From Happy Saturnalia to Merry Christmas!


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Happy Saturnalia or what many translate as “Merry Christmas!

Saturnalia was a topsy-turvy celebration or holiday of feasting, drinking, singing in the street naked, clapping hands, gambling in public, making noise and ended in a potential murder or sacrifice.   The week long feast of the Roman culture held a theme of “all things that are serious are barred.”   This was the season that Roman residents expressed a week long period of increased “lawlessness” celebrated between December 17-25.  The activities may surprise you.  For instance, during this week the courts were closed and the beginning of the festival was signified by Roman authorities selecting “an enemy of the Roman people.”   The designated ‘enemy of the Roman people’ was called the “Lord of Misrule.”  Each state or community would select a person to be the “Lord of Misrule,” for their region.  This person was forced by each community to indulge in food and other physical pleasures throughout the week.   The festival would conclude on December 25th.  Roman authorities chose the “Lord of Misrule,”  who was normally an innocent man or woman designated to be brutally murdered, as a means of destroying the forces of darkness through sacrifice.

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The Greek historian and poet, Lucian, describes the  festivities with human sacrifice, wide spread intoxication; going from house to house while singing naked; rape; other sexual license; and consuming human-shaped biscuits.  In the 4th century CE Christianity decided to import the Saturnalia festival to increase the pagan masses (congregations).  Christian leaders succeeded in converting sizable numbers of pagans by promising them that they could  continue to celebrate the Saturnalia as Christians.

Herein,  we have the birth of what so many generations of families recognize as Christmas.   Here is the problem, there was nothing innately Christian about this pagan festival.  Yet, the Christian leaders successfully converted many pagans on promising that they would not miss out on their week long celebration of Saturnalia.  The Christian leaders of the 4th century decided to remedy this by naming Saturnalia’s last day as Jesus’ birthday!?   The institution of this idea was NOT well received; however, by refining the practices of Saturnalia they sought to keep happy the Christians and the Pagans (compromise).  The massive observance (high turnout in the churches) of the anniversary of the Savior’s birth  (as it was labeled due to increased attendance) caused the church to agree to allow the holiday to be celebrated more or less the way it had always been(with the debauchery) .   Hence, the earliest Christmas holidays were celebrated by drinking, sexual indulgence, singing naked in the streets (a precursor of modern caroling), etc.

The Reverend Increase Mather (interesting name for the preacher, huh?) of Boston observed in 1687 that “the Christians who  first observed the Nativity on December 25; did not do so thinking that Christ was born in that Month, but because the Heathens’ Saturnalia was at that time celebrated in Rome, they were willing to have those Pagan Holidays metamorphosed into Christian ones.”[3]   Because of the celebrations known pagan origin deriving out of Saturnalia, Christmas was banned by the Puritans and its observance was illegal in Massachusetts between 1659 and 1681.[4]  However, Christmas was and still is celebrated by most Christians.

Why do you celebrate this day again?

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From Happy Saturnalia to Merry Christmas!

Daily Prompt: Panoply


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First, lets recap the meaning of the  Daily word prompt ‘Panoply’, a complete or impressive collection of things.  In historical literature a splendid panoply would be ones complete set of armor.  Today a panoply is the goal of any type of collector whether books, art, games, baseball cards, tools etc.  The directive of the panoply is guided by the definition of impressive as it relates to the collector.  As a novice writer I collect items that will assist me in becoming a better writer.  A great tool for bloggers referencing  current affairs as reflected by the top publishers is branded with the noun ‘Panoply.’   This is only one of the additives to my collection of writing tools.

Until the time is made complete by Yashaya, I possess one panoply.  The armor I have that was given to me by the Most High God Ahiyah (I AM).  You may believe you know where I gained this armor in scripture, but if your mind goes immediately to Ephesians you would be incorrect.  I obtained my armor in the laws, prophets and writings of the word.  In the book of Isaiah it paints the picture for those who believe in keeping the commandments of the Most High as a representation of their love for Him.  In John 14:21 it reads, ” He that hath my commandments, and keep them, he it is that loves me; and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”

Here is the where I started collecting my panoply or my armor:

Isaiah 59:15-21King James Version (KJV)

15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.17 For he put on  righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.19 So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord.21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever.

