Monday, June 30, 2014

Abba El's Moedim (appointed times)

It has been a while since I posted anything from Kyle.  I believe this is very important for all believers to understand.  Where Bible prophecy in the West fails, is in the understanding of Yahweh's Moedim (appointed times or feast days).  I think Kyle really nails this one.










I friend of mine and I were having a conversation ... it went like this:
I was told by a friend, “We must be ready, Jesus may return any day”
I told my friend, “Impossible … it is not His appointed time yet”
He then asked, “Kyle, how can you be so sure”
(In order to know the Son, we MUST know the Father’s way and understand)
06 / 28 / 14
(Comments in parentheses and emphasis within Scriptures are mine.)
Feast of Trumpets
Many feel that the Feast of Trumpets is the day that our Messiah returns to reign for a thousand years.  I am one of those who believe that our Holy and perfect Father is just that … perfect and He works on His appointed days (Remember, even Yeshua (Jesus) said, “It is NOT my appointed time yet” … hmmm … “appointments” … so He DOES work on the timetable set forth by His Father. 
When we study the actual command, we will find that there is not much to do on this feast but blow our shofar (trumpets / horns) and celebrate (this day is a special Sabbath and is also to be treated as one is commanded on the seventh day Sabbath):
Leviticus 23:24-25 … “Say to the Israelites: ‘On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts.  Do no regular work, but present an offering made to YHVH by fire.'”
Number 29:1 … “On the first day of the seventh month hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. It is a day for you to sound the trumpets.”
That’s it?  Yes, that is it!  We are simply commanded to blow the trumpets this day as we rest, have a sacred assembly, and do no work.  Why?  Well, let us look into the past and what the sound of the trumpets meant:
 (Ushering in a King) … 1 Kings 1:39 … “Zadok the priest took the horn of oil from the sacred tent and anointed Solomon. Then they sounded the trumpet and all the people shouted, ‘Long live King Solomon!’” and 2 Kings 9:13 … “They hurried and took their cloaks and spread them under him on the bare steps. Then they blew the trumpet and shouted, ‘Jehu is king!’”
(Sounding the alarm) … Ezekiel 33:2-5 … “Son of man, speak to your countrymen and say to them: 'When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not take warning and the sword comes and takes his life, his blood will be on his own head.  Since he heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning, his blood will be on his own head. If he had taken warning, he would have saved himself.”
Let me ask you, do you think that the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ) could have been crucified in June?  In the Fall?  Impossible!!  If He is the Passover Lamb and if it was any other day, then He would not have been the Passover Lamb … just some prophet who was crucified!  You see, YHVH works according to His schedule:
In order …
Passover (not a special Sabbath, but a moment of the Passover sacrifice): 
Yeshua is that Lamb
Unleavened bread (has two special Sabbaths): 
Yeshua was buried for 3 days / 3 nights
Firstfruits (not a special Sabbath):
Yeshua is the first born in the Spirit among many
Pentecost (special Sabbath and starts with firstfruits):
The giving of the Spirit to teach us the Laws
Trumpets (special Sabbath):
The return of the Messiah to gather His elect / Priests / clay of noble purposes
Day of Atonement (special Sabbath / fast day):
We are judged righteous in His blood (This is for those in the FIRST resurrection)
Tabernacles (special Sabbath):
Those “in Messiah” spend 1,000 years with Him
8th Day Assembly (special Sabbath):
The whole family of Israel is assembled (those who were not part of the first resurrection and have not heard of the Messiah, and choose Him, come into the family).
Are we not waiting for His return?  Didn’t He die (Passover) Was He buried (Unleavened Bread)) Did He rise (First Fruits) Did the day of Pentecost come and Spirit given to all men (Pentecost) … so what is next?  Are we not waiting for His return (Hint:  look above and the order of HIS appointed days … then continue reading what is going to happen at His return)?
“At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.  And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”  (Matthew 24:30-31)  (Who will stop mourning?  Those who recognize the “Law of Moses” … “The Word” … “The Messiah” – see Nehemiah 8:2-12)
“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed -- in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)
“According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.   For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.   After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.   Therefore encourage each other with these words.”  (1 Thessalonians 4:15-18)
Conclusion:
A fun fact regarding this day.  ALL the other feasts are known ahead of time.  You see the sliver of the moon (we go by Israel’s sighting) and then a certain amount of days after is the certain feast we going to celebrate.  ALL but this feast … the feast of Trumpets.  It is the first day of the month and we will never know the actual day or hour until it is already upon us (since it is based upon the new moon sighting and when you see the sliver, it is too late, the day is here … kind of cool, eh?)  Knowing that brings new meaning to Matthew 25:13 … “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”  Therefore, keep watch because we do not know until it comes.
Remember that the Messiah could NOT have been crucified any other day than on Passover if He was going to be the Passover Lamb.  Same with His coming.  Only the Father knows all things and He knows when that new moon ushering in the seventh month of the year He is sending His Son will be!! 
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.”  (Matthew 24:36)
It is clear that we will NOT know the day or the hour (or even the year it will be), but we DO know the season and it will not surprise us (1 Thessalonians 5:4 … “But you, brothers, are NOT in darkness that this day should surprise you like a thief.”)
When the feast of Trumpets is approaching, we are looking for the sliver and we wait. 
Hebrews 9:27-28 … “Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”  (Hebrews 9:27-28)
I will not be buying, selling, planting and so forth on this day.  It is a Sabbath and I will be resting in Him as He gathers His elect.  What about those who do NOT celebrate His Feasts?  What will THEY be doing on this day?
And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 27 they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; 29 but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.”  (Luke 17:26-29)
This year, when the seventh month of HIS timetable is approaching, I will be waiting for Him.  Although I am busy doing His work now (practicing the Laws and teaching others how to obey them … Matthew 5:19), I am confident it is not today or tomorrow (This is not a prediction, but it certainly will not take me by surprise because I will be waiting as the day approaches and will be watching for the New Moon.  That is why it is going to take so many by surprise.  It is because they will not be anticipating Him to return on that day as they are not practicing the Feasts.  Be assured that it is NOT a sin to buy and sell, plant and harvest, or even to build (except on the Sabbath … smile … and the feast of Trumpets is a special Sabbath!), but it makes sense that those who are not waiting on that day, will be living their lives in ignorance and will not be obeying Him … just makes sense.
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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Food For Thought

