Monday, August 20, 2012

Yom Kippur

Just a Little Perversion is Okay, Right?

"Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth." I Corinthians 5:6-8

"Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump." Galatians 5:7-9

My family just finished participating in an awesome weekend of fellowship with the saints via an Omega Church & Ministry Center conference.  The night before the final day of the conference, God gave me a dream featuring the words "Yom Kippur."  I knew this was a Jewish holiday, but didn't know more than that.

The following was found on the Jewish FAQ site (emphasis added by me):
Yom Kippur is probably the most important holiday of the Jewish year. Many Jews who do not observe any other Jewish custom will refrain from work, fast and/or attend synagogue services on this day. Yom Kippur occurs on the 10th day of Tishri [September or October]. The holiday is instituted at Leviticus 23:26 et seq.

The name “Yom Kippur” means “Day of Atonement,” and that pretty much explains what the holiday is. It is a day set aside to “afflict the soul,” to atone for the sins of the past year. In Days of Awe, I mentioned the “books” in which G-d inscribes all of our names. On Yom Kippur, the judgment entered in these books is sealed. This day is, essentially, your last appeal, your last chance to change the judgment, to demonstrate your repentance and make amends.

...It is customary to wear white on the holiday, which symbolizes purity and calls to mind the promise that our sins shall be made as white as snow (Is. 1:18).

...It is interesting to note that these confessions do not specifically address the kinds of ritual sins that some people think are the be-all-and-end-all of Judaism. There is no “for the sin we have sinned before you by eating pork, and for the sin we have sinned against you by driving on Shabbat” (though obviously these are implicitly included in the catch-all). The vast majority of the sins enumerated involve mistreatment of other people, most of them by speech (offensive speech, scoffing, slander, talebearing, and swearing falsely, to name a few). These all come into the category of sin known as “lashon ha-ra” (lit: the evil tongue), which is considered a very serious sin in Judaism.

The concluding service of Yom Kippur, known as Ne'ilah, is one unique to the day. It usually runs about 1 hour long. The ark (a cabinet where the scrolls of the Torah are kept) is kept open throughout this service, thus you must stand throughout the service. There is a tone of desperation in the prayers of this service. The service is sometimes referred to as the closing of the gates; think of it as the “last chance” to get in a good word before the holiday ends. The service ends with a very long blast of the shofar.
As part of the rituals associated with Yom Kippur, the high priest would take two goats.  One would be sacrificed as a sin offering while the other would be a "scapegoat" sent out into the wilderness bearing the sins of the people.

We know that in the New Testament, Jesus became our scapegoat by shedding His blood for the remission of our sins once and for all (Hebrews 9:6-28).  As a result, those who believe in Him and await His Second Coming are being prepared to be clothed in pure white linen representing the righteousness of the saints (Revelation 19:8).  Yet, part of this preparation is our being cleansed within from that which defiles.


Last night, I had another dream.  In it, a piece of pornography had infiltrated our home unbeknownst to us.  However, it had been brought in by the enemy via sins of omission (not what we "did", but what we "failed to do").  Each believer has a responsibility to guard against that which is not of the Lord.  In the dream, God allowed me to see how - if left unchecked - sin would quickly spread and morph until it had corrupted everything in the home.  When I awoke from the dream wondering what it meant, I heard, "Even just a little perversion is not okay."

All sin is an affront to God, for He is holy.  Just as we would seek to protect our homes from invaders in the natural, we must be vigilant against what is attempting to invade our own souls.  We must go on the offensive spiritually against that which seeks to defile us, whether it is inordinate relationships, desires, thoughts, etc.  After all, we desire for God to make His "home" in us, and He will not fill that which is unclean (John 14:23; I Corinthians 3:16, 6:19).

Sin LIVES.  It waits, it lurks, it desires, it rules, it has a "body", it slays, it wages war against us (Genesis 4:7; Romans 6:6-7, 7:11, 23).  If we do not kill sin, then sin will assuredly snuff out the life of God in us over time.  In these last days, we are either growing in righteousness or growing in sin.  There is no in-between.

