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A ‘Word,’ Reminder and a Pause

Since I was very young, I pray myself to sleep. It is during those prayer times that God speaks to me – sometimes reminding me to pray for people I haven’t thought of in years or bringing to light something He has to tell me personally. Several nights ago was no different.

I am grateful to have been born in this country. It really is different from all others and offers those who live here not only God-given liberties, but the freedom to achieve personal goals whether its raising a family or pursing a career. It is a country where many fight to come to and live because there isn’t oppression and war. It is a wonderful country.

However, the other night my heavenly Father had to correct me for a wrong focus. He said, “You fight harder for this kingdom than for Mine.” He then reminded me that when Yeshua went into the wilderness he refused Satan’s offer to receive all the kingdoms of the world in their glory – including the United States of America.

“Once more, the Adversary took him up to the summit of a very high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in all their glory, and said to him, “All this I will give you if you will bow down and worship me.” “Away with you, Satan!” Yeshua told him, “For the Tanakh says, ‘Worship Adonai your God, and serve only him’” (Matthew 4:8-10).

He was right. I had been spending more time allowing the things of this world be my focus rather than the coming Kingdom. Though we live in this world, we are not to be of this world. We are not to conform to the ways of this world, but have a transformation through the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2).

What is happening in this world is multi-faceted as we experience the demise not just of one kingdom, but the entire world. The battle between good and evil rages everyday. Good is being called evil and evil is being called good (Isaiah 5:20). While upright people fight for good, I always ponder the idea that good and evil are both fruit from the same Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and that tree brought sin and death into this world.  Though at one time, perhaps, fighting to keep this Tree ‘alive,’ had some value, today it no longer does. The battle between good and evil will continue to escalate and those in the Kingdom must focus on the Tree of Life in order to offer hope of deliverance to the hopeless and fearful in these Biblically prophetic days.

“Yeshua replied: “Watch out! Don’t let anyone fool you [deceive you]! For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah!’ and they will lead many astray.  You will hear the noise of wars nearby and the news of wars far off; see to it that you don’t become frightened. Such things must happen, but the end is yet to come.  For peoples will fight each other, nations will fight each other, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various parts of the world; all this is but the beginning of the ‘birth-pains.’ 

At that time you will be arrested and handed over to be punished and put to death, and all peoples will hate you because of me. At that time many will be trapped into betraying and hating each other, many false prophets will appear and fool [deceive] many people; and many people’s love will grow cold…. But whoever holds out till the end will be delivered. And this Good News about the Kingdom will be announced throughout the whole world as a witness to all the Goyim [nations]. It is then that the end will come” (Matthew 24:4;14).

This world as we know it is going to end. Yeshua is returning and his return comes closer with every birth pang until the great push of deliverance into His Kingdom.  These birth pains actually started in the beginning when Adam and Eve sinned (Romans 8:22) and the entire heavens and earth groan for redemption from the wages of sin – death.

The Kingdom is not about ‘dying and going to heaven,’ the Kingdom of Heaven is going to be here on earth. All Biblical prophecies center on Israel and Jerusalem. This is why before the generation of 1948, no end time Bible prophecies could come to pass because there was no State of Israel.  In 1967, the Israelis regained control of Jerusalem.   The wars and rumors of war in the Middle East are the continuing battles between the brothers Isaac and Ishmael, and Jacob and Esau. We live in prophetic times, times that include great destruction of the world we know.

When the Kingdom of Messiah comes, those who have entered his Kingdom, who have been ‘born again’ into that Kingdom WILL FIT IN!  Until His Kingdom comes, we will never fit into this world, nor should we ever try to fit in. This should be an exciting thought for the righteous as we watch this world crumble around us. The righteous will no longer be the outcasts moaning and groaning about ‘what is coming on this world’, but will be the ones who FIT IN! They (we) will become the leaders serving a King who loves us and who will rule and reign with complete justice through his Father’s commandments.  His rule will include an iron scepter for who continue to refuse his Kingship.  However, at some point in time,

“… that in honor of the name given Yeshua, every knee will bow — in heaven, on earth and under the earth — and every tongue will acknowledge that Yeshua the Messiah is Adonai — to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10:11).

THAT POINT when every knee will bow will NEVER happen in this world in any of this world’s kingdoms, including Isra’el. There has to be a changing of this world’s kings and kingdoms in order to establish the Kingdom of God in a restored Isra’el and Jerusalem on this earth. That transformation must come through demise and destruction of this world’s kingdoms.