How many times did Yahshua minister to those around Him using food?
There was the feeding of the 5 thousand and the 2 thousand. 
The healing of Peter's mother-in-law
The woman at the well
The last supper
The wedding feast and turning water to wine.
eating with sinners
Dining with Zacchaeus
the time where his feet were anointed



A couple of times this last month we have had some opportunities to witness around food.  Another Laundromat appointment took place.  We had dropped our laundry off to dry it and headed to Walmart for groceries.  In the parking lot was an older man who was holding a sign.  The sign read
"Broke down, no money, no food."  At first I was just going to drive on by but was prompted to stop and talk with him.  He said he used the last of his money to get his car fixed and had not eaten all day (it was now afternoon).  Some one had given him $10 to help with gas but he was 5 hours away from home and it would take more than that to get him there.  I told him I would get him something to eat and drink.  The girls and I headed into the store and picked up a large sandwich and large bottle of water for him and also got him some cookies for a snack.  I am usually hesitant to give out money to people as I don't really want to get scammed.  As I was checking out I felt prompted to also give him some money to help with his gas.  It turned out he was a Vietnam vet who turned bitter toward Elohim after his wife passed away from cancer about 10 years ago.  I told him that God stilled loved him and cared about him.  I was there with some food and money because I was led by God to give them to him.  He mentioned he should get back to God and get over being angry.  We talked more and when we left he still needed about $10 more for his trip.  He said he would stay a little more to see if he would get it.  After praying, the girls and I headed back to tend to the laundry.  When we returned to Walmart for our own groceries he had left.


