Harp and Story

Crossing the Red Sea

Crossing the Red Sea

The 13th of February I had a dream.  I always seem to dream more when I am away from home.  Sometimes my dreams are just “pizza” dreams and sometimes they are real and relevant YHVH dreams; I have come to know the difference and this one was a YHVH dream.

The Dream

A cluster of people, and I recognized many in the group, had come up to the Red Sea.  We were all waiting expectantly for YHVH to part the waters so we could go through on dry ground.  We were familiar with the Exodus story and we were expecting the same scenario.  Our attitude was joyful, even playful as some in the group made jokes keeping the rest of us laughing while we waited for what we all “knew” was going to happen. As the wait continued we began to take off our packs and set down our loads; it was then a few in the group noticed small, furry, brown blobs tucked into the folds of their clothing. Thinking they were burrs that they had picked up on the journey then began to pluck them off only then realizing that these small, furry, brown blobs were alive.  The instant these blobs were uncovered they began to grow and they grew at a phenomenal rate.  As soon as a blob was discovered, if it was immediately plucked off the blob dissipated, but if there was hesitation or reluctance to dispose of the blob it began to grow.  Once having begun to grow it was much harder to dispose of the thing.

Alarm started to spread its way through the group as more and more people discovered the small, brown, furry, blobs tucked into the folds of their clothing.  A few soon realized the blobs were easiest to get rid of immediately upon discovery, not allowing them to grow and reproduce, they soon became free of them and then turned their attention to helping others get rid of their blobs. Some people let them, others were so terrified of the blobs or fascinated by them, and how they grew and spread that they went into denial that they had any problems with the blobs. 

We were standing at the edge of the Red Sea waiting for YHVH to deliver us and now suddenly the joyful, playful attitude of only a moment before had been replaced with fear, anger, denial, terror, jealousy, resentment, disregard, contempt, competitiveness, and all because of some small, furry, brown blobs.  What had happened to our unity?

Interpretation

The interpretation came as soon as I opened my eyes. It was very clear that we were at the Red Sea, waiting to cross over into the wilderness.  The brown blobs represented “unnecessary baggage” that we must deal with and get rid of; if we try to hide the blobs or ignore them or indulge them – they will just grow, weighing us down – preventing us from making the journey. 

“Get rid of this ‘unnecessary baggage’ now while it is small and relatively easy to handle,” said a loud and persistent voice in my mind, “Ignored – even for a day – and it will grow at a phenomenally fast rate; once out of the small, egg phase they are not so easily discarded.”

“Deal with them now!”

“It is imperative that these things be dealt with now.  Taking ‘unnecessary baggage’ into the wilderness will only bring you trouble – much trouble.” 

From scripture Caleb and Joshua are examples of those who got rid of their “unnecessary baggage”, they crossed over into the Promised Land – the rest of their generation died in the wilderness.

The Bride of Y’Shua has cast off all her “unnecessary baggage”.  She is protected from the rage of hasatan.  The remnant of her seed, even though having crossed the Red Sea, is in the wilderness with their “unnecessary baggage” thus exposed to the rage of hasatan.  (See Revelation 12.)  The rage of hasatan is captivity, famine, death by the sword, destruction, fleeing war, torture, deception (see Jeremiah 50 and 51), and there will be some that will escape and endure to the end.

Scripture Highlights

YHVH highlighted these verses to me from my daily reading of the Psalms the morning I woke up from this dream.

Psalm 13:3; Consider and answer me, O YHVH, my Elohim.  Enlighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death.  Lest my enemies say, “I have overcome him.”  Lest my adversaries rejoice when I am shaken.

Psalm 43:3-4; O send out Thy light and Thy truth, let them lead me; let them bring me to Thy holy hill, and to Thy dwelling places.  Then I will go to the altar of Elohim, to Elohim my exceeding joy, and upon the lyre I shall praise Thee, O Elohim, my Elohim.

Psalm 73:21-24; When my heart was embittered, and I was pierced within, then I was senseless and ignorant; I was a beast before Thee.  Nevertheless I am continually with Thee.  Thou hast taken hold of my right hand.  With Thy counsel Thou wilt guide me, and afterward receive me to glory.

