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Parashah 38: Korach (Korah)

Numbers 16:1-18:32

“Now Korach the son of Yitz’har, the son of K’hat, the son of Levi, along with Datan and Aviram, the sons of Eli’av, and On, the son of Pelet, descendants of Re’uven, took men and rebelled against Moshe. Siding with them were 250 men of Isra’el, leaders of the community, key members of the council, men of reputation” (Numbers 16:1-2).

Korach, from the Tribe of Levi and a cousin of Moshe and Aaron, decided that being part of the Levitical priesthood and ministering in the Mishkan was not enough of an honor. He wanted to be a high priest like Aaron. He wanted a democracy where the majority rules rather than a theocracy governed by those Elohim chooses. So he gathered a group of men, leaders of the community, and in their sin of arrogance and pride, they rebelled against Moshe.

“After all, the entire community is holy, every one of them, and Adonai is among them.  So why do you lift yourselves up above Adonai’s assembly?” (Numbers 16:3)

Moshe tells Korach and the 250 men who joined him that in the morning Elohim would show them who is ‘Kadosh l’Adonai’ and allowed to be in His presence. He instructs them to take censers, put fire in them, and fill them with incense so they can present them to Adonai. Moshe requests that Datan and Aviram come to the Tabernacle and meet with him. They refuse.

“Is it such a mere trifle, bringing us up from a land flowing with milk and honey to kill us in the desert, that now you arrogate to yourself the role of dictator over us? You haven’t at all brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, and you haven’t put us in possession of fields and vineyards. Do you think you can gouge out these men’s eyes and blind them? We won’t come up!” (Numbers 16:13-14).

Hebrew Word Pictures
Korach (Baldness) – קרח – kof, resh, chet
– what is behind the highest authority’s protection

Datan (Two Wells) – דתן – dalet, tav, nun
– pathway sign of life

Abiram (My father is exalted) – אבירם – alef, bet, yod, resh, mem
– first strength of the house, finished work mighty binding

In the morning the men arrive at the Tabernacle with their censers. They fill them with fire and place incense on them. As they stand at the entrance, the glory of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh appears to the whole assembly.

“Adonai said to Moshe and Aharon, Separate yourselves from this assembly; I’m going to destroy them right now!” They fell on their faces and said, “Oh God, God of the spirits of all humankind, if one person sins, are you going to be angry with the entire assembly?” (Numbers 16:20-22)

Adonai told Moshe to move everyone away from the tents of Korach, Datan, and Aviram. Everyone was to stay away from these men and anything that belonged to them so as not to be swept away with them in their sin. So the entire community moved away from where the families of Korach, Datan, and Aviram lived. Datan and Aviram came out of their tents with their wives, sons, and little ones to see what was going on.

“Moshe said, ‘Here is how you will know that Adonai has sent me to do all these things and that I haven’t done them out of my own ambition: if these men die a natural death like other people, only sharing the fate common to all humanity, then Adonai has not sent me. But if Adonai does something new — if the ground opens up and swallows them with everything they own, and they go down alive to Sh’ol — then you will understand that these men have had contempt for Adonai’” (Numbers 16:28-30).

Suddenly, the ground under them split apart, the earth opened up, and swallowed Datan and Aviram with their families and everything they owned. Everyone who had sided with Korach also went down to Sh’ol and the earth closed over them with their households and everything they owned. These three families ceased to exist in the community of Isra’el. Fire came out from Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh and He destroyed the 250 men who had offered incense.

“Woe to them, in that they have walked the road of Kayin [Cain], they have given themselves over for money to the error of Bil’am [Balaam], they have been destroyed in the rebellion of Korach”
(Jude 11).

Hebrew Word Pictures
Arrogance or athaq – עתק – ayin, tav, kof
– understand the sign of what is past

Pride or gevah – גוה – gimel, vav, hey
– lifting up the sign revealed

Rebel or marad – מרד – mem, resh, dalet
– chaos’ highest authority pathway

The Fallen Angel

“How did you come to fall from the heavens, morning star, son of the dawn? How did you come to be cut to the ground, conqueror of nations? You thought to yourself, ‘I will scale the heavens, I will raise my throne above God’s stars. I will sit on the Mount of Assembly far away in the north. I will rise past the tops of the clouds, I will make myself like the Most High.’ Instead you are brought down to Sh’ol, to the uttermost depths of the pit” (Isaiah 14:12-15).

Hebrew Word Pictures
Shining One or halal – הלל – hey, lamed, lamed
– reveal the urging forward, urging forward

Hades or sh’ol – שאול – shin, alef, vav, lamed
– destroy the first strength binding and urge forward

“Yeshua said to them, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven’” (Luke 10:18).

Korach became like ‘the morning star’ or the ‘Shining One’ who fell from heaven because of his pride and rebellion. ‘Shining One’ in Hebrew is halal and the root of halleluyah or ‘praise Adonai.’ It is because of the Hebrew that many believe the ‘Shining One’ was the worship leader at the Throne of Adonai. He was not satisfied with the honor of being in the sanctuary of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh, but wanted to be greater and higher. He gathered thousands of other angelic beings to rebel against Adonai. They made war in the heavens and suffered the consequences of following their rebellious leader. The ‘Shining One’ and his followers “fell light lightning from the heaven” and were brought down to Sh’ol just like Korach and his cohorts.

Sh’ol or ‘Sheol’ was translated in the Greek Septuagint as Hades. Hades is the Greek god of the Underworld and personifies evil itself. In Luke 16, Yeshua gives the account of a beggar and a rich man. After they die, the beggar rests in the bosom of Abraham waiting for the resurrection while the rich man is in Sh’ol where he experienced eternal torment (Luke 16:19-31).

“When I [Yochanan] saw him [Yeshua], I fell down at his feet like a dead man. He placed his right hand upon me and said, ‘Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last, the Living One. I was dead, but look! — I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys to Death and Sh’ol [Hades]. So write down what you see, both what is now, and what will happen afterwards’” (Revelation 1:17-19).

Datan and Aviram stand at their tents with their wives, sons, and little ones. ‘Little ones’ in Hebrew is taph and includes girls and infants along with boys. In the judgment against Datan and Aviram, their sons, daughters, and their infants were swallowed into the earth. Adonai sent children and infants into Sh’ol where they ceased to exist! These children received punishment based on the rebellious hearts of their fathers. This is a harsh judgment since they did not take part in the sin of their fathers … yet.

If children are sanctified through believing parents, then wouldn’t the converse be true? (1 Corinthians 7:14). Children of unbelieving, wicked parents are not sanctified. It is often presumed that small children and infants have some immunity to judgment, and all aborted babies are ‘in the arms of Jesus’ because of their innocence. All of us, however, are born into sin.

Many claim: “Well Elohim knew beforehand whether or not that child would have come to Him in faith.”  That is true, but He also knew beforehand the converse.  If we truly understood the seriousness of believing parents in the lives of children, perhaps we would be more intent on reaching the lost. For without Yeshua, the lives of unsanctified children are separated from Adonai not only in this present life, but also when they die.

In the account of Korach, Elohim doesn’t show favoritism toward women and small children when it comes to judgment for pride and arrogance. The foundation for generational sin in a patriarchal system begins with the father. Though Korach and his family were swallowed by the earth for their rebellion, his sons were not. The midrash for this parashah suggests the ‘sons of Korach’ repented of their sin and were protected from death. Adonai shows through these sons the power of repentance as they became the Temple musicians who wrote Psalms 42-49, 84, 85, 87 and 88.

