News Letter 5858-013
The 6th Year of the 4th Sabbatical Cycle
The 27th year of the 120th Jubilee Cycle
The 26th day of the 3rd month 5858 years after the creation of Adam
The 4th Sabbatical Cycle after the 119th Jubilee Cycle
The Sabbatical Cycle of Sword, Famines, and Pestilence
The 3rd year Tithe
May 28, 2022
Shabbat Shalom Royal Family of Yehovah,
The Third Tithe Year
I want to thank again those of you who have stepped forward to help fulfill the command to take care of the widows and orphans in the 3rd year. I mean that. I really do want to thank you all for doing this. Again, I do not want you to miss out on the blessing.
Are you Keeping the Third Tithe Year?
I want to remind and ask you all, have you remembered the widows and the orphans this year thus far? Many of you have and I want to thank you on their behalf. I will keep reminding you about this responsibility for the entirety of this year.
2022 is the 6th year of the 4th Sabbatical cycle. And anyone who has been reading our website for any time will know how to prove beyond all doubt when the Sabbatical and Jubilee years are. Once you have done that then you will know when the 3rd and the 6th year of the Sabbatical Cycles are. We are told to raise a tithe every third year for this cause.
Here is a very severe warning from Yehovah to each of us.
Exo 22:21 You shall neither vex a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child. If you afflict them in any way, and they cry at all to Me, I will surely hear their cry. And My wrath shall become hot, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall be widows, and your sons fatherless.
We have now sent out before Shavuot, our second gift offering that you sent in for the widows and orphans. We have also supported a couple of other ministries that aid us in doing this work. This will fulfill the Levite part of the commandment. It was our desire to get the funds to them in time for Shavuot as we are told to do in Deuteronomy.
Deu 14:28 At the end of three years you shall bring forth all the tithe of your increase the same year, and shall lay it up inside your gates.
Deu 14:29 And the Levite, because he has no part nor inheritance with you, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, who are inside your gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied, so that Jehovah your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.
We will soon be making another gift to them. If you do not know of anyone in the faith who is a widow or orphan then you can send it to us. Make sure you write me to let me know that those funds are for the widows and I will see to it they get it. But if you do not write me then I will not know where to apply your donation.
May each one of you who has given to this cause, be blessed as Boaz was blessed by Yehovah for his generosity. May each one you of be known for your support of the laws that will make the Kingdom of Yehovah strong and righteous. And may Yehovah bless you so that what you give is never missed and you never lack for your generosity towards Yehovah’s heart.
Shabbat Zoom Meeting
There are many people in need of fellowship and who are sitting at home on the Sabbath with no one to talk to or debate with. I want to encourage all of you to join us on Shabbat, and to invite others to come and join us as well. If the time is not convenient then you can listen to the teaching and the midrash after on our YouTube channel.
What are we doing and why do we teach this way?
We are going to discuss both sides of an issue and then let you choose. It is the work of the Ruach (Spirit) to direct and to teach you.
The medieval commentator Rashi wrote that the Hebrew word for wrestle (avek) implies that Jacob was “tied”, for the same word is used to describe knotted fringes in a Jewish prayer shawl, the tzitzityot. Rashi says, “thus is the manner of two people who struggle to overthrow each other, that one embraces the other and knots him with his arms”.
Our intellectual wrestling has been replaced by a different kind of struggle. We are Wrestling with Yehovah as we grapple with His Word. It is an intimate act, symbolizing a relationship in which Yehovah and I and you are bound together. My wrestling is a struggle to discover what Yehovah expects of us, and we are “tied” to the One who assists us in that struggle.
Today, many say Israel means “Champion of God”, or better — the “Wrestler of God”.
Our Torah sessions each Shabbat teach you and encourage you to constantly challenge, question, argue against, as well as view alternative views and explanations of the Word. In other words, we are to “wrestle with the Word” to get to the truth. Jews worldwide believe that you need to wrestle with the Word and constantly challenge Dogma, Theology, and views or else you will never get to the Truth.
We are not like most churches where “The preacher talks and everyone listens.” We encourage everyone to participate, to question and to contribute what they know on the subject being discussed. We want you to be a champion wrestler of the Word of Yehovah. We want you to wear the title of Israel, knowing that you not only know but are capable to explain why you know the Torah to be true with logic and facts.
We have a few rules though. Let others talk and listen. There is no discussion about UFO’s Nephilim, Vaccines or conspiracy-type subjects. We have people from around the world with different world views. Not everyone cares who is the President of any particular country. Treat each other with respect as Fellow wrestlers of the word. Some of our subjects are hard to understand and require you to be mature and if you do not know, then listen to gain knowledge and understanding and hopefully wisdom. The very things you are commanded to ask Yehovah for and He gives to those who ask.
Jas 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and with no reproach, and it shall be given to him.
We hope you can invite those who want to keep Torah to come and join us by hitting the link below. It is almost like a Torah teaching fellowship talk show with people from around the world taking part and sharing their insights and understandings.
We start off with some music and then some prayers and it’s as though you were sitting around the kitchen back in Newfoundland having a cup of coffee and all of us enjoying each other’s company. I hope you will grace us with your company someday.
Sabbath services begin May 28 at 12:30 PM EDT we will be doing prayers songs and teaching from this hour.
Shabbat Services will begin at 1:15 pm Eastern.
We look forward to you joining our family and getting to know us as we get to know you.
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Septennial Torah Portion
If you go to Torah Portion at our archived section, you can then go to the 6th year which is the 6th year of the Sabbatical Cycle, the one we are in now, as we state at the top of every News Letter. There you can scroll down to May 28, 2022, and see that this Shabbat we could very well be midrashing about
If you missed last week’s exciting discoveries as we studied that section you can go and watch past Shabbats on our media section.
