On the eve of a Sabbath a couple weeks before the start of another Hebrew new year, Father reminded me of an event from my childhood. Really it shouldn’t have had that much of an impact, except that our brains make memories more easily when there are emotions tied to them.
I was perhaps nine or ten years old and running around the back yard of a cousin’s house. It was in a small neighborhood in the middle of nowhere, but there was a HUGE and I mean extremely tall radio tower only a few hundred yards from their house. Anyway I ran and ran toward an opening in a hedge row. But a moment before I arrived there, my older cousin Susie, who was behind me, yelled a single Word:
I did. Good thing, too! Right in front of my nose was a huge spider’s web with an unreasonably large yellow Argiope garden spider about the size of an adult hand, glaring its beady little eyes at me. Yikes! Not surprisingly, I didn’t like spiders from that point onward; at least not until I grew up and out of that childhood fear. Go ahead and look that one up. Imagine being a small child with one of those lovelies thrown in your face.
The point is that we all are crawling, walking and (some of us) running toward an invisible web that has been spun by the deceiver. She is worldly wisdom. She is fathered by Satan, the enemy. She is looking in all of her forms with all of her eyes and all of her legs to ensnare anyone who touches her net, her web. One of the largest webs in the worldwide garden is the internet, so it’s not surprising that our Elohim would send his army of believers to do battle in this “invisible” war zone.
Think of it as a radio tower that goes from the Earth all the way up to Heaven. Oh wait a minute. That’s Jacob’s ladder. Another blog post.
Let’s look at Isaiah 59, because it has come up thrice today. That’s a threefold chord that isn’t easily broken (biblically speaking).
Isaiah 59:1 – Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
That line is a no-brainer. Yahuah’s hand of power is not unable to save. He can do anything. His ear isn’t full of so many other peoples’ prayers that he can’t hear yours, mine, or the next persons’. But the state of our heart can absolutely make him decide not to answer that prayer…or he can, depending on his pleasure. You see, we are all his, from the greatest star in space to the smallest creepy crawly thing on this planet or the microbes that live on in and under the Earth (or in space).
And like a myriad of celestial objects, we must align ourselves with his Word in order to pray effectively and to ensure that our prayers are heard. Iniquities are things we have done that go against Father’s Word. It is sin in a nutshell. That nutshell is filled with sins, transgression and iniquities. We’re nuts. We sin. The remedy for that sin is repentance. Turn around. STOP before you hit the spider’s web.
Isaiah 59:2 – But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
Isaiah 59:3 – For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
Oh boy, we’ve all sinned. Our hands aren’t just defiled with the blood of animals (or perhaps worse) in the flesh. They are defiled with the blood of the saints, the wounds we have caused other people with our thoughts, words, actions, or failure to do the right things. Those wounds may be subtle, but they are there. People murder others with their tongues, with their words. We have blood on our hands. And we may forget about that thing we said or did all those years ago, but the person on the other end of it is kind of like that spider in the web.
She catches the prey and wraps it up in a little fuzzy ball and packs it away in her lair only to feed off of it later on. And people do that with memories, and they make themselves miserable. We can’t change the past, but we can forgive and move forward. We can repent. We can think about where we are going, what we are doing or what we want to say before we do it, so we don’t cause others harm.
Then we won’t have their blood on our hands. Those fingers of iniquity are the things we do, things we type even on the internet in social media posts, or words we speak. Those fingers are flying faster and faster as the technologies grow, too. Don’t forget that fleshly people have muttered perverseness. We’ve all done it. We must repent. In Susie’s words, we must STOP!! In the Father’s Word, we must repent!
Isaiah 59:4 – None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
Father tells us that none call for justice nor plead for truth. He is speaking about those who are fleshly and who have no love in their heart. They are people of iniquity. They are too busy worrying about themselves and what they want for “their” life, that they can’t see that the world doesn’t revolve around them, their wants or their needs. We were born liars. We were born selfish. We were born mischievous. We are born with hearts of stone. It’s part of our fleshly nature.
The Father of all people and Creator of all things knows what we need long before we do. We need a new heart. We need his higher heart, a heart of Love. His standards of love are so much higher than ours!
Isaiah 59:5 – They hatch cockatrice’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.