Another appointment.


After a long day and supper still being waited to fix we decided to eat KFC.  So, about 7:30 I headed to our appointment for the day and pick up something to eat.  The young man at the counter was very energetic.  As I was ordering he mentioned that I must love my family very much to be ordering such a large order.  I told him that I had 10 children and yes, I do love them very much.  He made the comment that Christmas must get awful expensive for us.  I said actually no, it doesn't as we don't celebrate Christmas as it is actually a pagan holiday.  He said, wait a minute,  isn't it about Jesus and the church?  I told him if you do the research you would find the Messiah (Jesus) was born during one of the Jewish feast days of either Trumpets or Tabernacles.  Those special days occur around the end of Sept or beginning of Oct.  How would you feel if people decided to celebrate your birthday around a pagan festival at the end of the year instead of when it really is?  As we talked he said that he used to read his Bible on Sundays and Wednesdays.  He came back with a couple more questions concerning the Scriptures and I answered those.  I gave him my card and told him if he had any more questions or if I could help him in any way he could get ahold of me.  Be a Berean and check things out for yourself concerning the holidays!!  It was nice to be able to talk to this employee of KFC while not being a busy place. 


Please pray for these men.  May Yahweh Elohim create in them the desire to come to Him.


Yahshua has told us that cups of cold water given in His name are actually being given to Him.  As we offer food and drink to those in need we are doing this unto Him. 


Mat 25:31 "And when the Son of Aḏam comes in His esteem, and all the set-apart messengers with Him, then He shall sit on the throne of His esteem.
Mat 25:32 "And all the nations shall be gathered before Him, and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates his sheep from the goats.
Mat 25:33 "And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.
Mat 25:34 "Then the Sovereign shall say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the reign prepared for you from the foundation of the world –
Mat 25:35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger and you took Me in,
Mat 25:36 was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me, I was in prison and you came to Me.’
Mat 25:37 "Then the righteous shall answer Him, saying, ‘Master, when did we see You hungry and we fed You, or thirsty and gave You to drink?
Mat 25:38 ‘And when did we see You a stranger and took You in, or naked and clothed You?
Mat 25:39 ‘And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and we came to You?’
Mat 25:40 "And the Sovereign shall answer and say to them, ‘Truly, I say to you, in so far as you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you did it to Me.’
Mat 25:41 "He shall then also say to those on the left hand, ‘Go away from Me, accursed ones, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his messengers –
Mat 25:42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food, I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink,
Mat 25:43 ‘I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, was naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
Mat 25:44 "Then they also shall answer Him, saying, ‘Master, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not serve You?’
Mat 25:45 "Then He shall answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, in so far as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’


Mat 25:46 "And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into everlasting life."

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Learning On The Road

What kinds of opportunities
are there for learning on the road?
We passed through 6 different states and crossed many rivers.
Minn, Iowa, Neb, Kan, MO, AR

We have seen some great sunsets and different kinds of cloud formations.
We keep an eye on our weather.

We have seen some birds we have never seen before.  Here is the Scissor-tail Flycatcher.  There have been vultures and wild birds at the sanctuary and blackbirds.
We have been to a fish hatchery.  These are Rainbow trout.

There are wildflowers and herbs.  Here is a columbine

This turtle (wood turtle)  just happened to be taking a stroll through our campsite

I startled this baby rabbit while I was trimming weeds.  We were able to touch it and pick it up.


 Our son in law has some sheep and goats.  We can learn about farm animals
 Here is a canon used during the Civil War
 Arrow heads.  The Delaware Indians were removed to this location before being relocated again west of here.
This is a weaving loom.


 An old log cabin about 30 by 30 with a loft was used by a family with 14 children
 old one room schoolhouse like Laura Ingalls used.

 Again beautiful sunsets and weather patterns.  Keeping our eyes on those storm clouds.

