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SUKKOT RSVP NEEDED

IF you are planning on attending our Sukkot gathering, beginning Oct 23rd, – whether for the entire 8 days or only a portion of the gathering – we need to hear from you NOW in order to make proper arrangements.
So please, let us know ASAP, which means right away! 😊
Shalom and Thank you.

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Michael – Who Is Like God?

For many, both nationally as well as globally, the observance of Yom Yeruah – Day of the Warning Blast, Feast of Trumpets – is being celebrated in these days, the beginning of the final events of the Feasts of YHVH.

Is it coincidental that this hurricane is named ‘Michael’ – Mika El – Who is like God?’

is it a coincidence that this storm Michael – The prince who stands over the people of Israel (Daniel 12:1, Eph 2:11-13) is blowing in with fury, bringing disaster and destruction to this nation as the Teruah – the warning blast – is being blown in these days in many places in this nation and around the world?

Is our Father using ‘Michael’ to get the attention of this nation and His people?

Is it time for this nation and His people to cry out in repentance, to pray for mercy and grace for the 10 righteous in the city?

is it time to read this passage in the gates of our camps and cities?
“Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;” (Joe 2:1)

Is our Father warning His people beforehand and giving opportunity to prepare in the face of imminent and established judgment on this nation?

As in the days of Noah, YHVH uses water to bring judgment, whether it be rain, hail, ice or snow.

We are not making declarations. We are merely sounding the alarm of the watchman’s cry.
“Soon and not yet . . .” (Paul Wilbur – The Watchman)

Shalom

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

‘Lawlessness’ is more than ‘no law’ . . . WTWS

In Matthew 7:23, 13:41 and 23:28 (among other places), the greek word ‘anomia’ (no law) is used. What if we told you it is not speaking of ‘failure to keep Torah’. Remember, Yeshua was talking to, and, at times, rebuking ‘Torah observant’ folks. So what WAS He addressing? What’s The Word Say? What’s the word mean? Time to dig a little deeper in The Word.

We must first look at the context of these passages quoted by so many (Matt 7:23, 13:41,  23:28, just to mention a few). We submitted the concept to you that the word ‘anomia’ used there is not speaking of Torah observance. Remember, Yeshua was talking to, and, at times, rebuking ‘Torah-keeping folks’. (And yes, we keep and teach Torah) . The word ‘anomia’ carries a much deeper meaning than just ‘no law’. If we take the word ‘anomia’ back to it’s Hebrew equivalent, we are brought to the word ‘avon’ (long o sound) – Strong’s #5771 – depravity, perversity, deep wickedness – the root of which means to twist, distort or pervert.

It describes a mindset that is self-condoning and self-justifying and refuses to bow to authority other than itself. It is the kind of mindset Yeshua illustrates in His parable concerning the Wicked Tenants in Luke 20:9-19. Even when confronted with the truth concerning their hearts, they rebelled against His authority and, instead of repentance, there was more pride and rebellion. That is the ‘lawlessness’ He speaks of.

In the account recorded in Matthew23:23, Messiah Yeshua rebukes the Torah-keeping religious leaders of His day. They were tithing, according to Torah (which still applies today, by the way) but the were neglecting what Yeshua referred to as the weightier matters – justice, mercy and faithfulness. The Hebrew counterpart to the greek word for ‘weighty’ is the word ‘Kavod’. Kavod is the word used describing the literal heaviness of our Father’s Presence. It is the word used in 1 Kings 8 for the literal presence of YHVH our Father. “ . . . and the priests could not stand and minister because the Kavod of YHVH had filled the house . . .”

Keeping Torah does not show the presence of our Father in our lives. It merely shows our ability to follow guidelines. Practicing justice, mercy, grace, compassion, faithfulness, having a heart for the lost, feeding the hungry, clothing the needy, praying for the sick and the captive, doing the works of our Messiah AS we walk out Torah . . .  that shows the presence of our Father in us.