Yes, I have a collection of impressive things that will benefit my writing, but complete, I am certain it will never be.   In addition, my love for the word of the Most High leads me to be one who is constantly learning.  The complete and impressive collection that is of most value to me is that of ‘truths’ I can retain in my spirit.  I will not successfully obtain a panoply of my hearts desires until Yashaya HaMaschiach cracks the sky, judges and confirms to me “well done thy good and faithful servant.”  Then will I obtain  my personal ‘Panoply” as the ‘truths’ which I have retained are made complete.

My take on the daily word prompt ‘Panoply’

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Daily Prompt: Panoply

Daily Prompt: Liminal


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GospelCNTRO Ministries is experiencing a liminal state now.  The United States of America and its residents share a liminal state or frustration, depending on how one handles transition or change.  A transitioning posture offers a view to consider the recent past and the promises of the future.  The juxtaposition of a liminal state  of existence breeds constant questions, answers, calm, hope, perplexity, doubt and opposition.

The ambiguity brought upon by a transition is only the beginning step of transitioning, after all, decisions are already made before arriving at the point where one determines a transition is necessary or coming.  Although, those decisions only lead to the determination of the next steps of future, hope and resolution.   There are many levels of transitioning which invoke the liminal state of mind before getting the shift underway.  Each step taken diminishes the liminal state until we arrived at a complete transition which will be identified as the new normal.

GospelCNTRO is undergoing a transition of biblical understanding and interpretation.  After more than forty years of understanding biblical truths one way, the Most High God, who we now know as Ahiyah Asher Ahiyah, which is I AM that I AM in Hebrew, has led us to a liminal state of mind.  The threshold of learning the bible from a Hebraic understanding is not new to many upon hearing initially.  Yet, that is not true.  The phenomenal liminal state we are experiencing directly affects who we are, versus who we thought we were for a very long time.

I am a Hebrew Israelite, of the tribe of Judah and I stand in a liminal state of understanding, knowledge and practice in this transition.  According to Deuteronomy 28:64-68 the curses fell upon the children of Israel due to their disobedience.  This scripture states the disobedient people would be taken into bondage (Egypt means bondage) again by ships.  As we look over the several years of history, it is undeniable, that there is only one nation of people escorted via ship to be sold into bondage (Egypt).   Stay tuned for updates on how we grow out of this first liminal state while traveling to the next ones until we can boldly say this is our new normal.

Shabbat Shalom,

Prophetess CC of GospelCNTRO Online Radio & Magazine.

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Daily Prompt: Liminal

America ” A New Land” to Whom?


Who you are and what makes you who you are is defined in the construct of the actions you make.  The historical breadcrumbs of America reveal struggle, hardship, pain and death.  Yet, these attributes are erroneously accredited to the American instead of those who held the possession of this land initially.  This country is known for labeling, branding, stereotyping and isolating in a bullish fashion.  In my continued research I discover “America the Beautiful, is really America the “Bully-full.”  As I continue to dig and learn more about the heritage of my people, I am forced to learn more of this countries history by default.  Although, the great side to this is the American history directly aligns with the hidden Israelite history and ends up ultimately giving validity to the history of a hidden people.

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The scholars will label this knowledge as historical findings; likewise the biblical culture view it as a witness in biblical terms.  The scripture informs us that the word of the Most High is always confirmed by two to three witnesses (Deut 17:16; 2Cor. 13;1).   On Thursday, November 24, 2016, many will enjoy a few days off from work in recognition of a day established by those who (in their terms) founded America.   I implore you to dig deeper into what you recognize and celebrate.   This day is no day of joy for me and my family anymore.  Once you learn or discover anything, it is impossible to unlearn it.     Now understanding that we (specifically my family the ‘Negros’) are the people of the bible by identifying which people (nations) align with the curses according to Deuteronomy 28: 14-68 today; it is likewise clear to us who our brothers are.

