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    A27. Understanding
    the Law of Spiritual Covering

      "From there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And He entered a house and wanted no one to know it, but He could not be hidden. For a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit [demon] heard about Him, and she came and fell at His feet. The woman was a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by birth, and she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. But Yah'shua (Jesus) said to her, "Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs." And she answered and said to Him, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children's crumbs." Then He said to her, "For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter." And when she had come to her house, she found the demon gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed" (Mark 7:24-30, NKJV).

    There is something very interesting about this deliverance story of the non-Israelite woman's daughter. We do not know the grounds for the girl's demonisation and indeed the girl plays no part in her deliverance whatsoever. Her deliverance is a function of four very important things:

    • 1. The faith of her mother in Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) as the Deliverer;
    • 2. The mother's persistence;
    • 3. The fact that the mother had authority over her daughter; and
    • 4. Her answer to a very unusual question.

    1. Faith in Yah'shua (Jesus)

    Since we all know that deliverance is 100% dependent on Yah'shua (Jesus) this is not a matter we shall examine here, as this is treated extensively in other articles. Suffice to say that He alone is the Deliverer and to Him alone can we go for deliverence. We can't do it ourselves no matter how much will-power we possess. He alone is Deliverer (Saviour).

    The other three items are of considerable interest though and failure to understand and fulfil them has often resulted in the failure of people to be delivered from demonic problems.

    2. Persistence for Others

    It used to bother me at one time that persistence seemed to be a function of not only deliverence but also the reception of other blessings. In our passage we read that this Greek woman "kept asking Him". This was not a single request but had been repeated many times.

    We are at once reminded of another story of a Jewish woman who kept bothering her neighbour for some bread in the middle of the night because of the unexpected late arrival of a guest whom she was not able to feed. The shops were all closed and her only recourse was to apparently pester someone nearby whom she knew well enough to do so. Yah'shua (Jesus) commended this woman's persistence not because she was a nag (for who likes a nagging woman?) but because of her determination to fulfil the law of hospitality which required that a guest be treated appropriately. She was not asking for the bread for herself.

    Similarly, this Greek woman was not asking deliverence for herself but for her daughter whom she obviously loved very dearly. Her persistence was therefore an extension of the first principle, namely, faith.

    3. Authority and Stewardship

    By virtue of her motherhood, this Greek lady had authority over her daughter, not for her own glory, but as a divine commission. Parents are given authority over their children, who are required to honour and obey them according to Torah, so that they may "bring them up in the training and admonition of Yahweh" (Eph.6:4). In other words, by virtue of her calling as a parent, a mother has certain inalienable rights with heaven. She was her daughter's covering, just as we shall see (later) that a husband/father is his wife's and his children's covering.

    4. A Tough Question

    And now we come to what at first sight to our overly sensitive minds might appear to be rude, arrogant, disdaining and even racist. Yah'shua (Jesus) called the Greek woman of Syro-Phoenecia a "little dog". And no doubt He would have been charged with racism and religious hatred had He said this in our politically-correct yet satanic Western society.

    Yah'shua (Jesus) went on to explain that His mission was only to the House of Israel, in other words, those under Torah. This woman was almost certainly a pagan. Now her reply was not at all the kind of reply you might get today on the street of a Western town. Today you'd be arrested for saying such a thing and charged.

    But this is what Yah'shua (Jesus) said to this heathen woman who had come to Him to have her daughter delivered. She had faith in Him but she was not Torah-obedient. Now as we know, "faith without works [deeds] is dead" (Jas.2:20,26). This woman was not an Israelite either by race or by adoption through conversion. She had already expressed faith in Yah'shua (Jesus) through believing He could cast out demons and through her persistence. But it was not enough, for this was a Torahless (lawless) woman. So what more was needed - some tangible "work" or "deed" to demonstrate that her faith was not simply as the demons' who also knew that Yah'shua (Jesus) was the Messiah (Christ) "and trembled" (v.19). James indeed shows how the Canaanite (non-Israelite) harlot Rahab was justified (made righteous) by her works in helping the spies at Jericho (an ancestor of Yah'shua/Jesus Himself, no less). The Syro-Phoenician woman is a spiritual harlot, a pagan, a heathen, worshipping false gods, as Rahab was a whore and a pagan too, so she must demonstrate that she is on the path to repentance - she must reveal by her actions that she is not 'offended' by the accusation of heathenism that Yah'shua (Jesus) makes.