Shalom

5771 עָוֹן `avon {aw-vone’} or עָווֹן `avown (2 Ki 7:9, Ps 51:5 [7]) {aw-vone’}

Meaning:  1) perversity, depravity, iniquity, guilt or punishment of iniquity 1a) iniquity 1b) guilt of iniquity, guilt (as great), guilt (of condition) 1c) consequence of or punishment for iniquity  Origin:  from 05753; TWOT – 1577a; n m

5753 עָוָה `avah {aw-vaw’}

Meaning:  1) to bend, twist, distort 1a) (Niphal) to be bent, be bowed down, be twisted, be perverted 1b) (Piel) to twist, distort 1c) (Hiphil) to do perversely 2) to commit iniquity, do wrong, pervert 2a) (Qal) to do wrong, commit iniquity 2b) (Hiphil) to commit iniquity   Origin:  a primitive root; TWOT – 1577; v

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

SUKKOT 2018 ‘THE DRESS REHEARSAL FOR . . .’

SUKKOT 2018
‘THE DRESS REHEARSAL FOR . . .’

Based on our understanding of both Scripture, the seasons and the ‘lights in the heavens’, our tentative dates for Sukkot/Feast of Tabernacles and The 8th Assembly are from the evening of October 22nd through the evening of October 30th, 2018.

Our Sukkot gathering will be preceded by Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets beginning on the evening or October 8th and Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement beginning the evening of October 17th.

We will again be hosting this ‘backwoods gathering’ at the Kentucky Christian Assembly Camp, just outside Brodhead Ky.

Not only is the recognition and observance of the Biblical Holy Days a part of each believer’s ‘reasonable service’, there is a revelation, clarity and understanding that only comes in the ‘doing’.

The entirety of the Gospel Message is laid out in the Feasts of The Lord, and in the doing of these mandated events there comes a greater depth of insight into the days in which we find ourselves, end-time events and days that are to come, events and days for which we are actually performing ‘dress rehearsals’ in our physical and spiritual observances of these appointed days/dates.

For more information and to RSVP and register, you can contact us at www.ProdigalMin.com as well as here on social media.

So, as the Day approaches, may we not forsake the assemblies, as has become the habit of some.

Shalom U’Vrachot B’Shem Yeshua – Peace & Blessings in Yeshua’s/Jesus Name. Amen

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Devil or Deliverer?

AZAZEL – Devil or Deliverer?

During the recent reading of a couple articles, we ran across statements concerning the word ‘Azazel’. The articles stated the word ‘Azazel’ refers to ‘the rebels of Israel’, ‘the prophets of Baal’ and even ‘Satan the devil’ himself.

The term Azazel in Leviticus 16, is a Hebrew word that comes from two Hebrew roots, one being a word for ‘goat’ and the other root meaning ‘to remove completely’. The word is translated in some versions of Scripture as ‘scapegoat’.

‘Azazel’ is actually a Hebrew word meaning ‘total removal’ or’ the goat which causes or brings about total removal’. The scapegoat, or Azazel, is the live goat on whose head ALL the sins of Israel were pronounced and placed before it was sent into the wilderness, by the hand of a ‘fit man’. (Lev 16:21)

Mark 1 tells us, after Yeshua’s baptism, He was taken into the wilderness by The Spirit (the fit man) and tempted by satan for forty days. The writer of Hebrews (chapter 4) tells us Yeshua was tempted in all ways as we and yet sinned not.

At what point in history or Scripture were the ‘rebels of Israel’ or the ‘prophets of Baal’ or ‘Satan the devil’ the ones who took upon themselves ‘the sins of ALL Israel’ ?

BOTH goats in Leviticus 16, at the institution of what came to be Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) represent Jesus/Yeshua the Messiah, for He is the Only One Who was alive, the One who died, and the One Who lives again. ‘ . . . these things saith The First and The Last, which was dead and IS alive . . .’( Rev.2:8)

The one goat which was sacrificed (slaughtered) and whose blood was shed and placed on the mercy seat and the horns of the altar is a picture of the shed blood of Messiah Yeshua who went into the ‘holy place not made by hands’ and placed His blood once for all for all sin for them that will accept Him and look for His return. (Heb 9) ‘for without the shedding of blood there can be no remission of sin’.