Psalm 103:12-14; As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us!  Just as a father has compassion on children, so YHVH has compassion on those who fear Him.  For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are dust.

Psalm 133:1; Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!

Synopsis

We have to realize our need, and then seek for His Light and Truth to deliver us.  We must recognize that we are nothing without Him and as we take hold of His counsel, His leading, we put ourselves into His hands and it is His compassion that removes all the things that keep us from being all He created us to be.  Then, we may live in the blessing of unity with Him and each other.

The message was urgent, the messenger persistent.  The time is late – we were standing on the shore of the Red Sea! 

 

 

 

The System Is Up and Running!

Steve prepares the tray for the grow beds.
Steve prepares the tray for the grow beds.

Grow beds are painted and waiting.

Grow beds are painted and waiting.

Steve is making the siphon valves for the grow beds.

Steve is making the siphon valves for the grow beds.

The first washed gravel is put in the grow beds.

The first washed gravel is put in the grow beds.

Working on the plumbing.
Working on the plumbing.
Setting up the fish tank.
Setting up the fish tank.
The System is complete; Momo and Steve check it out
P Tong brings 200 fish for the aqua-ponics system.  Momo Cat and Steve look on the newest acquisitions. Steve and Momo talk fish with Tong. 198 fingerling Talapia swimming happily in their new home.
The girls finish the trellis for the cucumbers.
The girls finish the trellis for the cucumbers.

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Thank you Bamboo School!  We are looking forward to our next trip to Thailand!!

Are You Really Different?

Are You Really Different?

I was in a discussion with a young man the other day that grew up Buddhist and then converted to Christianity and is now a practicing Buddhist again.  “Why?” I asked him.  His reply, “they are so closed-minded, (referring to the Christians), they say Jesus is the only way to heaven, they just shove Jesus down your throat.  I couldn’t take it anymore.  The Buddah is much more open-minded and accepting. Buddah, Mohammed, Jesus, Moses, they all show a way to heaven, there is more than one way, too closed-minded to think there is only one way.  The Christians always say, ‘but the scriptures say, Jesus is the way…’  I say NO!”

He went on to say, “I live from my soul.  My soul tells me what to do. It’s the good energy that I want/try to live in.  Enough good energy in the world is what we need, you know, it’s all about good energy, the frequencies, a lot more dimensions are out there than we realize and if we just get in tune with all that good energy we can make heaven on earth.”

The Buddhists have a way to “heaven” called making merit.  I asked him about this and what he did to make merit – to be good enough for a better life.  “Oh that,” he said, “today they, the monks, want donations, more and more, bigger and bigger, but I practice making good energy so I’m something good in next life.”

Reflecting on this conversation I thought how very much alike are the major religions of the world; they all to one degree or another use good deeds, making merit, mitzvoth, to ensure their standing in the next life.  I grew up in a Christian church that recorded weekly how many articles of clothing had passed out, how many cans of food had given away, how many times  the church lesson had been studied and on and on. As a child I would lay awake nights wondering if I had done enough, if I had been good enough.  I heard my 102 year old great grandmother ask the pastor, “How do I know if I am good enough, if I have done enough for God?”  She died a few months later still not knowing the assurance of salvation.

 Y’Shua says He is enough – do we really believe He is enough? His death and resurrection assure all who believe on Him eternal life – reconciliation with YHVH – and from that place of acceptance we then begin to work out what He has put in – we live Matthew 10:6-8 “…but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay.”  Do we do this or have we too become about “donations, bigger and better donations” oriented as our entrance pass into the next life?

For the last several years many US ministries have established a “work” or headquarters in Israel.  There is much apocalyptic focus on Israel as we go through this 4th turning of crisis and ministries are using this time in the history of the world to gather in large sums of money from misguided supporters.  At one time I was giving to one such ministry.  They had great literature full of compelling stories and heart rending pictures, they also gave thank you gifts for my support; the more I gave the greater the gift.  Then one day I saw the organizations financial statement – almost half a million dollars was the founder/president’s annual salary not including traveling expenses and other miscellaneous expenses.  In my opinion he was using the emotions of his following public to make himself wealthy.  What ever happened to, the foxes have dens and the birds of the air have nests but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head?  What about he who would come after Me let him deny himself, take up his execution stake and follow Me? 