    Her reply is interesting: "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children's crumbs". There was no indigation at being called a second-class person because of her false belief system, no rage at being told she was not much better than a dog in comparison to the children of Israel who, in spite of their own sins and hypocrisy, were at least walking in Yahweh's ways through Torah. She acknowledged that she was such a "dog" and this was the sign that she gave that she acknowledged the truthfulness and authority of Yahweh's true religion. In a word, she demonstrated that she too was lost. She demonstrated the first signs of humility, and humility is an absolute pre-requisite for deliverance, even if it is on behalf of another.

    Yah'shua (Jesus) is here delcaring, in another way, that he is the "bread of life" (Jn.6:35, 48) and that His mission is to give of this bread to Yahweh's "children" - the children of Israel, those under covenant to be obedient to Torah. To those who have a desire to be obededient to Yahweh, Yah'shua (Jesus) comes first. They have priority, for this is a work that Yahweh justifies - a work which, incidentally, comes out of faith. The Greek woman knows this. She knows she is not entitled to a full portion of bread so all she asks for is some "crumbs" - for her demonised daughter ... not for herself, for she knows she is not in harmony with the God of Israel and His ways. Therefore Yah'shua (Jesus) said to her: "For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter."

    People often wonder why their deliverance is so slow and why is is sometimes only partially complete and in this story we have the answer: it is because, by virtue of their lawlessness (rebellion against Torah-obedience), they are only entitled to "crumbs". And specifically, on account of the main theme of this article, namely, the parents' duty to be a covering to their children. The crumbs are pretty good, but Yah'shua (Jesus) has far, far more to give. But to receive the whole bread meal, there must we a willingness to be adopted into the House of Israel:

      "For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them. For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, "Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in." Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if Yahweh did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:

        "The Deliverer will come out of Zion,
        And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
        For this is My covenant with them,
        When I take away their sins."
        (Rom.11:13-27, NKJV)

    Please note the following things:

      1. A gentile is not someone who is not related racially to the descendants of Abraham;
      2. A gentile is someone who is not under covenant and not under Torah;
      3. If a Gentile comes to Christ, he is grafted into Israel and to Torah-obedience;
      4. If a descendant of Jacob rejects Christ, he ceases to be an Israelite;
      5. "All Israel will be saved" means all those who are in Christ and obedient to Torah.

    Thus Rahab became an Israelite by adoption into that nation by entering the covenant and obeying Torah. It is exactly the same in the New Covenant only to be in that you must accept the Messiah Yah'shua (Jesus)! Thus the end-time people of Yahweh are those who:

      "Keep the commandments of Elohim (God) and the faith of Yah'shua (Jesus)" (Rev.14:12)

    The Syro-Phoenician woman had faith in Yah'shua (Jesus) to deliver her daughter though she neither "kept the commandments of Elohim" or "the faith of Yah'shua (Jesus)". Please note that the scripture does not say "have faith in Yah'shua (Jesus)" but "KEEP ... the faith of Yah'shua". In other words, this is an active faith that is being spoken of here involving commandment-keeping as an obligation and a true fruit of love:

      "If you love Me, keep My commandments" (John 14:15, NKJV).

      "He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him" (John 14:21-22, NKJV).

      "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love" (John 15:10, NKJV).

      "Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him." (1 John 2:3-5, NKJV).

    Now what "commandments" are these? Certainly not the ones we pick and choose, but all of them. Yah'shua (Jesus) said:

      "Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven" (Matt.5:19, NKJV).