In Genesis 49:19 it reads, “Gad a troop shall overcome him; but he shall overcome at the last.”  As we continue to identify the lost sheep according to scripture, following in the Yashaya Ha Maschiach’s (the Messiah’s) foot steps, according to (Jer. 50:6; Matt. 15:24) “But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel,” we look to history to confirm another of our ten lost brothers.  The authentic story of the ten lost tribes find them in the Northern Kingdom for a time, but captured by the Assyrians thereafter.  The Apocrypha holds the remainder of their story.  The captive conditions were not favorable and the Israelites determined they would not remain in captivity, but instead chose to return to the laws, statues and writings of the Most High as they were called to do.  They plotted to flee and go to another land where no one had ever been, the land was called Arsareth which is known today as America (Read Apocrypha 2Esdras 13:40-45).   This land is located up and around the travels of the Euphrates River.  The story is strong and deep, because if you know your history you will know this is the direction the excursion of Christopher Columbus took; being sponsored by an interesting people (study for a later date).

Let us catapult further into the historical interactions of the Europeans and what some identify as the ten lost tribes of the biblical scriptures, and keep our attentions on one of the tribes which possessed this land that no man has known, called Arsareth, or now known as the Americas according to Christopher Columbus  in 1492 but it was only the beginning of the violations of massacre, pillage, rape and defilements.  After all, they did not know how to work and survive on the land, therefore they befriended these people to learn their knowledge.

Ironically, the first official “Day of Thanksgiving” was proclaimed in 1637 by Massachusetts Governor John Winthrop.  He did so to celebrate the safe return of English colony men from Mystic, Connecticut. They massacred 600-700 Pequot (so called “Indians”), collectively known as the lost ten tribes, and we identify one as being the Tribe of GAD .After the English Colony ministered to them, they laid down their weapons and accepted Christianity. They were rewarded with a vicious and cowardly slaughter by their new “brothers in Christ.

Watch the video to gain additional knowledge on this day people want to call a day of Thanks.  I do not doubt that someone was thankful and for their own reasons, but honestly I will never acknowledge this day in the same way again.  I thank the Most High for waking me up, and we send great love to our brothers who were slaughtered the Pequot in the name of Christ on this day.

 

 

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What do you know about….. King James? (Part 1)


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King James I of England, who authorized the translation of the now famous King James Bible, was considered by many to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, monarchs that England has ever seen. Through his wisdom and determination he united the warring tribes of Scotland into a unified nation, and then joined England and Scotland to form the foundation for what is now known as the British Empire. At a time when only the churches of England possessed the Bible in English, King James’ desire was that the common people should have the Bible in their native tongue. Thus, in 1603, King James called 54 of history’s most learned men together to accomplish this great task. At a time when the leaders of the world wished to keep their subjects in spiritual ignorance, King James offered his subjects the greatest gift that he could give them. Their own copy of the Word of the Most High in English. James, who was fluent in Latin, Greek, and French, and schooled in Italian and Spanish even wrote a tract entitled “Counterblast to Tobacco”,which was written to help thwart the use of tobacco in England. Such a man was sure to have enemies.

King James ruled during what your elementary and junior high historical references identify as the “Dark Ages.”  This portion of history always stood out to me during my school years, because when I would read the title of “Dark Ages,” I imagined this time as one filled with ludness and debauchery which is why is was named accordingly.  I was obviously overthinking this thing.  I was floored, but not totally surprised that it was name as such because it was a time period where people of the darker persuasion ruled.  SMH (Shaking My Head) for those who do not know what the acronym represents.  I remember seeing the title of the ‘Dark Ages,’ and then immediately following there was reference to the ‘Renaissance” Era.  The term renaissance meant new beginning, things were new and fresh, but why?   What happened?  How did this transition take place?

If you are familiar with the traditions of a kingdom, you understand that the only way a king is dethroned is if he dies.  We will continue our historical account of King James I, the man responsible for the translation of the Bible in 1611.

Matthew 6:33

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Wake Up Lost Tribes!

