but never enter the Kingdom of God through the Spirit and water?

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Cultural Overload and Chickens

With race riots being incited by government leaders, the unconstitutional executive orders by a senseless president, the kidnapping of children by Child Protective Services in order to vaccinate already unhealthy children, the Muslim takeover of the US through the ignorance of a generation’s zeal for cultural tolerance, school murders because of mental illness caused by pharmaceutical drugs and unchecked aggression, the acceptance of marriage between two people of the same sex who cannot biologically procreate, the supposed war on the women that allows them to kill babies in the womb, the push toward losing our inalienable rights as American citizens with freedom of religion, the right to bear arms, the right to assembly, the protection from search and seizure, I’m watching 2 Timothy chapter 3 coming to pass right before my eyes.  

“Moreover, understand this: in the last days will come trying times.  People will be self-loving, money-loving, proud, arrogant, insulting, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, uncontrolled, brutal, hateful of good,  traitorous, headstrong, swollen with conceit, loving pleasure rather than God, as they retain the outer form of religion but deny its power.”

Some days I just like watching it snow on my chickens.  

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Post-Halloween Reflections

Menorah

“There are those who rebel against the light, who do not know its ways or stay in its paths” (Job 24:13).

I guess if it’s okay for my Christian friends to post their dark and evil Halloween pictures on Facebook and other places, it must be okay for me to wonder why they took part in the holiday at all.  It just doesn’t compute in ‘my renewed mind’  how one can say they believe in the resurrection of the dead because Jesus rose from the dead and then dress like dead people, zombies, skeletons.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2).

It makes no sense that anyone would want to redeem this wicked, lawless, holiday for Christ.  I just can’t wrap my brain around how anyone who claims to be a Christian justifies honoring a holiday that Jesus would never have done or condoned because of its darkness.  Jesus called us “out of the darkness into His glorious light” (1 Peter 2:9). 

Do Christians even shudder at the thought of demons they play with and dress like?  They must have forgotten that Jesus cast demons out of people who knew what it was like to be possessed.

“You believe that “God is one”? Good for you! The demons believe it too — the thought makes them shudder with fear!” (James 2:13). 

“So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons” (Mark 1:39). 

God used Halloween  to set me free from demonic things in my life by showing me demons hanging on people who were ‘harmlessly’ dressed up and unknowingly partying with their possessor on Halloween.  It was the most eye-opening moment in my life and changed my spiritual direction drastically.    Unfortunately, the gift of discerning spirits isn’t one of the more tolerated gifts in the Body of Christ because so many who are supposed to be holy to the Lord have embraced the world and rationalize their behavior with the world. 

You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God” (James 4:4).

Whether or not a Christian realizes it, they will stand before God one day and give an account of their lives.  They will have to explain to the King of Kings why they celebrated a holiday that mocked the Father and Creator of Life and His Son who died to bring them life (Romans 14:10). 

Kirk Cameron.  He is a man who has embraced the world and the things of the world, and then teaches others to do the same with arrogance and ignorance.  He has become a spokesman for idolatry and is far removed from the will and purpose of God. He doesn’t know the Scriptures; he twists them as the Adversary did in the wilderness.   More importantly, He doesn’t know the God of the Bible except how he has divined Him to be with some ‘feel good about yourself message.’  I can honestly say, “I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes on judgement day.”

I pray for those Christians I know who embrace the death celebration and its trappings through Halloween.  The burden on my soul and spirit becomes so great during this time of year.  It’s  exhausting and draining because I can literally see the evil.  Each year my prayer list gets longer because there is a great falling away.  Those who didn’t take part in the darkness just a few years ago are doing so now.  This year my prayers included an entire local church.   I hope that someday each person who I prayed for comes to understand the darkness they have embraced and how the Light of the World continues to shine in the darkness calling them out.  

A friend posted a Scripture from Revelation 22:11-12 and it seems appropriate to conclude my post-Halloween thoughts.  

“Whoever keeps acting wickedly, let him go on acting wickedly; whoever is filthy, let him go on being made filthy. “Also, whoever is righteous, let him go on doing what is righteous; and whoever is holy, let him go on being made holy.” “Pay attention!” [says Yeshua,] “I am coming soon, and my rewards are with me to give to each person according to what he has done.”

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The Sabbath ‘Yom’

“God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. So there was evening, and there was morning, one day” (Genesis 1:5).

“So there was evening, and there was morning, a second day(Genesis 1:8 ).

“So there was evening, and there was morning, a third day” (Genesis 1:13).

“So there was evening, and there was morning, a fourth day” (Genesis 1:19).

“So there was evening, and there was morning, a fifth day” (Genesis 1:23).

“God saw everything that he had made, and indeed it was very good. So there was evening, and there was morning, a sixth day” (Genesis 1:31).

Each of the first six days of creation began and ended with “there was evening and there was morning.”

