Sermons Series 3:161, 21 June 2008
The Kite That Wanted to Get Away
Strings of Salvation
Main Themes: Covenant strings, the number of man (waw), Yahweh's normalcy
Minor Themes: Visions of assembling cavalry, hinged door, Russian plane, the human crutch, self-worship, Greg Bahnsen, Philip Yancey, Mart de Haan, Julie Ackerman Link
Shabbat Shalom and welcome back to this assembly as we ask the Ruach haQodesh to be in and around us as I seek to convey Yahweh's message to you today.
A Day in Oslo
As you all know I was in Oslo earlier this week on business but whilst there took the opportunity to spend some alone time with Yahweh. Arriving in the metropolis was quite a shock - it was like being hit by a dark spiritual wave as I entered a demon-infested zone. I had not been to the Norwegian capital in nearly a decade so the contrast between our little rural island of relative spiritual peace and that of the city came as quite a shock. I remember thinking to myself as I walked up the main thoroughfare how easy it is for people who are spiritually hiding to get lost and disappear in this spiritual smorgasbord of darkness. And that exactly why many people come to cities - to hide amongst the sea of other lost souls. You can be surrounded by thousands of people and be invisible because people are so self-absorbed that they are not aware of others around them. I don't know how many people I saw talking to themselves, or shouting and yelling at imaginary people. One man in his 60's, I would guess, dressed up like something between a cowboy and a hells angel, yelled absenities at every one he passed as he sped in his electric wheelchair before finally disappearing in some small elevator.
But it was also good seeing the familiar sights again after such a long time but it was plain that the spirit there had changed radically in just a decade. As I looked at all the wares being sold, the ubiquitous vanity stores and the desperate attempt by people to find identity, comfort and purpose in physical things and worldly activities, I had to sorrow in my soul. As one of the brethren, who lives there amongst drug addicts and alcoholics, helping them find the Messiah and rehabilitate, said to me, the city has become one giant circus.
I was up several hours during the night in intercessory prayer as I first of all saw and removed the territorial spirits that rule the city from the room I was sleeping in. Every country has different territorial spirits which 'set the demonic pattern' or matrix of that country, with variations in each city and locale. I was sleeping in the room of a rehabilitated drug addict and was able to see some of the things he had been wrestling with. Having done that, the Ruach was then leading me to zoom in on individual people, especially those I had come to visit.
Vision of the Assembling Cavalry
Whilst praying for someone, I saw a vision of what looked like cavalry assembling themselves on a battlefield. The battle order was not clear yet but was forming up. Though it didn't look very orderly at first there was purpose and structure as each cavalry man assembled in his designated spot. There was no great hurry or urgency as though this might not, after all, lead to a battle. It was a fascinating sight.
The vision was fulfilled the next morning. An anticipted battle did not take place though important high ground was taken. I had also seen an adversary in vision too desperately trying to rise above the waters (emotions) but constantly falling back in again, confirming other visions that had been recently seen.
The Wonder of the Days of Noah
The following morning I was walking in the city again to my appointment and as I mediated on the vast undulating mass of people I asked myself, as we often do, what it's all for. Why did Yahweh cause all these people to be born here and now at this time? What chance do they have of hearing the Gospel preached to them in a city where Christianity is not only in retreat but is so watered down as to be useless. And yet there are genuine people who have been born again. Where were they? And the answer is, as Yah'shua prophesied it would be in the last days, amongst the down-and-outs, with the desperado's who have come to the end of themselves and have nowhere else to turn but Yahweh. And the rest? The rest have no disposition to listen, just as they did not in the days of Noah. They were too busily absorbed in the creature comforts of this world, the wealth that is so close at hand and so visible but for most of them out of their grasp. People work themselves to death trying to earn a living only to have the tax-man cheat them of the little they have left over. I saw beggars on the streets - lots of them - pitiful, dejected and ignored, most of them Muslim. As I looked at this sea of humanity, moving in and out like ants, I asked myself: Is this a condemned generation like the one Noah tried to witness to in vain? I got no answer. But certainly if it isn't this generation, it will be the next one for sure. The middle class is shrinking leaving only the very poor masses and the outrageously rich. That is the Babylonian system in all its 'glory'.