“The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation” (Numbers 14:18, NIV).

A psalm of the sons of Korach. For the leader. Set to “Sickness that Causes Suffering.” A maskil of Heiman the Ezrachi.

“Adonai, God of my salvation, when I cry out to you in the night, let my prayer come before you, turn your ear to my cry for help! For I am oversupplied with troubles, which have brought me to the brink of Sh’ol. I am counted among those going down to the pit, like a man who is beyond help, left by myself among the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave — you no longer remember them; they are cut off from your care” (Psalm 88:1-5).

The ashes in the censers of the 250 men were spread outside the camp. The censers were considered holy because they were offered to Adonai. They were hammered into plates to cover the Altar of Incense as a reminder that ordinary people, not from the lineage of Aaron, were not allowed to offer incense before ‘I am.’

Aaron’s Rod

BUT the very next day, the Israelites turned against Moshe and Aaron complaining that they killed Elohim’s people. The glory of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh appears in the cloud over the Mishkan and He decides to destroy everyone. Moshe tells Aaron to quickly take his censer, lay incense on it, and offer atonement for the community of Isra’el before Adonai kills them all by a plague. Thousands had already died, but when Aaron stood between the living and the dead, the plague stopped.

Because Adonai needs to settle the dispute of the high priest’s lineage, He tells Moshe to collect the staffs from the leaders of the 12 Tribes of Isra’el.   The name of each leader was written on the staff; Aaron was written on the staff of Levi.  The staffs were put in front of the Ark of the Covenant overnight.

Hebrew Word Pictures
Staff or matteh – מטה – mem, tet, hey
– chaos’ twisting revealed

Staff (Scepter) or shebet – שבט – shin, bet, tet
– destroy the house twisting

The Hebrew word for ‘staff’ is matteh and means ‘rod’ or ‘branch.’ In order to make a rod, a branch is cut from a tree becoming a dead piece of wood. Aaron’s rod was different. It was the ‘Branch’ of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh. It had been used to judge Egypt and deliver the Israelites through the Red Sea. Aaron’s rod was a living ‘branch’ or netzer, an allusion to Yeshua of Nazareth.

“The next day Moshe went into the tent of the testimony, and there he saw that Aharon’s staff for the house of Levi had budded — it had sprouted not only buds but flowers [blossoms] and ripe almonds as well. Moshe brought out all the staffs from before Adonai to all the people of Isra’el, and they looked, and each man took back his staff” (Numbers 17:23-24).

Adonai made His choice for high priest from the Levitical line of Aaron.  The budding ‘branch’ settled the matter.   Moshe brought the remaining staffs out to the 11 men. Aaron’s staff was placed the Ark of the Covenant as a reminder for the ‘rebels’ to stop grumbling against Elohim. Along with the manna and the two stone tablets of the testimony, Aaron’s ‘branch’ remained in the Ark as a testimony.

The almond, used in creating the menorah, is used by Adonai to reveal His chosen high priest lineage. The staff not only had almond fruit, but also buds and flowers. The word ‘almond’ in Hebrew is shakad and means ‘to watch, wake or haste.’ The Almond tree is one of the first trees to ‘awaken’ in the spring in Isra’el. From the time it sprouts until it has ripened fruit is only 21 days.

The Hebrew word for ‘blossom’ or ‘flower’ in Hebrew is tzit, a root form of tzitzit or ‘tassel.’ The ‘branch’ of Aaron was given tzizit to show that as Adonai’s chosen high priest, he would ‘watch’ the priesthood to make sure they obeyed the commandments and followed Adonai’s instructions for the sanctuary. The role of the Levitical priesthood was to teach the community of Isra’el the commandments of Elohim, the difference between the ‘holy’ and ‘profane,’ and to distinguish between the ‘clean’ and ‘unclean’ (Ezekiel 22:26, 44:23).

“Everything in Isra’el which has been consecrated unconditionally is to be yours. All the contributions of holy things which the people of Isra’el offer to Adonai I have given to you, your sons and your daughters with you; this is a perpetual law, an eternal covenant of salt before Adonai for you and your descendants with you” (Numbers 18:14, 19).

All contributions set-apart for Elohim were given to Aaron and his descendants as an eternal covenant of salt (Parashah 24). Every grain, sin, and guilt offering given to Adonai by fire was especially holy for Aaron and his sons to eat in the holy place.  All wave offerings were given to Aaron and his descendants.

The first produce of the land belonged to Aaron and his family for food. All firstborn from the womb, whether human or animal, was given to Aaron. All firstborn humans and ‘unclean’ beasts over a month of age were redeemed for five shekels of silver or its value according to the sanctuary shekel.  Firstborn of ‘clean’ animals had their blood splashed against the Altar with their fat going up in smoke as a fragrant offering. The breast and the right thigh were Aaron’s for food.

Because Adonai was their inheritance, the Levites, along with Aaron and his sons, were not given any land. The tenth or tithe the Levities collected from the Israelites was for the priesthood as payment for their services in the Tabernacle. From the tenth or tithe given to the Levites, a tithe was removed as a gift for Adonai. His portion was given to Aaron’s and his family (Numbers 18:29).

Inheritance of the Levites

“Adonai said to Aharon, ‘You are not to have any inheritance or portion in their land; I am your portion and inheritance among the people of Isra’el’” (Numbers 18:20).

Yarash or yaresh are two different spellings in Hebrew for ‘inheritance’ that mean ‘to take possession of’ with the idea of ‘causing others to possess or inherit.’ Nachlalah is a noun that means ‘possession of property’ with the concept of ‘heritage.’ Aaron was not to receive a land inheritance because he received the heritage of being high priest over an earthly kingdom foreshadowing the heavenly one of Messiah.

“But whoever takes refuge in me will possess the land and inherit my holy mountain” (Isaiah 57:13b).

The Hebrew word for ‘land’ in this verse is eretz and means ‘earth’. Yeshua quoted the prophet Isaiah, “How blessed are the meek! For they will inherit the land!” (Matthew 5:5)

‘Land’ in this passage is the Greek word gen and means ‘earth.’ Yeshua says, “The meek will inherit ‘the earth.’” The Kingdom of Elohim or the Kingdom of Heaven (interchangeable terms) is not somewhere up in the sky, but on earth. When the earth is restored, the sanctified people of Elohim, those who bear fruit, grow in the knowledge of Elohim, and are strengthened by His Ruach haKodesh will inherit the new heavens and the new earth along with Adonai’s holy mountain in the New Jerusalem. This inheritance is eternal and will never spoil or fade. This inheritance is the hope to which we were called and should be the reason to live a life worthy of that calling.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Messiah Yeshua! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Yeshua Messiah from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,  who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:3-5, NIV).

“Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified [set apart as holy to Adonai]” (Acts 20:32, NIV).

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe” (Ephesians 1:18-19, NIV).

“You may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,  and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light” (Colossians 1:10-12, NIV).

Yeshua and Little Children

“So the greatest in the Kingdom is whoever makes himself as humble as this child. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me; and whoever ensnares one of these little ones who trust me, it would be better for him to have a millstone hung around his neck and be drowned in the open sea!” (Matthew 18:4-6)

“See that you never despise one of these little ones, for I tell you that their angels in heaven are continually seeing the face of my Father in heaven…. Thus your Father in heaven does not want even one of these little ones to be lost” (Matthew 18:10,14).

