The Letters of Faith
Letter 8: Reconciliation & Sin, Consequence of the Curse
The Road of Impurity:
Romans 1:24, 6:19; 2 Corinthians 12:21; Galatians 5:19;
Ephesians 4:19, 5:3; Colossians 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 2:3, 4:7.
The intensity of your latest letter was almost overwhelming, my friend. I was delighted to read your comments about sin, but I was surprised to read your argument over the events in the Garden. Go back to the first letter we exchanged, if you will, because we began this study with an in-depth look at spiritual warfare.
Confusion and doubt are two of Satan’s most powerful weapons today, so don’t let him draw you into a battle at this juncture. I assure you, this note, and the remaining letters on sin, will clarify every doubt causing area in your life.
Letter 8: Reconciliation & Sin, Consequence of the Curse – My Motive
And yes, I absolutely do have a motive behind these letters. If anything, however, I have shown my hand to you at every opportunity. Realistically, you had to know that I was going to draw a line in the sand somewhere, and that I was going to challenge you regarding your own life at some point in time.
But then, don’t you think the knowledge you are gaining should be personalized? If not, then what is the purpose of learning?
Nevertheless, you are correct in assuming that I am eventually going to ask you to make a decision about your relationship with Yehoshua. Haven’t I really been doing that all along?
Personally, I think that knowledge without application is a waste, but knowledge applied shows understanding and wisdom. You should know me well enough by now though, to know that I am not going to coerce you into doing something that you do not want to do. How can I do that, anyway?
I am incapable of judging
You should also know me well enough (by now) to know that I will not judge you for whatever decision you do make. I am unable and unqualified to do that as well.
Elohim’s grace cannot be dictated to by humans, so have peace. Elohim will never permit testing beyond what you are able to endure, and I am incapable of doing so. Trust Yehoshua enough to know that He remains faithful, even when we do not.
Letter 8: Reconciliation & Sin, Consequence of the Curse – In Application
So then, violating Elohim’s will for us, as set forth in the curse of Genesis 3, has generated:
Faithless, dominating men, who use the Word of Elohim as their whip, or who relinquish their authority completely.
Scripturally blind to their responsibility as leaders, and spiritually blind to the fullness of their role in society, in the home, and in the Body of Messiah (the Ekklesia), men have abused their role of authority, or surrendered it entirely, turning their wives and daughters away from Elohim in the process…
Ruthless, dominating women, who strive to usurp any show of righteous authority, while they pursue roles of leadership in areas that Elohim has clearly dictated that they NOT occupy.
Scripturally blind to the intensity of their responsibility as helpmates, and spiritually blind to their role in society, especially in the home and in the Ekklesia, women have abandoned their families, surrendered their children to “educators and caretakers” (further alienating their children from Elohim in the process), and have generally sought after everything that our Father does not wish for them…
Letter 8: Reconciliation & Sin, Consequence of the Curse – Perfect Examples
Scripture shows many men and women who possess rebellious spirits, but a particular couple represents the perfect example of how the curse of Genesis 3 affects mankind.
In Revelation 2:20-24, Yehoshua told John that the Ekklesia in Thyatira was in trouble, because an evil spirit had infiltrated their community. He said,
“I have a few things against you, because you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce My bond-servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed to idols. I gave her time to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with a deadly death, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give unto each one of you according to your deeds. But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not held this doctrine, and who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say; I will put upon you no other burden” (ENB).
spirit of Jezebel and/or Ahab
Violating Elohim’s will for us, as set forth in the curse of Genesis 3, affects women with the spirit of Jezebel, and it affects men with a spirit of Ahab, Jezebel’s husband. It is these rebellious spirits that the Master is addressing in Revelation 2, and the prophecy speaks directly to us today; directly to the end time EKKLESIA.
Ahab and Jezebel are found in 1 Kings 16-22.
Of Ahab we are told:
“Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the eyes of YEHOWAH above all who were before him” (1 Kings 16:30 ENB).
Ahab walked in the sins of Jeroboam [Idolatry; 1 Kings 12:28-33].
Both Ahab and Jezebel served and worshiped Baal [Baal worship included worshiping the sun and nature; 1 Kings 16:31-32].
And, Ahab made the Asherah and worshiped it [Asherah is a female deity; 1 Kings 16:33].
Elsewhere we are told, “There was none like Ahab who did sell himself to do evil in the sight of YEHOWAH, because Jezebel his wife enticed him” (1 Kings 21:25 ENB).
Furthermore, we are also told that Ahab:
Never complained about the evil that his wife committed
Nor did he mind profiting from her actions (1 Kings 21:4-7 & 16).
