A Nose Pointing Towards Damascus 2

I randomly opened my Bible today (09/04/21) to 1 Kings 19:1 “Elijah’s Escape from Jezebel,” and started reading it aloud. An interesting chapter,  Elijah seems to be emotionally exhausted with his life and requests to die. An angel appears and brings him a cake to nourish him back to continue on with his journey. I’ve read 1 Kings previously and 1 Kings 20:34 never really jumped out at me until now, especially given my last blog. Link Here

1 Kings 20:34 KJV) And Ben-hadad said unto him, The cities, which my father took from thy father, I will restore; and thou shalt make streets for thee in Damascus, as my father made in Samaria. Then said Ahab, I will send thee away with this covenant. So he made a covenant with him, and sent him away.

The word for “covenant” in strongs H1285  “Zixa” pronounced, “ber-eeth” Link to Definition Covenant, alliance, pledge, treaty, alliance, league (man to man), constitution, ordinance (monarch to subjects), between God and man, alliance of friendship, covenant (divine ordinance with signs or pledges), covenant making, covenant keeping, covenant violation.

1 Kings 21 Ahab is interested in purchasing Naboth’s vineyard for money to make an herb garden near his house and Naboth states the Lord forbids him to sell because the vineyard is an inheritance of his fathers. Interesting to me is the response of Ahab’s wife Jezebel when he comes home displeased by Naboth’s refusal in 1 Kings 21:8-11 (KJV).

  1.  So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name, and sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters unto the elders and to the nobles that were in his city, dwelling with Naboth.

And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people:

10 And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die.

11 And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who were the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto them, and as it was written in the letters which she had sent unto them.

12 They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people.

13 And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died.

14 Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is dead.

15 And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned, and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give thee for money: for Naboth is not alive, but dead.

16 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.

After reading 1 King 21:8-11, I was thinking about the power that Jezebel possessed by pretending to write a letter in the name and seal of her husband Ahab. The power was significant  enough to lead a group of men to lie against Naboth, wrongfully convict him of blaspheme of God and the King which ultimately led to him being stoned to death. An innocent man underwent all this pain and suffering, to the extend of a excruciating death so that Ahab could take his vineyard and plant an herb garden.

Now if you reflect back to 1 Kings 20:34 and the covenant that is formed between Ben-hadad and Ahab, realizing the power that Ahab possesses, are you led to believe the covenant is an allegiance with God, (perhaps if the “G” is considered satan) an alliance of friendship, or confederacy for government and territorial control?

 

Isaiah 8:12 Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.


     

 

 

 

 

Protecting the Weak: Torah vs. New Testament

Blog post: In California, a human being can’t work a full time minimum wage job and afford the basic elements of survival and homelessness is becoming criminal. In a world plagued with COVID and greed, a question I pose is “what’s going to happen to the lower classes?” What was God’s expectation of us to protect the weak and how did that expectation change in the New Testament?

https://anchor.fm/dana-lou/episodes/Protecting-the-Weak-Torah-vs–New-Testament-e16j7fo

Satan is NOT the GOD of this World

https://anchor.fm/dana-lou/episodes/Satan-is-NOT-the-GOD-of-this-World-e13a21f

Commuting to work and had a quick question to pose to everyone. In 2 Corinthians 4:4 Paul is quoted as referring to Satan being the God of this world? (According to NLT and some translations). If he means the Father of this world and 1 and only God, why not express it verbally? Can you find any scripture where Israel referred to Satan as the God of anything? Do you think Yeshua would refuse to bow down and worship Satan and then condone us referring to a fallen angel as a God? What scripture from Yeshua, Moses or any scripture from the Lord can you find that supports the Father condoning this? The Father created the world in 7 days and we are to have no other God’s. Satan was kicked out of heaven for his desire to be equal to God. I’d love to hear your scriptures? Also, odd how 2 Corinthians 4:4 includes reference to “blinding of minds” and Saul/Paul was blinded by a light from heaven and a group of men led him on the road to Damascus in Acts 9:8-9. Is there any symbolic reference? Are their ancient Egyptian rooted societies that partake in rituals involving the loss of sight and blindfolding?

