Lance Lambert of Blessed Memory

Videos

  1. The Cost of Intercession by Lance Lambert
    • Profile
      • Lance Lambert, of blessed memory, speaks at one of The Jerusalem Channel’s conferences on the cost of being an intercessor for Israel and the nations.
    • Videos

 

In-depth

The Cost of Intercession by Lance Lambert

  1. Intercessor
    • The word intercession has been greatly devalued
    • Many people come to me claiming that they are an intercessor
    • Many people are in prayer
  2. Real Intercessor
    • An intercessory is the deepest prayer
    • Journey to the throne of God
  3. World
    • This world is essentially a Spiritual World
    • You can not see Satan, but he exists
  4. Soul Versus Spiritual
    • It is not a spiritual thing
    • It is a soul thing
  5. Real Intercessory
    • Begins when God Reveals his mind
      • Abraham
        • I will destroy this nation, Sodom
      • Moses
        • I will destroy these people
  6. What is the mystery
    • Why
      • Why do we have to pray into it when God has said he will do it
      • We are a load of  Problems
      • Why do we have to be mindful
    • It is a good Question, and I
      • If you do not pray, I will not answer
      • If you do not intercede, I will not fulfill my purpose
    • Reasons
      • God seeks fellowship
      • Come into a place where we can read the mind of God
      • Educated and Trained for Eternal Purpose

Hearing Voices

Background

Again this is an area I will rather not cover, but may the Lord hide each of us.

Hearing Voices

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Bible Verses

  1. Peter
    • “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat.
      But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” ( Luke 22:31-34 )
  2. A Song of Trust in God’s Provision
    • Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut your doors behind you. Hide yourselves a little while until the wrath has passed. ( Isaiah 26:20 )
    •  The earth will reveal her bloodshed and no longer conceal her slain.… ( Isaiah 26:20 )
  3. Job
    • If only You would hide me in Sheol and conceal me until Your anger passes. If only You would appoint a time for me and then remember me. ( Job 14:13 )
  4. Call to Repentance
    • Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth, who carry out His justice. Seek righteousness; seek humility. Perhaps you will be sheltered on the Day of the LORD’s anger. ( Zephaniah 2:3 )
  5. Slumber & Sleep
    • Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. ( Psalm 121:4 )
  6. One Spirit
    •  For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

 

Priestly Help

  1. The rest of the oil in his palm, the priest is to put on the head of the one to be cleansed, to make atonement for him before the LORD. ( Leviticus 14:18 )
  2. And the priest shall make atonement before the LORD on behalf of the person who erred by sinning unintentionally; and when atonement has been made for him, he will be forgiven. ( Numbers 15:28 )
  3. Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.… ( Hebrew 2:28 )

 

Justification

The Pharisee and Tax Collector

To some who trusted in their own righteousness and viewed others with contempt, He also told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like the other men—swindlers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and pay tithes of all that I receive.’

But the tax collector stood at a distance, unwilling even to lift up his eyes to heaven. Instead, he beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man, rather than the Pharisee, went home justified. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

 

Dedicated

Dedicated to Dr. Teresa Conlon.

Upon watching some of her videos I heard the words paraphrased below:

May the Lord cover our heads in the day of battle. ( Psalm 140:7 )

 

Closing

Deep abiding prayers to those hearing voices.  Those out in the wilderness of life struggling to make sense.

It is inevitable that stumbling blocks will come, but woe to the one through whom they come! ( Luke 17:1 )