For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it (the blood) to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it, The Blood, that makes atonement for your soul. (Lev 17:11)

For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. (Rom 5:10)

And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring forth the live goat (Azazel): (Lev 16:20)

This second goat – The scapegoat – Azazel – the goat that removes entirely – received all the sins of all Israel and symbolically carried all the sins away from the people. “For He – Messiah Yeshua – became sin, He who knew NO sin, that we might become the righteousness of God through Him. (1 Cor 5:21)

As far as the east is from the west, so has HE – Messiah Yeshua – removed our sins from us . . . to be remembered no more. ( Psalm 103:12)

‘Azazel – total removal’ . . . Messiah Yeshua . . . Jesus the Christ

‘In the volume of the book it is written of Me . . .’

‘Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill’. (Mat 5:17)

For God so loved the world, he sent His Son . . .

Every aspect of Yom Kippur points us to Yeshua of Nazareth, the Promised Messiah of YHVH. .

Shalom

 

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

IS ‘JESUS’ WRONG?

IS ‘JESUS’ WRONG?

Ok . . . here we go . . . case in point . . . On another social media site, we read the posting of a lady of catholic background who, six years earlier, had been witnessed to concerning Jesus and salvation by grace, became born-again and was baptized in water as a new believer. By the wording in her post, you could discern she was also new to the English language.  Now, 6 years into her walk of Salvation, she has been overwhelmed by those on social media telling her ‘the Name’ on which she called – the name ‘Jesus’ – is ‘pagan’ and counterfeit and now, by her own confession, she is more confused than ever.

It has been asked many times why Rhonda and I seem to ‘defend’ teachings of the church, or the use of certain words or names, and at times find fault within our HR camp of believers. We are not here to intentionally defend or find fault with anyone’s teachings or beliefs, but rather we are here to promote proper balance and to disseminate the Truth of The Word and ‘let the chips fall where they may’; not that we desire anyone to get hit by falling chips, but, ‘Iron sharpening Iron’ will always cause some sparks, hopefully creating more Light than heat.

We must always remember, not everything we taught and learned in ‘the church’ was wrong, and not everything we teach and promote in this HR/Messianic/Restoration Camp is correct, and vice versa.  And one of the things none of us ever want to be a part of is sowing seeds of doubt or confusion .

Most of us in this ‘Camp’ came out of ‘the church’ and called upon Jesus to save us from our sins and bring us into relationship with our heavenly Father. And now, in our newly acquired knowledge, we have come to the conclusion that that word – Jesus – is somehow false and pagan and leading people astray. But have we stopped to consider the logical conclusion to that line of thought.

Many years back (when we were much less seasoned in this new walk)  Rhonda and I were asked by a married couple if we would re-baptize them. They were born again, filled with the Spirit and baptized in Jesus’ Name. And now that they understood His ‘True Name’, that desired to be baptized in the Name of Yeshua.  We agreed, but later, after much thought, we regretted the action.

Matthew 28:19 records Yeshua’s Words this way – ‘ . . .baptizing them in the Name of The Father , and The Son and the Holy Spirit.’ We who came out of ‘the church’ understand the phrase ‘The Son’ to be a direct reference to Jesus or Yeshua our Messiah Himself.

Now here’s where it gets sticky. When we bring someone to the point of questioning the validity of their salvation or even believer’s baptism, because of the wrong spelling, pronunciation or language of a word or Name, we have started them down a very slippery and dangerous path. I mean, if my baptism in Jesus’ Name was not valid, well then what about my Salvation and my relationship to our Father? What about my eternity and my sinful past? Are my sins truly forgiven, or, if I die tonight, will I go to hell?

