Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem-NOT…

Joseph F. Dumond

Isa 6:9-12 And He said, Go, and tell this people, You hear indeed, but do not understand; and seeing you see, but do not know. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn back, and be healed. Then I said, Lord, how long? And He answered, Until the cities are wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land laid waste, a desolation, and until Jehovah has moved men far away, and the desolation in the midst of the land is great.

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Published: May 14, 2021 - (5857)

News Letter 5857-013
The 5th Year of the 4th Sabbatical Cycle
The 26th year of the 120th Jubilee Cycle
The 2nd day of the 4th month 5857 years after the creation of Adam
The 4th Sabbatical Cycle after the 119th Jubilee Cycle
The Sabbatical Cycle of Sword, Famines, and Pestilence
1947 Days until the Two Witnesses

350 Days into the 2300 Days Started May 31st, 2020

May 15, 2021


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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.

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New Moon 4th Month

The New Moon of the fourth month was sighted in Israel by many observers on Thursday night. This then makes Thursday night and Friday day the 1st day of the 4th month.

 


 

It’s Written in the Heavens

This coming Sunday, May 16, 2021, I will once again be hosting Cyrus Harding and Mark Webb. I have told you in the past Mark has another stunning surprise to share. And Cyrus who warned us the war was coming but thought it was for Russia and Ukraine is still scarily accurate with his moon cycles. As you all know Israel is at war.

Well, Mark had to have an emergency meeting this past Wednesday to talk about what he had found. He wanted us to go to our expert areas and compare notes. Now all three of us are excited. We see Yehovah using each of our fields of teaching and bringing them together to see Yehovah’s hand at work.

What the three of us are about to present to you all again is very exciting. And at the same time very terrifying. Make sure you have your charts ready to flip back and forth. This is going to be a stunning presentation.

Oh, and Mark just wrote me again. I had asked him to go over and check the heavens during the flood and then again during the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and compare that to the year 2033 when I am saying that Satan is going to be locked away and the Rapture of the Saints takes place at Shavuot. Here is his reply.

WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW that’s what I have to say about the heavens during those dates, did I say WOW WOW WOW WOW.

I’m referring to the dates of the flood and the Sodom event. HUGE I MEAN HUGE SIGNS.

And that brethren is from Mark and he was already excited about what he had found about the year 2033 in relation to Abraham and Yehshua.

So, just maybe, I thought you might be interested.

We wrote a book called The Prophecies of Abraham. We showed you how the events in Abrahams’s life were a picture of future end-time events. We explained a number of them in the book and then went into more details in our other books. One of the things I did not see and never considered was the prophetic message about Yehovah prophecying to Abraham about the coming of His son. Yes, there is the story of Isaac being sacrificed. And no I am not talking about that.

So do not miss this teaching on Sunday at 1 PM eastern. We can take your questions live, as we talk. Again you do not want to miss this presentation. Let your friends know to come and join us live.


Septennial Torah Portion

If you go to Torah Portion at our archived section, you can then go to the 5th year which is the 5th 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 15, 2021, and see that this Shabbat we could very well be midrashing about

Gen 36
1 Samuel 31
Psalm 72-75
Mark 14:32-72

If you missed last week’s exciting discoveries as we studied that section you can go and watch past Shabbats on our media section.

 


 

Biden failed the Israel-Palestinian rocket and riot test – analysis

Biden’s mistakes began before the first rocket was fired: US Mideast policy expert

By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN  MAY 12, 2021 14:17

The policies of the Biden administration have inadvertently contributed to the lethal round of hostilities in Israel and Gaza, some Israeli analysts claimed on Wednesday.

The escalation “is a test and [US President Joe Biden] has failed,” said Prof. Eytan Gilboa, an expert on US policy in the Middle East at Bar-Ilan University.

Biden’s mistakes, he said, began before the first rocket was fired.