The Wuhan virus is part of the revelation of the Adversary’s control of this world. It is the evidence of the difference between God’s creation which is healing daily as people ‘stay home’ and man’s which is bringing sickness. The Wuhan virus was created by men in a laboratory in China. It is the epitome of what evil men create for the ‘good of mankind’ when given complete freedom to rule this world in unrighteousness. They create death and destruction. They create vaccines to depopulate the earth. They find ways to remove those humans they deem less than essential – the poor, the innocent, and everyone in between not like them. These are the same men and women in Revelation who hide in the cracks of rocks in the days of God’s judgment and refuse to repent from the ‘works of their hands’ (Revelation 9:20-21).

Why are people messing with bat virus’ in the first place? I understand dog virus’ because we have pet dogs.  But bats?  Eating bats?  They are unclean animals that are not to be eaten, but are consumed along with pig, bear, and a multitude of others creatures sold in the Wuhan market. Denying God brought disease first to a city, then a province and ultimately the consequences filtered throughout the world. It is obvious that the sin of eating forbidden animals continues to plague the world and leavens the whole batch of dough even in Christiandom.

On the fourth day in Genesis 1, God created birds and fish.  According to God, bats are birds and these birds have brought death to the nations (not as great as expected, but death.  According to Wikipedia, bats symbolize darkness, death, witchcraft, and malevolence. This reveals volumes about what is happening with this virus.  God allowed man to create something that embodies his sinful soul as well as revealing the spiritual battle going on in this world. God always reveals His plans to His prophets (Amos 3:7). With spiritual eyes, it is easy to see the darkness and depravity of people’s minds, the focus on death and everything related to death, the witchcraft of manipulating entire nations and the evil demonic intentions that leaders and those steeped in wealth desire to put upon the nations.   Of course, this is all done under the guise of benevolence and a twisted sense of love and caring.

We are now counting the days of the omer, the time between the memorial of Yeshua’s Resurrection on Feast of Firstfruits and the memorial of the giving of the Spirit or Ruach of God. Passover has passed and like the first Passover, God had His people remain in their homes with their families discussing His deliverance. It was His ‘appointed time’ to remain in our family “Goshens,” meaning a time to ‘draw near.’ For His people celebrating the memorial of Yeshua’s last seder, it was a time of focusing on the coming Kingdom, remembering that Yeshua would not drink of the fruit of the vine again until that time when he is no longer a priest interceding in the heavenly throne room, but returns King and Bridegroom celebrating his Wedding Feast.

For those not attending the rehearsal dinner, it is time for self-introspection and repentance for judgment begins with the family of God. It is past time to remove the leaven of false teachings and ideologies of pagan gods that have torn multitudes from the Biblical foundation of what God deems true faith. It is time for foreigners, like the Egyptians, to embrace not just the blood of Messiah, but the Kingdom rules of Messiah. Yeshua said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life,” and that included how we are to live, walk, breathe, and worship.

In these end times, Yeshua says there will be many false prophets and people will need discernment. A true prophet, like the prophets of old, will preach repentance like they did for Israel. However, in these days, repentance is not only called for Israel, a country that allows multiple religions within their borders and false god worship within Jerusalem, it is needed for the entire world. God’s people are scattered throughout the nations and everyday these nations fall deeper into sin and darkness. Every true prophet must preach a message of repentance and turning back to God – the same message of Yeshua’s after he left the wilderness – or consider them false.

With regards for prophecies and ‘new covenant people,’ they need to always be speaking the Truth from the Word of God, not just ‘words of God.’  Their words must be of encouragement to build up and strengthen the Body of Messiah. On the day of Shavuot in Acts 2 the prophet Joel was quoted regarding the last days about dreams and visions, thus never negate them, but question and search out the Word of Truth in each of them, including this one.  Unless there is a call to repentance such as that which ‘cut the hearts’ of those who hear the call, don’t listen to the prophecy.

As the end times come quickly upon us, there will be more and more false prophets with the tickling words of prophetic counsel and crazy dreamers.  HaSatan will be given power to deceive even the elect ‘if it were possible’ so those of the Kingdom must be have their ears tuned to the Spirit of God and His Word – Spirit and Truth.   As the apostle John commands all of us, “test the spirits.’ 