Day

The Hebrew word for ‘day’ is yom. It is the period of daylight that contrasts night’s darkness.  With regards to creation, each yom was a 24-hour period that began in the evening at sunset and went through day until the next sunset.  The original Sabbath yom did not have a time limitation, there was no ‘evening and morning.’ The created Sabbath yom was never supposed to end.  Adam and Eve were to live in Gan Eden for eternity; however, when sin entered the world, the eternal Sabbath yom ended.  It became a weekly Sabbath yom.

“On the seventh day God was finished with his work which he had made, so he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. God blessed the seventh day and separated it as holy; because on that day God rested from all his work which he had created, so that it itself could produce” (Genesis 2:2-3).

Light

The Hebrew word for ‘light’ is or and is first seen in Genesis 1:3.  It does not mean ‘day’ but is the opposite of darkness.

Night

The Hebrew word for ‘night’ is laila. It is the period of time that is dark.  During Biblical times, laila was divided into three watches: sunset to 10 p.m., 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., 2 a.m. to sunrise. 

Darkness

The Hebrew word for ‘darkness’ is choshek and means darkness and obscurity.  The or was separated from the choshek.

Evening

The Hebrew word for ‘evening’ is erev.  This word represents the time of day immediately preceding and following the setting of the sun and was used in Genesis 1:5 on the first day of creation. Erev can also mean night and therefore, there was night and then there was day.  This is significant because darkness always comes before light whether it’s the first day of creation or we walk in darkness until we are called into the light.

Morning

The Hebrew word for ‘morning’  or ‘daybreak’ is boker. It does not mean the period of time before noon, but that point in time which night is changing to day or the sunrise.  When it is used as the antonym for night, boker means  the entire period of daylight.

The Seventh Day

“Remember the day, Shabbat, to set it apart for God” (Genesis 1:31).

One of The Ten Commandments is to ‘remember’ the Sabbath yom –– the Eternal yom with a weekly yom.  The weekly yom of Sabbath became part of the seven-day cycle of the week with each yom beginning with evening (erev) and ending with morning (boker).

The importance of remembering the Sabbath yom is not about looking back to what was lost, but looking forward to. To ‘remember’ the weekly Sabbath yom is a vision of the restoration of the eternal yom in Paradise.

Evening to Evening, Sunset to Sunset

Matzah

The command to eat matzah went from the erev of the fourteenth day to the erev of the twenty-first day and lasted seven days.  Each yom was counted from evening to evening or sunset to sunset.

“From the evening of the fourteenth day of the first month until the evening of the twenty-first day, you are to eat matzah” (Exodus 12:18).

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement.  Since this holy day is called a yom, this is a perfect example of how God defines a yom. 

“It will be for you a Shabbat of complete rest, and you are to deny yourselves; you are to rest on your Shabbat from evening the ninth day of the month until the following evening” (Leviticus 23:32).

Nehemiah had the gates of Jerusalem closed for the Sabbath.  When the sun began to set, the gates closed until after the Sabbath.  No loads were brought into the city during the nighttime hours or the daytime hours.

“So when the gates of Yerushalayim began to grow dark before Shabbat, I ordered that the doors be shut; and I ordered that they not be reopened until after Shabbat. I put some of my servants in charge of the gates, to see to it that no loads be brought in on Shabbat” (Nehemiah 13:19). 

Yeshua’s Resurrection

The Gospels make clear when the Sabbath begins and ends.  Matthew states the ‘day was dawning’ or boker.   Mark says it was ‘just after sunrise” or boker.  These verses prove that erev Shabbat was over and daylight was coming in the sunrise.   Luke and John say that it was ‘very early’ and still dark.  The yom begins not in the morning at daylight, but in evening when darkness falls.

“After Shabbat, as the next day was dawning, Miryam of Magdala and the other Miryam went to see the grave” (Matthew 28:1). 

“Very early the next day, just after sunrise, they went to the tomb” (Mark 16:2). 

 “But the next day, while it was still very early, they took the spices they had prepared, went to the tomb” (Luke 24:1). 

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Miryam from Magdala went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb” (John 20:1). 

Sabbath Eternity

“Night will no longer exist, so they will need neither the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because Adonai, God, will shine upon them. And they will reign as kings forever and ever” (Revelation 22:5). 

In Eternity, the restored Sabbath, yom and laila will no longer exist nor will the ‘light’ of a lamp or the sun –– Adonai is the light.  Still, the 24-hour Sabbath yom will still be celebrated along with a monthly cycle through the Rosh Chodesh.   How will that be? Only God knows.  Until then, from sunset to sunset on the seventh day, Adonai gave the weekly Sabbath yom  to enter into a moment of what is to come. 

“For just as the new heavens and the new earth that I am making will continue in my presence,” says Adonai, “so will your descendants and your name continue. “Every month on Rosh-Hodesh and every week on Shabbat, everyone living will come to worship in my presence,” says Adonai” (Isaiah 66:22-23).  

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