Confectioner’s Glaze – Beetlejuice!?!

I was checking on a candy to see if it had gelatin today and if it was contaminated with pork. The candy didn’t have gelatin; however, contained an ingredient called “Confectioner’s Glaze.” Curious, I googled the ingredient and was shocked when I learned it contained, “Beetlejuice… Beetlejuice… BEETLEJUICE!!!?

Confectioner’s Glaze is made from shellac and is actually the sticky secretion from lac insects. The secretions are heated, refined and approved for use on foods. Shellac is most often used on candy, produce, pills and as paint for wood.

Below are a couple of interesting articles I found that I thought I’d share. Plenty more if you Google search, “Confectioner’s Glaze.” You would never think the innocent, powdered sugar type term, would contain something that God forbids and says is unclean. In fact, all bugs except the Locust a type of grasshopper are unclean and God forbids us to eat as bugs were not intended for human consumption. Candy manufacturer’s are spraying a bug spray type candy glaze, a man-made, unclean pesticide all over some of the most popular candies on the market. I think it’s pure trick-er-y to get you outright sick-er-y. 

https://support.peta.org/page/1366/action/1?locale=en-US

https://tasteforlife.com/living/baby-kids/what-to-know-about-confectioners-glaze

 

Seeking Truth – Biblical Scriptural Reasoning

In my early twenties I remember studying for the LSAT as I initially wanted to be a civil liberties attorney. The LSAT is a logical reasoning and comprehension test that you need to pass in order to enter into law school. Fourteen years later, I’ve not taken the exam again: however, I remember how the test forces your brain to create fact based logical arguments that draw a fact based conclusion.

I feel the test is difficult for many because our minds are programmed to   draw conclusions from personal opinions, the opinions we’ve inherited or ideas derived from social biases. I was baptized in April 2016 and have been on a personal journey to read the Bible, explore the scriptures, spend intimate time with Yah, test, and meditate with the ultimate objective to come to my own, independent, non-inherited, non-denominational statement of beliefs. Oddly, I feel this world consists primarily of people who inherit beliefs and traditions and never feel moved to question or explore the roots and basis for them. Many have never read the Bible and in today’s society it’s a matter of people proclaiming their church leader knows more than you or another church leader.

I’ve gone through some significant changes in my life since 2016. One being raised to celebrate pagan holidays and being moved to research the historical roots and biblical scriptures. I’ve stopped celebrating pagan holidays 6 years ago and made a 360 degree change against the traditions I was raised to participate in, as I feel they are rooted in paganism which disrespects my Lord.  Also, a couple years ago, I transitioned from Sunday observance to the 7th day holy Sabbath and recognition of God’s holy days in the Torah. At the same time, I feel as though God has revealed to me an understanding of how the enemy is working with those who have secretly kneeled down to the service of greed (aka) mammon and how believers are globally being impacted by it if they discuss truth or if their testimonies don’t coincide with the carnal worldly system and the agenda of Babylon.

As I explore truths, I’ve spent quite a lot of time comparing the Old Testament with the New Testament and Jesus Christ’s teachings and the Epistles of Paul. I feel compelled to apply logical reasoning and create scriptural-based, factual arguments to provide me with conclusions of truth. Like the LSAT test, your opinions, biases, family traditions, inherited denominational beliefs all need to be placed aside and to find Biblical truth, I need to have fact based logical reasoning. I’m uninterested, in any Bible commentary, unmoved by the most revered, influential worldly proclaimed theology experts, what I’m seeking is scriptural, fact-based arguments that provide a scriptural conclusion and truth. The only way, you can disprove that scriptural truth, is through scripture.

Some might wonder why I feel this is so important and I believe our salvation is at hand. Satan deceives the entire world and if it were possible, he’d deceive the very elect.  If you meditate on that fact alone and there’re 144,000 elect and we have over 7 billion people in the world, there’s truly no safety scripturally in group think, the highest majority is correct. I also feel that the exploration will only lead to truth and if my argument is invalid, I will be led back to sound doctrine by the scripturally reasoning practice. The practice is enforcing me to scripturally “prove it.”