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My Journey: Torah Portion 48 Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9 ‘Shoftin’ (Judges)


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Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9

Haftarah   Isaiah 51:12-52:12

Brit Hadasha (Renewed Covenant): John 1:19-27; Acts

This weeks Torah portion addresses the role of the “Shoftin” (judges).  Adonai begins to give instructions on how each tribe is to maintain the holiness according to The Most High’s instructions.  In the opening verses of  this Torah portin in Deuteronomy 16 it reads,

18 “You are to appoint judges and officers for all your gates [in the cities]  Ahayah (The Most High) your God is giving you, tribe by tribe; and they are to judge the people with righteous judgment. 19 You are not to distort justice or show favoritism, and you are not to accept a bribe, for a gift blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of even the upright. 20 Justice, only justice, you must pursue; so that you will live and inherit the land Ahayah your God is giving you.

Here we read each tribe was instructed to have their own judge to judge the people with righteous judgment (v.18).   While we are clearly instructed to pursue a life that reflects all the instructions given to us in the written covenant and commandments, we are also given the manner in which to conduct our lifestyles to produce the set apart treasured reflections of Great I AM (The Most High) for which purpose we are created.

Personal Reflection  on Deuteronomy 16:18-20

One of the most pressing matters I have found during this journey of Exodus to the Torah is the trail of judges I have allowed to lead me in my call to ministry.  Long before The Most High escorted me on the path back to the Torah I could scarcely find one who operated according to Deuteronomy 16:20 “Justice, only justice…”  Instead v. 19 was clearly being ignored as it states, “You are not to distort justice or show favoritism, and you are not to accept a bribe, for a gift blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of even the upright.”  Church after church, leader after leader, had a select group they favored for the contributions they gave to the ministry.  WOW!  It states that favoritism distorts justice, but yet it is everywhere I turn in ministry.

The judge that nurtures these characteristics is a rare commodity.  This misbehavior actually becomes a poison to the good which is the aim  from the beginning by each minister, shepherd and leader.  The obvious universal commonality of this demeanor brings my heart to pause and gasp for air.  The bribe is in the offering plate while individuals call it worship, the business of the church seeks to find the one who gave the generous gift and begins to cater to them.  Let me pump the brakes one moment, it is NOT, I repeat it is NOT only happening in the church.  The ministry whether in a church or outside of it,  it is still happening.   I have witnessed it again and again, sadly we end up still looking exactly like the world.  This characteristic lines up perfectly with the forces of this world.

This verse also clarifies what happens to the judge upon receipt of the gift when this occurs, the blindness sets in and the influence of favoritism (wanting to be recognized or for whatever reason) begins to even twist their words.  The shocker  here is this the one known as the straight arrow even the one known to be upright.  This is an ‘aha’ moment, because who is it that does not favor one who does something nice for you, or treats you or shows their kindness through monetary gifts?   People what is really being said here?  The characteristics of a judge who seeks ‘justice, only justice’ is one who has removed the effect or emotion attached to monetary gifts out of the equation.  Is it possible not to be infected by the poison of monetary influences anymore?

The author of a snare:

The brokenness that comes from the injustice of favoritism in these cases, ruins both the giver and receiver alike.  The one who gives the monetary gift, unless they are giving it for the largest praise or to have their name uttered by the leader often,  they are lured by the praise, applause and cheering for giving, which creates a snare for the heart.  It now has a greater potential of being a stumbling block for the giver.

Here is my experiment suggestion.  When someone gives you a sizable amount of money as an offering or blesses you numerously thank the person for allowing you to be a recipient of their honoring  in their life by the sacrifice.  Then continue to elevate the praise to whom it belongs, to The Most High.   A few chapters back it was stated in our remembrance in the book of Deuteronomy,

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But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.

Here are the governing guidelines for Yisrael in choosing a king according to The Most High’s instructions:

