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The Worm and the Pomegranate {and how God can turn chaos into holiness}

It wasn’t a dream, because I was awake. I don’t really know what I’d call it. And maybe that’s for the better? Make of it what you will.

I was almost sleeping; it had been maybe ten minutes after laying my head down and my brain turned off easily and I wasn’t thinking a single thing. Out of the blue my eyes jolted open and I looked up.

Honestly? I don’t really want to write this.

…. Because you might think I’m weird.

…. Because you might think I’m making this up.

…. Because you might think I’m weird.

But those reasons are selfish and short-sighted.

So I’m going to tell you about my strange night last week. And if after hearing about my strange night, you see me as strange, I am okay that. If maybe this blesses even just one, it is worth it. If even this affects no one, I still come away affected, and it is worth it. Ok, continuing on.

So I was jolted awake and looking up. Suddenly in the air above me I saw a worm on the flesh of a person. It wasn’t anything I could reach out and grab; it didn’t have color or look like things look in real life, but it was there in misty form and my heart knew exactly what it was when I saw it. It lasted only a moment and then it changed into a pomegranate. Again misty form, but as soon as it appeared I knew right what it was. After the pomegranate, there was smoke and almost simultaneously, an eye (that might sound freaky but it wasn’t- there wasn’t any fear; I knew it was from the Lord). Then it all went away and I went back to sleep, knowing that I would have some studying to do.

The next day I started with the first picture: worm.

“All your pomp has been brought down to the grave, along with the noise of your harps; maggots are spread out beneath you and worms cover you.” Isaiah 14:11

“And they will go out and look on the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; the worms that eat them will not die, the fire that burns them will not be quenched..” Isaiah 66:24

“If the only home I hope for is the grave, if I spread out my bed in the realm of darkness, if I say to corruption, ‘You are my father,’ and to the worm, ‘You are my mother’ or ‘My sister,’ where then is my hope- who can see any hope for me?” Job 17:13-15

Worm has a negative connotation not only in the Bible, but in general understanding as well. It is symbolic of corruption, erosion, decay, death, and even a death that will not die.

Pomegranate on the other hand, was life and holiness.

“The bells and pomegranates alternated around the hem of the robe to be worn for ministering, as the Lord commanded Moses.” Exodus 39:26

“When they reached the Valley of Eshkol, they cut off a branch bearing a single cluster of grapes. Two of them carried it on a pole between them, along with some pomegranates and figs.” Numbers 13:23

“He made pomegranates in two rows encircling each network to decorate the capitals on top of the pillars.” 1 Kings 7:18

“Let us go early to the vineyards to see if the vines have budded, if their blossoms have opened, and if the pomegranates are in bloom- there I will give you my love.” Song of Songs 7:12

Pomegranates are God-designed fruit. They bring life and have hundreds of seeds inside of them that when planted reproduce the fruit. And isn’t the fruit of the Spirit the same? Pomegranates are an exotic fruit, and expensive, and virtually non-existent inside this Dutch home, but I can see the correlation to holiness here. Is that why God chose pomegranates instead of apples to be sewn along the hem of the robe to be worn into the Holy of Holies? Holiness is set-apartness. It is not something common to be disregarded.

It was fascinating to study these two words in the Bible, and the death versus life theme was taking shape but things really started to come together after getting into the Hebrew.

In Hebrew, the word for worm is “rimmah” (ree-mah).

The Hebrew word for pomegranate is “rimmon” (ree-mone). I was shocked! These two words, so different in meaning, yet so similar phonetically. Rimmah is spelled: resh, mem, hey. As I’ve shared before, each letter in the Hebrew alphabet has a meaning all its own, so if you ever would like to go deeper into a word, look into each letter.

Resh: person

Mem: water, chaos, massive (like the ocean)

Hey: behold, to reveal, and when written at the end of the word, it means “what comes from.”

So looking into worm- “Behold! What comes from a person in the chaos.” And that is what happens isn’t it? Corruption, decay, death, isn’t that where we end up when we refuse God’s highway, His straight path among the many crooked? We end up full of worms. We rebel and allow corruption. We “spread out our bed in the realm of darkness and call corruption our father and the worm our mother.” We forget that the grave isn’t the end of things and forget to live for the eternal things.

And now rimmon.

Resh: person

Mem: water, chaos, massive (like the ocean)

Vav: peg, nail, secure, join together, to bind, and to covenant

Nun: seed, life, and when written at the end of the word, it means “perpetual.”

The beginnings are the same- a person amidst the chaos. While the worm ends there, the pomegranate continues on. The pomegranate has the vav: “Nail, peg, to bind in covenant.” The work of the cross here! And then with the nun coming after it: to be bound to life through His seed, to be in covenant, and the life that results.

“This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” –Yeshua, Luke 22:20

“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God.” 1 Peter 1:23

The nun at the close of the word adds the “perpetual” to the meaning. It means both never ending or changing and occurring repeatedly, so frequent so as to seem endless and uninterrupted.

Wow! In this study of worm and pomegranate, after a night so strange, the message just kept getting stronger. For while the work of salvation has been done once and for all, upon receiving that salvation, there is still action required on our part.

“But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?” James 2:20-22

This binding to life needs to happen repeatedly. It needs to happen with our actions. We need to live out the faith that we claim to believe. If we claim to have faith in Yeshua but then reject living according to the Spirit, and reject His Word, and walk away from His paths and return to our own chaos, our faith is dead. We are full of worms.

But if we grab hold of His covenant, and delight in living according to His word and Holy Spirit, and approach His throne of grace perpetually in an active relationship, our faith is made perfect. Our faith is revealed as real faith. When we “hear and do”, shema, the seed of the word and of the Kingdom of Heaven can take root and affect our lives and others.

“But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:23

The pomegranate hem of the robe is not holy because of innate holiness. Rather, it was ordered by God to be used in the design of the garments, which were simple garments until they became the garments that ministered before a very Holy God. Then they became the holy garments.

The pomegranate tree does not grow and reproduce delicious fruit because of its own brilliant design. Rather, it is a creation designed by a brilliant Creator, who then grows the tree and makes the fruit come forth.

In these same ways, we are a holy people who bear fruit. Is any of this our doing? No. It’s His!

“Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16

We are holy because we serve an extremely holy God. We can’t take this lightly!

In exchange for our chaotic, corrupted life-styles, God offers us a holy, fruitful life.

When Abraham was willing to offer up his son Isaac on the altar, he believed in resurrection from the dead. As the story unfolds, the Lord provides the burnt offering and as the smoke is rising up to heaven Abraham names the place “Adonai Yireh” meaning “The Lord Sees/ The Lord Provides.” This reminded me of the smoke and the eye pictures that occurred after the worm and pomegranate. As we journey through our day to days and that voice in our head says “No. You can’t. You aren’t. You’re a worm.” we don’t have to listen to it. Because He has. He is. He will. Salvation. Holiness. Fruit. The Lord has already provided in the largest way, and not only that, but He still provides in every single way we have need, including the strength to fight our flesh nature and the forgiveness and grace to get up again after we fail.

We don’t need to fear laying ourselves down before Him (and all of the ways we like to self-protect and control) because what He gives us far exceeds that which we have on our own, and His ways are actually really truly wonderful ways. In a culture full of chaos, He is the Rock upon which we must stand. In a world dark, He is light.

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet.” Ps. 119

“For you have been born again, through the living and enduring word of God.” 1 Peter 1

“The Word was with God and the Word was God… the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” John 1

“…someone who hears the word and understands it, this is the one who produces a crop…” Mat. 13

We must know the Word. Our thoughts and actions will drift downstream unless we are anchored and continually renewing our mind in His truth. Because, let’s not be naïve, there is one who prowls who would love for you to accept his “truth” for you and the many empty promises he offers.

These two paths are like the difference between a worm and a pomegranate.

Death versus life.

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God- this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:1-2

Love,

Aubrie

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The Sound of Love and War

I am off somewhere with my family right now.

The trees tower around us, our little cabin in the woods, sanctuary of peace and present-ness.

The night before we left, I laid awake half the night. My head was throbbing, my teeth, teeth, were pulsating. I’ve never had that before. A head cold turned so bad that your teeth hurt.

I laid awake and looked out the window to watch the sky turn different shades of black then blue.

The following morning we hit the road.

I looked out the window with my red puff ball eyes and a roll of toilet paper in my hands (Kleenexes were out). The rain sent sheets of water across the windshield, and the wipers sung their predictable tune, and honestly I felt a little like Eeyore. Doom and gloom and gray skies. A look in the rearview mirror and I could see all of our luggage getting completely wet. Blow my nose, turn around to see the kids with frowns. “We should just go to a park instead.” They say. The cabin respite was a bit far. And I’m thinking, “Well why don’t we just all raise our sippy cups and toast to this lovely start of our very first family vacation?!” But we didn’t. I just turned around and blew my nose.

After a few hundred miles of winding road, my phone chirped. It was from my dad:

“I love you Aubs… my beloved and precious daughter.”

Immediately my eyes prick with tears.

See, that night before I was struggling with this. “Does He really love me?”

Is it just me, or does everything become more dramatic at night? Especially in the very middle of it when all you want to do is sleep? I get very dramatic at that hour. Very dramatic.

And my mind goes so fast, trying to work everything out with logic yet I feel completely illogical during the attempt. I mentally flip through verses, because of course the walk to the table to get my Bible feels like a 300 mile hike at 2:30 am. And I try to piece together the promises, but then logic calls for an accounting of the failures, and again I wrestle through it, flesh against Spirit: does He really love me forever and always no matter what?

And then my dad, he says to me what he has said countless times before, and I believe him. And I believe Him. Dads, please do this for your children. You have such a huge role as the Father figure; please love and never stop. Because He never stops. It’s 2:45 in the afternoon and my head has cleared and my heart has cleared and I know this with certainty: His love never stops.

Even if your dad never told you how much he loved you, please hear it from this one, “I have loved you with an everlasting love… nothing can separate you from that love.” Jeremiah 31:3, Romans 8:39

Some people are sick of the whole love message, or perhaps wearied with the selfish twist that God’s love is an endorser of lawlessness. I too, am weary of this. God’s love does not send one running to gratify the deeds of the flesh. It sends you running after more of Him. And this love, holy and unadulterated, is a love I will never stop talking about. I can’t. It is life to me.

“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation…’’” Leviticus 23:23-24

The love that He has given to me leaves me breathless. I want nothing more than to give my love to Him. And therein lies the sweet and simple purpose of life.

This Monday, the sound of trumpets (shofar in Hebrew) will split through the stillness of the trees around our cabin. It is the Feast of Trumpets, the day for sounding the alarm. In various parts around the world, the trumpet will blast, a sound of love and war. Can you hear it?

God is most brilliant in His ways. Every one of His feasts point to Him, and perhaps throughout the year I can share on them all, but this one, oh what a powerful message it has!

In Hebrew culture, the bride awaits her groom to come get her for the ceremony. The sound of his coming is announced with the blast of a trumpet, the blast of a shofar. The noise carries through the wind and she knows her love is on his way to get her. So too, is this day of sounding the shofar a call for His bride. “I am coming.” Yeshua says. The sound of love.

In Hebrew culture, a new king is inaugurated with the sound of a shofar blast. And the king, the picture of authority and justice and power, declares his kingship throughout the land. So too, is this day of sounding the shofar a call for judgment. To those who hate the living God, you will be met with the power of the Creator of the cosmos. It is a war you absolutely cannot win. May this sound of the shofar awake you to repentance now, before it is too late.

This is the 5th feast that the Lord has created, with the 6th and 7th following close after it, each filled with wisdom and incredible depth.

“But we’ve been free from having to do this!”

“His law is heavy and burdensome.”

Beloveds, hear the words of your Beloved. This is all His dance, the choreography He’s laid out. These feasts, designed by the One who bled for you, celebrate His love story for you. Why is this heavy? In the same way that going to church is not burdensome but life-giving, so too is every word and idea that has come from His mouth.

May His trumpet blast, and all the world hear it.

Awake!

Repent!

He comes!

 

Love,

Aubrie

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In the Shadow of Your Wings

Perhaps you’ve heard the latest news regarding Planned Parenthood?

