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Gregorian Calendar Tuesday 13 October 2015
Rosh Chodesh VIII
The Masculine and Feminine
Statutes of Yahweh-Elohim
Chag sameach Rosh Chodesh mishpachah - welcome to Shemini haChodesh, to the eighth month of the sacred year and to the time of the former rains.
The Quiet Winter Season
From the point-of-view of Yahweh's moedim (appointments) this and the next four months is a 'quiet season'. Of course, as we know, the Jews have added extra winter festivals during this time, namely Hanukkah and Purim, but these are man-made feasts nowhere commanded in the Torah and so have no spiritual significance to those who wish to strictly adhere to divine tavnith or pattern.
False Winter Festivals
As Yahweh symbolically goes 'quiet' so the Enemy's celebrations spring up and multiply and there is a huge temptation for believers to include extra festivals of their own. We have spent years shedding ourself of these false festivals, be they Jewish (Hanukkah and Purim) or Catholic (like Christmas) and pagan ones like Halloween/Samhain and New Year's Day.
Be Satisfied With What He Has Given
We still have our monthly and weekly moedim (appointments) - Rosh Chodesh and the Sabbath during these so-called 'silent' months with which to mark time and focus on spiritual things. So let us be satisfied with what He has given and not by any means yearn after that which He has forbidden and disdained because they dishonour Him.
Completion of Solomon's Temple
That said, the eighth month of the biblical year was not eventless historically. Indeed it was in the eighth month that Solomon's "temple was finished in all its details according to its specifications. He had spent seven years building it" (1 Kings 6:38, NIV).
The New Spiritual Temple
For a great many years Yahweh has been building a spiritual temple consisting of Remnant believers, culminating in the Great Dedication last spring to see us into the new aeon and spiritual reset that took place at Shemini Atseret a few days ago. A new body is arising and though it has a long way to go yet, it is most assuredly being equipped and on its way.
Tozer's Hope and Prophecy
I wish A.W.Tozer could have seen our day. I wonder what he would have thought? He knew that something like this had to happen if there was to be any hope for the survival and prosperity of the Body of Christ. He wrote:
The Birth of Messianic Evangelicals
"I would like to live to see the time when the men and women of Elohim (God) - qadosh (holy), separated and spiritually enlightened - walk out of the Evangelical Church and form a group of their own; when they get out of the sinking ship and let her go down in the brackish waters of worldliness and form a new ark to ride out the storm" .
That is exactly what has happened in our time, and is continuing to happen. But for these evangelicals to do this they had to not only forsake worldliness but abandon false Catholic-derived Protestant tradition and become Torah-obedient too. We had to become Messianic Evangelicals. It is only a beginning, to be sure, but it is a very important one.
Not Jews or Jewish
Because we are Torah-obedient and because we use the word 'Messianic' to describe ourselves, they assume we are regular 'Messianic Jews'. And whilst we share some doctrinal and practical areas of commonality, we are absolutely not of that denomination. For one thing we are neither 'Jews' nor 'Jewish'. Such a term is inconsistent with the B'rit Chadashah (New Covenant) as Paul testified:
Leaving Your Old Religion and Culture Behind
"Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Messiah is all, and is in all" (Col.3:11, NIV).
When you come to Messiah you leave your old religion and culture behind and adopt an emunah (faith) based solely on the Person of Yah'shua (Jesus). Our religion is King Yah'shua (Jesus) and thence His Kingdom with its culture and ways. There is no such thing as a 'Messianic Jew' anymore than there is such a thing as a 'Messianic American', a 'Messianic Briton' or a 'Messianic Swede'. If you say you are a 'Messianic Jew' then you must allow for 'Messianic Kenyans', 'Messianic Russians', 'Messianic Chinese' and 'Messianic Germans', not to menion 'Messianic Hindus', 'Messianic Mormons', 'Messianic Moslems' or 'Messianic Pagans' (if you happen to be a religious Jew). You may come from different countries but in terms of your emunah or faith, you are in Messiah Yah'shua (Jesus). And when you are in Him you cease being a Jew, Greek, Russian, American, Tanzanian, Indian or whatever. Your religion is not defined by either your race or the culture that raised you. You have become, in Messiah, "a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new" (2 Cor.5:17, NKJV). Everything else proceeds out of that central tenet.