“Then children were brought to him so that he might lay his hands on them and pray for them, but the talmidim rebuked the people bringing them. However, Yeshua said, “Let the children come to me, don’t stop them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” Then, after laying his hands on them, he went on his way” (Matthew 19:13-15).

“Yeshua said to his talmidim, ‘It is impossible that snares will not be set. But woe to the person who sets them! It would be to his advantage that he have a millstone hung around his neck and he be thrown into the sea, rather than that he ensnare one of these little ones’” (Luke 17:1-2).

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Parashah 22: Vayak’hel (He assembled)

Exodus 35:1-38:20
(In a regular year, read with Parashah 23; in a leap year read separately.)

“Moshe assembled the whole community of the people of Isra’el and said to them, ‘These are the things which Adonai has ordered you to do’” (Exodus 35:1).  

The instructions given to the Israelites are sometimes referred to as ‘The Mosaic Law.’ Though that delineation differentiates the Torah from other laws like man-made traditions or even the ‘law of sin and death,’ it has been wrongly interpreted to mean ‘the law that came from Moshe that has nothing to do with anyone who isn’t Jewish.’   In truth, Moshe was only the intercessor between Elohim and the Israelites and did not make any commands or instructions.

Elohim reminds His people to remember the Sabbath day once again.  He places considerable value on this commandment! The Israelites are to work only six days because the seventh day is a holy day of complete rest, the Shabbat. Whoever works on the Shabbat is to be put to death. This seems like a harsh consequence, but the wages of breaking Adonai’s commands is death.  He knows that if one person begins breaking the Sabbath, others will follow, and eventually His holy day will be forgotten. It is important that while the Israelites work to build the Tabernacle, they only work six days and enter His rest on the seventh.

Hebrew Word Pictures 
Sabbath or shabbat – שבת – shin, bet, tav
– the covenant sign consumes the house

Seven or sheva – שבע – shin, bet, ayin
– consume the family, understand

“Then he [Yeshua] said to them, ‘Shabbat was made for mankind, not mankind for Shabbat; So the Son of Man is Lord even of Shabbat’” (Mark 2:27-28).

According to Yeshua, the Sabbath was created for man. Elohim created Adam and Eve, and then created the Sabbath day so they could fellowship with Him. Elohim did not create the Sabbath and then humanity; he did not want any bondage to the day. No man-made rule should keep anyone from peace, joy, and fellowship with Adonai on His holy day.

Because Yeshua is Lord of the Shabbat, he can determine what is lawful and what is not. He can decide whether picking grain on the Sabbath is lawful because his disciples were hungry. He can heal on the Sabbath because he came to set people free from ‘carrying a burden.’ As the Son of Man, he also implies that an individual has the authority to decide the proper halacha or ways for walking out the command of Sabbath. With the Ruach haKodesh, true halacha is written on the hearts of the followers of Messiah and not in the traditions of the rabbis and sages.

“A man there had a shriveled hand. Looking for a reason to accuse him of something, they asked him, ‘Is healing permitted on Shabbat?’ But he answered, ‘If you have a sheep that falls in a pit on Shabbat, which of you won’t take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore, what is permitted on Shabbat is to do good’” (Matthew 12:10-2).

“You are not to kindle a fire in any of your homes on the Shabbat” (Exodus 35:3). 

Adonai gives the first of six commands for honoring the Sabbath. While the Israelites were living in the desert, they didn’t need much fire during the day; at night they had the pillar of fire to keep them warm. However, they needed fires for cooking so they were being commanded not to cook on the Sabbath.  They had already been instructed about collecting extra manna on the sixth day, now they are not to cook it over a fire on the seventh.

Over the centuries Jewish traditions turned this simple command into a plethora of rules regarding kindling a fire.  Shabbat candles, for example, are not to be lit after sundown as that is considered kindling a fire.  Hanukkah candles on Shabbat must be lit before the Shabbat candles, both before sunset. In some parts of the colder regions of world, gentiles were hired to kindle fires on Shabbat so Jewish families could stay warm. This type of behavior goes directly against the command for anyone within your home to honor the Shabbat. Kindling a fire is different from maintaining a fire to keep from freezing to death.

Years ago I heard a rabbi teach about living, not dying by Torah. He used the example in Matthew 12:1-6 of Yeshua going through the fields and picking grain on the Sabbath, which was considered work according to Jewish tradition.   The leaders judged him for breaking the Shabbat.  He reminds them of David who, when he was hungry, took the consecrated bread that was supposed to be only for the priests and fed it to his men (1 Samuel 21:1-6, Luke 6:1-5). This was ‘unlawful,’ but acceptable to the priest. Why? When faced with a life or death situation, the priest knew that Elohim desires that we choose life over death (Deuteronomy 30:19). It is a command of Adonai not kindle a fire on Shabbat; however, if someone is going to die from the cold or starvation, it is His will to choose life and kindle that fire.

“Anyone whose heart makes him willing” (Exodus 35:5).

Moshe tells the Israelites everything that Adonai told him on the mountain.   In order to make the Tabernacle, a dwelling place for Adonai’s presence, a collection was taken of gold, silver, bronze, blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, fine linen, goat’s hair, tanned ram skins, fine leather, Acacia wood, oil, spices, along with onyx and precious stones.

The key to the contributions concerned the heart of the individual.  Adonai knows the hearts of His people and He doesn’t want their contributions if they don’t have a willing heart. Most, if not all, of these items were received when plundering Egypt and weren’t actually Israelite property. The property belonged to Adonai who delivered the Israelites. Any person who wanted to hold onto the plundered goods would not be included in worshiping Adonai through a free-will offering.

Adonai knows our wicked hearts better than we do which should make us fearful of Him.  In Acts 5:1-11, Ananias and Sapphira are perfect examples of ‘half-hearted’ giving to Adonai and they received their reward.  They died.

Moshe begins listing everything they will be making for the Tabernacle.   He calls on craftsmen to come forward and help building the Mishkan, all the furnishings, and the garments for the priesthood. Everyone whose “hearts were stirred” brought their offerings to Adonai. Everyone whose “spirit made him willing” brought offerings of gold (Exodus 35:20-22).

None of the Israelites, except a chosen few, were given the Ruach Elohim.  Adonai’s Spirit has not yet been poured out for His instructions to be written on the hearts of His people. The Israelites were filled with His Spirit and desiring to obey and live by His rulings. Each person acted out their faith through a willingness of heart, a stirring of their human spirit.

Born again believers who have the indwelling Ruach haKodesh and should have Torah written on their hearts have become much less willing to live by Adonai’s instructions. There seems to be no issue with blaspheming the greatest power ever given to us –– the power of the Ruach haKodesh that transforms us into obedient children in His family.

“Also, everyone who says something against the Son of Man will have it forgiven him; but whoever has blasphemed the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit,  will not be forgiven” (Luke 2:10).

Only a select few Israelites, which included Betzal’el and Oholi’av, were filled with the Ruach Elohim.  They were given wisdom, knowledge, and understanding about working with gold, silver, bronze, precious stones, and woodcarving, and the skills for every kind design work including embroidery. They were also given the ability to teach others.