"He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still." Revelation 22:11

I understood from the combination of these dreams that I was to write about the danger that comes from being complacent with sin; especially at a time when Jesus is soon returning. While there may have been deliverance in some major areas amongst God's people, peace treaties have been signed with what some might consider the "little foxes" (Numbers 33:52-56; Song of Songs 2:15).  Often those little foxes may have the deepest roots because they have been in our souls for the longest time and have had the opportunity to grow into our very personalities (making it harder for us to detect).  As Jesus spoke to the churches in the Book of Revelation, the primary message before His coming is one of repentance before judgment; and this is what Yom Kippur represents.

I visited a blog this morning whose article seemed to echo this sentiment, and I am sharing it below.  As it states, it is not by coincidence when God begins to give the same word to different members of His Body.  I encourage the saints of God not to give up or grow weary; don't settle for coexisting with what you may consider the "little sins" in your life.  Continue to present yourselves to God for purging so that you may be part of the Bride who will be without spot or blemish (Ephesians 5:27).

I know this is long, but may it bless those for whom the Lord intends it.

I Strongly Concur

By Bonita Petroff

Brethren, it is crucial that we pay attention to what the Lord is saying through His people.  It is no secret that we have need of one another.  It was the Father's perfect plan from before the foundation of the earth!

I strongly concur with a word that was given through a sister in Christ, Glynda Lomax.  We are to:

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God (Yhwh); because many false prophets have gone out into the world. [1Jn 4:1]

I believe the Lord is pleased when we do this because then we are acting in obedience to His written word. My heart and spirit is confident in the word spoken thru sister Glynda.  We know what the Good Shepherd is speaking to His sheep.  It is a serious time.  In fact, it is confirmation and I'm grateful.

I wrote a friend to express some concerns, ending with sister Glynda's messages from the King.  I am right there with the rest of the true brethren, paying attention and allowing the Lord to search my own heart.

It's a serious, sober time.  We all need to be so grateful for His love and His warnings NOW... because the time is coming when there will be no more warnings.  And that time is about upon us.

He is using many vessels to speak forth crucial and timely messages.  He is drawing the true Body of believers together.  The messages are flowing together harmoniously and orderly because they come from the Head, our King Y'shua.

That alone should be a high alert and a sounding alarm as to how very close we are to the Great Tribulation that is coming upon the whole world.  It is not the time to give up.  Many of us are weary, but that is also why He is calling us to intimate time alone with Him...to be strengthened.

Our King is coming!
HalleluYah!

Bonita
This will probably be one of my longer emails; hope you take time to read it because it will be written with Christ's love.  I've been trying to tell u for months now (person's name) how serious the time is we are in and how we must overcome all sin, if we want to be used in what is coming.  If not, He will pass us over (those who won't die to self/surrender all)

The 'cost' is our cross...plain and simple. 

We can be stubborn, saying we have 'needs', expecting Father to 'understand' (isnt that what the majority of believers are saying anymore?).

I know you dont want to hear it, but i have to tell you because i do not want your blood on my hands, just as u would not want mine on yours, my friend.  There is no room for compromise or excuses, sin must be laid down; flesh must be crucified.

When we love Him, we want to obey Him.  The way I see it is, we're either serious or not.  Please hear my heart in this...

We cannot be as those who give lip service but no heart service. Either Jesus (Y'shua) rules on the throne of our hearts or we ourselves (flesh) rules. Have we not talked for years about holiness?

Because it is written, Be ye holy (set apart) as I am holy.

You have quoted it many times 1Peter 1:16

We have also talked about being perfect (whole, complete, mature)  Weaned off milk and onto meat... Theres a higher calling and flesh is not invited, sin is not allowed.  Have you not often said (and its true)... We all choose; its about choices.

The Lord has said often: Choose wisely.  Choose this day whom you will serve.  (Let me get the scripture.  I want to read it carefully again myself!)

And if it seem evil to you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.  [Josh 24:15]

satan or God?

Sin and flesh or holiness and the Spirit?

Are you so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh? 

I think all of the true brethren can and will say, "I've come too far to just hand the victory over to satan!"