In the Mail
Once upon a time there was a very good source of prophetic literature you could glean much from. But now they have succumbed to mixing the Torah with all sorts of conspiracy falsehoods.
Thank you so much. Yes yesterday I was in town and talked to a group of motorbike commuter men who needed to know the magnitude on what is happening nowadays. Eg the looming drought and famine after the covid bount. I had to touch on why this is happening but they couldn’t actually pathom I telling them about Elohim being angry with the masses for its disobedience against him.Telling them that it’s they don’t really pray the true God, they turned aggressive that am just ignorant of the, issues I figured they might have heard of the conspiracy now that kenya government has declared the country covid free, that why I thought I should let you know how lookwarm busy liing bodies are brain washing people.
I grew knowing armstrong’s but immediately Tkach took over and at the time of Junior, everything to me changed.
Now PCG is also so deep under. They and the so well meaning messianic Judaism believer continue refusing to hear Yehovah.
Some don’t ever care if the sabbath law is biding. They don’t dare heed the warning of the prophet Yeremiah 25:11.
I 100 percent concur with you that until when the people will repent, the living Father will hear to forgive.
As we speak, army worms have devastated the food chain here. They are eating off the green fodder trees. Some of these trees will die out and the domestic animals are to starve now that even the rain is not coming. Human food crop is in point of drying up.
Lastly Joe let me thank you so much and give Glory to Yehovah for bring you about in time like this.
Wheat Supplies to be Depleted by this Fall
Read this very carefully and prayerfully. Are you preparing for the Sabbatical year starting at Aviv, 2023. Are you preparing for what is coming?
I predicted that the Fed’s fight against inflation would lead instead to a recession and market crash. I predicted this before the Fed began hiking rates last March and it has played out exactly as expected.
But in all honesty, the prediction wasn’t that hard. It was based on detailed market history when the Fed undergoes a tightening cycle.
The Fed raised interest rates 0.25% on March 16 and another 0.50% on May 4. The Fed has also led markets to expect a further 0.50% rate hike on June 15. I agree with that market view.
That means rates will have gone from zero to 1.25% in just 91 days with more rate hikes on the way.
How have markets done since the March 16 liftoff?
The Dow has finished down for eight-straight weeks. The S&P 500 briefly dipped into bear market territory last Friday (down 20% or more from recent highs). And the NASDAQ Composite has been mired in an official bear market.
The problem for investors is this crash is just getting started.
All of the major indices and the individual stocks included in those indices have much further to fall as the Fed keeps hiking rates.
But, there’s more to the monetary tightening than just rate hikes, and that spells even bigger trouble.
The Fed also announced on May 4 that they are starting a policy of quantitative tightening, QT, which means that the money supply is being reduced. Don’t listen to your friends and talking heads who yell about Fed “money printing.”
The Fed’s not printing money now, they’re burning it.
The rate of money supply decline is about $80 billion per month or $1 trillion per year. It’s hard to quantify precisely, but the best estimates are that every $500 billion reduction in the Fed’s balance sheet is roughly equivalent to a 1% hike in interest rates.
So, you’re looking at the equivalent of another 2% in interest rate hikes in terms of its impact on the economy, on top of the rate hikes.
We haven’t seen this much monetary tightening this quickly since the days of Paul Volcker.
And the Fed is not backing off despite the weak stock market performance. In fact, the Fed is doubling down.
In an interview on May 17, Fed Chair Jay Powell said, “We will go until we feel we’re at a place where we can say financial conditions are in an appropriate place, we see inflation coming down. We’ll go to that point. There won’t be any hesitation about that.”
The problem with Powell’s manifesto is that if you want to fight inflation of 8% you have to raise rates to 10% in order to achieve a real rate of 2%, which is close to neutral. That won’t happen. Stock markets will crater long before Powell can get the job done even by his own definition.
The Fed’s efforts are too little, too late.
But what about gold? Why has the yellow metal had such a hard time lately in the face of surging inflation?
Below, I show you the answers — but also why the factors suppressing gold prices won’t last. Read on.
Gold’s Headwinds Will Become Tailwinds
It has been a rough ride for gold lately. On March 8, gold was $2,043 per ounce (higher on an intra-day basis), close to its all-time high of $2,069 in August 2021. That March 8 interim high was, in part, a reaction to the February 24 invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
The immediate aftermath of the invasion brought a high degree of uncertainty and fear for the economic repercussions. Buying gold seemed like a natural response to the uncertainty.
The war is far from over, and uncertainty remains, but markets quickly decided the Russian military was not as potent as feared, U.S. and EU sanctions would wear Russia down, and the economy could continue to grow despite supply chain disruptions. Gold beat a retreat based on happy talk from economists and intense pro-Ukrainian propaganda from both Ukrainian and western sources.
Gold fell to $1,909 per ounce by March 16, then after a brief rally to $1,986 by mid-April, resumed its slide to today’s level around $1,855 per ounce as of today. That’s quite a fall in just a little over two months.
The following is a summary of the key drivers of the gold price decline. Consider this your cheat sheet on why gold prices are down. But also, why they may rally sooner than later:
Interest rates and inflation: The real interest rate is the single most important variable for gold prices. The real rate is simply the nominal rate (the one on your screen) minus inflation. Right now, real rates are around negative 7% if you use 1% as an interest rate benchmark and 8% as your inflation measure.
On its face, that’s an extremely favorable environment for gold. The problem is that interest rates are going up fast. They could be 2.25% (or higher) by the end of this year. Markets also expect that inflation will decline over the course of this year. We can debate whether that’s true or not, but the debate doesn’t matter.
