Thursday, October 21, 2021

Question about 1 Corinthians 8:6

Someone recently sent a great question to my website, The Refiner’s Fire. They wrote:

“1 Corinthians 8:6 has the Aramaic term Marya, which is what I understood used as a reference to YHVH. If so the verse should read something like: ‘To us there is one (God) Elohim, the Father, from whom comes every thing and by whom we live; and one YHVH Mashiach Yeshua, by whom are all things, and we by him’ So there is one God, the Father, which according to the Bible is YHVH right? And there is one YHVH who is Mashiach Yeshua? How should this verse be read and understood? I'm getting confused.”

RESPONSE:

Here is how it is written in the Aramaic English New Testament.

1 Cor 8: 6. Yet to us, on our part, there is one Elohim, the Father from whom are all things, and we in him; and one Master YHWH,[1] Y’shua the Mashiyach, by whom are all things, and we also by him. (AENT)

FOOTNOTE:

[1] This is not to be construed that “one Elohim the Father” and “one YHWH, Y’shua the Mashiyach” are separate divine “persons.” Instead, Aramaic references two divine occurrences from the singular divine nature, or qnomeh.* (Singular: qnoma) This concept is directly stated fifteen times, and alluded to at least as much in figurative language (e.g. living water in John 4, leading to a direct reference in John 5:26).

*It is important to recognize that Qnoma can mean “core substance” or “occurrence.” Although Greek reads “self” Aramaic does not; “self” leads to assumptions of “personhood” which breeds idolatry. Put another way, a "nature" is like a body hidden behind a curtain. For those in the audience, nothing of that nature can be seen. Then, all of a sudden, a hand and part of an arm appears through the veil.

While we know there is a body attached to that limb, the limb is all we see. Furthermore, that arm moves with full force, will and agreement of the mind that controls the body. For the viewers, the arm appearing out of the curtain is the qnoma (occurrence) and the hidden mind behind that limb's movement is its kyanna (nature). (Source: Aramaic English New Testament, footnote to 1 Thess. 4:9)

Here's further explanation on this issue:

Ephesians 3: 14. He is himself our peace, who has made the two (become) one, and has demolished the wall[2] which stood in the midst, and the enmity, by his flesh; 15. And in his flesh (the) enmity and regulations of commands (contained) in his commandments are abolished[3] (so) that in himself (an occurrence of the divine nature, or qnoma), [4] he might make the two into one, establishing peace. 16. And has reconciled both with Elohim in one body and has slain the enmity by his stake (of execution). (AENT)

FOOTNOTES:

[2] Aramaic for wall is syaga. Ironically, this exact term was picked up by the Talmudic rabbis in Pirkei Avot (Sayings of the Fathers) 1:1 that commanded, “make a fence around the Torah.” Y’shua specifically warned against this activity in Matthew 15, rebuking the Pharisees in the process.

Later on, Y’shua said he was the “door/gate” using a synonym for syaga, known as taarea, which is a homonym “torah” and “teachers,” meaning the Pharisees. So while the Pharisees are busy erecting their fence, Y’shua is pulling it down, allowing everyone access!

[3] The grammatical structure here fully guarantees that namusa is referring to “customs” as in the traditions of the Pharisees, not Torah itself. Mashiyach abolishes the “enmity” (hatred or animosity) that has been brought against YHWH by religious tradition and false interpretations of Torah, which was a heavy burden that people could not bear.

Christian theologians, however, twist this verse and teach that it was YHWH’s Torah that brought the hatred and that Mashiyach did away with Torah, which is a very reckless and evil theology. Mashiyach sent the Ruach haKodesh to write YHWH’s Torah upon the hearts of his people, not abolish it.

[4] Qnoma can mean “core substance” or “occurrence.” Although Greek reads “self” Aramaic does not; “self” leads to assumptions of “personhood” which breeds idolatry.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

A mini-lesson on "spiritual fence straddling

My dearly-departed husband, Bill, and I used to have a sweet little Miniature Schnauzer named Dallas, that left this world a few years ago at the ripe ol’ age of 14.

Dallas was afraid of many things, and so, it wasn’t hard to contain him in his little postage stamp, fenced-in back yard consisting of just a few wires Bill had fastened to some rebar posts.

He could have easily jumped over the short fence, but luckily for us, he was somewhat of a coward. (He also wouldn’t go near the heat vents in the house, because they were apparently too scary and weird…)

We've moved since then, but what I’m getting at is that the little fence served as a kind “Torah” for our little fur person. As long as he stayed within its boundaries, he was safe. In that yard, he was forced to remain close to the house where we could keep an eye on him through the French door.

But - had he ever escaped and run up the hill into the woods, he would have run the risk of becoming a meal for any number of predators, including a bear, lynx, or coyote.

If he had decided to run down the hill and across the properties of two of our neighbors, he would have ended up on a fairly busy highway. He would have faced possible danger even if he had simply trotted down our driveway toward road, because many in that particular neighborhood never bothered to follow the 25 mph speed limit....

And I shudder to think what would have happened if Dallas had tried to make it all the way to the freeway which was only a half mile away!

What I’m trying to illustrate is that YHWH gave us HIS Torah (Divine Instructions in Righteousness) to keep US safe in a fallen world. Unfortunately, in a world where most don't want ANY rules, MOST "believers" don't bother to follow those Instructions - because they mistakenly believe that "those Old Testament rules applied only to the Jews. (So, God expects only "the Jews" to be holy?)

Think about it: Adam and Eve were safe in the Garden until they decided to break just one little rule ... and suddenly, they found themselves outside of their safe haven, in a “fallen world” where hard work, pain, sorrow, sickness and death ruled … where jealousy, greed, drunkenness, lewdness, arrogance, fornication and adultery and all manner of vileness lay in wait as the world’s population began to grow ... where most (even many believers) don't seem to know "right from wrong; nor do they care to learn...

In our “fallen world,” we aren’t guaranteed health, wealth, riches or anything else our carnal selves desire. But when we belong to YHWH/Yeshua, we have the guarantee of eternal life, along with true shalom (peace) in knowing that, no matter what else happens, HE is with us, guiding and teaching and allowing us to grow in knowledge of Him so that we CAN PREPARE for that eternal life!

The Divine Instructions serve to not only please ADONAI and place us in a closer relationship with Him; but they also make our entire earthbound existence run more smoothly, because HIS Ways are perfect! The bottom line is, if we choose to IGNORE those rules, we will be considered "lukewarm" - and you know what THAT means! Revelation 3: 16 'So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.

1 John 2: 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in him. 6 He who says he abides in him ought himself also to walk just as he walked.

How did Yeshua walk? By Torah! He didn't make up new rules. He kept Torah and expected US to do the same. It's what sets us APART from the rest of the world! Revelation reveals this:

Revelation 12: 17 "The dragon was infuriated over the woman and went off to fight the rest of her children, those who obey God's commands AND bear witness to Yeshua."

Revelation 14: 12 "This is when perseverance is needed on the part of God's people, those who observe his commands AND exercise Yeshua's faithfulness."

The moral of the story?

If our little Dallas doggie had dared to jump over his “Torah” fence that kept him safe, he most likely would have ended up dead - or at least, seriously hurt.

Same thing applies to YHWH’s people: If they jump their Torah “fence” the world will close in and cause them to lose not only their “way” but very possibly, their eternal life. There will be NO "lukewarm" in Heaven!

(See Romans 1:18-32; Numbers 15: 30; Hebrews 6:4-8 and 10:26-27; 2 Peter 2: 19-21; 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10; Deuteronomy 7: 9-10, Revelation 3:16, etc.)

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Just some personal observations about the plight of humanity

Just some personal observations:

Remember when the AIDS/HIV epidemic began back in the late Seventies/early Eighties? It was a known fact that this terrible disease was caused by irresponsible sexual behavior; yet, instead of telling people to CHANGE their behavior so that the virus could die out on its own, the “reason for the disease and its spread” was largely overlooked and ignored, and scientists and the medical community catered to “the world” and got to work on a vaccine, because the people demanded it.

Well – here it is, 40 YEARS later, and we STILL don’t have a vaccine for AIDS/HIV! There are medication "cocktails" and various treatments, but there is no vaccine and no end in sight – in large part, because people WON’T change their lascivious sexual behavior! (Casual sex with whomever one pleases has been the norm since the Sixties - and it’s only gotten worse over the years because today, sexuality is “fluid”….)

Today, there are more than 1.2 million people living with HIV in the U.S. and there are more than 35,000 new infections each year. More than 700,000 people in the U.S., have died from HIV-related illness.

I see the same thing happening with COVID-19 and the Delta Variant … the difference being, we actually HAVE a vaccine - but yet many refuse to take it for whatever reason. What’s more, many on both sides of the fence (both the vaccinated and unvaccinated) won’t even bother to take any kind of precautions, such as following some simple rules (mask wearing, social distancing, avoiding large indoor crowds, regular hand-washing, etc.). I guess, erring on the side of caution simply causes too much “inconvenience”….

So, as usual, Americans as a whole, INSIST on pretending everything is normal and they aren’t about to cooperate with ANYTHING that might get in the way of their lifestyles. They gather in large crowds on beaches, in bars and restaurants and at concerts and ballgames, etc. – most not even bothering to wear a mask, let alone stay “socially distanced.” (They even have the audacity to label this irresponsible behavior as their “right”….)