Things that are Shortly to Come to Pass
When I got home there was a lot on my mind as I pondered the long discussion I had had with our pastor in the city. We both agreed that big changes were about to happen globally that would give those who are lost and who have been called the opportunity to hear and receive the Gospel soon. There's no doubt we're heading for an engineered financial collapse which will shatter the illusions of those who have sought safety and comfort in gold. It will provoke a social crisis the likes of which the West has never seen before because the utopian welfare state promised by the politicians at the expense of true values will be shattered leaving precisely the kind of vacuum that the Robber Barons want to fill in with another Hitlerian dictatorship At such times there is always a separation of the wheat from the tares as finally people wake up and turn to the living Elohim. To the rulers of this world Elohim has the same message that He gave to those who ruled over an apostate Judah two and a half millennia ago:
"Now you arrogant men who rule here .... over this people, listen to what Yahweh is saying. You boast that you have made a treaty with death and reached an agreement with the world of the dead. You are ceryain that disaster will spare you when it comes, because you depend on lies and deceit to keep you safe. This is now what Yahweh-Elohim says: 'I am placing in Zion a foundation that is firm and strong. In it I am putting a solid corner-stone on which are written the words, 'FAITH THAT IS FIRM IS ALSO PATIENT'. Justice will be the measuring line for the foundation, and honesty will be its plumb-line.
"Hailstorms will sweep away all the lies you depend on, and floods will destroy your security. The treaty you have made with death will be abolished, and your agreement with the word of the dead will be cancelled. When disaster sweeps down, you will be overcome. It will strike you again and again, morning after morning. You will have to bear it day and night. Each new message from Yahweh will bring new terror! You will be like the man in the proverb, who tries to sleep in a bed too short to stretch out on, with a blanket too narrow to wrap himself in. Yahweh will fight as He did on Mount Perazim and in the valled of Gibeon, in order to do what He intends to do - strange as His actions may seem. He will complete His work, His mysterious work.
"Don't laugh at the warning I am giving you! If you do, it will be even harder for you to escape. I have heard Yahweh Almighty's decision to destroy the whole country" (Is. 28:14-22, TEV).
Such messages were not received in their own time and they won't be received in ours for that is the nature of deceived and deceiving mankind who stubbornly resists the truth. But it is coming for sure.
The Russian Vision
Now I do not fully know what this means yet, just as I am not entirely sure what the Benjamin Netanyahu vision I told you about last week means completely, but I wish to share a vision Yahweh gave me last Yom Chamashee (Thursday) morning after I got back from Oslo.
I was standing at the edge of a very large crown of people waiting on a field for something or someone. At length a very new and modern Russian aircraft landed though it was not actually an aircraft but something that represented power, mobility and the ability to cover great distances. This was what the crowd was waiting for. As the 'aircraft' landed the whole crowd surged forward in excitement as though expecting something of great advantage to them from this Russian device. I too surged forward to see the plane and took a picture of it. As soon as I did a veru tall, burly Russian officer lunged forward to prevent me from doing so and seized my digital camera. He was rather clumsy and unintelligent and did not know how to operate it, so I showed him how to delete the last image so that he would not erase all my other pictures. Once he had done this, having pressed all the wrong buttons initially, he seemed relieved, and I got my camera back. And then I started speaking under the anointing of the Ruach, telling him how the Lord (Yah'shua) would soon be returning to put an end to all of this. Scornfully, he answered: "We are the lords [of war]" and then I proceeded to show him, from the Book of Revelation, how all the lords of war - Russians, Americans, Chinese, British - everyone - would be destroyed by the wrath of Elohim and the coming of His Son. The man looked shocked, thunder-struck and was speechless.
Much of my spiritual sights have been recently focussed on China, more so after the terrible earthquakes in that land with a quarter of the country currently flooded to one degree of another. But just as Yahweh pointed me to the Israeli Republic a few days ago, so now He was telling me to look at Russia. For indeed Russia is ruled by one of the 'War Lords' who rule all the nations. (You may have heard that Robert Mugabe, the dictator of Zimbabwe who has successfully ruined a Christian civilization there, is threatening to go to war if he does not win the next election). The Robber Baron War Lords are clamoring for another war in Iran both to make more money and to get more control over oil and people. However, they can only do what Yahweh allows, and then only for a short season. If they do not repent, they will be destroyed.
This was not what I had intended to talk to you about initially but events have intervened which I needed to update you on. The important thing is that those who will heed prophetic voices - and I mean true ones - can take appropriate measures to prepare themselves physically and spiritually. I do not know precisely what is going to happen in the coming months because Yahweh has not told me more than what I have already shared with you, but I do know that He wants us to be prepared. Those who are leaning on the flesh for their support and safetly will lose that. So please get on your knees and ask the Father what it is He wants you and your families to do.
Dr. Greg Bahnsen, in his book, Theonomy in Christian Ethics, writes:
"We should not assume that our ways are normal and that God's ways are an abnormality which need vindication".
One of the main reasons that believers are getting left behind and lost in the maze of the churches, let alone the world system, is because they will not accept Yahweh's Word at face value. One of the members of our online groups commented in this way:
"Why don't people understand this and in turn try so hard to skate around and/or analyze things in such a way that it perverts them? YHWH is the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow. Nothing has changed."