Pastor Tim Omotoso – Rape Trial

Studies

Wikipedia

Link

  1. Prevalence
    • According to the report by the United Nations Office on Crimes and Drugs for the period 1998–2000, South Africa was ranked first for rapes per capital
    • A survey from the comprehensive study “Rape in South Africa” from 2000 indicated that 2.1% of women aged 16 years or older across population groups reported that they had been sexually abused at least once between the beginning of 1993 and March 1998
    • Similarly, The South African demographic and health survey of 1998 gave results of rape prevalence at 4.0% of all women aged between 15 and 49 years in the sampled households (a survey also performed by the Medical Research Council and Department of Health).
  2. Violence Against Women
    • The South African government reports that one of these reasons is the culture of patriarchy in South Africa. Its report states that patriarchy is firmly rooted in Black culture and fighting it is seen as attempting to destroy South African tradition or South African ideals.
    •  The danger from rape and sexual assault is compounded because of the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in South African townships. A woman being raped over the age of 25 has a one in four chance that her attacker is HIV positive and more women than men are affected from HIV/AIDS.
    • The perpetrators of rape in South Africa tend to be men known to the victim. It is reported that a husband or boyfriend kills a woman every six hours in South Africa.
    • Many men and women say that rape cannot occur in relationships; however, one in four women reported having been abused by an intimate partner.
  3. Violence against infants
    • Virgin
      • A significant contributing factor for the escalation in child abuse is the widespread myth in HIV ravaged South Africa that having sex with a virgin will cure a man of AIDS.
      • This virgin cleansing myth exists in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.The child abusers are often relatives of their victims and are at times their fathers or providers.
  4. Corrective Rape
    • Lesbians in certain parts of South Africa also face a dangerous environment. Raping lesbians (a practice referred to as corrective rape) is believed to convert them to heterosexuality.
    • One notable case of this was the gang-rape and murder of Eudy Simelane, a member of the South African football team and LGBT-rights activist.  Lesbians have died from these attacks in the last 10 years and more than 10 lesbians per week are raped or gang-raped in Cape Town alone.
  5. Report
    • It is estimated that over 40% of South African women will be raped in their lifetime and that only 1 in 4 rapes are reported

Videos

  1. Rape Trial
    • Videos
      • The judge had to jump in when the lawyer asked this… (Omotoso trial)
        Channel :- Rising On A Point Of Order
        Date Published :- 2018-Oct-19th
        Link
  2. Solomon Izang Ashoms
    • DISCUSSION: Omotoso case with Solomon Izang Ashoms
      • Profile
        • Lets take the discussion further now we are joined by someone who has been in the forefront of this case, the founder of Seven Days Of Hope, Solomon Izang Ashoms
      • Videos
        • DISCUSSION: Omotoso case with Solomon Izang Ashoms
          Channel :- SABC Digital News
          Published On :- 2018-Oct-22nd
          Link
    • Newsroom: Religion and Money
      • Profile
        • We are now joined by Solomon Izang Ashoms, Nigerian Journalist to discuss the relationship between charismatic churches and money
      • Videos
        • DISCUSSION: Newsroom: Religion and Money
          Channel :- SABC Digital News
          Published On :- 2015-July-14th
          Link
  3. SABC Digital News
    • Videos
      • Makhosini Nkosi
        • Makhosini Nkosi reflects on Cheryl’s testimony in the Omotoso trial
          • Profile
            • Judge presiding over the trial of Nigerian pastor, Timothy Omotoso yesterday barred graphic questions asked by defence advocate, Peter Daubermann to the witness Cheryl Zondi saying they are unfair to her. During cross-examination, Zondi told the court that she never resisted when Omotoso allegedly sexually assaulted her because he told her she would experience the wrath of God if she refused. Now to talk to us about rape survivors and the criminal justice system we are now joined in studio by Makhosini Nkosi, Communications Specialist, and former Scorpions spokesperson.
          • Videos
            • Video #1
              Channel :- SABC Digital News
              Published On :- 2018-Oct-16th
              Link
      • Ulrich Roux
        • Makaula dismisses Omotoso’s defence team application: Ulrich Roux
          • Videos
            • Video #1
              Channel :- SABC Digital News
              Published On :- 2018-Oct-22nd
              Link
      • Vinesh Naidu
        • Omotoso trail takes a different turn
          • Profile :- Proceedings of the Pastor Timothy Omotoso trial took a different turn yesterday. Presiding Judge Mandela Makaula dismissed an application by the defence team that he recuse himself from the case. Omotoso’s lawyer Advocate Peter Daubermann accused Makaula of being aligned with witness Cheryl Zondi. To discuss this further, from our Port Elizabeth studios we’re joined by Vinesh Naidu, High Court Legal Practitioner at Legal Aid South Africa.
        • Videos
      • Nigerian Community
        • Nigerian community react to Omotoso trial
          • Profile
            • The Nigerian community in Nelson Mandela Bay have spoken out and voiced their views, about televangelist Nigerian Pastor Timothy Omotoso’s trial, that is currently ongoing in the Port Elizabeth High Court. The foreign nationals living in the friendly city, have condemned Omotoso’s alleged offenses. But, they have called on the South African Judiciary to conduct a fair and unbiased trial. Foreigners have also urged South Africans, not to generalise that all Nigerians as criminals. Our reporter Jayed-Leigh Paulse has more.
          • Videos
      • Nigerian Pastors
        • Newsroom: Nigerian Pastors Association in SA speak out
          • Profile
            • The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Rights of Communities is soon set to create a regulatory organisation for churches not belonging to any current regulatory body. This is light of several cases of charismatic pastors using controversial teaching methods. In the latest case, Nigerian pastor Tim Omotoso is accused of sexual assault. However, Nigerian pastors in South Africa are being monitored, and to talk to us more about this, we were joined in studio by the Vice President of the Nigerian Pastors Association in South Africa, Pastor O.C Festus, as well as the National President, Bishop Ranti Famodun
          • Videos
  4. eNCA
    • More witnesses come forward #Omotosoatrial
      • Profile
        • As the trial of rape-accused pastor Timothy Omotoso unfolds, others are coming forward with disturbing claims relating to the self-proclaimed “man of God.” Omotoso’s Jesus Dominion International church is still operating in Durban, where young girls were allegedly kept in upmarket houses against their will. eNCA’s Dasen Thathiah spoke to one of the church’s former members who says she rejected the pastor’s advances.
      • Videos
        • Video #1
          Channel :- eNCA
          Published On :- 2018-Oct-18th
          Link