The bottom line of our world’s problems today is that MOST have been, and still are, ignoring YHWH’s Torah - the Word of ELOHIM; His Divine Instructions! If the world were Torah observant, we wouldn’t have any of these problems, because Torah commands that we DO NOT tolerate bad behavior. God’s people are commanded to “rid evil from among you! (See Deuteronomy 17:6-7 and 22:21; Leviticus 24:14; etc. - which is reiterated in the New Testament in places like 1 Corinthians 5:13.)

Not only is the world, in general, disobeying GOD, but most refuse ANY instructions from ANYONE - such as simple common-sense rules designed to keep everyone safe. (Example: speed limits mean NOTHING to do those who want to speed; and those who want to commit adultery, simply DO it without giving it a second thought; and the same goes for those with a grudge who are bent on exterminating a room full of people, just because they’re angry or depressed….)

The sad truth is – “the world” has been slowly indoctrinated to become disobedient and unruly (thanks, in large part, to liberal Hollywood which promotes all manner of decadence and weirdness). People have been steadily becoming ever-more desensitized. Everything YHWH considers BAD is now considered GOOD by the world – and everything He considers GOOD, is considered BAD by the world.

Simply put, the world, as a whole, is out completely of control. ONLY Yeshua will be able to put and end to the nonsense.

In the meantime – my prediction is, COVID-19 and all its variants are here to stay…

HERE ARE SOME PERTINENT SCRIPTURE PASSAGES to show that NOTHING has changed since the “fall from grace” in Genesis – and that we are NOW “as in the days of Noah”:

Isaiah 24:5: The earth is defiled by its people; they have transgressed the laws; they have overstepped the decrees and broken the everlasting covenant.

Isaiah 28:15: For you said, "We have made a covenant with death; we have fashioned an agreement with Sheol. When the overwhelming scourge passes through it will not touch us, because we have made lies our refuge and falsehood our hiding place."
Isaiah 30:1: "Woe to the rebellious children," declares the LORD, "to those who carry out a plan that is not Mine, who form an alliance, but against My will, heaping up sin upon sin

Isaiah 39:8Go now, write it on a tablet in their presence and inscribe it on a scroll; it will be for the days to come, a witness forever and ever. 9 These are rebellious people, deceitful children, children unwilling to obey the LORD’s instruction. 10 They say to the seers, “Stop seeing visions!” and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us the truth! Speak to us pleasant words; prophesy illusions.Even the following passage pertains to ALL humanity today:

Titus 1: 10 For there are many, especially from the Circumcision faction, who are rebellious, who delude people’s minds with their worthless and misleading talk. 11 They must be silenced; because they are upsetting entire households by teaching what they have no business teaching, and doing it for the sake of dishonest gain. 12 Even one of the Cretans’ own prophets has said, “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons” — 13 and it’s true! For this reason, you must be severe when you rebuke those who have followed this false teaching, so that they will come to be sound in their trust 14 and no longer pay attention to Judaistic myths or to the commands of people who reject the truth.

15 To all who are themselves pure, everything is pure. But to those who are defiled and without trust, nothing is pure — even their minds and consciences have been defiled. 16 They claim to know God, but with their actions they deny him. They are detestable and disobedient; they have proved themselves unfit to do anything good.

I urge you to read all of the great instructions in Romans 13, which ends with these words:

11 Besides all this, you know at what point of history we stand; so it is high time for you to rouse yourselves from sleep; for the final deliverance is nearer than when we first came to trust. 12 The night is almost over, the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and arm ourselves with the weapons of light. 13 Let us live properly, as people do in the daytime — not partying and getting drunk, not engaging in sexual immorality and other excesses, not quarrelling and being jealous. 14 Instead, clothe yourselves with the Lord Yeshua the Messiah; and don’t waste your time thinking about how to provide for the sinful desires of your old nature. (CJB)

Saturday, September 18, 2021

“But me you don’t remember….”

These particular readings really touch my heart, because we can clearly hear ADONAI, through the Prophet Isaiah, demanding obedience - practically PLEADING with His people to repent and turn from their evil, selfish ways, and walk according to HIS Torah and HIS Will. But has humanity really done that? Are we any different from those in “biblical times?” I posit that we on VERY shaky ground today – “as in the days of Noah” when YHWH wiped out the entire earth except for the ONLY holy, obedient person alive…

Isaiah 57:

11 …But me you don’t remember,
you don’t give me a thought!
I have held my peace so long
that you no longer fear me.
12 I will expose your [so-called] ‘righteousness’;
and what you have done won’t help you.
13 When you cry, will those [idols] you gathered rescue you?
The wind will carry them all away,
a puff of air will take them off.
But whoever takes refuge in me will possess
the land and inherit my holy mountain.”

14 Then he will say,

“Keep building! Keep building! Clear the way!
Remove everything blocking my people’s path!”
15 For thus says the High, Exalted One
who lives forever, whose name is Holy:
“I live in the high and holy place
but also with the broken and humble,
in order to revive the spirit of the humble
and revive the hearts of the broken ones.
16 For I will not fight them forever
or always nurse my anger;
otherwise their spirits would faint before me,
the creatures I myself have made.
17 It was because of their flagrant greed
that I was angry and struck them;
I hid myself and was angry,
but they continued on their own rebellious way.
18 I have seen their ways, and I will heal them;
I will lead them and give comfort
to them and to those who mourn for them —
19 I will create the right words:
Shalom shalom to those far off
and to those nearby!’ says Adonai;
‘I will heal them!’”

20 But the wicked are like the restless sea —
unable to be still,
its waters toss up mud and dirt.
21 There is no shalom, says my God,
for the wicked.

Isaiah 58:

1 Shout out loud! Don’t hold back!
Raise your voice like a shofar!
Proclaim to my people what rebels they are,
to the house of Ya‘akov their sins.

2 “Oh yes, they seek me day after day
and [claim to] delight in knowing my ways.
As if they were an upright nation
that had not abandoned the rulings of their God,
they ask me for just rulings
and [claim] to take pleasure in closeness to God,
3 [asking,] ‘Why should we fast, if you don’t see?
Why mortify ourselves, if you don’t notice?’

“Here is my answer: when you fast,
you go about doing whatever you like,
while keeping your laborers hard at work.
4 Your fasts lead to quarreling and fighting,
to lashing out with violent blows.
On a day like today, fasting like yours
will not make your voice heard on high.

5 “Is this the sort of fast I want,
a day when a person mortifies himself?
Is the object to hang your head like a reed
and spread sackcloth and ashes under yourself?
Is this what you call a fast,
a day that pleases Adonai?

6 “Here is the sort of fast I want —
releasing those unjustly bound,
untying the thongs of the yoke,
letting the oppressed go free,
breaking every yoke,
7 sharing your food with the hungry,
taking the homeless poor into your house,
clothing the naked when you see them,
fulfilling your duty to your kinsmen!”

8 Then your light will burst forth like the morning,
your new skin will quickly grow over your wound;
your righteousness will precede you,
and Adonai’s glory will follow you.
9 Then you will call, and Adonai will answer;
you will cry, and he will say, “Here I am.”
If you will remove the yoke from among you,
stop false accusation and slander,
10 generously offer food to the hungry
and meet the needs of the person in trouble;
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your gloom become like noon.
11 Adonai will always guide you;
he will satisfy your needs in the desert,
he will renew the strength in your limbs;
so that you will be like a watered garden,
like a spring whose water never fails.
12 You will rebuild the ancient ruins,
raise foundations from ages past,
and be called “Repairer of broken walls,
Restorer of streets to live in.”

13 “If you hold back your foot on Shabbat
from pursuing your own interests on my holy day;
if you call Shabbat a delight,
Adonai’s holy day, worth honoring;
then honor it by not doing your usual things
or pursuing your interests or speaking about them.
14 If you do, you will find delight in Adonai
I will make you ride on the heights of the land
and feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Ya‘akov,
for the mouth of Adonai has spoken.”
– (CJB)

Monday, September 13, 2021

Stop comparing COVID to the Holocaust!

SOMETHING VERY SERIOUS TO PONDER:

I keep seeing people trying to compare the COVID pandemic with the Holocaust. Here's why that comparison is downright wrong:

First of all, the Holocaust HAD to happen! Know why? Because there's a difference between YHWH allowing evil humans to kill 6 million of His Chosen people just because they were Jews, so that TWO prophecies could be fulfilled ... and doctors and epidemiologists and even government leaders trying to figure out how to SAVE us from dying from a killer virus that came virtually out of nowhere....

Isaiah prophesied that Israel would become a nation again and that it would happen in one day! (Isaiah 66:7-8) That happened on May 14, 1948 - when "the world" briefly felt sorry for the Jews and returned Israel to them, enabling them to declare independence for Israel as a united and sovereign nation for the first time in 2,900 years.

During that same day, the United States issued a statement recognizing Israel's sovereignty. And, only hours beforehand, a United Nations mandate expired, ending British control of the land. During a 24-hour span of time, foreign control of the land of Israel had formally ceased, and Israel had declared its independence, and its independence was acknowledged by other nations. Modern Israel was literally was born in a single day.

Before you grab your pitchforks to verbally execute me, please read this scenario and THEN decide if you still believe you have a "right" to make this ridiculous comparison (which Americans apparently LOVE to use, anytime they feel their "rights" being threatened):

JUST FOR A COUPLE OF MINUTES, I want you all to imagine you are a mother sitting in your living room watching TV with your husband and two young children (a boy and a girl), right after you ordered your pizza from the comfort of your own couch during this quarantine. Life has been a little disrupted, but it's still pretty good. Everybody's okay and things will get back to normal soon.