Believers, Israelites and the Children of Abraham
Are we Israelites? Yes, we are, but only because we are in Messiah Yah'shua (Jesus) and because the Israel of Messiah is the Israel of the Overcomer, not the Israel of Jacob or an Israel by racial descent. Your racial origin is irrelvent in Messiah, and that includes your gender (Gal.3:28). There is no privileged status for either race or gender. All true believers are one in Messiah. All true believers are Israelites and the children of Abraham:
All Believers are Torah-Obedient...Up to a Point
"Understand, then, that those who have emunah (believe, have faith) are children of Abraham" (Gal.3:7, NIV).
I realise this is sometimes confusing to our Messianic Jewish brethren. However the confusion comes in adherence to man-made dogma and tradition. If we will simply follow the plain teaching of the Davar (Word), there will be no confusion. 'But you are Torah-obedient, like Messianic Jews!' most Evangelicals will protest. Yes, and we are Torah-obedient like Evangelical Christians too, for even they observe some Torah, just as Messianic Jews observe some Torah. Every single believer is Torah-obedient to some extent. Every Evangelical Christian who insists that they follow Tanakh (standards) like not committing murder, adultery or theft is Torah-obedient even though he claims the Law (rather than the penalty of the Law) has been supposedly nailed to the cross and therefore is no longer binding. But Messianics and Evangelicals pick and choose, and both follow man-made traditions too. It's always been that way.
So Which Parts of the Torah are Binding Today?
I feel there is an urgent need today to address a question many have been asking me for a long time. And the question is this: which parts of the Torah in the Tanakh (Old Testament) are binding on New Covenant believers and which parts are not? It is not sufficient to confidently and bullishly claim that we obey all the Torah for that is both untrue and impossible. The short answer is that we obey all that is eternal in the Torah but not that which is temporary and has been fulfilled by Messiah's death on the cross.
Is It Ceremonial or Moral?
Today I want to be a little more concrete and to draw a very clear line between the 'messianic' and the 'evangelical'. This line will make it very clear what is, and what is not, to be obeyed. Different denominational groups draw the lines somewhat differently and one of the reasons for this is they are confused. Very broadly-speaking, you will hear Christians and Messianics say that the ceremonial Law has been fulfilled and therefore abolished leaving only the moral and ethical Law that continues to be binding today. This is true. But the problem we still face is that these same believers then disagree as to what is 'ceremonial' and what is 'moral' or 'ethical'.
Marriage, Adultery, Fornication and Vow-Breaking
For example, there can be no doubt that the Torah rules on marriage are moral and ethical. And yet Christians pick and choose what they want to follow and what they don't. Amongst both orthodox Christians (Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Messianics) I have yet to hear a proper definition of marriage, adultery and fornication. They adhere to tradition rather than Torah. They follow credes, papal bulls, synodic declarations and Talmudic halachah rules rather than Scripture.
A Single Woman Cannot Commit Adultery
If you tell them that a single woman can never commit adultery they will stare at you in utter disbelief and possibly horror because they will immediately draw all the wrong conclusions. And yet Torah teaches that only married woman and single and married men can ever commit adultery. All categories - men and women, married and unmarried - can commit fornication, though, and all can break - or become the instruments in breaking - their own or others' marriage vows. Were you aware of this?
You Can be Punished for a Sin Your Falsely Accuse Someone Of
I don't want to get into a discussion on that today, interesting though it is, as this is not my main message. But I do absolutely want to shock the ignorant into serious Scripture study you so that you can research such matters out carefully and diligently, especially before you go finger-pointing. Sin is defined by Torah so how can you know whether you have sinned or not if you don't know the plain teaching of Yahweh's Torah? Did you know that if you falsely accuse someone of a sin that the penalty of that sin falls right on you? That is Yahweh's plain teaching. All the more reason to know what is, and isn't, sin and not to be blinded by tradition.
By the time we have finished today I also hope that you will see that the two categories - moral/ethical and ceremonial - don't always have the clear-cut boundaries we think they have. To illlustrate this, I am going to give you another illustration.