You see, it’s one thing to share with folks about the Hebrew and the Name our Messiah’s Momma potentially called Him and what that Name truly means. But it is another thing altogether to cause someone to doubt their relationship and salvation and potentially cause them to stumble and question or worse to doubt their salvation. Who wants to be responsible for that?

In Luke 17 Yeshua warns the disciples concerning causing ‘the little ones’ to stumble. Not only can that phrase refer to physical children but can it not also be used to refer to ‘babes’ or ‘little ones’ in the Faith? Yeshua said obstacles would come, but woe to those by which these obstacles come. We must be careful what words we speak and how we speak them and when and to whom. Who wants to be responsible for causing someone like this ‘6-year old in the faith’ that we mentioned above to stumble?

It is true that ‘Yeshua’ is an English transliteration of the Hebrew word for the moniker of the promised Messiah of Israel. And as best we can ascertain, it could very well be what His Momma called Him. But His ‘Name’ is much more than merely that word by which He is addressed. His Name is His Power, Majesty, Authority, Reputation, Sovereignty and Legacy.

There are and always will be errors in the teachings of man. The word ‘Jesus’ is not an error. If it is, then what does that say concerning the ‘coming to faith’, Salvation and baptism of the majority of believers?

In Acts 2, it says ‘they (from every nation, tongue and tribe under heaven) all heard in their own language . . .’ Where did the languages come from? They came from our Heavenly Father. (Gen 11:6-10) It is difficult for us to imagine that our Father would create languages without placing a set-apart name within each one of them by which to call on Him.

The Word doesn’t say we must speak Hebrew to call upon Him. It says if we cry out from a broken and contrite heart, He will hear and answer.

For if you confess with your mouth Jesus/Yeshua as Lord, and believe in your heart that God/YHVH raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; 10 for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” (Rom 10:9-11)

Have you called upon His Name? Have you repented of your sins and accepted the fact that Jesus/Yeshua is the only way to our Father and life everlasting? Have you believed in your heart that our Father raised Him from the dead?  Then you shall be saved! HalleluYah & Shalom

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Add to or Take Away from what?

‘Add To or Take Away’ what from what?

As we travel down the road of our faith walk, there are many questions that present themselves along the way that may not seem to have a cut-and-dried, ‘chapter and verse’ answer. And yet, as we study the Scriptures under the tutelage of the Holy Spirit, things can become clear under the light of His presence and the dots begin to ‘connect themselves’. No, we are not advocating ‘reading between the lines’. For since there is nothing ‘between the lines’, that leaves the door open for just about anything to wander in, if you get our drift. But one of those sets of questions that comes up from time to time falls under the heading of ‘Adding to and taking from’.

Adding to or taking away what from what? That might not sound like good grammar, but it is a very legitimate question. Is it ok to keep celebrations that are not expressly commanded? Is it a sin to observe Purim? What about Channukah? Is 4th of July and Thanksgiving evil? What about the secular ‘new year’? Ignoring a birthday or anniversary can cause bodily harm, and what about Mother’s Day and Father’s Day? And of course, the biggie, is it wrong to worship on Sunday? What CAN I do and what actually constitutes, from a Biblically contextual perspective, ‘adding to and taking from’? Well, let’s look at What The Word Says.

First, let’s find the passages that give us this directive. In Deut. 12:22, Moses is giving last minute instructions and reminders to the people of Israel before they enter the Land of promise. He makes this emphatic statement – ‘whatsoever I have commanded you, do it; adding nothing to it nor taking anything away.’ ‘Add to or take from’ what? It should be clear from the passage the subject that is not to be ‘added to or diminished’ is the body of commandments given by God through Moses. Now we see a similar edict in the book of the Revelation, chapter 22, verses 18-19. But as we read this passage, we realize it is specific to the prophecies in this Book of the Revelation. But the shadow of this theme is still present and relevant – ‘do not add to My Word or diminish it’, says our Father. And again the question presents itself – what constitutes adding to or take away?