  1. The king must be from among the Hebrew nation of Yisrael. He was not to be a stranger, a foreigner from another nation
  2.   He was not to multiply to himself horses. The horse is a picture of strength. Yisrael’s strength was The Most High Himself! To multiply horses, was to turn from The Most High to trust in man’s strength and ability. It was a return in heart to the ways of Egypt. Isaiah 31:1-3)
  3. The king was not to multiply to himself wives. The result would be a weakened heart. A heart that was divided between love and faithfulness to The Most High. One that sought after pleasing, and the pleasures of numerous women. The allowance of Torah for plural wives was a concession toward the customs of the society of that day. It was NOT a commandment! The Edenic culture is The Most High’s purist picture of marriage: ONE man and ONE woman. Even Master Yeshua referenced this in Matthew 19:4-8.  One need only look at the dysfunctionality that plagued Jacob who fathered our nation. The plurality of wives and the jealousy, envy, strife and hatred that was generated in the relationships between the women involved, bled down to the children. Ya’akob’s/Jacob’s sons emulated that dysfunction, and even resorted to attempted murder, kidnapping, and extortion. Out of all of the many things that the returning house of Yosef-Ephraim-Yisrael needs to have restored in this day, multiple wives is NOT one them! A revival of the principle of the execution stake is the greatest need. We are called by our Master, who left us His example, to embrace it DAILY. Learning to put sin to death, deny the flesh, and our soul-life at every hand. Remember the words of Rav Sha’ul, ‘Dead men don’t sin’! (Romans 6:11) We are DEAD in Mashiach to sin, having died with Him on that tree. Therefore we are made ALIVE with Him, to LIVE together with Him, to the glory of The Most High. Amein!
  4. He was not to multiply to himself silver and gold. The love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10) Both David, and his son Solomon, violated this principle including the one above about multiplying wives. In the end, David ultimately escaped the evil this failure to obey The Most High’s instruction will bring, but Solomon did not. The book of Proverbs testifies of the glory of The Most High when a man lives a life dedicated to the Torah. The book of Ecclesiastes is a testimony to what happens when a man becomes estranged from the wisdom of Torah. ALL is vanity. Solomon’s sinfulness in these areas brought great judgment on his son, and the whole house of Yisrael.
  5. The king was to hand write a copy of the Torah scroll in book form. He was to read, and study it every day. Through it, he would have wisdom in order to lead The Most High’s nation. It would act as a deterrent to sin, pride, strife, leaving the ways of The Most High’s Torah, the commandments, and being judged for such things. The end result would be he, his sons, and the nation of Yisrael would all live the fullness of their days out. They would live in the abundance of The Most High’s life and blessing.

This is only the tip of the iceberg of study points I found in this weeks Torah portion.  In analysis of these characteristics and how we are to select our leaders; left me here weighing the ramifications of selecting the incorrect individual to lead you   I felt this was a great chunk of information to start you off as you too consider what you have read this week or may be finishing up in your Torah studies and applying it to your life.

Seeking truth to let FAITHFUL reign in my life,

Prophetess C.C.

 

*Disclaimer:    I am only a student first of the Most High ה י ה  (Ex. 3:14 “I AM that IAM) Ahayah asher Ahayah by the Holy Spirit and then covered in the dust of a rabbi, Rabbi Ralph Messer, teaching us our Hebrew Roots in Scripture.   We study biblically based Hebrew no association to Judaism, Kabbalah or Messianic Jewish studies.  Each academic achievement given by Yahweh and now my journey through the Torah I  share with you.  I pray that if you have been seeking God like never before to know Him in a better way, you will find it in the Torah.  I am a firm believer that The Most High knows how to lead and teach us, getting us to the teaching and revelation He so desires.   GospelCNTRO Magazine’s motto, “The Good News is Christ Never Takes Revelation Out.”  Therefore, we should never stop expecting Him to reveal more of Him to us as we seek Him diligently.


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My Journey: Torah Portion 48 Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9 ‘Shoftin’ (Judges)

My Journey: Torah Portion_Parashah 47: Re’eh (See) Deuteronomy 11:26 –16:17


walkinginthedustThe Torah Portion this week located in the book of Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17.  Each title of the Torah portion comes from the first few words of the designated section selected to read.  Therefore, this week the Torah Portion (parashah)  is’Re’eh which means ‘see.’   Join me as I share the revelation and experiences of my Exodus to the study of the Torah.  The first section of the scripture reads as follows in the Complete Jewish Bible:

Deuteronomy 11:26-28

26 “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse — 27 the blessing, if you listen to the mitzvot (commandments) of Adonai your God that I am giving you today; 28 and the curse, if you don’t listen to the mitzvot (commandments) of Adonai your God, but turn aside from the way I am ordering you today and follow other gods that you have not known.

