Sunday, August 25, 2013

First, the Falling Away

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;  II Thessalonians 2:3

This has been happening throughout history since it was written.  The first recorded event was when Constantine officially declared a national religion, then had the Nicene Council carefully move the day of rest to the first day of the week with a societal disregard of Sabbath.  Constantine also had a line of demarcation between Passover and the celebration of Ishtar, now supposedly in celebration of the resurrection.  Once the veil is lifted, the similarity between bunnies and a golden calf becomes pretty obvious.

Moving forward in history we can read about crusades and inquisitions and conquests, all in the changed name of a man who said, "Love your enemies" and "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."  It seems throughout history, no one realized they were a part of "a falling away."  I believe there was always a remnant seeking to cling to truth.  Some of the first translators of Scripture, that sought to place the Word into the hands of the people were martyred.   And some of those same translators only furthered Constantine's work, but there was a remnant.

The last century seems to have brought the deception to a powerful culmination of nationalism, greed, self-righteousness, lawlessness, heresy, and unrepentance, all while claiming to be sharing the truth!  This has resulted in a strange compromise of praying doctors, faith healing hospitals, popular crusades, and rationalized greed, just to name a few.  In the various churches themselves, there is falling out, bizarre behavior, motorcycles, circus acts, superstition, and lawlessness.

The frightening connection through out all of this happening, is the reference to "anointed."  Dr. Rev. So-and-so is sooooooooooo anointed.  Oh the anointing was flowing . . . Did you feel that anointing?  He's anointed, she's anointed.  There's a revival going on and it's anointed!  If you have a problem with any of these teachings, a partial verse from a Psalm will be quoted, "Touch not my anointed!"   If the behavior or the teaching does not align with Scripture, it's our responsibility to question it!

The following Scripture is Mark 13:21,22; but this same warning is included also in Matthew and Luke, so obviously three of the writers felt this warning to be imperative, as did our Heavenly Father.  In all three of the accounts of the Gospel that reference this, the term Christ was not translated from the Greek word, Messias.  The term for Messiah was not used in the original text.  When I looked up the word, "Christ" in Strong's Concordance, the Greek root word for spiritual anointing, chrio, is the same base word for Christ, and the definition for Christ in Strong's concordance is "anointed."

So, I would urge you, as you read the next two verses, to use the term anointing or anointed where you see the word Christ.  
And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:  For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Sanctity of Marriage

I am very much for marriage, by the standards of our Creator.  Now the fact that I've failed at marriage more times than any one should even try hasn't jaded my perspective at all.  I do believe a blessed marriage would be a wonderful thing.  I am happy for those couples who find that.  My real topic here today is not whether marriage is right for all of us, but rather to suggest and even question if the sanctity of Holy Matrimony has been lost by giving authority to our government.  Who knows, if I'd have ever actually done it G-d's way, without the compromise of humanity, maybe even I would have had a successful marriage . . .

We speak of marriage as being ordained of our Creator, or even a sacrament.  Mikvah, Baptism, Bar Mitzvah, Passover, Communion, Shavu'ot, Rosh HaShanah, are all celebrations ordained by our Creator, as well, yet we don't apply for or obtain a license to celebrate those.  So, why do we actually seek the permission of our government to do what G-d already told us we could do?  While I'm on the subject of holidays.  If Christmas really was a religious holiday, wouldn't the government stay open?  Why doesn't anyone in power or government holler about separation of church and state regarding Christmas?

Back to marriage.  A marriage license is actually about creating a three way contract, between a man, a woman, and the state.  The benefits obtained for state sanctioned marriage are primarily financial, which is why the marriage equality act was in the news.  People want to say marriage is ordained of G-d, but the reality is, it's benefits are health insurance through employment, social security and medicare benefits in old age, and sometimes pension funds.  The downside is, the children produced in the marriage are a commodity of the contract.

Perhaps, with the blessing of G-d on Holy Matrimony, the so-called government "benefits" would not be necessary.

And YHWH shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which YHWH sware unto thy fathers to give thee.  Torah of Holy Scripture

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Fearing or Hearing

It seems it's really getting crazy "out there!"  I'm discovering there are many differing definitions of "crazy" and  "out there."  While the secularists are debating old trials and social issues, the religious are debating ancient prophecies and denominational interpretation.  Then, as always, there's the four kinds of people, and the two mentioned above actually fit into the various four categories!

     I've had the pleasure and heartbreak of being one of the "trail blazers" for a life less dependent upon the social structures in place, and hopefully getting back to the almost forgotten concept of leaving an inheritance to my descendants.  I was blessed to have Grandparents that believed in leaving a legacy, but I'm now 55, and most people, regardless of their careers, are indebted to the system, or enslaved by the policy in regard to their assets acquired and end of life care.  I'm still in shock when I hear people over 35 who have children, that are still buying toys instead of investing in their children's future.  Now a days, young people are being convinced that investing in their future involves "student loans."  To be honest, higher education appears, for the most part, to be just another way to have adult status, while not actually being required to establish oneself in life.  I don't know any one of the generation of my children who are using their college degree in their lives at this time.  Many have jobs that don't require college at all, while others have openly stated, they can't make enough money in their degreed profession to pay back their student loans.

On the other hand, I'm reading about the folks who are getting off the grid, stockpiling ammo, and canning butter.  They scare me!  I'm living a simple, more sustainable lifestyle, raising my own food, while working from home, and I've been called some horrendous names by people who supposedly love me.  Our society so loves to negatively stereotype, that I've been categorized with some interesting cult leaders and religious ideology.  Interestingly, I'm not looking for followers or residents for this acreage.  As a matter of fact, I've set the record straight a few times, and had folks leave very unhappy with me.  Some left quietly and some left screeching and snarling.  Just makes me glad I'm not trying to establish followers!   Since I'm already established in the wilderness on my own property, I'm real sure I'm not going to get too involved with the die hard "preppers."

Then there's the growing portion of the population that is collecting some sort of disability so they can have time to "minister" on the internet.  I don't know how they figure that is going to eventually play out.  If they truly believe dependence upon the system will require a mark, then they need to realize they've set themselves up for exactly what they are preaching against!  Some of them are now teaching the mark of the beast is only spiritual, so it sounds like they may be teaching a "comfort compromise plan" for the end of days.  I'll pass on that one too.

Then there are the retired military and law enforcement folk who are telling the rest of us just how much we are clueless.  I would agree, I don't think anybody has a full grasp on the prophesied agenda.  I keep saying, evil doesn't need to be a conspiracy.  Since the horrors of the end of days are prophesied in Scripture and being of Native heritage as well as Hebrew, I'm not listening to anyone who made their living "just following orders!"

I consider the last two examples to be pretty much intertwined in our society.  There are a number of folks who have early government retirements or are on disability.  Although coming from different perspectives, they really are on the same continuum, just opposite ends.  For all those who believe there will be one world system and believe they will see the Messiah's return, their present lifestyle will be challenged.  As for me, I don't want to get out of the system in fear, but rather I do need to be set apart, that I can hear the voice of YHWH.

I've heard what I believe I am to be doing, and I will continue to listen until Messiah's return or my death, whichever comes first.  I had a bit of confusion and tried to fit in some extra, recently, and prayerfully will not do that again!  There is a lot of fear and fear mongering right now, but Scripture tells us we are not to fear man or even the adversary, but to seek YHWH and obey, which is to do what we hear.

And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.  words of Messiah