One of the spirits that is now being unleashed worldwide is fear. The spirit of fear does not come from God. He gives us power, love and a sound mind. If you are feeling powerless, unloved, and confused by the changing tide of information daily, those are the fruits of being controlled by the ‘spirit of fear.’ Stop eating it.

Fear is not faith- based and those who consider themselves followers of Messiah who allow fear to control their lives and actions are not living by the faith that is ‘being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see’ (Hebrews 11:1).  God gives us the power of His Spirit, the ability to love and forgive, and a sound mind that must be grounded in the Word of God.

I have a relationship with the Creator of the Universe through Yeshua, I have been born again into his Kingdom, and I have been imparted the very powerful life-giving breath of God, the same breath that leads me into all Truth, including the Truth about the future.   Though I am a human being and much of what happens on a daily basis can be frightening and very overwhelming. I am also a spiritual person who knows Yeshua has ‘overcome the world.’   I know from personal experience the pain of childbirth and how the contractions grow closer together and more intense, sometimes making it difficult to take a breath before the next one comes. This is what we are experiencing and will continue to experience. All world leaders are part of the divine plan of God though they may each stand on a different side of good and evil, but not life.  Ultimately there will be a one world government, religion and economy.  It is prophesied and the events proclaimed in Revelation will come closer and closer together until it will become difficult to breathe.  Perhaps that is the symbolism of this serious lung infection and the need for ventilators!

“The word of Adonai came to me: “Human being, speak to your people; say to them, ‘Suppose I bring the sword on a country, and the people of that country take one of their men and appoint him their watchman. Now if, upon seeing the sword coming against that country, he blows the shofar and warns the people; then, if the sword comes and takes away someone who heard the sound of the shofar but paid no attention to it, the responsibility for that person’s death will be his own — he heard the shofar but paid no attention, so the responsibility for his death is his own; whereas if he had paid attention, he would have saved his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the shofar, so that the people are not warned; and then the sword comes and takes any one of them, that one is indeed taken away in his guilt, but I will hold the watchman responsible for his death” (Ezekiel 33:1-6).

There are many today, like me, who can see what is coming. I know what the prophets say, I know what Yeshua taught. I sincerely believed it was my responsibility to warn ‘my friends’ on social media about what is coming to this world and to wake up and be aware. Blow the shofar symbolically. Unfortunately, I saw more and more friends and family I care about falling further into deception and rejecting anything contrary to the world’s rhetoric that might wobble their little box of false security. Instead they put their hope in the leaders of this world’s governments, the economy and stimulus checks, and false religious systems that praise and honor false gods. I knew I needed a break, but I also know the words in Ezekiel.

I asked the LORD about the verse in Ezekiel because I didn’t want to be the watchman who would be held responsible for the deaths of individuals because I kept silent. His response to my prayer was that judgment is at hand. He is laying the groundwork for more to come. He is judging the nations as he did Egypt and even the church as he does Israel for all of the abominations they have done willingly and pridefully in His face, rejecting His commandments, rejecting His love. Because it is His judgment, the blood will be on His hands.

For this reason, I must take a pause. I will no longer fight and debate to keep this worldly kingdom alive, no matter how wonderful it was and should be under the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I don’t fit into this kingdom and I never will. I am a stranger in this world, a sojourner, and a living testimony to Yeshua and His coming Kingdom. I want the coming Kingdom more than a ‘let’s get back to normal’ life no matter the cost. I believe there is heavenly manna and living water from the rock if I need it. I desire the coming world King whose name is Yeshua and who will reign in Jerusalem. And, on his hands is blood, the blood of his atonement for anyone who still seeks to be delivered from this dying world before the complete wrath of God wreaks havoc over the ruler of the powers and principalities of the air that control this fallen world.

“Seek Adonai while he is available, call on him while he is still nearby. Let the wicked person abandon his way and the evil person his thoughts; let him return to Adonai, and he will have mercy on him; let him return to our God, for he will freely forgive” (Isaiah 55:6-7).