In the KJV you will read the word ‘Behold,’ which too means to give attention, very close attention to the words that will immediately follow from the one who has the audiences attention.  ‘See’ Moshe (Moses) begins to reiterate the consequences of our choices, again.  Let us briefly review where we are at this point of scripture.  Upon preparing yourself to read the book of Deuteronomy it is important to understand the voice of this particular book.  The voice is one of an autobiographical tone, or what we know as the first person, because Moshe (Moses)is addressing the children of Israel for the final time.    The Most High has informed Moshe (Moses) that he will soon make his transition and no longer proceed on to the Promised Land with the second generation of Israelites he stands before at the time.   In the book of Deuteronomy is a type of final address for Moshe (Moses) in the first 30 chapters of the book of Deuteronomy.

From the opening of chapter’s one through thirty the writing is in the 1st person/(direct quote) format. There are four sections to this speech. They are:

  1. The Introduction- Chapters 1-4
  2. The Main Body- Chapters 5-26
  3. The Covenant- Chapters 27-28
  4. The Call To Repentance- Chapters 29-30

It is at this point that the rest of the book of Deuteronomy returns to the 3rd person narrative form that is the most common voice in the Torah.

Where we stand in this reading of the Torah portion this week is in the main body of the final address from Moshe (Moses).  Deuteronomy 11:26 –16:17 is a continuance of emphasis from Moshe (Moses) to remind the Israelites that the great success of this people is directly connected to how they worship and honor The Most High (YHWH), as they make a place for His name to dwell and be honored.  The instruction of Moses was  to direct their actions upon entering the Promised Land Moshe (Moses) continues in Deuteronomy 12:2 “You must destroy all the places where the nations you are dispossessing served their gods, whether on high mountains, on hills, or under some leafy tree.”

As many of us are newly discovering by looking to the Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers & Deuteronomy) our Hebrew roots.  We begin to see ourselves and understand the nuances of worshipping our God in the manner and at the times He established for us from the beginning.   I have heard and claimed myself to be able to take hold of the promises due to the promise God made to Abraham.

That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
For if the inheritance be of the law (Torah), it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

In keeping with this resolve comes the New Testament claim of the blessings of Abraham  recognized as a Hebrew (Gen. 14:13) according to the Torah references throughout scripture describing The Most High as the God of the Hebrews.  The word ‘Hebrew’ means to crossover it is a form of an option in many instances  subject to the commands of the God of the Hebrew.   The one who led the Israelites out of the land of Egypt (Ex.9:1; Ex. 9:13 and Ex.10:3) , the one who walked, talked and guided them every step of the way through the wilderness (Ex. 3:18, Ex. 5:3)   The God of the Hebrews is the one who went before them in battle and caused them to triumph once they went to gain the promised land (1 Sam. 4:6).  The God of the Hebrews is the one who caused the sun to stand still in the time of war leading them to victory (Joshua 10:13).

The most important constant in Moshe’s (Moses’) address is the necessary destruction of the false gods and  the act of idolatry in The Most High God’s people.  The same issue is front and center today. Are we still looking to dismiss every false god and form of idol worship in our lives today?  What are the false gods and idolatry today? The studying of the ancient path, the Torah gives a greater clarity to what we know about who God (YHWH) is in our lives today.  The repetitiveness of this book in the eyes of many who read it, is considered a treasure of wisdom passed on, instead of something outdated.  YHWH our God is always on time therefore He can never be outdated.

The newness of worshipping God  aright  in Moshe’s address to the Israelites looks toward the promised land (Deut 12:8-9),  You will not do things the way we do them here today, where everyone does whatever in his own opinion seems right; because you haven’t yet arrived at the rest and inheritance which Adonai your God is giving you.”

The destruction of the ways and honor of other gods is a topic that YHWH cannot stress enough, which brings us to believe it is also something we should look at a great deal because the tricks are not all black and white.  The main task to the adversary is to take your worship and steal it for himself, so when we think of it we are prompted to keep a guard up and our hedge of protection complete.  When we are certain we have destroyed all idolatry in our environments, speech, activities, eating habits, and thought processes it is still not over. We then keep a diligent watch over our hearts, souls and minds, striving to remain steadfast in spirit and truth.