The Feminine Touch

“Likewise the women whose heart stirred them to use their skill” (Exodus 35:26).

Women also gave what they had of the plundered goods; they were not separated out or ignored.  They had skills which were needed and used in creating the Tabernacle. Spinning was a woman’s work and the Israelite women immediately began spinning the blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, fine linen and goat’s hair.

With the modern-day feminist movement, women in the Body of Messiah have bought into the same lies as the women of the world.  They believe they need to be equal to men, not accepting that they were created differently. The ‘spirit of Jezebel’ has bewitched women to rise up and take positions of leadership over men. When Eve stepped out from under the authority of Adam, she became the catalyst for bringing sin into the world. The failure of men to be strong spiritual leaders has occurred because women have stepped out of their place of authority, which is under man, who is under the authority of Messiah, who is under the authority of his Father (Luke 7, 6-8, 1 Corinthians 11).

Women argue against wearing a head covering as a sign of their authority, but some women in the Hebrew roots movement will wear tzizit and prayer shawls that are supposed to be worn by men.  They have embraced the idea that ‘Israelites’ includes both sexes, when only Israelite men were counted when leaving Egypt or for the census.  Women were not considered less valuable than men or unequal, they were placed under the authority of men: fathers, brothers, and husbands protecting them from being raped, sexually assaulted or abused within the community. In their proper position, women had much to offer in the building of the Tabernacle.

Some may argue that in Adonai’s Kingdom there is no difference between men and women (Galatians 3:27-28). This is true spiritually. Both men and women sin, and both need redemption.  However, in the physical world, there are obvious physical differences between men and women.   Though physically weaker than men, women are to be respected as heirs to the Kingdom. If husbands do not respect their wives as fellow heirs, their prayers will be hindered (1 Peter 3:7).

Feminism has blurred the roles between men and women so decisively that if this were the days of Moshe, women would be forcing men to spin goat’s hair while they fought for the right to melt gold.  The confusion of gender roles would undermine ‘hearts being stirred’ to offer what each individual was gifted to offer.   Dissatisfaction with the gender roles would have never propelled a physical Tabernacle to rise up in the wilderness, let alone a spiritual one built with living stones.

Women also served at the Tabernacle. The Hebrew word for ‘served’ is tzaba and means to ‘minister.’  Tzaba also infers ‘a soldier who goes off to war’ and is the root for the Hebrew ‘hosts,’ tzvaot. Tzaba is used to describe the service of the priests, Aaron’s descendants in the Tabernacle (Numbers 4:23,35,39).  Though it is believed that those who performed Tabernacle duties were only men, it is implied that Levitical women also had ministering roles in the Tabernacle.

The hearts of the children of Isra’el were stirred above and beyond what was asked or imagined (Ephesians 3:20-21). Their willingness to give for the Tabernacle proved their desire for Adonai to live among them.

“The people were restrained from making additional contributions.  For what they had already was not only sufficient for doing all the work, but too much!” (Exodus 36:7)

Yeshua and Thyatira
Revelation 2:18-29

Yeshua reveals himself to Thyatira as the ‘Son of God’  with a very detailed description of his glorified person. His eyes are a fiery flame and his feet are burnished brass.  With his fiery eyes, he searches minds and hearts and gives to each person what they deserve. Everyone, including followers of Yeshua will be accountable for everything said and done in this life, as well as how they build on the foundation of the apostles and prophets (1 Corinthians 3:13, Ephesians 2:20).

Thyatira was named after the Greek goddess Pelopia and was located south of modern-day Istanbul (aka Constantinople named after Constantine).  A god-fearer named Lydia who sold purple cloth was from Thyatira.  When she heard Sha’ul’s message of salvation, Adonai opened her heart.   She was so full of joy that she invited Sha’ul and Silas to her home (Acts 16:14-15).

The believers in Thyatira have love, faith, service, and perseverance.  They continue to spiritually grow and their works increase as they mature.  However, they tolerate a woman known as Jezebel, a false prophetess who leads Adonai’s people into sexual immorality and encourages them to eat food sacrificed to idols.   Yeshua has dealt with this woman and given her time to repent, but she has refused.  He will judge her by throwing her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her will have great trouble.  He will even strike “her children dead!” (Revelation 2:23).  

The account of Jezebel is found in 1 Kings 16-21 and 2 Kings 9. Jezebel married Ahab who was the King of northern Isra’el.  He was a weak man and allowed Jezebel to take authority over her him and the kingdom.  She did not love the Elohim of Isra’el and she had zero moral compass.  She had her husband steal Nahab’s vineyard and kill him.  She had many of Isra’el’s prophets murdered. She allowed temples to be built in the northern kingdom for worshiping Ba’al. Only the prophet Elijah stood against her and her 450 prophets of Ba’al.  When the Elohim of Isra’el is proven greater and more powerful than the Ba’als, Elijah and Jezebel become mortal enemies, and Jezebel seeks his death.  After King Ahab dies, Jehu is anointed by Elisha to overthrow the house of Ahab and confront Jezebel.  She eventually dies by falling from a balcony and her body is eaten by dogs.

According to Yeshua, Jezebel knows “Satan’s deep secrets” (Revelation 2:24). This makes her not only a false prophetess, but a woman of the occult.   She is called an adulteress and those who follow her false prophecies commit spiritual adultery with her will suffer the consequences.  They will endure a bed of suffering, trouble, and watch their children die!

To be thrown onto a bed of suffering alludes to the ‘lake of fire that burns with sulfur’ which refers to the second death or complete spiritual death (Revelation 20:8).  Spiritual death is eternal without any hope of redemption. It is the final judgment for the Adversary, the beast, the false prophet, and those who follow Jezebel.

Fighting against the ‘spirit of Jezebel’ is oppressive and burdensome.  There is always the temptation to fall into spiritual adultery because the Adversary’s ways are enticing.  The battle is so fierce for the believers in Thyatira that Yeshua adds nothing more for them except to “hold fast to what you have until I come” (Revelation 2:25).

Those who overcome the ‘spirit of Jezebel’ will receive authority to rule over the nations.  Their authority will not be usurped by any demonic spirit.  They will rule with an iron staff and crush the nations to pieces like pottery.  Their authority will not be readily accepted, but they will have victory because they overcame Jezebel’s deep secrets. They will also be given the Morning Star.  Discerning true prophets of Adonai who give light to the congregation and put to death the false ones like Jezebel is utterly important for receiving a reward from Yeshua.

“Yes, we have the prophetic Word made very certain. You will do well to pay attention to it as to a light shining in a dark, murky place, until the Day dawns and the Morning Star rises in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19)

(See Study Helps for information on the book Illusion of Truth, a testimony about spiritual warfare and the victory over the ‘spirit of Jezebel.’) 

The Tent Coverings

The tent covering was made of layers from different fabric. On the inside where the priests would minister, ten sheets, all the same size, were made with finely woven linen and blue, purple, and scarlet yarn. They were joined together so the interior part of the tent formed one single unit. The next covering layer was made of spun goat’s hair. The sheets were made in the same way, ten sheets, all the same size, joined together into one single unit. Another layer of covering was made of fine leather from rams’ skins.

The tent was set up using planks and cross bars made of Acacia wood overlaid with gold and set in silver sockets. For the entrance to the tent, a screen of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and fine linen were woven together in colors. It had five posts and hooks. Everything was overlaid with gold while the five sockets were bronze.

