Jay Mack :- Jesus Messianic Miracles

Background

As I listened to Ron Cohen discuss Jesus and his Messianic Miracles wanted to dig a bit deeper.

BTW, here is Ron Cohen’s video:

Ron Cohen “Test Every Spirit” ( 1st John 4 ) & Messianic Miracles
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Bible Verse

Isaiah 35:5-7 King James Version ( KJV )
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5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.

7 And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.

The Teaching Ministry of Jay Mack

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Miracles :- Holy Spirit Empowerment versus Messianic

Sometime prior to the birth of Jesus, the ancient rabbis separated miracles into two categories. First were those miracles anyone would be able to perform if they were empowered by the Holy Spirit to do so. The second category of miracles was called messianic miracles, which were miracles only the Messiah would be able to perform. These messianic miracles were taken from Isaiah 35:5-6 because the rabbis understood them to be clearly messianic. Christ did miracles in both categories: general miracles but also messianic miracles. Because of rabbinic teaching that certain miracles would be reserved only for the Messiah to do, whenever He performed a messianic miracle it created a different type of reaction than when He performed other types of miracles.

Occurrences

First Messianic Miracle :- The Healing of a Jewish Leper

Speaking of the coming Messiah, Isaiah wrote: Then will the lame leap like a deer (35:6a). The first messianic miracle was the healing of a Jewish leper. Under the Torah, the only time it was possible for a person to be defiled by a living human body was if he or she touched a leper. Normally, under the Torah, one could only become ceremonially unclean or defiled by touching a dead human body, touching a dead animal’s body, or touching a live unclean animal such as a pig. But the only time defilement came by a living human body was by coming in contact with a leper.

From the time the Torah was completed there was no record of any Jew who had been healed of leprosy. While Miriam was healed of leprosy, this was before the completion of the Torah. Naaman was healed of leprosy, but he was a Syrian Gentile, not a Jew. So, from the time the Torah was completed there was never a case of a Jewish leper being healed.

Leprosy was the one disease that was left out of rabbinic cures; there was no cure for it whatsoever. Yet, Leviticus Chapters 13 and 14 gave the Levitical priesthood detailed instruction as to what they were to do in the case of a leper that was healed. On the day that a leper approached the Levitical priest and said, “I was a leper but now I have been healed,” the Levitical priest was to give an initial offering of two birds. For the next seven days the priests were to intensively investigate the situation and to determine three things. First, was the person really a leper? Secondly, if he or she was a real leper, was he or she really cured of the leprosy? And thirdly, if the leprosy was really gone, what were the circumstances of the healing? If after seven days of investigation they were firmly convinced that the man or woman had been a leper, had been healed of the leprosy, and the circumstances were the proper circumstances, on the eighth day there would be a lengthy series of offerings. Altogether, there were four offerings. First, there was a sin offering; secondly, a guilt offering; thirdly, a burnt offering; and fourthly, a grain offering. Then came the application of the blood of the sin offering upon the healed leper, followed by the application of the blood of the guilt offering upon the healed leper. The ceremony would then end with the anointing of oil upon the healed leper. Although the priesthood had all these detailed instructions as to how they were to respond in the case of a healed leper, they never had the opportunity to put these instructions into use because from the time the Torah was given, no Jew was ever healed of leprosy. As a result, the rabbis taught that only the Messiah would be able to heal a Jewish leper. The healing of a Jewish leper was then classified as the first of the three messianic miracles.

The synoptic gospels detail the account of the healing of a Jewish leper. Matthew and Mark merely state that a man was a leper, but Luke, who by profession was a medical doctor, gave more details. According to Luke 5:12 a man was covered with leprosy. What that means is that the leprosy was then fully developed and it would not be very long before it would take his life. Covered with leprosy that man came to Yeshua and said:
Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean. The leper clearly recognized the authority of Jesus as the Messiah and, therefore, had the to power to heal him. The only question on the part of the leper was the willingness of Jesus to do so. At that point, we read that Jesus touched him and immediately the leprosy left him (Luke 5:13). Then Yeshua ordered him: Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them (Luke 5:14).

Them refers to the priesthood of Israel. Jesus sent that man directly to the priesthood in Jerusalem in order to force them to follow through the commands of Moses in Leviticus Chapters 13 and 14. When that man appeared before them and declared himself to be a cleansed leper, they needed to offer up two birds as a sacrifice that same day. For the next seven days they intensively investigated the situation and discovered three things. First, they discovered that the man had been a leper. Secondly, they discovered that he was perfectly healed of his leprosy. Thirdly, they also discovered that Yeshua of Nazareth was the One who healed him. Immediately the leprosy left him and he was healed (Mark 1:42). Because the rabbis taught that the healing of a leper was a messianic miracle, anyone healing a leper would by that very act claim to be the Messiah himself. Jesus deliberately sent the cleansed leper to the priesthood in order to get the leaders to start investigating His messianic claims and to come to a decision regarding those claims. Was Yeshua an impostor, or was He the Messiah who was offering Israel the Kingdom of the Jewish prophets? Having sent the healed leper to the leadership of Israel, Jesus then withdrew to lonely places and prayed (Luke 5:16). Jesus went into the desert where on an earlier occasion He had fasted and was tempted by Satan. But this time He went into the desert for the purpose of praying. What was He praying about? He was praying for what would happen next. He was praying that the Great Sanhedrin would accept Him as the Messiah.

The Jewish response is found in three of the Gospels. Mark points out that this incident occurred in Capernaum in Galilee, many, many miles from Jerusalem. Yet Luke 5:17 states: One day as Jesus was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for Him to heal the sick. What we do not have here is merely a few Jewish leaders from the town of Capernaum listening to Jesus’ teaching.

Luke’s account very clearly states that these were all of the Jewish leaders that had come together from all over the country (Galilee, Judea and Jerusalem). Why are all these Jewish leaders suddenly having a convention in Capernaum? This was their response to the first messianic miracle. They knew that Yeshua had healed a leper. And they knew what that meant. If Jesus had healed the leper it could very well mean that He was the Messiah. They came from all over Israel to investigate Jesus.

According to Sanhedrin law, if there was any kind of messianic movement, the Sanhedrin had to investigate the situation in two stages. The first stage was called the stage of observation.A delegation was formed to investigate only by way of observation.

They had to observe what was being said, what was being done, and what was being taught. They were not permitted to ask any questions or raise any objections. After a period of observation they were to return to Jerusalem, report to the Sanhedrin and give a verdict: was the movement significant or was the movement insignificant? If the movement was declared to be insignificant, the matter would be dropped. But if the movement was declared to be significant, there would be a second stage of investigation called the stage of interrogation.

In this stage they would interrogate the individual or members of the movement. This time they would ask questions and raise objections to discover whether the claims should be accepted or rejected. This incident records the first stage, the stage of observation. They were there to observe what Jesus was saying and doing. At this point they were not allowed to raise objections or ask questions. Because a messianic miracle had been performed, all the leaders from all over the country had come to Capernaum to perform the stage of observation; to observe what Jesus was saying, doing, and teaching.