This reminds me of that spider. The “they” here are the leaders, the religious teachers and doctrines and traditions of men who weave the enemy’s spider web. They are spinning Scriptures into a web of lies. They are adding to and taking away from the Torah, the Laws, statutes and judgments of the Father who gave them to us in the beginning.
They are teaching law-law-law or grace-grace-grace or some mixture of anything in between. They are teaching man’s doctrines. They are teaching people to worship the creation and the works of their hands, and not the One true Elohim, our Creator.
The Hebrew word for cockatrice is “tsepha`” which means: to extrude; a viper (as thrusting out the tongue, i.e. hissing):—adder, cockatrice.
They’re giving us spider’s eggs to eat. Who wants those? Yahusha also called them serpents, vipers, deadly snakes. We know enough to stay away from those, so why is it so hard to detect them among people? Maybe it’s because we’re too busy doing our own thing that we’re not watching and taking care where we run.
Matthew 23:33 – Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell
Anyone who “eats” or consumes the teachings of men dies because those teachings don’t contain the fullness of life. They may have seeds of truth in them and seeds of the Word, but without the wisdom and knowledge of how to properly apply that Word in our lives that is given to us by the Spirit of Yahuah, those teachings are like soil that has been depleted of its nutrients. They aren’t healthy, because without the Spirit of Elohim, we can only ever have part of the message. We need him to interpret his own Word.
In the latter days, he’s going to do just that. And we are to prepare to receive him. Repent.
The teachings of men are often a bit like the dead things on the spider’s web. They provide life to her for a moment, but then she needs to go out and get more. They can’t produce life. She needs a partner to bring life forth from her web. And her partner may be male, but she overpowers him and in some cases, has him over for lunch and the menu is him.
Father warns us that religious leaders will be speaking lies to the people, and their words won’t bring life because they will lack the anointed Spirit of our Elohim. They will be under a very different spirit…one that is unloving. We are forewarned that some of our teachers will be very powerful, very colorful, and more than likely very well known.
They may look beautiful, or remain hidden in plain sight. But once you get close enough, you can see that they aren’t really that harmless. We need to take great care as leaders and teachers that we don’t become like the spider with our own wisdom who spins its own web of death. Hopefully all will stop (repent) before they are inadvertently caught in their own web. We need the Spirit of the Word as well as the Word.
In all of Yahuah’s creation (even in men and women), he gives us fair warning of something or someone who is a “predator” or who is becoming unloving so that the “prey” has a means of escape. In the garden spider’s case, she’s bright yellow and black. She’s lovely to behold, but she has darkness upon her. Her world is a snare of death. And so it is with religions and doctrines and traditions of men. They may have lovely words and buildings for a season, but that season will end and their words are deadly. They may not even be aware that what they are teaching is unloving, even if we tell them so. They may be unable to hear. Their doctrines can’t bring life unless they are the Word of life interpreted by the Spirit who brings life.
Isaiah 59:6 – Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.
While such “spiders” are out there trying to trap people in their webs, Father isn’t going to let it stand forever. They can’t hide behind their clothing, doctrines, traditions, promises, declarations, false authorities, deceptive practices, or any of their works. They are iniquity without Father’s Love. They are acts of violence against the Kingdom of Yahuah.
He has an army of hosts (angels) and a remnant of soldiers (believers) down here to deal with that mess.
Yahusha Messiah has this to say about people who wouldn’t hear and obey him. He’s a very outspoken One who has his father’s motherly wisdom:
Matthew 23:33 – Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Job 15:34 – For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.
Someone’s in big trouble, and it’s not just the religious leaders who don’t teach the Gospel of Yahusha, the Everlasting Gospel of repentance, belief in Messiah, obedience to the Laws (commandments) of Yahuah, and who have detached themselves from worldly goods, money and their love of self and choice. The entire world is facing judgment and wrath, unless it repents and begins to keep the commandments. And that begins with the Sabbath day!
When is that? Here it begins in another hour or two. It’s from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday, every week. There are additional special Sabbath days throughout the year that are feasts that the Creator established. Indeed he established his own calendar and man has even usurped that a few times. But that is the enemy’s plan…to wrap up every one of Elohim’s people into tiny little fluffy balls that he can put in his web to feed upon later. Yuck!
Isaiah 59:7 – Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.