And, of course, she's absolutely right. Yahweh's mind and heart do not need analysing - we couldn't do it anyway. Did not Isaiah say that Yahweh "will complete His work, His mysterious work"? (Is.28:22) It is futile for us to try to fathom the whole picture for our own lives, let alone the whole world's. Yahweh purposefully did not put us here with a perfect knowledge of everything but left us with one book of instructions and the capacity to exercise faith in Him. Those are the true dimensions of our existence. We can deny this is so and try to fill in the gaps with human knowledge, believing or having faith in those who claim to be teachers or prophets, but we will always be left destitute if we do.
Upside-Down Answers: Vision of the Closed Door
Let me explain what I am getting at by means of a vision I had the other day. I saw a huge closed door across which were the brackets of two large old-fashioned hinges. Over the bracket of the upper hinge was a placard which had written on it, in large letters, "Answers" upside down, meaning answers to some perplexing questions that were on my mind at the time. Seeing and understanding this, I confessed to Yahweh: "I am seeing the problem upside down and desire to view it Your way instead". At once the vision changed and the door turned upside down so that the top hinge was not at the bottom. The sign was gone and in its place were two boys - very young teenagers I would estimate, and wearing only black loincloths, pushing with all their might against the closed door - which must have been about 15 feet tall - in a bid to try and open it, but not budging it one inch. I recognised that these two boys represented two aspects of myself trying to solve a problem in my own strength. I confessed my error and asked Yahweh to do the opening and that I would just follow His directions. The moment I confessed this the entire door disappeared and where it had been I could see people and activity. The vision closed without showing me more than the fact that the obstacle had been removed.
Do You Really Want to Be Free?
Most people, if they are honest with themselves, want to be free, productive, happy and useful in their lives. The trouble is most people prefer their own counsel, and that of their human mentors, rather than Yahweh's. This amounts to self-worship and self-trust which are fatal to the spiritual life and to spiritual rest and happiness.
Man, the Cripple
The number of man in the Bible is 6 which is the Hebrew letter w waw which in its original pictographic form was a prop or a crutch such as old people used to use to move about with. This evolved into the Greek g gamma which looks like our Latin Y with a long tail - again reminding one of a prop or crutch.
Man truly is a cripple when he is without Yahweh and the salvation of Yah'shua - he is helpless and a spiritual invalid. So what does he tend to do? Turn to other cripples to help prop him up.
Try imagine a crowd of one-legged prople trying to stand up, all leaning against one another for mutual support. It only takes on big shove to send everyone reeling and falling like a row of dominoes. We may feel secure on our two physical legs but spiritually we are, in a way, one-legged without Yah'shua. Watching a one-legged man run is not too impressive or successful for the man.
The ultimate in futility comes when men start trusting in, relying on, and clinging to other men or women as saviours and deliverers in the spiritual dimension. This is the ultimate folly and idolatry as far as Yahweh is concerned and when Yahweh Himself is replaced by a man acting like Elohim - especially an unbeliever - it is the final ripening in inquity. When this happens, we are worshipping the Beast system represented by the number 666, which is man magnified to being Elohim. It's what's happening in the world. Whenever man trusts in and worships the flesh rather than Yahweh-Elohim, he is worshipping the Beast, and that Beast's mark is on him.
Apologising for Yahweh
On my way home from Oslo I was reading a book by a Norwegian Lutheran minister in which he tries to reconcile the Bible with evolutionary science. It reminded me of what Greg Bahnsen said - Yahweh does not need apologising for - His ways are not some abnormality that need our vindication. It is fleshy man who is off-beam. The arguments in the book were actually quite persuasive because there were so many truth in them, but as is often the case, these truths got twisted to make the Gospel more appealing to men who insist they know better when it comes to the physical origins of the universe.
The Basis of Salvation Missing
This is also, and most particularly, true when it comes to the nature of man and what Yahweh expects of us when it comes to seeking and obtaining salvation. I have recently been horrified to hear what some Messianics are saying - they don't even have the basics of salvation fixed in their minds and hearts. One Messianic preacher was saying the other day that we do not need to receive Yah'shua in our hearts the way the Evangelicals teach but only "do good". I was appalled. They're no different from Muslims or humanists. Such a teaching is spiritual suicide and is just another variation of the 666 Doctrine. Without that proper foundation, that man's Torah-lifestyle was useless.