 

Paralytic & the Forgiveness of Sins

As Jesus was teaching, four friends of a paralytic tried to get him to Yeshua so that he could be healed. Because all the Jewish leaders were blocking the doorway, they were not able to get in. They climbed onto the roof, made a hole in the roof and lowered the paralytic to the feet of Jesus. At this point, Jesus departed from His normal procedure. On previous occasions He simply proceeded to heal the sick one brought to Him. But here He did something different. When Jesus saw their faith, he said: Friend, your sins are forgiven. Rather than healing the man, He forgave his sins. Jesus had prayed that the leadership of Israel would recognize and accept Him as the Messiah. But right there in Capernaum they started to harden their hearts towards Him. The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, because they couldn’t question Jesus. This was the stage of observation. They could only observe; they were not allowed to raise questions or objections. They began thinking to themselves: Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone (Luke 5:21)? Their theology was absolutely correct. No one could forgive sins except God. Since Jesus declared the prerogative of forgiving sins, it meant one of two things. First, it could mean that He was a blasphemer. But the second possibility was that He was who He claimed to be, the Messiah. It was at this point that Jesus turned to the leaders of the Sanhedrin who were present there that day and questioned them! Which is easier, to say, “Your sins are forgiven”, or to say, “Get up and walk” (Luke 5:22)?

The question was, what is an easier thing for a man to say? Is it easier for someone to say to another, “Your sins are forgiven?” Or, is it easier for someone to say to a paralyzed man, “I’m going to heal you, so get up and walk?” Which is the easier thing to say and which is the harder? The easier thing to say was, “Your sins are forgiven.” That required no tangible outside external and observable evidence. But to state that a paralyzed man was going to be healed was a harder thing to say because that did require external and observable evidence.

Jesus went on to say that He was going to prove that He could say the easier, “Your sins are forgiven,” by performing the harder, healing the paralyzed man. Consequently, he proceeded to heal the paralyzed man. There was instantaneous observable evidence because the man was able to stand up, walk around and even carry his own bed. If Yeshua could say the easier, it meant that He was who He claimed to be, the Messiah.

In response to the first messianic miracle in the healing of a Jewish leper, the intensive investigation of His messianic claims began. They observed Jesus claiming the right to forgive sins. Therefore, He was either a blasphemer or He was the Messiah. It was evident that the leadership of Israel would return to Jerusalem and decree the movement of Yeshua as significant. After this event Jesus began undergoing the second stage of the Sanhedrin investigation, the stage of interrogation. Between the first messianic miracle and the second messianic miracle, everywhere Jesus went a Pharisee was sure to follow. But this time they were no longer silent. They were always asking questions or raising objections. There were trying to find a basis for rejecting His messianic claims.

 

The Second Messianic Miracle :- The Exorcism of a Mute Demon

Between the first messianic miracle, the healing of a Jewish leper, and the second messianic miracle, the leadership of Israel had investigated Jesus. He was interrogated and questioned everywhere He went. The leadership learned several things. The crucial thing they realized was that Jesus simply was not going along with Pharisaic Judaism. But His most important rejection of Pharisaic Judaism was that of the Oral Law, or the tradition of the elders in Matthew 15:2 ( Isaiah 29:13-16 ).

The circumstances of the second messianic miracle are recorded in Matthew 12:22-37 and Mark 3:19-30. Mark reminds us: When His family heard about this, they went to take charge of Him, for they said, He is out of His mind (Mark 3:21).

There seems to be a general recognition by this stage in the gospel accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus that a high point was about to be reached. Even His friends considered the fact that Yeshua needed protection from Himself, because they felt He was bordering on insanity.

Then Jesus was presented with a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and He healed him so that he could both walk and see (Matthew 12:22). The act of throwing out demons was not all that unusual in the Jewish world of that day. Even the Pharisees, rabbis, and their followers had the ability of throwing out demons. But throwing out demons within the framework of Pharisaic Judaism required one to use a specific ritual, which underwent three stages :-

  1. First, the exorcist would have to establish communication with the demon
  2. The exorcist would then have to find out the demon’s name.
  3. Thirdly, after finding out the demon’s name he could, by use of that name, throw the demon out.

There are occasions that Messiah used the Jewish methodology as in Mark 5 where being confronted with a demonic, Jesus asked the question: What is your name? The answer Yeshua received on that occasion was: My name is Legion, for we are many. But there was one kind of demon that caused the person controlled to be mute so he could not speak. Since he could not speak, there was no way of establishing communication with this kind of a demon, no way of finding out this demon’s name. So within the framework of Judaism, it was impossible to throw out a mute demon. The rabbis had taught, however, that when the Messiah came, He would be able to cast out this type of demon. This is the second of the three messianic miracles: the exorcism out of a mute demon.

Isaiah had written that when the Messiah came the mute tongue would shout for joy ( Isaiah 35:6b ). As a result, the throwing out of a mute demon raised quite a stir among the Jewish masses. All the people were astonished and said: Could this be the Son of David? They would ask each other, “Is this the Messiah?” After all, He was doing the very thing that the prophet said the Messiah would do. They never asked this question when Jesus cast out other types of demons. However, when He threw out a mute demon they did raise the question, because they recognized from the teachings of the rabbis that it was a messianic miracle.

However, the Jewish masses have always tended to labor under something called the leadership complex. Whichever way the leaders went, the people were sure to follow. Consistently throughout the TaNaKh, when the king did that which was right in the eyes of ADONAI, the people followed. But when the king did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, the people also followed. Even in this day, when Jewish believers witness to their non-believing friends, they consistently hear the same objection: If Jesus really is the Messiah, then how come our rabbis have not and do not believe in Him? In New Covenant times, because of the stranglehold that Pharisaic Judaism had upon the masses, this leadership complex was extremely strong. So while the Jewish masses were willing to raise the question: Could this be the Son of David? They were not willing to make that decision for themselves. Instead, they looked to their leadership to make that decision for them.

In light of the second messianic miracle, and in light of the questioning by the Jewish masses, the Jewish leaders realized they had to make a public declaration concerning their final decision about Jesus and His messianic claims. They had two options. First, declare Him to be the Messiah in light of all the evidence. The second option was to reject His messianic claims.

If they took the second option and rejected His messianic claims, they also had to explain to the Jewish masses why Jesus was able to perform the very miracles that they had said only the Messiah could perform. The Great Sanhedrin took the second option and declared that He was able to perform such miracles because He was demon possessed.

But when the Pharisees heard this, they said: It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons (Matthew 12:24; Mark 3:22; Luke 11:15-16; John 7:20). They claimed that Jesus Himself was possessed or demonized, not by some common demon but by the prince of demons, Beelzebub. This name is a combination of two Hebrew words that means the Lord of the Flies. The real reason that His claims had been rejected was because He had rejected the Oral Law, but the stated reason for the rejection of Jesus was that He was demon possessed. This action by the leadership of Israel set the stage for Jewish history for the next 2,000 years. To this day Jews believe that Jesus was demon possessed.