In Deuteronomy 12:30

30 be careful, after they have been destroyed ahead of you, not to be trapped into following them; so that you inquire after their gods and ask, ‘How did these nations serve their gods?

Even after you believe the camp is clear of the threat of idolatry you cannot take a chance in letting your guard down.  According to Moses in Deuteronomy 12:13-15

“If you hear it told that in one of your cities which Adonai your God is giving you to live in, 14 (13) certain scoundrels have sprung up among you and have drawn away the inhabitants of their city by saying, ‘Let’s go and serve other gods, which you haven’t known,’ 15 (14) then you are to investigate the matter, inquiring and searching diligently.

A true prophet will teach the difference between the clean and the unclean and the holy and the unholy, sabbath and appointed feast days of YHWH our God.

 False prophets are put to death, for encouraging others to turn away and serve other gods.  Here is one of the reasons I tread cautiously to even accept the call to the ministry and now prophetess.  After studying the word in the church pretty much all my life, I did not hesitate when I began to study the Torah. There is not much of “knowing why we do what we do” in the church, but more of “I or we do it because it is the way it has always been done,” unfortunately “the way it has always been done,” is not always true.   We do not know anything!  And I have a few degrees and one in seminary (which we call cemetery).  How do we actively carry out this scripture to investigate, inquire and search out diligently the false prophets in our lives (Deut. 12:15) without studying what you do and why you are doing it?  You likely quickly remembered

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

And most importantly understanding the point of reference by which we are doing a thing.   I have learned that we must go back to the ancient path which is the anchor of all that is.

This is your Season of blessing!

Many of you can likely relate when you hear this statement, “this is your season of blessing.”  I have heard proclaimed anointed men and women of God make this statement, while ministering to a congregation in the churches.  People have traveled for miles to sit in the presence of the anointed man or woman of God to speak a word over them.  These messengers claim to have a special message for you from the Most High God.  In what I have learned in the Torah thus far, I understand better the promise of blessing, wealth and prosperity is a promise from The Most High (YHWH).

It is emphasized  during the feast days to the Sabbath day observance and reflected in the Sh’mittah year.  Many have an idea of prosperity in the church and their idea of how it is to be obtained, yet the Torah give us the instruction of how Yahweh ordained us to walk in blessings and care for our communities.   We gain clarity in how the Kingdom is to come on earth by living by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of Yahweh, versus every cliche’ uttered in a season that motivates you.   In the fifteenth chapter of Deuteronomy it describes the Sh’mittah year, which is also identified as the year of debt release and wealth transfer.

Deuteronomy 15: 1-6 “At the end of every seven years you are to have a sh’mittah. Here is how the sh’mittah is to be done: every creditor is to give up what he has loaned to his fellow member of the community — he is not to force his neighbor or relative to repay it, because Adonai’s time of remission has been proclaimed. You may demand that a foreigner repay his debt, but you are to release your claim on whatever your brother owes you. In spite of this, there will be no one needy among you; because Adonai will certainly bless you in the land which Adonai your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess — if only you will listen carefully to what Adonai your God says and take care to obey all these mitzvot I am giving you today. Yes, Adonai your God will bless you, as he promised you — you will lend money to many nations without having to borrow, and you will rule over many nations without their ruling over you.

As you read this you will see the resemblance of the established bankruptcy laws and its structure where people are released from their prior debts.   The land is also to rest in a Sh’mittah year and YHWH will provide for us.  The reference to the land resting is associated to mankind ’tilling’ the ground or the farming  lifestyle.  This was a tremendous challenge to many as you can guess.  If the land was not ’tilled’ it was not profitable to the family.  Here was the challenge of an entire household’s faith in Yahweh.  The Sh’mittah year excited me when I first learned of it, because I instantly could see how our faith in Yahweh is guided to be strengthened during this season.  There are blessings in the release of debt, transference of wealth and more than that it increases ones faith and dependency in the Most High, Yahweh.