Suddenly, and without warning, a group of armed soldiers break down your front door and, before you have a chance to figure out what's happening, you're being forcefully jerked out of your happy home by armed soldiers, who load you all into the back of a deuce-and-a-half military truck with hundreds of others stacked in tightly.

They take you to the local railroad station, and shove you into a stinking cattle car full of cow manure, where you're again wedged in so tightly between other citizens, that you can hardly breathe.

Eight hours later, both of your small children (as well as many others) are screaming their heads off because they're tired, hungry and have wet their pants because they couldn't hold it anymore....And oh, by the way, YOU also wet your pants, as did most others in that cattle car.

Let's say, after a 12 hour ride, more armed soldiers FINALLY unload you - thousands of you! - which takes HOURS because as you disembark, armed soldiers take your names and personal info, and then you notice that the men are herded to one side of the camp and the women and children, to the other. (YES, you WILL be separated from your husband!)

To your horror, one of the armed guards - a big burly guy with evil eyes - stops you and asks WHICH CHILD you want to keep. "CHOOSE!"

You're too dumbfounded to speak! Choose which child you want to keep? Are you kidding me???

Of course, you can't, and you tell him so in no uncertain terms - UNTIL he takes out his pistol and threatens to shoot both of them right then and there.

So, crying hysterically, you choose the little girl - causing such guilt that it may lead you to suicide in the years to come ... that is, IF you get live ... which is something that just crossed your mind as you realize, standing there in the chilly night without a coat, that the smoke billowing from the chimney in the distance smells eerily like burning flesh ... Surely, it couldn't be human ... could it?

Suddenly, someone comes to take your little boy away and you never see him again. And you and your little girl are marched into a small, cramped barracks where you are told you must share the bottom bunk of a wooden bunk bed that has neither mattress, nor blankets....

The fear in the place is so great you can literally SMELL it - because you don't know WHY any of this is happening! All you (and the thousands of others in those barracks) know is that life as you knew it has come to a screeching halt, and you have NO CLUE what lies ahead. The one thing you DO know is that YOU ARE NOT IN CONTROL.

As the months turn into a year, you little son crosses your mind again (as he frequently does, even in your dreams at night) while you quietly toil away in the camp laundry room with your little emaciated daughter (they only give you one bowl of THIN soup per day) by your side (because you're one of the lucky ones who doesn't "look Jewish" and they allowed you to work instead of leading you and the child into the crematorium, as they've done to most of your new "friends"), you look down at your child playing quietly in the corner (for she is not allowed to talk) and you wonder for the millionth time whether you made the "right" choice about "which child" to keep...

Then, early one morning at the break of dawn, the armed soldiers come for your little girl. You cling to her, screaming ... to no avail. They said they needed her for some kind of medical experiment....

"WHY" you demand! And because you couldn't be quiet or or to stop screaming and begging for mercy, one of the soldiers grabs you by the arm and drags you off behind the crematorium to rape you to "teach you a lesson!" When he's done, he jerks you up out of the weeds and forces you INTO the building, where you're forced to strip naked in front of him and dozens of others, before being shoved into a room with other naked people cowering in terror against the four walls.

The last thing you remember before the "Zyklon B" gas renders you unconscious, is that it caused you and everyone else to lose control of their bowels....

PEOPLE, while this kind of thing will NEVER happen in America (as so many conspiracy theorists posit), I am trying to get you to put yourself into JUST ONE POSSIBLE SCENARIO OUT OF THE SIX MILLION STORIES that happened in Germany during WWII - and that doesn't even include all the rest of the innocent civilians whose lives were disrupted and traumatized via starvation, carnage during bombings, and endless terror for SIX STRAIGHT YEARS!

Now - pray tell - as a human being with a conscience, can you honestly still sit in your easy chair and try to tell me that comparing the Holocaust to ANYTHING else in modern history is RIGHT OR FAIR?...

It is truly IGNORANT and even EVIL to attempt to FORCE the comparison of apples and oranges when it comes to COVID and the Holocaust! Except for the soldiers who have experienced actual wartime scenarios, modern-day Americans don't know what a "Holocaust" is....

Thursday, September 9, 2021

A word to those who are using abortion as a means of birth control – check out what GOD says!

 


Texas women are in an uproar because a new law in that state bans abortions after six weeks, when a fetus develops a heartbeat.  One of the many memes and signs they are using to protest this law says, "Keep your hands off my body."

Well, truth is, the reason they became pregnant, in the first place, is because they ALLOWED someone's hands on their bodies.  Sex CAUSES pregnancy.  God created "those parts" of our body for procreation....

Another truth is:  Once something has a heartbeat, and is busy growing into a human being, it is NOT "your body!"  It belongs to that little person YOUR actions created that caused THAT body to start growing inside of you!

I'm not trying to be mean or insensitive here, but I'm preaching YHWH's Word, which commands us not to murder.  (Sixth Commandment: Exodus 20:13, "You shall not murder." )

People can make all the excuses they wish about abortion, but the bottom line is that ADONAI is the Creator and HE designed human wombs to grow little human beings. (See Genesis 1:27, Exodus 20:13, Numbers 5:27-28, Psalm 127:3-5.)

He did NOT give anyone the right to END a life in the womb!  (See Genesis 1:27, Exodus 20:13, Numbers 5:27-28, Psalm 127:3-5.)

Even an ANIMAL that is guilty of shedding human blood MUST die!

Genesis 9:5 I will certainly demand an accounting for the blood of your lives: I will demand it from every animal and from every human being. I will demand from every human being an accounting for the life of his fellow human being. 6 Whoever sheds human blood, by a human being will his own blood be shed; for God made human beings in his image."

ADONAI created everything and everyone for a purpose - and NOBODY has "a right" to KILL "His image!"

For those who believe "it's not a baby until it's born," please check this out: Researchers at Yale University in a published study (July 22, 21006) revealed that they had discovered the very first neurons in a 'thinkin' brain!  

"Researchers at Yale School of Medicine and the University of Oxford have identified the very first neurons in what develops into the cerebral cortex, the part of the brain that makes humans human. The findings published in Nature Neuroscience show that the first neurons, or "predecessors," as the researchers called them, are in place 31 days after fertilization. This is much earlier than previously thought and well before development of arms, legs or eyes."   

PSALM 139:13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Job 31:15 Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?

The bottom line is, ADONAI is our Creator; it is HE and ONLY He who has the "right" and ability to create life or take it away!  NOTHING happens without His approval (including people's "right" to CHOOSE to sin)! 

Throughout the Bible we can see how adamant he is about murder and, consequently, in the grand scheme of "HIS WILL BE DONE," women cannot "choose abortion."


Sunday, September 5, 2021

Yom Teruah/Rosh HaShana is on the horizon!!!!

An amazing High Holy Day is on the Horizon - Yom Teruah/Rosh Hashana (Feast of Trumpets/New Year)!!! Keep reading to find out what is so special about this day….

Leviticus 23:23-25 says: And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying, 24 “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, saying, ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you have a rest, a remembrance of blowing of trumpets, a set-apart gathering. 25 ‘You do no servile work, and you shall bring an offering made by fire to יהוה.’” (ISR)

Yom Teruah/Rosh Hashana this year (2021) begins at sunset on September 8 (Sept 7th on the rabbinical calendar). This Appointed Time denotes the Jewish Civil New Year; the creation of the world, according to tradition; the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve and their first actions toward the realization of man's role in the world; of the first sin that was committed and resulting repentance; a day when YHWH takes stock of all of His Creation, which includes all of humanity.

It is also a rehearsal for the day when the bridegroom will come to claim us, his bride, who are betrothed to Him.  It is also believed that this is when Y’shua will return to earth as the “Lion of Judah!” Here’s why:

1 Thessalonians 4: 16. Because our Master (Y'shua) will himself descend from heaven with the mandate and with the voice of the chief Messenger and with the Qarna (trumpet/shofar) of Elohim; and the dead who are in the Mashiyach will first arise; 17. and then we who survive and are alive will be caught up together with them to the clouds to meet our Master (Y'shua) in the air; and so will we be ever with our Master. (AENT)

Matthew 24: 27. For as the sunshine comes out from the East and is seen even in the West, thus will be the coming of the Son of man. 28. Wherever the carcass is, there will the eagles gather. 29. And immediately after the suffering of those days, the sun will be darkened and the moon will not shine its light. And the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken.

30. And then will be seen the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then all the tribes of the land mourn, when they will see the Son of man who comes upon the clouds of heaven with great power and glory. 31. And he will send his Messengers with a large trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from the four winds from one end of heaven to the other. (AENT)

According to tradition, during this time YHWH's people are to concentrate all their efforts into making amends with their brethren and apologizing for past offenses – in preparation for the next Feast, which is Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement.

Judging by the fact that Yeshua has so far fulfilled the first four feasts in sequence, Yom Teruah/Trumpets will be the next one to be fulfilled, because when the trumpets sound, those who have accepted YHWH as their God and His Divine Messiah, will be gathered/resurrected (I Thessalonians 4:13-18, I Cor. 15:50-54).

Halleluyah!

Monday, August 16, 2021

Stand strong in these “end times” in which we’re living!