An Illustration from Genesis 1:14
I'd like you to open to Genesis 1:14 in your Bibles. Most of you here have the New King James Version (NKJV) though the King James Version (KJV), the New American Standard Bible (NASB), the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), the English Standanrd Version (ESV) or the New International Version (NIV) will equally well serve our purpose. So let's read that first of all:
Seasons, Festivals or Moedim?
"Then Elohim (God) said, 'Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years'" (Gen.1:14, NKJV).
I want to draw your attention to the word "seasons". I was raised on Protestant versions most of my life and I have never thought about this verse very much. Whenever I read "seasons" I immediate thought it referred to the seasons that Vivaldi immortalised in music - spring, summer, autumn (fall) and winter. This was very unfortunate because this is not at all what the text is saying. Some modern Catholic, Protestant and most Messianic versions get it more or less right. Let's look at three, beginning with a well-known Protestant paraphrase, the popular Good News Bible or Today's English Version:
Now a Catholic translation, the Jerusalem Bible:
"Then God (Elohim) commanded, let lights appear in the sky to separate day from night, and let them indicate festivals, days, and years" (Gen.1:14, GNB/TEV)
Finally, a Messianic translation, the Restoration Scriptires True Name (2nd) Edition:
"God (Elohim) said, 'Let there be lights in the vault of heaven to divide day from night, and let them indicate festivals, days and years" (Gen.1:14, JB).
The Twelve Divine Appointments
"And Elohim said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the shamayim (heaven) to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for moadim, and for days and years" (Gen.1:14, RSTNE).
The Hebrew word here is moedim which literally translates as 'appointments', not exactly 'seasons'. These twelve appointments are the eight annual festivals or feasts (Pesach/Passover, Chag haMatzah/Unleavened Bread, Yom haKippurim/Firstfruits, Shavu'ot/Weeks or 'Pentecost', Yom Teruah/Trumpets or Shouting, Yom haKippurim/Atonements and Sukkot/Tabernacles), the weekly sabbath, the monthly new moon, the seven-yearly Sh'mittah or Sabbatical Year and the fifty-yearly Yovel or Jubilee Year. These are the divine moedim or appointments that were given at Creation even before Adam and Eve came into being, and long before the Law of Moses came into existence. These are eternal mitzvot of commandments not only for Yahweh's people but for all mankind.
The Moon is the Chief Marker
All these observances are to be regulated by the heavenly bodies. David said that "the moon marks off the moedim (appointments, 'seasons')" (Ps.104:19, NIV) as it is doing this very we are observing in marking off a new month and establishing the four sabbaths for this month. These moedim are feasts, festivals, qadosh (holy, set-apart) days days and the moon has been given to us so that we can know when exactly to assemble for them. For further emphasis, Yahweh goes on to say that we are to keep the seventh day sabbath as a day of rest, which is marked by the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th days of each calendar month.
The Woman of Revelation 12
You will further recall that the Book of Revelation describes a woman "clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head" (Rev.12:1, NIV). This is clearly symbolic and represents the end-time Remnant kehilah or congregation. What is she standing on as her foundation? The moon. As we have seen already, Yahweh has appointed the moon to establish when the moedim (appointments) are to be (Ps.104:19). The moon determines when the feasts, sabbaths and new moons are to begin. The woman represents the Remnant, faithful and obedient in all of Yahweh's ways, who will have all the twelve festivals represent as a crown.
The Divine Seal
This Remnant will, amongst other things, be keeping Yahweh's moedim (appointments) because they know this is a seal of Elohim (God) and are what the final battle of Har Megiddo (Armageddon) will be fought over. They are a seal of ownership. The sun determines the time during the each day these moedim (appointments) are to begin and end, namely, from sunrise to sunrise. Just as the moon reflects the light from the sun, so the annual festivals reflect the light from the weekly qadosh (holy, set-apart) day, namely, the Sabbath. That is why the Sabbath appears in the Decalogue or Ten Mitzvot (Commandments) because it is chief of all the qadosh (holy, set-apart days), to be observed more often than any other moed throughout our lives.