Overcoming means just that ... to overcome (the flesh). To pick up our cross and truly die to self.

We have a King who is soon returning.  Just in case your clock has stopped, it's almost the MIDNIGHT HOUR.  Check the oil in your lamp (and i will check mine).  If we are low, let us get some NOW before the Bridegroom comes.  (im sure i hear His approach... )

Now I know exactly what Jeremiah meant and how he felt when he said:

Give glory to the LORD your God, before He cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while you look for light, He turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness.  But if you will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and my eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the LORD'S flock is carried away captive. [Jer 13:16,17]

cmon my friend, rise up!

For a just man falls seven times, and rises up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.  [Prov 24:16]

Some use the above scripture as an excuse to keep on sinning.  We will all stand before a holy God (Yhwh) and be accountable and responsible.  whew! think about it!

Yep, im no fun right now (if fun means letting my flesh rule), im dead serious and i intend to keep it that way

No man that wars entangles himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please HIM who has CHOSEN HIM to be a SOLDIER [2 Tim 2:4]

Sin can go to hell where it belongs...Hes been purging me (not comfortable) and purifying; i dont want to return to the vomit or the miry clay like a dog or a pig. We must work out our salvation with fear and trembling; how many truly fear the Lord anymore?  How many are trying to conform Him into their image (of Him), rather than allowing Father to conform us into Jesus' (Y'shua's) image?

I dont want a 'one size fits all' Jesus; I want the Jesus who is the narrow way...

I pray u have the same attitude towards me too...we are bought with a price!

Love tells the truth even when it's not comfortable or popular!

Love IS truth
Yhwh IS Love and Truth

I did not get to my emails until late, but tucked in amongst them all was a forward from Glynda Lomax, a sister in Christ.  Another sister in Christ sent it to me.  I would like to share it with you.

Hear what the Lord is saying in the word He spoke thru Glynda

shalom in Y'shua

bonita

Wings of Prophecy
The Time of My Chastisement
By Glynda Lomax on Aug 16, 2012 08:45 pm


I was in my morning prayer time, and I had been asking the Lord about a message He had given a preacher I knew about Him beginning to chastise the church at this time, asking Him to give us a guiding word if it was true, because my spirit bore witness with that word, when He began to speak.

The time of My chastisement is indeed upon My church, My child, for I will have a holy and a spotless bride and those who do not comply and walk in My holiness shall be excluded. (He didn't explain to me what being excluded meant)

I have given you the tools you need to walk in My holiness. I have given My son as a sacrifice for your sins, yet many of you continue to sin, expecting Me to "understand," expecting Me to accept you with blemishes. Your sin mars you with the filth of the enemy, My children, and this is unacceptable in My sight.

Would you accept your spouse if they were marked by their lovers in your sight? Could you look upon them with love and desire, seeing they were polluted by another? I desire you to stand holy before Me.

I desire the church would walk in My mighty power in these last days. I desire to demonstrate My great power in the lost and dying world in which you live, but I cannot do this through sinful vessels.

You ask for more of My anointing, more power and more blessing. I am asking for more of you. I am asking you to lay down more of your fleshly desires, more of your fleshly ways. I am calling My children to walk in more of Me and this you cannot do if you are still giving in to the desires of your flesh.

You must choose. You cannot fully serve Me if you are still also serving you. You must consider with every choice you make which path you will take.

Jeremiah 30:14-15: 14 All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not; for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the multitude of thine iniquity; because thy sins were increased. 15 Why criest thou for thine affliction? thy sorrow is incurable for the multitude of thine iniquity: because thy sins were increased, I have done these things unto thee.

Hebrews 12:6: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

1 Peter 1:16: Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Ephesians 5:27: That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

2 Timothy 2:21: If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.

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I would like to include the next word the Lord gave her because they go hand in hand.  Glynda Lomax's website

Wings of Prophecy

Come To Me With Your Struggles

by Glynda Lomax on Friday, August 17, 2012

Come to Me with your struggles, My children, for I hold the keys to your victory and I will give them to you if you show you truly want to be free. I will give you wisdom and revelation so you may overcome the Evil One if you will truly lay down your sin.