WITH ALL THE HORRORS HAPPENING THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, and all the various voices yelling at us and telling us what to do and how to do it, and insisting that "the truth of the Bible can be found" in THEIR respective circles ...we must remember that Scripture read in context (through the lens of the Ruach haKodesh/Holy Spirit) should be our ONLY guide to proper, holy, righteous living. Here are some very important passages to keep in mind:

Matthew 24:10 At that time many will be trapped into betraying and hating each other, 11 many false prophets will appear and fool many people; 12 and many people's love will grow cold because of increased distance from Torah. 13 But whoever holds out till the end will be delivered. (CJB)

2 Timothy 3: 1. But know this: That in the latter days hard times will come: 2. and men will be lovers of themselves and lovers of money, boasters, proud, revilers, unyielding towards their own people, deniers of grace, wicked, 3. unloving, addicted to irreconcilable malicious gossips, ferocious, haters of the good, 4. treacherous, rash, inflated, attached to pleasure more than to the love of Elohim, 5. having a form of respect for Elohim but wide from the power of Elohim. Them who are such, repel from you. 6. For of them are they who creep into this and that house and captivate the women who are plunged in sins and led away by divers lusts, 7. who are always learning, and can never come to the knowledge of the truth. (AENT)

2 Timothy 4:1. I charge you before Elohim and our Master Y’shua the Mashiyach who is to judge the living and the dead at the manifestation of his Kingdom 2. Proclaim the Word and persist (in it) with diligence, in time and out of time; admonish and rebuke with all patience and instructiveness. 3. For the time will come when they will not give ear to sound teaching; but, according to their lusts, will multiply to themselves teachers in the itching of their hearing; 4. and will turn away their ears from the truth, and incline after fables. 5. But be vigilant in all things; and endure evils and do the work of a proclaimer of the Good News, and fulfill your ministry. (AENT)

2 Thessalonians 2:9 When this man who avoids Torah comes, the Adversary will give him the power to work all kinds of false miracles, signs and wonders. 10 He will enable him to deceive, in all kinds of wicked ways, those who are headed for destruction because they would not receive the love of the truth that could have saved them. 11 This is why God is causing them to go astray, so that they will believe the Lie. 12 The result will be that all who have not believed the truth, but have taken their pleasure in wickedness, will be condemned. (CJB)

Matthew 5: 10 “How blessed are those who are persecuted because they pursue righteousness! for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. 11 How blessed you are when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of vicious lies about you because you follow me! 12 Rejoice, be glad, because your reward in heaven is great – they persecuted the prophets before you in the same way. (CJB)

And here is one that is so simple that a child can understand it - yet, most adults seem to have a problem with it ...

Proverbs 28:9 If a person will not listen to Torah, even his prayer is an abomination. (CJB)

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Being “whole-hearted”…..

Fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, pandemics - all of "biblical proportions” are hitting us, seemingly "all at once." Since America's recent decision to pull its military troops out of the Middle East, we've begun to see the same terrorist groups we were sent to put an end to 20 years ago, resurrecting themselves! Incredibly, they are continuing exactly where they left off in their desire to take over the world - beheading, maiming and viciously killing anyone and everything in their path. So, basically, ALL we managed to do was prolong the inevitable....

What is the "inevitable"? Well, for those of us who truly KNOW Scripture, we recognize exactly what is happening: ADONAI is showing us WHO is in charge, and that He is NOT kidding around! Certain Books of the Bible - such as Daniel, Matthew and Revelation – reveal that all these things would happen in the end times. (And make no mistake: we ARE in the end times!)

YHWH has allowed mankind six millennia to straighten up and fly right" - and we've continued to fail. Humanity, with its "free will" started failing in the Garden of Eden, and by the time we got to Genesis 6, He'd already had enough and sent a flood to wipe out all the earth, except for the only righteous man and his family at the time, who was allowed to begin the process of repopulating the world!

Genesis 6:5 Adonai saw that the people on earth were very wicked, that all the imaginings of their hearts were always of evil only. 6 Adonai regretted that he had made humankind on the earth; it grieved his heart. 7 Adonai said, “I will wipe out humankind, whom I have created, from the whole earth; and not only human beings, but animals, creeping things and birds in the air; for I regret that I ever made them.” 8 But Noach found grace in the sight of Adonai. (CJB)

Although YHWH has given us chance after chance, we are STILL failing, and failing badly. Surely, we are now as we were "in the days of Noah" (Matthew 24:37), if not worse....

And it's all because we haven't been "whole-hearted" towards Him. Read your way through the Torah (the first five Books of the Bible) and count the number of times God insists we be "whole-hearted" - paying special attention to the verses citing all the "curses" upon those who refuse.

How can we be whole-hearted? Well, His Torah outlines exactly what He expects of His people. (And I know this will be a shock to many, but He expects more of us than just to "believe in Jesus!" We are expected to obey His Divine Instructions - which includes observing the commanded Seventh Day Sabbath and all seven Feasts, and refraining from eating anything "unclean.")

Contrary to popular belief, the death of Jesus did NOT remove those responsibilities, and he never said they would. Yeshua (Messiah's given, Hebrew Name which means, "YHWH is Salvation") was a Torah observant, tallit-wearing, Seventh Day Sabbath and Feast - keeping Divine Rabbi who even SAID he came to proclaim the Kingdom of YHWH and do everything his Father commanded him to do:

Luke 4: 43 "But he (Yeshua/Jesus) said, "I must preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent."

Luke 8: 1. And it happened after these things that Y'shua was going around in the cities and in the villages and was preaching and declaring the Kingdom of Elohim.

And, yes, Paul taught the same:

Acts 28: 23 "From morning till evening the Apostle Paul explained and declared the Kingdom of God and tried to convince people about Yeshua from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets."

Acts 24: 14. But this indeed I (Paul) acknowledge, that in that same doctrine of which they speak, I do serve the Elohim of my fathers, believing all the things written in Torah and in the prophets.

So, referring to the beginning of this article, humanity is in the shape it's in BECAUSE the world has been ignoring YHWH's Torah! The bottom line is, those who refuse the concept of YHWH/Yeshua/Torah are not considered to be "wholehearted"; they are "lukewarm" at best; and will be "vomited from Messiah Yeshua's mouth" on the day he returns to kick off his Millennium reign (Revelation 3:16).

Folks, this is not Carmen's own interpretation; it's what the BIBLE says! I pray those who didn't know these things would begin reading - really READING - their Bibles from cover to cover so they can finally see who God is, who His Messiah was and is, and what is expected of us humans....

If you'll do that, I'm sure many of you will find out that you haven't exactly been "wholehearted" toward our awesome Creator, and I beg you to start today - because, as Scripture amply reveals, and as I mentioned above - YHWH is NOT kidding around. There will be NO "lukewarm" in Eternity with Him.

Always learning, but misunderstanding the Truth…


Have you ever noticed that some people seem to be "always learning, but never coming to the knowledge of truth"? (2 Timothy 3:7)

That particular referenced passage reminds me of this one:

Ecclesiastes 12:12  In addition, my son, take heed: one can write many books - there's no end to it; and one can study so much that it wearies the flesh. (CJB)

I know people who exemplify both verses.  Some are "always learning but never coming to the knowledge of truth," while others read and study until their eyes fall out – and they wear themselves out on a daily basis, and come away still NOT knowing much of anything!  Why?  Because they're not really STUDYING the BIBLE!

They are busy “cherry-picking” Scripture, and absorbing the "cool stuff" they find in extra-biblical books and commentaries; or picking up some "great ideas" by watching some pontificating YouTube "expert....

I've  seen so many led down the wrong paths because of their refusal to simply STAY in Scripture!   

I mean – I personally know people who have decided to chuck Torah and return whatever flavor of Christian denomination they came out of, because they didn't like the idea of having to do all the feasts or give up pork and shellfish.  Still others I know have decided to "leave Messiah and the New Testament" altogether because some shmo on Facebook convinced them that "Jesus and the NT are myths."  I've even seen those who have "read and studied" their way right out of belief in YHWH/Y’shua/Torah to ultimately become atheists!

Matter of fact, I have a former Facebook "friend" who allowed herself to be turned on to Islam and, last I heard, she was talking about moving to Afghanistan to marry some Muslim.  (Boy, is SHE ever in for a rude awakening!  Hope she’s enjoying life inside her Burkha where she’s  no longer allowed to read books, drive, or open her mouth to voice an opinion for fear of being beheaded.)

What I'm getting at is this:  Many love to talk ABOUT God and the Bible, but they never take the time to READ, much less STUDY it.  It's easier to cherry-pick and post their favorite verses in order to impress others, or to follow some self-proclaimed Facebook pastor/rabbi/teacher with ear-tickling messages for others to regurgitate…

The Bible warns us this would happen!

2 Timothy 3: 1. But know this: That in the latter days hard times will come:  2. and men will be lovers of themselves and lovers of money, boasters, proud, revilers, unyielding towards their own people, deniers of grace, wicked,  3. unloving, addicted to irreconcilable malicious gossips, ferocious, haters of the good,  4. treacherous, rash, inflated, attached to pleasure more than to the love of Elohim,  5. having a form of respect for Elohim but wide from the power of Elohim. Them who are such, repel from you.  6. For of them are they who creep into this and that house and captivate the women who are plunged in sins and led away by divers lusts,  7. who are always learning, and can never come to the knowledge of the truth. (AENT)

I guess I may be simply venting here, but so many people fit into at least one of the categories mentioned in the passage above. They have themselves convinced they are "godly" and "knowledgeable" and many even believe they are qualified to teach others; yet their fruits show their thinking to be immature and skewed.  They are completely without discernment because they really DON’T know Scripture because they’ve always let their human mindsets get in the way of studying Scripture via the filter of the Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit).

