Workplace Warriors

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How many times have you walked into a church to find it filled with a lot of professionals: lawyers, chiropractors, accountants, office personnel and the like?  Most everyone understands what it’s like to be in the professional world.  Most everyone understands what is expected of the average employee and what is expected of the star performers.

Then, among all the professionals, you find that one young man or woman who sees professionals and working in such a bad light that they decide that professionalism, the job market, heck the economy as a whole is just plain evil.  Those particular young people balk at the idea of becoming successful. They kick at the goads in most every situation where they are presented with an avenue that could make them a more efficiently functioning member of society.  They turn down the very difficult road of becoming a Christian who has truly Godly values and is responsible for wealth. We all know those people.  The thing is: those people are right in a lot of cases.

Many of us choose to sacrifice certain Biblical principals in order to support ourselves and our families.  Every once in a while we might tell a lie, especially if everybody knows a lie is expected.  Have you ever wondered why certain lies are necessary to tell in order to keep society running smoothly?

Unless a pathway is laid out in front of us where dishonesty, cheating, and other understood rule breaking is not necessary, we tend to go with the flow, BUT: <…the fruit of The Spirit is love, joy, peace.., temperance: against such there is no law.> Their is such a path for those who have taken hold of the truth and are applying it to their lives, their words, their minds … their hearts.

 

Take Responsibility:

The Lord prepares people to do His will.  It almost never ends up that somebody wakes up one morning and the skills are in them “all of the sudden.”  Then again, it is possible that Noah had never built a boat before the ark and it survived 8 souls while the whole world perished. Righteous people most likely earned their skills days or months prior to His will being placed before them.  God uses everyday tasks to prepare His potential people to take steps closer to Him.  In Acts Ch. 2 the leaders of the brotherhood (we are talking true leaders of the brethren) were given preternatural responsibilities.  Remember in this chapter what was happening:  The Lord was multiplying His people greatly and they were bringing all their wealth to give to the leaders of the brotherhood.

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Let The Lord Teach You How To Steward His Things:

You see, there are ungodly ways to handle wealth and Godly ways to handle wealth. Both accumulative.  Just like looking at Mr. Professional vs. the Righteous Workplace Warrior is not enough to tell weather or not one or the other is evil in their core, nobody can judge weather a wealthy man became wealthy by being obedient to God or through being selfish and very surreptitious about it.  This all comes to light eventually, though. <every good tree bears good fruit but a bad tree bears bad fruit>

One major fear many people hold against giving their lives to God is becoming homeless and destitute.  For some, that is what happens.  Let’s look at the Bible, though, to see what the truth of the matter is.  One example is in Acts 2: many leaders in the brotherhood lived in a dedicated way and they were far from destitute:  They owned EVERYBODY’S stuff!  

A lot of our patriarch’s: Abraham, Moses, David, Elijah and more were very wealthy.  They had their trials but were given great responsibility for their obedience.  Elijah is a hard patriarch to see this in just by reading the word without doing some historical research:Image result for wealth A lot of Elijah’s appearances in the Bible were of him either traveling and/or doing The Lord’s work away from home.  It is possibly a historical fact that Elijah was a very wealthy and powerful man at home who often gave up his comforts to work for God.  Hence his honorable place in History.

Then we have the prophets.  The following rule of thumb is not blanket, but for the most part rings true.  Look at Jonah:  He ran away from Yaweh and God wrestled him into submission.  Only after being wrestled into submission did he do what God commanded, and as a result he really didn’t have a place to call home in his Bible appearance.  A lot of the other prophets stories’ are similar:  kicking against God, God wrestling that man into submission, that man doing God’s work in crumby personal situations.

The other side of that coin looks like David and Moses or Elijah and Abraham. These men weren’t known for fighting with God.  Sure at times they were upset with their situation and had open conversations with Their Father about those situations.  A genuine relationship focused on respect and honor to The King is encouraged.  Do you see that?  I am going to repeat this point because it is important and can vastly change one’s life: our forefather’s being upset at their situation and having an honest conversation with Abba Father about it is way different than fighting against His plan.  To the untrained eye both conversations might look like the same thing.  Truth is, they are as opposite as obedience and disobedience.  The Father putting these conversations in The Word shows that a genuine relationship is indeed hard; however, do not let that fool you.  These men were wealthy and responsible with their wealth while they ran with God. <for I am strangers and sojourners with you>

Look at David!  He wasn’t just “being paranoid.”  The government was actually trying to kill him.  In many cases killing David was the government’s main objective.  Look at how the tables turned for David and the great respect he always showed for leadership, even when they made his life difficult.

Image result for wealthYoung man or woman, you have an obligation to yourself, your land, your nation. Learn how to handle wealth in a non-selfish way.  You have an obligation to stop hating the power wealth, respect and honor will potentially bring you.  Wealth and power are scary, and brother or sister, it is normal to be a little scared. At first. <Can any of you add a single cubit to His height by worrying?>

The perfect love that is blossoming in you drives out all fear. Your Father, The Lord, wants to teach you how to handle wealth properly for the greater good of the world and for His kingdom if that is the path He is laying before you.  Put yourself in a position to be blessed: Read your Bible and do what it says!  Wealth or no wealth, you will find the storehouses of heaven opened to you.