It is up to you to seek My holiness, to truly desire My ways and not your sin. This is where most of you stay bound - you want your sin, you want your earthly pleasures, and expect an easy way out after years of indulging your flesh.

My children, after years of giving in, you no longer desire freedom, your desire is not to be holy like Me. You must cultivate a desire for holiness in your hearts by feasting on My Word. My Word renews you, renews your desire to be more like Me.

Show yourselves truly willing. Show Me you are willing to fight against sin and I will help you to be free.

1 Peter 1:16:  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

2 Timothy 2:21: If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.

Mark 9:23: Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

1 John 3:8: He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Romans 12:2: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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There is one more item that I would like to draw your attention to.  One of our sisters in Christ sent it to me.  It is regarding the increasing persecution of believers in the United States, particularly of the 'watchmen'.  It is a most interesting article.

It is too lengthy to post the content here, so I will provide the link. Before you read it, I encourage you to patiently read the following scriptures because we must prepare our minds and hearts to understand that they are pertinent for the time we are living in.

Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them you shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall you scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: [Mat 23:34]

But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for My name's sake.[Lk 21:12]

Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. [Mat 15:20]

I am not sure why some believers are surprised that persecution is occurring in ‘our’ countries now.  I understand that initially, to see the word of God coming true before our very eyes is indeed eye-opening (at least one would hope so), because it is amazing that we are alive in these days, but it is going to get worse, just as our Master and King prophesied. 
Pic from Doug Hagmann's site

It is called: Christianity and Gun Owners in the Crosshairs: Chilling Tactic Exposed.  It is written Friday, August 17, 2012 by Doug Hagmann and taken from the Canada Free Press

Doug Hagmann (along with his son Joe Hagmann) is the host for ‘The Hagmann and Hagmann Report’.  It is a live internet radio program.  He is founder and director of ‘Northeast Intelligence Network’, as well as a multi-state licensed private investigative agency.

Doug Hagmann:  http://www.homelandsecurityus.com/   


Brace up warriors, hold fast to your faith and when you have done all… stand!

for His glory

BC Petroff

8 comments:

  1. "The service is sometimes referred to as the closing of the gates; think of it as the “last chance” to get in a good word before the holiday ends."

    WOW! Its really time out for playing God like a punk...as if He does't stand by what He says. In His goodness He is a merciful to us and many of us are riding on His mercy right now but there will be a time when God will no longer have mercy on us...those that continue to allow and ignore those little foxes. But as you say (as the Word of God says) a little leaven spreads throughout the whole lump which ultimately makes the whole lump no good. We(I use this in the general sense) tend to think that if we seek to be "good" most of the time in most areas of our lives that the 1% of the time we struggle with sin and unrighteousness will be cancelled out. I think I subconciously I felt this way. Crazy thing is we can NEVER be "good" as we tend to see it anyway.

    I have really been given a new outlook on things after this weekend. I have nursed "little foxes" that I convinced myself God would over look. The reality is I have been unwillingly to religuish full control over certain things all the while knowing better. WHAT DECEPTION! He wants us to be completely free not mostly free but COMPLETEY FREE from sin! With man it is impossible but with God all things are possible!

    Mia, I thank God for your willingness to yield to His Spirit and convey His Truth (Jesus) in all that you speak and communicate.


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    1. Hi Tika,

      "We(I use this in the general sense) tend to think that if we seek to be "good" most of the time in most areas of our lives that the 1% of the time we struggle with sin and unrighteousness will be cancelled out."

      This is so true. We see what we have been delivered from and think those other things are not so bad. yet and still, they hinder us. Thank God for continuing the work He has started in us!

      I thank God for you uys too and love you guys very much!