I can’t let my thoughts stay here long. My fists clench and my heart beats faster and my stomach wants to vomit out the reality of demonic evil surrounding us. How is this happening? How is it that a woman has the ability to casually eat a salad while talking about killing a baby and crushing its head in such a way so as to pull out the body from the womb and sell his or her lungs, legs and liver for money? There aren’t any words here.

Abba we live in a dark world. Please set Your people apart, high upon the Rock. Open the eyes of the heart to see You, hear You, know You. May Your light shine through the darkness and the filth and that any chains of deception and death may be broken by the power of Yeshua. Pour out Your Holy Spirit upon us; anoint us and equip us for the work set before us. Hide us in the shadow of Your wings. Amen.

A prayer of Moses the man of God (taken directly from Psalm 90-91):

LORD, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God… teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom… Let Your work appear to Your servants, and Your glory to their children. And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands. Yes, establish the work of our hands. He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.’ He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler… ‘Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.’”

The word shadow has been placed on my heart.

In Hebrew, the word is tsel (pronounced ts-ayl). It means protection, shade, shelter (Strong’s Concordance). The English definition of shadow is:

1. a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface (noun).

2. follow and observe {someone} closely (verb).

I found out this week that when God said, “Let Us create man in Our image..” the Hebrew word used for image was tselem. So to recap:

Shadow = tsel

Image = tselem

Interesting. Do you see how closely those words are related? In Hebrew, every word has a “root word” that it is built from. It is easy to see that the word tselem was built from the word tsel. Shadow is the root word for image.

Now think of it this way, “Let Us create man in Our shadow… (Our tsel, Our tselem).”

A shadow is your reflection upon the earth, is it not? People, this is who we are. We are His reflection upon the earth. We are His image, His body.

The tabernacle was a shadow as well, a reflection upon the earth of the heavenly original. As it says, “They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: ‘See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.’” Hebrews 8:5

Consider the name of the man who God anointed to build the tabernacle:

“And Moses said to the children of Israel, ‘See, the LORD has called name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding…” Exodus 35:30-31

In Hebrew the name is B’tsal’el (Strong’s Concordance #1212) and it means: in the shadow of El (El being the Hebrew word for God). Do you see that word shadow in the middle of the name? Tsel-El. Shadow of God. His name begins with the letter bet- thus giving the “b” sound at the beginning. The letter bet means house. Do you see the amazing depth of our God here?

He anoints Bezalel to build His tabernacle on earth. The man he chooses has a name that literally means house, shadow of God.

We are that tabernacle, His house, His shadow, and there is so much protection here. Outside of His shadow, you lose the protection. Rebel against Him and be certain you are choosing a dangerous route.

“Again the LORD spoke to Moses saying, ‘Speak to the children of Israel: tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations… and you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the LORD and do them, and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined, and that you may remember and do all My commandments, and be holy… I am the LORD your God.’” Numbers 15

The men of Israel, in obedience to the command of God, made the tassels (called tzitzit) and placed them on the corners of their garments. It was a constant, daily reminder to remember the commands of the Lord and to not follow their own hearts and eyes into deception. “Be holy… I am the LORD your God.”

tallitThe tassels were also put on the corners of their prayer shawls, called a tallit (tah-leet). The reminder was the same: you are a person under the authority of God.

“Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings.” Psalm 17:8

In Hebrew, the word for “corners” is kanaph (kanaphim plural) (Strong’s #3671). It means corner, covering, edges, wing, extremity. So the tassels are on the kanaphim of the garment. This is the same exact word used in Psalm 17:8 where it says to “hide me in the shadow of Your wings.” Hide me in the shadow of Your kanaphim. Keep my heart safe as I live under Your authority.

Obey what God says and you are living under the shadow of His wings, His boundaries, His authority. Obey what God says and you are under the protection of His tsel (shadow).  Hide me in the shadow of Your wings. And isn’t that what He says time and time again? Obey Me. I have given you the path of life. Listen to Me. I love you and I want what is best for you.

“Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment (Hebrew word kanaphim). For she said, ‘If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.’” Mark 5:25-28

She reached out and touched the corner (hem in some translations) of His garment. His wing, exactly where God placed the tassels, the reminder of obedience and holiness. Perhaps she knew the Scriptures: “But to you who fear My name, the Sun of Righteousness will arise with healing in His wings (kanaphim).” Malachi 4:2

Has your heart suffered many things? Have you looked for help in all the wrong places only to grow worse? There is healing under His wings and His wings alone. Fear His name. Fear prompts obedience. Repentance and obedience are the two ingredients for reconciliation with Your Messiah who is the healer of any and all wounds, anywhere, anytime. There is healing in relationship with Him and walking His path of life and not our own deceptive paths of death. Un-forgiveness is the biggest trip up (for all of us I’m guessing). Choosing to refuse forgiveness is walking in rebellion along our own path. For our own well-being, we need to listen to God when He says to forgive seventy times seven.

It is in these daily choices that our lives reflect the true Light of the World. We are made in His image. This is who you are. If you have sin or guilt, repent and get up again. He is eager to forgive and replenish the dry areas. Do you know how invested He is in you? His hands prove it.

Letter by letter, the word shadow means: fish hook, harvest, to lay down, shepherd staff, authority. When we walk in His shadow, this is exactly what we are: fish hooks (“fishers of men”), people who lay down our lives to His authority, harvesters.

The other day, after all this stuff has been jumbling around in my brain for a while, my son and I were walking through a parking lot, the sun shining over-head, fingers laced together. Out of the blue he says to me, “Mom, I am walking in your shadow.” I stop and look at him. He’s looking down at the pavement, enjoying the sight of his shadow overlapping mine. I couldn’t help but smile from the confirmation.

Abba, in a world that is upside down and rejects Your way, call Your people together. May we walk in Your shadow, may we be that shadow, the reflection on earth of who You are by the power of Your Spirit in us. Anoint us with cups overflowing for the work You have called us to.

-aubrie

 

Talitha Kumi

She’s dead. She’s dead.

No more to rise,

No more to walk.

No more to see the light of day.

She’s dead, they said.

 

Lying lifeless she appeared to be

As dead as they had claimed.