The reasons you have chosen to kick against the world’s economic plan for you are noble.  It shows great foresight, amazing moral standards and is few and far between, but to continue kicking against responsibility is no longer honorable.  Mount up, take strength and do not let anyone take the truth from you.  Keep walking with Your Father and let Him teach you, courageous child of The Most High God, Yeshua Ha-Mashiak

 

Author: T. J. Griffin

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Basic Arithmetic is easy enough to grasp, right?  Let’s add the idea of eternity to Arithmetic.  Believe it or not when we add eternity to Arithmetic, something that basic all of a sudden makes a lot less common sense.  Why is that?  Using God’s Holy Word, and Reimen Zeta Functions we are going to see how.  These gets a little complicated.   Here is a link to a Numberphile video that will explain some of the equations you are about to learn.  And here is a much more important video, made by yours truly, describing how this phenomena describes a portion of the gospel : Full Video on This Topic.

N = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + +5 + 6 + 7…

The “…” in this equation means that this equation never ends.  What do you think the answer is?  If we take every natural number (positive whole numbers) and add them all up, forever, where would that leave us?  The answer is astonishing, it does not make any sense, and quite possibly is a driving rift between many college professor’s and their students who stand on common sense as their life canon.  The answer to this equation is minus one twelfth.  Now before we get our nickers in a fan let me tell you that this answer does not tell us anything other than this:  The world that we live in, it’s very building blocks are twisted and are falling apart.  The world’s nature is to die, decompose, and crumble, in an organized and categorical way.

It tells us in John 16: 13 that <When The Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come.>  That is Jesus speaking to His disciples.  Why would we need a Spirit of Truth to speak to us if we have our five senses, and the world around us to observe our way into truth? <And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.  In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of HaMashiak> In this scripture some very powerful things are being said.

First, we know Satan is the ruler of the world.  The scripture we just read takes it a step further and tells us that HaSatan is the god of the world.  Him being god of the world gives him a lot more power than might be thought initially. Secondly, it tells us that the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers.  Do not underestimate this little part.  Blinding the minds of the unbelievers is vastly complicated.  The reason science tends not to agree with itself, multiple witnesses have different testimonies of the same event, and every natural number adding up to minus a twelfth all comes down to the god of this world’s master plan of blinding the minds of the unbelievers so that they do not see the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.  Couple HaSatan’s desire to blind us, with the authority he has been given over all flesh and it leaves the world blind, no matter how smart it thinks it is.

There are two finger prints you are about to learn about.  One of them is a finger print lovingly placed in our very own bodies from God and the other is a finger print God uses The Devil to place in the world around us to warn us that we need Jesus each and every day.

  • Laminin: The First Finger Print

Laminin is “the cell adhesion molecule.”  In Colosions we learn that by Jesus all things were made, all things were created through Him, that He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.  You see, the cell adhesion molecule’s job is to hold our bodies together.  Proteins are a bit of a mystery to Anatomy Majors.  They are not exactly sure how many Proteins there are, and of the few they do know about they mostly are unsureImage result for laminin of their function.  Laminin on the other hand is not a mystery.  we know what it looks like, what it’s building blocks are, and it’s function.  The cross shaped protein called Laminin’s purpose is to hold our bodies together.  Tissues cannot be tissues without the cells being held together, and every cell that is held to another is attached via Laminin.  Our bodies are held together with love.  With an innumerable amount of teeny tiny crosses. A bit of a signature, maybe.

  • Minus a Twelfth!?

On the other hand we have this rediculous idea of minus a twelfth being the sum of all positive integers.  Both the answer to that problem and the way of getting to that answer shows us that this world is crumbling, is not going to last forever, that we need to put our hope in Jesus. We desperately need Him.  We need to get over all of this very heady success and achievement stuff.

Suggestion: Get a piece of paper and pencil and do this math along with the article.  It really brings to light the point.

There are three equations used in order to get to the answer of this problem and we will call them N, S, and L.  N equals the sum of all natural numbers:

N = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7…

S equals the sum of an eternity of ones with alternating plus and minus signs, like this

S = 1 – 1 + 1 – 1 + 1 – 1 + 1…

And L is the sum of all natural numbers starting with one and having alternating minus and plus signs:

L = 1 – 2 + 3 – 4 + 5 – 6 + 7…

When you take these three equations and use them together, they will give us the answer.  Mind you, this is a layman’s way of showing a very complicated thing.   This is not the only way to get to the answer, in fact there are many ways of getting to the answer; Further, there are vastly complicated equations that describe the nature of the world, where this answer shows up.  In the study of the building blocks of the world, minus a twelfth shows up all over the darn place.

First, we can answer S in many ways, the easiest way is to take the two sensible answers and average them together.  The two sensible answers, as you know are 1 and 0.

S= 1/2

Next is where we find HaSatan’s fingerprint. In order to get the answer to L we must multiply L to itself:

2L = ?

L as we know is  1 – 2 + 3 – 4 + 5 – 6 + 7.  To get two L’s we would be simply adding L to itself.  Here is the twist.   The Devil is “The father of lies.”  When he lied to Adam and Eve he said “Did God actually say, “You shall not eat of any tree in the garden?” and the woman answered, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but Elohim said, “You shall not eat of any fruit of the tree  in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.”

Then Satan’s response goes like this “You will not surely die.”  If Satan intended on bringing their minds into the maelstrom of thought that goes like this: They did not die right away, but did after many hundreds of years, then it would not have been a lie; However, his lie was in his intention, not the words themselves.

“For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened,” This also was not a lie.  Satan was using a truth to leverage his cause.  He made it seem like the opening of their eyes was a good thing.

“and you will be like God, knowing the difference between good and evil,” This is the part where Hasatan makes himself a little vulnerable.  He lets a little of himself be known here.  HaSatan desires to be like God and let’s us know what his intentions are by saying this.  Each step of this conversation shows that HaSatan’s nature is to twist reality, only ever so very slightly, to leverage himself into the position of God, and God lets him do that to those who do not believe.