What matters is the market perception, and right now the view is that inflation may drop to 5% by the third quarter (partly because of Fed tightening). If that happens, real interest rates will be negative 2.75%. That’s still negative, but it’s much higher than negative 7% today. That increase in real rates is a headwind for gold.
The Dollar: The dollar price of gold generally moves inversely to the strength of the dollar. A strong dollar means a lower dollar price for gold, while a weak dollar means a higher dollar price for gold. Lately, that rule has not held.
We see a consistently stronger dollar, and until recently, stronger gold. In the past month, gold has lagged while the dollar has continued its march higher. Any correlation between the dollar and the dollar price of gold has broken down.
One reason for this is that the “strong” dollar is really based on the DXY or the Bloomberg dollar index, both of which are composed entirely of currencies, with no reference to gold at all. The strong dollar is being driven by global liquidity fears and a shortage of dollar-denominated collateral (mostly Treasury bills) that banks use to leverage their balance sheets. Again, gold is not really in the picture when it comes to bank collateral. In the short run, dollar valuations won’t tell us much about gold prices one way or the other.
The War in Ukraine: The war has evolved from an expected blitzkrieg to the heart of Kyiv into a long, slow, and violent slog through cities on the Sea of Azov, at the mouth of the Dnieper River, and in the Donbass region along a line from Kharkiv to Crimea.
It’s difficult to get reliable battlefield information, although the expectation in western markets is that Russia is losing, the sanctions are working, and global trade will muddle through despite disruptions. That positive outlook is a headwind for gold.
The Global Economy: Again, the news is not all good, but it’s not bad enough to be a driver of higher gold prices. The Atlanta Fed forecast for second quarter growth is 2.5% annualized. We won’t have official numbers until late July. Still, this projected gain offsets the negative 1.4% growth in the first quarter and suggests the U.S. has narrowly avoided a recession for now.
China, Japan, the UK, and EU are all slowing noticeably, but can probably keep their heads just far enough above water to avoid a global recession (a rare event). This slowing phase is already priced into markets so its evolution is not expected to drive gold prices much one way or the other.
So, that’s the rundown. Trends in interest rates and inflation are a mild headwind. The dollar is not highly relevant because it’s being driven by exogenous forces that do not involve gold. Both the war and the global economy are neutral because, while challenging in some ways, they are not out of control and are already priced into gold markets.
Is there anything that will drive the price of gold higher in the months ahead? Yes. The driver is the likelihood that every one of the above forecasts is dead wrong.
All of the factors noted above are densely interconnected. Interest rates, inflation, the dollar, the war, and the global economy do not move in isolation – they all affect each other. Here’s how we expect events to play out in the real world:
Interest rates will go up, but there’s no assurance that inflation will come down much at all. Even as energy and auto prices level out, housing prices and food prices are still skyrocketing and consumer durables are beginning to take off. There’s a serious danger that cost-push inflation (from the supply side) will morph into demand-pull inflation (from labor and consumers).
If that happens, real rates will remain steeply negative; the Fed will not be able to raise rates fast enough to tame inflation without causing a recession.
The dollar may be King of the currency hill for now, but it’s losing out to commodities across the board. Major powers such as Russia, China, India, Brazil, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and others are working overtime to replace the dollar as a payment currency (if not yet as a reserve currency) to avoid future U.S. sanctions implemented through the payment system.
This loss of confidence in the dollar has not been seen since the 1970s and will have a similar impact – much higher dollar prices for gold.
As for the war, Russia is winning and the sanctions are not working. You won’t hear that on mainstream media, but the facts support those conclusions. Russia has almost secured about one-third of Ukraine including Donbass, Crimea, the Sea of Azov coast, Kherson, and has its sights on Odessa.
Ukrainian forces are being badly depleted and are mostly surrounded. U.S. weapons won’t do any good if they can’t make it to the battlefield or if there’s no one trained to use them if they do.
Meanwhile, the sanctions have mostly enriched Putin because he’s still collecting higher dollar prices on oil and natural gas. Confiscation of oligarch properties is a favor to Putin because he detests the oligarchs and is happy to let the U.S. do his dirty work.
The real impact of the sanctions will fall on the West and won’t be felt until this fall when grain exports disappear, shortages of strategic metals bring factories to a halt, and millions begin to starve.
Finally, the global economy is headed for a global recession. COVID lockdowns in China have immobilized 50 million people in Shanghai and Beijing. Chinese exports are dropping not only because of COVID lockdowns, but because of crashing foreign demand. Europe faces energy shortages if they proceed with their plans to stop importing energy from Russia.
The U.S. economy will sink fast as consumers spend more on gas and therefore less on everything else. This outlook is a prescription for stagflation – weak growth and strong inflation.
When that happened in the 1970s, gold went up 2,100% in less than nine years. Get ready for the sequel.
The Slaughter in Schools
It has become the norm now, that after a school shooting, assholeד come forward and state this as a staged event of false flag event. They did it for Sandy Hook and many others. Some of these idiots are those who call themselves brethren. And by doing so they discredit their testimony for Yehovah and His Torah. I sure hope this does not describe some of you. I pray you are not saying that those 19 children’s deaths was staged. That those two teachers were actors.
I have lost count of how many school shootings I have seen on the news in my lifetime. It is the same old thing. Massive outcry, wringing of the hands and sympathy and then the next news event takes over and it is forgotten. It is never forgotten in the homes of those who now have an empty chair where once sat a child full of life not too long ago.
Why does this keep happening? Why does God allow such horrendous events to take place? Why?
I want you all to go to this link and look at every school shooting in the USA before the year 2000. Count the number of shooting each year before 1960. Then count how many there are after 1960. Just you do the counting and you tell me. I am not going to tell you.
In almost all of them there are only a few injured or killed each time.