Mother Robin sitting on her nest.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Laundromat Appointments

Normally on days I know I will be leaving the camp ground I spend time asking Yahweh Elohim to direct my paths for that day.  My problem comes in being impatient in leaving so we can get it done.  Any one who has a large family knows the logistics of getting everyone around and into the van; it just takes time. 
  When we first started going to wash clothes I went by myself and also did some grocery shopping.  This takes place about twice a week.  With 9 of us there are many clothes and we also have a small refrigerator, so we make two trips for groceries and clothes washing.  After the first week or so, Laurie was needing time with me and space from everything.  We used this time to be together.  When we realized we still needed to downsize more, Laurie started going through everything we brought with us once again.  This day, she changed the game plan on me and I was going to take three of the little ones with me rather than taking her.  So I was waiting to get going.  Now, on some previous days I had been asking Abba El for some encouragement, and He was going to do something special this laundry day.  The problem was, I thought I was wasting time waiting to get going.  I went to the laundry near a park, in this way the girls could play while we washed as it only takes about 30 minutes (it is cheaper to wash here and cheaper to dry at another one).  I loaded the wet laundry and the girls into the van and headed to the other laundromat to get the drying done.  We arrived to find a note on the door saying it was closed as the city was working on pipes somewhere.  It would open in about 10 minutes.  So, once again I was waiting.  10 minutes came and went and no one came to open up.  I took the girls to a nearby gas station to use the bathroom.  When we came back it was still closed.  We ended up waiting about 40 minutes.  I was just about to take the wash back to the original laundry when someone came.  He told us it would still be closed for another hour.  I asked if it was just the wash and if that was the case if I could dry my clothes.  So that is the way it worked out.  We then headed to the store to buy our groceries and some special items Laurie was needing to be able to store things better (space bags). 
  As we were in the store and shopping an older lady noticed the girls in skirts and commented on how nice the girls were.  I told her this was 1/3 of my daughters and this started a conversation on why we are here and what we are doing and what we are going to do as Elohim leads us.  We spent about 15 minutes talking and then went on our way to finish the shopping.  About 10 minutes later she found us again, making the comment that she had been looking for us.  She said Elohim had told her to give us something.  It was all she could give at this time but she was obeying what she had been told to do.  We hugged and I told her she was a blessing and Elohim would bless her for her obedience.  After she left, the girls and I prayed right there in the aisle at Walmart praising Abba El and asking Him to bless this dear woman who was in obedience to Him.  Our Abba El provided for our purchases that day.  It was an encouragement to us and a blessing.  If we had left earlier to get the laundry done, if Laurie had been with me rather than the girls, if we had not waited to dry our laundry, this set-apart (divine) appointment would have been missed completely.  I need to be patient with my family.


Another appointment, another laundry day.  We changed the day for doing our laundry.  We were getting a later start than usual.  No, I still had not learned my lesson about waiting patiently for getting going.  For some reason though I woke up earlier than usual and felt the need to spend more time in prayer concerning our day.  I asked that our  steps be directed by Abba El as He needed them to be.  I asked for wisdom in the things said and done for the day.  As we were drying our clothes a couple of young men came in to do their laundry.  I remember making the comment to Laurie that one of them looked a little rough.  He had an eye swollen shut and a large cut under it.  He had lost a front tooth.  At one point he asked me if I worked there.  He was having trouble getting the machine to take the money to wash his clothes.  I went over to see if there was anything I could to do help.  The door had not latched tightly.  We took care of the problem and then the machine took his money just fine.  I could smell alcohol on his breath and made the comment to Laurie that he had been drinking.  As Laurie and I talked we could also hear some of what these two young men were saying.  The rough looking one kept making the comment that Jesus turned the other cheek.  He then went on to say but Jesus never lost a tooth.  At that point I couldn't help myself and I said He may not have lost a tooth but he had his beard pulled out and he was beaten and whipped.  This young man then asked what I knew about it.  He pulled his chair over to where Laurie and I sat and we began to talk.  He told me he had been drinking and someone hit him.  He had been a veteran in Afghanistan and Iraq, he had spent a couple of years in prison.  He had read the Bible in prison and was fond of Proverbs.  His grandmother had warned him about the path He was on.  He told me to teach him.  He was in a turmoil of what natural man would do to someone who had hurt him like he had been hurt.  He wanted to do what was right but he also wanted revenge.  We sat and talked for about a half hour.  I would ask you to pray for Markus.  He knows he needs to be on the right path and how to get there.  He knows what he needs to do, he knows the right way.  Pray that he will be willing to change his lifestyle.  I prayed with him and for him there at the laundry. 
   So, what appointments does Abba El have for you?  Are you willing to make your day His day?  We are learning to cover our days in prayer and watch and wait (the hard part) for joining Abba's work.  Not asking what Abba can do for us but how we can join Him in the work that He is doing around us. 
   As you pray and bathe your days in prayer to join Abba in His work send us a note telling us how He is using you to minister to those around you.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Happy Helpers