Back in February, Biden lifted the designation of the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen as a global terrorist organization. Analysts said that the president believed the move would reduce violence in Yemen and against Saudi Arabia, but it has produced the opposite result.

“If you are a terrorist organization, and you don’t do anything and sanctions are lifted against you, this means you can do whatever you want,” Gilboa said. “Other terrorist organizations in the Middle East, like Hamas, look at this and say, ‘This is what the US is doing? Very good. We can exploit it.’”

In April, Biden announced that America would restore some $235 million in aid to the Palestinians that had been withdrawn by former President Donald Trump. About two-thirds of the money is being given to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which Trump cut off in 2018 because of its ties to terrorism.

“Hamas and Islamic Jihad were looking and saying to themselves that if the US restored this aid unconditionally, then we can do whatever we want,” Gilboa explained.

Finally, that same month, the US lifted sanctions on International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, also without any conditions.

“The ICC decided to investigate Israel for alleged war crimes in Gaza,” the professor said. “Bensouda is supposed to leave office by June 15 and the Biden administration did not even say to her that it would [only] lift the sanctions providing she did not investigate Israel but [would] leave that to her successor.”

Amid the violence, the administration has likewise shown a lack of understanding of the situation, including falsely equating Israel with Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

“We urge de-escalation on all sides,” State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said on Tuesday, failing to mention Hamas or Islamic Jihad as terrorist organizations targeting civilians.

Price further stressed that “we welcome the steps the Israeli government has taken in recent days aimed at avoiding provocations, including the decision to avoid confrontations during the Jerusalem Day commemoration and the delay in the decision regarding the Sheikh Jarrah evictions.”

But the real estate feud in Jerusalem, Gilboa said, has little to do with the violence, and mentioning it seems misplaced once rockets were raining down.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad have been inciting violence and terrorism for weeks inside Israel and the Palestinian territories, and specifically on the Temple Mount, in response to a decision by the Palestinian Authority to cancel the elections that Hamas hoped to win. Their goal is to take over the West Bank and turn it into another Gaza, Gilboa said.

“The US is strengthening terrorist organizations who are against peace,” he said.

But not everyone agrees.

His colleague, Prof. Jonathan Rynhold, director of the Argov Institute for the Study of Israel and the Jewish People at Bar-Ilan, said that “the American position is very secondary as a factor” in the escalation. He said he would not have expected the Trump administration to do anything more other than “rhetorically being stronger in their support for Israel – and I don’t think that would have had any impact on the dynamic.”

America’s friendship does bolster Israel in difficult times, however.

Biden has given the vibe that he at best has “ambiguous feelings toward the current Israeli government, which might influence his overall attitude toward Israel,” according to Prof. Boaz Ganor, head of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya.

Ganor said that with two-thirds of the Israeli population running to bomb shelters for cover – vying to protect their children and the elderly – Israelis across the political spectrum should expect a different attitude from the American administration.

“This unprecedented situation is far from ending and this is the time that Biden’s friendship is being checked,” Gilboa said. “The American administration’s attitude, for the time being, is quite disappointing.”


 

This is Your Daughter, Your Mother, Your Son and Brother

I want to show you the military targets Hamas is shooting at. They are sending hundreds of rockets across the border into another country without provocation. They are raining down missiles on civilians. They are not targeting military targets at war. They are terrorizing civilians. This is a war crime.

This beautiful 16 year-old girl, Nadin Awad, was murdered by a rocket fired from Gaza towards Israel, when she ran to take cover together with her father. They were both murdered.

May their memories be a blessing.

This is Lea Yom-Tov (63).

She was murdered when a rocket hit Rishon LeZion city last night. She left behind 2 children and 5 grandchildren. May her memory be a blessing.

21 year-old IDF soldier Staff Sgt. Omer Tabib was killed today by an anti-tank missile that was fired by Hamas from Gaza into Israel.
Rest in peace.

 

Now read what a war crime against Humanity is.