Now go to this link and look at the school shooting since 2000. Notice how many more shootings there are and also how many more are injured and killed.
Let me now share with you the reason why this is happening more and more often.
School prayer in the United States if organized by the school is largely banned from public elementary, middle and high schools by a series of Supreme Court decisions since 1962. Students may pray privately, and join religious clubs in after-school hours. Public schools are those operated by government agencies, such as local school districts. They are banned from conducting religious observances such as prayer. Private and parochial schools are not covered by these rulings, nor are colleges and universities. Elementary and secondary schools are covered because students are required to attend, and are considered more at risk from official pressure than are older students and adults. The Constitutional basis for this prohibition is the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which requires that…
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…
The first part of the amendment (“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”) is known as the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, while the second part (“or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”) is known as the Free Exercise Clause.
Although each of these clauses originally applied only to the central US government, the Fourteenth Amendment extended the scope of the entire First Amendment to all levels of government, including the state and local levels, thus compelling states and their public schools to adopt an equally detached approach to religion in schools.
Since 1962, the Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that school-mandated prayers in public schools are unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has also ruled that so-called “voluntary” school prayers are also unconstitutional, because they force some students to be outsiders to the main group, and because they subject dissenters to intense peer group pressure.
School prayer prior to 1962
In the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, it was common practice for public schools to open with an oral prayer or Bible reading. The 19th century debates over public funding for religious schools, and reading the King James Protestant Bible in the public schools was most heated in 1863 and 1876. Partisan activists on the public-school issue believed that exposing the Catholic school children to the King James Bible would loosen their affiliation to the Catholic Church. In response the Catholics repeatedly objected to the distinct Protestant observations performed in the local schools. For instance, in the Edgerton Bible Case (Weiss v. District Board (1890)), the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled in favor of Catholics who objected to the use of the Protestant Bible in public schools. This ruling was based on the state constitution and only applied in Wisconsin. Eventually the Catholics took a large voice and even control in the politics of the major cities. Irish Catholic women – who married late or not at all – began to specialize as teachers in the public schools. The Catholics and some high church groups including German Lutherans, Episcopalians as well as members of other religions such as Jews, set up their own school systems, called parochial schools. Southern Baptists and fundamentalists In the late 20th century began aggressively setting up their own schools, where religion was practiced but no government aid was used. Likewise homeschooling in the late 20th century represented a reaction against compulsory school.
In 1949 Bible reading was a part of routine in the public schools of at least thirty-seven states. In twelve of these states, Bible reading was legally required by state laws; 11 states passed these laws after 1913. In 1960, 42 percent of school districts nationwide tolerated or required Bible reading, and 50 percent reported some form of homeroom daily devotional exercise.
A Turning Point: The “Regents’ Prayer” and Engel v. Vitale
The media and popular culture often erroneously credit atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair with removing school prayer from US public schools, when the case against recitation of the Lord’s Prayer in Baltimore schools was decided by the Supreme Court in 1962. A more significant case had reached the Supreme Court one year prior, suddenly changing the legal climate for school prayer. In 1955, the New York Board of Regents developed a prayer recommended (but not required) for the school districts under its purview. The prayer was relatively short: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence on Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers, and our country.” The board stated that the prayer would “combat juvenile delinquency and counter the spread of Communism.”
Seven years later, Steven I. Engel, a Jew, was upset to see his son’s hands clasped and his head bent in prayer. He told his son that this was “not the way we say prayers.” Engel, a founding member of the New York Civil Liberties Union, brought action along with Daniel Lichtenstein, Monroe Lerner, Lenore Lyons, and Lawrence Roth, all parents of children in the Long Island, New York public school system, against Union Free School District No. 9 for its adoption and subsequent prescription of the so-called “Regent’s prayer”, arguing that it constituted the state-sponsored establishment of religion in violation of citizens’ First Amendment rights via the Fourteenth Amendment.
Use of the Regent’s prayer was initially upheld in both New York State Court and in the New York Court of Appeals, prompting Engels to petition the US Supreme Court in the Engel v. Vitale case in 1962. With its 6–1 vote to make public recitation of the Regents’ Prayer in public schools unlawful, the U.S. Supreme Court made its first-ever decision on prayer in public schools. It made its second in 1963—the Abington School District v. Schempp ruling, which made the corporate reading of the Bible and recitation of the Lord’s Prayer unlawful in public schools.
1963 and after
In these two landmark decisions, Engel v. Vitale (1962) and Abington School District v. Schempp (1963), the Supreme Court established what is now the current prohibition on state-sponsored prayer in US schools. While the Engel decision held that the promulgation of an official state-school prayer stood in violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause (thus overruling the New York Courts’ decisions), Abington held that Bible readings and other public school-sponsored religious activities were prohibited. Madalyn Murray’s lawsuit, Murray v. Curlett, contributed to the removal of compulsory Bible reading from the public schools of the United States, and has had lasting and significant effects.
Until the lawsuit, it was commonplace for students to participate in many types of Christian religious activities while at school, including religious instruction itself. Nonreligious students, as well as students who were not Christians, were compelled to participate in such activities and were not usually given any opportunity to opt out. The Murray suit was combined with an earlier case. With the success of the lawsuit, the intent of the Constitution with regard to the relationship between church and state again came under critical scrutiny and has remained there to this day. While students do retain the right to pray in public schools, even in organized groups such as “See You at the Pole”, the lawsuit disallowed schools from including prayer as a compulsory activity required of every student. The success of O’Hair’s lawsuit led to subsequent lawsuits by Mormon and Catholic families in Texas in 2000 to limit compulsory prayer at school-sponsored football games.
