Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy New Year~ Really?

Not on January 1st in the dead of winter. According to the Bible, the new year is to be observed in the spring of the year,(when life starts to spring forth in newness and productivity!) specifically in the month of Abib (Exodus 12:2, 13:4). The barley is ready for harvest and the new moon has been sighted. Genesis 1:14 tells us that The Creator put the lights in the firmament of the heaven....for signs and for seasons and for days and years. We will wait until the spring and for Yahweh to confirm it, to wish everyone a Happy New Year! It would be a very happy new year if more people would simply go seek out what the Father would like for them to do.....How then shall we live? The Bible tells us!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Complicated season..........

Only 4 more days, or, about 96 more hours and another year of having to explain why we don't want to have a merry christ's mass will be over.......and it isn't because we don't think this nation was founded as a quote-unquote christian many people are foot stompin mad about the whole "Happy Holidays" thing and they are scripturally on slippery footing in the very first place.....what a mess........Even if we reply that we observe Hanukkah which is found in John 10:22, it still doesn't address the fact that Yahshua's birth did not take place on Dec. 25th! They can avoid a debate or even an influx of knowledge by only having 2 seconds to wish someone something that is not scripturally acceptable, and it would take at least 5 minutes to only briefly explain why.......not everyone who doesn't want to have a merry christmas is an anti-messiah!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Singing Revolution

Looking for a movie worth watching?.....try this one from Netflix- The Singing Revolution........diane's Great Grandmother was from Lithuania (just south of Estonia) and her Great Uncle Otto was taken to Siberia and never heard from again, so she had a very personal interest in this film. We are wondering about the bigger picture though now and are curious if this nation may harbor descendents of the Temple singers....take a look and wonder for yourself :o)
The Singing Revolution - A Documentary Film
The Singing Revolution tells the extraordinary story of the non-violent path Estonia took to free itself from Soviet occupation. A documentary film about a nation peacefully standing up for its freedom through song, with the unstoppable dream of reclaiming Estonian independence.

King James BibleAnd there went up some of the children of Israel, and of the priests, and the Levites, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, unto Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king.

singers 1Ch 6:31 25:1-8
King James BibleAnd these are they whom David set over the service of song in the house of Yahweh, after that the ark had rest. And they ministered before the dwelling place of the tabernacle of the congregation with singing, until Solomon had built the house of Yahweh in Jerusalem: and then they waited on their office according to their order. And these are they that waited with their children. Of the sons of the Kohathites: Heman a singer, the son of Joel, the son of Shemuel,The son of Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Eliel, the son of Toah,The son of Zuph, the son of Elkanah, the son of Mahath, the son of Amasai,The son of Elkanah, the son of Joel, the son of Azariah, the son of Zephaniah,The son of Tahath, the son of Assir, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah,The son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, the son of Israel.And his brother Asaph, who stood on his right hand, even Asaph the son of Berachiah, the son of Shimea,The son of Michael, the son of Baaseiah, the son of Malchiah,The son of Ethni, the son of Zerah, the son of Adaiah,The son of Ethan, the son of Zimmah, the son of Shimei,The son of Jahath, the son of Gershom, the son of Levi.And their brethren the sons of Merari stood on the left hand: Ethan the son of Kishi, the son of Abdi, the son of Malluch,The son of Hashabiah, the son of Amaziah, the son of Hilkiah,The son of Amzi, the son of Bani, the son of Shamer,The son of Mahli, the son of Mushi, the son of Merari, the son of Levi.
1 Chron 25:1-8
Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals: and the number of the workmen according to their service was:Of the sons of Asaph; Zaccur, and Joseph, and Nethaniah, and Asarelah, the sons of Asaph under the hands of Asaph, which prophesied according to the order of the king.Of Jeduthun: the sons of Jeduthun; Gedaliah, and Zeri, and Jeshaiah, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the hands of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with a harp, to give thanks and to praise Yahweh.Of Heman: the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamtiezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth:All these were the sons of Heman the king's seer in the words of God, to lift up the horn. And Yahweh gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.All these were under the hands of their father for song in the house of Yahweh, with cymbals, psalteries, and harps, for the service of the house of Yahweh, according to the king's order to Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman.So the number of them, with their brethren that were instructed in the songs of Yahweh, even all that were cunning, was two hundred fourscore and eight.And they cast lots, ward against ward, as well the small as the great, the teacher as the scholar.