Example: What scriptural basis does Paul have in the Bible to create and add his own epistles? Without quoting Paul or his own writings, can you provide a direct scripture from the mouth of the Father or Jesus authorizing Paul’s addition of his own Epistles?

Fact 1: We’re not supposed to add to the Bible without the Father’s permission? 

Fact 2: We had authorization from the Father to hear Jesus. 
Fact 3: Father tells us to listen to Jesus and Jesus tells us to listen to the Father and that we have only one teacher and master.  
 
Fact 4: Paul self-proclaims he has revelations from Jesus. There’s no verification from the Father that he’s permitting Paul to create and add his own epistles.
Fact 5: Paul claims all scripture is inspired by God. Yet both Jesus and the Father tell us in scriptures (Deuteronomy 8:3 & Matthew 4:4) that we are to listen to the words directly from Father and Jesus.

17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Fact 6: On the road to Damascus, the scripture states that Paul encountered Jesus. 

Fact 7: KJV Bible dictionary defines “Christ” as “Jesus.” 

Christ: Anointed, the Greek translation of the Hebrew word rendered “Messiah” (q.v.), the official title of our Lord, occurring five hundred and fourteen times in the New Testament. It denotes that he was anointed or consecrated to his great redemptive work as Prophet, Priest, and King of his people. He is Jesus the Christ (Acts 17:318:5Matthew 22:42), the Anointed One. He is thus spoken of by Isaiah (61:1), and by Daniel (9:24-26), who styles him “Messiah the Prince.”

Fact 8: The word “Lord” in Acts 9:6 can pertain to Sir or a human master. 

Word: kurioj Pronounce: koo’-ree-os

Strongs Number: G2962

Orig: from kuros (supremacy); supreme in authority, i.e. (as noun) controller; by implication, Master (as a respectful title):– God, Lord, master, Sir.

Use: TDNT-3:1039,486 Noun Masculine

Strong: H113 H136 H136 H410 H430 H433 H1167 H1376 H3068 H4756 H4911 H6697 H7706 H7980 H7989

1) he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord

1a) the possessor and disposer of a thing

1a1) the owner; one who has control of the person, the master

1a2) in the state: the sovereign, prince, chief, the Roman emperor

1b) is a title of honour expressive of respect and reverence, with which servants greet their master

1c) this title is given to: God, the Messiah

For Synonyms see entry

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Fact 9:  We can’t scripturally prove that Saul repented and was properly baptized in Acts 9:17-18.

Acts 9:17

17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

Meditation: If you cut out Paul’s epistles and people listened to the Father and Jesus only, what would the church structure look like?

 

Paul writes the doctrines of law and grace, lists the characteristics required of church leadership, creates a paid church hierarchy, defines the fruits of the holy spirit, implements control mechanisms if people don’t follow his epistles, even to the extent of stating if you don’t follow them you’re accursed.  (Galatians 1:8) Abolishes the need for laws, teaches on clothing apparel and godly lifestyle etc., and defines women’s roles in the church.

 

Galatians 1:8

8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

 

If we listened to Jesus and truly only received the Father and Jesus’s words, how might that change the church today? We are brethren, and share one Father and he can provide unique scriptural insights to all of his children. We see this easily available by social media platforms such as Utube, when everyone can create a channel and share their scriptural insights as opposed to primarily hearing the insights of one individual or a small selection.

 

I feel God often will plant a seed of insight that differs from the other members of the spirit body and when believers collectively share you feel a sense of joy as they reveal something you’ve never considered before and it brings you closer to miraculous power of YAH and confirmation that his spirit is at work in our lives.

 

Often, in society there’s a sense of fear over biblical misinformation, yet how many Christian denominations differ in their statements of faith for thousands of years and new denominations continuously form and are adopted. You can’t control how people interpret the scriptures; however, you can independently read the Bible yourself to ensure your interpretation is personal and not the conclusion of someone else.