K’ruvim or Cherubim

“He made the [holy] curtain with k’ruvim worked in that had been crafted by a skilled artisan” (Exodus 36:8).

Skilled men made the Holy Curtain that separated the Holy of Holies from the Holy Place of blue, purple, scarlet yarn and fine linen. Other skilled artisans wove k’ruvim into each sheet and the Holy Curtain. K’ruvim is the Hebrew word for ‘cherubim’ and means ‘nearness’ or ‘intimacy.’ They are a type of angelic being anointed to guard the heavenly sanctuary, and one specific k’ruvim guarded the Garden of Eden (Ezekiel 28:13).

K’ruvim has the same root as korban which means ‘offering. ’ Each of the artisans ‘drew near’ to Adonai as they worked His instructed designs into the fabric.  Imagine how the Ruach Elohim was moving, teaching, and showing these men things they could never have imagined without divine guidance!  Consider that the Tabernacle would become a very spiritual place where the priests, and especially the high priest and Adonai would meet, but it was also very physical ‘tent’.  Through the physical actions of these men and women, as they created and worked, they entered the spiritual realm.

The prophet Ezekiel describes a k’ruv, who had “the seal on perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in Eden, the garden of God” (Ezekiel 28: 11-12)  This particular k’ruv protected a large region and was placed on Adonai’s holy mountain.  “You walked back and forth among stones of fire.  You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, until unrighteousness  was found in you” (Ezekiel 28:14-15).  

This k’ruv became filled with violence and sinned.  He was thrown out from the mountain of Adonai and destroyed by fire and turned to ash. “You protecting k’ruv, your heart grew proud because of your beauty, you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. Therefore I have brought forth fire from within you, and it has devoured you; I reduced you into ashes on the ground”  (Ezekiel 28:17-18).

Hebrew Word Pictures
Cherubim or k’ruvim – כרבים – kaf, resh, bet, yod, mem
– to cover the highest authority of the house, the mighty finished work

The Holy Place

“A tent was set up, the outer one, which was called the Holy Place; in it were the menorah, the table and the Bread of the Presence” (Hebrews 9:2).

Every object in the Holy Place within the Mishkan was made from gold.  Gold comes from the Hebrew word zahav and means ‘brilliance and splendor.’  Gold is associated with all that is ‘Kadosh l’Adonai.’ The judgments of Adonai are true and righteous and are to be desired more than fine gold (Psalm 19:9-10). King Solomon compared instruction, wisdom, and understanding to gold (Proverbs 8:10, 16:16). Faith is tested in the fire like gold because it is very precious (1 Peter 1:7).

The Ark of the Covenant 

“Arise, Lord, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might” (Psalm 132:8).

Betzal’el made the Ark of the Covenant from Acacia wood and overlaid it with gold inside and out.  He put molding at the top, made rings for the corners, and put carrying poles in the rings. He made the kaphar or cover for the Ark.  On the cover were two k’ruvim made of pure hammered gold which were one piece with the cover. The k’ruvim had their wings spread so they covered the Ark. They faced each other, but their eyes looked down toward the center of the Ark covering where Adonai and the high priest would meet. The k’ruvim on the Ark of the Covenant match the descriptions of the k’ruvim found in Ezekiel 1:4-14 and Revelation 4:6-8.  In both references, the k’ruvim are with Adonai as part of His chariot and His Throne.  They are so close to Him that to be close to them brings nearness to Him.

The Table of Presence

“The altar was of wood, five-and-a-quarter feet high and three-and-a-half feet long; its length and walls were also of wood. He said to me, ‘This is the table which is in the presence of Adonai’”
(Ezekiel 41:22).

Betzal’el made the Table of Presence of Acacia wood with a molding and overlaid it with pure gold. He made four gold rings and attached the rings to the corners of the table near the legs for the gold-covered carrying poles.  All utensils that were used with the table, its dishes, pans, bowls, and pitchers, were made of pure gold.

The Altar of Incense

“All the people were outside, praying, at the time of the incense burning, when there appeared to him an angel of Adonai standing to the right of the incense altar” (Luke 1:10-11).

Betzal’el made the Altar for burning incense from Acacia wood with a molding and overlaid its top, sides, and horns with pure gold. He made two gold rings to hold the gold-covered carrying poles fastening them under the molding at the two corners of the Altar on both sides. He also created the anointing oil and pure incense as instructed by Adonai.

The Menorah

“Then the angel that had been speaking with me returned and roused me, as if he were waking someone up from being asleep, and asked me, ‘What do you see?’ I answered, ‘I’ve been looking at a menorah; it’s all of gold, with a bowl at its top, seven lamps on it, and seven tubes leading to the lamps at its top’” (Zechariah 4:1-2).

Betzal’el hammered the holy Menorah from 60 pounds of pure gold.  He made its base, shaft, cups, rings, outer leaves, and flowers a single unit. Six branches extended from its sides –– three on one side and three on the other.  Each branch had three cups shaped like almond blossoms with a ring of outer leaves and petals. On the central shaft, he made four cups shaped like almond blossoms, each with its ring of outer leaves and petals.  Where each pair of branches joined the central shaft was a ring of outer leaves with a pair of branches. The rings of outer leaves and their branches were one piece with the shaft making the whole Menorah one piece of hammered pure gold. He also made its seven lamps, tongs, and trays of pure gold.

In Hebrew, ‘almond’ is shakeed which means ‘diligence, perseverance or watchfulness.’  In Judaism, the ‘Tree of Life’ is believed to be an almond life.  In Scripture, the almond symbolizes old age (Ecclesiastes 12:5), a rod of authority (Numbers 17:8), and the eyes of Adonai.

“The word of Adonai came to me: ‘What do you see, Jeremiah?’ ‘I see the branch of an almond tree.’ ‘You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that My Word is fulfilled’” (Jeremiah 1:11-12).

Hebrew Word Pictures
Almond or shakeed – שקד – shin, kof, dalet
– consume what is behind the pathway

Imagine standing in the Holy Place as a Levite priest. Every object is covered in gold from the poles and crossbars holding up the tent to the frame around you. It would be like standing inside a cubed golden box. The thickness of the outer coverings blocks the light from the outside. The Menorah is filled with oil and glows. Its light reflects from every golden object from the tables to the utensils. A supernatural light –– The Divine Presence –– guarded by the k’ruvim, the angels of Adonai, surrounds you in its perfection.

Now imagine stepping through the thick curtain separating the Holy Place from the Outer Courtyard into the sunlight. The difference between the divine light in Holy Place and the sunshine in the Outer Courtyard makes you squint your eyes. This difference between the place of purification and the place of sacrifice is the difference between the ‘light’ on the first day of creation and the light of the sun, moon, and stars on the fourth day.

The Outer Courtyard

Everything in the Outer Courtyard was made of bronze.  Bronze comes from the Hebrew word nechosheth and can mean brass, brazen or copper.  Bronze is an alloy mixed with other metals such as zinc, aluminum or nickel and easily cast into a shape.   It was not a precious metal, but was strong, durable and resistant to corrosion. The serpent that Moshe held up in the wilderness was made of bronze (Numbers 21:8-9) and Goliath had a bronze coat of chain mail, a bronze helmet, bronze leg armor, and a bronze javelin (1 Samuel 17:5-6).