The mourners gathered,

Weeping and wailing,

Not believing in His Name.

 

“She is not dead, only asleep.”

Yeshua declared in all authority.

Then with gentleness He took her by the hand.

“Talitha! Talitha, kumi.”

 

Awaken daughter. Arise and walk!

Your time has surely come.

Talitha kumi, little girl get up.

Judah and Ephraim are one.

 

I am one God.

I have one salvation.

I have one covenant.

I have one nation.

 

Arise, come my daughter

From the four corners of the earth.

Be gathered together, my coat of many colors,

It is nearing time for birth.

 

I give to you My tallit of blood.

My holy, righteous covering.

Wear it, share it, to the world declare it.

My Spirit now is hovering.

 

My girl of twelve,

Awake awake.

Take Me by the hand.

The time has come for you to know.

The time has come for you to stand.

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The Break-Through of Babylon

“For Jerusalem stumbled, and Judah is fallen, because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of His glory. The look on their countenance witnesses against them, and they declare their sin as Sodom; they do not hide it.” Isaiah 4:8-9

“My Well-beloved has a vineyard on a very fruitful hill. He dug it up and cleared out its stones, and planted it with the choicest vine. He built a tower in its midst, and also made a winepress in it; so He expected it to bring forth good grapes, but it brought forth wild grapes… What more could have been done to My vineyard that I have not done to it? Why then, when I expected it to bring forth good grapes, did it bring forth wild grapes? And now, please let Me tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away its hedge, and it shall be burned; and break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down… But they do not regard the work of the LORD, nor consider the operation of His hands. Therefore My people have gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge; their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness.” Isaiah 5

It happened. The people continued to make their own rules; the line between right and wrong went from blurry to upside down. The religious system became merely another catalyst for control: mankind is supreme. “Yes- we will continue with worship because that is what we do, and when we do what we are expected to do, we gain worship. And the details? Obedience? That is for us to decide. We run the show here.”

It happened, just as the Lord said it would. The once prosperous, rebellious Israel was taken down. On the ninth day of the fourth month, the walls of Jerusalem were broken through and Babylon came marching in. This isn’t just a story here. Imagine the sights and sounds. Terror. Confusion. “How did this happen? Our city was so secure!” For a year and a half prior to the breakthrough Babylon sat patiently waiting, buying its time until Israel was too weak to go on. Inside the walls, the people slowly withered away. The lying priests, the greedy judges, the young people who were once drunk and filled with pride, all of them sat together surrounded. Starving.

And then it finally happened: break-through.

“By the fourth month, on the ninth day of the month, the famine had become so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land. Then the city wall was broken through..” Jeremiah 52

Shortly after that, captives were taken away and the city was burned to the ground.

Did they recognize the judgment of God? I bet many did. I bet many did not. Those who hear His voice hear it; those who do not remain stiff-necked and formulate a great number of reasons as to why things are happening the way they are.

Judgment is a big taboo word these days. “Grace and judgment simply cannot coexist. The Father brought judgment; the Son brings grace and love.”

This thought process poses a problem with the concept of the God-head, three in one.

Is the Father God? Or is Jesus God? Did God the Father retire from His position on the throne? Do you serve one God or two? Or three, counting the Holy Spirit?

Did Jesus (Yeshua) exist before the foundation of the world? Was He there when God said, “Let Us make man in Our own image?” Is He the God who always was and always will be?

Yes. A thousand times yes.

Abba: Creator, Deliverer, Sustainer, Judge, Giver of the Word, Holy Righteous King, full of love, grace and truth.

Jesus: Yeshua, Salvation, the Word made flesh, Deliverer, Holy Righteous King, Judge, full of love, grace and truth.

Holy Spirit: the very Spirit of God the Father and His Son Jesus, sent to help us.

All in One. From the beginning of time to the end and everything in between; from Sodom and Gomorrah to the deliverance out of Egypt; from the giving of the Torah to the captivity in Babylon and the amazing redemption at the cross, to today and all of the tomorrows to come. We serve One God. One God who does not change.

Let’s read the words of Jesus, shortly before He was taken away.

“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” John 17:20-23

Jesus is talking with His Father here. Do you know His Father? If not, read the Bible- front to back, back to front, again and again and again. Turn off any distractions and read His Word. If you really know Jesus, you should know His Father as well. As Jesus stated, they are One. The Father is in Jesus. Jesus is in the Father.

Here Jesus says that He wants the world to know that the Father loves them, and that it is the Father who sent Him. Remember, this is the same Father who commanded people not to murder, lie or commit adultery. This is the same Father who commanded a man not to lie with a  male as with a woman (Leviticus 18:22). This is the Father, full of love, teaching His people how to live (and what is sin) and sending His Son to redeem them from their sins. This is the Father who took away His hedge of protection from around Jerusalem and allowed them to go into captivity because “their tongues and their doings” were against the LORD. They had no knowledge; they called what was evil “good” and they called what was good “evil.” Even in His judgments, He is full of grace. I correct my children because I love them. Certainly He is no different with His children, even today.

On June 26, 2015, we as a nation positioned ourselves for judgment.

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In an unprecedented way, we have spoken loud and proud against the Lord.

I know people will scoff at this concept. That is ok with me; I do not write to convince anyone of anything.

I think we as a people have been slowly starving for some time now. Hungry and thirsty, our bones have become brittle and dry. Too busy to eat, we are lacking bread and water. Too full of ourselves, our hunger has left.

Babylon has surrounded her target. For years, decades, she’s been there. A familiar face, she smiles and boasts of love and freedom. Freedom to be, freedom to rule. “Do as thou wilt” is her seductive wild card.

God… a controversial topic now. Push Him out! But our pennies, our old copper pennies that have been passed from pocket to pocket for centuries still bear the mark of our beginnings.

“In God we trust.” It’s embarrassing isn’t it? With our porn production and consumption, our blasphemous songs and movies, our right to murder, our lust for money, and now our gay pride. “In God we trust.” We blaspheme His holy Name.