In-depth

Solomon Izang Ashoms

DISCUSSION: Omotoso case with Solomon Izang Ashoms

  1. How is it possible for a Priest to convince someone that what he is doing is OK
  2. Girls went there by themselves
      • Hypnosis
        • Witch Doctor
        • Sleep Women

     

    • Human Wisdom
      • Brainwash
        • Get scripture to brainwash you
    • Supernatural Power
      • Devil gives them the spiritual power
      • Touch people and they fall
      • Control
      • A lot of spiritual implications to it
    • Motivation
      • Grow the Church
        • Get more power
        • Get more money
    • Enablers
      • Are they working under the Spell
      • Coming from poverty
        • Nice Clothes
      • Musically Inclined

Jesus – “Consider carefully how you listen”

Background

The Jesus we meet in the bible is a man who admonishes us to listen carefully.

Listen Carefully

  1. The Lesson of the Lamp
    …For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed, and nothing concealed that will not be known and illuminated.  Pay attention, therefore, to how you listen. Whoever has will be given more, but whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken away from him.” ( Luke 8:17-18 )
  2. The Lesson of the Lamp
    …He went on to say, “Pay attention to what you hear. With the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and even more will be added to you. For whoever has will be given more, but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.” Jesus also said, “The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seed on the ground.… ( Mark 4:24-26 )
  3. The Purpose of Jesus’ Parables
    …He replied, “The knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. This is why I speak to them in parables: ‘Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.’…
    ( Matthew 13:11-13 )
  4. John  12
    • Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.  ( John 12:35 )
    • While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.  ( John 12:36 )
    • That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?  ( John 12:38 )
    • Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,  ( John 12:39 )
    • He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.  ( John 12:40 )
  5. “‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding;
    be ever seeing, but never perceiving’.
    Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts,
    and turn and be healed.”
    ( Isaiah 6:9-10 )