Crimes Against Humanity

The scale and systematic nature of the attacks on civilians detailed in this report meets the definition of a crime against humanity. Hamas and Islamic Jihad have claimed responsibility for suicide bombing attacks on civilians since 1994, and such attacks clearly represent organizational policy at the highest levels. Since January 2002, the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades and the PFLP have also claimed responsibility for organizing and carrying out such attacks.

The notion of “crimes against humanity” refers to acts that, by their scale or nature, outrage the conscience of humankind. Crimes against humanity were first codified in the charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal of 1945. Since then, the concept has been incorporated into a number of international treaties, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Although definitions of crimes against humanity differ slightly from treaty to treaty, all definitions provide that the deliberate, widespread, or systematic killing of civilians by an organization or government is a crime against humanity.112 Unlike war crimes, crimes against humanity may be committed in times of peace or in periods of unrest that do not rise to the level of an armed conflict.

The most recent definition of crimes against humanity is contained in the Rome Statute of the ICC, which entered into force on July 1, 2002. The statute defines crimes against humanity as the “participation in and knowledge of a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population,” and “the multiple commission of [such] acts…against any civilian population, pursuant to or in furtherance of a State or organizational policy to commit such attack.” The statute’s introduction defines “policy to commit such attack” to mean that the state or organization actively promoted or encouraged such attacks against a civilian population. The elements of the “crime against humanity of murder” require that (1) “the perpetrator killed one or more persons,” (2) “[t]he conduct was committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against a civilian population,” and (3) “[t]he perpetrator knew that the conduct was part of, or intended the conduct to be part of, a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population.”113

Those who commit crimes against humanity, like war crimes, are held individually criminally responsible for their actions. Crimes against humanity give rise to universal jurisdiction, they do not admit the defense of following superior orders, and they do not benefit from statutes of limitation. International jurisprudence and standard setting of the last ten years have consolidated the view that those responsible for crimes against humanity and other serious violations of human rights should not be granted amnesty.114 As in the case of war crimes, all states are responsible for bringing those who commit crimes against humanity to justice.

The pattern of suicide bombing attacks against Israel civilians that emerged in 2001 and intensified during 2002 clearly meets the criteria of a crime against humanity.

What Hamas is doing from Gaza is deplorable. Each and every one of the leaders should be tried and then hung for the war crimes they are doing now and have done in the past and gotten away with.

Israel must retaliate. But in order to do so, they must hit targets placed in schools and on top of Apartment buildings and in areas with civilians. Once those targets are destroyed, then Hamas claims war crimes against Israel. They never tell you about the many children and women they place in those buildings to increase the body count when Israel does strike back.

Look where these rockets are being launched from.

As you watch the next two videos, I want you to keep in mind the warning Yehovah gave us.righttfrom the beginning. Read the last line slowly and understand.

Lev 26:14  But if you will not listen to Me, and will not do all these commandments,

Lev 26:15  and if you shall despise My statutes, or if your soul hates My judgments, so that you will not do all My commandments, so that you break My covenant;

Lev 26:16  I will also do this to you: I will even appoint terror over you, consumption, and burning fever, consuming the eyes and causing sorrow of heart. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.

Lev 26:17  And I will set My face against you, and you shall be slain before your enemies. They that hate you shall reign over you. And you shall flee when none pursues you.

I see that Youtube is beginning to block this video below. Please do watch it and share it.


 

Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem….NOT…

Brethren, each of you knows. Yes each of you who have been reading this newsletter for any time, know and understand just how close we are to the end of this age. All end-time prophecy must be completed by 2033, just 12 years from now.

So things must happen.

And now with this barrage of rockets against Israel, many once again go into that pitiable cycle of saying Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.

This week I have had the Red Alerts alarm on my iPhone and Apple watch. I have had a non-stop alarm going off since Sunday. Non-stop. I wore my watch to bed and it was non-stop ringing with alarm. I did not remove my watch. I live in Canada. Not Israel, but I wanted to experience just a little of what they are going through. Hundred of towns were getting warnings of rockets that would land in those towns unless the Iron Dome stopped them.