Of Jezebel, aside from Baal and Asherah worship, and idolatry, we are told:
Jezebel was a deceiver
Jezebel was a liar
Jezebel was a perjurer
Jezebel was a thief
Jezebel was a murderer
And, Jezebel used her husband’s authority as her own – unlawfully, maliciously and vengefully (1 Kings 21).
Additionally, Jezebel is a:
Destroyer of the prophets of Elohim (1 Kings 18:4)
An enticer for personal gain (2 Kings 9:30-32).
A wife who never submitted to her husband.
Direct and Vivid Manifestations of The Curse (Submission and Authority)
These sins, as seen in the lives of Ahab and Jezebel, are direct manifestations of the curse of submission and authority upon the undisciplined.
Surely, Ahab and Jezebel exhibit an extreme case of the curse, but humanity is plagued, to varying degrees, by the exact same affects that we see here.
The religious institutions, and the world, are being driven by this curse today, but the true Disciples of Yehoshua must repent of these sins, lovingly exhort any who submit to these spirits, and humbly separate themselves from those who refuse to repent.
That is what Yehoshua told the Ekklesia at Thyatira, and that is what Yehoshua is telling us today!
Letter 8: Reconciliation & Sin, Consequence of the Curse – Current Example
Some time ago, there was a conference held in Minneapolis for “christian feminists”, which was financed by two large religious institutions. At the conference, the female deity Sophia, among others, was openly worshiped, and idolatry was embraced.
While both denominations deny prior knowledge to the conference agenda, in evidence is the fact that 2,000 women vs 85 men were in attendance. I cannot comprehend a lack of complicity.
Jezebel openly worshiped female deities, bowed to mother nature, embraced illicit lifestyles, flaunted their “authority as feminists” and denied the Master Yehoshua ha Mashiach. If the denominations responsible for this conference were truly ‘Christian’, the men and women involved in this travesty would have been questioned about their beliefs, and the idolatrous ones rebuked.
Furthermore, removal from the rolls of fellowship is in order for all who remained unrepentant, because they are not disciples of Yehoshua in any way, shape or form.
And, without repentance, they should not be permitted to assemble with the faithful, because goats cannot assemble with the lambs.
At last report, however, nothing was ever done!
What is a “christian feminist” anyway? The phrase “christian feminist is an oxymoron.
Female Disciples of Yehoshua ha Mashiach cannot be feminists!
Yes, we believe in equal rights, but Elohim’s children are called to submit; man unto Elohim and woman unto Elohim through man. Feminists, on the other hand, and the men who condone such activities, totally rebuke any notion of submission, thereby assigning themselves as disciples of Jezebel and Ahab; all under the dominion of Satan.
Elohim’s Call Today
The call of Elohim crying out in these latter days, “Come out of her, My people, that you not partake of her sins, and so that you receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4 ENB), speaks directly to the faithful brethren remaining within any denomination that would endorse such behavior.
And, if the organizations do nothing – the Disciples must leave.
Letter 8: Reconciliation & Sin, Consequence of the Curse – Current History
Over the last sixty years, our violations of the curse have impacted the family structure, and children in particular, in massive ways. This is true spiritually, socially and politically.
Our entire decision making process has been clouded by our defiance of Elohim’s directives, as set forth within the curse, and have contributed to the poor quality of life around the world, as well as to the spiritual and literal destruction confronting us globally.
Decisions made without regard for Elohim’s commands have produced the current suffering of society, and have brought us to the point of worldwide anarchy.
The Ekklesia must pray for revival! We must pray for the hearts, minds and souls of humanity to return unto Elohim in humility and repentance. As Disciples of Yehoshua ha Mashiach, we must pray, because the battle truly rages about us, and victory comes only through Yehoshua ha Mashiach, by the power of our prayer!
Letter 8: Reconciliation & Sin, Consequence of the Curse – Cold War Reality
At the outset of the cold war, the Russian leaders proclaimed that they would never have to fire a shot at the United States. They said they would destroy America from within.
While the USA smugly declares victory in the cold war, solely on the basis of the Soviet Union breakup, an honest examination shows that both nations LOST.
The political systems and open border policies of the United States, and an apostate smugness and sense of superiority and invincibility by the government, as well as the governed, have allowed the prophetic utterances of the Russian leaders to come true.
Considered ‘Christian’ for decades, the United States is no more ‘Christian’ today, than most Eastern cultures. Apostasy dominates the landscape, and our democratic republic is about to fall. The political, spiritual, economic and international condition of the nation bears evidence of these truths. Shame on us all!
America is sinking in the morass of impurity, immorality and death, without a clue as to how this happened, and without any idea of how to change.
