22 March 2010 (Shanee/Matzah)|
Day #7, 5934 AM
Worse Before Better
Walking Wisely in Adversity
Passover is less than a week away and there is much to be done, not only for the festival, but in the real world too. There is crisis in the USA - not just the deepening debt crisis but the new Obama Health Care Bill which will put America deeper into debt than ever before, make abortion mandatory for both doctors and pregnant women in certain situations, and far worse. Americans are up in arms. In Sweden tomorrow the parliament decides whether to make homeschooling illegal or not and turn law-abiding people like myself into criminals. The Icelandic economy has not only experienced complete meltdown but a volcano which has been dormant for nearly two centuries suddenly erupted. There has been a terrible earthquake in Chile follwoed by a tsunami. One thing is clear, there is always trouble before Pesach.
"Afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, 'Thus says yahweh-Elohim of Israel: 'Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.'' And Pharaoh said, 'Who is Yahweh, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know Yahweh, nor will I let Israel go.' So they said, 'The Elohim of the Hebrews has met with us. Please, let us go three days' journey into the desert and sacrifice to Yahweh our Elohim, lest He fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.' Then the king of Egypt said to them, 'Moses and Aaron, why do you take the people from their work? Get back to your labour." And Pharaoh said, 'Look, the people of the land are many now, and you make them rest from their labour!' So the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people and their officers, saying, 'You shall no longer give the people straw to make brick as before. Let them go and gather straw for themselves. And you shall lay on them the quota of bricks which they made before. You shall not reduce it. For they are idle; therefore they cry out, saying, 'Let us go and sacrifice to our Elohim.' Let more work be laid on the men, that they may labour in it, and let them not regard false words.' And the taskmasters of the people and their officers went out and spoke to the people, saying, 'Thus says Pharaoh: 'I will not give you straw. Go, get yourselves straw where you can find it; yet none of your work will be reduced.'' So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw. And the taskmasters forced them to hurry, saying, 'Fulfill your work, your daily quota, as when there was straw.' Also the officers of the children of Israel, whom Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten and were asked, 'Why have you not fulfilled your task in making brick both yesterday and today, as before?'...So Moses returned to Yahweh and said, "Yahweh, why have You brought trouble on this people? Why is it You have sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people; neither have You delivered Your people at all'" (Ex.5:1-14, 22-23, NKJV).
If you had been a Hebrew weather forecaster in Egypt at the time of our passage of Scripture, and if you had had a little prophetic insight, you probably would have known that things were going to get a lot worse for the Israelites before they would get better. The barometer of events was falling rapidly, and the dark, ominious sky of oppression would soon break forth into a churning, flashing storm of cruelty unleashed by Pharaoh.
Pharaoh accused the Israelite slaves of loafing on the job (v.17). Their workload was multiplied, and the situation went from bad to worse (v.18). Moses was personally humiliated, and bitterly cried out to Yahweh for an explanation (vv.22-23). He found it hard to believe that a glorious exodus could just be around the corner. However, as we all know, the plans of Yahweh were not being frustrated. Before conditions would get better for His children, Yahweh tested them by allowing their suffering to increase.
I have to confess that I have been pretty sour with Yahweh recently. I have been waiting patiently for some years for some items to be resolved, and for promises He has made to me to be fulfilled. And with the lengthening of time, I have grown more and more impatient. So I decided it was time to let issues I had with Him come to the surface and face them square on. I assumed He would prefer me to be honest with Him rather than pretend all was well. He knows what's going on inside of me anyway, so really it boils down to whether I am honest with myself or not.
So I have to admit my complaint was the same as Moses'.
Now here I am and everything seems to be happening all at once, and it looks as though things are going to get worse for a while, and indeed things have been getting worse for some weeks and months now. However, to give me a bit of a boost, He has also been showing me some visions and giving some aural instructions. Something big is about to happen! And in one of His warnings (today), He said to get under cover because a storm would be unleashed very, very quickly now, and to warn others. So here is my warning.