Yeshua Messiah responded in two ways. First, He defended Himself with four statements (Matthew 12:25-29) :-

  1. He said this could not be true because it would mean a division in Satan’s kingdom.
  2. Secondly, they themselves recognized that the gift of exorcism was a gift of the Spirit and even their followers were able to throw out demons (although these were not mute demons).
  3. Thirdly, this miracle authenticated the claims and the message of Yeshua of Nazareth.
  4. Fourthly, it showed that Jesus was stronger than the devil rather than being subservient to Satan.

The second response was a condemnation (Matthew 12:30-37). In this condemnation Jesus said that this generation was guilty of the unpardonable sin, blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. Because this sin was exactly what it said it was, unpardonable, judgment was now set against that generation, a judgment that could not be alleviated under any circumstances. It came forty years later in 70 A.D. with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. Exactly what is the unpardonable sin within the context in which it is found? It is not an individual sin, but a national sin. It was committed by the Jewish generation of Jesus’ day and cannot be applied to subsequent Jewish generations. The context of the unpardonable sin was the national rejection by Israel of Jesus as the Messiah while He was present on the grounds of being demon possessed. And because it was a national sin and not an individual sin, people of that day could and did escape that national judgment. Nor is it a sin that anyone can commit today. On this point the Bible is very clear. Regardless of what sin anyone commits today, every sin is forgivable to that individual that will come to God through Yeshua. The nature of the sin is irrelevant; however, for the nation, this sin was unpardonable.

At this point, the ministry of Jesus changed dramatically in four major areas. These four changes can only be understood in light of the commitment of the unpardonable sin in response to the rejection of the second messianic miracle :-

  1. The first change concerned the purpose of His miracles. Before His rejection, the purpose of miracles was to authenticate His Messiahship, but after His rejection they were for the training of His disciples.
  2. The second change concerned the people for whom He performed the miracles. Before His rejection Jesus performed miracles for the benefit of the masses and did not ask for a demonstration of faith, but after, He only performed miracles on the basis of individual need and a demonstration of faith.
  3. The third change concerned the message that He and His disciples gave. Before His rejection when Jesus would perform miracles He would say: Go and tell, but from His rejection on, He would say: Do not tell anyone.
  4. The fourth change concerned His method of teaching. Before His rejection Yeshua taught the masses clearly, but after, He would only teach in parables. The very day that Jesus was rejected He began to speak to them in parables (Matthew 13:1-3, 34-35; Mark 4:34).

It is impossible to understand why His ministry changed in these four areas unless we first understand how critical the unpardonable sin was. The rejection of His Messiahship on the grounds of demon possession was a direct response to the second messianic miracle. Therefore, sufficient light had been given to them. They had rejected the light and no more would be given.

 

The Third Messianic Miracle :- The Healing of a Man Born Blind

Isaiah had written that when the Messiah came, the eyes of the blind would be opened ( Isaiah 35:5 ). The third messianic miracle was the healing of anyone born blind. The rabbis taught that anyone empowered by God could heal someone who simply had gone blind. But when the Messiah came, they said He would be able to heal someone born blind. The details of this third messianic miracle are taken from John 9:1-38.

As Jesus went along, He saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked Him, Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? Neither this man nor His parents sinned, said Jesus, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent Me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I Am the Light of the World (John 9:1-5).

This incident occurred on the Sabbath day as they walked in the streets of Jerusalem and passed by a man who had been born blind. Not only was it the time of the Sabbath, it was also the time of the Feast of Tabernacles, which makes the Sabbath an especially high or holy Sabbath.

The question of the disciples appear to be very strange: Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? Who committed such a terrible sin that this man was born blind? The strangeness in the question is not if this man’s parents sinned and as a result, he was born blind. There is a principle in the Torah that God punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation (Exodus 34:6-7).

To the disciples, it was conceivable that the parents had committed a specific sin and God visited that sin upon their son; therefore, the son was born blind. But that was not the strange part of the question. They also asked: Or was it this man that sinned and then he was born blind? In light of the fact that Judaism did not believe in reincarnation, how could he have first sinned and then be born blind?

The question asked by the disciples actually reflected the theology of the Pharisaic Judaism in which they had been raised. The rabbis taught that a birth defect, such as being born blind, was due to a specific sin, either committed by the parents or committed by the individual. But again, how could an individual have sinned first and then be born blind? The rabbis taught that at the point of conception, the fetus has two inclinations. In Hebrew they are called yetzer hara and yetzer hatov, which means the evil inclination and the good inclination. They believe that these two inclinations are already present within the new human being who has just been conceived in the womb. During that nine-month development within the womb of the mother, there is a struggle going on for control between the two inclinations. And the rabbis would say that it just might have occurred that at one point the evil inclination got the better of the fetus and in a state of animosity or anger towards his mother, he kicked her in the womb. For this act of sin he was born blind. Therefore, the disciples’ question actually reflected the Pharisaic Judaism in which they had been raised. So they asked: Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?

The disciples were guilty of two fallacies. The first fallacy was to accept the Pharisaic teaching that the child could have sinned in the mother’s womb and therefore be born blind. The second fallacy is that a birth defect, such as being born blind, is due to some specific, terrible sin. Jesus dispelled that teaching very quickly saying: Neither this man nor his parents sinned, said Jesus, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. In other words, he was born blind not because of any specific sin committed by his parents or by himself. All physical problems and death are due to Adam’s fall and are a result of the general problem of sin and fallen humanity. However, to say that a specific birth defect, sickness, illness, or injury is always due to some particular sin or a particular demon is false teaching. Jesus clearly dispelled this teaching by saying that this man did not sin, nor did his parents. Quite the contrary, God arranged for this man to be born blind so He could gain the greater glory by accomplishing a great work in his healing.

Having dispelled and corrected the false theology of His own disciples on this point, Jesus then proceeded with the healing. He chose to heal the person in such a way that it was somewhat of a process and at this point, the man never really saw Him. What Yeshua did was to spit on the ground. Mixing the spit with the dirt He made a substance of clay and then smeared the clay on the man’s eyes. He sent the man to the Pool of Siloam (this word means sent) and wash the clay from his eyes and he would be able to see ( John 9:6-7 ).

It is very significant that of all the places Jesus could have sent the man to wash his eyes, He sent him to the Pool of Siloam. This pool was not easy to get to from the main part of Jerusalem, because he had to walk down a sloping hill. This was during the time of the Feast of Tabernacles. During the feast, there was a special ritual called the pouring of the water. In this ritual, the priests came down from the Temple Mount, down to the Pool of Siloam, filled jugs with the water of the Pool of Siloam, marched back up the Temple Mount, and poured the water out into the bronze basin within the Temple compound.

This was followed by great rejoicing. During the Feast of Tabernacles the Pool of Siloam was the center of Jewish attention and had the greatest number of people present who would observe this third messianic miracle.

The man went to the pool of Siloam, washed his eyes, and when he opened them, for the first time in his entire life he could see. Since everyone knew this man and knew he was born blind, this created quite a stir. His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked: Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg? Some claimed that he was. Others said: No, he only looks like him. There was much confusion because many people recognized him to be that same man, but others had a hard time believing that a man who was born blind had actually been healed. Finally, ending the debate he said: I am the man. Then the crowd asked the crucial question: How then were your eyes opened? These were high stakes because everyone knew that this was a messianic miracle. He responded: The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to the pool of Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see. Then they asked him: Where is this man? He said: I don’t know. Remember, when Yeshua sent him away to the pool of Siolam, he was still in a blind state and never saw Jesus. Even now when he was able to see, he still did not know who Jesus was or what He looked like ( John 9:8-12 ).