Every one has been pitching in and helping with things that need to be done for the camp ground.  From cleaning the bathroom to de-winterizing a camper so it can be moved.  A cabin will be going in at this spot.

 There were also flowers to plant and a small garden.
I have been helping with the trimming of grass and bushes.  Making small repairs to benches and upkeep of some buildings.


 Also I have to keep in mind the repairs and keeping up of our own small abode.  We were having some problem with the front screen door.  So, I was going to make a quick fix.  I thought I could just take off the front one and exchange it with the back one.  below you can see the results.  Laurie said, after it was done, "don't you always say 'measure twice, cut once'".  If I hadn't been in quite a hurry to make a quick fix, if I had only taken the time to think it through properly, I would have realized the two doors were different sizes.  So, I had to take the screen doors back off and put them back where they belonged.  That being said, it wasn't too hard to fix the front door once I had it off.


After work or a hot day there are ways to cool off.  Squirt bottles are good for somethings.  No, one wanted to play with this little rascal, so dad was selected.  But once you get dad involved everyone wants to play!!  It becomes the battle of everyone against dad.
 Dad doesn't always play fair.  I grabbed a towel to help shield me from the water.   






 Since dad didn't play fair mom decided the girls needed some extra help



Carrie has trouble keeping up with dad but wants to be part of the action.

Sometimes squirt bottles just don't work as well as other items.  So, we degenerate from those to something that can hold more.


 With the girls screaming someone decides more help is needed.  So, escape and help on the way.



 planting the flowers.  They sure do smell pretty besides looking nice.









The arrival of the inspector and the most beautiful flower of all.





Sunday, May 11, 2014

Helping Hands

Part of my family philosphy is for family to pitch in and help in times of need.  This is not just for the brothers and sisters but for extended family also.  Another area we can help and bless in is this need in the body of Messiah.  So, we find ourselves in the south of Missouri.  Our daughters are pitching in and helping in the household of John and Sarah.  They take turns for a couple of days at a time and then we spend the Sabbath all together.  Manasseh is now about 6 weeks old.  This new mother and father are getting the help they need at this crucial time.  I wish we could have been here sooner to help but that did not work out.  But we are here now.
   This is a great time to be here.  Without Sarah and John knowing, Laurie organized a baby shower where relatives donated some money to help them obtain some things which would enable them to have an easier time.
Here is what we came across on the road to John and Sarah's place.



It is at this point some of the girls are feeling pretty car sick and from here they like to get out and walk the rest of the way.  There are so many twists and turns and hills and dips to get around.  I have to slow way down just to keep them all happy.
Grandma, the first of the family to get ahold of Manasseh.  And then Grandpa gets to hold and pronounce a blessing upon him.  Followed by all the aunts.











































Grandma putting together a new baby swing.  She later asked grandpa for some help.  So much fun.  As she read the directions off she realized grandpa had already accomplished that step in advance. 






Auntie Esther's gifts.  You have to understand Esther.  For more on Esther see the post "a day in the life of Esther".  http://myksheartsathome.blogspot.com/2013/06/a-day-in-life-of-esther.html