Following these two cases came the Court’s decision in Lemon v. Kurtzman (1971), a ruling that established the Lemon test for religious activities within schools. The Lemon test states that, in order to be constitutional under the Establishment Clause, any practice sponsored within state-run schools (or other public state-sponsored activities) must adhere to the following three criteria:
Have a secular purpose;
Must neither advance nor inhibit religion; and
Must not result in an excessive entanglement between government and religion.
As of 2019, religious prayer can still be seen in public schools in America. In a nationally representative sample of 1,800 teens (ages 13-17), 12 percent from the South region of the United States say that they have had a teacher lead their class in prayer.
In 2021, KQED wrote, “Elk Grove Unified School District began… setting aside rooms in many of its middle and high schools for prayer during Muslim holidays.” As the Supreme Court found in Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, “… nothing in the Constitution as interpreted by this Court prohibits any public school student from voluntarily praying at any time before, during, or after the schoolday.”
Now listen to the words of Yehovah and what He has told would happen.
Pro 1:20 Wisdom cries outside; she utters her voice in the streets;
Pro 1:21 she cries in the chief place of gathering, in the openings of the gates; in the city she utters her words, saying,
Pro 1:22 How long will you love simplicity, simple ones? And will scorners delight in their scorning? And will fools hate knowledge?
Pro 1:23 Turn at my warning; behold, I will pour out my Spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.
Pro 1:24 Because I called, and you refused; I stretched out my hand, and no one paid attention;
Pro 1:25 but you have despised all my advice, and would have none of my warning.
Pro 1:26 I also will laugh at your trouble; I will mock when your fear comes;
Pro 1:27 when your fear comes as a wasting away, and your ruin comes like a tempest when trouble and pain come upon you.
Pro 1:28 Then they shall call upon me, and I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me;
Pro 1:29 instead they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of Jehovah.
Pro 1:30 They would have none of my counsel; they despised all my correction,
Pro 1:31 and they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own desires.
Pro 1:32 For the turning away of the simple kills them, and the ease of fools destroys them.
Pro 1:33 But whoever listens to me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
In Lev 26 you have this word bereave, which is rob you of the womb,
Lev 26:21 And if you walk contrary to Me, and will not listen to Me, I will bring seven times more plagues on you according to your sins.
Lev 26:22 I will also send wild beasts among you, who shall bereave you. (which shall rob you of your children, ) (Shakol) And I will destroy your cattle, and make you few. And your highways shall be deserted.
The associated verse to Lev 26 is this one in 2 Kings. How could Yehovah not just allow this thing to happen bought brought about the bears to execute the curse on 42 children?
2 Kings 2:24 And he turned behind him and saw them, and declared them vile in the name of Jehovah. And two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two boys of them.
This same word bereave is used in Ezekiel to curse those who will not obey Him.
Eze 5:1 And you, son of man, take a sharp sword to yourself, take a barber’s razor also, and cause it to pass on your head and on your beard. Then take scales to weigh, and divide the hair.
Eze 5:2 You shall burn a third part with fire in the middle of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled; and you shall take a third part and beat around it with a sword; and you shall scatter a third part in the wind, and I will draw out a sword after them.
Eze 5:3 Also you shall take a few of them in number, and tie them up in your skirts.
Eze 5:4 Then take of them again, and throw them into the middle of the fire, and burn them in the fire; for a fire shall come forth from them into all the house of Israel.
Eze 5:5 So says the Lord Jehovah: This is Jerusalem. I have set it in the middle of the nations, and all around her are the lands.
Eze 5:6 And she has changed My judgments into wickedness more than the nations, and defiled My Laws more than the countries that are all around her; for they have rejected My judgments and My Laws; they have not walked in them.
Eze 5:7 Therefore so says the Lord Jehovah: Because you multiplied more than the nations that are all around you, and have not walked in My Laws, neither have kept My judgments, nor have done according to the judgments of the nations all around you;
Eze 5:8 therefore so says the Lord Jehovah; Behold, I, even I, am against you, and will carry out judgments in your midst before the nations.
Eze 5:9 And I will do in you that which I have not done, and the like of which I will never do again, because of all your abominations.
Eze 5:10 So the fathers shall eat the sons in your midst, and the sons shall eat their fathers. And I will execute judgments in you, and I will scatter the whole remnant of you into all the winds.
Eze 5:11 Therefore, as I live, says the Lord Jehovah, surely, because you have defiled My sanctuary with all your detestable things, and with all your abominations, therefore I will also withdraw; nor shall My eye spare you, nor will I have any pity.
Eze 5:12 A third part of you shall die with the plague, and shall be consumed with the famine in your midst. And a third part shall fall by the sword all around you; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.
Eze 5:13 So My anger shall be fulfilled, and I will cause My fury to rest on them, and I will be comforted. And they shall know that I Jehovah have spoken it in My zeal, when I have fulfilled My fury in them.
Eze 5:14 And I will make you a waste and a curse among the nations that are all around you, in the sight of all who pass by.
Eze 5:15 So it shall be a reproach and a taunt, a chastening and a horror to the nations which are all around you, when I shall execute judgments against you in anger and in fury and in rebukes among them. I Jehovah have spoken it.
Eze 5:16 When I shall send on them the evil arrows of famine, which shall be for their ruin, which I will send to destroy you; even I will increase the famine on you, and break your staff of bread;
Eze 5:17 yea, I will send on you famine and evil beasts, and you will be bereaved. And pestilence and blood shall pass among you; and I shall bring a sword on you. I Jehovah have spoken.
We are also warned in Deuteronomy.
Deu 28:18 The fruit of your body shall be cursed, and the fruit of your land, the increase of your cows, and the flocks of your sheep.
It is very sad to see the lives of children taken in such a terrible way as what we have seen on the news this week. But we were and we are warned this is going to happen to us if we do not obey.