As a collective whole, please know that our nation does not trust the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We do not submit to Yeshua or His Father. We are rebellious and think nothing of it. We trust ourselves, our supreme selves, and the smooth sounding rhetoric of those around us. {But take heart- there are many, many, within this nation and around the world who place their trust and hope in God. Let’s be one, as Yeshua and God the Father are One.}

“And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities… In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’ … and she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her.’” Revelation 18 (prophesying about Babylon the Great)

For the Believers everywhere, hear the Word: “Come out of her {Babylon}, my people, lest you share in her sins…”

Because of the famine in the land, Babylon broke through the walls. It was the ninth day of the fourth month on the Hebrew calendar.

Because of the spiritual famine in the land, the rebellion of Babylon broke through the walls of the Whitehouse. It was on June 26, 2015, the ninth day of the fourth month on the Hebrew calendar.

Judgment is coming. Please recognize it when you see it.

Grace is freely given to anyone who would like to take hold of it. I don’t care what sort of colorful past you may have (from lying to sexual orientation), you are one heartbeat, one decision away from receiving the holy blood of redemption. Our sin paid in full, by a God who loves with an unfathomable love. Replace pride with humility; there you will find Him. Replace a stiff neck with bended knees, and you will hear His voice, full of love, grace and truth to help you overcome the struggle with the flesh.

“Neither do I condemn you. Now go and sin no more.”- Yeshua

Grace does not exist if sin does not exist.

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13

This is the greatest love. This is the love that happened- why? To reconcile us to Himself. To cover, forgive, the sin that separated us.

And now we like to call it love to exalt the sin? We march around in parades, dripping with pride: Do as thou wilt.  Can’t you see her, that Lady Babylon, leading this parade? She’s marching towards death.

Get out. Get out and get under His wings. Anyone and everyone is welcome, but know that not everyone is there. Don’t be fooled by those who reject Him. Be careful, lest you find yourself humming along to their song. “..because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of His glory. The look on their countenance witnesses against them, and they declare their sin as Sodom; they do not hide it.”

Do you think that is still possible- to have a tongue and doings that are against the Lord? What a frightening place to be. Forget lining up with the culture! As it lines up against the Lord, I can assure you, there isn’t any strength in numbers. Humble yourself. Leave pride- any and all pride- and humble yourself before His Word.

In love, for the sake of Truth,

Aubrie

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When Your Feet Start to Sink

I feel like Peter. A lot.

I am amazed, in awe. My King walks on water.

waves“And Peter answered Him and said, ‘Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.’ So He said, ‘Come.’ And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Yeshua. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, ‘Lord, save me!’ And immediately Yeshua stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’” Matthew 14:28-31

I wrestle with this. Faith, doubt, belief and unbelief. Walking on water with my Lord and then sinking and crying out for help. Lord save me! Help me!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

I am so thankful for this verse. My own understanding is by far my greatest stumbling block. I am so thankful, so relieved, that He commands me not to lean on it.

Because honestly, I don’t think I could do it. I don’t think I can lean on my own understanding and on God at the same time. My own understanding is as tall as an ant. Smaller rather. I could never use my brain, my reasoning, my understanding, to create even just one of the smallest creatures: the ant. I couldn’t do it. I haven’t met anyone who can. And I live in a universe that is larger and more complex than even our highest technology can tell us. With our very biggest telescope and most powerful spacecraft, we have yet to find dimensions for the universe in which we live. Hanging in space, we rotate and spin and the magnetic field is just so, the distance from the star that we call sun is just so, the air we breathe is just so.

And we live here. Feet strapped to the ground. Some can jump really high, but it lasts only a moment and they come crashing back down to the ground. Gravity is just so.

And my brain, your brain, we try to take this in. We operate in bodies that are designed to see and hear and feel the world we’ve been placed in. We believe in Him, the Creator of it all. That changes everything. That changes everything about the way we view this world.

But we live among people who don’t. We live among people who rely on their own understanding. We live among people who would never even entertain the thought of someone having the capabilities of walking on water. That is pure craziness. It defies logic and equations. Perhaps they would even take a few steps on water themselves just to prove to you that it wouldn’t work. And it wouldn’t. They would sink. Case proven.

But do you still believe it? Do you believe a man named Kefa (Peter in English) was really able to walk on water? He’s not God. He’s a man. A man literally walking on top of water. Think about it.

If you are able to answer yes to that question, you will have to do so with faith.

This story is one that draws Human Understanding and Faith out onto the wrestling mat. Only one is going to win here.

I am thankful for these situations. Big, loud reminders that we’ve been called out of the world and the systems it operates in. Big, loud reminders that we who cannot create even the smallest little insect cannot fit the Creator of the Universe into our understanding or force Him to submit to our rules of reason.

Take your pick. What do you want to lean on? You can join the crowd that is stomping through water.

“See? Can’t you see? This doesn’t work. It ain’t real!” Their feet sink and they justify their disbelief.

Or you can choose faith. It’s a choice, an act of will. Surrender, trust (active verbs here)- heart, soul, body, mind.

Don’t wait for your feet to walk on water first. They won’t. Belief must come first. Search your heart for that belief. Be bold enough to ask yourself if you have it. In the end, it is the belief in the heart, not the belief on the lips that will matter.

The Hebrew word for believe is aman (ah-mahn). In the Hebrew language, each letter has a meaning behind it. In my studies, I have found that when I study the word letter by letter, it offers me deeper meaning to the word. For this word, the letter by letter meanings were: first/strength- water- seed/life/sprout. I love this! Isn’t that what belief is? The strength of the water to produce life; seeds planted (the faith of a mustard seed) that sprout.

Now what is the water?

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word…” Ephesians 5:25

We see a picture of Yeshua washing His bride with water, washing His bride with the Word.

And of course that water is Yeshua Himself, the Word made flesh.

“… but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14

This is the water! There is strength in this water to produce life in your life, life from the dead.

The Hebrew word for trust is batach (bah-tahk). It denotes the words: bold, confident, felt secure, rely. Letter by letter this word has one overriding meaning- separated. The meanings are house/tent- container- hedge/protect/tent wall. Do you see the picture here? If you decide to trust in God, know that you are certainly stepping out of the systems of the world. Human reason, control, vengeance, fear- these no longer rule you. You have been called into the House of the Lord Yeshua, and you live by His house rules. Forgiveness, surrender, love, faith, peace- this is how His house operates. Through your trust, you are protected and hedged in. You are separated from those who do not trust. You do not need to feel unified in thought with all people. You can only be a light to the world, a light to those who do not trust, by living in that light. Light and dark are separate ways of living.