Then the man is interrogated for the first time ( John 9:13-17 ). Because this was a messianic miracle, the man was taken to the Pharisees for investigation and explanation.

Because Jesus chose to heal the man on a Sabbath day, a stir was created on the part of the masses. The Pharisees knew very well that they must somehow act on this issue. As they began to interrogate the man to discover the circumstances of his being healed of the blindness with which he was born, a division developed among them.

Some of the Pharisees said: This man is not from God, for He does not keep the Sabbath. Because they felt that healing on the Sabbath was a violation of their interpretation of the Torah, so they did not believe that Jesus could be a man of God, let alone the Messiah Himself. But others, even among the Pharisees, were asking the question: How can a sinner do such miraculous signs?

Notice the emphasis, not just upon signs (because false prophets could also perform miracles), but upon such signs, those particular signs, those special messianic miracles. When they asked the man who was born blind and then healed of his blindness what his opinion was about Jesus, the man simply concluded that at the very least He was a prophet. However, according to Pharisaic teaching, though a prophet might be able to do miracles (like Elijah and Elisah certainly did), to do a messianic miracle was not the right of a prophet, but rather the right of the Messiah alone. So the first interrogation of the man did not lead to any specific conclusions.

The possibility of a false claim arose among the Pharisees. “Suppose the whole thing is not true to begin with. What if the man was never born blind and the whole thing is just a trick.” So the parents are interrogated (John 9:18-22). The parents confirmed two things. First, that the man was definitely their son and there was no doubt about it. The second thing they affirmed was that he was born blind. So there was no longer any possibility that there was any type of subversion going on, or that someone was trying to play a trick on the Pharisees. When they asked the parents during the interrogation that if their son was really born blind how was he now able to see, they decided to say nothing more. His parents refused to say anything more because they were afraid of the Jews, for already the Jews had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue (John 9:22). They would be excommunicated, or put out of the synagogue. It was obvious that the parents wanted to believe in Jesus, and perhaps at this point had become secret believers in Yeshua, because they saw that He not only performed a messianic miracle but performed that miracle on their own son!

Excommunication

In Pharisaic Judaism, there were three specific levels of excommunication :-

  1. The first level is called the heziphah, which is simply a rebuke that lasted anywhere from seven to thirty days and was merely disciplinary. It could not be taken unless pronounced by three rabbis. That was the lowest level of excommunication. An example of heziphah is found in First Timothy 5:1.
  2. The second level is called niddui, which means to throw out. It would last a minimum of thirty days or more and was also disciplinary. A niddui had to be pronounced by ten rabbis. An example of this second type is found in Second Thessalonians 3:14-15 and Titus 3:10.
  3. The third and worst type of excommunication is called cherem, which means to be devoted to destruction. This third level was permanent. It means to be unsynagogued, or to be put out of the Temple and to be separated from the Jewish community. The rest of the Jews considered someone under the cherem curse to be dead and no communication of any kind of relationship could be carried on with the person whatsoever. This third type is found in First Corinthians 5:1-7 and Matthew 18:15-20. In extreme cases the cherem judgment would mean death as in found in Joshua 6:18 to 7:26.

The fact that the expression would be put out of the synagogue is used, tells us which level of excommunication the Pharisees had chosen for one who would believe in Jesus as the Messiah. It was the third and most severe level, the cherem – to be unsynagogued, to be put out, and to be considered as dead to the Jewish community. So the Pharisees were threatening Jewish believers with not only a rebuke, or merely being thrown out temporarily, but being put out permanently. Because the parents knew what the Pharisees had decreed concerning belief in Yeshua Messiah, that the third level of excommunication would be used, they chose not to make any further comments. That was why his parents said: He is of age; ask him (John 9:23). They would only confirm two things: that he was their son, and that he was born blind. Therefore, the interrogation of the parents, as the first interrogation of the man, also ends inconclusively.

This led to a second interrogation of the man (John 9:24-25). During that time, the Pharisees began to lose their sense of logic. They called him in for the second time and said to him: Give glory to God; we know this man is a sinner. Notice how illogical this statement is. “Praise the Lord,” they said, “because we know so-and-so is a sinner.” But this is not something to praise God for. It is a sad thing when people commit specific acts of sin. The Pharisees, however, were so beside themselves over Jesus’ healing that they were no longer able to think straight. At that point, the man that had been healed was able to keep somewhat calm and exercise some degree of control. He said: Whether He is a sinner or not, I don’t know. But one thing I do know. I was blind, but now I see. The statement he made was not just a statement of fact; it was a challenge to the Pharisees, one that they had to answer. What he was saying to them between the lines was this, “I was a man who was born blind, not simply a man who went blind. You are the ones who taught me that only the Messiah would be able to heal someone like me. Well, a man named Jesus healed me. So I would think you would want to proclaim Him to be Israel’s Messiah. Instead you call Him a sinner. Then he said to them: Whether He is a sinner or not, I don’t know, but one thing I do know. I was blind but now I see. Please explain this to me!

The Pharisees took up the challenge and asked him two questions: What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes? The healed man had already explained to the Pharisees more than once, so he responded to them by saying: I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become His disciples, too? Of course, that was not a very smart thing to say to them because that was the last thing they were interested in. At that point, he was no longer being tactful.

They replied in kind, and hurled insults at him. They began to mock him, saying: You are this fellow’s disciple! But we are disciples of Moses! We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where He comes from. The implication was that ADONAI did not speak to Jesus, so to be a disciple of Moses was far superior to being a disciple of Jesus. But the man would not keep silent. He went on to answer: Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where He came from, yet He opened my eyes. He went on to remind them of their own theology. We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does His will. Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind (in other words, this was a messianic miracle). If this man were not from God, he could do nothing. To this the Pharisees replied: You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us! And they threw him out ( John 9:26-34 ).

There are records of the healings of people who went blind, but not one record of someone who was born blind. This was a messianic miracle from 35:5, and for the first time in all of human history it was performed. The man simply said to the Pharisees that they had no basis or grounds for rejecting the messiahship of Jesus. The Pharisees responded: You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us! And they threw him out. The man was excommunicated.

Lastly, that man born blind experienced not only a physical healing, but also a spiritual healing. Jesus heard that he had been put out of the Temple and found him. The Messiah approached the man and asked him: Do you believe in the Son of Man? The man answered: And who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him? Remember, the man had not yet seen Jesus. You have now seen Him; in fact, He is the One speaking with you. Then he said: Lord, I believe, and he worshiped Him and was born again (John 9:38).

The result of the first messianic miracle was the intensive investigation of His messiahship. The result of the second messianic miracle was the decree that Jesus was not the Messiah on the basis of demon possession. And the result of the third messianic miracle was that anyone who believed in Jesus as their Messiah would be put out of the Temple and disfellowshiped.