    Whose commandments did Yah'shua (Jesus) obey? Yahweh's, His Father in Heaven's. What were Yahweh's commandments? The Torah. Through whom did Yahweh give His Commandments through Moses at Sinai? Angels (Heb.2:2). Which was the presiding of chief of these angels, and who was the deliverer of Israel?

      "In all their affliction He was afflicted,
      And the Angel of His [Yahweh's] Presence saved them [the Israelites];
      In His love and in His pity He redeemed them;
      And He bore them and carried them
      All the days of old "

      (Isa.63:9, NKJV).

    There are many angels in Yahweh's cosmos but only the Angel of the Presence was ever worshipped, and since only Deity may be worshipped (all other angels refuse worship - see the angel who appeared to John at Patmos), then the Angel of Yahweh's Presence must be Yah'shua (Jesus) Himself. We know that Yah'shua (Jesus) was the agent of Creation (Col.1:15) and so Yah'shua (Jesus) must have been Yahweh's agent who gave Torah to the children on Israel on Mt.Sinai. Therefore Yah'shua's commandments are Yahweh's commandments - He does not have His own private set and Yahweh another set! They are all one.

    So the question really is for those seeking deliverance - do you want the crumbs given to the dogs or the full bread meal given to the children of Elohim (God)? If you do, you know what to do.

    Yahweh's Law of Covering

    There are several miracles that Yah'shua (Jesus) performed on people through those who had authority over them. Morever, the faith required for the healing was by virtue of those who had authority.

    You will remember the daughter of Jairus. It was Jairus who approached the Master on behalf of his daughter, and it was Jairus' faith that resulted in her being raised from the dead. A father is the covering of his children. Torah teaches that the Father rules over his sons and daughters, having authority over them in all things, until such a time as they marry (whence the son becomes his own authority and the daughter comes under the authority of her new husband).

    The Roman Centurion's servant was healed in exactly the same manner, he whom Yah'shua (Jesus) said has more faith than the children of Israel! The centurion had authority over his servant and was therefore his covering. All authority has with it responsibility and obligations, including protection, nurturing, education, and so on.

    Yah'shua (Jesus) Himself was likewise under the covering of His Father, Yahweh. Yahweh's angels ministered to Him after His great fast in the Judean wilderness. Though this was a covering by Deity for Deity, it was nonetheless a covering. Even the authority of the Pharisees was recognised by Yah'shua (Jesus) but He informed His disciples not to imitate their bad deeds, but rather excell them in their righteousness. When the Old Covenant passed away, that authority was transferred by Yah'shua (Jesus) from the Pharisees and other authorities to His Apostles who thenceforth became the Heads of the Twelve Tribes of Israel (which is why judgment of the tribes was entrusted to them). They became the 12 Judges of Israel - New Israel, New Covenant Israel under New Covenant Torah.

    The truth is what matters in deliverance from demons. Nothing but the Truth will lead to freedom, and often the Truth is at variance with our cultures [cults] and church traditions. Deliverance rests on the twin principles of faith in Yah'shua (Jesus) and obedience to Torah. The scriptures are perfectly clear about this and those who are undergoing deliverance find it out one way or another if they persist in their quest for total victory. Indeed, it is Torah which defines sin, sin is the commission of a lie, and lies is what gives demons legal access.

    And yet we also find in scripture a level or degree of deliverance in which the faith of the coverers - like parents and others in authority - is enough for deliverance to take place. We saw that this was so in the case of the Syro-Phoenician woman, and indeed this is not the only example in scripture. For we read:

      "Then one of the crowd answered and said, "Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. And wherever he seizes him, he throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast him out, but they could not." He answered him and said, "O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me." Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. So He asked his father, "How long has this been happening to him?" And he said, "From childhood. And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us." Yah'shua (Jesus) said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!" When Yah'shua (Jesus) saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!" Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, "He is dead." But Yah'shua (Jesus) took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, "Why could we not cast him out?" So He said to them, "This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting" (Mark 9:17-29, NKJV).