“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9

Do you trust? Do you believe? If this is your struggle, stop looking at your feet to give you the answers. Stop looking for signs to boost your faith.

“…He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.” Matthew 13:58

You cannot walk with peace overtop the storms of this life unless you first believe in the One who enables you to walk. And that belief has to be real. Real enough that it affects the way you think and act, and real enough that you choose to listen and obey His voice. This is how He walks you over the waters. Listen to how He instructs you to walk.

Choose faith. Even if you’re sinking like Peter, call out and reach for the One who can save you.

“And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him…” Matthew 14:31

Peter doubted. I have doubted. I have also tasted the all-consuming reality of God. Peter trusted. I trust. I believe.

If you have unbelief, in any area of your life, I encourage you to read Mark 9. A father is calling out to Yeshua for the sake of his son. His son has a deaf and dumb spirit that attempts to kill the boy. The father cries out to Yeshua, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.”

That’s an interesting statement. Lord, I believe, help my unbelief. Do you see the struggle there? Can you relate? I can.

The disciples were not able to cast the spirit out and asked their Teacher why.

His response, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”

I find it interesting and worth noting that the father of the boy admitted to unbelief. The spirit in the boy was deaf and dumb. I can see a relation there: unbelief in a person will produce ears that can’t hear and a mind that wrestles with accepting His truth. Deaf, dumb. The spirit of unbelief has its eyes on killing your faith in the Savior of the world.

The disciples could not cast it out like they could others. Is this similar to other situations where a lack of faith prevented the miracle? (Lack of faith in Jesus, as opposed to lack of faith in their specific request being granted.) I am not saying that this deaf and dumb spirit is the spirit of unbelief, but I see a lot of dots connecting. I think we can learn from this.

If you believe yet need help with unbelief, if you feel deaf and dumb to the Holy Spirit, let’s take Yeshua’s advice to the disciples: pray and fast.

Pray often, pray hard. Seek, search, reach up and cry for Yeshua. Fast and seek the Bread of Life.

“Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you says the LORD…” Jeremiah 29:12-14

-Aubrie

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Deliverance: Then, Now, Tomorrow.

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“And Jethro said, ‘Blessed be the name of the Lord, who has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharoah, and Who has delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians.’” Exodus 18:10

 Now.

“Bow down Your ear to me; deliver me speedily; be my rock of refuge, a fortress of defense to save me.” Psalm 31:2

 Tomorrow.

“And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the remnant whom the Lord calls.” Joel 1:17

The word deliver is quite versatile.

It can mean to bring something to someone as in, “She will deliver the package on time.”

It can mean to give birth as in “Labor and Delivery.”

Deliver is the root word of “deliverance” which is to be set free, rescued, and/or released.

Our English word for deliver is from the Old French word “delivrer” which means “to set free” (de + livrer commonly translated to + liberate).

The word deliver appears 554 times in the Bible (NKJV). Compare that to the word love, which appears 500 (in both searches the number includes “topical references”). Needless to say, deliverance is huge. To be delivered is important. As is love, of course.

In two days it is Passover. Today is 12th day of the first month on the Hebrew calendar. On Friday will be the 14th day of the first month.

“Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that He said to His disciples, “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.’” Matthew 26:1-2

This is deliverance. Right there, in the first two verses of Matthew 26.

If a subject seems too daunting, I tend to shy away. How can I do it justice? If I can’t do it perfectly don’t do it at all, right? “Right!” says my brain. But like every other area of my walk with the Lord, I need to just do my limited best knowing my best isn’t what does any of the big work anyways. So in humility (truly Lord, let your Spirit go forth and deliver Your message unto the hearts of Your people; I know my words lack!) I am going to attempt this story of deliverance.

“Now the Lord spoke to Moses and  Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, ‘This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth day of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb.. your lamb shall be without blemish.. You shall keep it until the 14th day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the children of Israel shall kill it at twilight. And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. It is the Lord’s Passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night.. I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not destroy you.. This day shall be to you a memorial, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.’’” Taken from Exodus 12:1-14.

I’m sure we all know this story. Israel’s deliverance out of Egypt, Passover #1. But if there’s one thing I learn from studying the Bible, it’s that a story is hardly ever just a story. It’s a message! And if there’s one thing I learn from celebrating the feasts in the Bible, it’s that a feast (appointed time) is never just a feast, it’s a message!

This is story/ feast/ message NUMBER ONE on God’s timeline of events. (Referencing back to “it shall be the first month of the year to you.) And isn’t that true? Do we have any other starting point other than by the blood of the Lamb? Everything starts with His deliverance. His salvation.

Here is a picture of an ancient threshold with a basin (this is probably a fancy one). We are so far removed from the culture and customs of the ancient day, that we can easily miss some of the significance of what is written in the Bible. I really appreciated when someone told me about the threshold and the idea of “covenant” especially in relating to the Passover story!

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In ancient times, it was a common practice to use a door threshold to make a covenant between people. They would take an animal and cut it in half (similar to the covenant made with Abram- see Genesis 15), allowing the blood to flow through the threshold at the bottom, while at the same time gathering some of it in the built in basin.

“And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts..” Ex. 12:22

By passing over (stepping over) the blood at the threshold, the two parties entered into covenant with one another. So when we read that the Lord passed over the homes of those who had the blood of the lamb smeared across their doorways, there is huge significance here! Could it be, that it was symbolic not only of the blood of the blameless Lamb of God, but of the covenant that takes place upon receiving the blood? Is the “passing over” referencing how the Lord passed over the threshold of those who had the blood in order to deliver from the judgment? I think this is beautiful here. I see judgment overhead that is passed over the homes who have the blood, because He who was bringing judgment, passed over (stepped across) the threshold (which contains the blood of the lamb/Lamb) of those who believed in Him. Do you see the two actions at play here? It’s similar to that picture of the judge who steps down from His seat to stand by the person and then takes the death penalty upon Himself.