Deu 28:63 And it shall be, as Jehovah rejoiced over you to do you good and to multiply you, so Jehovah will rejoice over you to destroy you and to bring you to nothing. And you shall be plucked from off the land where you go to possess it.
Jer 14:10 So says Jehovah to this people; So they have loved to wander; they have not restrained their feet; therefore Jehovah does not accept them. He will now remember their iniquity and visit their sins.
Jer 14:11 Then Jehovah said to me, Do not pray for this people for good.
Jer 14:12 When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and a grain offering, I will not accept them. But I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the plague.
Isa 1:10 Hear the Word of Jehovah, rulers of Sodom; give ear to the Law of our God, people of Gomorrah.
Isa 1:11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me? says Jehovah; I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of he-goats.
Isa 1:12 When you come to appear before Me, who has required this at your hand, to trample My courts?
Isa 1:13 Bring no more vain sacrifice; incense is an abomination to Me; the new moon and sabbath, the going to meeting; I cannot endure evil and the assembly!
Isa 1:14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; they are a trouble to Me; I am weary to bear them.
Isa 1:15 And when you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; yea, when you make many prayers, I will not hear; your hands are full of blood.
Isa 1:16 Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes; cease to do evil;
Isa 1:17 learn to do good; seek judgment, reprove the oppressor. Judge the orphan, plead for the widow.
Eze 8:16 And He brought me into the inner court of Jehovah’s house, and behold, at the opening of the temple of Jehovah, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs toward the temple of Jehovah and their faces toward the east; and they bowed themselves eastward to the sun.
Eze 8:17 And He said to me, Have you seen, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they do the hateful things which they do here? For they have filled the land with violence and have turned to provoke Me to anger. And lo, they put the branch to their nose.
Eze 8:18 And I will also deal with fury; My eye shall not spare, nor will I have pity. And though they cry in My ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them.
Jer 11:10 They have turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, who refused to hear My Words. And they went after other gods to serve them. The house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken My covenant which I made with their fathers.
Jer 11:11 So Jehovah says this: Behold, I will bring evil on them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry to Me, I will not listen to them.
Jer 11:12 Then shall the cities of Judah and the people of Jerusalem go and cry to the gods to whom they offer incense. But they shall not save them at all in the time of their trouble.
Jer 11:13 For according to the number of your cities were your gods, O Judah. And according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem you have set up altars to that shameful thing, altars to burn incense to Baal.
Jer 11:14 And you, do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them. For I will not hear them in the time they cry to Me for their trouble.
If you want these shootings to stop then turn back to Yehovah with your whole heart. Until you do He is not listening to your pleas or cries for help.
Our Torah portion which we study each week on Shabbat began last week to look at Lev 1-2. I then played a video from Alephbeta showing how the book of Leviticus is a chiastic structured book. The first 7 chapters are in a relationship with chapter 27.
In fact, the Torah or the first 5 books of the Bible are also a chiasm. When the Torah is viewed with this in mind each chiastic book points to the middle as something you are to pay close attention to. The Torah as well as the book of Leviticus focus on and point to the center of Leviticus 16 and 17.
Chapter 16 is talking about the Day of Atonement as the most important event in the Torah. Chapter 17 is speaking about where you are to make the sacrifice and not to eat the blood.
This week I want to drill down on one of those things mentioned in Leviticus 16. The incense.
The altar of incense is first mentioned in Exodus chapter 30 as one of the items inside the Holy Place of the tabernacle. The top of the altar was square—one cubit per side—and the whole altar was two cubits high. A cubit was about twenty inches, or just under two feet. The altar of incense was made of acacia wood and overlaid with gold. It had four “horns,” one at each corner, similar to the altar of sacrifice in the courtyard (Exodus 30:2; cf. 27:2). Rings of gold were built into the altar so that it could be carried with acacia wood poles that were slipped through the rings. The altar of incense was placed before the veil that separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies. On the other side of the veil was the Ark of the Testimony, where the presence of God was (Exodus 25:22).
Aaron was instructed to burn incense on the altar each morning and at twilight, every day, as a regular offering to the Lord (Exodus 30:7–8). God gave the recipe for making the incense and stipulated that no other incense ever be burned on the altar (verses 34–38). The fire used to burn the incense was always taken from the altar of burnt offering outside the sanctuary (Leviticus 16:12). Never was the altar of incense to be used for a burnt offering, a grain offering, or a drink offering (Exodus 30:9). Once a year, on the Day of Atonement, the high priest was to put blood on the horns of the altar of incense to cleanse it. The altar of incense was called “most holy to the Lord” (verse 10).
Of course, God’s primary desire for His people is that they be holy. Simply going through the rituals required by the Law—including the burning of incense on the altar of incense—was not enough to make the Israelites right with God. The Lord wanted their hearts and lives to be right, not just their formalities. During Isaiah’s time, the people were disobedient to God, yet they still maintained the temple rites, and that’s why God said through the prophet, “Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me” (Isaiah 1:13). More important than burning the proper incense at the proper time with the proper fire with the proper implements was having a proper heart before God.
In Scripture, incense is often associated with prayer. David prayed, “May my prayer be set before you like incense” (Psalm 141:2). In his vision of heaven, John saw that the elders around the throne “were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people” (Revelation 5:8; cf. 8:3). As Zechariah the priest was offering incense in the temple in Luke 1:10, “all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.”
The altar of incense, then, can be seen as a symbol of the prayers of God’s people. Our prayers ascend to God as the smoke of the incense ascended in the sanctuary. As the incense was burned with fire from the altar of burnt offering, our prayers must be kindled with heaven’s grace. The fact that the incense was always burning means that we should always pray (Luke 18:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:17). The altar of incense was holy to the Lord and was atoned for with the blood of the sacrifice; it is the blood of Christ applied to our hearts that makes our prayers acceptable. Our prayers are holy because of Jesus’ sacrifice, and therefore they are pleasing to God.