    Notice that Yah'shua (Jesus) did not proceed with the deliverance of the mute son until the father - who had authority over him - expressed belief that Yah'shua (Jesus) could expell the demons and heal him. Once the father had taken the leap of faith, the deliverance took place.

    Some demons, as we see here, can only be cast out by human agents with "prayer and fasting". Our flesh needs to be still enough for the Ruach (Spirit) to have full access, the authority believers have been given notwithstanding:

      "Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick" (Luke 9:1-2, NKJV).

    Please notice some important things here. This power was given to the twelve disciples - the apostles - the authority and power is linked also to (a) curing diseases and (b) Preaching the Kingdom. What Kingdom? The Kingdom of Yahweh - of Heaven - of Elohim (God). What is the visible expression of this Kingdom: Israel, and specifically for us, New Covenant Israel, the Assembly and Fellowship of the Redeemed - a nation. And that nation, even if it is spread all over the world and no longer owns a country with soil and a flag (yet), is New Covenant Isarael governed by New Covenant Torah - Yahweh's Torah and His agent, Yah'shua's (Jesus') Torah'.

    We know - because Yah'shua (Jesus) said so Himself - the fact that people cast out demons in His Name does not necessarily mean that they belong to His Kingdom!

      "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness [Torahlessness]!'" (Matt.7:21-23, NKJV).

    These are those who reject Torah! They neither belong to the invisible (inner) Kingdom of Heaven nor do they belong to the Nation of Israel, because they disobeyed the commandments. But if is that the case, by what 'Spirit' did they cast out demons? We read:

      "... if I cast out demons by the Ruach Elohim (Spirit of God), surely the kingdom of Elohim (God) has come upon you" (Matt.12:28, NKJV)

    These are Yah'shua's (Jesus') words. What does He say? He says that if He casts out demons by the Ruach Elohim - the true Spirit of God - then the Kingdom has come upon you! By implication, if you cast our demons by any other spirit, the Kingdom is not upon you, but a counterfeit!

    The authority and the power given to man is apostolic. It was first conferred on the Twelve who demonstrated their apostleship in, amongst other things, deliverance ministry. But the apostles are not only deliverance ministers - they are also rulers, magistrates, and authorities in the Kingdom of Yahweh in its outward manifestation on the earth as New Covenant Israel - the Messianic National Fellowship.

    Using the Name of Yah'shua (Jesus) is not enough - there must be genuine authority which is manifested outwardly by Torah-obedience and Torah-government. That govermment is national as well as familial. The apostles are the covering of the whole Messianic Community, as fathers are coverings over their wives and children. And at one time, Lucifer was also a covering ... before he fell:

      "And I destroyed you, O covering cherub [Lucifer],
      From the midst of the fiery stones"

      (Ezek.28:16, NKJV)

    Yahweh Himself is our covering as it is written:

      "[Yahweh] shall cover you with His feathers,
      And under His wings you shall take refuge;
      His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
      You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
      Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
      Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
      Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday"

      (Ps.91:4-6, NKJV).

    The Kingdom - inwardly and outwardly - is the sign of our covering ... whether we have it or not. This, then, is the Divine Order of Covering:

    And what of Yahweh? What covers Him, the Omnipotent One? Can indeed Elohim (God) be covered with anything at all, since He is the highest of the highest? And the answer is, yes:

      "O Yahweh my Elohim (God), You are very great:
      You are clothed with honour and majesty,
      Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment
      (Ps.104:1-2, NKJV).

    Yahweh-Elohim wears His own covering of Light, like a coat. Can we understand this garmet of light better? What indeed are we as guardians and protectors of souls to do too? And what exactly is the nature of our authority over those we are called to protect?

      "Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me;
      Let them bring me to Your holy hill
      And to Your tabernacle
      Then I will go to the altar of Elohim (God),
      To God my exceeding joy;
      And on the harp I will praise You,
      O Elohim (God), my Elohim (God)"
      (Ps.43:3-4, NKJV).