Betzal’el made the Courtyard tapestries of finely woven linen. He also cast bronze sockets and posts with silver rings for hanging the tapestries and banded silver posts. The screen for the entrance gate to the Most Holy Place was woven in colors of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and fine linen. The tent pegs for the Tabernacle and the Courtyard around were made of bronze.

The Altar of Sacrifice

“Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous, in burnt offerings offered whole; then bulls will be offered on your altar” (Psalm 51:19).

Betzal’el made the square Altar for burnt offerings from Acacia wood.  He made horns on its four corners and overlaid the whole Altar with bronze. He made the pots, shovels, basins, meat-hooks, and fire pans out of bronze.  He made a grate of bronze netting for under its rim that went halfway up the Altar.  The corners had four bronze rings for the four bronze carrying poles that fit into the rings on the sides of the Altar.  The inside of the Altar was made of planks and remained hollow.

The Bronze Laver

“He made the basin of bronze with its base of bronze from the mirrors of the women serving at the entrance to the tent of meeting” (Exodus 38:8).

Betzal’el made the Laver of bronze creating its base from the mirrors of the women serving at the entrance to the Tabernacle.  Mirrors in ancient times were not glass like mirrors today, they were highly polished bronze. By making the base from a reflective material, the priests could see whether or not their face and bodies were washed of blood before entering the Holy Place.

Yeshua and Ephesus
Revelation 2:12-17

In the message to the congregation in Ephesus, Yeshua describes himself as the “one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven gold menorahs.” Yeshua, as the holy and beaten Menorah, walks among the menorahs of his people because he is the one from whom the congregation receives its light. Without him, there is no light in the darkness (John 1:9).

Ephesus was a Greek metropolis known for its Temple to Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.  Acts 19 recounts Paul’s visit to Ephesus and his comments regarding the goddess Artemis and ‘the fallen stone.’ Within this city, there is great darkness and the light of the Menorah, Yeshua, is of utmost importance.

Yeshua knows the Messianic believers in Ephesus work hard; they persevere and they don’t grow weary for his sake.  They hate wickedness and liars. Yet, they have one grievous sin –– they have lost their first love. Their works have become either mundane, are just an outward act for others to see or done for personal satisfaction. Though they may take care of the poor, the widow, and the orphan, they no longer do it out of love for the ‘light of the world.’

When Sha’ul’ wrote to the Ephesians, his letter was filled with hope and encouragement. He writes about their inheritance and standing in the heavenly realm.  He explains  how they have become part of the Commonwealth of Isra’el and are being built into a holy, spiritual temple.  He compares a marriage relationship to Messiah and his Body.  It is to Ephesians he writes that their salvation is by grace through faith, not their works. 

Yeshua sees only their works, not their love for him. The consequence for this sin is the removal of their menorah.  If they don’t repent and return to loving Yeshua with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, they will be left in darkness.  Without his light, they will no longer shine in the dark city around them and their testimony will be snuffed out.

In their favor, they hate the Nicolaitans. In Greek, nico means ‘conquer’ and laitan refers to ‘lay people.’  Nicolaitan means ‘conquer the lay people.’ This implies there is a hierarchy of those who rule and those who submit to their rule. Yeshua hates this hierarchy because he is to be the Shepherd over his sheep, King over his kingdom, High Priest over his priesthood, and the Bridegroom of his bride.

When Yeshua returns with his reward, the overcomer will be allowed to enter the Garden of Eden and eat from the Tree of Life. They will experience the total restoration of everything, including the eternal Sabbath (Revelation 22:14). Until that time, the Ephesians must return to Yeshua, their first love, so that their menorah will not be removed from its stand and they assimilate into the darkness of the world.

“How blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they have the right to eat from the Tree of Life and go through the gates into the city!” (Revelation 22:14)

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The Shining Fallen One

Adonai created heavenly beings called angels. Archangels are the highest ranking angels and answer only to Adonai. Several are known in Scripture by the names: Micha’el, Gabri’el, Rapha’el, and Uri’el. These archangels are the generals in Adonai’s army and engage in spiritual warfare. Micha’el, the chief of the archangels, comes to Daniel’s rescue and explains that there are regions under divine protection (Daniel 10:3). The archangels take authority over one keruv (cherub) when he wants to dispute the body of Moshe (Jude 1:9).

Keruvim or ‘cherubim’ are a lower hierarchy than archangels. Keruvim are angelic security guards. They guard the entrance to the Garden of Eden with swords and protect the Throne of Adonai. Two keruvim sit atop the Ark of the Covenant with their wings spread as they guard the ‘Throne of Adonai.’

The prophet Ezekiel had two encounters with keruvim and describes their appearance. Each keruv had straight legs and feet like a calf’s hoof that sparkled like polished bronze. They had four wings: two wings touched each other and two others touched the wing of another keruv. Under their wings they had four human hands. Their whole body including their back, hands, and wings, was covered with eyes. The movement of their wings sounded like the voice of Adonai. Each keruv had four faces: a keruv, a man, a lion, and an eagle.

Each had wheels that sparkled like topaz or beryl and were also covered with eyes. The wheels were like a wheel within a wheel that had high rims moving in all four directions. The spirit of the living beings was in the wheels, rising wherever the keruv moved and lowering when the keruv stopped. The keruvim rushed back and forth like bolts of lightning that looked like bright fire and hot coals (Ezekiel chapters 1 and 10).

A Special Keruv

“‘You put the seal on perfection; you were full of wisdom and perfect in beauty; you were in ‘Eden, the garden of God; covered with all kinds of precious stones — carnelians, topaz, diamonds, beryl, onyx, jasper, sapphires, green feldspar, emeralds; your pendants and jewels were made of gold, prepared the day you were created. You were a keruv, protecting a large region; I placed you on God’s holy mountain. You walked back and forth among stones of fire” (Ezekiel 28:12-14, Complete Jewish Bible).

One guardian keruv was placed in the Garden of Eden. This keruv was full of wisdom, perfect, and beautiful to behold. The Hebrew word for ‘perfect’ is tamim meaning ‘full of integrity.’ Precious stones were created to cover (mesukkah) him like a garment. He was clothed in carnelian, topaz, diamonds, beryl, onyx, jasper, sapphire, green feldspar, and emeralds –– stones like those on the High Priest’s breastplate and the 12 foundations of the New Jerusalem. This keruv was also given ‘gold pendants and jewels.’ The Orthodox Jewish Bible translates ‘pendants and jewels made of gold’ as ‘hand drums’ and ‘wind instruments.’

This keruv was ‘anointed’ to guard and protect God’s holy mountain in the heavenly Jerusalem. With full access to the Sanctuary of Adonai, this keruv worshiped Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh at His Throne with tambourines, flutes, and other woodwinds. The prophet Isaiah calls this keruv the ‘morning star’ (Isaiah 14:12). In Hebrew, the word ‘star’ is helel and means ‘Shining One.’ Helel is the root of ‘halleluyah’ which is the reason many believe this keruv led worship in the heavenly Sanctuary.

The Latin word ‘lucifer’ comes from lux meaning ‘light’ and fero meaning ‘to carry’ and is used only in the King James Bible. Lucifer, the ‘light bringer’ is used for ‘the dawn’ (Psalm 110:3), ‘some constellation’ (Job 38:32), and ‘morning star’ referring to Venus (2 Peter 1:19); it is not the proper name of this keruv.