Guilt in God’s eyes

  1. The Murmuring of Miriam and Aaron
    • Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman);( Numbers 12:1 )
    • He said, “Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, shall make Myself known to him in a vision. I shall speak with him in a dream.
      Numbers 12:6 )
    • I speak with him face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you unafraid to speak against My servant Moses?
      Numbers 12:8 )
  2. Job’s Final Appeal
    …If I have rejoiced at my enemy’s ruin, or exulted when evil befell him— I have not allowed my mouth to sin by asking for his life with a curse— if the men of my house have not said, ‘Who is there who has not had his fill?’—…
    Job 31:29-31 )
  3. Abraham, Sarah, and Abimelech
    • But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man’s wife. ( Gen. 20:3)
    • But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation? ( Gen. 20:4 )
    • Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this. ( Gen. 20:5 )
    • And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her. ( Gen. 20:6 )
    • And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake.  ( Gen. 20:11 )
    • And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said unto her, This is thy kindness which thou shalt shew unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me, He is my brother.  ( Gen. 20:13 )
    • And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes ( Gen. 20:16 )

Spiritual Covering

Senses

There are quite a few senses involved in Spiritual covering.

Inclusive are seeing with our eyes, hearing with our ears, understanding with our hearts,  and turning; in essence repenting.

And, God ultimately stepping in to heal us.

Videos

  1. John Paul Jackson
    • John Paul Jackson – As You Hear, More Hearing Will Be Giving To You
      Link

Pray for the Church in October: October 2018

Prelude

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

 

Words

Emily Stimpson Chapman

Our Sunday Visitor

Understanding the “dark night of the soul”

Link

Understanding the ‘dark night of the soul’ The feeling of spiritual emptiness, or being abandoned by God, is natural in the process of growing closer to Christ Emily Stimpson Chapman OSV Newsweekly

When the world looked at the face of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, it saw pure, simple joy. Then, in 2007, 10 years after Blessed Teresa’s death, a collection of her private letters was published. Suddenly, the joy that the tiny sister from Albania once radiated seemed anything but simple.

As the letters revealed, for the entirety of her public ministry, the founder of the Missionaries of Charity endured unceasing feelings of desolation and abandonment by God.

“I am told God lives in me,” she wrote in 1957, “and yet the reality of darkness and coldness and emptiness is so great that nothing touches my soul.”

For some, the letters became a source of scandal. But for those familiar with the stages of spiritual growth, they served as a profound testimony to Blessed Teresa’s sanctity. In those decades of desolation, she lived what St. John of the Cross termed, the “dark night of the soul,” which was the title of a poem he wrote.

The timing and duration of Mother Teresa’s dark night was unusual — and markedly so. But the fact that she encountered a dark night wasn’t. Every Christian, on their way to God, must pass through his or her own dark night. So, what is (and isn’t) the dark night of the soul?

It is necessary

Every fallen human being has disordered desires and attachments. We love what we shouldn’t love, or we love what we should but in the wrong way. We seek our own comfort, our own pleasure, our own will. We value what we want more than we value what God wants. We do wrong, even if only in our hearts.

But we can’t do wrong and stand before God. We can’t even want to do wrong and stand before God. A prerequisite for seeing God face to face is that every attachment to sin, both in our lives and in our hearts, must be broken. If we want to become saints, we have to desire only God’s will. And we have to desire God’s will not out of fear of hell, but rather out of love for heaven, out of love for God. Some of that breaking we do, as we learn to avoid vice and pursue virtue. But some of that breaking only God can do. The dark night of the soul is, in part, how he does that. By seemingly withdrawing all spiritual consolations — all the little comforts and supports that typically come from pursuing a relationship with him — and allowing an almost crushing sense of abandonment to descend upon us, he purifies our desires and prepares us for heaven.

It is unique

The dark night of the soul looks different in different lives. Laypersons don’t necessarily experience the dark night the way religious do. Nor do active religious necessarily experience the dark night the way contemplatives do. Some people experience it primarily through external circumstances. They find themselves persecuted or afflicted. In the midst of those afflictions, all calls for help go unanswered. To the person passing through this type of dark night, it feels like God has left them to deal with their cross on their own.