The Lamb did die. His blood is smeared around the sides of the door. He is the door, the only way. Now will you step over that threshold and enter into His covenant?

“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved..” –Jesus, John 10:9

“I am the way, the truth, the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29

“This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.” Luke 22:20 (the words of Jesus while celebrating Passover!)

Could the symbolism get any more amazing here? The blood of the Lamb was slain- on Passover no less, to provide that entry into covenant with God. Do we understand the word covenant? There isn’t room on this blog post to delve deeply here now, but covenant is huge. Another cool side note that I don’t have room to go in detail with, is that most likely when the people paraded Jesus through the streets singing “Hosanna!” it was on the tenth day of the first month, the day chosen by God to get their “spotless lambs” for Passover.

Do you remember what the Israelites had to use to smear the blood?

“And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts..” Ex. 12:22

Hyssop. Let’s look at a few other places hyssop is mentioned.

“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean. Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7

Why does David need to be purged with hyssop? Is he referencing back to the hyssop that was used to spread the blood of deliverance on the homes of the Israelites in Egypt? Or is he prophesying about the only way we can be made “whiter than snow” (by the blood of the Lamb)? Yes and yes! Let’s take a close look at the final moment before Yeshua dies.

“After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, ‘I thirst!’ Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth.” John 19:28-29

Knowing the state of beaten down and brokenness Jesus was in at this point, we can know that the hyssop that touched his lips came back down from the cross with His blood on it. Truly, He is our Passover Lamb! And now may I be purged with this hyssop, this hyssop that has come down from the cross with the blood of the Lamb, and I will be made whiter than snow.

Are you in Egypt? If you are not now, you once were. We have all been delivered out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery to sin and death, and offered new life, salvation through the blood! And isn’t it interesting that this all takes place in the spring, at the exact same time that the earth is renewed? New life!  If you would like a “new life” (perhaps yours is heavy) the time is right now. Your new life is not about a drastic change on your surroundings (but it could be); it is about new life inside of you. You have been delivered from bondage. No need to slave there any longer. (Common slave masters: anger, unforgiveness, lust, pride, bitterness, envy, selfish living, addiction, condemnation, fear of man.)

In the Hebrew alphabet, the letter dalet (dah-let) is equivalent with the number 4 (it is the 4th letter and therefore the number 4 as well). Each letter also holds a “pictograph” meaning, because as the written language was developing it went through a phase of “picture meanings” used for writing. Dalet means “door” and even today, the letter for dalet looks like a door. Recall, that Jesus says, “I am the door.”

He is our blood stained door of deliverance, and look at how many stories of deliverance include this number 4:

-“But I will establish my covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark… And the rain was on the earth 40 days and 40 nights.” Genesis 6-7; the deliverance of Noah.

-“Now the sojourn of the children of Israel who lived in Egypt was 430 years.” Exodus 12:40; the deliverance of Israel out of Egypt.

-“But God spoke in this way: that his descendants would dwell in a foreign land, and they would bring them into bondage and oppress them 400 years.” Acts 7:6; referencing above deliverance.

-“And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these 40 years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart..” Deuteronomy 8:2; deliverance through the barren wilderness.

-“So he (Moses) was there with the Lord 40 days and 40 nights, he neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant..” Exodus 34:28; we see Moses is away for forty days and nights in preparing to deliver the Words of the Covenant to Israel.

-“When you come into the land, and have planted all kinds of trees for food, then you shall count their fruit as uncircumcised. Three years it shall be as uncircumcised to you. It shall not be eaten. But in the 4th year all its fruit shall be holy, a praise to the Lord. And in the fifth year you may eat its fruit.” Leviticus 19:24-25; this is such an interesting command here given by God, and probably my favorite reference to the number four. For three years the fruit of the trees planted in the land is to be considered uncircumcised, but in the fourth it shall be holy. Could it be He was trying to give a clue as to when we (the trees) would bear truly circumcised fruit? In the fourth year, would there be an outpouring of something Holy (the Holy Spirit) which would then enable us to bear the circumcised fruit of His Spirit, after the shedding of the blood of the covenant? I would lean to believe that is exactly what He is telling the people. (“All things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” Luke 24:44)

- Did you notice the wording on that commandment? The fruit will be a “praise to the Lord.” Jesus is of the line and tribe of Judah. “And she (Leah) conceived again and bore a son, and said ‘Now I will praise the Lord.’ Therefore she called his name Judah.” Genesis 29:35. Judah’s name means praise. Recall also that Judah is the 4th born son of Jacob.

And during what millennium did Jesus come to earth? Was it not the FOURTH? I believe it is a general consensus that Yeshua came approximately 4,000 years after Adam. These messages just keep repeating themselves. Are those 4,000 years likened unto the bondage of 400 years in Egypt and 40 years in the wilderness? In ways yes! Perhaps in ways we are still in the wilderness, awaiting our ultimate entry into the Promised Land.

Is it a coincidence that a babe is kept in the womb for 40 weeks before new life breaks forth? This world is full of knowledge of His glory! (Habakkuk 2:14)

Was it not on the 4th day of creation that God created the “greater light” to rule the day? (*Not discounting the sun, moon, and stars made this day.)

“Jesus answered, ‘Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.’”

Here Jesus equates seeing the “light of this world” (which is Him- the great Light that rules the day) as walking in the day. And doesn’t David make this same reference to day?

“I will praise You, for You have answered me and have become my salvation (the Hebrew word here is yeshuati- the singular possessive form of Yeshua, salvation). The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone… This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:21-24

Look at all of these clues pointing in the same direction! A very huge thing occurred on the 4th “day” (and in this case, a day is as if a thousand years). A great Light has come! The door has been prepared with the blood of the Lamb. Deliverance, salvation. Freedom from bondage and the debt levied against us.

The letter tav is the last letter in the Hebew alphabet. Its number equivalent is 400. Do you want to know its picture meaning? “Sign, mark, a cross, mark of the covenant!” Amazing. What a statement Yeshua makes when He says, “I am the Aleph and the Tav…” Revelation 22:13.

