Summers in the South…uggghh! Miserable! You humidity lovers can have it, but this blond-haired, blue- eyed girl is dreaming of Svalbard 🇸🇯or Iceland 🇮🇸. A shower or bath in a Tennessee Summer is only good for about 3 minutes and then the sweat starts pouring from every pore putting you right back at square one. Fixing long hair is hilarious because your hair sticks to your sweaty hands but you’re desperate to get your hair off your sweaty neck so every single day is a bad hair day. It’s a good thing the pajama-wearers in Walmart don’t even notice. But, as with most things, there is hope for the future found in my bible!
Well, thanks for stopping by. 👋 Until relief comes, curl up in the air conditioning and watch a deep freeze film while sipping any drink that gives you a frozen headache! L’heet’ra’ot! (See you later!)
Reading to the end of Isaiah makes my heart long for the city I love. I have made four trips to Israel but this as been the longest that I’ve been away. In 2012, my life was to an exploding point, work and personal both, and my health was suffering because of it so I bought a one-way ticket to Israel and quit my job. I was going to decompress.
I had no long term plan past a week, picking a hostel over the internet near the Sea of Galilee; not even making reservations but just showing up. I ended up staying 11 months, going to Jerusalem once for a Feast of YHVH. There is something special about Jerusalem, but the Father is creating a New Jerusalem which no one who is not His may enter. Here is a snippet of the future from Isaiah:
For thus says YHVH:
“Behold, I will extend peace to her (Jerusalem) like a river, And the glory of the goyiim like a flowing stream. Then you shall feed; On her sides shall you be carried, And be dandled on her knees. 13 As one whom his mother comforts, So I will comfort you; And you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”
14 When you see this, your heart shall rejoice, And your bones shall flourish like grass; The hand of YHVH shall be known to His servants, And His indignation to His enemies. 15 For behold, YHVH will come with fire 🔥 And with His chariots, like a whirlwind, To render His anger with fury, And His rebuke with flames of fire. 16 For by fire and by His sword YHVH will judge all flesh; And the slain of YHVH shall be many.
17 “Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves, To go to the gardens After an idol in the midst, Eating swine’s flesh and the abomination and the mouse, Shall be consumed together,” declares YHVH.
18 “For I know their works and their thoughts. It shall be that I will gather all goyiim and tongues; and they shall come and see My glory. 19 I will set a sign among them; and those among them who escape I will send to the nations: to Tarshish and Pul and Lud, who draw the bow, and Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands afar off who have not heard My fame nor seen My glory. And they shall declare My glory among the goyiim. 20 Then they shall bring all your brethren for an offering to YHVH out of all nations, on horses and in chariots and in litters, on mules and on camels, to My holy mountain Jerusalem,” says YHVH, “as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of YHVH. 21 And I will also take some of them for priests and Levites,” says YHVH.
22 “For as the new heavens and the new earth Which I will make shall remain before Me,” declares YHVH, “So shall your descendants and your name remain. 23 And it shall come to pass That from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says YHVH.
24 “And they shall go forth and look Upon the corpses of the men Who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, And their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”
May our hearts seek only to do the Father’s will, as Yeshua did, so we will have the right to enter the city. Outside will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Some people may wonder why I never use the term “God” when I’m speaking of the Almighty. There are a couple of reasons that I will explain.
The first reason can be found in Zephaniah’s writings. Turn to Zeph 3:9, which reads:
English is an infantile language; not being around very long at all, relatively, whereas the world as we know it was created with the spoken words of the Almighty in Hebrew. The old, biblical Hebrew is a pure language, chock full of hidden meanings intertwined within. YHVH is restoring His language for His glory and who am I to hinder Him? 😉 Seventy-five years ago, if you had told someone that 8 million people would be speaking Hebrew as their mother tongue, they would think you were crazy. Back then Hebrew was a “dead language”. But our Eloheim raises the dead to His glory! That is reason #1. The second reason is more hidden and can be found in Isaiah 65:11. Turn with me there.