” So you shall observe to do just as the LORD your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right or to the left.” (Deu 5:32) ” “You shall walk in all the way which the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.” (Deu 5:33) ” “Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the LORD your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it,” (Deu 6:1)

If we take just these passages alone, we see the command to ‘not add to or take away from’ is in direct reference to the body of commandments and directives by God to His people. This is a very simple concept and yet we have somehow complicated it beyond reasonable comprehension. We have expanded this directive to the extreme point of making it ‘unlawful’ and ‘sinful’ if we do anything that is not expressly mandated in Scripture. On the other hand, when we impose and enforce as Scripture, such customs, traditions and practices that are not directed in The Word, we have ‘added to’ and have violated the very Word of God we purport to follow.

For examples . . . is there anything Biblical wrong with worshiping on the first day of the week, or any other day for that matter. The answer is ‘no, it is not wrong’. The error enters in when we attempt to impose and enforce that practice as a Scriptural mandate or present any other day as a substitute for the Biblical sabbath. Therein, we have both added to and taken from. Is there anything Scripturally wrong, sinful, for observing secular or national holidays? As long as these customary celebrations are not pagan in their conception and have not become idolatrous in our observance of them, the Biblical answer to that question is ‘no, it is not a sin’.

‘Sin’ is transgression of God’s Law. (1 John 3:4) If God’s Law does not prohibit a particular practice or custom, then no one else has the right to prohibit or forbid. If God’s Law says something is sinful, we do not have the right to allow or dismiss it as permissible. If a woman chooses to wear a head-covering, there is nothing in Scripture to forbid or prohibit that choice. But when we impose and attempt to enforce that tradition as a Scriptural mandate, we are in error and in violation of The Word. If we desire to acknowledge Purim or Channukah or Thanksgiving or July 4th or Israel’s Independence Day, is that recognition a sin? No . . . unless we require that observance as part of someone’s supposed ‘Biblically mandated walk’ . . . then, that requirement becomes ‘sin’ because we have just ‘added to’ The Word of God. On the other hand, if we condemn and demean folks and past judgment on a person’s motive and agenda and heart for their observance, we have once again violated Scripture.

You know, from a practical standpoint, the Bible does not tell me to brush my teeth, press my clothes, that it is permissible to eat with a fork or drink my tea with a straw. Therefore, because there is not a direct command to do these things, is it a sin to do them? No, it is not. Therefore, it is permissible to do these things. And, on the other side of this coin, if I tell you that in order to be acceptable to our Father, you must do these things, that would be a sin . . . a sin of addition.

The Word is not too hard . . . let’s not make it that way. Shalom

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

We simply report . . .

you read, pray and decide . . .

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/22697

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

SUKKOT 2018

SUKKOT 2018

‘THE DRESS REHEARSAL FOR . . .’

Based on our understanding of both Scripture, the seasons and the ‘lights in the heavens’, our tentative dates for Sukkot/Feast of Tabernacles and The 8th Assembly are from the evening of October 22nd through the evening of October 30th, 2018.

We will again be hosting this ‘backwoods gathering’ at the Kentucky Christian Assembly Camp, just outside Brodhead Ky.

Not only is the recognition and observance of the Biblical Holy Days a part of each believer’s ‘reasonable service’,  there is a revelation, clarity and understanding that only comes in the ‘doing’.

The entirety of the Gospel Message is laid out in the Feasts of The Lord, and in the doing of these mandated events there comes a greater depth of insight into the days in which we find ourselves, end-time events and days that are to come, events and days for which we are actually performing ‘dress rehearsals’ in our physical and spiritual observances of these appointed days/dates.

For more information and to RSVP and register, you can contact us at www.ProdigalMin.com as well as here on social media.

So, as the Day approaches, may we not forsake the assemblies, as has become the habit of some.

Shalom U’Vrachot B’Shem Yeshua –

Peace & Blessings in Yeshua’s/Jesus Name.  Amen

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

WTWS The Power of The Kingdom

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2018 in Uncategorized

 
 
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