This is the scary part.  HaSatan is the god of the world around us, as we are about to learn using these Reimen Zeta Functions, but he is also the god over our minds and bodies.  Our very thoughts.  He has been given authority.  The word warns us that he is “the god of all flesh.”  Remember Laminin?  Laminin’s job, as the cell adhesion molecule, is to hold together flesh.  Your brain is flesh.

Now that’s settled: When we take 2L’s we must make a little shift.  Instead of setting up the equation like this:

.  1 – 2 + 3 – 4 + 5 – 6 + 7

+ 1 – 2 + 3 – 4 + 5 – 6 + 7

We must set the equation up like this:

1 – 2 + 3 – 4 + 5 – 6 + 7

+   1 – 2 + 3 – 4 + 5 – 6 + 7

Because when it is set up like that you can now do the simple arithmetic to

add 1 to nothing to get 1,

and minus 2 to plus 1 to get  1,

3 and minus 2 is minus 1

minus 4 and 3 is 1,

The equation when all sorted out looks like this:

1 – 2 + 3 – 4 + 5 – 6 + 7

+   1 – 2 + 3 – 4 + 5 – 6 + 7

1 – 1 + 1 – 1 + 1 – 1 + 1

Therefore we know that 2L = 1 – 1 + 1 – 1 + 1 – 1 + 1

and we already know that an eternity of 1’s with alternating plus and minus signs is S.   We know that S is 1/2.  Therefore, you can do this:

2L = S

2L = 1/2

Then with some algebra we can solve for L by dividing both sides by 2

2L = 1/2

.    2

When we divide a half by the number two we get one quarter:

L = 1/4

Well now, we are really close to figuring out how in the world a problem like “what is the sum of all natural numbers for all eternity,” could be a negative fraction. We do that by subtracting L from N.  This is really kinda neat how it works, and if you are having trouble grasping this do not fret: Here is a link to a Numberphile video on this subject.

N – L = ?

we know that N is 1 + 2 +3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 and that L is 1 – 2 + 3 – 4 + 5 – 6 + 7.

.  1 + 2 +3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7

–  1 – 2 + 3  – 4 + 5  – 6 + 7

When we subtract a negative it makes the number a positive.

1 – 1 is 0

2 minus, -2 is 4

3 – 3 is 0

4 – -4 is 8

5 – 5 is 0

6 – -6 is 12

7 – 7 is 0

and so another pattern emerges here:

 

.     1 + 2 +3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7

–     1 – 2 + 3  – 4 + 5  – 6 + 7

.    0 + 4 + 0 + 8 + 0 + 12 + 0

We can eliminate the zeros and continue the pattern

N – L = 4 + 8 + 12 + 16 + 20 + 24 + 28

Now we notice this astounding thing: All of these numbers are factors, right?  Yes that’s right, you got it, all these numbers are factors of four.  You are learning some very complicated things right now and you are doing a stellar job.  Look at this: when we factor out the four we end up with:

N – L = 4 (1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7)

How do you know that? Because when you multiply 4 and 1 you get the 4.  4 and 2 you get the 8.  4 and 3 you get the 12, and so on.  It is the pattern we got: 0 4 0 8 0 12, right?

Now, we know that sum.  That 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 sum is N!

This means that:

N – L = 4N

Oh boy, we are really getting some answers now.  we already know that L is 1/4, and that leaves us with only the N’s to be solved for.  Let’s answer this problem:

N – 1/4 = 4N

Now we subtract the N on the left side from the N on the right side leaving us with 3N

.  N – 1/4 = 4N

 – N             – N

– 1/4 = 3N

Because N minus N is 0 and 4N minus N is 3 (for those whose algebra is really rusty) we now can divide 3 by -1/4 which brings us to the point where we find that the problem has turned into the answer.

 – 1/4 = 3n

.       3

 

minus 1/4 divided by 3 is minus a twelfth

N= – 1/12

 

This way of teaching math (in an article) is very complicated if you have not practiced algebra in a few decades.  If you watch this Numberphile Video it will really help you to solidify what you just learned, also, I have my own video on the very the same thing if you wish to watch it here it is, it means a lot when people watch my videos. Don’t forget to like the video and subscribe to Gleaning The Scriptures.  It helps me out a great deal.

 

As you can see, when we stack these three particular equations together we find that only an almost unnoticeable shift is needed in order to put this jigsaw puzzle together.  Quantum physicists, and regular Physicists for that matter wake up every morning and stay up late nights scratching their heads until they have that “AHA!” moment whereImage result for Jigsaw earth months and months of solving comes together.  In order for these folks to keep working, and for the world as we know it to keep spinning, this is the way it is until He returns.  When He does return however, all the crap like what you just learned is going to burned up and destroyed, unveiling the true Kingdom of Yeshua.

 

There is hope.  If you have grasped everything you just read as I am sure you have, not only are you smart, but you are also courageous. To you I will give a narrow nugget of hope. The only nugget of hope.  It tells us in Colossions that even though HaSatan’s authority over the world is much, much more than any of us could have imagined: in Yeshua we have the ability to overpower the strong man: <And you who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by cancelling the record of debt that stood against us.  This He set aside, nailing it to the cross.  He disarmed the rulers and authorities…>

 

Loved one, I pray that you are strengthened in Elohim

Shalom.

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GUEST SPOTLIGHT: Michael Harris, Head Servant, Serving Yaweh

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Hey reader, today we have a very special treat for you.  February’s Guest Spotlight!  February’s Guest Spotlight is a friend of mine, a Jewish descendant of Israel, and miraculously a believer in Jesus Christ.  Remember, he is Jewish and thus knows the name of Jesus as Yeshua.  He put this article together just for my readers.  Enjoy.