 

Abundance of Water

When the Messiah returns there will be an abundance of water. Water will gush forth in the (Negev) wilderness and streams in the ( ‘Aravah ) desert ( Isaiah 35:6b ). The Negev is now a sandy desert that cannot produce. It has good soil; the problem is the lack of water. But that will not be a problem in the Millennial Kingdom. Some people say that today Israel is making the desert bloom like the rose (even though the Bible does not have the word rose in it). But whoever has said that has never been to the deserts of Israel. The Negev is still unproductive today. The northern area that is productive never was desert, but merely swamps that needed to be drained. The ‘Aravah has the same problem now, which is a lack of water. But in the Millennial Kingdom the ground will produce pools of water.

Not only that, but the burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay in Babylon and Edom, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow ( Isaiah 35:7 ). The way of man is to make the inhabited world unlivable; the way of the LORD is to take the barren world and make it plentiful.

 

Dedicated

Dedicated to Jay Mack and his ministry.

Yad Vashem – A Monument and a Name

 

Salvation

Isaiah 56:4-6

…For this is what the LORD says: “To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths, who choose what pleases Me and hold fast to My covenant—

I will give them, in My house and within My walls, a memorial and a name better than that of sons and daughters. I will give them an everlasting name that will not be cut off.

And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD to minister to Him, to love the name of the LORD, and to be His servants—all who keep the Sabbath without profaning it and who hold fast to My covenant—…

Created for Glory / Formed and Made

Isaiah 43:7-8

everyone called by My name and created for My glory,

whom I have indeed formed and made.

Bring out a people who have eyes but are blind,

and who have ears but are deaf.

Videos

  1. Portland Men’s Society for Documentaries and Debate-PMSDD
    • PMSDD History Of Judaism Part 1
      Link
    • PMSDD History Of Judaism Part 2
      Link

 

Indepth

History Of Judaism – Part 1

  1. 400-BC
    • Ezra, The Scribe
    • Jerusalem must be rebuilt
    • Believe in one God
    • Voted Religious leader
    • Torah was created
  2. Torah
    • First 5 books of the Bible
    • Began more than 3000 years ago
      • Exodus
      • I have seen the oppression that Pharaoh kept them
  3. Egypt
    • 400 years
  4. History
    • Unit
      • Not Just Individual, but collection of Individuals
    • Freedom
      • Not just Israel but everyone
    • Monotheism
      • No stature, No Image
      • Only 1 God
    • Law
      • Out of bondage
    • Test
      • No enough water or food
      • Each day is a test
  5. Circumcision
    • 8 Days after birth
  6. Exodus
    • Literal Critique
    • Fall of Canaan
      • Long fall and not immediate, and so not war
  7. Torah
    • Regulation
      • 613 injunctions
    •  Reward
      • Security & Strength
  8. Kings
    • Saul
    • David
      • Jerusalem
        • David conquered Jebusite land
        • Renamed Jerusalem
  9.  Temple
    • David
      • David forbade
        • Blood on your hands
    • Solomon
  10. 8th Century
    • El
      • Bull God
    • Ashe-rah
      • God’s wife
  11. Prophets
    • Jeremiah
  12. King
    • Ezekiel
  13. Babylon ( Nebuchadnezzar )
    • 587 BC
    • King
      • Nebuchadnezzar
    • Divided
      • Royalty
        • taken as slaves to Babylon
      •  Simple
        • Stay
        • Migrate to Egypt
    • Songs
      • By waters of Babylon, we sat down and
  14. Persian
    • 539 BC
    • King
      • Cyrus, Persian King
  15. Ezra and the return from Babylon
    • Torah
      1. reinforce
      2. Without King
    • material
      • Only made of living object
      • Sing in honor
      • decorative velvet
    • identity
      • Law
        • Deuteronomy
      • History
        • Ethnic  Boundary
        • 240 BC
  16. 232 BC
    • Greek Conquest
      • Alexander the Great
  17. 178 BC
    • More Greek Activity
  18. 164 BC
    • Macabre
      • Judas
      • 3rd Month of Jewish Calendar
      • For 200 years Macabre ruled
  19. 66 BC
    • Rome conquered Israel
    • Integrated into Syria
    • Rulers
      • Herod the Great
        • Rome client through Charm
        • Nice
          • Floor Heating
          • Painted walls
        • New Temple
        • Herod did get to see the Temple’s dedication
        • Herod died 200 years before Temple’s completion
  20. New Messiah
    • Birth of a new Religion
    • Crucification
    • Early Christians did not blame Rome, but Jews
  21. Flavius Josephus, Jewish Writer
  22. West Walls
  23. Songs
    • Psalm
      • If I forget Jerusalem
  24. Titus
  25. Johannes Ben Josef
    • No more animal sacrifice
    • Synagogue
  26. 135 AD
    • Judea Captured
    • City renamed Syria Palestinian
    • Refugee
      • The last are in every city on this earth
  27. Mishnah, Oral Tradition
    • Oral Torah
      Link
    • Once people of the temple, now people of the writing
  28. Babylonian Torah, Talmud
    • 6000 years
  29. 6000
    • Mohammed
    • Islam
    • 600 CE
    • Empire
      • North Africa
    • Jews
      • Children of Book
      • Can not bear arms
    • Capital
      • Baghdad
  30. 711
    1. Islam reaches Rome
  31. Seppadim, Spain
    • Jews welcome Muslims
    • Hope for help against Christians
    • Moses to Moses
  32. 8th century
    • Mosque
    • Caliph
    • Here with us, Moses will say

 

Congregation of YHWH, Jerusalem

 

Background

The Church has taken on so many roles lately.

It is interesting to see which ones line up with those whom are called by God.

 

Videos

  1. Messianic Signs 2 The Suffering Messiah
    Video

 

Indepth

Messianic Signs 2 – The Suffering Messiah

How Messiah learns from Yahweh…


 

Passages

Isaiah 50 ( verses 4 thru 8 )

  1. The Lord God has given me
        the tongue of those who are taught,
    that I may know how to sustain with a word
        him who is weary. ( Isaiah 50-4a )
  2. Morning by morning he awakens;
        he awakens my ear
        to hear as those who are taught.  ( Isaiah 50-4b )
  3. The Lord God has opened my ear,
        and I was not rebellious;
        I turned not backward. ( Isaiah 50-5 )
  4. I gave my back to those who strike,
        and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard;
    I hid not my face
        from disgrace and spitting. ( Isaiah 50-6 )
  5. But the Lord God helps me;
        therefore I have not been disgraced;  ( Isaiah 50-7 )
  6. He who vindicates me is near.
    Who will contend with me?
        Let us stand up together.
    Who is my adversary?
        Let him come near to me.  ( Isaiah 50-8 )
  7. Who among you fears the Lord
    and obeys the voice of his servant?  ( Isaiah 50-10 )
  8. Behold, all you who kindle a fire,
        who equip yourselves with burning torches!
    Walk by the light of your fire,
        and by the torches that you have kindled!
    This you have from my hand:
        you shall lie down in torment.  ( Isaiah 50-11 )

Luke 2:49-51

  1. And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
    And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them.
    And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them.
    And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart ( Luke 2 49-51)

 

2nd Timothy 3:2

  1. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy2nd Timothy 3:2 )

 

Qumran – Dead Sea Scrolls
Christ’s Atonement

  1. Suffering Messiah
    • .. his Wisdom [will be great.] He will make atonement for all the children of his generation. He will be sent to all the sons of
    • his [generation]. His word shall be as the word of Heaven and his teaching shall be according to the will of God. His eternal sun shall burn brilliantly.
    • The fire shall be kindled in all the corners of the earth. Upon the Darkness it will shine. Then the Darkness will pass away
    • [from] the earth and the deep Darkness from the dry land. They will speak many words against him. There will be many [lie].
    • They will invent stories about him. They will say shameful things about him. He will overthrow his evil generation
    • and there will be [great wrath]. When he arises there will be Lying and violence, and the people will wander astray [in] his days and be confounded.