The ‘Shining One’ walked back and forth among stones of fire. There are many references related to fire when being in the presence of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh. He appeared as a fire in the bush that didn’t burn when He called Moshe. He was in the fire on top of Mount Sinai when He met with the Israelites. He was in a pillar of fire that protected the Israelites, and Daniel sees the Throne of Adonai as ‘fiery flames’ (Daniel 7:9).

The prophet Ezekiel describes the appearance of keruvim like fiery coals, burning like a torch (Ezekiel 1:13). Psalm 104:4 says Adonai makes His ‘servants,’ malakim or angels, a flame of fire. The ‘Shining One’ among ‘fiery stones’ could mean that he merely walked with the angels in the heavenly ‘burning’ Sanctuary of Adonai. Enoch, a pre-flood prophet, walked with Adonai and was ‘taken’ to a place where stones of fire burned day and night, a description of the angelic realm.

The ‘Shining One’ was perfect from the day he was created until unrighteousness was found in him (Ezekiel 28:15). The Hebrew uses the word ‘iniquity’ –– premeditated and intentional sin –– suggesting his iniquity ran so deep that he purposely brought sin into the heavenly realm.

“How did you come to fall from the heavens, morning star, son of the dawn?” (Isaiah 14:12).

The ‘Shining One’s’ beauty became corrupted and his wisdom was perverted with an insatiable pride. The Hebrew word for ‘pride’ is ga’own and means ‘arrogant.’ In his arrogance, the ‘Shining One’ desired to scale the heavens, raise his throne above God’s stars. He wanted to sit on the Mount of Assembly far away in the north, rise above the tops of the clouds, and make himself like the Most High (Isaiah 14:13, Psalm 48:1-3).

“‘Your commerce grew, you became filled with violence; and in this way you sinned” (Ezekiel 28:16).

The Hebrew word ‘commerce’ is rekullah and means ‘trade’ and ‘peddle.’ What was the ‘son of the dawn’ peddling? He peddled the promise of a greater heavenly position to those malakim that would submit to him. He peddled rebellion against the Kingdom of Adonai in order to set up his own kingdom. What did the ‘morning star’ trade? He traded truth for a lie, wisdom for ignorance, light for darkness, beauty for sin, and death for life.

“You became filled with violence; and in this way you sinned. Therefore I have thrown you out, defiled, from the mountain of God; I have destroyed you, protecting keruv, from among the stones of fire. Your heart grew proud because of your beauty, you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor” (Ezekiel 28:16-17).

The pride of the ‘Shining One’ brought him down to Sh’ol, the holding place for the wicked until the Day of Judgment. He became filled with violence. The Hebrew word for ‘violence’ is avel and means ‘injustice.’ The ‘Shining One’s’ injustice was violent; his sin of rebellion defiled him and everything he touched. The Hebrew word for ‘defile’ is chalal and means ‘profane.’ The ‘Shining One’ profaned the holiness of the angelic realm; the holiness of the Sanctuary. Adonai could no longer trust this keruv to protect His Throne and His holy mountain.

He threw him out of the heavenly Sanctuary as a profane, common, unholy thing. Even his music was thrown out with him: “Your pride has been brought down to Sh’ol with the music of your lyres” (Isaiah 14:11). Adonai had to destroy the ‘Shining One.’ The Hebrew word for ‘destroy is abad and means ‘to be blotted out.’ This keruv had to be ‘blotted out;’ his heavenly angelic name unknown forever.

Yeshua witnessed the entire event that happened in a moment: “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” (Luke 10:18). The ‘Shining One’ became known as satan in Hebrew, not as a name, but ‘a temptation that must be overcome’ –– the Adversary. His shining stones turned into the shimmering scales of a serpent. He came to Havah in the Garden as a deceiver where he once was the protecting keruv. She had to choose whether she was going to ‘trade’ with him; whether the goods he was ‘peddling’ were worth the price.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Satan – satan – שתן

ש Shin – A Tooth means ‘consume’ and ‘destroy.’

ט Tet – A Snake means ‘twisting.’

ן Nun – A Fish means ‘life.

In Hebrew word pictures the meaning of satan: consume and destroy by twisting life.

The ‘fallen one’ became the Adversary of Adonai. His desire was to violently destroy the promised ‘Seed of woman,’ the Seed that would break his ‘head’ and ultimately destroy him and his desire for a kingdom. He began with Cain killing Abel, lessening the ‘Seed’ chance by one-half (Genesis 4:8). He sent ‘fallen angels’ to procreate with women corrupting human DNA, but righteous Noah brought forth Shem (Genesis 6:1-2). He tried to change the ‘promised seed’ from Isaac to Ishmael, but Abraham put his hope in the ‘seed’ of faith (Genesis 16:1-2). He made Jacob and Esau enemies, but Jacob overcame every obstacle including a wrestling match and his sons multiplied into Israel (Genesis 25:22-23). He tried to destroy Judah’s descendants, but Tamar intervened and gave birth to Perez (Genesis 38:26). He brought a Nephiliim descendant named Goliath to destroy Israel, but David, the future King, prevailed (1 Samuel 17:51). He tried to annihilate the Jews in Persia, but his plan was foiled by Queen Esther (Esther 7:7). He tried to exterminate Temple worship and Jewish culture through pagan assimilation, but was conquered by the Maccabees and a faithful priesthood. In his pride and arrogance, the Adversary went directly to the ‘Seed’ himself and tempted Yeshua in the wilderness by offering him all the kingdoms of the world for his servitude (Matthew 4:8-9, Luke 4:5-7).

The Adversary is called the ‘god of this world’ and has his throne on earth (2 Corinthians 4:4, Revelation 2:13). He goes ‘to and fro’ roaming the earth as the accuser and always scheming to stumble disciples (Job 2:2, 2 Corinthians 2:11). He goes around like a roaring lion seeking to devour whomever he can through oppressive bondage and bringing demons to possess the unsuspecting like Judas (Luke 13;16, Luke 22:3, 1 Peter 5:8).

Once he reflected the God’s light through his covering of precious stones; now he masquerades as an ‘angel of light’ (2 Corinthians 11:14). He is full of deception and evil. He is an enemy of everything good. He twists the ways and commands of Adonai (Acts 3:10). He is the prince and power of the air whose spiritual agents are other ‘fallen angels’ working their deceptions among the disobedient (Ephesians 2:2).

When the Adversary is hurled to the earth permanently, he will be seen for what he actually is –– a beast that is dreadful, horrible, extremely strong with great iron teeth (Daniel 7:7-8). He will devour the whole earth, trample it down, and crush it because he knows his judgment is near (Revelation 12:10). As the Great Dragon, he birth through demonic possession will the anti-messiah, the ‘seed’ of the serpent. This ‘seed’ will work all kinds of false miracles, signs, and wonders beguiling the whole world. He will deceive those who are headed for destruction because they do not love the Truth. They will believe the Lie – the original lie that deceived Havah in the Garden of Eden: you can be like Elohim (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).