 

Anyone who has read the Bible, or at least the New Testament, knows that Yeshua/Jesus came back for the Jews, right? Well, that is not entirely correct.
Shalom. My name is Michael Harris. I am a Messianic Jew, or Jewish Follower of Yeshua/Jesus. I am also a Cohaine, or of the Jewish Priesthood from the ancestry of Aaron, brother of Moses. That also means that I am from the Tribe of Levi.

I am here to shed some light on why Yeshua/Jesus was here and for whom He came. You can see that I refer to our Messiah and Savior as Yeshua/Jesus. Why is that? Yeshua is His Hebrew name, which is translated as ‘Salvation’. Imagine that. Our Savior’s name actually means ‘Salvation’. How cool is that?!? Going forward, I will refer to Him simply as Yeshua.
So, most people probably think as I did for many years, that Yeshua came 2,000 years ago to save the Jews first. Well, that is true, kind of. Let’s see what He actually said.
In Matthew 15:24 Yeshua/Jesus is pretty clear. Here is His statement taken in context
(Matthew 15:21-28), as He was talking to the Canaanite woman whose daughter had been
oppressed by a demon…

21 Now Yeshua left from there and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaanite woman from that district came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, O Master, Ben-David [Son of David]! My daughter is severely tormented by a demon.” 23 But He did not answer her a word. And when His disciples came, they were urging Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.” 24 But He responded, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 So she came and got down on her knees before Him, saying, “Master, help me!” 26 And answering, He said, “It’s not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 27 But she said, “Yes, Master, but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then answering, Yeshua said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed in that very hour. (TLV, bracketed text [ ] mine)

Did you catch what He said? I will pull it out here…
24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

Yeshua said that he came to the lost sheep, not even for all the Jews. The Jews at that time were considered the House of Judah. Let’s look at the lost sheep as not only the Israelites as a whole, but the lost tribes. He came for those who are lost and want to come home. He didn’t waste His time on those who want to stay lost.

Background:

So, who are these lost tribes of Israel? Were any tribes not lost? Where can we find them? To answer these questions, I will first explain the 12 Tribes of Israel, which started out as the sons of Jacob. In the order of their birth: Re’uven (Reuben), Shim’on (Simeon), Levi, Y’huda (Judah), Dan, Naftali, Gad, Asher, Yissakhar (Issachar), Z’vulun (Zebulun), Yosef (Joseph), and Binyamin (Benjamin). As an aside, of the 12, only Joseph and Benjamin were born directly to Rachel, favored wife of Ya’akov (Jacob).

From the original 12, Levi would be set aside and would not inherit land of their own in Israel, because God would ordain the tribe of Levi, or the Levites, to dedicate their lives to the care of the Tent of Meeting and then the Temple and the Cohaines, or Priests. Their inheritance was assigned to be land holdings amongst the other tribes set aside for the Levites. Also, Joseph’s inheritance went to his sons Manasseh and Ephraim, bringing us back to 12 tribes.

After the death of King Solomon, around 930 B.C., Israel was split into the Northern Kingdom and Southern Kingdom. The Northern Kingdom was referred to as the Kingdom of Israel, consisting of the tribes of Asher, Dan, Ephraim, Gad, Issachar, Manasseh, Naphtali, Reuben, Simeon and Zebulun. Its capital was Samaria. The Southern Kingdom was called the Kingdom of Judah, and included the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. Its capital was Jerusalem.

As time went on, both kingdoms were conquered by outsiders. The Babylonians conquered the Kingdom of Judah in 597 B.C. With the conquest, however, they only took soldiers and people with marketable talents. The poor people were permitted to remain on their land in the Southern Kingdom, with Jerusalem as the capital even when its walls were destroyed. Although the Temple, itself, was destroyed, the people remained in the land and continued to worship God. A remnant of the original Israelites has remained there to this day, even after later conquests.

The Assyrians conquered the Kingdom of Israel in 722 B.C. Being an aggressive people, however, they forced the 10 tribes of Israel be scattered throughout the Assyrian empire. Unlike in past exiles when they were kept together and would eventually return to Israel, these 10 tribes would be scattered throughout the world. In this article, I will not get into why the Lord allowed them to be taken out of Israel to be scattered throughout the world, but we can discuss that in a future article.
Where Are the Lost Tribes of Israel Now?
Dan – The tribe of Dan made their way to Greece as the Spartans around 1200 B.C. In about 1000 B.C, they made their way to Spain, Ireland, England and then to Denmark and later the US. It was prophesied by Jacob that the tribe of Dan would judge other tribes. In the 1960s, 42% of the officers of the New York Police Department (NYPD) were Irish born or of Irish descent. I can tell you that the day the author was born, his mother shared a hospital room with the wife of an Irish NYPD officer, and one of her twins would also serve on the force. The Beta Israel Jews of Ethiopia also claim to have descended from the tribe of Dan, through Eldad the Danite in the ninth century and Danites who accompanied King Menelik as honor guards. The tribe of Dan is still largely steeped in pagan idolatry. But they will come back to the Lord. (Salemi, The Tribe of Dan are the Danes (Denmark) and the Irish, n.d.) (Omer, 2013) (HOIM Staff, n.d.)
Asher – The tribe of Asher made its way to South Africa, Belgium, and Luxemburg. It is
interesting to note that when Moses blessed the tribes of Israel, his words to Asher in
Deuteronomy 33:24 were, indeed, prophetic. 24 For Asher he said, ‘Most blessed of sons is Asher— may he be the favorite of his brothers, and may he dip his foot in oil. Luxemburg is the smallest member of the European Union as well as of the Economic and Monetary Union. But it is one of the wealthiest nations of the world. Its Gross Domestic Product per capita in 2016 was over $100,000 US. As is always the case, when the Israelites turned to God, He rescues them. But when they turn back away from Him, bad stuff returns to them. So has been the case in South Africa. We do know that they will turn again to Him. (Salemi, n.d.) (A.M. Best, 2017)
Ephraim – The tribe of Ephraim began making its way to England, India, and Puerto Rico
beginning around 536 B.C, thanks to the Persian captivity. Later, they were taken to Spain and Hawaii as slaves. (Coppenger, 2014), (Williams) (Flaks, 2016) (Staff, n.d.)