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Modern-Nomads and Coronagate

Before every genocide, those who were mass murdered were considered ‘inhuman’ or a ‘problem to society.’  Fear of these groups was instilled by government leaders in the public mind through imposed rules and regulations until no one trusted their neighbor and everyone feared those who acted differently from them. This should not be the United States, but it is becoming so because a majority of citizens are willing to give up their Constitutional Rights, even basic civil rights, because they lack  real understanding about health care, immune systems, and fighting illness.  This loss of understanding about the human body has allowed a virus, a deadly virus to those who have underlying health problems, to change the values of our country. Many people, especially young state-educated people, lack a real understanding of why this country was founded, what this country stands for and the reason so many foreigners want to enter our borders – illegally.  Sadly, with the events of the past two months, the foundation to remain a free country with liberties like no other have eroded with the flood of microbial parasites. Sooner than later the ‘new normal’ may be like Venezuela lining up for food that doesn’t exist or China wearing masks not because of pollution, but because it’s mandated by government-paid health officials.

There is a little blurb going around FB about judging the man who needs to be painting so he doesn’t smoke or the rest in the list of people who have needs that appear ‘non-essential’ to you, but to them are very essential, life-sustaining essential.  With great fervor, we are being told by many state and local officials what is considered ‘essential.’  How can they do that? On what do they base their guidelines?  What is ‘essential’ to my life may not be ‘essential’ to yours (except maybe TP), but we are being programed to look at others’ lives and judge whether they are doing ‘essential’ things, and if in our opinion they aren’t, we either turn them into authorities or spew nonsense about them to others publicly. This spewing of nonsense is the foundation for creating divisions in a society that will eventually deem some people ‘inhuman’ and whose lives become expendable.  Though it hasn’t gone that far in specifics, I have been judged by a few that I don’t care about others because I don’t follow certain protocol.

My husband and I full-time RV. This means we live in our fifth-wheel all the time.   We do not own a brick and mortar home anywhere on planet earth.  My bedroom, kitchen and living room are like a condo on wheels; some consider what we do as glamping.  My husband and I sold pretty much everything we owned four years ago keeping a few personal items in storage.  Part of the decision was definitely our choice for retirement; the other part came from losing a job before retirement in a place where there were no opportunities for work.

We are not just vacationers traveling around spreading this virus.

Let me repeat.  We are not just vacationers traveling around spreading this virus.  Those who believe this judgmental nonsense need to research where that idea comes from and check the motive of their heart.

When we are on the road, we are looking for a place to park and live just like the rest of society.  Our home just happens to have wheels. We stop sometimes for one night; sometimes for longer because driving does become tiresome.  Still, we have a home and this is how we have chosen to live and pursue our happiness with the liberty we supposedly have in this country.  That liberty is being quickly chiseled away by state governments closing their borders – insane when many of these same politicians wanted open borders only a few months ago.  Some states like Utah are requiring health papers to travel through or stay a short time in their state.  This is reminiscent of Nazi Germany and lest you believe I’m over-reacting, just keep listening to the news or stop listening to the news and open your eyes and ears to what is really happening in this country all because of illness.  

Some people who live in their motorhomes are traveling workers.  Our one neighbor in Las Vegas is a construction worker who travels to where he finds good work. Good work meaning, work hard for several months and then enjoy some time off.  While here, he is helping build the new Raider stadium.  So, you’re not into football?  We have also met traveling nurses who go where they are needed as well. Is their work essential?  What if they are the ones you are dissing about traveling and taking disease to another place?  Our neighbor on the other side is a school teacher.  They were paying way too much in rent and decided to live like us.  She does online schooling for children around the country.  Is her job non-essential? 

Others like us are seasonal employees.  We work different jobs in winter (I cleaned the post office in Cooper Landing, Alaska this winter while my husband was a ski instructor at Alyeska Resort).  Summers we camp host in Alaska.  And as we travel from one place to another from the Kenai Peninsula to the Lower 48, we visit our children who live in various places in the US sometimes having layovers to enjoy our country’s beautiful landscapes.  Again, we are not just vacationing and spreading disease. We are working, paying bills and hoping our retirement isn’t destroyed with the supposed ‘cure’ for this virus – shutting down an entire economy.   We are in Las Vegas because we flew here from Alaska for personal business and then all of this nonsense began taking over sane people’s thought processes (or maybe they weren’t so sane) and in a sense we’re stuck. 

In the beginning of this ‘pandemic,’ we were told very different things than we are now.  Initially we were told over and over and over that fresh air and sunshine, washing hands and social distancing was the key to keep the virus from spreading.  Those of us who live in our multi-wheeled homes do that all the time.  We are in the fresh air, sunshine and always practice social distancing.  These are a given with this lifestyle and living in campgrounds.   We stay in our unique homes or go do outside activities.  Rarely do we socialize with neighbors because they are doing the same thing.