The Moedim are Eternal, Moral Statutes
From Genesis to Revelation, then, we see the importance of the moedim (festivals) as a distinguishing mark of the true believers or Remnant. Remember that each of these outward observances has an inner, spiritual meaning too that in many ways is even more important than the outward manifestation in time and space. The annual, seven- and fifty-yearly festivals teach us the divine tavnith of the Plan of Salvation. The Sabbath teaches us of the spiritual rest or shalom (peace) of the saved and the New Moon reminds us of authorities and headships. So this is not mere outward observance though it obviously includes it. So are these moedim (appointments) 'ceremonial' or 'moral' Torah (Law)? Well, both, really. Their heart is spiritual and they are eternal statutes for true believers.
The Pagan Substitute Festivals in Christendom
One more passage before I share with you the key for knowing which statutes of Elohim (God) are eternal and therefore binding in all dispensations - including this one - or temporary and therefore not binding in the New Covenant of Messiah. Already we have, I hope, learned that for a statute to be moral or spiritual does not mean that it does not have an outward component such as gathering for worship not doing regular work on the Sabbath. One of the big errors of the many orthodox Christian churches is that they reject nearly all outward practices, claiming they are in some way not spiritual. This is an old Gnostic heresy that is the legacy of Catholic Augustinian theology. Yet they invent their own outward observances to replace the divinely-appointed ones such as Saturday or Sunday worship, Christmas, Easter, Lent and a host of pagan-inspired observances. There is much inconsistency and contradiction in them.
What is a Set Time?
Now to the last Scripture I mentioned - turn with me, if you would, to Genesis 17:21 in the NKJV if you have it:
When Was Isaac's Birthday?
"But My b'rit (covenant) I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year" (Gen 17:21-22, NKJV).
I draw your attention the word "set" which the NIV and ESV (and doubtless some others) deliberately ignore and leave out! The word "set" actually inaccurately translateds the Hebrew word moed which as you now know refers to one of the twelve appointments or festivals! We're not told which moed (appointment) it was, only that Abraham was himself 99 years old (Gen.17:1) when Yahweh said this to him. So Yahweh tells the patriarch that his promised son will be born on one of the divinely-commanded moedim (appointments). Most Messianics believe this was at Sukkot (Tabernacles) though this ministry believes it was at Pesach (Passover) because that is when we believe Yah'shua (Jesus) was born. So it would have been the spring.
Isaac's Appointed Time
Many of Yahweh's great acts occur on these festival days, the days we are to use to mark the seasons and walk in perfect harmony and alignment of the Ruach (Spirit). Sarah, as you know, laughed when she was told she would get pregnant with Isaac and we read:
A Prophetic Birth
"Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, 'After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my master being old also?' And Yahweh said to Abraham, 'Why did Sarah laugh, saying, 'Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?' Is anything too hard for Yahweh? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.' But Sarah denied it, saying, 'I did not laugh,' for she was afraid. And He said, 'No, but you did laugh!'" (Gen.18:11-15, NKJV).
Most of us in reading this text assume that "the appointed time" is just the particular day Yahweh chose for Sarah to give birth and no more. But as you have by now already guessed, the Hebrew word here is moed. This is not only a fixed time but it is specifically a fixed time during one of the qadosh (holy, set-apart) festivals making this a prophetic birth in more ways than one!
Isaac's Birth and Sacrifice Point to Messiah's Deity
I could give you many more examples but I hope I have made my point. The moedim or appointments are important because they are not mere ritual observance but are profoundly spiritual. Isaac's birth was a type of the birth of Messiah, just as his sacrifice on Mount Moriah was a type of Messiah's death and resurrection, and what could be more important than the timing of the birth and atonement of our Messiah? Indeed, they took place on the same day - at Pesach (Passover) - to illustrate that Yah'shua (Jesus) is the Alef and Taw or the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the Eternal Round, establishing that He was not just a man but also deity - He was, and is, Elohim (God)! And our observance of these divinely-appointed moedim is our testimony that our Messiah is also our Creator and Elohim (God)! Now that's one very good reason for observing them, don't you think?