Ezra 2:70
King James BibleSo the priests, and the Levites, and some of the people, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, dwelt in their cities, and all Israel in their cities.

Psalm 68:25
The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the damsels playing with timbrels.

Ezra 2:41
The singers: the children of Asaph, an hundred twenty and eight.

Well, the verses just go on and on, so we'll stop here........any way you cut it, that's a lot of people and to determine how many descendents there would be today from these original people is anyone's guess depending on how history treated them (plague, holocaust, etc.) but we are thinking they would be in the hundreds of thousands at the very least today.........they have to be somewhere.....we are thinking Estonia.......

Monday, November 9, 2009

Head Coverings revisited

You know how when you read something and you think "WOW, They really nailed that!" Well, that's what we thought about a particular verse the author of this article discusses. If you scroll down in the article to where it says "Because of the Angels" you will see the discussion. Something to think about for sure!
Just wanted to clarify that we do not view physical headcovering as one of the 613 commandments- it is between you and Yahweh- what we were trying to show in this post was that once again, KJV and other bibles may have mis-translated a word.

Monday, October 26, 2009

H-Ween.....Should Believers Participate?

Should a person who professes to worship the Creator participate in Halloween? In the Bible, we are commanded not to become involved with the unfruitful works of darkness (Eph. 5-11).
Yahweh tells us very clearly nine things that He hates. "When thou art come into the land which Yahweh thy Elohim giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto Yahweh: and because of these abominations Yahweh thy Elohim doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with Yahweh thy Elohim (Deuteronomy 18:9-13). We don't know about you, but we are pretty sure that we wouldn't be perfect with Yahweh if we kept Halloween.....Now, you might be thinking....Perfect...just what does "perfect" mean? We think that some people may have a distorted conception of what perfect means in the Bible. That it is some unattainable condition that only Yahshua(Jesus) could attain. We do not think that is true. Yes, certainly, Yahshua was perfect in His perfection, but if you look at the definition in Strong's of perfection, of what Yahweh is looking for, we hope you will see that you can obtain perfection in His sight by simply following His instructions! He is not an un-pleasable task master by any means. He just wants our obedience from love for Him. (Jerimiah 7:21-23 In this manner says Yahweh of hosts the Elohim of Israel: Add your burnt offering to your sacrifices and eat flesh. For I spoke not to your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt-offerings or sacrifices: but this thing I commanded them, saying, Listen to my voice (the Torah) and I will be your Elohim and you shall be my people; and walk in all the way that I command you (the Torah) that it may be well with you.) And again: 1 Samuel 15:22 "And Samuel said, Hath Yahweh as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of Yahweh? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams." And again: Isaiah 1 11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith Yahweh: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. 16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
So, obey, obey what? Obey His instructions, the Torah! What is evil? Doing things he tells you not to in the Torah!
If you have ever been a parent, or a child of a parent, you have had experience with this concept. Parents would like their children to obey them out of love, knowing that the parent only wants what is best for the child at all times. Children of those parents have had to deal with learning that to behave, or follow the parents instructions, is for their own good. (Obviously we are talking about a normal, healthy relationship between a parent and a child, which is the only type of relationship Yahweh has with us.)
In Strong's Concordance"Perfection" is # 8549 in this case and it says, "Entire, integrity, truth, without blemish, complete, full, perfect, sincerely, sincerity, sound without spot, undefiled, upright, uprightly, whole." It is from 8552 which says "a primary root, to complete,in a good or a bad sense, accomplish, cease, be clean, consume have done, come to an have an make an end, fail, come to the full be all gone, be all here, be (make) perfect, be spent, sum be (shew self) upright, be wasted, whole. So, obviously if the root word shows the negative(bad) and positive(good) and # 8549 represents the positive(good) aspects of the root word, we can see that He wants us to behave with integrity, truth, no blemish, without spot, to be clean, etc. and that keeping Halloween would not put us in that category of being "perfect" before Yahweh.
Halloween traditions can be traced to the ancient Celtic Day of the Dead. Halloween retains features that hearken back to the original pagan harvest holiday Samhain, such as the customs of bobbing apples (which was a horrible real life activity that used boiling water with people who were accused of crimes without a witness), and carving vegetables. Halloween doesn't glorify the Creator, in fact, it is dedicated to the spirits who oppose Him. The Creator wants Believers to walk in light rather than in darkness. Believers can rejoice that "He who is in you is greater than he who is int he world" (1John 4:4); that we can "resist the devil and he will flee from you" (James 4:7).
Know Your Rights! Believers have the legally protected right to keep their public school children from participating in any spiritually compromising activity, such as listening to ghost stories, coloring pictures of witches, wearing costumes and participating in Halloween "parties."
The law in PA is found in the Pennsylvania Code, Title 22, Chapter 11.