When people (6) rely their own understanding and that of other men (66) they are worshipping themselves (666) - their thoughts, opinions, feelings and general dispositions. Sadly, for most Yahweh is an addition to their world instead of the other way round. Like the moon (Yahweh) in orbit around the earth (man); Yahweh is able to exert an influence (the tides, reflected light, etc.) but is not able to control directly in their false system where He is a peripheral resource only. This idolatrous arrangement eventually fails because Yahweh, the greater Celestial Body, will not worship man. Therefore at some point He must depart, because such is blasphemy. People who have this kind of religious life find, in time, that they are getting more and more empty, more and more destitute, more and more desperate. It's Yahweh's wake-up call - He's leaving and it's up to you, having been the recipient of grace, to now do it properly: Either make Him your true Master or go your way back to slavery in Egypt and Babylon.
Yahweh is Not an Add-On
Those who approach Yahweh as an add-on to their lives are in need of repentance and major spiritual surgery - Yahweh needs to become their sun and they need to revolve around Him! It is a tell-tale sign when people revolt against Yahweh's ways that they have not been born again at CORE - Yahweh is then merely a layer added to their own egocentricity and unregenerated self. Such persons are 'religious' but not spiritual and without perhaps always realising it, these are the real 'legalists' - something is wrong, they at times know it deep down, so they have to 'act' Christian/Messianic so as not to face the truth that something is fundamentally not right.
So one of our earliest declarations must be to declare emphatically that the personality, character and ways of Yahweh are accurately portrayed in Scripture. If anything inside us reacts against this and tries to distance itself, then this is a clear cut sign that we are not worshipping the true Elohim but an image fashioned in our own minds. Though such people are rarely logical - how can they be? Their hearts are in violent protest - their rationale is ultimately and inevitably liberal - they are forced to pit one part of Scripture against another and insist that one is more 'evolved' or 'advanced' than the other, thereby claiming that somehow man is involved in the production of revelation and that therefore it is tainted and unreliable.
How easy it is for them to forget that Yah'shua affirmed every last letter of Torah and declared that we should live it. If we don't accept that the Bible is a perfect revelation of His nature we will invent our own gods and end up worshipping ourselves and merge effortlessly into the Beast System. That will leave us cripples and floundering when the tough times come, revealing the truth of our inner condition.
The Kite Strings
Julie Ackerman Link 1 tells the story of Ray Bethell, a world chamption kite flyer who is able to make multiple kites twist and turn in such precision that they behave as if they are one. John Newton once wrote a poem entitled, The Kite; or Pride Must Have a Fall which I'd like to relate to you. The kite in this poem dreamed of being cut free from its string:
"Were I but free, I'd take a flight / And piece the clouds beyond their sight, / But, ah! Like a poor pris'ner bound, / My string confines me near the ground"
Well, the kite does finally manage to tug itself free, but instead of soaring higher in the sky, it comes crashing down into the sea. We are like that kite. We too are constrained by strings which were given not to imprison us but to make us fly and not crash. Vows, promises, commitments, covenants, responsibilities and indeed Torah itself are the strings that appear to 'limit' us but actually liberate us from going out of control and being ruined. Yahweh uses the strings in our lives to hold us up. James call these strings humility:
"Humble yourselves in the sight of Yahweh, and He will lift you up" (James 4:10, NKJV).
It is our willingness to be humbled (or held down within safe parameters) that Yahweh uses to lift us up. It is a wise man who makes sure before cutting any string that it isn't one holding him up. I have seen so many people abandon Yahweh and/or Torah and plunge into lives of anarchy. They're psychologically all messed up and try as best they can, in their human strength, to find a little hole like a shellcrab in its house to give them safety. Unfortunately shellcrabs have enemies like starfish who can crush these little houses just as Satan crushes our man-made refuges and leaves us naked and defenceless.
Making a Stand
Cutting life-saving strings in a futile bid for 'freedom' is insanity. However, the reason people do it is because the crash doesn't come all at once. Once loose, the kite soars a while, and then spins and spins and spins out of control The experience is so disorientating that you don't realise what's happening until you finally crash into the ground. If you've never been kite-flying, you should try it some time because it is such a beautiful illustration of a life in Yah'shua who holds the string and pulls us so that we will climb higher and moves us around the obstacles of life while we fly in His presence. Don't be fooled by the illusion of 'Satan's Freedom' of breaking loose from Yahweh and making yourself your own god. When followers of Ignatius endured periods of apparent futility - something we all experience - he always prescribed the same cure:
"In time of desolation we should never make a change, but remain firm and constant in the resolution and decision which guided us the day before the desolation". 2
Failure Can Be Turned for the Good
There are still those who equate disaster with failure. But even failure has its place in the divine scheme of things because as Mart de Haan observes, "mountains of faith rise from the valleys of failure". Most people at some point in their lives - usually when they are young - cut those essential strings that keep them soaring in the spiritual realm and then wonder why things have gone so wrong. Yahweh permits these things to happen to build up our faith. There is nothing He can't use so long as we respond quickly upon realising we have made a mistake. Even after salvation, most people make a bid for 'independence' and 'freedom' as they see it to soon discover that the prospectives for the cut-free kite are not nearly as rosy as they supposed before and immediately after cutting themselves loose. Trying to push open the doors of opportunity in our own strength is ultimately futile and what ends up happening is we turn for supernatural assistance. The problem there is that there are two supernatural sources - the one false one offering a quick-and-easy way to happiness which most choose and which in the end enslaves, and the other offering a much more difficult path but which truly does set the soul free. You can't get to the mountain top without scaling the mountain.
