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November 14, 2018 – The Ox and the Manger

Proverbs 14:4

“Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests.”

In the Hebrew alphabet, the first letter alef coincides with the first commandment, Exodus 20:2-3:

“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.  “You shall have no other gods before me.”

The Hebrew word picture for alef is an ‘ox’ symbolizing ‘first, strength’.

In this Proverb, the ‘ox’ is ‘the first’, the LORD your God.  Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty.

However,  from the ‘strength’ of the alef comes an abundant harvest. 

Elohim is plural for ‘God,’ but not in that there is a plurality of gods.  When it is used in Scripture, it is found with the singular article.  Yeshua, part of the essence of Elohim is the Word of God that became flesh.  He the ‘strength’ of Elohim and through a manger will come an abundant harvest.

©2018 Tentstake Ministries

January 29, 2017 – The “Wall”

“On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent” (Isaiah 62:6).

In ancient times, walls were built around cities to protect them from their enemies.  Gates in the walls were closed to invaders and opened to allow its citizens to come and go.  Watchmen sat on the walls watching and guarding the city to prepare its citizens for any attack that might happen to come their way.

There is a lot of discussion in these modern days about ‘the wall’ and ‘refugees’. I’ve seen some people compare ‘the wall’ to the Berlin Wall, but this wall is not being built to separate nationals, it’s being built to protect a long, and nearly impossible part of the United State’s perimeter.

For anyone who has traveled outside of the United States, you know that entering another country, you have to go through Customs.  Some countries are more rigorous than others, but you do not just get off the plane and suddenly you’re walking the streets of that country.  You have to go through Checkpoints.  Passports are viewed, VISAS are checked to make sure they’re current or issued at that time, and sometimes you’re even asked questions to ‘profile’.  Yes, other countries ‘profile’.  It’s not invasive, but it is profiling nonetheless. They don’t care about ‘offense’ when they are wanting everyone entering their country to enjoy their time as tourists and not have their citizens become victims of terror attacks.  It’s just a no-brainer.  The ‘wall’ between Mexico and the US will just siphon people from every nation that want to get into this country on foot to Custom Checkpoints rather than allowing everyone to just cross the border and take advantage of American privileges. 

Some people are concerned about the cost to build the wall.  Though many may not like the idea that the US is going to stop funding international abortions, the UN and even the PA which funnels money to terrorist groups, the money that has been saved in just 10 days will more than cover the cost of ‘the wall’.  Not only that, but that money will stay in the US and build the US economy.  I’m not sure why it is important that hard-working Americans want to give their money to other countries rather than the people in their own nation.  I don’t know why it is so distasteful for other Americans to want their hard-earned money.  Moreover, the debt that doubled over the last eight years in the previous administration may actually be dwindled down.

For anyone who has ever traveled to the Middle East, you know that there are certain countries with VISA restrictions.  Yes, certain countries do NOT allow you into their country, American or not, if you have a Passport or VISA from a ‘forbidden’ country.  This is why Israel no longer uses a VISA stamp in a Passport,  but gives a separate VISA card.  It can be removed from the Passport if someone wants to enter a country that does not recognize Israel’s right to exist.   In fact, 16 countries refuse entry to Israelis and many of those countries do not allow tourist VISAs from Israel into their country.  Several years ago, we met several international students from around the Middle East.  Each year they like to ‘meet up’ and reconnect, but the Israeli cannot go to Algeria, the UAE or Pakistan.  So, they meet in France or Jordan. 

I find it very ignorant of Americans to think that we’re the only country in the world who vets and checks who is coming into the country.  Even when I was in high school and we went from France to Italy, our Passports were checked and we received a VISA stamp.  When we traveled from Brasil to Argentina, we had to go through a check point, have our Passports checked and receive a VISA stamp.  I do not understand why this is such an issue for those who are legally trying to enter the US with the proper identification and paperwork.  This includes people from Muslim countries that do not harbor terrorists.  