The altar of incense can also be seen as a picture of the intercession of Christ. Just as the altar of sacrifice in the courtyard was a type of Christ’s death on our behalf, the altar of incense in the Holy Place was a type of Christ’s mediation on our behalf—Christ’s work on earth and in heaven. The altar of incense was situated before the mercy-seat of the Ark—a picture of our Advocate’s standing in the presence of the Father (Hebrews 7:25; 9:24). The incense was to be burning continually on the altar of incense, which shows the perpetual nature of Christ’s mediation. Christ’s intercession on our behalf is a sweet-smelling savor to God.
It is beautiful to know that God considers the prayers of believers to be like a sweet smell of incense. Because of Christ, we can now enter God’s holy presence by faith, with full assurance (Mark 15:38; Hebrews 4:16). We offer our prayers upon the altar, trusting in Jesus, our eternal, perfect, and faithful High Priest (Hebrews 10:19–23).
The incense represents our prayers before Yehovah “IF,” if we are Holy. If we are not then it is detestable before Yehovah as Isaiah said. With this in mind read what happened to Korah and pay attention to the parts mentioned about the incense.
Num 16:15 And Moses was very angry, and said to Jehovah, Do not respect their offering. I have not taken one ass from them, neither have I hurt one of them.
Num 16:16 And Moses said to Korah, Stand before Jehovah, you and all your company, you and they, and Aaron, tomorrow.
Num 16:17 And every man take his fire-pan and put incense in them, and let every man bring his fire-pan before Jehovah, two hundred and fifty fire-pans, you also, and Aaron, each with his fire-pan.
Num 16:18 And every man took his fire-pan and put fire in them, and laid incense on it, and stood in the door of the tabernacle of the congregation with Moses and Aaron.
Num 16:19 And Korah gathered all the congregation against them, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And the glory of Jehovah appeared to all the congregation.
Num 16:20 And Jehovah spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying,
Num 16:21 Separate yourselves from among this congregation, so that I may devour them in a moment.
Num 16:22 And they fell upon their faces and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin and will You be angry with all the congregation?
Num 16:23 And Jehovah spoke to Moses saying,
Num 16:24 Speak to the congregation saying, Get away from the tent of Korah and Dathan and Abiram.
Num 16:25 And Moses rose up and went to Dathan and Abiram. And the elders of Israel followed him.
Num 16:26 And he spoke to the congregation, saying, I pray you, get away from the tents of these wicked men. And touch nothing of theirs lest you be destroyed in all their sins.
Num 16:27 So they got away from the tent of Korah, Dathan and Abiram, on every side. And Dathan and Abiram came out and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their infants.
Num 16:28 And Moses said, By this you shall know that Jehovah has sent me to do all these works, and that not from my own heart.
Num 16:29 If these men die the common death of all men, or if they are visited according to the examination of all men, Jehovah has not sent me.
Num 16:30 But if Jehovah makes a new thing, and the earth opens her mouth and swallows them up with all that they have, and they go down alive into the pit, then you shall understand that these men have provoked Jehovah.
Num 16:31 And it happened, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, the ground under them split apart.
Num 16:32 And the earth opened her mouth and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who were for Korah, and all their goods.
Num 16:33 They and all that they had went down alive into Sheol, and the earth closed upon them. And they perished from among the congregation.
Num 16:34 And all Israel around them fled at their cry. For they said, Lest the earth swallow us up.
Num 16:35 And there came out a fire from Jehovah and burned up the two hundred and fifty men who offered incense.
Num 16:36 And Jehovah spoke to Moses saying,
Num 16:37 Speak to Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, that he take up the fire-pans out of the burning, and scatter the fire yonder. For they are holy.
Num 16:38 The fire-pans of these sinners against their own souls, let them make them into broad plates, a covering for the altar; for they offered them before Jehovah, therefore they are made holy. And they shall be a sign to the sons of Israel.
Num 16:39 And Eleazar the priest took the bronze fire-pans, the ones with which those who had been burned up had offered, and they were made into broad plates, a covering of the altar,
Num 16:40 a memorial to the sons of Israel, that no stranger not of the seed of Aaron may come near to offer incense before Jehovah, so that he may not be as Korah and as his company, as Jehovah said to him by the hand of Moses.
Even after seeing all of this the people still did not understand and spoke against Moses and Aaron.
Num 16:41 But on the next day all the congregation of the sons of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron saying, You have killed the people of Jehovah.
Num 16:42 And it happened when the congregation was gathered together against Moses and against Aaron, they looked toward the tabernacle of the congregation. And behold! The cloud covered it, and the glory of Jehovah appeared.
Num 16:43 And Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of the congregation.
Num 16:44 And Jehovah spoke to Moses saying,
Num 16:45 Get away from this congregation so that I may consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces.
Num 16:46 And Moses said to Aaron, Take a fire-pan, and put fire in it from the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly to the congregation and make an atonement for them. For wrath has gone out from Jehovah. The plague has begun.
Num 16:47 And Aaron did as Moses commanded and ran into the midst of the congregation. And behold! The plague had begun among the people. And he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people.
Num 16:48 And he stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was stayed.
Num 16:49 And those who died in the plague were fourteen thousand, seven hundred, besides the ones who died about the matter of Korah.
The work of Yehovah, this work, healing of the sick depends on each of you, each and every one of you being Holy or righteous.
Jas 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing psalms.
Jas 5:14 Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
Jas 5:15 And the prayer of faith will cure the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up. And if he has committed sins, it will be forgiven him.
