What happens when…

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What happens when there is an uproar in the community among civilians that disturb the local functions of civility.  The term is Martial law.  This is one of the buzz words, if you will, that many are throwing around in the guise of the overwhelming consistency in racially directed harassment by police forces across the country.  There  is an additional reflection that extends our territory of violation to across the world relating to the unhealthy relations between the police and men or women of color.  This picture is not the result of the actual Marshall law, but instead we find a situation similar to what we witnessed in Baltimore.  Yet, the discussion about martial law is presented as a premise here after too many chaotic disruptions too intense to settle with considering martial law be applied to gain civility in our communities around the world.

The horrifying video that sparked the protests

“The protests were sparked by an especially egregious police assault captured on camera. Damas Pakada, an Ethiopian-Israeli soldier who was in uniform, was standing by a bicycle in an area the police were attempting to clear. Without any obvious provocation, an officer shoved Pakada off of the bike, and hit him as another officer arrived. It’s disturbing stuff (compliments of 2015 Vox Media, Inc. ).

This is the video of Israeli police brutality that sparked Tel Aviv’s huge protests


According to Pakada, who survived the beating, the officer told him, “I can do whatever I want” and that “I’m doing my job — and if I need to put a bullet in your head, I would do it.” Ethiopian Israelis don’t see this as an isolated incident.

“Ethiopian-Israeli citizens strongly believe that they are discriminated against and harassed,” Guy Ben-Porat, an associate professor at Ben Gurion University, told the New York Times. “Young Ethiopian males in particular feel the police are out to get them and that they won’t get justice.”   Does this sound familiar?

But Ethiopian Jews are upset about more than police violence: there’s a broader sense that they live on the margins of Israeli society.

‘Just over half live below the poverty line. They are underrepresented in public service and overrepresented in jail,’ the Los Angeles Times‘s Batsheva Sobelman writes. “Forty percent of those held in the Ofek prison — a jail for minors — are of Ethiopian extraction, far above their 2% representation in Israeli society.”(compliments of 2015 Vox Media, Inc. ).”

What is the purpose of this type of comparison; you may be asking yourselves?  The comparison is clearly a pattern of spiritual climate of which we must pay attention.  The snow is falling right now in the first week of May in Colorado.  This is a season where we can usually rely on a sunshiny day.  The state of Colorado is noted in the atlas as having at minimum 360 days of sunshine per year.  We have experienced rain for almost five to six days straight.  This weather is making a dent in the annual average of sunshine in Colorado.  I make this reference to identify with the importance of the spiritual climate.  As intently as we give attention to the natural climate, so does the spiritual climate require our undivided attention.

The term Martial law is the imposition of the highest-ranking military officer as the military governor or as the head of the government, thus removing all power from the previous executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.  It is usually imposed temporarily when the government or civilian authorities fail to function effectively (e.g., maintain order and security, or provide essential services).   Martial law can be used by governments to enforce their rule over the public.

Under what conditions can we experience Martial law?  As stated in the previous definition Martial law is imposed as a temporary means of control.  It is interesting to begin the research and study of the Ethiopian Jew or Israelites and see much of the imputation of laws as our main topic of discussion.  The Torah is God’s teaching and instructions, but it is more importantly the law that governs His people.  The direct opposition of God’s government is that of this world.  There is a government in place and intellectually it is in effect around the country and the world.   The Torah is to become our governing agent for life, despite the injustices we are thrown into in the name of this world lopsided justice system.

It is not beneficial to any of us to ignore the ideologies which continue to circulate and attempt to control the earth.   The earth is the Lord’s yes, but it was given to man first to have dominion.  As we return to our rightful positions as the dominating heirs who inherited dominion on the earth, it is imperative that we examine all that comes with this bag of goods, as it were.   The Torah is a faith-based proclamation for the citizens of YHWH.  The Torah habits are the ones we have committed to honor and thereby bless everyone.  Torah is basic case law and it prepares us to understand jurisdiction, civility, authority and the powers that be in this earth realm.  When we understand what we have the authority to do by aligning our lives to the governing principles of the Torah it is phenomenal.   Study the Torah.  If you are new in the walk of honoring the Sabbath and feast days, it is fine YHWH is in charge of how and what you learn in whichever season of your Torah observant life.  I only encourage you to pay close attention to what you are doing, where you are going and the one who is leading you.  The climate is tumultuous around the world.

Loving you enough to share the truth,

Prophetess C.C.




[1]  Vox Media, Inc., 2015 retrieved on May 9, 2015 from http://www.vox.com/2015/5/4/8543037/israel-police

[2] Wikipedia, 2015 Martial law, retrieved on May 9, 2015 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martial_law


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