Campgrounds like Colorado State’s Cherry Creek which cancelled our reservations have sites that are volleyball court-sized apart. Social-distancing is built into the campground, but still they closed it down for those of us who have a place to ‘quarantine’ while allowing for hikers, bikers, and boaters.  Government campgrounds all over the US are closing down which leaves people like us without any place to live.  Thank you to private parks like the KOAs who remained open. So, instead of judging those driving through your little towns and villages with out-of-state license plates, consider they may be just looking for a place where they can drop their stabilizers. They may even be locals coming home to family.  

As for being camp hosts, we do talk with people, but we also keep a social distance.  That’s normal for Americans, not so much for Italians who greet one another with a kiss. We are not Italians; we don’t greet anyone that way.  We aren’t spreading disease. Camp hosts have many jobs and some suggest we will breed the virus through touching doorknobs to offices or even toilet paper rolls.  Those issues don’t seem to be discussed when going shopping for groceries or using public restrooms.  So why are they discussed with people who have all those amenities in their motorhomes or fifth-wheel trailers?

In the beginning, we were told that masks should not be worn by healthy people. Now, because they have instilled more fear about this virus, no one can know if they’re healthy and everyone wears a mask. If fresh air kills the virus, then why are people told to breathe through a piece of fabric which traps their own possibly-infected droplets and then rebreathe their own carbon dioxide?  Doesn’t anyone ever consider the lunacy?

I wore an N-95 mask last summer to prevent smoke inhalation during a severe forest fire when the dangerous air particles were so concentrated they were off the known charts. The smoke was so thick I couldn’t see anything.  Breathing caused me to cough; the ash-filled air burnt my eyes.  It was dangerous!  Very dangerous!  This virus is definitely not that.  The ppm of the particles are not that concentrated and they dissipate into the atmosphere around us.  Scientists in Germany are now saying the virus doesn’t even last long on surfaces. So wearing gloves is moot too.  We don’t have to wash our groceries or bathe our shoes in bleach.  Medical doctors on the front lines say that the spread of the virus happens when people are accumulated together for extended time periods like 30 minutes in a hospital setting.  So, door knobs and whatever else I come in contact within a campground won’t have the pathogens attached to it even though politically charged news medias claim it.  In all honestly, I’ve had more issues with people defecating in the woods which is far more disgusting and dangerous. Fresh air and sunshine doesn’t rid the environment of those things nearly as quickly.

My husband and I are leaving Las Vegas in two days.  We are not going through Utah as originally planned because we don’t want to go through their border surveillance, receive a text with a Qcode with information on how to fill out our health paperwork.  Instead, we will go through Arizona and New Mexico to get to Colorado and our storage unit.  We will visit our children in Colorado because we are not separating ourselves from family members no matter how young or old.  It’s not from a lack of caring, it is because we do care.  We should all be caring about our families. Everyone needs a hug now and then for their psychological health; everyone. It has been proven. From Colorado we are heading to South Dakota where we made our legal residency as do many other fulltime RVers, hence why you may see a lot of South Dakota tags on traveling homes along with Texas and Florida.

So, off we will drive toward our rental ‘space,’ wherever that may be, in the Black Hills where the governor has maintained her sanity, keeping the numbers small and immunities flourish. A state where we can retain our civil rights as human beings with our ultimate end goal of returning to the Last Frontier and maybe never returning to the Lower 48 via the closed-off Canadian border.

There are many reading this who will see us on the road believing the ridiculous fallacy that we are spreading the virus wherever we go because we are crossing state lines. We have been in the gated community known as the Las Vegas RV Resort for one month. Technically, we have ‘set ourselves apart’ and have no symptoms and haven’t shown any this entire month in spite of going out to buy necessities and visiting our son.  We will no longer allow a virus to control our lives; we no longer believe the government and its ‘health’ officials have our best interest in mind.  If they did, they would be social distancing, wearing gloves and masks during their public encounters. So, we’re just going to continue living in our condo on wheels wherever we can find a place that still accepts living, breathing human beings as valued people in the society and hope the next time you see a motorhome or trailer bounding on your streets, you take a moment and consider who in there is not only healthy and essential to someone else, but just may be trying to find an open campground to ‘quarantine.’