And so, the result is that they've wearied their flesh by "always learning, but never coming to the knowledge of truth"…

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

ANOTHER NOTE TO THE ANTI-VAXXERS AND THE ENDLESS CACOPHONY OF "VOICES" TRYING TO TELL US WHAT TO DO DURING THESE TIMES OF TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS….

First - stop listening to all the contradicting voices and start using your head. You KNOW it's way past time to DO something to try to stem the tide of this pandemic, so start taking every precaution against something that is clearly out to kill you!

Taking precautions doesn't mean you "don't trust God." You must remember that trust in God comes with responsibility to do YOUR part during a worldwide pandemic that HE sent! (In case you haven't noticed, He is shaking the foundations of the earth right now, trying to get people to see WHO is in charge and giving them a chance to turn to Him before it's too late!)

YHWH gave us a brain - and anyone who has one and knows how to use it can see that 'something' IS going on, as millions have become sick and died from COVID over the last year and a half!

If you ignorantly believe it's all a hoax, or that taking the vaccine, wearing a mask and taking every necessary precaution to keep from getting COVID means your don't 'trust God' then why don't find a freeway and simply start crossing it without bothering to look both ways first, to see if there are cars coming? Why don't you simply throw yourself into a poisonous snake pit, or swim in shark-infested waters?

Do you honestly believe God will save those who are actively TESTING HIM to prove to the world that He allows "the faithful" to do whatever they please?

Did Yeshua jump off the cliff when Adversary began enticing him? (See Luke 3:21-23 and Luke 4.) Satan even offered Yeshua all the kingdoms in the world, in hopes of confusing YHWH's Messiah while he was in a vulnerable human state!

THAT was a pretty impressive bribe ... much like all the "voices" telling us NOT to mask or take the vaccine because of ... (insert your personal opinions, favorite conspiracy theories, or one of the thousands of internet articles written by "armchair experts," etc.)

Anyway, instead of giving in to the "evil voice" trying to steer him off the path (much like all the worldly voices being shoved down our collective throat today!), Yeshua simply remembered "who" he was, and what YHWH sent him to accomplish; and so he did nothing but quote Torah; which was his weapon against the enemy!

Like Yeshua, WE must always remember "who" we are in HIM - which includes taking care of the "temple" wherein the Ruach haKodesh dwells. In these times of peril where a virus is trying to kill us all, our armor is the inseparable Truth of "YHWH/Yeshua/Torah."

So, yes - trust in HIM, but remember that you live in a fallen world where bad things happen - and LIVE according to Torah and the whole of Scripture, which all fits together like perfect pieces of a puzzle. Use common sense to do everything in your power to survive this raging pandemic! This means wearing masks in closed, public spaces and taking a vaccine designed to HELP. (Contrary to popular belief, no one is trying to "kill you" by asking you to "mask up" and take a vaccine that has already proven to HELP you survive...)

THE BOTTOM LINE IS: What have you got to lose by being careful, doing plenty of social distancing, refraining from attending "super spreader" events, and taking common-sense precautions until we can finally get this pandemic under control?

It's tough enough to survive in a world that's clearly gone crazy over recent decades. Things AREN'T like they used to be, and we need to accept that and learn to deal with it as best we can. How we react to these unfolding end times events reveals "who" we truly are; so, let's do what we can to STAY ALIVE so we can continue to be REAL witnesses!

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Do you know the difference between “testing” and “trusting” God?

One definition or meaning of “testing” is “a critical examination, observation, or evaluation”; while “trusting” is the “assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.”

Many seem to confuse those two definitions and are under the erroneous impression that they are “trusting” God when, in fact, they are “testing” Him – something He clearly forbid us to do! (See Exodus 17:2 and 17:7; Deuteronomy 6:15 – 17 and 33:8; Psalm 78:18 and 95:8; Matthew 4:7; and Luke 4:7-12).

Let’s look at just one example of Messiah Yeshua, who trusted YHWH, his Father, for EVERYTHING – even in the Garden of Gethsemane, where he was literally sweating blood because he knew of the horrific terror, pain and torture that lay ahead. Amidst the horror and grief at the mere thought of being physically tortured and then ultimately nailed to a stake, Yeshua – rather than to beg his Father to spare or release him from his fate – TRUSTED YHWH help him through the coming ordeal – because he knew this is why he was sent.

Luke 22: 41. And he departed from them about a throw of a stone, and he knelt and was praying. 42. And he said, Father if you desire you let this cup pass over me, but not my will, rather let yours be done. 43. Then a Messenger appeared to him from Heaven to strengthen him. 44. And while being in fear, he was praying earnestly and his sweat became like drops of blood. And he fell upon the ground. (AENT)

Had Yeshua allowed his “flesh” to take over, he would might have decided to “test” his Father’s love, and said something like, “Father, know why I was sent, but if you truly love me, you’ll put a stop to those who wish to kill me so I can continue to live”….

Here is another example of “trust”:

Matthew 4:5 Then the Adversary took him to the holy city and set him on the highest point of the Temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “jump! For the Tanakh says, ‘He will order his angels to be responsible for you...They will support you with their hands, so that you will not hurt your feet on the stones.’” 7 Yeshua replied to him, “But it also says, ‘Do not put Adonai your God to the test.’” (CJB)

COULD YHWH have kept Yeshua safe, had he decided to jump? Certainly! But WOULD He? That’s no different from you or me deciding to cross a busy highway without bothering to look both ways, first. Sure, we can TRUST that God would keep us safe, but WILL He?

How many members of weird religious cults have died over the years when they thought they were “proving their faith” by reaching into a cage of poisonous vipers because they misinterpreted passages such as  Mark 16:17–18? YHWH gave us brains to THINK with, and the first thought when our lives are in danger should be to protect our temples/bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)! “Proving” one’s faith (or proving God’s protection) by purposely putting our lives in danger, is a violation of His command NOT to put Him to the test!

Do you get it? TRUSTING is when we accept our circumstances and simply ask ELOHIM to help us to safely reach the other side while learning and hopefully growing from the ordeal. TESTING consists of us trying to impose OUR will onto Him via whatever means possible, in hopes of achieving our own, personal desires.

For instance, when my husband was suddenly taken from me recently, I never once said, “WHY, God?” (I’ve known many who have done that; and even witnessed one woman who became an instant atheist because she refused to believe that a “good God” would allow her husband to die…)

Instead of becoming angry or belligerent, I thanked YHWH for allowing Bill and me to have 21 beautiful years together; and asked Him to make my path smooth and straight while I was learning how to live a widow.

YES, I was unhappy and experiencing the kind of grief that can only be understood by those who have lost loves ones. But I also knew that our time on earth is through when YHWH says it’s through, and – like Aharon, who never said a word when YHWH slew his sons for “offering strange fire before the Lord” (Leviticus 10:1-7), I had enough maturity and common sense in the middle of my worst grief, to respect ADONAI’s will in this matter.

Not MY will, Father, but YOURS be done! THAT is one of the major difference between “trusting” and “testing”…

Friday, July 23, 2021

Is it really “a pandemic of the unvaccinated?”

I need to get something off my chest in this lost world where people seem to be getting dumber and more evil by the minute: I HATE that the media is now calling the continuing COVID saga, "the pandemic of the unvaccinated."

Hmm. While that might be so, let's be realistic and consider a few OTHER things, shall we?

It mean - it couldn't possibly be the "the pandemic of the mindless masses who ignored all mask requirements and gathered in large groups all along, BEFORE the pandemic was even remotely under control" ...could it?

And it couldn't possibly be the "the pandemic of the idiots who attended ball games without masks or social distancing, WAY BEFORE the pandemic was under control" … could it?

And surely it couldn't be "the pandemic of the myriad MILLIONS who have chosen to travel across America and to other countries, regardless of the consequences, DURING this raging pandemic" ... could it?

And it certainly couldn't be the "the pandemic of the country that's hosting the Olympics WHILE COVID is running rampant there;" nor "a pandemic of the Olympic participants who have insisted on voluntarily ENTERING a country where COVID is RAMPANT ... where many Olympians are already testing positive before the Olympic games have even begun - because to them the Olympics are WAY more important than their own safety" ... could it?

And, oh my goodness - it certainly couldn't be "a pandemic of the loudmouthed, opinionated armchair experts on social media telling each what to do and how to do it and who to listen to and who to ignore," could it?

And last but not least, it could absolutely NOT be "a pandemic of the 'medical experts' who have been using a LIBERAL agenda-riddled media to spread their own very CONTRADICTORY medical advice about COVID and vaccines" ....

Naaah ... the fault lies SOLELY on the UNVACCINATED ... doesn't it?

2 Timothy 3: 1. But know this: That in the latter days hard times will come:  2. and men will be lovers of themselves and lovers of money, boasters, proud, revilers, unyielding towards their own people, deniers of grace, wicked, 3. unloving, addicted to irreconcilable malicious gossips, ferocious, haters of the good,  4. treacherous, rash, inflated, attached to pleasure more than to the love of Elohim,  5. having a form of respect for Elohim but wide from the power of Elohim. Them who are such, repel from you.  6. For of them are they who creep into this and that house and captivate the women who are plunged in sins and led away by divers lusts,  7. who are always learning, and can never come to the knowledge of the truth.  (AENT)

Sunday, July 11, 2021

About “honoring” your parents…

Ephesians 6: 1. Children, obey your parents in our Master (Y’shua); for this is right. 2. And the first Commandment with promise is this: Honor your father and your mother; 3. that it may go beautifully for you and that your life may be prolonged on the earth. (AENT)

As I've shared many times, I had a very tumultuous childhood that included incest, rejection and both mental and physical abuse. I pretty much hated them because they made my life a living hell. The only thing I am able to "honor" now about my long-deceased natural parents is that YHWH chose them to give birth to me and I am thankful for that

But for those who have good and loving parents who tried to "raise them right" (despite any human failings they might have) - my advice is to let the verse above sink into your heart, mind and soul, because it is ELOHIM's Truth.