H-Ween........should Believers participate?

Should a person who professes to worship the creator participate in Halloween? In the Bible, we are commanded not to become involved with the unfruitful works of darkness (Eph. 5-11). Halloween traditions can be traced to the ancient Celtic Day of the Dead. Halloween retains features that hearken back to the original Pagan harvest holiday Samhain, such as the customs of bobbing apples (which was a horrible thing originally done in boiling water to people convicted of crimes without witnesses) and carving vegetables. Halloween doesn't glorify the Creator, in fact it is dedicated to the spirits who oppose Him. The Creator wants Believers to walk in the light rather than in darkness. Believers can rejoice that "He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world" (1John 4:4); that we can "resist the devil and he will flee from you" (James 4:7)

Know Your Rights: Believers have the legally protected right to keep their public school children from participating in any spiritually compromising activity, such as listening to ghost stories, coloring pictures of witches, wearing costumes and participating in Halloween "parties." In PA the law is in the PA Code Title 22, chapter 11.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Feast Site in Liverpool, PA Ferry Boat Campground

A Feast Site is being coordinated in Liverpool PA at the Ferry Boat Campground on Rtes 11/15 For October 5th thru the 12th, starting at sundown on the 4th and ending at sundown on the 12th.
The Jerusalem sighting for the Feast is projected for October 5th - 12th. We will be setting up an 18x30foot meeting tent with a stove jack for corporate use with a 10x10kitchen addition that will have a propane grill stove inside.
This being Yahweh's Feast, it will be organized and coordinated by the Heads of Household. All situations and any problems will also be addressed by the Heads of House. No one person will be "in charge or control" of this Feast. Our family is only doing what is necessary to "basically" prepare for the keeping of the Feast at this site. There will be an organizational meeting 1st day evening (sun.), after set up, with a sign up sheet for speakers, events, etc.
The general meeting area will be in the primitive tent site area. Everyone is to make their own reservations at the campground, and be responsible for their own food, water, families, etc. If we have corporate meals, they will be "bring a dish" style, unless people volunteer to organize a group dinner. Please bring your own chairs for the meeting tent. Our family will only be supplying 4 tables, so if you have one you can bring, that would be appreciated.
This is a personal responsibility Feast.
Here is the website for the campground.

There is a motel not far from the Feast site callled the StarDust Motel: 717-834-9883 or 717-834-3191

Thursday, July 9, 2009

There's a blue rumor goin' round

We can take a debate about Blue Cheese as to whether or not mold is a kosher thing to eat or not, (lots of people are divided on that point). But when someone states unequivocally that there is no blue cheese made with vegetable or cow rennet, that is just simply not true.
Here is just a 2 second sample search.....
Shropshire Blue is a blue cheese made from pasteurised cows' milk and uses vegetable rennet.