For years, in one form or another, Christianity has been about making the world ready for Jesus to come back. Y’Shua did tell us in Matthew 28:18-20 to, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”  But the Buddhists, the Moslems, the Jews, the Christians all believe that it is up to them to make a “Garden of Eden” if you will, that the Madi, Buddah, Hare Krishna, The Prophet, 12th Inman, the Last Pope, Rabbi Schneerzon, who ever, will come back from the dead to rule and reign in a pre-made glorious kingdom where we will live in “Nirvana/Heaven” forever.  We know one group that concentrates their efforts on promoting the making of wine for the coming wedding feast of Y’Shua and His Bride!  Y’Shua wants us, His Bride ready for Him!  Nothing more – nothing less than ALL of us! The end of everything else is found in Psalm 2:9  “You, (Y’Shua) shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” And in Revelation 19:15  “From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of YHVH the Almighty.”  If the world is a perfect place when Y’Shua returns, why is there a need for Him to rule with a “rod of iron?” Answer: Because not everyone is going to choose to be His Bride!  Jeremiah 31:33  “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares YHVH: I will put my Torah within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their Elohim, and they shall be my people.” The rest of the world is the nations that will be instructed in Torah by Y’Shua’s rod of iron.  Zechariah 14:17-19 says that there will be no rain on the lands of those who do not go up to Jerusalem to celebrate Sukkot; that will be the punishment of all the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths.

Whatever happened to Y’Shua’s commission to us, his disciples – to go into the entire world and make disciples?  Whatever happened to going to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, preaching that the kingdom of heaven is at hand?  Whatever happened to the fields are ready for harvest, pray for laborers to go gather in the harvest? 

Sitting on the doorstep of my little bamboo hut in the jungle of western Thailand I guess I see things differently than when I am sitting on my comfy sofa back home.  We have been given a commission and from my present perspective we are failing that commission miserably.  America seems to have lost the zeal for the harvest – now-a-days a “team” will come for a week or two, take a lot of pictures – smiles with the locals, hand out clothes, feed the poor, pass out Bibles, sing some songs with the kids – for a couple of days – then off to the elephant park, or sightseeing at the waterfalls, or playing on the white sand beaches.  But the report is bustling with all their good deeds, how they made life a bit more bearable for some dirt-poor villagers.  Personally, I think YHVH is spitting all this luke-warm slop from his mouth. 

Are we so caught up in end-time, apocalyptic prophecies that we have forgotten our purpose; our purpose being to seek out the lost sheep of the house of Israel and make disciples.  97% of all church monies is used for church programs in the USA. 2% of remaining monies is used for programs in developed countries; 1% is spent on missions. Pretty pathetic! But we can change things, we can become more like Y’Shua. How about finding a mission to do volunteer work with for a month or three months or a year or more.  How about coming out from under the clutches of Babylon so you can be a volunteer. How about trusting YHVH to make a way so you can go into the harvest – wherever that harvest field may be.  How about stop making excuses as to why you can’t go.  It’s hard to get out from under the control of Jezebel; her influence is strong in Laodicea America; she works diligently to keep those under her thumb apathetic and depressed and despondent, but you can get free, you can become “hot” for YHVH.  Press on, press through, there is victory for the one who keeps their eyes on Y’Shua!

2Co 6:17-18  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith Yahweh, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith Yahweh Almighty.

Two years ago YHVH highlighted these words to Steve and me: “The end of the peregrination of the sons of Israel in the land of Egypt.”  We have prayed about and wondered on this word for two years.  We thought maybe it meant a transition from our harp and story ministry to a community week ministry, but I’m not thinking that so much anymore.  The ancient Israelites didn’t immediately go from Egypt to the land of promise, they wandered about for some time in the wilderness – granted, longer than they had to.  I don’t want to be luke-warm.  I want – no – I need to live in the dictate of Matthew 10, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, not to the Gentiles or to the villages of the Samaritans, but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  As we go into the entire world we will find the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  It’s not a comfortable assignment, but the end reward is well worth the effort! 

Matthew 16:27 “For the Son of man shall come in the majesty of His Father with His angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his deeds.”

It is time I am more earnestly about My Father’s business!  How about you?