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  2. What a wonderful TRUTH!! I read this in its entirety!! One thing about God is that he is just! When He judges He will be righteous in His judgment because the Word of God is surely a mirror that we are to look in and we all know what happens when we look into a mirror. It shows us EXACTLY how we look. We cannot continue to compromise and allow sin to reign in our mortal bodies. We must yield ourselves totally and place ourselves on the altar as a living sacrifice. God has shown me long ago about nursing sin and not dealing with it for what it is. I had a problem with getting angry with my children and raising my voice and I would always regret it after I did it. God began to show me that my anger was not a mistake or a mishap or a fall, IT WAS SIN!! I had no right to get angry and yell/raise my voice at my children and God showed me that the anger was stemming from something else: DISCONTENTMENT, which is another sin! In essence He showed me that I was really ANGRY with Him about my lot in life! I was not satisfied with where God had me in this life and I was taking my frustration out on my children! God is AWESOME when He does His surgery, He cuts out everything that is not like Him, if we allow Him to!! He is the surgeon, but we have a part to play as well! We must mortify this flesh and its deeds, we must keep the old man DEAD!! We cannot allow him to raise his ugly head at all, if we do there is always disaster looming! A little leaven truly leavens the whole lump!!

    I surely wish I could have joined you guys this past weekend!! I am big as a cow now that I am almost 8 mths and I get tired looking at a car, let alone riding in one for a few hours! LOL!! I know you all had a wonderful time and I am sure God did a mighty work among you all! I hope to fellowship with everyone soon! You all are in my prayers!

    In Christ's Love,

    Stephanie

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    1. Hi Stephanie,

      I sure thought I might see you, but at 8 months pregnant you are right where you should be! LOL

      I have learned personally that children are one of the best ways for God to show me myself...both as I watch "me" in them and as I observe my dealings with them. It is humbling to say the least.

      Yes, thank God for His word and His cleansing, which are signs of His love for His sons & daughters.

      I am praying for you as well and the family. Hopefully we will catch-up again soon.

      Much love in Christ!

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  3. This is awesome!! I really do need to thank you for sharing this. The reason being that this post reminded me of a dream I had earlier this month. I won't go into detail, but I will say that things in the heavens were moving, spiritual battles(or what seemed like training or practice battles) were taking place... and at the end of this dream I remember someone celebrating Rosh Hashanah. And I joined in with the celebrating. Off the top of my head I had no idea what Rosh Hashanah was other than a Jewish holiday. I had been meaning to do some research but kept putting it off for getting caught up in other responsibilities. But after reading about your dream I finally decided to make the time to look into mine. You can imagine my surprise to learn that Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are connected.

    Rosh Hashanah begins the week before Yom Kippur and is kind of an opening of the book so to say... Whereas Yom Kippur is the closing of the book. I don't understand everything and am still researching, but the little I do understand (coupled with the dreams I and others have been experiencing) has got me excited and curious as to what the Lord has planned for us all in the coming month.

    God Bless

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    1. Hi Broken Rhyme,

      I hope you have been doing well! Based on your post, I have started to read about Rosh Hashanah. It seems to be intricately tied to the sounding of the shofar.

      My husband purchased a shofar a few years ago and we have all enjoyed trying to learn how to blow it (although the kids are better than we are :-)).

      I'll also share this. We were told that the devil trembles and tries to flee whenever he hears the sound of the shofar because he doesn't know whether it is the last trump signifying the return of Christ. So you know that just gave us more fun in repeatedly blowing the shofar (picturing us causing Satan such confusion) LOL.

      Apparently, the first instances of the shofar in Scripture relate to Exodus 19:16-21 and Exodus 20:18-20. In the first Scripture, God is calling forth His people to gather unto Himself while in the Wilderness of Sin. In the 2nd Scripture, the people decide not to go forward into intimate communion with God, but to ask Moses to go in their stead. This speaks to me of the falling away and the separation that will occur (is occurring) in the church as individuals decide whether they will truly follow on to know the Lord or will stay back from Him in sin.

      Anyway, I don't mean to go on, but I will surely pray on this more today.

      Thanks for sharing!

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    2. Felt led to post one more thing. Just want to encourage all to spend time in intimate communion with the Lord now and not draw back from Him as the Israelites did in the Wilderness of Sin.

      "Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul." Hebrews 10:38-39

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