    The Light and the Truth are intimately and inseparably connected. The covering of every believer, and of those being covered by believers, is raw, naked, pure and holy TRUTH. For it is written:

      "He who does the truth comes to the light" (John 3:21, NKJV)

    Please notice once again that Yah'shua (Jesus) does not say that those who believe in the Truth come to the Light but those who do the Truth. The Greek word poieo is an active one maning to have, hold, commit, journey, ordain, observe, perform, have purged, secure, work, yield - this is not armchair faith, but active, dynamic faith - in a word, faith-derived works.

    Those who are called to cover must believe and do the Truth in their lives as a dynamic principle. The Truth is their covering, their mantle of Light, which is the Light of Christ:

      "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it ... the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world (John 1:4-5,9, NKJV).

    In the system ordained by El Elyon, the Most High, human beings living in this world should be wrapped in multiple layers of light which act as shields against the Enemy. Each and every person has their place in the Divine Order, an Order barely in place anywhere in the world today, and least where they ought to be, in the Churches, because theire is so much rebelliousness and lawlessness. The vast majority of churches don't even believe in demons!

    No covering is automatic. Each and every person placed with spiritual authority must claim it by faith in Yah'shua (Jesus) and obedience to the Truth in Torah, Yahweh's holy law:

      "The Law (Torah) is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good" (Rom.7:12, NKJV).

    Torah no longer requires us to offer animal sacrifices because Yah'shua (Jesus) has become our sacrifice but that does not mean we can cease purifying ourselves, because there remain pollutions within caused by sin, which only the Truth can reveal and only the blood of Messiah can cleanse by faith in His Name and by an active response in obedience. With these principle in place in your thinking, meditate, then, on these words:

      "... the days of her (Mary's) purification according to the Torah (law) of Moses were completed, they brought Him (Yah'shua/Jesus) to Jerusalem to present Him to Yahweh (as it is written in the Torah (law) of Yahweh, "Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to Yahweh"), and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Torah (law) of Yahweh, "A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons" (Luke 2:22-24, NKJV).

    Since animal sacrifices are no longer required in the New Covenant, what, then are our acceptable sacrifices to Yahweh? For one, a broken heart (Ps.34:18) and a contrite spirit - humility and receptivity like that of Mary, mother of Yah'shua (Jesus), who was a holy vessel for the divine seed:

      "On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit,
      And who trembles at My word"

      (Isa.66:2, NKJV).

      "Blessed are the poor in spirit,
      For theirs is the kingdom of heaven"

      (Matt.5:3, NKJV)

    There is no covering without a sense of poverty in ones own strength and a wholehearted reliance on the Ruach Elohim - the Spirit of God.

    Have you wondered why every male who "opens the womb" is called "holy to Yahweh"? It doesn't mean that boys are "better" than girls as the enemies of the Bible love to accuse, but that boys are "set apart" to special service to Yahweh as coverers. It's their job, and a heavy responsibility it is too. Yah'shua (Jesus) was the ultimate "coverer" since He covered those who trust and obey Him so that Yahweh cannot see their sins - He becomes their - our - punishment. Thus we read:

      "Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins" (James 5:19-20, NKJV).

    When we teach unadulterated truth and thereby expose lies, that truth covers him like a garment of light. It is also written:

      "And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins"" (1 Peter 4:7-9, NKJV).

    By covering we do not mean 'conceal' or 'hide' as though some act of dishonesty is being committed. Love is a healing balm and opens the door to truth when it is known and presented. But love is not itself the Truth - rather Truth defines love. Truth is therefore the high principle in deliverance because Love cannot set a man or woman free - only Truth can:

      "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:31-32, NKJV).

    We can only know the Truth and obtain a garment of Light if we abide (live in, eat off) Yahweh's Word - every word He has said, not just the ones we like, but the 'controversial' ones too, including those which upset our comfort zones (when that happens, it is because there is a root of sin present):

      "Every word of Elohim (God) is pure;
      He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
      Do not add to His words,
      Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar"

      (Prov.30:5-6, NKJV).