The Iron Dome did a great job, but the Palestinian thought is to overwhelm them with so many rockets that they would not be able to stop them all.

Now the Christian world and many of you are going chant that phrase “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem”, not understanding what you are saying. Not realizing that there is only going to be one way that will happen. Not understanding the price that must be paid in order to have peace in Jerusalem.

Let’s read this verse and understand. Let us really and truly understand the gravity of what we are saying and then mean it when we do pray it.

Let Us Go to the House of the Lord

Psa 122:1  A Song of degrees; of David. I was glad when they said to me, Let us go into the house of Jehovah.

Psa 122:2  Our feet shall stand within your gates, O Jerusalem.

Psa 122:3  Jerusalem is built like a city that is all joined together as one;

Psa 122:4  where the tribes go up, the tribes of Jehovah, to the testimony of Israel, to give thanks to the name of Jehovah.

Psa 122:5  For there were set the thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.

Psa 122:6  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; those who love you shall be blessed.

Psa 122:7  Peace be within your walls, blessings within your palaces.

Psa 122:8  For my brothers and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within you.

Psa 122:9  Because of the house of Jehovah our God I will seek your good.

The song of degrees is in reference to those going up to the Temple for each of the three chags. Psalms 120-134 are the psalms of degrees. Four of these psalms are attributed to David, one is attributed to Solomon, and the rest are anonymous.

Let us now examine verse 6 in detail so you all can understand.

Psa 122:6  Pray H7592  for the peace H7965  of Jerusalem: H3389  they shall prosper H7951  that love H157  thee.

H7592   (Strong)
שָׁאֵל    שָׁאַל

shâ’al    shâ’êl

shaw-al’, shaw-ale’

A primitive root; to inquire; by implication to request; by extension to demand: – ask (counsel, on), beg, borrow, lay to charge, consult, demand, desire, X earnestly, enquire, + greet, obtain leave, lend, pray, request, require, + salute, X straitly, X surely, wish.

Shin Aleph Lamed.

lac

When we look at the Paleo of this word and study each letter we see the following.

(lac)     שָׁאַל Request  To draw out something that is not known.

lac  Sh-AL) – Ask: To seek to understand what is not known. [Hebrew and Aramaic] [freq. 179] (vf: Paal, Niphal, Hiphil, Piel) |kjv: ask, enquire, desire, require, borrow, salute, demand, lent, request, beg| {H7592, H7593}

Each letter has a number of meanings But we are to seek to consume Yehovah’s Authority. Yehovah being the Aleph and His Authority is the Lamed.

H7965   (Strong)
שָׁלֹם    שָׁלוֹם

shâlôm    shâlôm

shaw-lome’, shaw-lome’

From H7999; safe, that is, (figuratively) well, happy, friendly; also (abstractly) welfare, that is, health, prosperity, peace: –    X do, familiar, X fare, favour, + friend, X greet, (good) health, (X perfect, such as be at) peace (-able, -ably), prosper (-ity, -ous), rest, safe (-ly), salute, welfare, (X all is, be) well, X wholly.

Shin Lamed Mem

mlc

Here is the keyword I want to point out as the other words in this verse all revolve around this one word.

Shin is to consume and also to destroy as the teeth do. The Authority as told to us in the letter Lamed, of the Mem, which is chaos.

So we are to seek and consume Yehovah’s Authority by destroying the Authority of Chaos

H3389   (Strong)
יְרוּשָׁלַיִם    יְרוּשָׁלַםִ

yerûshâlaim    yerûshâlayim

yer-oo-shaw-lah’-im, yer-oo-shaw-lah’-yim

A dual (in allusion to its two main hills (the true pointing, at least of the former reading, seems to be that of H3390)); probably from (the passive participle of) H3384 and H7999; founded peaceful; Jerushalaim or Jerushalem, the capital city of Palestine: – Jerusalem.

