Sunday, January 29, 2012

Ahava Love Letter - "Labyrinth"

    Ahava Love Letter
“In the Messiah, in Christ,
God leads us from place to place
in one perpetual victory parade.”
(2 Cor. 2:14, from THE MESSAGE)
Dear family of friends,

Lately I’ve been pondering on a prophetic word I received on Nov. 14, 1998. It was given to me through a man during a conference, with two other prophetic gifted people sharing also. Here is the word he spoke to me, in part.

“Steve, have you ever seen that little game when you were a kid, called Labyrinth? It’s a board game that has about 50 holes in it, and you try and maneuver a marble through. You can tilt the board four ways as you try to maneuver this marble without going into the holes. I feel like that’s a picture of your life. It’s like the Lord has said, “How many are there who will pursue all the way through to the end?

I feel like He’s found that in you. He’s found somebody that will pursue to the end. I feel like you’re obsessed with the Kingdom of God, and some people are going to come against you in that, not meaning to be critical, but they have come against that – almost that obsession that you have. But in your heart you’ve said, “Yeah, I am obsessed with the Kingdom, because everybody is obsessed with something.”

After hearing that “labyrinth” word, I honestly had no idea what he was talking about. But time would tell.

In looking back over these past 14 years, I feel like I have been that marble rolling around, searching for the exact hole to fall into. Let’s see…six churches, employments with three ministry organizations, several worship teams. Some would look at me and say I am just a wanderer. (But I have been married 34 years, lived in the same house the past 17 years now, and have kept on a steady Christian course.) I think I am realizing what that prophetic word meant, to be a picture of that labyrinth game, in my walk with the Lord. And though at times I must admit that I thought I was just going from “hole to hole”, I now more clearly see the Lord’s hand in it. Can you relate too?

Some of us won’t settle for the mundane, the normal routine, the everyday life that others would and may already have accepted. We are ones who are continually looking for His purpose and fulfillment in our life, and are willing to keep looking, to keep searching, to keep “rolling on” until we find it, and above all, pursue Him.

I expect there will be a few more places that I will be led to. That is exciting, and yet challenging at the same time. But I am committed to stay in the labyrinth maneuvering, all the way through to the end. Hope you are too.

Ahava to my family of friends,

Steve Martin

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Ahava Love Letter #40   Date: Feb. 1, in the year of our Lord 2012    

Friday, January 27, 2012

Highway To Zion Assemblies in March

Cathy Hargett - Founderf/President - Highway To Zion

Shalom, Shalom, Friends!

Just wanted to give you a heads-up about two exciting and timely Highway to Zion Assemblies coming up in March!  We don't normally have two Assemblies in the same month, but you will see when you read below why these two Assemblies are strategic and ordered by the Lord.  

For those of us who have embraced the "restoration of Israel/Messianic faith movement", we are realizing that this is "real life" and authentic life in the Ruach when we take our stand and obey and listen intently to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - it's no longer "business as usual" - we are living in "that day"!

The Lord has so blessed us with the opportunity to have these two Assemblies with speakers from Jerusalem!  As our HTZ Board has been praying and planning, we were asking the Lord for speakers from Israel for 2012 and these two opportunities came to us by the Ruach - we praise Him for this and for the blessing of being able to invite you to join us.

These two speakers are not from the same ministry, but it "just happened" that both were scheduled to be in the Charlotte area in the same month, and we at HTZ were blessed to be included in their plans! 

I really believe it is God's plan and blessing for those of us in the Charlotte and surrounding area to have the opportunity to link arms with Israel through these two brothers and their ministries.

Not only will we hear the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem, but we will experience two very different Assemblies. 

If we set our hearts to hear from the Lord, we will hear and witness to our own strategic spiritual calling and destiny as we see the Lord unfolding His plans at this hour through Chuck and David's unique perspectives - Chuck's ministry is focused on intercession for Israel and David's calling, as a journalist and writer, is to report the prophetic as we see it happening right now, today.  

Save the dates for these upcoming Assemblies - Friday, 3/16th and Friday, 3/30th!
(We will be sending details as we get closer to the dates - but as of now, both Assemblies will be held at Raintree Country Club in Charlotte/Matthews, NC from 7-9:30 p.m.!)

3/16/11 - Chuck Cohen, from Jerusalem, a Director of Intercessors for Israel. 

3/30/11 - David Dolan, from Jerusalem, journalist and author.

Don't miss these Assemblies! 

We are so looking forward to seeing you at these Assemblies, and to worshipping, praying and hearing from the Lord together!

Love and blessings in Yeshua ha Mashiach!