    By 'adding' is meant inserting human interpretation to twist or 'explain away' the things our carnal nature does not like.

    I have mentioned that men are born "set apart" to responsibility and leadership, both in the home, in the local assembly (church) and in national affairs. Satan has done much to topple this order and to strip away the garment of Light given to the men to protect their womenfolk and children. Men living in the righteousness and holiness of Yah'shua (Jesus) and Torah are a covering, a garment of Light, as they themselves - in their turn - are yielded in submission to Yahweh. That is why Yahweh has instructed women to wear headcoverings to denote their submission to their husbands and fathers, and why men are to wear tallit with tzitzit to denote their submission to Torah. Male is not above (more important or greater than) female, but each has their divinely ordained functions. Without that proper order there cannot be covering. Thus it is written:

      "Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to Yahweh. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the Messianic Community (church); and He is the Saviour of the body. Therefore, just as the Messianic Community (church) is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the Messianic Community (church) and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious Messianic Community (church), not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself" (Eph.5:22-28, NKJV)

    This submission is not a recipe for tyrrany because obligations fall on both parties - as the wife is set apart (made holy) to obey her husband in all things (that do not contradict Torah) so the husband is set apart (made holy) to obey Yah'shua (Jesus) in all things, even as Yah'shua (Jesus) obeyed Yahweh in all things in mortality, and continues to do so today. Please notice that this divine order is not for its own sake but for cleansing and sanctification. This is the way we are made pure. It is not something that can be done with Yahweh alone but it involves everyone in the Messianic Community in proper relationship to one another and to the ultimate Head.

    This is also true in deliverance ministry. In SRA (Satanic Ritual Abuse) where souls are fragmented into many parts (MPD), the fragmented alers (alternating personalities) must learn to submit to the core persoinality as he or she is submitted to Christ. That is how order, cleansing and eventual reintegration takes place. There is usually much resistance to this on account of demonic control and belief in a whole set of lies leading the alters that they are fully independent persons.

    The same is true in marriage. The man is not without the woman, nor the woman without the man. They are an interdependent unity or wholeness, and whilst they may be two persons as individuals, they are regarded as ONE (echad) by Yahweh-Elohim, who administers this Unit by operating through the husband when he is properly aligned to the Truth. There is no covering without submission and obedience in Christ and in Truth and in Torah.

    When you try to overthrow this system set up by Yahweh and built into us, in fact, you commit idolatry because you set yourself up as your own authority. Thus the following scripture applies in this situation too:

      "... I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. You cannot drink the cup of Yahweh and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Yahweh's table and of the table of demons. Or do we provoke Yahweh to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?" (1 Cor.10:20-22, NKJV).

    You cannot partake of both the divine system and the satanic system of authority (in untruth, lawlessness and anarchy).

    I do not have time in this article to go into depth on this very important (nay, vital) subject. My wish is simply to point these truths out. When they are obeyed, and they become natural, then the Torah is truly written on the heart by the Ruach (Spirit):

      "This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says Yahweh: I will put My Torah (law) in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their Elohim (God), and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know Yahweh,' for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says Yahweh. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more" (Jer.31:33-34, NKJV)

    And what is this "covenant" called? Let us read a little earlier:

      "Behold, the days are coming, says Yahweh, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah" (Jer.31:31, NKJV).

    A "New Covenant" or B'rit Chadashah, and the blood of Yah'shua (Jesus), shed for our sins, is the "blood of the New Covenant" (Mt.26:28), the blood that allows the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) to write this Torah on our hearts so that we obey it naturally and spontaneously. But to accomplish that, we must first open our hearts in submission and contrition and receive it.