Philip Yancey says:
"[Yahweh] has let this fallen world endure in its fallen state for a very long time. [He] seems to value character more than our comfort, often using the very elements that cause us the most discomfort as His tools for fashioning that character". 3
The natural man hates this and often tries to sever the strings that seem to bind him to a heartless Kite-Master. But the truth is cutting the strings is the worst thing to do and it is love that keeps us aloft, a love that knows what's best for us, a love which regards long-term happiness as more important than short-term discomfort. Am I comfortable today? Far from it! Have my plans, hopes, plans and dreams worked out the way I wanted or planned? Far from it! But my daily communion with my Creator assures me that in submitting myself to the Kite-Master I will yet soar higher, that I will know a happiness and joy that far surpasses anything I have hitherto known. When the opposition of the world comes, as it increasingly does in the form of eddies and storms, I can and do know that my Master has a hand on the string that guides my path so that I do not lose control, because He has control and never fails those who submit to Him. Is it hard? Yes, it's darned hard, but I know that any other way leads to sure destruction.
I reackon I am staying with the Master Yah'shua for as my brother the pastor in Oslo and I have often agreed upon, I have nowhere else to go (Jn.6:68). I will trust Him all the days of my life, I shall remain as firm as an oak and embrace that oak until the storms have finally passed and I can enter with the set-apart ones into a blessed repose. I believe. I trust. I hope you will too. Amen.
Julie Ackerman Link, Strings, Rings, Troublesome Things in Our Daily Bread, RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI: 2008 (June 16).
Maureen Conroy, The Discerning Heart: Discovering a Personal God in Chapter 2, Ignatius (p.28).
Philip Yancey, God's Greater Goal in Our Daily Bread, RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI: 2008 (June 27).
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Adon(ai) = Master, a pagan fertility god, Adonis; used by many Messianics but not MLT
(a)eon(ian) = 7 dispensation- or age-long time periods, not forever (see le-olam-va-ed)
Alef-Tav = Alpha-Omega, A-Z, first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet = Yah'shua
Amen = truly, let it be so, written Amein by some Messianics
Apocrypha = Hebraic Scriptures not a part of the Protestant canon (e.g. Baruch)
Anti-Messiah = Hebraic term for the end-time Antichrist or anyone opposed to the Messiah
antinomian = lawless Christian who disregards all or part of Torah/commandments
Ashkenazi Jew = East European Jew descended from the Turkic-Japhethite Khazars
Assembly = church, congregation, ekklesia, community, fellowship, koinonia, gathering
Azazel = the Yom Kippur scapegoat
Baal, Ba'al = any other master than Yahweh, usually demonic in MLT terminology
Bachor(im) = firstborn son(s)
Bar/Bat Mitzvah = Son/Daughter of Commandment, covenant to obey Torah at age 12
being = soul, the whole person (spirit and body), e.g. "my whole being"
Beit, bet, beth = house, e.g. Beit Yisrael (House of Israel), Beth Lechem (House of Bread)
Beit haMikdash = Yahweh's Temple in Yerushalayim
B'rit Chadashah = the New Covenant; B'rit Chadashah Scriptures = New Testament
B'rit Milah = circumcision - abolished in the B'rit Chadashah, replaced by Mikvah
canon = authoritative Scripture (Heb. qaneh, Gk. kanŰn = measuring instrument)
Catechumen = a serious, covenanted investigator seeking Mikvah or Baptism in MLT
Chag haMatzah = Feast of Unleavened Bread, second of the annual feasts of Yahweh
Chavurat Bekorot = MLT's Priesthood Order, Holy Order and Assembly of the Firstborn
Cohen = priest; Cohen Gadol = High Priest (also spelled Kohen)
Council of Yah's elohim = the heavenly Assembly of the Firstborn or Chavurat Bekorot
demon = fallen malek or angel in rebellion against Yahweh (Heb. shad; see l-Shaddai)
derech = the Way, Path or Road - Yah'shua and the Gospel are the Way
Drash = moral or homiletic interpretation of Scripture - see PaRDeS
Echad = One, Union of two or more in one (as opposed to Yachid) - see Elohim
Echad Godhead Doctrine = Father Yahweh, Son Yah'shua and Sevenfold Ruach (Mother)
Êl, Eloah, Elah = God the Father, Yahweh
Êl-Elyon = Most High God, Yahweh
Êl-Shaddai = Master/Lord over all shads or demons
Elohim = God, the Godhead (Father, Son & Holy Spirit), lit. 'Mighty One(s)', 'Ruler(s)'
elohim = Israelite judges, rulers, angels or gods (false deities, idols, demons)
emunah = faith, actively trusting, clinging or adhering to (especially Yahweh or Yah'shua)
emet = truth, Yah'shua is the Emet
Ephraimite = descendant of the patriarch Ephraim and head of Messsianic Israel
Feasts of Yahweh = the 7 annual Moedim (Pesach, Chag haMatzah, Yom haBikkurim, Shavu'ot, Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot)
Gan-Eden = Garden of Eden, Paradise and state of the purified heart in Messiah
goy(im) = nation(s), Israelites or gentiles not born in or converted to the Covenant
hallelu-Yah = praise Yah(weh)!