Millennial and Eternal Statutes
The fact that the moedim or festivals will continue to be observed during the Millennium ought to be enough to convince us that these are eternal statutes and not temporary (Is.66:23; Zech.14:16). And when apostacy occurs in Israel, then Yahweh causes the divine moedim (appointments) to cease too:
When Yahweh Causes the Festivals Not to Be Observed Any Longer
"Now I will uncover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and no one shall deliver her from My hand. I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days (chagim), her New Moons (Rosh Chodesh's), her Sabbaths (Shabbats) -- all her appointed feasts (moedim)" (Hos.2:10-11, NKJV).
So if the 12 festivals have ceased being observed, or at the proper times (that is, not according to the Creation Calendar) by your church or assembly, then you may be sure you are in apostacy and are in need of repentance because judgment is on the way. This is not a small matter because the seal of the Most High is upon it. So if you now know the emet (truth) and refuse to do all you can to do it, you come under judgment.
Two Types of Statute in Torah
Now to the Torah key I promised you so that we may know which chuqqim or statutes are temporary and which are eternal. Wherever you see the word "statute" in the Tanakh (Old Testament), no distinction is made between two different words which are rendered the same in English. These two words are chog (Strongs #2706) and chuggah (Strongs #2708). Though the two words are apparently the same, they are different inasmuch as chuggah is permanently binding whereas chog is not. Now chog always refers to the sacrificial system and is not permanently binding. The word chuggah always refers to the moral Torah which include Yahweh's moedim (appointments) in Leviticus 23 and is permanently binding.
Masculine and Feminine Statutes!
But there's something else that's even more interesting. The sacrificial system statutes (chog) are masculine whereas the moedim statutes (chuggah) are feminine.
Two Different Statute Fulfillments
Yah'shua (Jesus) our Bridegroom, who died for our sins, fulfilled the temporary sacrificial system statutes that are described as masculine and were binding until the cross. By contrast, the Messianic Bride fulfils the moral Torah statutes that are feminine. Yahweh's moedim or holy days are part of these 'feminine' statutes and are thus part of the moral Torah which is binding forever.
Honouring the Messiah With Extra Time and Attention
The Bride recognises the tremendous and terrible price that the Bridegroom, Yah'shua (Jesus), has paid on the cross and so she honours her allegorical Husband by spending extra time with Him every year, month and week both now, during the Millennium and for eternity, in worship, study and prayer. She does this because of the deep ahavah (love) that she has for Him and not because of a sense of duty that she must 'do'. Keeping Yahweh's moedim (appointments, festivals, holy days) fulfils part of the Messianic Community's covenant to be the Bride (Rev.21:2,9). Only those who wear the white wedding garment (Yom haKippurim or Day of Atonements message), representing the righteousness of Yah'shua (Jesus), will be finally saved (Mt.22:11-13).
An End to the Sacrificial System Prophesied
If you are in doubt about this emet (truth), all you have to do is to see what the Bible says about these eternal statutes elsewhere. Daniel, speaking of the temporary statutes, testified:
Those Who Expect Sacrifices to Resume
"He will confirm a b'rit (covenant) with many for one 'seven' (week). In the middle of the 'seven' (week) He will put an end to sacrifice and offering" (Dan.9:27, NIV).
In other words, the sacrificial system would end on the cross, never to be institited again, an emet (truth) that a lot of Messianics, like Mormons, have problems with because they are expecting temple sacrifices to be reinstituted in a Mosaic-like temple in Jerusalem as some sort of memorial when Yah'shua (Jesus) comes back. And as we have already seen (Is.66:22-23; Zech.14:16; Lk.22:15-16) the weekly Sabbath and yearly feast days will all be kept in the Millennium when Yah'shua (Jesus) returns to rule as Regent. The Bible is consistent.
The Examples of Niddah and Kashrut
When I have the time, I will make a list for you of the 167 statute passages of Scripture that speak of the permanent feminine chuggah and the temporary masculine chog and you will see that many of these Mosaic statutes, like observing niddah (abstinence during menstruation) and the Kashrut dietary laws, are to be regarded as moral, rather than ceremonial. A distinction must be made between the former ceremonies that once atoned for violation of these mitzvot (commandments) and that which makes their obedience a matter or morality and ethics.