There are many prophetic instances that align with the season of Shemittah  every seven  years authorized by El Elyon (The Most High ).  There is always a consequence for disobedience, a curse that is associated with the disobedience of failing to honor God’s  mitzvot (commandment). Yet, these nuances are for the more *seasoned in the Torah to expound upon and that is not me yet. Don’t forget the basic element is that obedience gets the blessing and faith gets the birthright.

The Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)

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In Deuteronomy the 16th chapter there is the instruction of the celebratory feast that is held at the end of the harvesting season called Sukkot or the Feast of Tabernacles (Booths).  A sukkot is a type of tent or booth, which actually exemplifies the mobility of the God we serve, recalling His faithfulness in the wilderness with the Israelites.  Yahweh is a personable God who sets us apart to honor Him with every fiber of our being.  There is only One God Deut 6:4, and He tolerates no mixing in any way.  He is our portion, but we are His treasure to worship, serve and live a life as He has ordained us to do.  Moshe (Moses) reminds the second generation of Israelites, that after all the harvest is gathered for the winter months for families to survive, they were to present it before Yahweh our God in order to receive the blessing of the appointed time.

Let me pause here, to bring your attention to Yahweh’s appointed times, the ‘modeim’  which are the feast days including the Sabbath.  These are the designated times of blessings He set up to sustain His children, His heirs according to the Kingdom lifestyle.  When I was seeking God’s blessings in the church I wanted to know how to truly walk in the blessings of the Kingdom.  I tried praying fervently in spiritual language believing that God would give the utterances, that I could not understand, clarity to manifest the desires of my heart according to His will.

The Holy Spirit is always in position to serve and lead us to the truth of God’s word.  The church taught us to never come before our God empty handed, and we did not question the validity of this statement while bringing all of the “tithes” to the storehouse, we made sure to have an offering.  This is truth according to scripture from the beginning, but while we brought our offering as we were instructed first by YHWH our God, we unfortunately were not bringing it at the proper appointed time or in a holy manner according to God after turning away from the Torah, which was harshly translated as ‘law.’  I like to call it an appointment for blessings.  The Torah portion this week reads

In Deuteronomy 16:15

15 Seven days you are to keep the festival for Adonai your God in the place Adonai your God will choose, because Adonai your God will bless you in all your crops and in all your work, so you are to be full of joy!

Moshe revisits several times the importance of showing up when God instructed his people to do so with a proper offering and a pure heart.  The Moedim  are the appointed times or festivals of God.  Recalled by Moshe (Moses) also in Deuteronomy  16:16-17

16 “Three times a year all your men are to appear in the presence of Adonai your God in the place which he will choose — at the festival of matzah  (Passover), at the festival of Shavu‘ot (Pentecost) and at the festival of Sukkot (Tabernacles). They are not to show up before Adonai empty-handed, 17 but every man is to give what he can, in accordance with the blessing Adonai your God has given you

As always I encourage you to go through  and read the Torah Portion as all of the Torah keepers around the world are doing today and allow the Holy Spirit (Ruach Hakodesh) to lead you to all truth as you meditate day and night on His word.  Yahweh our God is our portion and in this season He is writing his commands upon our hearts with His own finger.

Jeremiah 31 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Thank you for taking the time to share in my journey “Exodus to Torah”,

Prophetess C.C.

 

*Disclaimer:    I am only a student first of the Most High Elohim by the Holy Spirit and then covered in the dust of a rabbi, Rabbi Ralph Messer, teaching us our Hebrew Roots in Scripture.   We study biblically based Hebrew no association to Judaism, Kabbalah or Messianic Jewish studies.  Each academic achievement given by Yahweh and now my journey through the Torah I  share with you.  I pray that if you have been seeking God like never before to know Him in a better way, you will find it in the Torah.  I am a firm believer that Yahweh knows how to lead and teach us, getting us to the teaching and revelation He so desires.  I welcome you to  join me as I continue to learn by studying every Sabbath at Simchat Torah Beit Midrash.   GospoelCNTRO Magazine’s motto, “The Good News is Christ Never Takes Revelation Out.”  Therefore, we should never stop expecting Him to reveal more of Him to us as we seek Him diligently.


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My Journey: Torah Portion_Parashah 47: Re’eh (See) Deuteronomy 11:26 –16:17