As for ‘profiling’, it is not such a horrible thing.  In 2002, before the requirement for a Passport, as our family was crossing the border from Canada back into the US, the Customs person asked our small daughter if she knew us.  At five years old, she misunderstood what he was asking and said she did not know us.  What ensued was crazy as we all tried to find pictures of our daughter so they would believe she was ours.  Our situation ended okay, but the man told us that a week before he had asked a little girl the same question.  She also answered that she didn’t know her family.  They further interrogated to find that she had indeed been kidnapped!  She was returned to her family and the kidnappers arrested.  This is what borders are for – to protect innocent people.  If someone isn’t innocent, then they deserve to be caught and deported.

As for refugees, every IMMIGRANT or REFUGEE in the early days of the US had to pass through Ellis Island.  Everyone was checked out – even just for contagious disease.  This is the way it should be with anyone from another country.   Today, however,  that system has to be modified because of terrorism. It’s grievous that honest refugees may be turned away because terrorists infiltrate their ranks.  Yet, in the past few years, cries from Christians who have had family members, children even,  murdered and beheaded in Middle Eastern countries have been ignored while those fleeing their own country’s civil wars are absorbed around the world.  Sadly, not all are absorbed; not all can be absorbed.  If they had the same rights as Americans, for example the right to own weapons, perhaps they could fight back and regain their country.  But, America is unique and everyone in the world knows it.  

I don’t know the answer to all of these issues, but obviously 60,000,000 people were tired of the way things were going and voted for something different than the past 8, even 16 years.  We have one ally in the Middle East and that is Israel.  Our Muslim Israeli friends are Israeli citizens with the right to vote, work in hospitals, banks and even hold offices in Israeli government.  To believe whatever the media is selling is just ‘fake news’.  Before we take a stand against Israel, perhaps we need to discern who is trying to kill them, kill us and infiltrate our society and change it from within.   From my life experience it seems that those who immigrate to America and become naturalized citizens, learning the language and assimilating into the ‘American’ culture, tend to love the freedoms they have in the United States far and above those who enter illegally, refuse to assimilate and take advantage of rights promised to citizens in the Constitution of the United States and benefits that Americans work hard to obtain. 

Last week I shared some of these views with a liberal who called me all sorts of names, said I should never have been allowed to pro-create and spewed profanities at me.  He never once asked if I even voted for Trump (which I did not, nor did I vote for Hillary), but assumed my ignorance when he had no solutions, only verbal abuse.   Many times there is more than one solution to a problem.  In order to find out which ones work, we have to try them for the sake of our nation, its people and it’s melting pot culture.

The prophet Ezekiel also had words for those ‘on the wall’.  I will paraphrase, “If you fail to warn the people of impending war or death and it comes, then their blood is on your head.  However, if you warn the people of impending war or death and they don’t listen, then the blood is on their head and you will save your own life.”   The news around the world has been full of ‘impending’.  We can respond and live or refuse to hear and then our demise is only on us.

©2017 Tentstake Ministries.

November 9, 2016 – A Biblical Platform

Israel and the Nations

Balaam learned through a donkey that no one curses Israel.  My candidate loves Israel. 

“When they [Israel] lie down they crouch like a lion, or like a lioness — who dares to rouse it? Blessed be all who bless you [Israel]!  Cursed be all who curse you [Israel] !”  (Numbers 24:9)

On Murdering Babies

The greatest war on women is making them believe their bodies are little crematoriums and the unborn have no value.  My candidate is all about life and life abundantly.

“The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah,“When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.”  The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live…. So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. And because the midwives feared God they were given families of their own” (Exodus 1:15-16).

Health Care

There are many alternatives to disease maintenance in this country and forced ‘health care’ and should include being able to make personal health decisions and being affordable.  My candidate is THE Healer.

“Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases …” (Psalm 103-2-3).