Rosh Chodhesh is Moral/Ethical Torah
This is my chief message this Rosh Chodesh so that you may know this New Moon observance is not a part of the ceremonial Torah but the moral Torah. One who fails to observe these statutes is therefore viewed by Yahweh as being immoral because ultimately they bespeak out attitude toward Messiah.
The New Moon for Honouring our Heavenly Father as Head
Rosh Chodesh is the day that we specifically honour Yahweh as our Heavenly Father. It is also the day we specifically honour our earthly fathers and husbands, just as on the Sabbath we honour our Heavenly Mothers, the Ruachot haQodesh, and also our mothers and wives. Rosh Chodesh literally means 'Head of the Moon' and therefore testifies about male headship too so when Yah'shua (Jesus) declared that He was "Master (Lord) of the Sabbath" (Mk.2:28; Lk.6:5) He was not only saying that He was more important than the Sabbath day itself as its creator but that husbands, heavenly and earthly, are heads over or preside over, wives as He is our Head. Rosh Chodesh teaches toqef (authority) and the respect due to male heads (fathers and husbands), and Shabbat teaches loving and honouring obedient and respectful wives.
Make Better use of Rosh Chodesh
We need to make better use of Rosh Chodesh now that we recognise it is a chuggah, eternal, moral and ethical. It is probably one of the most neglected moedim (appointments) and we need to do something about that. It's theme needs to be obedience and respect toward the toqef (authority) of male headship. We have no annual festivals until the spring which should give us plenty of time to ponder the tavnith of both Rosh Chodesh and Shabbat.
A Prayer for the Winter Months Ahead
I should like to end this eighth Rosh Chodesh message with a prayer and then a concluding word. So let us pray:
Vision of the Alligator
Father Yahweh, bless this eighth month, and the winter months ahead of us, by blessing those choices we make in accordance with Scripture and the leading of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) that will lead to spiritual and temporal produce and fruit. Grant us all the necessary spiritual dew and former rain as a blessing upon our souls and labours that we may both grow and be fruitful in all our doings. Remind us continually that our fruitfulness comes through your working through us and not through our own works, and to this end bless us that we may remain submitted to You in all things. Grant us in these dark months an abundance of spiritual light to light our path and bring simcha (joy) into our worship and fellowship, is our prayer through the well-belovèd Name of Yah'shua our Messiah (Jesus Christ). Amen.
I think we are aware that the Enemy is making a concerted attack on us at this time - not that He hasn't been doing so for some time already - but now with a view to weakening and discouraging us. Two nights ago I certainly experienced this and as I struggled to get a handle on what was happening, asking Yahweh for something concrete to pray against so that my prayer would not be vague and general, He showed me a vision of an alligator.
Dealing With an Adversary Like the Alligator
I knew immediately that this was a symbolic representation of the Enemy. An alligator is not a creature you would wish to meet in the wild without extremely good weaponry at your disposal. It is bigger and more powerful than a man. I remember in Malaysia growing up hearing some family friends decribe the time when the main Klang River that flows through Kuala Lumpur flooded, bringing with it crocodiles which were even getting into the bank which was under about a foot of water water. Our friend got a .22 rifle to dispatch the creature and was horrified when the bullets simply bounded off its thick scaley skin. Alligators, like crocodiles, are not only bigger and more powerful than us, but unless we have special help, are beyond our control. Alligators have associations based on their powerful jaws or mouth and can represent deadly, crushing and devouring speech. They are ruthless, cold-blooded animals that can cause devastation. Our brethren in Africa know how deadly crocodiles are.
The Pestal and Mortar
As I looked at this vision I then became aware of an iron pestel and mortar and was led immediately into offensive prayer. I prayed: "In the Name of Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) and by the power of His Blood, I place you into the mortar and grind you to dust with the pestel until you desist attacking me and my family." There was immediate relief
So let us go onto the offensive whenever the Enemy tries to discourage us or tries to cause division. Let us make these winter months fruitful is my prayer in Yah'shua's (Jesus') Name. Amen.
 A.W.Tozer, Dangers of a Shallow Faith, Chapter 1, pp.14-15, 'At the Brink of Apostacy'
 Melody & Richard Drake, God's Holidays (2005)