If there is any animosity, let it go and simply honor them because those two parents (regardless of the situation, regardless of their shortcomings, regardless of however "unlovable" they might be) were chosen by God to give YOU life.

If your life has not gone well (or, as the above version says: "beautifully"), perhaps part, or much of the reason is that you've ignored God's command to HONOR your parents.

(NOTE: He didn't say you had to "like" or even "love" your parents; He said you are to HONOR them, if you want things in your own life to "go well"...)

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Which one will YOU choose?

Sorry I haven't been posting much over the last month and a half, but the loss of my beloved husband absolutely knocked the proverbial wind out of my sails and basically incapacitated me. However, Abba has been faithful and helped me through the worst of it, and so I'm slowly starting to "come back to life."

Anyway, despite the horrendous grief weighing on me like a ton of bricks, the shocking state of the world hasn't escaped me: There is chaos on EVERY level - exactly as outlined in the Books of Daniel and Revelation. If you have NOT yet realized that, I urge you to start watching and/or reading the daily world news....

For me, one thought comes to mind daily; and it is this: Humanity seems to be hell-bent on annihilating itself. Judging by all the various wars, conflicts, terrorist activities (including the almost daily mass murders in America) we are inching ever closer to Armageddon. (See Matthew 24)

So, what can we do about it? Nothing. Things ARE going to unfold just the way the Bible said they would. They always have!

Hundreds of Bible predictions have already come to pass, and we are now standing at crossroads with only two choices: (1) To believe in, and accept YHWH, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (THE Creator of the Universe), and His Divine Messiah; (2) or not. There is no gray area!

If you've never read the Bible, I beg you to do so at your earliest convenience. It WILL mean the difference between YOU receiving eternal life ...or eternal death. God Himself said He wants NO ONE to perish (2 Peter 3:9), but He leaves the choice up to us.

Which one will YOU choose?

Friday, April 30, 2021

Regarding Proverbs 23:13-14 … Are we really supposed to beat our children?

READER QUESTION:

We are having an issue about Proverbs 23:13 and 14 … We can't picture Father YAHWEH or Yeshua using a rod on a child. We checked on Hebrew definitions and word meanings but can't find a way around the word "strike". It means what it means,  

We understand the part that tells us not to withhold discipline from a child, and understand fully the outcome if you don't. We also understand the different meanings for the word "rod" and the uses for it. Are we missing something? 

Can you offer us some context on this issue? Thanks in advance.  May YHWH continue to bless you both along  with your website.

OUR RESPONSE:

That is a great question!  The phrase in Proverb 23:13, “כי-תכנו בשבט“, chi-ta’chaynu v’shebet, translated as “beat [him] with a stick/rod”, is a Hebrew idiom. We will try to explain.

There are many Biblical Hebrew words for “rod/stick” which carry the same meaning of the English word for rod/stick. Example: In Hebrew, the word for a “rod” or “switch” suitable for striking a person or child to inflict pain as punishment is the word “מקל“, maquel, which, depending on the context, means “stick” or “rod” (for striking, walking, guiding) and sometimes the context means it is a “staff”; see Numbers 22:7. Another is “מטה”, mat’teh, also by context carrying the same meaning as maquel; see Isaiah 10:24.

But the Hebrew “שבט“, shebet, which, in context, can also carry the same meaning as the first two examples, generally has a more ominous use and meaning. We find the shebet being used when the context is about a “big stick” intended for beating and winning against a foe. The shebet is for severely punishing, for fighting...to immobilize the opponent. Thus the shebet is usually somewhat larger, heavier, and may have spikes on it. See 1 Chronicles 11:23 for example.

So, we know the phrase chi-ta’chaynu v’shebet, “beat [him] with a stick/rod”, in Proverbs 23:13 is NOT literal, for the message of the Proverb is not to inflict serious pain and suffering on the child, rather, it is to discipline. Thus, the phrase “chi-ta’chaynu v’shebet” is figurative of being strict with the child so he will not LATER die an eternal death for straying from the Torah of YHWH.

The part of the verse “Don’t withhold discipline/correction from the child…” is best explained in the Talmud. It means the punishment should be immediate. "Do not threaten a child that he will be hit later, if you see him doing a wrong deed, strike him immediately or be completely silent" (Kitzur Shulkhan Aruklh 165:7).

Thus, an immediate punishment is clearly linked to the child's misbehavior. The discipline should be followed by a show of love and warmth, enabling the child to understand that the punishment is not directed against him/her but rather at his wrongdoing. Therefore, the phrase chi-ta’chaynu v’shebet, “beat [him] with a stick/rod” is figurative or an idiom for “be the parent, as if you carried a shebet into battle to save the child’s life from a more powerful enemy.”

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Can you find the similarities?

As you can surely tell, our world is totally unstable now – and Scripture reveals that we ain’t seen nuthin’ yet!  And it’s all because mankind’s tendency is to be completely ungodly, “worldly” and decadent. That is one thing that we can always count on!

Take a look at what the Prophet Ezekiel in the 6th-century BCE said concerning YHWH’s people Israel. Try to count the many similarities you see today! (And folks, Scripture warns us that it will only get worse before it gets better….)

Ezekiel 22:

1 The word of ADONAI came to me: 2 "Now, human being, are you prepared to judge? Are you prepared to judge the city drenched in blood? Then make her realize how disgusting all her practices are! 3 Say that Adonai ELOHIM says, 'City that sheds blood within yourself, thus speeding your own doom, and that makes idols for yourself that defile you: 4 you are guilty because of the blood you have shed, you are defiled by your idols that you have made. You have shortened your days, you have completed your years; therefore I have made you an object of scorn for the nations and a laughingstock for every country.

5 Those close by and those far off will taunt you, you who have such a defiled reputation and such great disorder. 6 "'The leaders of Isra'el in you all use their power in order to shed blood.

7 In you, they make light of fathers and mothers, they oppress foreigners, they wrong orphans and widows. 8 You treat my holy things with contempt, you profane my shabbats. 9 In you, people gossip to the point of inciting bloodshed; in you are those who go to eat on the mountains; in you, they commit lewd acts; 10 in you, they commit incest; in you, they force themselves on women during their menstrual impurity.

11 In you, one commits an abomination with his neighbor's wife; another commits some lewd act defiling his daughter-in-law; still another humbles his sister, his own father's daughter. 12 In you, people take bribes to shed blood; you demand and accept interest on loans; in greed you make profits off your neighbors by extorting them; and you have forgotten me,' says Adonai ELOHIM. 13 "'Therefore, I am clapping my hands together because of your ill-gotten gains and the blood shed in you.

14 Can your courage last, can your strength continue during the days when I deal with you? I, ADONAI, have spoken it; and I will do it. 15 I will scatter you among the Goyim and disperse you throughout the countries; thus I will remove your defilement from you, 16 and you will cause yourselves to be profaned in full view of the Goyim. Then you will know that I am ADONAI.'"

17 The word of ADONAI came to me: 18 "Human being, the house of Isra'el has become an alloy of base metals for me; they are all copper, tin, iron and lead mixed together in the crucible, the dross left over from the silver. 19 Therefore Adonai ELOHIM says this: 'Because you have all become dross, I will collect all of you inside Yerushalayim. 20 Then, just as they collect silver, copper, iron, lead and tin into a crucible and blow fire on it to melt it down; so likewise I will collect you in my anger and fury, throw you in there, and melt you down. 21 Yes, I will collect you and blow on you with the fire of my rage, and you will be melted down in it. 22 As silver is melted down in a crucible, so will you be melted down in [Yerushalayim]. Then you will know that it is I, ADONAI, who have poured out my fury on you.'"

23 The word of ADONAI came to me: 24 "Human being, tell her this: 'You are a land that is neither cleansed nor rained on in the day of fury. 25 There is a conspiracy of prophets in it like a roaring lion tearing up the prey; they have devoured people, seized wealth and valuables, and widowed many in it. 26 Her cohanim have done violence to my Torah, profaned my holy things, made no difference between the holy and the common, not distinguished between unclean and clean, hidden their eyes from my shabbats, and profaned me among themselves. 27 Her leaders in it are like wolves tearing up the prey to shed blood and destroy people, in order to benefit unjustly.

28 Her prophets have "plastered" for them with whitewash, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, "Thus says Adonai ELOHIM," when ADONAI has not spoken. 29 The people of the land have extorted, robbed, wronged the poor and needy and unjustly oppressed foreigners. 30 "'I sought for a man among them who could build a barricade or stand in the break to oppose me on behalf of the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one. 31 Therefore I am pouring out my fury on them, consuming them with the fire of my rage, bringing their own ways on their own heads,' says Adonai ELOHIM." (CJB)

Friday, April 23, 2021

If “love is the fulfillment of Torah,” does that mean Torah has been rendered irrelevant?

It is a huge mistake to belive that Torah is irrelevant simply because we “love one another!” 