Manasseh – The tribe of Manasseh went to Cuba and the United States. Around 536 B.C.,
Ephraim and Manasseh led the migration of the Tribes of Israel to the Americas during the days of the Persian captivity. If Manasseh made it to the United States 2500 years ago, I guess that makes them at least part of the American Indians. (Staff, n.d.)

Gad – The tribe of Gad made its way to Switzerland, North America and worldwide. Depending on the translation used, Gad could mean ‘fortune’ or ‘troop’. Switzerland has continued to maintain neutrality and independence in Europe and the world stage and has been blessed as a result. at the return of Yeshua, 12,000 members of the tribe of Gad from Switzerland will rule with The Lord. They are also thought to have come to America with other tribes during the 536 B.C. Persian captivity. (Salemi, The Tribe of Gad is Switzerland, n.d.) (Staff, n.d.)

Issachar – The tribe of Issachar went to Finland. There are many similarities between the prophecies regarding Issachar and the country of Finland. Like the 12,000 of Gad in
Switzerland, 12,000 of Issachar from Finland will likely be the representatives of the 144,000 ruling with the Lord. (Salemi, Modern Day Issachar is Finland, n.d.)

Naphtali – The tribe of Naphtali made its way to Sweden and Norway. The Tribe of Naphtali became known as the Naphtali-Huns, or Hephtalitesas. (Salemi, The Tribe of Naphtali is Sweden and Norway, n.d.)

Reuben – The tribe of Reuben went to France. (Salemi, The Tribe of Reuben is Northern France, n.d.)

Simeon – The tribe of Simeon went to Wales. (Salemi, The Tribe of Simeon are Scattered within Israel, Welsh and the Jews, n.d.) (Salemi, Holland Identified with the Tribe of Zebulon, n.d.)

Zebulun – Holland.

 

Ezekiel Foresees the Re-Uniting of the Northern and Southern Kingdoms

God has always spoken through His prophets. He told the prophet Ezekiel that one day the whole House of Israel would return to the Land and live as one.

Ezekiel 37:15-23

15 The word of Adonai came to me saying: 16 “You, son of man, take one stick and write on it, ‘For Judah’—for Bnei-Yisrael [House of Israel] joined with him. Then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph’—the stick of Ephraim and all the house of Israel joined with him. 17 Join them one to another for yourself, as one stick, so they may become one in your hand. 18 “When the children of your people speak to you saying, ‘Won’t you tell us what you mean by these?’ 19 say to them, thus says Adonai Elohim: ‘Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph—which is in the hand of Ephraim and the tribes of Israel joined with him—and I will put them together with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick. They will be one in My hand.’ 20 The sticks that you write on will be in your hand before their eyes. 21 “Then say to them, thus says Adonai Elohim: ‘Behold, I will take Bnei-Yisrael from among the nations, where they have gone. I will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel, and one king will be king to them all. They will no longer be two nations and never again be divided into two kingdoms. 23 They will never again be defiled with their idols, their detestable things or with any of their transgressions. I will save them out of all their dwellings in which they sinned. I will purify them. Then they will be My people and I will be their God. (TLV)

While you can get the point in those verses, to really put it into context read the entire chapter of Ezekiel 37.

This rundown of the location of the lost tribes of Israel is certainly not complete. It is impossible to know where individuals and families chose to move or stay in while the other moved in the centuries after their tribes moved to a new home outside of Israel. But I tried to give you a good idea as to where the main bodies of the lost Israelite tribes went.

You are blessed in that we are now in those days when the Lord is awakening the whole House of Israel and the tribes are waking up to the truth of who they are – and the truth of who Yeshua is. Not only are the Jewish people waking up from their slumber, but the Christian Church as well is waking up to the Jewishness of their Messiah, Yeshua/Jesus. Praise God and pray that the Israelite brethren seek the Lord’s truth. If you have a sincere heart for the Lord and for the Israelites, it may well be that you have Israelite blood in your veins. Keep your eyes focused on Him and He will guide you.

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Yours in Him,

Michael Harris, God’s Plan for Mankind

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3,000 People In An Upper Room, Eh?

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Let me set the record straight: I am not saying that there were a bunch of evil men that Image result for tongues of firegot together and interpreted the Bible “ingeniously wrong” to lead us all astray.  I am saying that the English translations of God’s Holy word are not wholly right.  Praise God that the book has been translated that way, believe it or not.  Why?    We are creatures who thrive on hard work, both physically and mentally.  Every person loves a treasure hunt, and what better treasure to hunt for than the one that makes us more and more acceptable in His sight?

The Upper Room Error

“Oikos” means house in Greek.  The scripture in Acts ( originally Greek) reads <When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were altogether in one place.  And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled The entire Oikos where they were sitting.>  The Greek reads Oikos which can mean house, thus the word oikos in this sentence was translated to house.  This is wrong.  Sounds like a circle of silliness, eh?