Heylel = proper name of Satan or haSatan = the Adversary, the devil
Sabbath = Yom Shabbat (Friday to Saturday sunset, add 1 day in IDL Zone)
Hochmah = Wisdom, title of the 7-fold Ruach haQodesh
IDL = International Date Line, false man-made time division in Pacific Ocean
IDL Zone = Area between the true Divine Date Line (Lake Van/Eden) and the false one
Israeli = citizen of the modern Edomite-Khazar Republic of Israel (not Biblical Israel)
Israelite = citizen of biblical state of Israel or a modern follower of the Messiah
Jew = post-biblical term describing descendants of Edomite and Khazar converts to Judaism
Johannine = pertaining to the Apostle Yochanan (e.g. Gospel of John)
Josephite = descendant of the patriarch Joseph, the head of Messianic Israel
Judahite = a person in direct descent from the patriarch Judah, forefather of the Messiah
Judaism = a Talmudic-based religion rejecting Yah'shua the Messiah
Judean = a citizen of the Kingdom or Province of Judah until the 2nd Century diaspora
Kadosh la Yahweh = set-apart or dedicated to Yahweh, 'Holiness to the Lord', MLT motto
Karaites = Jews (from 700 AD) who reject the Talmud and accept only the Tanakh
kashrut = keeping kosher, food laws of Yahweh and correspinding lifestyle
Ketuvim = Writings or Hagiographa of the Tanakh
Khazar = a Turkic convert to Judaism ~700 AD forming the Ashkenazi Jewish community
kosher = clean foods authorised by Yahweh for human consumption
Lashon Hara = evil-speaking, gossip or slander
legalism = false route to salvation through works (self-salvation)
le-olam-va-ed = dispensation- or age-long, aeonian, not eternal, forever or for eternity
Lev = heart, as in Lev-Tsiyon = heart of Zion
Lev-Tsiyon = Heart of the Fortress [of Yahweh], Hebrew name of MLT's founder
Master = Lord, Sir, Adon(ai) - (one in authority, a ruler - a king, husband, prophet, judge)
Malak(im) = Angel(s), heavenly supernatural messenger(s)
manna = wafers of honey, bread from heaven (lit. 'what is this?')
matzah = unleavened bread, see Chag haMatzah
Menorah = 7-armed candlearbra = the 7 annual Moedim and 7-fold Ruach haQodesh
Messiah = Christ; Anti-Messiah = Antichrist
Messianic Community = Body of Christ, sum total of all true believers; all true fellowships
Messianic Israel = all who worship Yahweh, trust in Yah'shua, obey Torah and overcome
Messianic Jew = Messianic convert from Judaism still clinging to Talmudic traditions
Midrash = aggadic interpretation of scripture vi‚ Drash, a scriptural discussion
Mikvah = baptism by immersion of convert into Yah'shua or of wife into husband
Mishpachah = family: nuclear, congregational, tribal or the whole of Messianic Israel
MLT = Mishpachah Lev-Tsiyon = family of the heart of the fortress [of Yahweh]
Mishpat = right-ruling or judgement
mitzvah/mitzvot = commandment(s)
moed(im) = appointment(s) of Yahweh, 7 Annual Feasts, Sabbath and Rosh Chodesh
Nefilim, Nephilim = giant offspring of materialised demons and human women
Nevi'im = prophetic writings of the Old Testament or Tanakh
New Birth = spiritual conversion in the Ruach haRishon, being 'born again' with new heart
Nidah = a woman's menstruation period during which no intercourse is permitted
Olive Branch = collection of revelations, prophecies and visions published by MLT
Paraclete = Comforter, Advocate (NEB), Counsellor, Ruach haQodesh (Gk. paraklÍtos)
PaRDeS = method of textual interpretation (homiletics) - see P'shat, Remez, Drash, Sod
Patriarch = a father who is head of his family, clan or tribe (lit. 'father-ruler')
Pentateuch = first five books of the Tanakh (Genesis-Deuteronomy), also called Torah
peribolaion = headcovering worn by daughters/wives in submission to fathers/husbands
Pesach = Passover, first of the annual feasts of Yahweh
Peshitta = an Aramaic version of the Bible