Others experience the dark night through temptations: Temptations to pride, vanity, anger, sexual sin, and even unbelief assail them. Then, there are those who experience the dark night of the soul mainly through inner desolation: The gates of heaven seem barred against them, and no matter how much they pray, no consolation seemingly comes. Lastly, there are those who experience the dark night as a combination of all three: trials, temptations and abandonment.

Likewise, for some, the dark night comes but once. For others, it comes many times. Usually, it lasts for only a short while. Occasionally, it lasts much longer. But when it finally ends, it ends for good. A definitive work has been accomplished in the soul.

It is unpredictable

The dark night of the soul doesn’t come at the beginning of one’s journey to God. Traditionally, spiritual directors identify three primary stages (or ways) of growth in holiness. The first is the purgative way, where we break habits of vice, acquire habits of virtue and learn to live a Catholic life. The second is the illuminative way, where we grow in virtue, charity and the life of prayer. And the third is the unitive way, where our wills and hearts move in perfect harmony with God’s.

Near the end of the purgative stage, we experience a type of dark night — a time of trial and affliction where it feels as if God no longer loves us. This dark night, however, is not the dark night of the soul. Rather, it’s the dark night of the senses.

In the dark night of the senses, God purifies us of our attachments to the things of the world — physical comfort, physical pleasure, material success, popular acclaim — as well as of our consolations in prayer. Sorrows afflict us, and things that used to comfort us — food, sex, shopping, compliments, even the liturgy — no longer do. Through this dark night, God prepares us for the illuminative way and a deeper, more contemplative life of prayer.

The dark night of the soul occurs at the end of the illuminative way, as we prepare to enter the unitive way. During this dark night, God roots out our deepest attachments to sin and self, and the desolation that accompanies that rooting out is overwhelming and crushing. More than just a lack of consolation, this dark night plunges a soul into an abyss of darkness and nothingness, essentially revealing to us what we are without God and preparing us to not only carry our crosses, but to love our crosses and carry them joyfully in union with Christ.

It isn’t depression

From the outside, depression and the dark night of the soul bear a striking resemblance to one another. And they’re not entirely separate things. As St. John of the Cross noted long ago, depression (or as they called it in the 17th century, melancholia) can go hand in hand with a dark night, whether by exacerbating it or resulting from it.

But while clinical depression is triggered by an objectively sad event (losing a loved one, fatal illness, etc.) or by a biochemical problem, the dark night of the soul is purely an act of God; it is God working in our souls to draw us closer to him.

Likewise, while depression weighs down both body and soul, eventually rendering those who suffer from it unable to go about the normal business of their life, throughout the dark night, the spirit stays strong, and those suffering through it can perform great works of charity and service. They remain active and don’t experience the same temptations to total self-loathing or suicide that those struggling with depression suffer, nor do they lose their faith in the midst of the dark night. Belief remains.

It isn’t evil

The dark night of the soul is not an evil to be endured; it’s a good for which we should be grateful. Of course, it doesn’t always seem that way. The thought of plunging into a spiritual abyss and losing all the sweetness in our relationship with God strikes few as appealing. But neither does surgery. Having cancer removed from our bodies isn’t a fun process. Nevertheless, we submit to the surgeon’s knife readily and quickly, knowing that the sooner we have the surgery, the sooner we can live a healthy, full life.

What’s true on the natural level is true on the supernatural level. If we want to become the people God made us to be and live the lives he made us to live, we must let him excise sin and unhealthy attachments from our souls. There’s no getting around it. Before we can enter heaven, it has to happen. It can happen in this life or it can happen in the next — in purgatory. But here is better. For the sooner we let God root out unhealthy attachments, the sooner we can get on with the business of being saints.

And there’s no better business than that.