“Worship Yahweh your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span” (Exodus 23:25-26).

“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil [frankincense, cedarwood, cyprus, hyssop, myrrh) in the name of the LORD” (James 5:14).

Social Programs

Certain segments of the population need help.  My candidate tells me who to support.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (James 1:27).

Immigration

There are those in any country who want to join it or destroy it.  My candidate knows the motive of everyone’s heart.  

“But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.  Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me” (Ruth 1:16-17). 

“I am going to bring foreigners against you, the most ruthless of nations; they will draw their swords against your beauty and wisdom and pierce your shining splendor (Ezekiel 28:7).

Economics

Those who work hard deserve their money; those who don’t, need incentive to work.  My candidate promises rewards.

“Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, but the one who gathers by labor increases it” (Proverbs 13:11).

“He who is guarantor for a stranger will surely suffer for it, but he who hates being a guarantor is secure” (Proverbs 11:15)

“For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,”  and “The worker deserves his wages” (1 Timothy 5:18, Luke 10:7).

Taxes

Taxes are part of this world’s system.  My candidate understands that his kingdom is not of this world.

“Show me he coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius,  and he [Yeshua] asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”

“Caesar’s,” they replied.

Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s” (Matthew 22:19-21).

Leadership

Winners and losers are all part of a divine plan.  My candidate’s time is coming.

“First of all, then, I counsel that petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for all human beings, including kings and all in positions of prominence; so that we may lead quiet and peaceful lives, being godly and upright in everything. This is what God, our Deliverer, regards as good; this is what meets his approval” (1 Timothy 2:1-3).

“If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand” (Mark 3:25).

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God” (Romans 13:1). 

The Coming Kingdom

“For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord [Yeshua] will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-3).

“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:25-28).

“[The Seventh Trumpet ] The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 11:15).

The Coming Victor

King Yeshua and His Kingdom is what I hope for and expect soon.

“On his [Yeshua’s]  robe and on his thigh he has this name written: King of Kings and lord of lords.

“A King will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice” (Isaiah 32:1).

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.10 And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”  (Revelation 7:9-10).

And now, if only … 

People would understand that Yeshua came not to condemn the world, but to save the world through himself, then there would be no racism, bigotry, hatred, anger, bitterness and there could be ONE World Religion where Truth and Justice really do exist.

Once, on being asked …  when the kingdom of God would come, Yeshua replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:20-21). 

©2016 Tentstake Ministries

June 17, 2016 – A Stand for Righteousness

“Don’t you know that unrighteous people will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t delude yourselves — people who engage in sex before marriage, who worship idols, who engage in sex after marriage with someone other than their spouse, who engage in active or passive homosexuality,  who steal, who are greedy, who get drunk, who assail people with contemptuous language, who rob — none of them will share in the Kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

We have attended many funerals over the years and have witnessed a great delusion.  Suffering through or dying a horrendous death doesn’t suddenly make someone who chose a lifetime of sin suddenly righteous and in ‘heaven’.   This delusion only causes more death and destruction in this world because it creates a syndrome where no one needs to change their destructive lifestyles for ‘death will set them free.’  Death sets no one free; death is a sentence to eternal life or eternal separation from our Creator.

“For what one earns from sin is death; but eternal life is what one receives as a free gift from God, [only] in union with the Messiah Yeshua, our Lord” (Romans 6:23). 

Death is in this world because of sin.  It is the consequence of living a life contrary to God’s moral laws.  The only way to become righteous is by repenting of one’s sinful lifestyle and putting one’s faith in the work of God’s Son on the cross. Faith that comes through repentance has the power to overcome sin and bring forth a lifestyle free from what God calls abominations or detestable things. To be sure, we are all born into sin and sinful lifestyles (Romans 3:23), but we all have the choice to be set free or rationalize our sin through tolerance.