Prototrinitarianism = early, simplified MLT formulation of the Echad Godhead Doctrine
Prush(im) = Pharisee(s)
Pseudepigrapha = Non-canonical Hebrew writings additional to the Apocrypha
P'shat = literal, contextual, philological, exoteric, outer meaning of Scripture - see PaRDeS
Qadosh Qadoshim = Holy of Holies, most sacred set-apart room of the Beit haMikdash
Qodesh, Kodesh = set-apart, holy (see Ruach haQodesh)
Rabbi = Teacher, term used by Messianic Jews and some Messianic Israelites = Pastor
Refuge, the 12 Cities of = divinely protected MLT fortresses during the 7-year Tribulation
Remez = hint or allegorical level of Hebraic understanding of Scripture - see PaRDeS
Rosh Chodesh = monthly New Moon appointment of Yahweh
ruach = spirit of a person (lit.'breath')
Ruach Elohim = Spirit of God (the Spirit of the collective Godhead or Elohim)
Ruach haChamashee = 5th Ruach presides over Yom Teruah and Yom Chamashee
Ruach haQodesh = the Sevenfold Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost (lit. 'Set-Apart Breath')
Ruach haRevee = 4th Ruach presides over Shavu'ot, Yom Revee and Bar Mitzvah
Ruach haRishon = 1st Ruach presides over Pesach, Yom Rishon and the New Birth
Ruach haShanee = 2nd Ruach presides over Chag haMatzah and Yom Shanee
Ruach haSheshi = 6th Ruach presides over Yom Kippur and Yom Sheshi
Ruach haShleshi = 3rd Ruach presides over Yom haBikkurim, Yom Shleshi and Mikvah
Sabbath = Yom Shabbat (Friday to Saturday sunset, add 1 day in IDL Zone)
Satan = rebel archangel Heylel, father of lies, devil, chief demon (lit.'Adversary')
Sephardic Jew = West European Jew of mixed blood containing many Judahites
Septuagint = Greek translation of the Tanakh, LXX
Shegal haShabbat = 7th Ruach (Sabbath Queen) presides over Sukkot and Yom Shabbat
Shekinah = Divine Presence and Glory of Yahweh-Elohim
Set-apart = holy, sanctified, consecrated, dedicated, separated (to and by Yahweh)
Shabbat-Shabbaton = High Sabbath (e.g. Yom Kippur)
Shalom = heavenly peace, standard Hebraic greeting invoking Yahweh's peace
Shamash(im) = servant(s), deacon(s), attendant(s)
Shavu'ot = Pentecost or Weeks, fourth of the annual feasts of Yahweh
Sheol = grave or pit, euphamism for Hades or hell - also see Tartarus
shofar = ram's horn, blown during Yahweh's Moedim
simcha = joy, keynote of Sukkot
Sod = mystical, anagogic, inner or esoteric understanding of Scripture - see PaRDeS
Sukkot = Tabernacles or Booths, seventh of the annual feasts of Yahweh
Synagogue = Greek word used by Jews and Messianics (but not MLT) for a meeting house
talmid(a) = male/female disciple or student
Talmud = scriptures, teachings and commentaries belonging to non-Messianic Judaism
Tanakh = acronym for Old Testament Scriptures - Torah, Nevi'im & Ketuvim
Tartarus = place of imprisonment under the earth for rebellious angels and Nephilim
teshuvah = repentance, remorse and contrition leading back to Torah obedience
Torah = Yahweh's teachings or Law; New Covenant Torah includes Yah'shua's teachings
Tribulation, the Great = the final 7 years of the present aeon when Anti-Messiah rules
Trinity = Catholic Godhead formula - see Echad Godhead Doctrine and Prototrinitarianism
Tsiyon = Zion, a fortress, a name of Jerusalem and a prominent hill
Tzitzit/Tizitziyot = tassel(s) worn by men in remembrance of Torah
Universalism = salvation of all at the cosmic Yovel, with different rewards and punishments
Yachid = one, single person or item, as opposed to Echad (many in one, unity)
Yah'shua the Messiah = Jesus Christ (the Son)
Yahudah = Judah - see Judahite
Yahweh, Yah, YHWH = the true Name of our Heavenly Father, also carried by Yah'shua
Yahweh-Elohim = LORD God (the Father, Yahweh as Head of the Godhead or Elohim)
Yahweh haQatan = the sent Yahweh = Yah(weh)'shua, Malak of Yahweh's Presence
Yam Suf = Sea of Reeds, the true Israelite Exodus water crossing, not the Red Sea