Not one shot was fired on our soil by the Russian empire, yet we are mortally wounded thru our faithlessness, arrogance and apostasy. We should be sitting in the streets in sackcloth, with dust on our heads, in repentance.
Perhaps it is not too late! Perhaps it is!
Letter 8: Reconciliation & Sin, Consequence of the Curse – Understanding is imperative.
Understanding the curse of Genesis 3 is imperative, therefore, because forces are being brought to bear upon rebellious men and women, and the family as a whole, that are effectively tearing apart the nations of the world.
Hiding under the guise of the sexual revolution, women’s liberation, civil rights, sexism, humanism, feminism or liberalism, what we now see before us is the manifestation of a Jezebel / Ahab spirit throughout the world.
Accompanying that manifestation, by the way, is unbridled hatred, bigotry and animosity. Satan’s agenda is no longer hidden. We must recognize what is happening throughout the world – and repent.
Continued living outside the law of liberty, which is found only in our Messiah, the feminists, and their “liberated” male counterparts, are driving humanity headlong into eternal bondage unto Satan.
These are harsh words, but consider these truths:
In violating the curse, women are denying the law of submission, and men are being emasculated. And it is this emasculation of men that is the primary impetus for the increase in violence that we see around the world. How?
No longer walking under the hand of Elohim, and no longer accepted as the authority in the home, men are forced to display their authority elsewhere – and the display is violent!
Violent crimes are commonplace, and increasing so rapidly, that many nations, including America, are literally on the verge of anarchy.
Rape, murder, incest, abortion and abuse are rampant, and frustration abounds.
Respect for authority is no longer taught or accepted, so women do not respect men, men no longer respect women, and the children are ignored, confused, murderous and suicidal.
On top of this, the violation of Elohim’s will is driving men and women to abandon their normal sexual roles, causing them to resort to homosexuality and lesbianism instead.
The emasculation of men, the fear and effect of Jezebel, and the fear and effect of abuse or domination, have driven spiritually frightened or defiant souls away from their natural function.
Unfortunately, these acts are an abomination unto Elohim today, just as they were in the beginning, and the open acceptance of these unnatural acts is directly related to the curse, and to the humanist manifesto, which is a direct reflection of that curse.
Additionally, our violations are causing men and women to adopt a mentality of acceptance for divorce and adultery, in spite of the desires of Elohim.
Non-believers and professing ‘christians’ alike are ridiculing the spiritual truth of marriage, and the overall effect of this aspect of the curse is worthy of momentary analysis.
Letter 8: Reconciliation & Sin, Consequence of the Curse – This Matter of Divorce
The Scriptural key to marriage is found in Genesis 2:24, and is expanded upon in Matthew 19:4-6 when Yehoshua said,
“Have you not read that He who created them in the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh’? Therefore, they are no longer two, but one flesh. So then, what Elohim has joined together, let no man separate” (ENB).
In Malachi 2:16 YEHOWAH declares, “I HATE DIVORCE“, and Yeremiyeh the prophet passed along the following: “‘If a man divorces his wife, and she goes from him, and becomes another man’s, will he return to her again? Will not that land be greatly polluted?’ But you have played the harlot with many lovers; yet you return again to Me,’ says YEHOWAH” (Yeremiyeh 3:1 ENB).
Elohim is speaking literally and spiritually in Malachyeh and Yeremiyeh, my friend, and in Yeremiyeh 3:6-7 He deals harshly with “faithless Israel,” because of their adultery.
Throughout the Bible, adultery is likened to harlotry, which is spiritual idolatry.
Faithful Marriages represent something far more than we acknowledge.
The faithful marriages carried out by Yehoshua’s Disciples, spiritually represent Yehoshua to the world.
The obedient submission of a faithful wife to her husband, coupled with his obedient submission unto Elohim, is designed to display the fullness of Yehoshua to the world.
Conversely, every divorce, regardless of who is involved, mocks the relationship of Yehoshua unto His Father, and of Yehoshua unto His Ekklesia.
“Faithless Israel” is playing the harlot, and Satan mocks the Master.
As long as faithful men and women remain married, Elohim is – and was – at least to some degree, evidenced in the world through those marriages. When Elohim is displaced from the family though, either through unrighteous domination or capitulation by the man, or the rebellion of unrighteous women, marriage became defiled, divorce multiplies, and the witness of Elohim is gone.
Is it any wonder why marriage and faithful submission to Elohim is under attack today?
Letter 8: Reconciliation & Sin, Consequence of the Curse – This Battle is Spiritual
What humanity cannot see, and what many professing “christians” are refusing to acknowledge, is that the battle raging against the family is entirely spiritual, and it is one that humanity is losing.