What happened in Orlando is horrendous. What we perceive as innocent lives were lost.  They no longer have the opportunity to repent from their sinful lifestyle and know the freedom it brings to their hearts and souls; how it restores a fruitful relationship with their Creator.   But just because they died a horrendous death does not change the fact that their chosen lifestyle is an abomination to God.  In God’s eyes, they were not innocent.  They chose a lifestyle that is detestable to Him.   This is not my opinion, this is the Word of God and everyone can choose to believe there is a Creator with a standard of life or not.  I choose to believe it because I see what coming against the standards written in Torah have done to our country and our world – both to individuals and to groups of people.

The Muslim man who pulled the trigger is not a ‘hero’.  He is a murderer and he, too, will be judged for his sin.  He follows a religion that says to kill homosexuals and he stood for what he believed.    Though the Torah states that a homosexual as well as an adulterer or should be put to death, Yeshua, the Messiah of Israel,  took that death sentence for each of us.  If we minimize that through tolerance, we minimize the power over sin that He rose from the dead to give us.   

The crimes of your sister S’dom were pride and gluttony; she and her daughters were careless and complacent, so that they did nothing to help the poor and needy.  They were arrogant and committed disgusting acts before me; so that when I saw it, I swept them away” (Ezekiel 16:49-50). 

The sin crime of Sodom and Gomorrah according to the prophet Ezekiel was arrogance and pride.   This is the essence of the LGBT movement today – PRIDE.  They want their sin not only to be accepted, but to be praised.  True believers cannot do this.  If we praise sin, we fall into lawlessness and accept the lawless one who is not the Messiah.  

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways,” says Adonai“As high as the sky is above the earth are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). 

I have heard believers say we must be compassionate and merciful as that is what our Messiah would want.  Of course it’s important to have compassion on those who have lost loved ones and are mourning, but because I believe Yeshua and Yahweh are one in the same mind, I have to consider that God’s ways are higher than ours; different than ours.  He has compassion on sinners and brings them to repentance.  He also judges those who are defiant and rebellious – remember Pharaoh?   He knows the hearts and minds of every individual who was in that club.  He knows their ‘pride’ and their abominations just as much as he knows how His people have become tolerant of sin.

 I have been considering Lot’s wife and what happened to her when she ‘looked back’ at Sodom.  Could it be she was turned into a pillar of salt because she looked back with compassion and mercy after God had determined to render judgement?  Could it be she became a pillar of salt because she had become tolerant of sin?  Remember, Lot offered his own daughters to the sinful men of the city. 

If we who have the righteousness of Messiah do not stand for righteousness in the middle of tragedy when our witness is greatest,  will we be ‘dead’ like a pillar of salt?  Having salt, but it’s not worth its weight?   If we, who have the righteousness of Messiah, do not stand for the righteousness which he has given us, will we be part and parcel of the decay of our society rather than being the Light to the way out?   The way is wide that leads to death and destruction; the way is narrow for those who follow God and choose life. 

“Some of you used to do these [detestable] things. But you have cleansed yourselves, you have been set apart for God, you have come to be counted righteous through the power of the Lord Yeshua the Messiah and the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).

For those of us who truly know the power of God to transform a life from a sinner to a redeemed saint, it’s time we stand up and proclaim the Truth.  Stop living an impotent faith and show the world there is victory over sin, not just a tolerance.  Stop the delusion that tragedy is a sign of righteousness and call it as it is:  a wake-up call from God for a coming judgment.   We are to be faithful WATCHMEN and WARRIORS.  If we don’t warn of the coming judgment, the blood of those who die will be on our heads!  It won’t be easy living in these end days, but it was for such a time as this, we who live now have been called.   Proclaiming the righteousness of God through the Word of God is not self-righteousness, it’s the Spirit of God in the redeemed heart crying out to the souls of those who are lost and dying that there is a Savior name Yeshua who wants to give each of us an abundant life free from sin now and forever into the new heavens and the new earth.

©2016 Tent Stake Ministries

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