This word Jeru Salem is made from two words.

Yod Rosh Vav which is an old Canaanite word for City. Yeru.

And Shin Lamed, Mem as the word above. Peace or the City of Peace.

Or as the City which destroys the Authority of Confusion.

H7951   (Strong)
שָׁלַו    שָׁלָה

shâlâh    shâlav

shaw-law’, shaw-lav’

The second form being used in Job 3:26; a primitive root; to be tranquil, that is, secure or successful: – be happy, prosper, be in safety.

Shin Lamid Hey

hlc

H157   (Strong)
אָהֵב    אָהַב

‘âhab    ‘âhêb

aw-hab’, aw-habe’

A primitive root; to have affection for (sexually or otherwise): – (be-) love (-d, -ly, -r), like, friend.

Aleph Hey Beit

bha

The pictograph e represents one who is looking at a great sight with his hands raised as when saying behold. The b is a representation of the tent or house. Combined these pictures mean “look toward the house” or “provide for the family”. One does not choose the household which one is born into, including tribe, parents, children and wife (as marriages were often arranged by the father), it is a gift from God. These gifts are seen as a privilege and are to be cherished and protected. (eng: have – as given)

So stop and think of the first four Hebrew letters. Aleph, Beit, Gimmel, Dalet,

Yehovah is standing at the door of His House. Now picture the cloud of Shekinah over the tabernacle and Yehovah standing at the door of HIs Tent, Beit.

What I am trying to say and may not be conveying properly is that we will not have any peace over the City of Peace until all Authority of Chaos is destroyed. Then, and only then, will we have prosperity and peace.

We must gimmel, we must go towards the Aleph, Yehovah, and His Tent, Tabernacle, Temple and we can only do that once we have consumed Yehovah’s Authority which is translated as pray. You consume Yehovah by devouring His word, studying His word, living His word in public and in private. In business and not just on the Sabbath.

The Parable of the Prodigal Son is about the Father waiting eagerly for us to return to Him in front of His Tent. It is all about Love Ahab,

The Parable of the Prodigal Son

Luk 15:11  And He said, A certain man had two sons.

Luk 15:12  And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that is coming to me. And he divided his living to them.

Luk 15:13  And not many days afterward, the younger son gathered all together and went away into a far country. And there he wasted his property, living dissolutely.

Luk 15:14  And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land. And he began to be in want.

Luk 15:15  And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country. And he sent him into his fields to feed pigs.

Luk 15:16  And he was longing to fill his belly with the husks that the pigs ate, and no one gave to him.

Luk 15:17  And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father abound in loaves, and I perish with hunger!

Luk 15:18  I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven and before you

Luk 15:19  and am no more worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.

Luk 15:20  And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.

Luk 15:21  And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven and before you, and am no more worthy to be called your son.

Luk 15:22  But the father said to his servants, Bring the best robe and put it on him. And put a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet.

Luk 15:23  And bring the fattened calf here and kill it. And let us eat and be merry,

Luk 15:24  for this my son was dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found. And they began to be merry.

Luk 15:25  And his elder son was in the field. And as he came and drew near the house, he heard music and dancing.

Luk 15:26  And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant.

Luk 15:27  And he said to him, Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him safe and sound.

Luk 15:28  And he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and entreated him.

Luk 15:29  And answering he said to his father, Lo, these many years I have served you, neither did I transgress your commandment at any time. And yet you never gave me a kid so that I might make merry with my friends.

Luk 15:30  But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you have killed for him the fattened calf.

Luk 15:31  And he said to him, Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.

Luk 15:32  It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

To destroy evil you must stand up against it. You must face it and destroy it no matter the cost.

Now I want you to read Obadiah and focus on the job that Yehovah has set out for Joseph to do.