Let me explain using a timeline. First, in the previous chapter, The apostles had just seen Jesus ascend with the clouds and <when they had entered, they went up to the upper room.>  Then, some intimate, inner circle, upper room things occurred. Next, we pick up the verse just before the verse containing Oikos which states <When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were altogether in one place.>  Lastly, we learn that <suddenly their came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind…>  You see, the translators were in the maelstrom of thought that the upper room was in a house (oikos) where the intimate relationships of the apostles were being played out, which is true; However, what the translators failed to see is that the outpouring of the Spirit of Holiness was not in the intimate setting of the upper room or even in the house where the upper room is, even though the upper room events happened at about the same time as The Oikos event.

“The Oikos” has been uppercased in this article like it is the title of a place.  That’s because The Holy Spirit’s outpouring happened, not just at any ol’ oikos, but at “The Image result for tongues of fireOikos.”  If you go to Jerusalem and get into a cab and ask them in Hebrew to take you to “The House” they will take you to The Temple.  People call The Temple “The House.”  In Hebrew it is “HaBeit”: The House.  The Outpouring happened at The Temple, not the upper room.

When a Greek speaking person comes to a town where they speak Hebrew and Greek  as a secondary language, they would call The Temple The Oikos if speaking in Greek for the sake of the Greek speaking person.  Further, the outpouring of The Holy Spirit happened not just on any day.  It happened on Pentecost or Shavuot.  Shavuot is about The Lord giving His children The Law on Mount Sinai.  We celebrate this day, throughout our generations forever by, (a) not working, (b) assembling together, and (c) bringing God gifts of our best flour, grain, sheaf, and lamb. God is Our Abba.  He told everyone to gather on Shavuot, and those devout people were gathered at The Temple.  What they received for being obedient that day was the outpouring. Being obedient most likely was not a burden.  It’s not like He asked His children to do anything crazy: get together and have a party in His honor.  Since the event at The House so many years ago, the giving of the law seems less important to folks nowadays, and the focus of this feast tends to be on the outpouring.

It makes more sense that The Lord was spreading this gift in the public setting of the temple. The Temple where people were supposed to be according to His instructions (gathering). It is His instructions and the putting of the word on people’s hearts that lead people from all cultures to be in the Hebrew Temple that day. For having that kind of faith they were rewarded with an event that would forever solidify their faith, causing the brotherhood’s growth to defiantly work against the enemies plans for them.

Jesus Signs His Death Sentence

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Speech is an extremely powerful thing.  We can trust that when God tells us that our speech directs our life’s path that He is telling us out of love.  Take some of the words from James’ letter in the third chapter:

  • <The tongue …  sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on the fire of hell.>
  • <Behold also the ships, which though are so great, and driven by fierce winds, yet they turn about with a very small rudder… Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!>

The Lord also uses the tongues power to drive us toward Him, for when we trust Him Image result for Let His blood be on us and our childrenwith the bridling of our tongues we find that we will love our life and Him that much more. <For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile>

By the seventh chapter in John’s gospel, the Jews were good and angry with Jesus.  They wanted to kill Him!  Did you know that the authorities came to arrest Jesus before the Garden of Gethsemane and failed?  He did not flee.  He did not fight.  He simply had a conversation with the arresting officers, sent by the religious authorities and they walked away.  When they came to arrest Him, Jesus said to the them, <“I will be with you a little while longer, then I go to Him Who Sent Me.  You will seek Me, but will not find Me; and where I am going you can’t come.”>

This is what we are focusing on <“and where I am going you cannot come.”>  Jesus lived His life in such a way that caused Jesus to see and hear what The Father was doing at all times.  He had been very patient and loving with the High Priests and rulers of the temple.  Reading the gospels you may see He was constantly trying to bring the High Priests to repent and come to understand the truth.  Most of them did not accept this offer and therefore were given over to a reprobate mind, just like any person would be.  None of us can escape that axiom.  If the religious rulers were allowed to see and understand their own actions (being where Jesus is) they would have recognized enough to worship Jesus.

Their crucifying Jesus shows that their focus was pigeon holed.  Image result for meme tongue power of YeshuaThey were so focused on the political work that needed to be done to kill Him that they did not see anything else.  They were slaves to their hearts desires.  Because of their constant denial of God’s outstretched hand, He gave them over to evil desires.  He used their evil desires against them.  Their crucifying Jesus gives the whole world a foothold to believe on The Lamb Who Was Slain Before The Foundation Of The World through which any who believes has the power to overcome any evil.  We are saved by His blood and His blood alone.  He had to really go out of His way to get crucified.  It would not have taken much to get Pilate to let Him go, yet as the Jews spoke their final crushing blow that sent Him to the cross, they also spoke the words that save those who love Him:  “Let His blood be on us and on our children.”

Actual Hebrew Calender

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When you begin searching for a Hebrew calendar, you will find a lot of Gregorian calendars with teeny tiny Hebrew dates.   This calendar is a Hebrew calendar, period.  It has some teeny tiny Gregorian dates to help keep track with what the world is up to.

  • This is a link to the calendar
  • Days begin and end at even instead of midnight
  • High Holy Days are in brackets according to Torah
  • The First Month on this calendar is Adar 5778  and does not begin 5779 until Nisan/Abib: the first month of the Hebrew year.  It ends with either Nisan or Iyar 5780 because I am not sure if 5779 is one of the years with an extra month in it.  Let me know in the comments if you know how the changeover from 5779 to 5780 will go.

 

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Persecution

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If you are a true follower you do not need me to tell you that you are doing it right.  The scripture you read, the experiences you have, and the hatred, ridicule, and less than favorable circumstances you experience are all signs that you are doing it right.