If not spiritual, what justification can “christians” offer for being divorced on the basis of “irreconcilable differences”?
What other explanation is there for the lack of patience, forgiveness and love on display?
Where is the fruit of The Spirit in our failed marriages? We are Elohim’s witnesses to a dying world, and every divorce involving a Disciple of Yehoshua is a loss in the battle against Satan.
And almost every loss involves children.
THIS IS WRONG, AND THIS MUST STOP!
In violating Elohim’s will, children are being abandoned to a world of thieves and murderers, and are developing into a generation without conscience.
Because Jezebel has convinced society that being a “house-wife” is detestable and unworthy, shaping the mind of another individual (The single most important career a person can have) is being turned over to political groups whose agenda is intent on destroying the basic fiber of the home.
While women work, other people are indoctrinating their children. And today, we do not understand why our youth are troubled, undisciplined, murderous and suicidal.
The women work because idolatry is the mind-set of the land. The husband’s income is inadequate, because we think more is needed, and because of this, the children wither and die.
How about Personal Experience?
As a boy, some of my best moments were spent at home with my mother. I always knew she was there if I needed her. The men in her life depended upon her, and appreciated her immensely. My wife ran the same type of home while our daughter was still living with us, and I loved her for that.
Financially, we may have had to sacrifice so she could be at home for our daughter and me, but the sacrifices were worth it. I have seen the looks she received, however, when asked what she did for a living, and I rebuke a mentality that would demean her.
She was very courageous, and I have always told her so.
More Spiritual Examples:
Yehoshua cries out, “Allow the little children to come to Me” (Mark 10:13-16 ENB), but we are abandoning our children in this spiritual battle.
While Hollywood presents divorce, adultery and single-family homes and parents, as commonplace, lighthearted, no worry situations, the devastation of our immorality and faithlessness is surfacing in the light of the utter chaos that we see in the world today.
The family is disintegrating while gangs flourish, and drugs rule the land.
Lacking the influence and leadership from faithful fathers and submissive mothers, children are searching for authority and companionship on street corners. Who and what they are finding will always welcome them, and will always destroy their innocence.
Even if fathers remain home, however, many have adopted an Ahab spirit, and have abandoned their position of authority. How?
Let’s Consider Spanking:
Do you remember our discussion on discipline?
If we understand the will and knowledge of Elohim, we will comprehend that spanking is not wrong when administered properly – when administered with love.
Discipline is essential to healthy growth.
While humanity is condemning discipline as child abuse, it must be known that Elohim’s authority is not a license to abuse. Elohim’s authority bears the fruit of The Spirit (Galatians 5:22-24),
A properly administered spanking is a declaration of love, not an occasion for abuse.
Men must reclaim their rightful role, and assert their authority once again – in love.
How about our Educational Systems?
Another effect of our defiance toward the curse is that we accept that Elohim is no longer permitted into our schools, where we now find:
Situational ethics being taught, instead of the Law of Elohim.
Morality and truth are eliminated, because “there is no absolute truth”, and, “who is to say what is morally acceptable?”
Accountability is gone as well, and without mothers at home protecting their children, the vultures are feasting – and the situation worsens daily.
Letter 8: Reconciliation & Sin, Consequence of the Curse – Example
My daughter attended first grade in a public school where phonics was used as the primary tool to teach reading. The phonics curriculum was dropped the following year.
When I learned to read, spell and write, in the 1950’s, phonics was the primary system used throughout the United States. The education we received was solid. Over the last sixty years though, educators have systematically eliminated the proven technique of phonics, and fight anyone endorsing the return of that system. Why do you suppose this has happened?
Let me explain: One year in phonics gave my daughter a reading proficiency that literally placed her years ahead of her classmates, who were not taught with this system. By allowing educational license without accountability, however, we have permitted the “expert” educators to develop an educational system that is the most expensive in the world, and yet ranks among the worse in the world.
The “Professional Educators” backed by very liberal and controlling unions, are literally educating our children into illiteracy. The decision to eliminate phonics as the method for teaching reading has reduced a great nation into a land of illiterate underachievers. The damage may never be undone.
What is the motivation that has been brought to bear on our educational system? Whose agenda is being presented? Whose destruction is the result?
A Necessary Understanding Needed.
Please understand this:
An illiterate child cannot read the Bible.
An illiterate child cannot read anything that would truly enlighten them.
Illiterate children cannot learn for themselves, and must therefore rely on ‘teachers’ to instruct them in all things.
Those are extremely powerful thoughts, when you realize that the organizations responsible for educating our children are amoral and corrupt. The organizations responsible for teaching our children are the very cause of our educational collapse!