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Y’hoshua and the Commander

Once the Israelites crossed the Jordan River, Y’hoshua was told to circumcise the nation’s men. The warriors who had come out of Egypt had been circumcised, but all boys born in the wilderness had not been circumcised while traveling. Now these boys were the new generation of fighting men and needed to be circumcised before entering the Land.

As I read this section from the prophets, I again saw the Hand of Elohim in this week’s portion as timely. Isn’t He always just on time? As the modern nation of Isra’el prepared this week for Pesach, they were put into a ‘lockdown’ much like the Pesach in Egypt. It is in this week’s reading in Y’hoshua that the ‘new’ nation of warriors were circumcised before the nation celebrated Pesach. Could it be that Elohim is preparing a new nation of warriors?

“Adonai said to Y’hoshua, “Today I have rolled off from you the stigma of Egypt.” This is why the place has been called Gilgal [rolling] ever since.  The people of Isra’el camped at Gilgal, and they observed Pesach on the fourteenth day of the month, there on the plains of Yericho. The day after Pesach they ate what the land produced, matzah and roasted ears of grain that day.  The following day, after they had eaten food produced in the land, the man ended. From then on the people of Isra’el no longer had man; instead, that year, they ate the produce of the land of Kena‘an” (Joshua 5:8-12).

Once the nation was ‘circumcised,’ Elohim says the disgrace of their lives in Egypt had been ‘rolled off.’ This means it was behind them. They had to now look forward to what would be required of them as a new generation of fighting men. In this historic time, the circumcision was of the flesh, but Sha’ul teaches that ‘circumcision’ must also be of the heart or its purpose is not able to be fulfilled – to be true praisers of Elohim, to be Y’hudah.

“For the real Jew is not merely Jewish outwardly: true circumcision is not only external and physical. On the contrary, the real Jew is one inwardly; and true circumcision is of the heart, spiritual not literal; so that his praise comes not from other people but from God” (Romans 2:28-29).

With this perspective, it is highly important to be praying for the nation of Isra’el, that with this Pesach, many Jewish hearts worldwide would be circumcised to know Yeshua in the ‘appointed time.’ Why?

The following verses state that after the nation celebrated Pesach, one day while Y’hoshua was standing by Jericho, he saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Y’hoshua was intrigued and asked, “Are you on our side or on the side of our enemies?”

“No,” he replied, “but I am the commander of Adonai’s army; I have come just now. Y’hoshua fell down with his face to the ground and worshipped him, then asked, “What does my lord have to say to his servant?” The commander of Adonai’s army answered Y’hoshua, “Take your sandals off your feet, because the place where you are standing is holy.” And Y’hoshua did so” (Joshua 5:14-15).

Once Isra’el had celebrated the memorial to their deliverance from Egypt and began to eat the fruit of the Land, the ‘bread from heaven’ stopped, but the Bread from Heaven appeared. The next part of their journey would not be in the wilderness, but in the Land of Promise. Just like his predecessor, Moshe, Y’hoshua stood on holy ground and removed his sandals and worshipped Elohim. With instructions given directly from Yesua, the Commander of Elohim’s army, Y’hoshua was commissioned to lead the new nation into war against the pagan nations around in order to take control of the land promised to Avraham.

In these last days, and perhaps even revelations of the end times, have we had our hearts circumcised? Have we become part of the nation of Isra’el through Pesach, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits? Are we prepared to be warriors in the army of Yeshua for the next phase of ‘taking back the Promised Land’ when the nations of the world rejoiced only weeks ago when it would be divided?

The final verse in the reading is Joshua 6:1, that says “Yericho had completely barricaded its gates against the people of Isra’el — no one left, and no one entered.” It seems that today we are all in the city of Jericho quarantined and no one can come and go. Many nations in the world continue to hate Isra’el and the Jewish people. The physical battle for Jericho consisted of walking around the city seven times and blowing shofars until the walls fell down, but it was also a very spiritual battle for releasing the city from a spiritual stronghold.

In these days of pestilence, evil, and rumors of wars, we wait for Yeshua, the commander in chief of Elohim’s armies to give the battle cry, to have his messengers blow their shofars to release this world, Babylon, from its physical and spiritual strongholds. We must remain faithful in our walk around the city, not within it, until the great and final shofar blast brings down Babylon and births the Kingdom of Messiah. Then like Y’hoshua and the Israelites before us, we take back the Land of Promise.