Philippians 2:1-4
Christ’s Example of Humility

  1. So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,
    complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
    Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others ( Philippians 2:1-4)

Isaiah 53
Suffering Messiah

  1. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
    yet he opened not his mouth;
    like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
    and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
    so he opened not his mouth.By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
    and as for his generation, who considered
    that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
    stricken for the transgression of my people?
    ( Isaiah 53:7-8 )
  2. when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
    he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
    the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.  ( Isaiah 53:10 )
  3. And makes intercession for the transgressors. ( Isaiah 53:12 )

 

John 17
The High Priestly Prayer

 

  1. Link
    I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,
    that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,
    I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.”  ( John 17:20-24 )

Summary

Learning teaches Messiah Patience, Obedience, and faithfulness – Congregation of YHWH, Jerusalem.

Whom not to learn from

  1. Your favorite prosperity preacher
  2. The show guy on TV or YouTube
    • Hawking DoomsDay food
    • Conspiracy Theory chaser
    • Calling out everybody else
    • Head far from covered, “hulling curses on everyone else

 

What not to learn

There are foundational and directly applicable words in the Bible and so these are not areas that we can pretend the Bible is silent on:

  1. …not to be easily disconcerted or alarmed by any spirit or message or letter presuming to be from us and alleging that the day of the Lord has already come.
    Let no one deceive you in any way, for it will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness (the son of destruction) is revealed.… ( 2 Thessalonians 2:2 )
  2. No one has ascended into heaven except the One who descended from heaven — the Son of Man. ( John 3:13 )
  3. Dominion Theology
    • Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”  ( John 18:36 )
  4. Signs & Wonders
    • Observable Signs
      • When asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God will not come with observable signs.
      • Nor will people say, ‘Look, here it is,’ or ‘There it is.’   ( Luke 17:20 )
    • Do not go out or chase after them
      • Then He said to the disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.
        People will tell you, ‘Look, there He is,’ or ‘- Here He is.’ Do not go out or chase after them.
        For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other, so will be the Son of Man in His day.… ( Luke 17:22 )

 

Discernment

  1. Here is a call for the endurance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.
    ( Revelation 14:12 )
  2. Jesus Our Advocate
    …He Himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours alone, but also for the sins of the whole world.
    By this we can be sure that we have come to know Him: if we keep His commandments.
    If anyone says, “I know Him,” but does not keep His commandments, he is a liar, and the truth is not in him.… ( 1st John 2:3 )
  3. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers.
    The one who does not love remains in death.
    Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that eternal life does not reside in a murderer.… ( 1st John 3:14 )

 

Closing

I think sometimes people emphasis one aspect of their ministry over another.

But, it is obvious, easy, and in fact straightforward to inspect whether it is a ministry of Love.

Though it may seem out of place, but in the days, weeks, months and years ahead you will ask yourself how people love you… And, prayerfully you will find out, either way, which ways — Even if like Sam Smith,  you will have to find out through “man made teachings and boundaries” { Not in that way – Link }

Though we live in Laodicea, lukewarm still gets spitted out.

Wale, already responded when called out as one of the false prophets, “layaway effort” shouldn’t guise no one.

Timothy Keller – 2017/Summer

Teachings

  1. The One God uses
    • Videos
      • YouTube
        • TIM KELLER || THE ONE GOD USES||NEW SERMON 2017
          Channel :- Reformed Gospel Audio
          Published On :- 2017-September-28th
          Link
        • YouTube
          Published On :- 2017-August-10th
          Link
  2. TIM KELLER 2017 – An Immigrant’s Courage
    • Videos
      • YouTube
        • TIM KELLER 2017 – An Immigrant’s Courage
          Channel :- Christian Voice
          Published On :- 2017-August-26th
          Added On :- 2017-Oct-23th
          Added On :- 2018-April-11th
          Link
        • TIM KELLER 2017 – An Immigrant’s Courage (POWERFUL SERMON 2017)
          Published On :- 2017-July-4th
          Link
  3. A World of Idols | Timothy Keller
    Sermon :- Acts 17:16-34

    • YouTube
      Published On :- 2017-August-7th
      Link

 

Indepth

The One God Uses

  1. The calling of God
    • Divine Call
      • Being
      • Doing
  2. Apprentice of 18 years
  3. Prophetic of 30 years

 

An Immigrant’s Courage

  1. Deuteronomy 23
    • “No Ammonite or Moabite may enter the assembly of the Lord. Even to the tenth generation, none of them may enter the assembly of the Lord forever,
      because they did not meet you with bread and with water on the way, when you came out of Egypt, and because they hired against you Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse you.
      But the Lord your God would not listen to Balaam; instead the Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the Lord your God loved you.
      You shall not seek their peace or their prosperity all your days forever. ( Deuteronomy 23:3-6 )
    • “You shall not abhor an Edomite, for he is your brother. You shall not abhor an Egyptian, because you were a sojourner in his land.
      Children born to them in the third generation may enter the assembly of the Lord. ( Deuteronomy 23:7)
  2. Barren Woman
    • “Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child; Break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed; For the sons of the desolate one will be more numerous Than the sons of the married woman,” says the LORD. ( Isaiah 54:1 )
    • …But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.
      For it is written: “Rejoice, O barren woman, who bears no children; break forth and cry aloud, you who have never travailed; because more are the children of the desolate woman, than of her who has a husband.”
      Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of the promise.… ( Galatians 4:26-28 )

A World of Idols

  1. Gehazi’s Greed and Leprosy
    …Naaman said, “If not, please let your servant at least be given two mules’ load of earth; for your servant will no longer offer burnt offering nor will he sacrifice to other gods, but to the LORD.
    “In this matter may the LORD pardon your servant: when my master goes into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leans on my hand and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, when I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, the LORD pardon your servant in this matter.”
    He said to him, “Go in peace.” So he departed from him some distance.… ( 2 Kings 5:17-19 )

Sermons & Discussions – 2017/June

Sermons

  1. Jacob Prasch
    • Isaiah’s Sons and Last Days Obsession with Conspiracy Theories
      Published On :- 2017-May-31st
      Link

 