A child spends hours each day at the knees of people who want something diametrically opposed to the parents’ desires for the child, and we have abandon these children to these people because, “WE WANT A BETTER LIFESTYLE?”
Who are we kidding?
Are parents apostate or involved? Are we protecting our children or surrendering them? Consider these matters carefully, my friend, because we will ultimately answer for them.
Letter 8: Reconciliation & Sin, Consequence of the Curse – This Matter of Abortion
Furthermore, not only are we abandoning our living children to the vultures of society, our government (We the people) have sanctioned the slaughter of over Sixty Two Million unborn babies, in abortion mills, in the past forty plus years – and the massacre continues.
Just as unborn babies are being ripped from their mother’s wombs, society is being torn apart by our violations of Elohim’s will with respect to the curse of Genesis 3. And because of these violations, the wrath of Elohim is about to be felt worldwide.
In 2 Timothy 3:1-5, Elohim said that before Yehoshua returned, every fleshly deed of Galatians 5:19-21 would be increasingly acceptable to society: Paul wrote,
“Know this, in the last days perilous times will come. For mankind will be lovers of their own self, covetous, boastful, proud, blasphemous, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, without natural affection, implacable, slanderous, without self-control, savage, despisers of those that are good, traitorous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of Elohim, having a form of reverence, but denying its power; avoid such as these” (ENB).
These warnings, found throughout the Bible regarding the “latter days”, are being fulfilled today!
The EKKLESIA, caught in the midst of all this, Must Repent and “Come Out”.
Letter 8: Reconciliation & Sin, Consequence of the Curse – Abortion Uncovered
As I searched Scripture for answers to the issues of our age, I asked Elohim to show me what we lacked in understanding, especially on the abortion issue. It was obvious to me that our knowledge was incomplete, and our comprehension was diluted.
How can the children of Elohim read the same Word of Elohim, and be on opposite sides of so many issues?
How can some ‘Christians’ know that divorce, immorality, homosexuality, adultery and abortion are Biblically wrong, while others not only see nothing wrong, they actively endorse and approve these things.
How can some professing “christians” approve abortion, while others risk everything to protect the innocent unborn!
Additionally, many professing “christians” approve, support and vote for politicians who actually sanction these Unscriptural and unacceptable acts.
I sought answers for this dilemma, and the following is what was revealed:
Simply, false teachings, brought about because of our sin, and the resulting curse, exist today because apostate men and women no longer search the Word of Elohim to find the truth.
(Many, as I said in an earlier letter, no longer believe that there is any such thing as absolute truth, while so many others do not believe in Elohim at all – in any size, shape or form).
So, because of sin and the resulting curse, the Word of Elohim is faithlessly being ignored or distorted, to suit the needs of the apostate. The resulting confusion is the only explanation for the supposed faithful to sit on the fence in matters involving life, death and morality.
About abortion, I was given a great deal, and as we consider the following passages and thoughts, keep in mind our earlier study on predetermination, because in spite of our sin, Elohim has a plan:
Before going to the Bible, I want to quote some Disciples whose writings are not part of the acknowledged Canon, (Not part of the Common Bibles in use today) but who surely tell a great deal of early church history and thought within the Ekklesia:
In the fifth chapter of his letter, The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus, speaking about whom a follower of The Way is, Mathetes, one of Paul’s disciples, said, “They marry, as do all others; they beget children; but they do not destroy their offspring.”
Literally, in the Greek translation, Mathetes said that those who walk according to the Way, “do not cast away fetuses”. *1
In another non-canonical writing, the Epistle of Barnabas, Chapter 19, Barnabas said, “Thou shalt not slay the child by procuring abortion; nor again, shalt thou slay it after it is born”. *2
Finally, in The Second Apology of Justin, Chapter 4, Justin the Martyr said,
“We have been taught that God did not make the world aimlessly, but for the sake of the human race; and we have before stated that He takes pleasure in those who imitate His properties, and is displeased with those that embrace what is worthless either in word or deed. If, then, we all kill ourselves, we shall become the cause, as far as in us lies, why no one should be born, or instructed in the divine doctrines, or even why the human race should not exist; and we shall, if we so act, be ourselves acting in opposition to the will of God”. *3
Inasmuch as these men were first century Disciples, it is worthy to note that they point us to the fact that abortion, suicide and euthanasia have been an issue for a long time. And, for a very long time, the faithful Disciples of Yehoshua have separated themselves from the world, regarding right and wrong.
What is new for today’s Disciples, however, is that the Word of Elohim is no longer taught as truth, and we are openly confronted with the acceptance of abortion, suicide, euthanasia and many other immoral practices, everywhere.
Elohim says, “Just as you do not know the path of the wind, or how bones grow in the womb of her that is with child; even so you know not the works of Elohim Who makes all things” (Ecclesiastes 11:5 ENB).