The verse reads in English:
“But you are those who forsake YHVH, Who forget My holy mountain, Who prepare a table for Gad, And who furnish a drink offering for Meni." - Isa 65:11
That word for Gad in the Hebrew is גד. The letters “gimel” & “dalet”. The pronunciation is Gad, or just as easily, god, making “god” a false deity. Maybe some of you are thinking that it’s like the old “potato/potáto” or “tomato/tomáto” argument, but “god”, as referenced to the Almighty, is just not His name or title. I defer back to the Hebrew. “God” usually translates back as a form of Eloheim. And by form, I mean… Well, it will be easier to show you.
When the English verses say “your God” we have no clue, usually, if the person saying it means you personally or you all (“y’all”, in the southern United States 😇😉). For instance, look at this example:
Is that verse talking to YOU or to a group of people? In the English, who know? In the Hebrew it is crystal clearly speaking to YOU. Elohecha. YOUR Eloheim. <Finger pointing to you> It makes a huge difference in the understanding. Just that small clarification makes the Word of Eloheim so much more personal, in my opinion.
So there you have it! The reasons why I never use the g.o.d. 😇
Thus says YHVH: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, For My salvation (My Yeshua - ישועתי) is near to come, And My righteousness to be revealed."
Isa 56:5 - "Even to them I will give in My house And within My walls a place and a name Better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name That shall not be cut off."
"Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices Will be accepted on My altar; For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.” - Isa 56:7
9 All you beasts of the field, come to devour, All you beasts in the forest. 10 His watchmen are blind, They are all ignorant; They are all dumb dogs, They cannot bark; Sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. 11 Yes, they are greedy dogs Which never have enough. And they are shepherds Who cannot understand; They all look to their own way, Every one for his own gain, From his own territory. 12 “Come,” one says, “I will bring wine, And we will fill ourselves with intoxicating drink; Tomorrow will be as today, And much more abundant.”
"And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning." - John 15:27
He is clear to make the distinction who is qualified to be His apostle. Peter realizes this also when it comes time to replace Judas Iscariot, for Peter also makes the distinction in Acts 1:21, 22 –
21 “Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.”
The criteria for being an apostle of the Lamb is clear, as set forth by the Messiah and confirmed by Peter. Those two witnesses should be enough for us but Yeshua goes even further and gives us yet another confirmation 20+ years after Saul of Tarsus is dead. Revelation was given to John 20+ years after the death of Saul. In Revelation 21:14, Yeshua confirms:
Do we think that Yeshua was unaware of what went on after He ascended back up to the right hand of the Father? Of course He knew/knows, but He always allows us to be tested. Who will follow Him? Who will love YHVH with all their heart, all their soul and with all their might, as He did by His obedience? Very few.
Isa 41:11 - “Behold, all those who were incensed against you Shall be ashamed and disgraced; They shall be as nothing, And those who strive with you shall perish. 12 You shall seek them and not find them— Those who contended with you. Those who war against you Shall be as nothing, As a nonexistent thing. 13 For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’
Bondservants of Elyon (Most High), you need not worry about the perilous times we are living in. YHVH will hold our right hand. Remember Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego. 🔥
Welcome back friends. We have another Alef Tav treasure for you today but if you’re new to the Alef Tav concept, please first take a look at the introductory blog or watch the short introductory video
Turn in your bible to Isaiah 22:8 and in the English it reads:
Isa 22:8 - He removed the protection of Judah. You looked in that day to the armor of the House of the Forest;
Nothing too spectacular in that verse in the English, but if you look at it in the Hebrew you would see that it is Yeshua taking Judah’s protection and I would even submit to you that Yeshua is even the protector. In the top photo you can see the first sentence of the verse with the Aleph Tav (אֵת) reinserted. Take note that the verbs in Hebrew usually precede the subject.
There are witnesses of Yeshua all throughout your older testament if you are willing to search! 😇
Apologies for the barrage of posts. At this time I have to drive to town to use wifi to upload videos and blogs 😕 “Times is hard.” 😉