Indepth

Isaiah’s Sons and Last Days Obsession with Conspiracy Theories – Jacob Prasch

  1. Parallels between last days of Southern & Northern Kingdom
    • 585 / 586 BC :- Judah
    • 720 / 721 BC :- Samaria
  2. Pesca” Interpretation
  3. 2 Comings
    • Cosmo Sign
    • Roman Emperor
      1. Assign numbers to control known world
      2. Economic Control of known world
      3. In Israel to be deceived
  4. First Son :- Isaiah 7:10-17 ESV
    Link
  5. Second Son :- Isaiah 8:6-7 ( ESV )
    Link
  6. Third Son :- Isaiah 9:6-7 ( ESV )
    Link
  7. Third Son :- Isaiah 9:6-7 ( ESV )
  8. It is written as an instruction to us
    • Now these things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.
      So the one who thinks he is standing firm should be careful not to fall.…
      ( 1 Corinthians 10:11 )
    • This will be written for the generation to come, That a people yet to be created may praise the LORD.
      ( Psalm 102:18 )
  9. Gird yourselves, and be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and be broken in pieces!
    • ( Isaiah 8:9 )
  10. A Call to Fear God
    • For thus the LORD spoke to me with mighty power and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying,
    • “You are not to say, It is a conspiracy!’ In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy, And you are not to fear what they fear or be in dread of it.
    • “It is the LORD of hosts whom you should regard as holy. And He shall be your fear, And He shall be your dread.…
      ( Isaiah 8:11-13 )
  11. And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.
    Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
    And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.
    Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.
    ( Isaiah 8:15-18 )

    • House of Jacob
      • Eterocentric
      • Always to the Jews
    • Israel
      • Can be applied to Church
  12. To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
    • ( Isaiah 8:20 )
  13. And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.
    • ( Isaiah 8:22 )
  14. Discernment
    • Watchtower
      • I will climb up to my watchtower
        and stand at my guardpost.
        There I will wait to see what the Lord says
        and how he will answer my complaint.
        ( Habakkuk 2: 1 )
      • Then the Lord said to me,“Write my answer plainly on tablets,
        so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.
        This vision is for a future time.
        It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled.
        If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently,
        for it will surely take place.
        It will not be delayed.
        ( Habakkuk 2: 2-3 )
  15. To the Law and Testimony
    • Whenever the Lord gives a prophecy it must agree with what is already written in the scriptures
  16. Communication with the Dead
    • When God allows it
      • Saul/Samuel
        • Sign of Judgement on Saul
  17. School for Prophets?
  18. Todd Bentley
    • Female Angel
      • Todd Bentley “Emma..another experience”
        Link

        • Work up this morning and said “God why Lakeland?”
        • God says I want to give you an outpouring
        • I said I like California more than Florida
        • Those healing angel you saw in Heaven
          • Those healing Angels have come down
        • Gods says I want to release Healing
        • God is reading
        • Over 100 healing pools of Bathsheda
        • Spokane Washington
          • George G. Lake
          • Healing Room
          • Over 100,000 signs and wonders
          • Hospitals shut down because of the Healing Revival
      • Todd Bentley – Emma The Angel – “Lyin’ to My Face”
        Link

Kanaan Ministries ( South Africa – SA )

Narrator

Amanda Buys, Kanaan Ministries, South Africa, is the instructor.

 

Discussions

  1. Captive Spirit
    • The following is an extract from the latest course ACTS (Advanced Counsellors Training School). For the complete course – there are 23 DVDs and 3 manuals, which can be purchased from our office, please contact our office:
    • Parts
      • Captive Spirit – Part 1
        Published On : 2016-May-27th
        Link
      • Captive Spirit – Part 2
        Link
      • Captive Spirit – Part 3
        Link
  2. Foundational Understanding of Mind Control
    • Foundational Understanding of Mind Control – Part 1
      Published on :- 2016-May-30th
      Link
  3. SRA / Dissociative Identity Disorder ( DID ) Advanced Training Sessions
    • SRA / DID Advanced Training Sessions 1 – 3
      Added On: 2017-Jan-16
      Link
  4. Neshamah – Journey to Freedom
    • Amanda Buys, Kanaan Ministries, South Africa, is the instructor in this video seminar on the Neshamah and is supplemental to the teaching “Understanding Neshamah in Counseling DID/SRA”. It was recorded in January of 2013.
      Published On :- 2013-Sep-27
      Link

InDepth

Captive Spirit

Captive Spirit Part 1

  1. The enemy comes against the Counselor and places fear in his heart and mind
    • Every new level comes with his own level of intimation
    • Balance between Faith and Fear
  2. Isaiah 42:22
    • But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.
  3. Wound Type
    • It is a Spirit wound [ Segment 11 ]
      • It is not just a soul wound
      • Once it gets into captivity, it is both a Soul and Spirit wound
  4. The Captive in the Tower
    • The enemy takes advantage of these moments of great suffering and trauma to capture a fragment/piece of us and takes us prisoners in his kingdom
    • When a person suffers from intense trauma, regions of fear capture his spirit and soul
  5. In her youth, she suffered through an alcoholic father
    • She built a stronghold
    • Others those it was just stubbornness

Captive Spirit Part 2

  1. Lord, I repent that I did not run to you
    • Proverbs 18:10
      • He also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who destroys.
        The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.
        A rich man’s wealth is his strong city, And like a high wall in his own imagination.…The name of the Lord is a strong tower

Captive Spirit Part 3

  1. Lies of the Evil one
    • Isaiah 28:16-18
      • A Cornerstone in Zion
        …Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed.
        He who believes in it will not be disturbed.
        I will make justice the measuring line And righteousness the level; Then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies And the waters will overflow the secret place.
        Your covenant with death will be canceled, And your pact with Sheol will not stand;”
  2. Repeated Transgressions
    • Prisons of Sin
      • Sexual Immorality

 

SRA / Dissociative Identity Disorder ( DID ) Advanced Training Sessions

  1. Now people can say that I have prayed, but how do they live
  2. The physical traits of the fruit can be there and exists, but how is being expressed
    • They can be pray
    • But how does that person live?
  3. Really have to live and pray
  4. The way we live is a testament to God’s ability to change lives
  5. It is not just about sitting in Church every Sunday and making sure that I keep that sit…
    • That is a joke
    • That is playing a Church
  6. Am I changing the community around me
  7. Am I there for my neighbor
  8. It does not matter what my skin color is
  9. It does not matter what my Political Party is
  10. Checked
    •  I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming, and he has no claim on Me. ( John 14:30 )
  11. Anointing
    • If you want Authority before the Lord, it is based “On how are you Living
    • It does not mean my gifts
      • I can be very gifted, but not have any anointing

 

Screen Shots

Fruit of the Spirit

Definition ( Segment Part 1 – 25th Minute )

definitionoffruitofspirit

Anointing Is

anointing

 

Matthew Parris – As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God

Prelude

Back in March 2014, I listened in on a Ravi Zacharias, Michael Ramsden, and Nabeel Qureshi discussion at University of Uppsala ( Universitetshuset), Sweden.