We rest our case.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Check out this new book by Nehemia Gordon

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Ruminant(e)s for today

Do not seethe a kid it its mother's milk.........Exodus 23:19, Exodus 34:26 and Deut. 14:21........
What does it really mean? What is the spiritual significance? Hmmmm.
Since we do not believe it means the complicated scenario of ending up not eating any meat with any dairy and having lots of sinks and stoves and dishes, etc......where did that leave us?
We have goats, eleven of them to be precise. They were a kind of biblical object lesson when it started out, in addition to a home school project and responsibility builder. We wanted to know why the goat got the short end of the staff so to speak, in the Bible. Now we know.... Basically, they are always trying to get out of the pen....always "jumping out of the Torah fences" so to speak. Always trying to get away from the "protected place" we made for them. Anyway, back to the verse.
Kid in Strong's is 5795: A she goat, goats hair, she goat, kid.
Seethe is 1310: To boil up, be done, to ripen
Milk is 2461: to be fat - milk- the richest or choice part of kine (kine means the plural of cow from a long time ago)
Mother's is 517: As the bond of the family, dam, mother, X parting (which means it is from a Hebrew idiom, only trouble is, we don't know what the idiom is.....)

So, that didn't do much for the verse but make it look weird: In essence that reduced it to something resembling "Do not ripen a she goat in the bond of the family's cow's richest part"....... lol.... So, we looked at context instead. The verse was always right in the middle of the dietary instructions and the Feast instructions.
With a little more research we found this quote:

From the Ugaritic literature, it is now known that a Cannanite ritual included just such a thing, i.e., boiling a kid in milk. From the tablet entitled “The gods pleasant and beautiful,” line 1 4 reads: “boil a kid in milk, a lamb in butter.” Cassuto also notes (Exodus Commentary) that this is still the practice among Bedouins to this day.

So, since we read in Deut. 14:21: Do not eat whatever dies of itself. Give it to the stranger who is within your gates, to eat it, or sell it to a foreigner. For you are a set-apart people to Yahweh your Elohim. Do not cook a young goat in its mother's milk.
This would indicate to us that the reason for not cooking a goat in its mother's milk is to keep us separated from pagan practices. There should be no disregard for life and inhumane practices connected with the worship of Yahweh.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Happy High Day and Sabbath

For those keeping the Feast of Unleavened Bread, have a great High Day tomorrow and a wonderfully restful Sabbath. Don't forget to keep counting the Omer!
The Laverty Family

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Sabbatical Year Preparation Would Have Come In Handy...

A friend of ours emailed this list to us today. It made us think of the Sabbatical Year, and The Feast of Tabernacles. Actually, we have our tents set up right this minute for the Feast of Unleavened Bread...If one prepares for the Sabbatical year, it seems it may just come in handy someday;we believe by Yahweh's design. Of course, we think ALL His instructions are valuable! What a gift, what a blessing they are! If you keep the Feast of Tabernacles, chances are you already have most of the things on this list! And you rehearse with them at least once a year. I remember the time we rehearsed this way of life for 4 years up in Alaska....but that is another story! If you don't yet keep the Feast of Tabernacles and/or The Sabbatical Year, well, "Try it, you'll like it!" Just email us if you want to know more about how to do those things.