Elsewhere He says, “Thus says YEHOWAH, your redeemer, and He who formed you from the womb” (Isaiyeh 44:2 ENB).
Clearly, from these passages and others (Isaiyeh 44:24; Yeremiyeh 1:5; Zechariyeh 12:1; Galatians 1:15-16, to name a few) Elohim declares His involvement and sovereignty in the cause of humanity – from the moment of conception.
While the world may not acknowledge these truths, every Disciple of Yehoshua ha Mashiach MUST!
Letter 8: Reconciliation & Sin, Consequence of the Curse – Is Abortion Murder?
Let’s go back to the Book of Genesis for a moment as well, and look at the first murder ever committed, because the recording of that event speaks directly to the issue of life, as Elohim sees it. Perhaps through that insight, we can know precisely what Elohim thinks about murder in general, including the act of abortion.
In Genesis 4:1-8 we read of the birth of Cain and Abel, as well as the murder of Abel by Cain. Immediately following the murder, “YEHOWAH said to Cain, ‘Where is Abel your brother?’ And he said, ‘I know not. Am I my brother’s keeper?’ And He said, ‘What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying unto Me from the ground'” (Genesis 4:9-10 ENB).
In Genesis 9:4-6, YEHOWAH told Noah, “Only you shall not eat flesh with its life – its blood. Surely the blood of your life I will require; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, and from every man’s brother I will require the life of man. Whoever sheds man’s blood; by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of Elohim He made man'” (ENB).
The death penalty is imposed by Elohim in Exodus 21:12-36, for anyone who would kill another person.
And Elohim again speaks about capital punishment in Leviticus 24:17-23. Leviticus also contains one of the most misquoted and misunderstood Old Covenant passages as well. You probably recognize it as, “An eye for an eye”, but what Elohim really said in this passage, and what we should be quoting when we discuss matters truthfully, is, “A LIFE FOR A LIFE”, because in that passage Elohim speaks of justice and purity, not barbarism and favoritism.
In Leviticus 17:11, Elohim said, “The life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement” (ENB). These words are followed by another exhortation where Elohim said, “For as to the life of all flesh, its blood is its life” (Leviticus 17:14 ENB).
Elohim says He remembers the afflicted, and requires blood for blood shed (Psalms 9:12), and as we turn to Ezekiel 22, we find an entire chapter speaking to Israel about, “the blood which you have shed”.
The decrees of Elohim against Israel, as spoken through Ezekiel, are horrible, and Elohim speaks again of murder in Hosea 4-6, and we must know these things.
So then, what has Elohim shown me that sheds light on the
“The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me” (Genesis 4:10 ENB).
“The life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement” (Leviticus 17:11 ENB).
“As for the life of all flesh, its blood is its life” (Leviticus 17:14 ENB).
“You shall not eat flesh with its life – its blood” (Genesis 9:4 ENB).
“Whoever sheds man’s blood; by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of Elohim He made man” (Genesis 9:6 ENB).
Salvation as a Comparison?
When someone accepts Yehoshua as Messiah, Master and King, that person is cleansed from the stain of sin by the Blood of the Lamb that was shed on His cross.
Today, as we stand before the throne of our Father in Heaven, our Father can receive us, because Yehoshua’s blood covers our sin.
Elohim says, “The life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement” (Leviticus 17:11 ENB).
This is a spiritual truth that, while we do not have complete understanding, we who have Yehoshua in our hearts must accept and wholeheartedly believe.
Letter 8: Reconciliation & Sin, Consequence of the Curse – The Life of The Flesh is in The Blood.
Elohim says, “The life of the flesh is in the blood”, and, “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed.” Spiritually,
THE LIFE OF THE FLESH IS IN THE BLOOD.
Whenever blood is shed, something happens in the spiritual realm. Deuteronomy 19:6 speaks of the avenger of blood, and this passage makes it obvious that a price must be paid for shedding innocent blood. As we consider the spiritual and the literal translation of each verse then, we must deal with the fact that,
THE LIFE OF THE FLESH IS IN THE BLOOD.
The prophesies of Psalms 94:1-7; Yeremiyeh 7:1-7; Amos 1:13; and Ezekiel 22, all cry out against bloodshed in the land, but we no longer understand why – nor do we seem to care.
Whether we call the life an embryo, a fetus or a baby is completely irrelevant. In order to see abortion as Elohim sees it, which as His Children we must, we must answer the following, because it is the only spiritually relevant question. Simply put, we must ask:
WHEN IS BLOOD PRESENT WITHIN AN EMBRYO?