Edom Will Be Humbled

Oba 1:1  The vision of Obadiah. So says the Lord God concerning Edom: We have heard a message from Jehovah, and a messenger is sent among the nations: Rise up, even let us rise up against her for battle.

Oba 1:2  Behold, I have given you to be small among the nations; you are greatly despised.

Oba 1:3  The pride of your heart has deceived you, dwelling in the clefts of the rock, his dwelling is lofty; saying in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?

Oba 1:4  Though you rise high like the eagle, and though you set your nest between the stars, I will bring you down from there, says Jehovah.

Oba 1:5  If thieves came to you, if destroyers by night (how you have been cut off!), would they not have stolen until they had enough? If the grape-gatherers came to you, would they not leave gleanings?

Oba 1:6  How Esau is searched out! His hidden things are sought out!

Oba 1:7  All the men of your covenant have dismissed you to the border; the men who were at peace with you have deceived you, and have overcome you. They are setting your bread as a snare under you; there is no understanding in them.

Oba 1:8  Shall I not in that day even destroy the wise out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau, says Jehovah?

Oba 1:9  And your mighty ones, O Teman, shall be afraid, so that each man from the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter.

Edom’s Violence Against Jacob

Oba 1:10  Shame shall cover you from the violence against your brother Jacob, and you shall be cut off forever.

Oba 1:11  On the day of your standing on the other side, on the day that the strangers were capturing his force, and foreigners entered his gates and cast lots for Jerusalem, even you were like one of them.

Oba 1:12  But you should not have looked on the day of your brother on the day of his alienation; nor should you have rejoiced over the sons of Judah in the day of their ruin; nor should you have enlarged your mouth in the day of distress.

Oba 1:13  You should not have entered into the gate of My people in the day of their calamity; also, you should not have looked on his evil in the day of their calamity. Nor should you have sent out against his force in the day of his calamity.

Oba 1:14  Nor should you have stood on the crossways to cut off those of him who escaped; nor should you have shut up his survivors in the day of distress.

The Day of the Lord Is Near

Oba 1:15  For the day of Jehovah is near on all the nations; as you have done, it shall be done to you. Your reward shall return upon your head.

Oba 1:16  For as you have drunk upon My holy mountain, so all the nations shall drink forever. Yes, they shall drink, and they shall swallow, and they shall be as though they had not been.

Oba 1:17  But upon Mount Zion shall be those who escaped; and it shall be holy. And the house of Jacob shall possess their own possessions.

Oba 1:18  And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame. And the house of Esau shall be for stubble. And they shall kindle in them and burn them up. And no survivor shall be to the house of Esau; for Jehovah has spoken it.

The Kingdom of the Lord

Oba 1:19  And those of the south shall possess the mountain of Esau and the low country of the Philistines. And they shall possess the fields of Ephraim and the fields of Samaria; and Benjamin shall possess Gilead.

Oba 1:20  And the exiles of this army shall go to the sons of Israel who shall possess the land of the Canaanites to Zarephath; even the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad shall possess the cities of the south.

Oba 1:21  And deliverers shall go up into the mountain of Zion to judge the mountain of Esau; and the kingdom shall be to Jehovah.

Who is it that is going to destroy Esau and make it so that none survive? Then who are those who are going to take possession of the land now occupied by the Philistines, which is the land of Gaza? The people from the South…..

In Isaiah 11 we are told from where the remnant of Israel is going to come from.

Isa 11:11  And it shall be in that day, the Lord shall again set His hand, the second time, to recover the remnant of His people that remains, from Assyria and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Ethiopia, and from Persia, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the coasts of the sea.

Pathros, Ethiopia and the Coasts of the Sea are all south of Israel.

Pathros are those from the ends of the Nile. Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. The Philippines are the Coast of the Sea.