Romans 13: 8. And owe nothing to anyone; but to love one another. For he that loves his neighbor, has properly understood Torah.  9. For this likewise, which it says: You will not kill; nor commit adultery; nor steal; nor covet; and if there is any other Commandment, it is completed in this sentence: You will love your neighbor as yourself.[1] 10. Love does no evil to one’s neighbor because love is the fulfillment of Torah.[2] (AENT)

FOOTNOTE:

[1] While Paul here is clearly showing that being obedient to the government and not causing chaos in the communities at large is a mitzvah or “good deed” consistent with Torah observance, the other side of the argument concerns what to do when the rules of man attempt to contradict, invalidate, or overturn Torah requirements.

Paul’s answer for that issue is found in 1 Corinthians 10:14-33 which begins with the commandment, “Flee from idolatry” and continues on to admonish people to not participate in pagan festivals.

[2] Paul does not teach that Torah was abolished because we love our neighbor. Greek translations use “pleroma,” which is translated as “fulfilled”. Popular Bible versions like the NIV recognize this thought is revisited in 13:9 which uses “anakephalaiomai,” which means “to accurately sum up or understand” the Torah. This is a type of a synonym for pleroma. If pleroma as translated as "fulfilled," there are numerous potential meanings.

One of these, according to Thayer and Smith's Bible Dictionary is: "to fulfil, i.e. to cause God's will (as made known in the law) to be obeyed as it should be, and God's promises (given through the prophets) to receive fulfilment.”

This definition mirrors the Aramaic term that is also usually translated as "fulfill," such as the line in Matthew 5:17 that is targummed, "for I have not come to unravel the Torah but to provide proper interpretation of it.”

This is also the true meaning of the Greek where it says "thus was fulfilled according to the prophet"; i.e., this is the intended meaning of the Scripture as applied to the NT.

Finally, one should look carefully at what both Aramaic and Greek use for the term "law". In each case, nomos/namusa allows for the targummming of the Word/Torah concept to mean "torah" with a small "t", or individual instruction from the overall covenant.

That being said, the other possible reading is that the true meaning of the relevant commandment is "fulfilled/understood" by loving one's neighbor and so on, which makes much more sense.

Therefore, if one is to read “fulfilled” here, then it must be understood that the correct interpretation of Torah is given according to what Mashiyach Yeshua elucidated. This can in no way be construed that he brought an end to Torah.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Hate posts that proclaim doom on this lost world? Then don’t read this one!

As much as I hate to be a “prophet of doom,” we MUST heed what Scripture says, for we are staring these days in the face!

2 Peter 3: 1. This second letter, my beloved, I now write to you; in (both of) which I stir up your honest mind by admonition: 2. that you may be mindful of the words which were formerly spoken by the Set Apart prophets, and of the commandment of our Master and Redeemer by the hand of the Shlichim (Apostles): 3. knowing this previously, that there will come in the last days scoffers who will scoff, walking according to their own lusts 4. and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for, since our fathers fell asleep, everything remains just as from the beginning of the creation.

5. For this they willingly forget, that the heavens were of old; and the earth rose up from the waters, and by means of water, by the Word of Elohim. 6. (And), by means of these (waters), the world which then was, (being submerged) again perished in the waters. 7. And the heavens that now are, and the earth, are by His Word stored up, being reserved for the fire at the day of judgment and the perdition of wicked men. 8. And of this one thing, my beloved, be not forgetful: That one day to Master YHWH, is as a thousand years; and a thousand years, as one day.

9. Master YHWH does not delay His promises as some estimate delay; but He is long suffering for your sakes, being not willing that any should perish, but that everyone should come to repentance. 10. And the day of Master YHWH will come like a thief; in which the heavens will suddenly pass away; and the elements, being ignited, will be dissolved; and the earth and the works in it will not be found. 11. As therefore all these things are to be dissolved, what persons should you be, in Set Apart conduct and in the Fear of Elohim, 12. expecting and desiring the coming of the day of Elohim in which the heavens being tried by fire will be dissolved and the elements being ignited will melt?*

13. But we, according to his promise, expect new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 14. Therefore, my beloved, as you expect these things, strive that you may be found by him in peace, without spot and without blemish. (AENT)

*Complement to Matthew 5:17-20; the followers of Yeshua will continue to observe Torah as this great event transpires. No matter what you hear, Torah was NEVER abolished! Why would it have been, when it’s our ONLY blueprint for moral, holy living? Just going to church on Sundays and fellowshipping with other believers doesn’t cut it. YHWH commanded HIS people to follow His Rules:

Proverbs 28:9 If a person will not listen to Torah, even his prayer is an abomination. (CJB)

Monday, April 19, 2021

Eternal life … or eternal death? Which are YOU headed for?

The only alternative to eternal life is eternal death - through disobedience! We truly DO reap what we sow, both individually and as a nation!

Read this very carefully:

Leviticus 18: 24 “‘Do not make yourselves unclean by any of these things, because all the nations which I am expelling ahead of you are defiled with them. 25 The land has become unclean, and this is why I am punishing it — the land itself will vomit out its inhabitants.

26 But you are to keep my laws and rulings and not engage in any of these disgusting practices, neither the citizen nor the foreigner living with you; 27 for the people of the land have committed all these abominations, and the land is now defiled.

28 If you make the land unclean, it will vomit you out too, just as it is vomiting out the nation that was there before you. 29 For those who engage in any of these disgusting practices, whoever they may be, will be cut off from their people. 30 So keep my charge not to follow any of these abominable customs that others before you have followed and thus defile yourselves by doing them. I am Adonai your God.’” (CJB)

YHWH specifically said: “You are to obey my rulings and laws and live accordingly; I am Adonai your God. You are to observe my laws and rulings; if a person does them, he will have life through them; I am Adonai. (Leviticus 18:4-5, CJB)

It doesn’t get any plainer than that!

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Since when is “abortion” a “right?”

QUESTION for those who believe abortion is "a right" because "it's not human or a baby until it's born" ....

How can a living thing growing in a human body NOT be human? We don't give birth to fish, birds, animals, trees, bushes, flowers or rocks! Humans give birth to HUMANS!

And how could it NOT be a "baby until it's born" when a "baby" is a group of LIVING cells that are, from the moment of conception, designed to IMMEDIATELY begin forming a TINY HUMAN BEING - which is called a "baby?"

Please notice my use of the word "living." DEAD things don't grow; therefore, that TINY BEING IS ALIVE from the moment of conception, with a God-given RIGHT to live! If you choose to 'abort' it for your own selfish reason, that makes YOU a MURDERER of a HUMAN BEING who never gave YOU permission to end his or her life!

People can make all the excuses they wish about abortion, but the bottom line is that ADINAI is the Creator and HE designed human wombs to grow little human beings. (See Genesis 1:27, Exodus 20:13, Numbers 5:27-28, Psalm 127:3-5.) He did NOT give anyone the right to END a life in the womb!

PSALM 139:13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Job 31:15 Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?

Saturday, April 17, 2021

YHWH welcomes ALL people, and they can belong to Him IF they “do what is right"…

Here is something very interesting to note!

In the following passage we have proof that YHWH welcomes ALL people, and that they can belong to Him IF they “do what is right." (How do we know what is "right?" By knowing and obeying His Torah/Divine Instruction in Righteousness" – found in the first five Books of the Bible.)

Acts 10:34 Then Kefa addressed them: “I now understand that God does not play favorites, 35 but that whoever fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him, no matter what people he belongs to. 36 “Here is the message that he sent to the sons of Isra’el announcing shalom through Yeshua the Messiah, who is Lord of everything. (CJB)

And here we see that YHWH opens the eyes of those HE chooses to be witnesses for Him, and expects those witnesses to “preach and witness!”

Acts 10:37 You know what has been going on throughout Y’hudah, starting from the Galil after the immersion that Yochanan proclaimed; 38 how God anointed Yeshua from Natzeret with the Ruach HaKodesh and with power; how Yeshua went about doing good and healing all the people oppressed by the Adversary, because God was with him.

39 “As for us, we are witnesses of everything he did, both in the Judean countryside and in Yerushalayim. They did away with him by hanging him on a stake; 40 but God raised him up on the third day and let him be seen, 41 not by all the people, but by witnesses God had previously chosen, that is, by us, who ate and drank with him after he had risen again from the dead. (CJB)

NOTE: Notice YHWH raised Yeshua; Yeshua didn’t raise himself. And note also that he was only seen by people His Father chose – the first-hand witnesses with whom the risen Messian ate and drank!

Acts 10:42  “Then he commanded us to proclaim and attest to the Jewish people that this man has been appointed by God to judge the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets bear witness to him, that everyone who puts his trust in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” (CJB)

A wakeup lesson for America and the rest of the world!

A wakeup lesson for America and the rest of the world:

Part of this week’s Shabbat Torah portion reading was Leviticus 18, which specifically names the types of sexual sins YHWH hates, including homosexuality, bestiality, and intercourse with close relatives. Throughout these narratives we see words such as “abominations”; “disgusting practices”; “unclean” and “defiled”; along with phrases of dire warning for those who commit these sins, i.e., “He will be cut off from his people”; or, “he will bear the consequences of his wrongdoing.” (Those “consequences” include eternal DEATH!)

Please keep reading, because you’ll see that YHWH’s warnings not only outlined what would happen to people who committed these types of sin, but also to their LAND - which is STILL happening in TODAY’S sin-riddled world, as we can see by the fact that the world is experiencing evil of every kind, along with natural disasters of “biblical proportion” … all, while in the grips of a major pandemic!