Jas 5:16 Confess faults to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous one avails much.
Jas 5:17 Elijah was a man of like passion as we are. And he prayed earnestly that it might not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for the time of three years and six months.
Jas 5:18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth caused its fruit to sprout.
Our prayers are the same as the incense being offered. If we are doing it without being holy, then our prayers are a waste of time. In John we are told about the blind man being healed. Notice what he said to the Pharisees about why they could not heal him.
Joh 9:26 Then they said to him again, What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?
Joh 9:27 He answered them, I have told you already, and you did not hear. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also desire to be His disciples?
Joh 9:28 Then they reviled him and said, You are his disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples.
Joh 9:29 We know that God spoke to Moses, but we do not know from where this man is.
Joh 9:30 The man answered and said to them, Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know from where He is, and He has opened my eyes.
Joh 9:31 But we know that God does not hear sinners, but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him.
Joh 9:32 From everlasting it was not heard that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind.
Joh 9:33 If this One were not of God, He could do nothing.
Even though they were the representatives of Yehovah, their prayers were not heard, because they were not righteous and they were not Holy.
There is one more very special event that takes place on the Day of Atonement.
Lev 16:12 And he shall take a censer full of coals of fire from off the altar before Jehovah, and his hands full of fragrant perfumes beaten small, and bring it within the veil.
Lev 16:13 And he shall put the incense on the fire before Jehovah. And the cloud of the incense shall cover the mercy-seat that is on the Testimony. And he shall not die.
From what I am reading form the Talmud we are told:
The Rabbis taught: How is the incense mixture formulated? Three hundred and sixty eight mina were in it: three hundred sixty five corresponding to the days of the solar year – a mina for each day, half in the morning and half in the afternoon, and three extra mina, from which the Kohen Gadol would bring both his handfuls [into the Holy of Holies] on Yom Kippur. He would return them to the mortar on the day preceding Yom Kippur, and grind them very thoroughly so that they would be exceptionally fine.
It was very Holy to Yehovah. So much so that anyone trying to make it or replicate it was to be cut off.
Exo 30:31 And you shall speak to the sons of Israel saying, This shall be a holy anointing oil to Me throughout your generations.
Exo 30:32 It shall not be poured upon man’s flesh, neither shall you make any other like it, according to the way it is made. It is holy, and it shall be holy to you.
Exo 30:33 Whoever compounds any like it, or whoever puts any of it upon a stranger, shall even be cut off from his people.
Exo 30:34 And Jehovah said to Moses, Take to yourself sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; sweet spices with pure frankincense, a part of each one.
Exo 30:35 And you shall make it a perfume, an incense according to the art of the perfumer, salted, pure andholy.
Exo 30:36 And you shall beat some of it very small, and put it before the testimony in the tabernacle of the congregation, where I will meet with you. It shall be most holy to you.
Exo 30:37 And the perfume which you shall make, you shall not make any for yourselves according to the way it is made. It shall be holy to you for Jehovah.
Exo 30:38 Whoever shall make any like that, to smell of it, shall even be cut off from his people.
Two hands filled with incense are taken into the Holy of Holies. When I read this the only thing I could think of was the 144,000 and the innumerable multitude who are taken at the end of the Tribulation to dwell with Yehovah forever.
Rev 7:9 After these things I looked, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, out of all nations and kindreds and people and tongues, stood before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palms in their hands.
Rev 7:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God sitting on the throne, and to the Lamb.
Rev 7:11 And all the angels stood around the throne, and the elders, and the four living creatures, and they fell before the throne on their faces and worshiped God,
Rev 7:12 saying, Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever. Amen.
Rev 7:13 And one of the elders answered, saying to me, Who are these who are arrayed in white robes, and from where do they come?
Rev 7:14 And I said to him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are the ones who came out of the great tribulation and have washed their robes, and have whitened them in the blood of the Lamb.
Rev 7:15 Therefore they are before the throne of God, and they serve Him day and night in His temple. And He sitting on the throne will dwell among them.
Rev 7:16 They will not hunger any more, nor thirst any more, nor will the sun light on them, nor any heat.
Rev 7:17 For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will feed them and will lead them to the fountains of living waters. And God will wipe away all tears from their eyes.
Your Holiness, your obeying of the commandments determines if your prayers will be heard. Your prayers are represented by the incense presented before the curtain twice a day and kept burning there all the time. Your prayers are special to Yehovah and only they are brought in on the Day of Atonement along with the blood. Your prayers ascend and mingle with the Shekinah above the mercy seat on the Day of Atonement.
When you understand the purpose and meaning of the 8th Day Feast and how it represents Yehovah’s desire to dwell with us, then the incense altar will also convey to you that Yehovah also seeks to hear from you and to have an ongoing dialogue with you. He wants to hear from you and to talk with you if you are Holy.
Exodus tells us there were 4 ingredients and Josephus tells us they had by then been using 11. You can look them up and study them yourselves.
You are commanded to be Holy.
1Pe 1:13 Therefore girding up the loins of your mind, being sober, perfectly hope for the grace being brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
1Pe 1:14 as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance,
1Pe 1:15 but according to the Holy One who has called you, you also become holy in all conduct,
1Pe 1:16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
Leviticus 11:44 For I am Jehovah your God, and you shall sanctify yourselves, and you shall be holy, for I am holy. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any kind of swarming thing that swarms on the earth.
Leviticus 19:2 Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I, Jehovah your God, am holy.
Leviticus 20:7 And you shall sanctify yourselves, and be holy. For I am Jehovah your God.
Leviticus 20:26 And you shall be holy to Me. For I, Jehovah, am holy, and have severed you from the nations, so that you should be Mine.
Exodus 19:6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words which you shall speak to the sons of Israel.