To pray for the Peace of Jerusalem is to pray for Yehovah to utterly destroy the enemies of Torah, the enemies of those who hate everything about Torah. Torah is the Word, that became flesh and dwelt amongst us. Torah is the Father Yehovah standing in front of His Beit, His Tabernacle, His tent waiting for us to come to Him where we can prosper. Where we can אָהַב ‘âhab Love and be loved by Yehovah the Aleph.

This I most certainly do pray for. I do not pray for the co-existence of two parties who hate each other.

 


Ai

Last week I wrote to you about the trampling of the 45 orthodox men who were celebrating the Lag B’omer, at Mount Meron and I warned you that it was a sign from Yehovah that He was not pleased. I also wrote you to tell you that those who kept Passover 3 weeks ago and then had all their vehicles swept away in a flash flood were not blessed and were in fact cursed by Yehovah even though they thought they were keeping Passover to please Him using the Equinox to start the year.

And then this week as we shared above and as you have seen on the nightly news, the thousands of missiles being sent into civilian areas all across Israel.

I want you all to stop and now look at an event that Joshua faced. Evil came to them right after Yehovah told them to conqueror the land. Note the very last verse in chapter 6 right after the defeat of Jericho.

Jos 6:27  And Jehovah was with Joshua. And his fame was in all the country.

And now we read about the defeat at the city of Ai.

Israel Defeated at Ai

Jos 7:1  But the sons of Israel committed a sin in the cursed thing. For Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the thing which was cursed. And the anger of Jehovah was kindled against the sons of Israel.

Jos 7:2  And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Beth-aven, on the east side of Bethel. And he spoke to them, saying, Go up and look over the country. And the men went up and spied out Ai.

Jos 7:3  And they returned to Joshua and said to him, Let not all the people go up. But let about two or three thousand men go up and strike Ai. Do not make all the people labor there, for they are few.

Jos 7:4  And about three thousand men of the people went up there. And they fled before the men of Ai.

Jos 7:5  And the men of Ai struck about thirty-six men of them, for they chased them from before the gate to Shebarim, and struck them in the road going down. Therefore the hearts of the people melted and became as water.

Did Joshua make up an excuse as to why this happened or did he turn around and send another bigger army to finish the job. No, He fell on his face before Yehovah asking Him why this happened.

Jos 7:6  And Joshua tore his clothes and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of Jehovah until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust on their heads.

Jos 7:7  And Joshua said, Alas, O Lord God, why have You at all brought this people over Jordan to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites, to destroy us? And, oh that we had been content and lived on the other side Jordan!

Jos 7:8  O, Lord, what shall I say when Israel turns their backs before their enemies?

Jos 7:9  For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear, and shall surround us, and shall cut off our name from the earth. And what will You do for Your great name?

The Sin of Achan

Jos 7:10  And Jehovah said to Joshua, Get up! Why do you lie on your face this way?

Jos 7:11  Israel has sinned, and they have also broken My covenant which I commanded them, and have even taken of the cursed things, and have also stolen and pretended falsely. And they have even put it among their own stuff.

Jos 7:12  And the sons of Israel could not stand before their enemies. They will turn their backs before their enemies, because they have become cursed. I will not be with you again, unless you destroy the one who is cursed from among you.

These things like COVID 19, the wildfires of both the USA and Australia, the riots of the USA last year,  the stampede at Mount Meron and the flash flood and now the missile attack on the state of Israel come because we as a people are sinning and have sinned and have not repented of it. Nor do we even go looking for our sin to root it out. And when it is over then we all return to the way things used to be. And forget what we have just gone through. But not Joshua.

Jos 7:13  Up! Sanctify the people and say, Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow. For thus says Jehovah, the God of Israel, A cursed thing is in the midst of you, O Israel. You cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the cursed thing from among you.

Jos 7:14  And in the morning, you shall be brought according to your tribes. And it shall be, the tribe which Jehovah takes shall come, according to its families. And the family which Jehovah shall take shall come by households. And the household which Jehovah shall take shall come man by man.