Is blood present immediately upon conception, or does it form at a later time? This is really significant if we accept that, “The life of the flesh is in the blood”, because in truth,
BLOOD IS PRESENT WITHIN EVERY CELL OF AN EMBRYO
The courts of the world can debate the issue of life or viability from now until the Master returns, but Elohim says He is forming the child in the womb, and in the forming of that human being, which is being made in His image, once blood is present, life is present.
Therefore, termination of life, the shedding of innocent blood, is murder, and murder has terrible ramifications.
Do you know that the heart of a baby begins pumping
blood approximately eighteen days after conception?
Nearly SIXTY THREE MILLION unborn babies have been murdered in the United States alone, since abortion was legalized in 1973. That is a great deal of innocent blood!
Sadly, that bloodshed, coupled with the faithlessness now engulfing our land in every area of morality, is about to bring a swift destruction from Elohim. We Must Repent – NOW!
Letter 8: Reconciliation & Sin, Consequence of the Curse – Cravings of Humanity
Humanity yearns for respect. Humanity craves genuine love. Children need the freedom to play; for hours if desired, miles from home, without fear interfering with those childhood wanderings.
Children pant for the security offered in the knowledge that Mom will be home when they return from school or play; secure in knowing that when Dad comes home from work, time will be made for family.
Americans recon to a day when Sunday afternoons were spent in family gatherings – together sitting around the table and played games. This is our vision of family and togetherness.
At the same time we longingly cry for the holidays when we rejoiced in love for each other, and thanksgiving was genuinely, “as unto Elohim”.
But of these things we have been “liberated”.
Do you “see” yet?
Gender and race and station in life are all so very immaterial, when we confront the truth of Elohim’s Word (Galatians 3:28).
It is of much greater importance what we do with our life, than what sex or color we are while doing it. The faithful obedience of our spiritual walk has eternal results – the rest is insignificant and very, very temporary!
Letter 8: Reconciliation & Sin, Consequence of the Curse – Repentance DEMANDED
The prophecy of Revelation 2 and 3 is meant to be proclaimed with a renewed understanding in these latter days, because the teaching of reconciliation is another call for Ahab and Jezebel to repent; a call for us all to return to Elohim.
(Perhaps it is the final call!)
The reality of sin is inarguable though, my friend, and the curse which our sin has brought upon us is a tremendous burden. The impact of violating Elohim’s will for us, with regard to the curse, touches upon every part of our lives, but Elohim has a predetermined plan, and the cure to the curse is paramount to that plan.
Whether we acknowledge the cure, however, is another matter altogether!
Letter 8: Reconciliation & Sin, Consequence of the Curse – Conclusion
This is perhaps the most forceful letter that I have written to you, but incumbent for you to know that I write in the knowledge that my forcefulness may turn you away from wanting to communicate with me again.
If I present anything less than the truth to you, however, you who is seeking the truth, then I am remiss in my responsibility to you. And, if I present anything less than the truth that I have learned, about the One Who Is the Truth, then I am remiss in my duties to Him. I will trust Yehoshua with this presentation, therefore, and permit His grace to overwhelm my puny display of force.
Truth is not arbitrary, and Elohim will not be mocked.
The curse that sin brought upon humanity is almost overwhelming, but the cure is equally overwhelming, especially in its simplicity. Be patient, and open your heart unto Elohim. He will show you the fullness of His truth.
In the meantime, I anxiously await your reply.
I remain faithfully yours in Yehoshua our Messiah,
Endnote: *1, *2 & *3: Quotes from, The Ante Nicene Fathers, Volume 1., T & T Clark, Eerdman’s, 1989.
Letter 8 Topical Concordance:
Old Covenant: Genesis 4:1-10, 9:3-6; Exodus 21:22-25; Leviticus 17:11,14; Psalms 82:3-4, 94:1-7; Proverbs 24:11-12, 31:8-9, 139(all); Ecclesiastes 11:5; Isaiyeh 44:2,24; Yeremiyeh 1:5, 7:1-7; Hosea 9:14; Amos 1:13; Zechariyeh 12:1.
New Covenant: Mark 10:13-16; Luke 1:41; Acts 17:16-17; 1 Corinthians 5:2,5; 2 Corinthians 10:4-6; Galatians 1:15-16; Ephesians 4:14-16, 5:11; Colossians 1:28-29.
Old Covenant: Genesis 20:3-6; Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 18:20, 20:10-12; Deuteronomy 5:18, 22:22-24; Job 31:9-12; Proverbs 2:16-19, 5 (all), 6:23-35, 7(all), 29:3, 30:20; Yeremiyeh 3:1-5; Ezekiel 18:5-6,9, 23:45-48; Hosea. 4:1-11.