Here are links to the  RZIM’s videoes:

Everyone knows these guys dig deep.  Here are some of what was shared:

Ravi Zacharias:

  • Laws
    • Moses gave 613 laws
    • David took the 613 and reduce it to 15
    • Isaiah reduced it to 11
    • Micah reduced it to 3  – “What does the Lord require of you ? But to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God”
    • One would have thought Jesus will reduce it to 1, he didn’t. He reduced it to 2 — “Love the Lord your God and love your neighbor as yourself on these 2 commandments stood all the laws”
  • Discipline your prayer life
  • An expenditure of words without an income of ideas will lead to conceptual bankruptcy
  • Learn how to define pleasure
  • Live in such a way that you will draw lines that you will not cross

Here is another of Ravi’s take on Mosaic Laws and how different Kings and Prophets have interpreted it:

Interpreting Failures, Conserving Victories
http://library.generousgiving.org/articles/display.asp?id=150

When you read the law of Moses, there are 613 precepts there. If you go 500 years past Moses to King David and read Psalm 15, those 613 are reduced to eleven. If you go a bit further to Isaiah, he reduces the number to six. A little later the prophet Micah reduces them to three: to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. Later still, the prophet Habakkuk reduces them to just one: the just shall live by faith. And the New Testament writers repeat that one command three times over. The whole moral law is reduced to one statement: your faith in the living God. (And if you want to unpack it further, you can read James to see what faith really looks like.)

In the same video series, there is a short but important mention of Loyal D. Rue’s work.  Please refer to the Reference section and follow the link to get a summarized read on Loyal’s work.

At the end of the 2nd video, Michael Ramsden spoke about Matthew Parris’ dated opinion piece.

Matthew Parris

Here is Matthew Parris Opinion piece:

Matthew Parris: As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God
By TIMES ONLINE

Added: Wednesday, 07 January 2009 at 4:00 PM


http://old.richarddawkins.net/articles/3502-matthew-parris-as-an-atheist-i-truly-believe-africa-needs-god

Before Christmas I returned, after 45 years, to the country that as a boy I knew as Nyasaland. Today it’s Malawi, and The Times Christmas Appeal includes a small British charity working there. Pump Aid helps rural communities to install a simple pump, letting people keep their village wells sealed and clean. I went to see this work.

It inspired me, renewing my flagging faith in development charities. But travelling in Malawi refreshed another belief, too: one I’ve been trying to banish all my life, but an observation I’ve been unable to avoid since my African childhood. It confounds my ideological beliefs, stubbornly refuses to fit my world view, and has embarrassed my growing belief that there is no God.

Now a confirmed atheist, I’ve become convinced of the enormous contribution that Christian evangelism makes in Africa: sharply distinct from the work of secular NGOs, government projects and international aid efforts. These alone will not do. Education and training alone will not do. In Africa Christianity changes people’s hearts. It brings a spiritual transformation. The rebirth is real. The change is good.

I used to avoid this truth by applauding – as you can – the practical work of mission churches in Africa. It’s a pity, I would say, that salvation is part of the package, but Christians black and white, working in Africa, do heal the sick, do teach people to read and write; and only the severest kind of secularist could see a mission hospital or school and say the world would be better without it. I would allow that if faith was needed to motivate missionaries to help, then, fine: but what counted was the help, not the faith.

But this doesn’t fit the facts. Faith does more than support the missionary; it is also transferred to his flock. This is the effect that matters so immensely, and which I cannot help observing.

First, then, the observation. We had friends who were missionaries, and as a child I stayed often with them; I also stayed, alone with my little brother, in a traditional rural African village. In the city we had working for us Africans who had converted and were strong believers. The Christians were always different. Far from having cowed or confined its converts, their faith appeared to have liberated and relaxed them. There was a liveliness, a curiosity, an engagement with the world – a directness in their dealings with others – that seemed to be missing in traditional African life. They stood tall.

At 24, travelling by land across the continent reinforced this impression. From Algiers to Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and the Central African Republic, then right through the Congo to Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya, four student friends and I drove our old Land Rover to Nairobi.

We slept under the stars, so it was important as we reached the more populated and lawless parts of the sub-Sahara that every day we find somewhere safe by nightfall. Often near a mission.

Whenever we entered a territory worked by missionaries, we had to acknowledge that something changed in the faces of the people we passed and spoke to: something in their eyes, the way they approached you direct, man-to-man, without looking down or away. They had not become more deferential towards strangers – in some ways less so – but more open.

This time in Malawi it was the same. I met no missionaries. You do not encounter missionaries in the lobbies of expensive hotels discussing development strategy documents, as you do with the big NGOs. But instead I noticed that a handful of the most impressive African members of the Pump Aid team (largely from Zimbabwe) were, privately, strong Christians.

€Privately,€ because the charity is entirely secular and I never heard any of its team so much as mention religion while working in the villages. But I picked up the Christian references in our conversations. One, I saw, was studying a devotional textbook in the car. One, on Sunday, went off to church at dawn for a two-hour service.

It would suit me to believe that their honesty, diligence and optimism in their work was unconnected with personal faith. Their work was secular, but surely affected by what they were. What they were was, in turn, influenced by a conception of man’s place in the Universe that Christianity had taught.

There’s long been a fashion among Western academic sociologists for placing tribal value systems within a ring fence, beyond critiques founded in our own culture: “theirs” and therefore best for Anathema€; authentic and of intrinsically equal worth to ours.

I don’t follow this. I observe that tribal belief is no more peaceable than ours; and that it suppresses individuality. People think collectively; first in terms of the community, extended family and tribe. This rural-traditional mindset feeds into the €œbig mana€ and gangster politics of the African city: the exaggerated respect for a swaggering leader, and the (literal) inability to understand the whole idea of loyal opposition.

Anxiety – fear of evil spirits, of ancestors, of nature and the wild, of a tribal hierarchy, of quite everyday things – strikes deep into the whole structure of rural African thought. Every man has his place and, call it fear or respect, a great weight grinds down the individual spirit, stunting curiosity. People won’t take the initiative, won’t take things into their own hands or on their own shoulders.

How can I, as someone with a foot in both camps, explain? When the philosophical tourist moves from one world view to another he finds – at the very moment of passing into the new – that he loses the language to describe the landscape to the old. But let me try an example: the answer given by Sir Edmund Hillary to the question: Why climb the mountain? €œBecause it’s there, he said.

To the rural African mind, this is an explanation of why one would not climb the mountain. It’s… well, there. Just there. Why interfere? Nothing to be done about it, or with it. Hillary’s further explanation – that nobody else had climbed it – would stand as a second reason for passivity.

Christianity, post-Reformation and post-Luther, with its teaching of a direct, personal, two-way link between the individual and God, unmediated by the collective, and unsubordinate to any other human being, smashes straight through the philosophical/spiritual framework I’ve just described. It offers something to hold on to to those anxious to cast off a crushing tribal group-think. That is why and how it liberates.

Those who want Africa to walk tall amid 21st-century global competition must not kid themselves that providing the material means or even the know-how that accompanies what we call development will make the change. A whole belief system must first be supplanted.

And I’m afraid it has to be supplanted by another. Removing Christian evangelism from the African equation may leave the continent at the mercy of a malign fusion of Nike, the witch doctor, the mobile phone and the machete.

References

References – Noble Lie

References – Matthew Parris