We do that, don’t we? As people, as a body, when we aren’t in alignment with the One who made us, we are quick to accuse other people, quick to project our issues onto others, and to judge others when we haven’t even looked at ourselves in a mirror. We don’t need to or want to, because we’re “perfect.” Well, that may be so in our mind, but the truth is that we’re far from perfect. We’ve sinned. Many of us need another mirror. That mirror would show us what we’re supposed to look like, as well as how we do. Then maybe we’d strive to reflect the right image. Maybe not. Some people don’t want to do the work. And those ways are deadly too.
Isaiah 59:8-10 – The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace. Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness. We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.
We do all of these things to what end? We are just like dead men without the Word and without the light of truth shined so that we can see. We need to open our eyes and see the spider sitting in the web that is right in front of our nose before we run into her!
Isaiah 59:11 – We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.
Instead, what do we do? We yell at one another. We listen to preachers and teachers and parents and partners and children, and videos and television programs and radio shows with very tall towers and other “bullies” who roar their doctrines, opinions, interpretations, ideas and wrong words at us until we are cowering like scared children before them.
Then we mourn sorely like doves without a mate because we are brokenhearted and longing for the life-giving water of the Word that seems to have all but disappeared. We’re standing in a sea of desert sand and there’s no oasis; or at least that’s what it looks like. We lack faith. We don’t believe. We believe but don’t do. And all of us are dying without the bread and water of life. That’s why Yahuwh sent his Son Yahusha. It was to feed us and water us with his Word, his anointed bread and his fine wine. He demonstrated this in the first miracle he performed at a wedding in Cana. (That’s in John chapter 2.)
That was his Miracle of the Pour or the Miracle of the Poor in Spirit. We are to feed and water them with his Spirit so they may have eternal life like we will if we endure until the end.
He’s still doing these miracles and outpourings today through his Spirit as the Word made flesh.
Get ready because if we repent now, we’ll receive a double portion blessing of the Holy Spirit. He’s preparing to pour out his Spirit upon every single person who will receive him in these latter days. That’s the true latter day gospel of Messiah. He is coming again, but we must be ready to receive him! Get your cup ready because it will “runneth over.” We must repent and begin to keep the commandments like he did and taught and lived.
Isaiah 59:12-15 – For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them; In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.
Isaiah 59:14 – And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
We’ve been so very bad. Right now judgment and justice are off in the distance, but they are coming sooner than we think! We’ve built walls so high around our manmade teachings, doctrines, traditions, beliefs and opinions. Instead of building a strong tower, a fortress in Messiah, our teachers who have not love have dug a well or a pit and everybody around them are standing in the bottom of it, looking up. Now they can’t see over the top of the walls that have been built.
Someone who is up very high (spiritually speaking) is going to have to climb the walls and throw down a very, very, very long rope to rescue them.
Don’t make me be that person. My arms aren’t long or strong enough. I can send a Word of encouragement or direction on how to prepare to receive that rope, but people aren’t that rope. The I AM is the rope. We can and must call for help and we must call out unrighteousness in our leaders when we see it, to encourage them to grab hold of that rope too. Everyone has a right to the right path, but very few will take it.
Yahuah is always here listening for our repentance and our invitation to him to come into our life. Call on him! He’ll rescue you. He rescues anyone from anywhere, anytime. He never sleeps.
One time in the middle of the night I asked Father a question out of curiosity. I said:
How are you?
His reply was succinct, exact, purposed, eloquent. It made me chuckle with just one Word. He said:
No kidding! Yet that Word holds an eternity in description! There’s a lot of people out here in the world and on the web of the world in the greatest and least of places who need his Word, his salvation, his Messiah. And we need one another to encourage, lift up, pray for, bless, give, love, and share the gospel message of Good News that Messiah is coming, so all can repent and prepare in obedience!
Isaiah 59:16 – And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.
There was no one to save any of us, so Father sent part of himself to do the job. That’s how much he loves us! He divided himself and sent his Word to Earth in human form to teach us, lift us up, heal us, demonstrate his Laws for us, and show us how we are to live and to love him and one another. What did we do? We did what we always do.
We denied him. We crucified him. We killed him. We killed the Word. We hated him. We sent the messenger on his or her way. We didn’t see him standing in front of our face.
Yet he loves us still…so much that his Spirit was sent to continue his message right up until he returns again to see who “got” it right. He promised he would never leave us nor forsake us. That means his Spirit is still here! Will you choose today to be One with him? Just repent. Ask. Seek. Knock. He’ll answer you!