New Covenant: Matthew 5:27-28, 5:32, 15:19, 19:7-9; John 8:1-11; Romans 2:22, 7:3, 13:9; 1 Corinthians 5:1-3, 6:9; 2 Corinthians 12:21; Galatians 5:19; Hebrews 13:4; James 2:11, 4:2-4; 2 Peter 2:14; Revelation 21:8.
Anger, hatred and bigotry:
Old Covenant: Genesis 31:36; Exodus 11:8; Proverbs 6:16, 8:13, 12:16, 14:29, 19:11, 27:3; Ecclesiastes 3:8, 7:9.
New Covenant: Matthew 5:22; Mark 3:5; Luke 14:26; John 2:13-17, 9:39-41; Acts 7:54-58, 15:36-40; Romans 12:9, 12:19; Galatians 5:20; Ephesians 4:20-31; Colossians 3:8; 1 Timothy 1:13; Titus 3:3 ff; James 1:19-20; Revelation 2:6.
Old Covenant: Exodus 22:28; Psalms 11:1-3; Ecclesiastes 5:8, 10:2; Yeremiyeh 27:5; Daniel 3(all).
New Covenant: Matthew 17:24-27, 22:17-21, 23:2-3; John 17:2, 19:11; Acts 4:16-20, 4:29-30, 5:29-33, 23:5, 24:2-3; Romans 13:1-7; 1 Corinthians 6:1-8; Ephesians 4:14-16; Colossians 1:16, 2:10; 1 Timothy 2:1-3; Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13-15.
Old Covenant: Genesis 13:13, 18:19-21, 19(all); Leviticus 18:22-23, 20:13; Deuteronomy 30:15-19; Judges 19:22ff; Psalms 94:20-23; Isaiyeh 1:10-16; Daniel 11:37.
New Covenant: Romans 1:18-2:3, 6:15-22; 1 Corinthians 5:11, 6:9-20, 7:9, 9:24-27; 2 Corinthians 5:13-15, 7:1, 11:2-3, 12:21; Galatians 5:16-21; Ephesians 1:4, 2:1-7, 4:14-24, 5:3-14,22-33; Philippians 3:17-19, 4:8-9; Colossians 1:21-22, 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8; 1 Timothy 1:5-11; 2 Timothy 1:7, 2:19-22; 2 Peter 2:6; 1 John 2:28-29; Jude (all).
Old Covenant: Genesis 31:19; Deuteronomy 4:15-18,23-24; Psalms 81:6-16, 97:7, 115(all), 135(all); Isaiyeh 2:12-21, 44:9-20; Yeremiyeh (all); Ezekiel 8:10, 14(all), 22:4; Daniel 3(all); Habakkuk 2:18-20.
New Covenant: Acts 19:35; 1 Corinthians 8:1-6, 10:7; Colossians 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9;
1 John 5:22.
Impurity: (I call this the Road of Impurity)
New Covenant: Romans 1:24, 6:19; 2 Corinthians 12:21; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 4:19, 5:3; Colossians 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 2:3, 4:7…
Old Covenant: 1 Kings 16-22 (all); 2 Kings 9:7-37.
New Covenant: Revelation 2:20.
Marriage -vs- Divorce:
Old Covenant: Genesis 1-3(all); Leviticus 18:18; Proverbs 5:15-19; Song of Solomon (all); Malachi 2:14-16.
New Covenant: Matthew 19:3-6, 19:10-12; John 2:1-11; Romans 7:2,3; 1 Corinthians 7(all), 11:3-12; 2 Corinthians 6:14-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 1 Timothy 4:1-3, 5:9; Hebrews 13:4.
Old Covenant: Exodus (all), 22:19; Deuteronomy (all); Psalms 119(all); Proverbs (all), 5; Hosea (all).
New Covenant: Romans 6:10-20, 8:13,58, 12:12; 1 Corinthians 6:9-114, 15:49 ff; Galatians 5:19-21; Colossians 1:21 ff, 3:5; Philippians 4:8-9; 2 Timothy 3:2-7; Titus 2:11-13.
Old Covenant: Genesis 4:1-10, 9:3-6; Exodus 21:12-36; Leviticus 3:17, 17:11-14; 24:17-23; Psalms 9:12; Exodus 22(all); Hosea 4-6(all).
New Covenant: Matthew 5:21-22; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17.
Old Covenant: Exodus 22:18; Leviticus 19:31; Ezekiel 13:17-23.
New Covenant: Acts 8:9-10, 16:16 ff, 19:19; 2 Peter 2:10.
Old Covenant: Yehshua 4:1-10.
New Covenant: Titus 3:1-2; Hebrews 13:17; James 4:7.
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