    In practice, the fleshy nature, often aided by false teachings in the churches which tell us that the law (Torah) has been "done away with" (as a result of a faulty interpretation of Paul who never said any such thing, only that the punishment of the Law has been abolished through Christ by trusting in Him), furiously resists this and wishes to pursue an independent course. The result is that people get snared and trapped in the occult and counterfeit spirits, for without the Torah, there is no direction, just the vague feelings of the heart which the Word says is desperately wicked and misleading.

    Torah is the railway track, Christ is the engine, and we are the coaches! Take the track away and the train will run wild and eventually get bogged down.

    In this analogy it is perfectly clear what the lines of authority are. If we want Christ without the Torah we will not reach our destination. Torah is Yahweh's guiderail and Yah'shua (Jesus) obeys Yahweh, His Father. If you try to move along the railway of Torah without Christ (i.e. try to save yourself by works as Jews and other legalists do) you won't get anywhere. There has to be a proper order and positioning of the engine, truck and rail.

    The Reality of a World without Cover

    And now to some unpleasant truths about our end-time world in which Yah'shua (Jesus) prophesied there would be little faith. Indeed, He predicted that it would be just the same as it was in the days of Noah immediately before the flood. The fact of the matter is, there are hardly any true husbands and fathers in Yah'shua (Jesus) anymore. The churches are infected with feminism and lawlessness (anti-Torah) - the Divine Order simply isn't lived and the churches are without cover. Christians are open hunting season for demons. In the place of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) they have given these lawless believers (who accept the engine but reject the railway track) a counterfeit power which masquerades as true Light.

    I don't know if you have seen demonic light but it is quite convincing if you do not have the spirit of discernment. Satan and demons know how to 'light up' and put on an outer show of holiness - and they can do all kinds of miracles and wonders to keep their (often willing) audiences awe-struck:

      "Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works" (2 Cor.11:14-15, NKJV).

    The churches are full of his ministers - lawless, fleshy, carnal, and yet possessing a 'power' which convinces the carnally-minded who do not love the truth:

      "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ" (2 Cor.11:13, NKJV)

    The end-time Messianic Community (church) is not some giant institution with millions of people, or even lots of denominations. The Bible calls it a tiny remnant (Rom.11:5; 9:27). And the reason?

      "You (false believers) are of your father the devil [Satan], and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of Elohim (God) hears Elohim's (God's) words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of Elohim (God)" (John 8:44-47, NKJV).

    Today the Bible is being rewritten, words are being changed, meanings twisted, in order to conceal the truth that sets people free. People are believing in lies and thinking that it's the Bible that tells them. And so the people believe in a false God - a God of 'love' but not of 'Truth' and 'Law' - in short, Satan. What is one of Satanism's mottos? "Love is the whole law - love under will". A big lie in a little word, 'will', for willpower is of the soul - the psyche. Love is the whole Torah, Love under Truth, and the Truth is Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ).

    Even in Paul's day, there weren't very many mature men who could provide spiritual covering. He laments:

      "For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Messiah Yah'shua (Christ Jesus) I have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore I urge you, imitate me" (1 Cor.4:15-16, NKJV).

    There are tens of thousands of people out there claiming to be "teachers" - just go into a Christian chatroom online one day and you'll find dozens of them, all spewring their own personal gospels and urging people to "follow me". Paul said that would be the case. But how many real fathers - Patriarchs - are there out there, who can give a true spiritual covering? Precious few. How many people in the churches would you honestly wish to imitate? How many would you entrust your lives to, let alone your spiritual education? Not many. And yet it should not be so. The reason it is so is because the church has abandoned the track wholesale and invented its own ones, all different guages and all going in different directions.

    The Need for Spiritual Adoption

    Paul advised his readers to imitate him. Was he arrogant? I think not. He knew only too well there were few good rôle models. He knew, as psychologists know today, that we learn principally by imitation. We copy our peers and elders. And if they are bad examples, we tend to copy those bad examples unless we possess an extraodinary spiritual independece born of a life lived very closely indeed to Yahweh. I have met very few people of that kind of spiritual strength who have had good mentors. Today, in our end time, Yahweh is birthing new rôle models, new spiritual fathers, new patriarchs, along with spiritual mothers and matriarchs. Their birth has been hard and painful because they have had to struggle alone with the carnal nature bequeathed them, and have had to throw their all on Christ in order to secure victory. They are emerging in our time, and those who would be saved are flocking to them for want to something good to imitate. More, these men and women are offering sincere searchers their own spiritual cover.