Yarden = Jordan River (lit. 'meanderer')
Yerushalayim = Jerusalem
Yisrael = Israel (lit. 'ruling with l') = true believers under the New Covenant
Yom Chamashee = 5th day of the week (Thursday, Friday in IDL Zone)
Yom Din, Yom haDin = (the) Day of Judgement
Yom haBikkurim = Feast of Firstfruits, third of the annual feasts of Yahweh
Yom Revee = 4th day of the week (Wednesday, Thursday in IDL Zone)
Yom Rishon = 1st day of the week (Sunday, Monday in IDL Zone)
Yom Kippur = Day of Atonement, sixth of the annual feasts of Yahweh
Yom Shabbat = 7th day of the week and Sabbath Rest (Saturday, Sunday in IDL Zone)
Yom Shanee = 2nd day of the week (Monday, Tuesday in IDL Zone)
Yom Sheshi = 6th day of the week (Friday, Saturday in IDL Zone)
Yom Shleshi = 3rd day of the week (Tuesday, Wednesday in IDL Zone)
Yom Teruah = Day of Trumpets, fifth of the annual feasts of Yahweh
Yosef = Joseph - see Josephite
Yovel = Jubilee or Year of Jubilee
Zaqen(im) = elder(s) of an assembly or congregation, or senior members of a community
ZoŽ Life = Greek term for spiritual life in the Messiah
Commonly Used MLT Abbreviations
For additional abbreviations and explanations,
please see the Micropedia
Amp.V(er). = Amplified Version of the Bible
Aram. = Aramaic
AV = Authorised Version of the Bible - see KJV
BCAY = B'rit Chadashah Assembly of Yahweh - see NCCG
BoA = Books of Abraham (e.g. 1Abr., 2Abr., etc.)
cp, cf = compare with
CB(Q) = Chavurat Bekorot
CEV = Contemporary English Version of the Bible
ch. = chapter
CJB = Complete Jewish Bible
CLNT = Concordant Literal New Testament
CYe = Council of Yah's elohim
Eng. = English
ff. = and onwards/forwards
fn = footnote
Gk. = Greek
GNB = Good News Bible - see TEV
Heb. = Hebrew, Hebraic
HEM = Holy Echad Marriage, eternal marriage
HO = Holy Order - see Chavurat Bekorot
HOC = Holy Order Collection of revelations - see OB
HRV = Hebraic-Roots Version of the Bible
ibid. = ibidem (lit. 'in the same place'), referring to a book previously cited
ICJC = Independent Church of Jesus Christ, earlier name of NCCF
ISRV = Institute for Scripture Research Version of the Bible
JB = Jerusalem Bible
JBP/Phillips = J.B.Phillips translation of the New Testament
JNT = Jewish New Testament
KJV = King James Version of the Bible - see AV
LB = Living Bible
lit. = literally or literature
LXX = Septuagint, Greek translation of the OT
MLT = Mishpachah Lev-Tsiyon
Moff. = Moffatt translation of the Bible
MRC = Messianic Renewed Covenant Version of the NT
MS(S) = Manuscript(s)
NASB, NASV = New American Standard Bible/Version
NC&C = New Covenants & Commandments - see OB
NCCF = New Covenant Christian Fellowship, earlier name of NCCG
NCCG = New Covenant Church of God, earlier name of MLT - see BCAY
NCP = New Covenant Press, publishing arm of MLT
NCW = New Covenant Witness, MLT magazine
NEB = New English Bible
NIV = New International Version of the Bible
NKJV = New King James Version of the Bible
Nor. = Norwegian
NT = New Testament, B'rit Chadashah
NWT = New World Translation of the Bible, unreliable Jehovah's Witness version
OB = Olive Branch - see NC&C
op.cit. = opere citato (lit. in the work cited)
OT = Old Testament, Tanakh
p(p). = page(s)
pl. = plural - see s.
PWNC = Prophetic Words of the New Covenant, revelation cataloging system - see OB
QED = quod erat demonstrandum (lit. which was shown to be proved)
RCF = Restoration Christian Fellowship, earlier name of ICJC
RhQ = Ruach haQodesh, Holy Spirit
RSTNE = Restoration Scriptures True Name Edition of the Bible
RSV = Revised Standard Version of the Bible
RV = Revised Version of the Bible
s. = singular - see pl.
S&G = Smith & Goodspeed Version of the Bible
TEV = Today's English Version of the Bible - see GNB
Vulg. = Biblia Vulgata, Latin Vulgate translation of the Bible
WEB = World English Bible
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