When Christ comes and every body else is fleeing because their conscious’ have been defiled, you will stand firm knowing your work and God’s work are one in the same.  If the work was not from Him, you would not be able to stand before Him.  Own the work God has given for you to do and suffer for it.  You are a soldier and courageous are you in Yeshua HaMashiak.

Once a person is Christ’s they begin to openly consider what The Bible is actually saying.  They then let Him wash their minds by letting the Bible stack up against itself.  Using Image result for heartThe Scriptures to interpret life is what Paul was talking about in Romans chapter 8.  It is the process of the fleshly truths (lies that the populous believes to be true) being found out and the spiritual truths being stood upon in their place.

A lot of people who are completely sold out for Jesus are sometimes weird, standoffish, and are not gentle or polite all the time.  They sometimes treat the whole world, young and old, like they are disobedient children who need to be fathered.  Elijah did a good job of this when in front of that days leaders.  When a person accepts the truth, whole heartedly, slowly, over time, the light of the gospel really starts to sink in.  This light, in the mind of that person, is canonized above any other thing they know.

Here is the problem with living like a true follower:  People tend to view true followers as hateful and uncaring; Childish and unlearned; Unwise and haphazard. The truth is they are that way, when judged of man.  In contrast to the gospel, the world’s ways should be hated.  They should be treated with discipline.  They should be discouraged.  It is unattractive though when a man of God becomes profligate with the relationships Yaweh has honored him with due to the knowledge of the gospel of Yeshua Ha-Mashiak.  Even though a follower is filled with the light of life, because the world views discipline as unloving sometimes followers are twisted into seeming evil when in fact, they are being a true friend.  {No man can judge the heart}

A Fresh Perspective

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A fresh perspective on the book of James.  Now these are not cold hard facts.  They are probabilities based on lots of research.  Not my research, but others’ research.

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There are a few James’ that this book could have been authored by, but the evidence supports that it was most likely written by James, the brother of Jesus.  That’s right, the “brother” of Jesus,  As in they shared a parent and were raised by the same parents.  Jesus had many brothers and sisters, as told by Mark 6: 3 <Is not this The Carpenter, The Son of Mary, The Brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not His sisters here with us? And they were offended at Him.>

If it was written by James, the brother of Jesus it means that the author of this letter was also the head of The Counsel at Jerusalem.  This may seem like a small side note,  however this information ties the meaning of the book together.  He, as head of the Counsel at Jeruselem,  acted as head of the church (not the Roman or Jewish church, but the church Christ formed for His purposes) at Jerusalem.

Why is this important?  Because after Stephen was martyred the church at Jeruselem was scattered.  That being said, what was written has not only carried weight through history because of it’s infallible truth and Holy Spirit’s breath but, it also was written to encourage the people of the scattered church.  His people had to run and hide and were most likely treated poorly by most people wherever they went.  As Leviticus reads <I am strangers and sojourners with you>.  God is a foreigner here on earth remember? (The Lord Flees in His Own Land)

James 1:1 reads <James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the dispersion: greetings.>  The 1st chapter then goes on to encourage a people who were once united.  His message to them was that even though they were on the run, separated from their daily routines and comforts, foreigners to new towns and new people, James wanted to ensure they held fast to The Lord, understood that He chastens His people because He loves them, and to never let any form of trial to cause them to stray or doubt their faith in Jesus.

On the youtube, there are a few audio versions of The Book of James.  Hearing His message, knowing the situation God had put James in when writing his letter to the 12 tribes scattered, is just fun and encouraging.  Click the link below and listen with your fresh perspective. James Audio

 

 

Faith is Similar To . . .

Have you had a recent “Faith is Like Moment?” What is a “Faith is Like Moment?” Hear a “Faith is Like” moment I had:

Faith is like walking a dog through the suburbs without a leash.

How is faith like walking a dog leashless?  Have you ever had a good Dad, or a good boss? When they have to chasten us they end up looking like a virulent and unloving leader, when in fact the good boss or dad is a fantastic and loving leader, who was just circumstantially made to look bad.   It seems that the unfaithful have a view of God that paints Him as being angry and abusive.  Truth is, He is… towards our bad qualities.

When I was walking my dog leash-less a while ago, we were in a hurry and had to keep a good canter to accomplish a goal. Every time we got close to an intersection and my dog was not near to me I had to put on my “man voice” and sternly warn him to catch up so we could cross the intersection together instead of my dog crossing an intersection alone, chasing me, after tearing himself from whatever corner he was sniffing.  I did not want him chasing me down and running across an intersection by himself, but because he is an obedient pup he gets to go on walks with the freedom of no leash.

There was a person about half a block behind me, walking at my pace.  To the person following me I maybe sounded like an angry, aggressive and unloving dog owner.  He probably thought things like “He should have that pup on a leash”  and “Listen to the way he yells at his dog!”  and “That guy deserves to be tarred and feathered, he has no business in decent society.”  Ok, maybe those were not his exact thoughts, could be that I was being paranoid.  Nevertheless.

When my dog came near to me after I called him I would praise him, quietly.  Why quietly? My dog was was right there next to me. The person pacing me did not ever hear the praise. No need to yell a praise, it would have been weird and might have even scared my dog.  If he was 30 yards away and caught a frisbee, then I would yell a praise.

Yeshua is my owner and I am His leash-less dog.  I care that people see My Father as unloving but I know He loves me and when they are ready to love Him, they will see that He is in fact loving me too. Because I experience both sides of a relationship with The Creator, I know this.  He keeps me on the right path using both chastening and praising.