    Covering can be given on different levels depending on the relationship. As far as human covering is concerned, the deepest and most comprehensive is that given by a husband for his wife by virtue of their one fleshness. The soul-ties between them are far greater than between other humans by virtue of the sexual relationship, which is why Satan lays great emphasis on creating ungodly and unlawful sexual soul-ties between people by deliverately inverting Torah: through these he can get the most penetrating demomic access to the soul. The Bible is particular and strict about unlawful sex for this and other reasons - sodomy, incest and adultery (for instance) are such serious crimes against Yahweh and mankind that in Torah they carry the death penalty. Indeed, these and other sins have been the primary cause of the total demonisation and the fall of many a nation, including ancient Israel and Judah.

    The nature of the marriage covenant, and the covering that the husband provides his wife with, is the most precisely laid out in Scripture. The contract consists of vows to be faithful for the rest of one's life and must be done in the presence of two or more witnesses to be valid. The diagram to the right represents husband (blue) and wife (pink) as houses with an underground passageway connecting them, their mnarriage soul-tie. Here it is sanctified in Christ by virture of the Ketubah or marriage vow contract and the mandatory two witnesses.

    In the absence of two witnesses and marriage vows, the relationship is fornication and unsanctified. The sexual union opens demonic doors as shown by the vertical tunnel linking into their underground passage. Without a proper covering in Yahweh's Torah or by Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) they become a prey to the invisible world of evil.

    This can lead to unnatural urges leading to adultery as the parties connect with more and more people in sin and open more demonic doors. The result is infestation and the compulsive urge for more and more sex with more and more people. Now their unions are consecrated to demons and Satan and are without any covering whatsoever. They have literally opened the gates of hell. And it doesn't matter if they have 'ended' earlier sexual relationships, the doors to them remain open, psychically connecting all their former and present partners together to the underworld. This joining is not dependent on physical space. And it only takes one sexual liason to open the door.

    The strongest bond and most powerful covering for a woman comes from a godly husband in Christ because every part of her is connected to him. But until such a time, unmarried women are particularly vulnerable and need a spiritual father, especially if their own father is not in Christ and more so if she is an SRA victim with a satanist father. Single young men, though stronger, can also profit from such adoptions. In my own Church (NCCG), all singles who have no parents in Christ are adopted into families. A covenant is entered into between an Elder and the boy or girl, and usually with witnesses (like the Pastor and his wife). It is entirely a matter of free choice but most avail themselves of the opportunity to have a mentor, instructor and protector. Since the Elder is not the natural father, this agreement must be by the free consent of the parties and only after confirmation has been received independently by the two parties through the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit). There can be duration clauses, the most common one being that if either or both of the parties wishes to end it, then the contract shall be null and void. An alternative is to have an annual renewable contract, usually at Yom Kippur, such as obtains in the NCCG Priesthood. Others take contracts for life though usually subsequently.

    I myself entered into such a contract some years ago and am adopted into a family, as my own parents were not believers. And recently I adopted a daughter who is a victim of SRA and provide covering for her, a contract either of us can end whenever we will, though I have unilaterally covenanted not to end it on my own. It was a beautiful experience and the Ruach (Spirit) was strongly present. Whilst we were praying about it over several days Satan manifested to me personally in vision to oppose it. And afterwards a demon came to her trying to place itself between me and her by hypnotic suggestion. So we know not only scripturally but practically that spiritual covering is not liked by the enemy.

      "He spread a cloud for a covering,
      And fire to give light in the night"
      (Ps.105:39, NKJV)

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