Leviticus 18: 22 “‘You are not to go to bed with a man as with a woman; it is an abomination. (CJB)

Leviticus 18: 23 “‘You are not to have sexual relations with any kind of animal and thus become unclean with it; nor is any woman to present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; it is perversion. (CJB)

In Romans 1, we see this:

Romans 1: 22 Claiming to be wise, they have become fools! 23 In fact, they have exchanged the glory of the immortal God for mere images, like a mortal human being, or like birds, animals or reptiles! 24 This is why God has given them up to the vileness of their hearts' lusts, to the shameful misuse of each other's bodies.

25 They have exchanged the truth of God for falsehood, by worshiping and serving created things, rather than the Creator - praised be he forever. Amen. 26 This is why God has given them up to degrading passions; so that their women exchange natural sexual relations for unnatural; 27 and likewise the men, giving up natural relations with the opposite sex, burn with passion for one another, men committing shameful acts with other men and receiving in their own persons the penalty appropriate to their perversion.

28 In other words, since they have not considered God worth knowing, God has given them up to worthless ways of thinking; so that they do improper things. 29 They are filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and vice; stuffed with jealousy, murder, quarreling, dishonesty and ill-will; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God; they are insolent, arrogant and boastful; they plan evil schemes; they disobey their parents; 31 they are brainless, faithless, heartless and ruthless.

32 They know well enough God's righteous decree that people who do such things deserve to die; yet not only do they keep doing them, but they applaud others who do the same. (CJB)

1 Thessalonians 4:3: For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality.... (CJB)

1 Corinthians 6: 18-20: Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore, glorify God in your body. (CJB)

Now take a look at THIS heavy warning:

Leviticus 18: 24 “‘Do not make yourselves unclean by any of these things, because all the nations which I am expelling ahead of you are defiled with them. 25 The land has become unclean, and this is why I am punishing it — the land itself will vomit out its inhabitants.

26 But you are to keep my laws and rulings and not engage in any of these disgusting practices, neither the citizen nor the foreigner living with you;  27 for the people of the land have committed all these abominations, and the land is now defiled.

28 If you make the land unclean, it will vomit you out too, just as it is vomiting out the nation that was there before you. 29 For those who engage in any of these disgusting practices, whoever they may be, will be cut off from their people. 30 So keep my charge not to follow any of these abominable customs that others before you have followed and thus defile yourselves by doing them. I am Adonai your God.’” (CJB)

THAT IS ABSOLUTELY POWERFUL, because it perfectly outlines what is happening in the United States and other parts of the world today! THIS IS EXACTLY WHY the entire earth is suffering in various ways!

If you’re under the erroneous impression that Jesus died to allow people to continue committing sins of ANY kind, I urge you to open your eyes to what is happening, and then read the Bible (really READ – every word!) starting in Genesis, and reading your way through to the end of Revelation! And repeat!

Yeshua died to redeem us by forgiving our PAST sins. But, once we became true believers, we were expected to adhere to His Word, His Torah, because Torah is the ONLY blueprint we have for moral, holy living. We cannot claim to belong to Him, unless we “walk like Yeshua walked.” (1 John 2:3-7)

If you don’t know what Torah is or why you should obey those commands we can still keep today, please feel free to contact us at The Refiner’s Fire (TheRefinersFire.org).

Have you ever encountered someone with a “victim mentality?”

Some people are perpetual "victims" because they have a bottomless need for sympathy. They will do whatever it takes to get their “fix” – even if it means they have to “cause” an event that will kick off their need to be a victim.

For instance, they will often resort to provoking an argument with a friend or relative (or even a total stranger on Facebook) which, later, may or may not lead to a “kiss-and-make-up” session, with both people apologizing.

In the meantime, however, the “victim” (who caused the argument) is busy talking or posting behind that person’s back, whining to anyone who is willing to hear/see it … making sure to leave out the actual TRUTH behind that situation. The “victim” NEVER admits ANY wrongdoing on their part; it’s always “someone else’s fault.”

The sad part is, the “victim” mentality is very adept at hiding their true, lying, manipulative and back-stabbing persona from the public - who only gets to see the constantly smiling “sweet, kind and gentle” person behind a Facebook profile. The public has no clue that this person is a major “user” who says and does whatever it takes to get their way, while pretending to be a good friend.

Nobody is exempt from this type of person - including “good friends,” whom they know will forgive them, over and over again. (That is - until the friend finally recognizes that their “friend” is stuck in a sick, psychological cycle of "break-up-to-make-up" in order to assuage their need for sympathy; as that this is the ONLY way the “victim” can "feel normal" … at which point, the friend either decides to make a clean break from this manipulator; or, to stick around and simply deal with it while constantly being on the lookout for the “next shoe to drop.”)

The bottom line is: Sometimes the ONLY thing you can do when you find yourself in this kind of a relationship, is to keep them in your prayers, but GET OUT while you still have some sanity left!

2 Timothy 3: 1. But know this: That in the latter days hard times will come: 2. and men will be lovers of themselves and lovers of money, boasters, proud, revilers, unyielding towards their own people, deniers of grace, wicked, 3. unloving, addicted to irreconcilable malicious gossips, ferocious, haters of the good, 4. treacherous, rash, inflated, attached to pleasure more than to the love of Elohim, 5. having a form of respect for Elohim but wide from the power of Elohim. Them who are such, repel from you. (AENT)

Thursday, April 15, 2021

What does "the key of knowledge" in Luke 11:52?

READER QUESTION:

I’ve always wondered what does "the key of knowledge" in the following passage refer to? Thanks.

Luke 11:52 "Woe to you Torah experts! For you have taken away the key of knowledge! Not only did you yourselves not go in, you also have stopped those who were trying to enter!” (CJB)

OUR RESPONSE:

The "Torah experts" Yeshua addressed were the Pharisees, the religious leaders of the time. To enhance their high standing in the community, they would make a great mystery of the meaning of Torah. Though Torah is meant for all, their power and standing depended upon giving the impression that it was difficult. Hence they took the Torah into their own special keeping and interpreted it for the people as they pleased thus "taking away the key of knowledge" from the people.

Yeshua also pointed out in the same verse that the Pharisees, while pretending to be experts in the Torah, were not only failing to practice it themselves but were actually committing a second sin by keeping others from it.

So the "key of knowledge" is the Torah itself, which the Torah teachers were keeping to themselves. They failed the people. Jeremiah 3:15 "I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding." They did not feed the people knowledge.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Let’s talk about the various types of “curses” for a moment…

First of all, we must recognize that the spoken word is very powerful and that curses ARE real and they're very serious because they summon demons.

"Spells" in the Bible are always described negatively and are considered "detestable" to YHWH (see Deuteronomy 18:10-11); i.e., child sacrifice, witchcraft, sorcery, divination, or necromancy (consulting with the dead). Micah 5:12 says that God will destroy witchcraft and those who cast spells and Revelation 18 describes spells as part of the deception that will be used by the antichrist and his "great city of Babylon" (v. 21-24).

Believers do not need to worry about anyone casting any sort of pagan spell on them (Romans 8:11). Voodoo, witchcraft, hexes, and curses have no power over us because they come from Satan, and we know that "the one who is in you [Messiah] is greater than the one [Satan] who is in the world" (1 John 4:4).

However, on the other hand, curses don't necessarily have to be words uttered by a witch or someone with evil intent. They can also be in the form of words and/or actions, designed to belittle someone and make them feel badly about themselves; or having a habit of lying, cheating, committing adultery, gambling, generally being abusive toward people; or giving in to our desire to do things that can destroy our bodies (i.e., drug or alcohol abuse, etc.)

For instance, when a mother tells her children they are ugly and will never amount to anything, she has, in essence, cursed those children; and, chances are, they won't thrive mentally or emotionally, either during their childhood or when they become adults - because the more we’re told something negative about ourselves, the more we come to believe it!

More often than not, the mother treats her children that way BECAUSE she was treated that way herself - and, eventually, her children will grow up to do the same thing to their own children … because that’s what they were taught to believe, which remains “what they know.” In other words, they’ve been placed in a rut from which there’s seemingly no escape.

It’s a form of emotional and spiritual bondage that can be referred to as a “generational curse” caused by “generational sin” which keeps people from reaching their goals and becoming “all they can be”…

We are who we were made into during our formative years; and if we end up “being bad” in some way, it is a result of “generational curses.” Those can only be broken when we (1) recognize our faults and bad habits, and then (2) repent, turn from our ways, and (3) make up our mind to give ourselves wholly to YHWH, humbly asking HIM to change us into whom HE wants us to be.

Most people don't recognize generational curses (bad habits, carnality, things that are ungodly) and so they keep on doing what their carnal natures tell them to; and in the process they destroy their own lives, and the lives of their family, relatives and even their friends. It is a proven fact that children learn behaviors from their parents/guardians and pass those behaviors on to THEIR children!

We can find out “who we really are” and “who YHWH wants us to be” by reading His Word, from cover to cover, starting with Genesis and finishing with Revelation, as Scripture amply describes how to become a decent, responsible human being who is “set apart” for Him as He commands.

Here’s something to ponder:

Those who “put a curse” on one of YHWH's people (in any of the ways mentioned above), may actually end up having cursed themselves, instead – and they WILL give account of it to YHWH on Judgment Day!

Proverbs 26:2 says: “Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse will come home to roost.”

The thing is, we can overcome ANY spell or curse with prayer - Halleluyah! Whenever something is "not right" in your life (no matter whether it's a general curse or from some outside source), simply pray for YHWH to take it away and totally give your life to Him. Satan has no power over those who belong to YHWH!