 


 

If you can tell us what your “Faith is Like Moment” is, describing it in a few sentences, that would be appreciated!  Thanks for visiting.

Be patient, you will have it and when it happens, post your “Faith is Like” moment in the comments on this article.  This post isn’t going anywhere and we cannot wait to hear about your “Faith is Like Moment!”  This article will be here and waiting for you.  Do not worry no one here is going to judge you, as a “Faith is Like Moment” is equivocal.


Prairie Girl’s “Faith is Like Moment”

To me, faith is like watching a person performing an amazing derring-do, like walking a tightrope, only to have the camera pan out to see that they’re actually only a foot off the ground and were safe all along.

As I grow in learning what it means that God has covered all the things I thought it was my job to worry about, I find I can embark on hopes and dreams without the fears that use to hold me back. I’m safe to be me in the world, and it turns out I was always safe.


Belle Unruh

Faith is like knowing my husband will always come home to me every day. It never occurs to me that he won’t.


Wisdom Drops

To me, faith is like “knowing that something is going to happen or get done and l really do not know how it is going to happen; l am just waiting on it to happen any day, at any time; more less like take me by surprise because l know it is going to happen, but l just do not know when.”


 Nancy Ruegg

Each of these faith analogies above offer insight into its mystic qualities. I cannot do better than Martin Luther King, Jr: “Faith is like taking the first step even if you don’t see the whole staircase.”


 

Jessica May Moore

Faith is like being blind all of your life. Suddenly the veil falls from your eyes and you are amazed at what you see.

Faith is like you were deaf all of your life and God opens your ears to His voice and you are amazed at all the things He has to say to you.

Faith is like you can not smell all of your life and suddenly you smell lilacs.

Faith is like you can’t feel a thing all of your life and suddenly He touches you and from that moment on you are never the same.


 Deb

Faith is like jumping into a swimming pool for the first time each summer. I see others in there having fun. I stick my toe in the water and it feels too cold. Someone yells to me, “It’ll be fine once you jump in.” I always hesitate and struggle, then I just jump and it turns out to be great!


Faith is walking through any door in Alice and Wonderland fearlessly (unlike Alice) because God is your Heavenly Father and is bigger than anything on the other side of the door and loves me very much. 🙂❤


 

myliron

Faith is trusting God in your circumstances whatever it may be knowing that his plans are always good for you. Believing in the unseen!

 


 

YedidiYah

Faith is like taking a breath – the air we breathe provides us with life, we cannot see it (except for exhaling on a cold day), but we are completely reliant on it to survive. When breath stops so does life. Faith is remarkably similar – it is the life-blood of your spiritual life and existence, it cannot be seen but the fruits can be witnessed, and when it is lost death almost certainly follows it.

 

 

These “Faith is like” moments were in the comments and were transferred into the post.  I encourage you to click on the links next to their pictures to visit their blogs and learn more about Him through them.

The Language Jesus Lived in, Spoke and Teaches With

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Have you ever been interested in learning a new language?  Did you know that God has told the world that His children will speak in tongues?  Would you like to learn a new tongue?

Learning a new tongue all starts with the alphabet.  Do you know where the alphabet got it’s name?  From the Hebrew language, that’s where. Mhmm, the origin of the word alphabet is nestled right in the Hebrew alphabet.  Alef is the first letter in Hebrew, and Beit (pronounced “Bet”) is the second.  That is why their languages alphabet is called the ” Alef Beit.”  Pretty neat.  See, you are already learning.

The Hebrew language is very complicated, and unlike English and many other languages, every letter has it’s own number value and it’s very own meaning.  Take the letter Fey (pronounced “fay”) for instance. Fey is the seventeenth letter in the Alef Bet, It’s Gamatria value is 80, and it means “mouth”.  With Fey meaning mouth it can also easily inference things like vocalization, speech, greetings and more.

In Hebrew, scholars use the letters that make up a word to understand the deepest definitions of a word by picking through each letter individually and putting those meanings together like a puzzle. Image result for hebrew alef bet

Jesus made scripture originally in Hebrew and the New Testament scriptures, although many are known to be in Greek, were written solely by Hebrews.

You will find a lesson plan just a bit down the page.  This list is still being compiled, but what is available so far will be in blue for you to click on and watch.  I suggest getting yourself a notebook and flashcards.  That’s how many people learn.  I suggest writing what you want to remember a few times before bed for a few days in a row, study the flash cards a few times a day, and then forget about it for a month or two and do something else.  If you come back to your studies, do the same thing.  After three cycles of this you will be very familiar with what you have studied and it will have taken only a total of a few hours.  Plus, most of these videos are  about 15 minutes long.

Freely I have been given so freely I give.  That is why you are getting free Hebrew lessons today.

Hebrew Lesson 1  (The Lessons in blue are made, The lessons not yet in blue are still in process)

1.0 Consonents (Introduction)

1.1 Sofits

1.2 Cursive

1.3 Similar Letters and Dagesh Marks

Hebrew Lesson 2

2.0 Vowels

2.1 Memorizing Your Hebrew Letters Part 1

2.2 Memorizing Your Hebrew Letters Part 2

2.3 Memorizing Your Hebrew Letters Part 3

2.4 The Vav and Other Letters Like The Vav

Hebrew Lesson 3

3.0 Sounding Out Words

3.1 5 Hebrew Words to Memorize

3.2 Conjugation of Words

3.3 5 More Hebrew Words to Memorize

Hebrew Lesson 4

4.0 Gematria

4.1 A Good Prayer in Hebrew

4.2 Pictographs

Hebrew Lesson 5

5.0 Pictographs Part 1

5.1 Pictograghs Part 2

5.2 Pictographs Part 3