 

Videos

  1. The Pope
    • #PrayForTheChurch – Special prayer campaign for the Church – The Pope Video – October 2018
      • Profile :- October 2018. The Pope Video: The Devil is a seducer. This is why, without our knowing it, we let him enter into our lives. This also applies to the life of the Church. This is why the Pope is asking us this month of October to pray the Rosary of the Virgin Mary and the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel to fight against the power of evil and to protect the Church. Will we all join in with this request? “The Devil presents himself with great power. He brings you gifts. But you don’t know what’s inside. I renew the invitation to everyone to pray the Rosary every day in October, ending with the antiphon “We fly to thy patronage” and the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, to repel the attacks of the Devil who wants to divide the Church.”
      • Videos
    • Pope Francis asks for prayers to protect church from “attacks by the devil”
      • Videos
        • Video #1
          • Channel :- CBS Evening News
            Link
  2. Kanaan Ministries SA
    • Understanding Second Heaven
      • Profile
        • 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: http://www.kanaanministries.org/contact/ or order from our eShop: http://kanaanministries-eshop.org/ Second Heaven: As with all kingdoms, there are levels of authority, governors of territories or regions, and so on. These beings operate within a region of the lower heavens. According to Scripture, there are three Heavens. God warns us in His Word that in the last days many will be deceived, that there will be many FALSE signs and wonders that will mislead many. In this session, Amanda discusses the false holy spirit that operates from the second heaven.
      • Videos
        • Video #1
          Channel :- KanaanMinistriesSA
          Published ON :- 2016-June-2nd
          Link
  3. John Paul Jackson
    • Dreams & Mysteries – The Mystery of Spiritual Warfare
      • Profile
        • Join author and speaker John Paul Jackson as he reveals some of the spiritual mysteries of the Bible… including how God speaks today through dreams!
      • Videos
        • Video #1
          Channel :- Dreams & Mysteries
          Published ON :- 2014-May-2nd
          Link
    • 5 Reasons Not to Engage in Second Heaven Warfare
      • Profile
        • In this companion video to the episode “The Mystery of Spiritual Warfare”, John Paul Jackson discusses some more reasons why focusing on second heaven principalities and powers is not a good idea in prayer.
      • Videos
        • Video #1
          Channel :- Dreams & Mysteries
          Published ON :- 2014-May-21st
          Link
  4. Derek Prince
    • The Three Heavens # Derek Prince
      • Profile
        • The Three Heavens # Derek Prince (engleza) # Casting Down Strongholds # Lesson 02
      • Videos
        • Video #1
          Channel :- Carti, predici, poezii
          Published ON :- 2016-Dec-12th
          Link

Spirit of Heaviness….

 

Scriptures

  1. Isaiah
    • Isaiah 61:3
      • To provide for them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
        Link
  2. Psalm
    • Psalm 92:10
      • But You have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil.
        • King David
  3. Ezekiel
    • Ezekiel 29:21
      • In that day will I cause the horn of the house of Israel to bud forth, and I will give thee the opening of the mouth in the midst of them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.
  4. Joel
    • Joel 2:32
      • And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.
  5. 1 Timothy
    • 1 Timothy 4:1-2
      • The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
        Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.
  6. 2 Samuel
    • 2 Samuel 3:39
      • And I am this day weak, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah be too hard for me: the LORD shall reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness.
  7. John
    • John 6:63
      • It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
  8. Hebrews
    • Hebrews 4:12-13 King James Version (KJV)
      • For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

 

Videos

  1. Derek Prince
    • Demons are as Real as you are and this is what you Need To Know about them
      Profile :- Demons have a personality just like you and me and different demons work in different ways. They are extremely dangerous unless one knows about their existence and their goal is just to destroy Gods’ creation and hinder us from worshiping him but they are no match for Jesus that will set us free! – Pastor Derek Prince
      Channel :- A & Ω Productions
      Published on :- 2018-Sept-15th
      Link
  2. Perry Stone
    • What the Anointing Can and Cannot Do | Episode 804
      Channel :- Perry Stone
      Published on :- 2016-March-4th
      Link

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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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.

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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.