Cathy Hargett
Highway to Zion Ministries, Inc.
704 365 2728

Friday, January 20, 2012

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Harbinger - Jonathan Cahn on CBN

The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn

the_harbinger_1Is it possible…
 That there exists an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America’s future? That this mystery lies behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy? That ancient harbingers of judgment are now manifesting in America? That God is sending America a prophetic message of what is yet to come?
 Before its destruction as a nation, ancient Israel received nine harbingers, prophetic omens of warning. The same nine  harbingers are now manifesting in America—with immediate ramifications for end-time prophecy.
Hidden in an ancient biblical prophecy from Isaiah, the mysteries revealed in The Harbinger are so precise that they foretold recent American events down to the exact days. The revelations are so specific that even the most hardened skeptics will find it hard to dismiss or put down. It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood thriller – with one exception… IT’S REAL.
The prophetic mysteries are revealed through an intriguing and engaging narrative the reader will find hard to put down. The Harbinger opens with the appearance of a man burdened with a message he has received from a mysterious figure called The Prophet. The Prophet has given him nine seals, each containing a message about America’s future. As he tells of his encounters with The Prophet, from a skyscraper in New York City, to a rural mountaintop, to Capitol Hill, to Ground Zero, the mystery behind each seal is revealed. As the story unfolds, each revelation becomes a piece in a greater puzzle – the ramifications of which will even alter the course of world history.


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Archaeologists Find Rare 'Pure to God' Temple Seal - CBN

JERUSALEM, Israel -- Archaeologists digging near the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City unearthed a rare find used in the daily work of the ancient Jewish Temple.
The small clay seal is inscribed with two words in Aramaic meaning "pure to God." "This is the first time we got [found] something that belongs to God, belongs to something that came from the temple," Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologist Eli Shukron said.

Archaeologists say the seal is the first archaeological evidence of the administrative workings of the Second Temple. That temple was built around 500 BC after Solomon's Temple had been destroyed. Experts believe temple officials used the seal as a stamp to indicate that an object, such as oil or an animal for sacrifice, was approved for ritual use in the temple.

Archaeologists found this latest treasure, dated between the first century BC and 70 AD when the Romans destroyed the Second Temple, while excavating near the foundations of the Western Wall. "It's very, very exciting to find something that priests use in the temple before 2,000 years -- something that belong[ed] to the temple, and this is the first time we found a thing like that -- ever," Shukron said.

Layers of soil covered the giant foundation stones of the outer wall of the Temple Mount. During the time of the Second Temple, the main street of Jerusalem would have been above it…including the years when Jesus walked the city.

Shukron said all the dirt and debris from the area is meticulously sifted for artifacts.
"And the dirt that covered this stone from here we took it to the sifting and then we sifted and found the seal from this area, from this area that we stand," he explained.

Archaeologists are not allowed to excavate on the Temple Mount itself because of political and religious sensitivities. It currently houses the Muslim mosques and shrines. Not long ago, archaeologists found coins in a ritual bath under the nearby Western Wall, which indicated that King Herod the Great, builder of Jerusalem, didn't finish the Western Wall himself before he died.  --Published Dec. 29, 2011.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Who Was the Fourth Man? - Dr. Bill Duerfeldt

                         Dr. Bill at his Jerusalem desk

Who was the Fourth Man?

In our daily devotions recently my wife and I were reading Judges, chapter thirteen -- the story of Samson’s conception.  Samson’s parents were confronted by the Angel of the LORD who told them that Samson would be a special child – a Nazarite in English or Naziyr in Hebrew – ie, a consecrated person. 
What particularly struck me about this part of the story were verses 17 and 18 -- Samson’s father asks the Angel “What is your name?”  The Angel’s reply was enigmatic, to say the least.  In most English translations the Angel answers, “Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?”
I went back to the original Hebrew to see if I could make any more sense out of that answer, and discovered something rather amazing.  In Hebrew, the word “wonderful” is pil’iy.  It means “beyond understanding” or “incomprehensible”.  It is the same word used in Isaiah 9:6 describing the Messiah.  For unto us a Child is born; unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  Is it possible that this Angel of the LORD was actually a theophany – a visual manifestation of Yeshua before the Incarnation?
I think we will all agree that Yeshua has always been alive and co-existent with the Father.  Numerous scriptures in the Tanak and the B’rit Chadeshah clearly make that point.  These include Micah 5:2; Hebrews 1:1-2; John 10:30; John 1:1-4; John 8:58; and Luke 10:17 to name a few.  Since He has always been in existence, are there times when He manifested Himself as a man in the Tanak?  I believe there is compelling evidence that He may have done so on at least three other occasions.  Let’s look at them.
 Melchizedek.  And Melchizedek, King of Salem, brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God most high.  And he [Melchizedek] blessed him [Abram] and said, ‘Blessed be Abram of God Most High, possessor of Heaven and Earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand’.  And he [Abram] gave him [Melchizedek] a tenth of all he had.” (Genesis 14:18-20)
            I want to point out three things about this story.  First – the name Melchizedek comes from two root Hebrew words – Melek (King) and Tzedek (Righteousness).  Melchizedek literally means “King of Righteousness”.  He is also called “King of Salem” – Hebrew: Melek Shalam – which means King of Peace; a title highly reminiscent of the Messiah -- Sar Shalom (Prince of Peace).
            Secondly, the writer of the letter to the Hebrews suggests very strongly that this person named Melchizedek has been present before the beginning of Creation.  “…without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually (Hebrews 7:3).  Moreover, Hebrews also ties this interesting point into the Messianic prophecy of Psalm 110:4, where it says of the Messiah “Thou art a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”
            Thirdly, we are told that Abram gave Melchizedek a tithe, and in return received his blessing.  (Genesis 14:19-20)  To Whom to we give the tithe?  To God, of course!  From Whom do we receive a blessing?  Again, only from God!  Is it possible that this Melchizedek – King of Righteousness and King of Peace – was actually a theophany of Yeshua?