Jos 7:15  And it shall be, he who is taken with the cursed thing shall be burned with fire, he and all he has, because he has broken the covenant of Jehovah, and because he has done wickedness in Israel.

Jos 7:16  And Joshua rose up early in the morning, and brought Israel by their tribes. And the tribe of Judah was taken.

Jos 7:17  And he brought the families of Judah. And he took the family of the Zerahites. And he took the family of the Zerahites man by man. And Zabdi was taken.

Jos 7:18  And he brought his household man by man. And Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken.

Jos 7:19  And Joshua said to Achan, My son, I pray you, give glory to Jehovah, the God of Israel, and make confession to Him. And tell me now what you have done. Do not hide it from me.

Jos 7:20  And Achan answered Joshua and said, Indeed I have sinned against Jehovah, the God of Israel, and this I have done.

Jos 7:21  When I saw among the spoil a goodly robe of Shinar, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, I coveted them and took them. And behold, they are hidden in the earth in the middle of my tent, and the silver under it.

Jos 7:22  And Joshua sent messengers, and they ran into the tent. And behold, it was hidden in his tent, and the silver under it.

Jos 7:23  And they took them out of the middle of the tent, and brought them to Joshua, and to all the sons of Israel. And they laid them out before Jehovah.

Jos 7:24  And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had. And they brought them to the valley of Achor.

Jos 7:25  And Joshua said, Why have you troubled us? Jehovah shall trouble you this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones.

Jos 7:26  And they raised over him a great heap of stones to this day. And Jehovah turned from the greatness of His anger. Therefore, the name of that valley is called, The Valley of Grief, to this day.

Yehovah is acting, He is punishing, but does anyone see or does anyone take notice? Does anyone turn back to Him and repent?

 

6 Comments

  1. LD

    Great word! It is sobering to understand that to have peace, all opposed to God must either bow to Him or perish. Which is the end result anyhow…but while singing and dancing and praying for Yah’s justice, my heart weeps for those who are stubborn and reject their Creator.

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  2. Lucinda Robinson

    Your comments are well taken. Peace only comes when there is true unity based upon an agreement of the words and instructions of Yehovah.

    The country Israel is not a holy country now. They allow many sins to continue, even as we do in the USA.

    The full blessing of Yehovah will not come to any nation until they fully repent and make all things right, straight, and holy.

    Individuals may experience the blessings of Yehovah as the kingdom of Yehovah is now within us by His Holy Spirit, but nations need vast repentance for national blessings.

    It amazes me how the prayers of the righteous can do so much in the light of the vast evil in the world. It is imperative we keep praying and interceding for His will to be done on earth even as it is in heaven.

    Blessings and love to those who live in faith based obedience!

    Lucinda Gibbs Robinson

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  3. Pauline

    That’s very scary. It’s time to purge our house again. We purged last time we moved and we’re going to be moving house again soon… so it’s time to do another sweep of our belongings and purge anything we missed last time. It’s also time to purge the computer hard drives of anything we wouldn’t want Yehovah to find there. I imagine Yeshua coming to our home and how embarrassed I might feel if He saw .
    It’s time to purge and repent!
    Thank you Joe for another very poignant warning. It’s much appreciated.

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  4. cosmos1947

    The example-setting punishment by Joshua of thieving Ai and his no doubt complicit family [Joshua 7:25] is sobering indeed. If the White Throne Judgment [Revel.20:11-13] is applicable, then at that future event they will be physically resurrected for a chance to reflect on their mistake.

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  5. Gail

    Thanks, Joe. It’s humbling to read this. I appreciate your teaching and the time and love you’ve put into this.

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  6. Anon

    Jos 7:15 And it shall be, he who is taken with the cursed thing shall be burned with fire, he and all he has, because he has broken the covenant of Jehovah, and because he has done wickedness in Israel.

    Jos 7:25 And Joshua said, Why have you troubled us? Jehovah shall trouble you this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones.

    So those “burned with fire” are stoned to death first.

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