Even when we are obedient to Yahweh, the skies of adversity may not always clear immediately. Circumstances may get worse before they improve. But praise Yahweh, His grace will sustain us, and not only will the storm pass, but our exodus from an imprisoning situation - mental, emotional, spiritual or physical - will also get under way, and then it will be All Go!
"He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but whoever walks wisely will be delivered" (Prov 28:26, NKJV).
Comments from Readers
That hit the nail on the head! Yes and Yes. Also, if we look at the book of Jasher, the tribe of Levi was not required to work if that is correct and maybe we are experiencing some of that in what is happening to us looking at that as one Attribute of Yahushua as the Aleph-Taw Torah. But, YHWH Yahushua IS PROVIDING! We hang on to Him seeking out our righteousness and that is within us to discover in so many awesome ways! Savoring that unleavened bread we are getting and burning that Oil of Spirit and Truth mixed together! We experience that relationship many think was just for the men of the first generation of Messiah. We are in the last generation and I wonder where is the faith to face reality, to hit it head on, to see the road we are on even if may be rocky but knowing what that faith of Hearing our Master's voice will get us through. And He Is Speaking to Us! Opposite of what Babylon teaches as imitation mystery 'faith' to put up a facade to 'hide' the things that might be distasteful while holding on to an imaginary goal not spoken by YHWH, not realizing that the sure word of YHWH is the faith to get through whatever we are facing and to know exactly that He will Do What He Has Said On His Time On His Terms. Even if we get backed up against the sea, YHWH YAHUSHUA WILL MAKE A WAY!! for those HOLDING ON TO HIS TZITTZIT, for He is Holding our Hand.
I had a friend several years ago who would engage in some philosophical discussions about our society and where it was headed. A true brother who was much older than I and grieved just the same at what was happening to people being made to work more, work smarter, work faster, do more with less, on and on. The LIE of Babylon was that computer technology would lead us into a utopian society where we would WORK LESS and DO MORE with the technology so that people would have more money and time to enjoy family and maybe take more vacations away from work. But we find the opposite where the technology has enslaved us all to where many as I used to be are 'at work' 24 x 7 with a cell phone, email, Internet every where we go. And the younger generation has bought the LIEs hook line and sinker. We used to resist somewhat having to be on call, carry a phone, etc. Now it's like the candy and priviledge of status... which is really sad because I remember when we didn't have computers or cell phones. Even when I was growing up we didn't even have a TV most of those years and remember only having a phone that was on a 'party' line connection. That brings back memories. People were more real and were able to have true family relationships with each other. The joy of the time was to have visitors / visits from friends and relatives and everyone would get together and talk and have a good time just being there. I've seen the last of that generation pass on and long for those days at times. Now we see the 'robot' society where Babylon has seminar'ed and educated the true empathy and emotions of love and compassion for fellow human beings right out of most people. It is a dishonor to be real, and an honor to live in a facade of smiles and trickery of personality for selfish gain or for gain of the imaginary corporate entity that many suppose to be supporting or working for. In reality we work with people and that's it.
Well, from a dream of night before last, I was inspired to put together my last blog post. That dream is frightening on one hand but awesome on the other. We were sold into bondage and YHWH walked contrary to His people even in the time we have come back to Messiah Yahushua. Now the power will be given back to His people the Saints and that transition is happening in many ways. Babylon will be confused even more as they have lost their real power to punish those in the scattering and will step over the boundaries set by YHWH as they will no longer know what those boundaries are. And therefore the increased turmoil for us all but they bring punishment down upon themselves in their drunkenness and we will be delivered in the most awesome way if we can think beyond this flesh and blood body which is of corruption and will be put away in exchange for that incorruptible.
We the Redeemed Saints will give to Babylon Double what was put upon us. Even the people who will not leave that Mixed Relationship we've seen have, are and will receive more of her increasingly severe plagues. But, YHWH will not lose one of His Own From His Hand though severe it may seem for those who have been hard to shake out of that tree.
A good word to hear/read and that we face head on our situation so we know what that faith we are given in sure word will bring us through (RDR, USA, 23 March 2010)