            Commander of the LORD’s Host.  And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, "Are You for us or for our adversaries?"  So He said, "No, but as Commander of the host of the LORD I have now come." And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, "What does my Lord say to His servant?"   Then the Commander of the LORD's army said to Joshua, "Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy." And Joshua did so.  (Joshua 5:13-15)  There are several points in this narrative that are worthy of notice.
            First, the “man” calls Himself the Commander (some translations say “Captain”) of the Host of the LORD.  In Hebrew the words are “Sar Tzevah Yahweh” – literally “the Prince of the Army of Yahweh”.  The title “Prince” (or Sar in Hebrew) is the same title which Isaiah used for the Messiah in Isaiah 9:6 as we saw above.
            Secondly, we are told that Joshua fell on his face and worshiped Him.  Whoever this person was, He could not have been an angel, because angels do not allow humans to worship them.  You will recall that in the Apocalypse the Apostle John at one point fell on his face to worship an angel.  The angel immediately forbade him from doing so saying, “Don’t do that.  I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brothers the prophets.  Worship God alone.”  (Rev. 22:8-9)
            Thirdly, the “man” not only allowed Joshua’s worship, but added that Joshua was in the Divine Presence.  He said to Joshua, “Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy.”  These are essentially the same words God Himself spoke to Moses from the burning bush.  Is it possible that the “man” standing before Joshua was none other than Yeshua, the fullness of the Godhead in visible form, the Sar Shalom, the Prince of the Army of the LORD?

            The Fourth Man.  Most of us are familiar with the story in Daniel of three Hebrew boys, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who, because they refused to bow to the golden idol, were cast into a flaming furnace by Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon.  The key passage of the story is found in Daniel 3:24-25 -- Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, "Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?" They answered and said to the king, "True, O king."  "Look!" he answered, "I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God." (KJV)
            First, let me make this point.  Several English translations render the last three words of this passage as “son of the gods”; for example, the NIV, ESV, NASB, RSV, and others.  Whatever one may think of the old KJV, in this instance the translators got it right.   Let me explain. This story in Daniel is written in Aramaic – an ancient Semitic language and a predecessor of Arabic and Hebrew. 
In Aramaic the last phrase is:  בַר־אֱלָהִֽין  (bar-elehon).
“Bar”, of course, means “son” – such as in the familiar term “bar mitzvah” (son of the covenant).  Elehon” is a form of the word “elah” which means “God”.  It is a singular noun, not a plural one.  (The plural form of God is “elohiym” such as is found in Genesis 1:1).  Technically, therefore, the correct translation would be “son of God” or “son of the god”.  The Aramaic words “elah” or “elehon” appear 95 times in Scripture, and in 79 of those instances, the word clearly refers to the God of Israel.  In fact, in Daniel 3:28 when Nebuchadnezzar is extolling the God of Israel, it is the word “elehon” that he uses.
One final comment –  In Daniel 3:28 Nebuchadnezzar, referring to the ordeal in the fiery furnace, says that “God…sent His angel and delivered His servants…”.  The Aramaic word used here for “angel” is “mal’ak” – and means “one sent”, “a messenger”, or “an ambassador”.   Moreover, I find it extremely interesting that the Aramaic word “mal’ak” corresponds with Strong’s Hebrew word H4397 “mal’ach”, because one of the meanings of “mal’ach” is “a theophanic messenger ” – ie, a theophany!!

Who was the Fourth Man in the fiery furnace?  Was He the same Man who appeared to Abraham as Melchizedek?  Was He the same Man who told Joshua that He was the Captain of the Hosts of the LORD?  And finally, could He have been the same Man who appeared to the parents of Sampson and told them that His Name was “Wonderful”?

I report.  You decide.  J

Dr. Bill Duerfeldt
            Asheville, North Carolina

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