Isaiah 59:17 – For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.
We’ll cover the garments Yahusha “wore” and that we are to “wear” in another blog post. Know that these are important tools that we need to fight the “good fight” of faith in this kingdom, in man’s world.
We don’t use spiritual bug spray on one another. We don’t impose our will and beliefs and doctrines and judgments upon one another in condemnation in the name of “Law” or “grace” and then watch self-satisfied as the spider drops to the ground dead or dying. Father loves all the works of his hands, even the spiders. They need love and forgiveness too.
Believers with Father’s Spirit must learn how to navigate around the spider’s web and deal with her in a way that drives away the evil and changes her into something beautiful as we run through the yard enjoying the garden. Then we may properly help other people to “STOP” before they run face-first into the spider’s web.
Isaiah 59:18 – According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.
Uh oh. I hope that isn’t you or I. We are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Elohim should be respectfully feared. The Messiah he sent is returning to gather the faithful. But before that happens, the enemy, Satan, that old dragon of the Bible will pour in like a flood and try to wipe out everyone and everything. How will he do it? Well, he’s been at work for millenniums, but in today’s time, he has a great web. It is perhaps his largest tool: the internet.
Even so, Yahuah is raising up a standard against him. It’s a remnant of the high priest Yahusha’s garment. It’s his hem. It is the fringes of the outpost that he placed in charge of his Word all those centuries ago. It’s his remnant. The fabric of his garment that he left behind when he left this world. Remember the soldiers who were dividing them up at his feet when he was on the stake/tree/cross?
Why did he leave a remnant? To save us from ourselves as we run headlong into the spider’s web and the death that she brings. That death will come in a form that people are eagerly using today. Right now they can’t see the spider, but that day is coming and we must be prepared. We must begin to live rightly and to rightly divide the Word.
That means we need his Spirit to give us the interpretations, not man’s. Then we live rightly.
Isaiah 59:19 – So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.
Isaiah 59:20 – And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.
How do we live rightly? First we repent. Then we obey the Law, the commandments. We have the testimony of Yahusha. We accept his blood sacrifice to pay for our sins. We love one another as he has loved us. We lay down our life in sacrifice to our Elohim and we preach his Word his way, and stop running around like we own the yard.
Life is a gift. Our voice is a gift. Our hands are a gift. Our works are a gift. Our ministries are a gift. It isn’t a gift that is to be wrapped up in spider’s silk unless you are aligned with the enemy. When you are aligned with the One who created you, life and the works of your hands are a beautiful gift that keeps on giving…for eternity.
Isaiah 59:21 – As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.
This is good news for believers. He will put his Spirit upon us and give us the Words that we are to speak…much like the Words he writes today. And if we hold fast to his commandments and serve him in the way, truth and life that is Messiah, our children and descendants and those who hear and follow him through those Words (and their children and descendants) will have life too because his Spirit will be upon them.
His Word is eternal.
His Spirit is eternal.
His Word is Spirit and it is Law.
We must obey the Law and the Spirit.
His Word is his testimony.
His Word is his Son.
His Son, his Word died for us so that it could be proven righteous and truthful and so could we who die in the Word for the Word to be the Word. That’s a whole lot of Word.
It’s simple. Obey. Accept Yahusha. Love one another as he has loved us.
So I end this long blog with the thoughts that believers are the Father’s fleshly tzitzits, his fringes who have healing in their wings. They have healing Words, healing songs, healing hands, healing hearts, and healing minds. That’s because they have the Spirit of the healer upon them. He is shared in our words, songs, and through the works of our hands. That Spirit is one you want to have upon you!
And we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Elohim with their heart, mind, soul and strength and one another as ourselves. That means we die to self for others so that others may live. We give up this life in service to the Father for others so they may have the hope of salvation. Even so, sometimes people can’t hear us. So we’ll have to yell “STOP!” at the top of our lungs. But what a beautiful thing when we do this and others actually have ears to hear. You never know who that will be. It might be a religious leader.
By the way Father, please allow Susie’s works, my dearly departed cousin and her simple Word “STOP!” to be counted unto her as righteousness for all the souls she saved that day in the garden…all because she loved her little cousin.
That’s the love of Messiah right there. Simple. Beautiful. Succinct.
Choose him. He’ll give you a life worth living; a life that is in a word,