The Adversary will oppose every god and exalt himself above every object of worship. He will require global adoration through a one-world religious system called Mystery Babylon that will become his bride. He will get what he has desired since his rebellion and was removed from the heavenly Sanctuary. He will make his throne in the earthly Temple in Jerusalem proclaiming himself to be Elohim (2 Thessalonians 2:3-5).  He will speak words against Adonai and try to exhaust the holy ones of Adonai. He will attempt to alter the ‘appointed times’ of Adonai and the Torah (Daniel 7:25).

When Messiah returns, the bride of the Adversary will be destroyed; his own head will be crushed under Yeshua’s feet (Romans 16:20). When the heavenly the court goes into session, he will stripped of his kingdom and completely destroyed; his followers along with him. This already-condemned slithering ancient serpent that eats dust on his belly will finally receive eternal judgment. The once ‘Shining One’ will be thrown into the lake of burning fire and sulfur –– the way to torment an angelic being for all eternity (Revelation 20:10).

When Adonai creates the new heavens and new earth, the heavenly city of Jerusalem with its 12 foundations of precious stones, will come down out of heaven. There will be 12 gates with 12 keruvim guarding the gates. Everything that was lost to the ‘fallen one’ will be restored; everything will be made new. Adonai will tabernacle again with mankind and Death, brought into the old order of the world by the ‘Shining One,’ will be swallowed up in victory!

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Halloween – All Hallow’s Eve

Autumn brings cooler weather, multi-colored leaves, and the harvest of corn, gourds, and pumpkins. In the midst of orange pumpkins and puffy blue clouds, excitement begins to arise for the upcoming celebration of Halloween. Every year, however, that excitement is intertwined with the fear and anxiety of child abductions, poisoned candy, and destruction of public property. Every year this celebration of darkness continues to grow in grandeur with more super Halloween costume stores and haunted houses while the righteous shake their heads and wonder what is happening to our world.

The celebration of “All Hallows Eve” is not in the Bible because God is explicit about the shameful activities done in darkness (Ephesians 5:12). Halloween celebrations take place mostly at night and center on spiritually dark things. Decorations glorify death and fear: spiders, witches, skeletons, and black cats. Children dress up in costumes that honor death and horror: ghosts, witches, devils, skeletons, vampires, and zombies. Of course, there are other costumes to soften or ‘mask’ the dark side: Cinderella, Little Bo Peep, Spiderman, Jack Sparrow and whatever is popular with Disney and the media. Teenagers, bored with masquerading, show their real character as mobsters by destroying public and private property.

“In the beginning, God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light” (Genesis 1:1-2).

Before light, there was darkness and empty space. When God spoke, light came into this world and the Light of the World was God and was with God.

“In the beginning was the Word,  and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. In him was life, and that life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.  “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil” (John 1:15, 3:19).

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I AM the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life…. “While I am in the world, I AM the light of the world…. “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness” (John 8:12, 9:5, 12:46).

Jesus calls himself the Light of the world, and there is no darkness in him. He came into the world to destroy the darkness and the spiritual powers and principalities associated with it. Because people love darkness more than they love the light, they do not understand the light nor do they come near the light.

Unfortunately, the world’s view of darkness has contaminated the hearts and minds of Christians. Rather than being transformed by the renewing of their minds, they continue to play with the “fruitless deeds of darkness” rather than expose them for what they are. Christians should be praising God for calling them out of darkness into His glorious light , not paying tribute to the darkness (1 Peter 2:9, 2 Corinthians 6:17-7:1).

“And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:15).

For several decades, Christ’s victory over death has been diluted with an infatuation of death, and Christians have blurred the line between the gift of eternal life and a celebration of death. They have traded their precious redemption through the blood of Jesus for a celebration that brings no profit to their present life or future heavenly rewards (Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:8-12).

“Be alert and of sober mind.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings (having to separate themselves?)” (1 Peter 5:7-9).

Scripture never indicates that Jesus honored any holiday with pagan roots and gods. He didn’t go out into the spiritual darkness of a pagan holiday to shine his light. He didn’t hand out gospel tracts nor did he tell his disciples to do so. His life of obedience to his Father was his testimony; ours must be too.

“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.  It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness.  Their end will be what their actions deserve” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).

As the Son of God, Jesus did not imitate evil nor should we. He didn’t pretend or masquerade to be something that he wasn’t. That is Satan’s method of operation and should not be ours. 

“Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.  Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD; because of these same detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.  You must be blameless before the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 10:10-14).

Many who claim to follow Christ have become lukewarm, mixing the holy and the profane, and without the spiritual maturity to discern good from evil. They cannot see that witchcraft with all its gnarly fingers has enslaved children and young adults in their homes, schools, and towns. They are blind to the demons and evil spirits presented in television programs and movies. Zombies are walking dead people who are given homage by those who claim to have eternal life.

“Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good.  Anyone who does what is good is from God.  Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God” (3 John 1:11).

A recent popular mantra in Christendom has been “What Would Jesus Do?” This is the exact question everyone should ask regarding any unBiblical holiday, but especially Halloween. What WOULD Jesus Do? Would he try to redeem something rooted in the abominable ways of the nations back to his Father or would he call it for what it was and not participate in pagan ways? The institutional church has been more than willing to say that everything Jewish is ‘evil’ and ‘wrong,’ but legitimate evil practices at Halloween are not? Churches create ‘alternatives’ in order to keep their disobedience disguised, allowing them to keep one foot in the world and one foot … in the world.  

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

The “god of this age,” the Adversary, has blinded the minds of unbelievers and will continue to do so until Christ’s return. The “god of this age” is also being allowed to deceive so-called believers who want to do what is ‘right in their own eyes‘ and live their life without any accountability to God. A great deception has happened to those who claim to have the ‘light,’ but still embrace the darkness in practicies that they deem as fun and harmless.

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?  Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14).

For those who truly have made Jesus their Savior, it is imperative to allow Him to be Lord as well. Though it may be a challenge and even difficult to step out and stay out of the darkness, each of us has a responsibility to ourselves and our children. Each of us is accountable before God for our testimony to the world about Jesus’ deliverance from death and spiritual darkness into the ‘light.’

“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).

If you call Jesus your salvation and have repented from a sin-filled life, then you have to choose between being a friend of God or a friend of the world. When you choose to be God’s friend, He will give you spiritual eyes and set you free from pagan traditions rooted in darkness and demonic spiritual forces –– both part of Halloween.

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.  For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is head over every power and authority” (Colossians 2: 8-10).

There will always be those who mock the idea of not taking part in Halloween. For doubters, research “All Hallows Eve” and “Samhain” using an encyclopedia or just browse the internet. This is the information age. If you want information, it’s readily available. Talk to a law enforcement official in your local town and find out about witchcraft activities during Halloween. Read the newspaper and note all of the crime and death that takes place during Halloween. Near Denver, Colorado, a shed was found with the bones of human remains along with articles of witchcraft following Halloween.

“So Jesus said to the Jews who had trusted him, ‘If you obey what I say, then you are really my disciples, you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’” (John 8:31-32).

When you know and embrace the truth, you will no longer shake your head in wonderment at the growing evil in the world, but you will know the truth and you will understand whose holiday this really is. You will walk in the ‘light’ of God’s Word and will not only know what Jesus did, but more importantly, you will know what Jesus did not do. He did not celebrate any pagan holidays; he suffered death on a cross and rose from the dead to destroy death, demonic powers, and authorities in high places.

That’s what Jesus did. What will you do?

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For a children’s booklet explaining Halloween, “Take off your mask, Celebrate Life!”