 

I feel it’s imperative to know and understand if God truly permitted Paul’s epistles as biblical teachings. Again, the Father granted Jesus permission in Matthew 17:5 and Luke 9:35 when he told us to hear him? To hear Jesus. If we don’t answer this with scriptural accuracy, is the salvation of mankind not in jeopardy?

 

Matthew 17:5

5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

 

Luke 9:35

35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, this is my beloved Son: hear him.

 

(Please note:  No scripture from what I can find, notes the Father stating “Hear Paul.”)

 

(Ending with a quote from Jesus).

 

John 10:4-5

4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

 

 

God’s Word on Lip Service

 

13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.

Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,

This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

 

VERSUS….

 

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 

1 John 4:2-3  King James Version

Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

 

2 John 7  King James Version

For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

 

Cloud of the Lord Upon thy Tabernacle: Confirming YHWH’s Voice

Is the symbolism of the cloud a confirmation that the voice is from YHWH?

35 And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

36 And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys:

37 But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up.

38 For the cloud of the Lord was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.

Notice when Moses hears the voice of God from within the burning bush. The Angel of the Lord  turns into fire and God speaks from within the bush in Exodus 3:2-4. We see the symbolism of the fire by night. If you look at Exodus 3:1, Moses leads the flock to the backside of the desert, prior to walking up the mountain. He could have been doing this at sunset, which would align the burning bush and fire with “the cloud by day, fire by night symbolism,”  of God over his tabernacle and confirmation that the voice was truly God. 

Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.

And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.

And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

Psalm 99:6 Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.
7 He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, & the ordinance that he gave them.

16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

 

Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

 

Mark 9:7  King James Version

And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

 

Luke 9:35 King James Version

35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

 

32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.

33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. 34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.

And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:

And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

 

Acts 9:6-9   (Saul’s conversion continues…)

And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

7And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.

And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.

And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

 

 

Bar-Jesus vs Bar-Abbas

The Name “Bar-Jesus?”

The Sorcerer in Acts 13:6

And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesus:

Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.

But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.

Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him.

10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.

12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.

BAR-JESUS IS CONSIDERED TO BE A FALSE PROPHET

Do you remember prior to Jesus’s crucifixion how the crowd made a decision between Barabbas ( a known criminal) and Jesus Christ (a sinless man) and the decision as to who would be released or crucified.

If you were to abbreviate Barabbas’s name so it reads: Bar  you could add a hyphen and add Jesus.

BAR Versus Jesus.

I was just wondering if it could be of any symbolic reference to our decision to receive Jesus or reject him? I find Act 13:6-12 interesting because Saul is meeting with a known false prophet and he is angered by Elymas for trying to break up their meeting and curses his blind.

The scripture makes it appear as though Elymas is a sorcerer? Yet is he really?  In Acts 13:6 the scripture states that because his name means “sorcery” we should receive him as one? That’s like stating if a Hispanic man’s name is “Jesus”, he must be Messiah?

Acts 13:8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.

Elymas is called a child of the devil by Saul (Who is also called Paul). What if Elymas, thought the meeting was inappropriate and tried to break it up? Saul was connected with the Jewish Centurion and was now walking in a testimony of Jesus Christ. The most interesting part of this story, is that the deputy who is with Bar-jesus, is astonished by Saul/Paul cursing Elymas blind and comes to believe in the “doctrine of the Lord.”

Seeing Jesus Christ only curse a fig tree in the scripture, my question:

Is this the doctrine of Paul or the doctrine of Jesus?

BAR-JESUS OR BAR VS. JESUS?

False Prophet (depicted in Acts 13:6)  vs Jesus?

Even stranger, look at the name BARABBAS?

Equals -BAR – ABBAS?

BAR vs ABBAS? “Abba Father… As if stating Jesus belongs to the Father? He’s Abbas?

COINCIDENTAL… 🙂

 

John 10:30-33

King James Version

30 I and my Father are one.

31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.

32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?

33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

Kind Miracles to bring people to the Father… Or a not so kind sign and wonder to bring sinners to the “doctrine of the Lord” as depicted by Paul in Acts 13?

Acts 13:6-12 KJV

And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar–jesus: Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.