Our western minds think of the beginning and end of an alphabet there, nothing more. Alpha and  Omega is the Greek translation. A and Z would be our English translation. “I am the Aleph and the Tav” would have been the Hebrew. Aleph means first, strength. So putting these two pictograph letters together (aleph and tav), this verse has a deeper significance meaning “I am the strength of the mark of the covenant.” Certainly! The mark of the covenant is engraved in His hands.

Oh my! This has been long. I apologize… but there is still so much more.

“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” Prov. 25:2

This is true. So many treasures He has in His Word!

Blessings, happy digging, and have a blessed Passover! And of course, shortly after Passover we celebrate His resurrection! New life. New life. Hallelujah!

-Aubrie

PS. This Friday evening on Passover, the 14th day of the first month, is a blood moon!

“The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.” Joel 2:31

If you would like to read a nice article about blood moons, I refer you here.

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Hidden Prophecy in the Book of Esther!

In my post yesterday, I talked about Esther’s brave words: “And if I perish, I perish.”

Lord, continue to work on my heart and the hearts of Your people to bring us to this place of surrender! And for all of the men, women and children who are persecuted and killed on account of Your name, Abba, please pour out Your Spirit on them. Surround their homes with Your peace, and in places where chaos reigns, surround their hearts. Fill their hearts with You until they are overflowing, that those around them may see You and glorify Your name. That even those who are filled with rage and darkness would see a great light, and reach for Your salvation. Amen.

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This past January marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The Holocaust is a dark, bloody memory that will not soon be forgotten.

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The word holocaust means:

1. Destruction or slaughter on a mass scale, especially caused by fire or nuclear war.

2. Sacrifice by fire that is completely burned up.

A man from Persia (present day Iran) desired a holocaust for the Jewish people some time ago. You can find that story in the book of Esther.

A man from Germany (originally from Austria) desired a holocaust for the Jewish people a mere 82 years ago. You can find that story in history books and on the faces of our elderly.

A man from Iran (and probably a few other men from a few other countries) desires a holocaust for the Jewish people as soon as he is capable. You can find this story in the news.

The idea of completely ridding this planet of Jewish people is not a new one. It’s rather old. It is an ancient hatred.

For time purposes, this blog post is going to be rather staccato. Please bear with me till the end; the facts are just astounding!

In the book of Esther, and in other parts of the Bible as well, certain Hebrew letters are written in a different size than the rest of the letters. The copying of the Torah was such an important task, that every little detail was carried over, including the randomly different sized letters.

The book of Esther contains three of these letters, which occur during the listing of Haman’s ten sons.

“And in Shushan the citadel the Jews killed and destroyed five hundred men. Also Parshandatha, Dalphon, Aspatha, Poratha, Adalia, Aridatha, Parmashta, Arisai, Aridai, and Vajezatha- the ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews, they killed.” Esther 9:7-9

The first letter abnormality is in the first name and it is the letter tav (pronounced tahv).

The second is in the seventh name and it is the letter shin (pronounced sheen).

The third is in the tenth name and it is the letter zayin (pronounced zai-yeen).

In the Hebrew alphabet, every letter corresponds to a numerical value. They use their alphabet as their numbers! So, if you wanted to list things 1-2-3, you would write an “aleph-bet-gimmel” (the first three letters *for those who know the Hebrew alphabet song, don’t be confused-bet/vet corresponds to the same number 2).

Each letter has a specific value.

The numerical value for the letter tav is 400.

The value for shin is 300.

The value for zayin is 7.

Added together, this number is 707.

“Then Esther said, ‘If it pleases the king, let it be granted to the Jews who are in Shushan to do again tomorrow according to today’s decree, and let Haman’s ten sons be hanged on the gallows.’” Esther 9:13

After listing all of the ten sons who were already killed in the fighting, Esther makes a strange request here: to hang the ten sons. The ten sons who were already dead! Just keep these facts on your back-burner.

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juliusOn October 16, 1946, in Nuremberg, Germany, 10 high ranking Nazi officials were executed by hanging. This was not the normal means for execution. Firing squads were much more common during this time. But these ten were hung. Among those executed was a man named Julius Streicher who was the founder and publisher of a popular newspaper which was used widely by the Nazi regime to aid the spread of anti-semitism. When he mounted the platform of the gallows he made a final sneer, shouting “Purim-Fest 1946!”

Little did he know how correct he was. The ten men who were hung that day were prophesied about years earlier in a small book of the Bible- the story of Esther, through the unexpected hanging of Haman’s ten sons.

On the Hebrew calendar, October 16, 1946 corresponded to the 21st day of the seventh month (the month is commonly called Tishrei), which was interestingly also the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles (also known as Sukkot- see Leviticus 23:33-36).

So, to put these dates back to back:

October 16, 1946- The Hanging of Ten Nazi War Criminals corresponds to…. get this…..

Tishrei 21, in the Hebrew calendar year of 5,707!

Now fast forward to just last week. The Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a controversial trip to the White House to speak on behalf of Israel. He certainly wasn’t summoned by the “king” (sound familiar?), but he came anyways.

iran presIn a plea that sounded strikingly similar to that of Esther’s, he made clear what has already been made clear: Iran (remember, home-town of Haman) wants nothing more than to annihilate Israel off the face of the map (his words, not mine). This is Iran’s supreme leader Khamenei to the left.

Once nuclear capabilities are ready, holocaust will be the perfect word: destruction or slaughter on a mass scale, especially caused by fire or nuclear war.

He stood in front of congress on March 3, 2015 (last week Tuesday).

On the Hebrew calendar the date was Adar 12, 5775 (again, last week Tuesday).

(*and for those of you who are like me and are checking to make sure all these numbers add up, the Hebrew calendar year moves up in value in the fall- so this fall will be the year 5,776)

“And the letters were sent by couriers into all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar…” Esther 3:13

But we know how that story ends. The 13th day of Adar was not a holocaust of the Jewish people, it was a victory. Their mourning was turned into gladness, and their sorrow into joy.

Do you think that all of these are mere coincidences?

Do you think that our God is so big and deep and all-knowing that He could work in ways like this to get our attention?

I do.

Our God is not dead; He is surely alive.

-aubrie

PS. I do not take any credit for the revelation of any of this information! This is all “out there” already for you to search out on your own if you so desire.

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