We are definitely in the days of Pesach and Unleavened Bread. Do you have a circumcised heart? Are you being prepared as a warrior? If so, are you ready to battle in Yeshua’s army for the sake of His people, Isra’el?

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The Rehearsal Dinner

During this Pesach seder, my son said he was enlightened to several concepts. This is powerful because he has been celebrating Passover since his birth so whatever jumps out at him is something that should be discussed.

“When the time came, Yeshua and the emissaries reclined at the table, and he said to them, “I have really wanted so much to celebrate this Seder with you before I die!  For I tell you, it is certain that I will not celebrate it again until it is given its full meaning in the Kingdom of God” (Luke 22:14-16).

After reading the above verse, he commented that he had never seen that Yeshua would not celebrate the Seder again until it is given its full meaning in the Kingdom of God. The Amplified Version says “I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Both versions are clear that Yeshua will be celebrating the Passover Seder again. This fascinated my son especially because he realized that the fullness of the feast will only be realized in the Kingdom.

I am sharing this because after our Seder, I was doing a little studying in Matthew 22 about the wedding feast and the phrase, “Many are called, but few are chosen.” With the context around this verse, it cannot be the correct translation. The verse should read, “Many are called, but few choose.” The Complete Jewish Bible even uses the word, ‘invited’ to convey the idea that many are ‘invited’ to the wedding feast, but ‘few choose to come.’

This Passover was unique because it was held in the midst of a ‘plague.’ At the first Passover, the Israelites took refuge from the tenth plague in their homes under the ‘blood of the lamb’ while the LORD ‘passed over’ them and took the lives of the firstborn of Egypt. Yeshua used the memorial of Passover to explain his impending death as the firstborn of Elohim, but with the words from Luke, he was also giving his disciples prophetic vision. He would celebrate the Passover again in the Kingdom to come, the coming Kingdom, His Kingdom.

This year for me had a unique twist as well. After reading the weekly portion in Jeremiah, my spiritual eyes suddenly began to see the separating of the sheep and the goats – those who follow the Shepherd of Isra’el and those who continue onward with the doctrines of men rooted in other gods and goddesses and false religions.

Those who follow the Shepherd of Isra’el, do what he did. They keep the feast of Passover as Sha’ul instructed the believers in Corinth (1 Corinthians 5:6-9). These sheep understand that Passover not only has the earthly vision of being removed from Egypt and delivered from death to life, but that there is more to come. There is a Kingdom with a King and a Wedding Feast, the Wedding Feast of the Lamb.

The goats do something else. The goats are something else.

Passover in our day is just a mikrah or rehearsal dinner. Many are called, but few choose to rehearse. When the wedding feast comes, they may be the guest who is wearing the wrong clothes and be “bound hand and foot, and thrown outside in the dark!’ In that place people will wail and grind their teeth ….”

Yeshua didn’t fulfill Passover to end it, he fulfilled it so he could bring it to its fullness in the coming Kingdom. Until that days comes, Passover is to be remembered and celebrated even by those who have the ‘blood of the Lamb’ on their hearts. It is the evidence that it is there and they follow the Shepherd.

The Israelites left Egypt after their Husband redeemed them. Then they fell away from honoring and obeying Him and they lost their marriage covenant. They began worshipping other gods until Jeremiah had to be told by Elohim Himself to stop praying for them because He wouldn’t listen to the prayers. Many today – many – leave their Bridegroom after he redeems them and lose their marriage covenant. They do not prepare for his return. They do their own version of holy days instead of that which is instructed even in the new testament.

My son’s observation was timely. Only a few months ago he was talking to me about the Kingdom and that he had never heard much about that before. He must have been daydreaming during our daily Bible studies while he was growing up, but ‘for such a time as this,’ his eyes saw the vision of the Kingdom in Yeshua’s words at this Passover seder.

There is a coming Kingdom. The Bridegroom is returning for his prepared Bride. There is a Wedding Feast of the Lamb. Some will be there; some will be thrown out. Still, there is a rehearsal dinner every Passover for those wanting to be part of the Bride as a reminder to ‘make herself ready’ for her Bridegroom is returning soon. There is time, but this year it seems closer than ever.

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