100 Items to Disappear 1st + Sarajevo survivor
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2009 12:28:40 -0400Survivalist necessities. drafted by a Sarajevo survivor

100 Items to Disappear First - 1st to be Hoarded
1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. of thieves; maintenance etc.)
2. Water Filters/Purifiers
3. Portable Toilets
4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 - 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.
8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
10. Rice - Beans - Wheat
11. Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled etc.,)
12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid (Will become scarce suddenly)
13. Water Containers (Urgent Item to obtain.) Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY - note - food grade if for drinking.
14. Mini Heater head (Propane) (Without this item, propane won't heat aroom.)
15. Grain Grinder (Non-electric)
16. Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur.
17. Survival Guide Book.
18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)
19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.
20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
21. Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
22. Vitamins
23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)
24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
25. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)
27. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)
29. Garbage Bags (Impossible To Have Too Many).
30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels
31. Milk - Powdered & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)
32. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid) (A MUST)
33. Clothes pins/line/hangers (A MUST)
34. Coleman's Pump Repair Kit
35. Tuna Fish (in oil)
36. Fire Extinguishers (or..large box of Baking Soda in every room)
37. First aid kits
38. Batteries (all furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
40. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)
41. Flour, yeast & salt
42. Matches. {"Strike Anywhere" preferred.) Boxed, wooden matcheswill go first
43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
44. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime.)
45. Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
46. Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches, "No. 76 Dietz" Lanterns
47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times)
48. Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting - if with wheels)
49. Men's Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
50. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
51. Fishing supplies/tools
52. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
53. Duct Tape
54. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes
55. Candles
56. Laundry Detergent (liquid)
57. Backpacks, Duffel Bags
58. Garden tools & supplies
59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
61. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
62. Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)
63. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
64. Bicycles...Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc
65. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
66. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
67. Board Games, Cards, Dice
68. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
69. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
70. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)
71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
73. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
75. Soysauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy/soupbase
76. Reading glasses
77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
78. "Survival-in-a-Can"
79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
80. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog
81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
85. Lumber (all types)
86. Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)
87. Cots & Inflatable mattress's
88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
89. Lantern Hangers
90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts
91. Teas
92. Coffee
93. Cigarettes
94. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc,)
95. Paraffin wax
96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
97. Chewing gum/candies
98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
100. Goats/chickens
From a Sarajevo War Survivor:Experiencing horrible things that can happen in a war - death of parents andfriends, hunger and malnutrition, endless freezing cold, fear, sniper attacks.
1. Stockpiling helps. but you never no how long trouble will last, so locate near renewable food sources.
2. Living near a well with a manual pump is like being in Eden.
3. After awhile, even gold can lose its luster. But there is no luxury in war quite like toilet paper. Its surplus value is greater than gold's.
4. If you had to go without one utility, lose electricity - it's theeasiest to do without (unless you're in a very nice climate with no need forheat.)
5. Canned foods are awesome, especially if their contents are tasty without heating. One of the best things to stockpile is canned gravy - it makes a lot of the dry unappetizing things you find to eat in war somewhat edible. Only needs enough heat to "warm", not to cook. It's cheap too,especially if you buy it in bulk.
6. Bring some books - escapist ones like romance or mysteries become more valuable as the war continues. Sure, it's great to have a lot ofsurvival guides, but you'll figure most of that out on your own anyway - trust me, you'll have a lot of time on your hands.
7. The feeling that you're human can fade pretty fast. I can't tell you how many people I knew who would have traded a much needed meal for just a little bit of toothpaste, rouge, soap or cologne. Not much point in fighting if you have to lose your humanity. These things are morale-builders like nothing else.
8. Slow burning candles and matches, matches, matches

Monday, April 13, 2009

Malchus' Ear

Did you see the Mel Gibson movie The Passion? We will focus on just one part we found scripturally deviant for right now. During the “ear removal” scene, they did not do justice to the text and they lost an opportunity to “get it right”…..In the movie, Yahshua told Peter two or three times to “drop the knife”…..we know Yahshua really told him (in John 18:11) to “return it to his sheath“ (it being a sword, not a knife)….So, why does this make a difference? Because you can’t tell the Bible what you want it to say, or to change it, to say what you “think” it is saying. When Mr. Gibson allowed this, we believe his intention was good, and we believe he was trying to show Yahshua wanted “peace, not war” so to speak….but we believe there was significantly more to it than that. The man’s ear that Peter cut off was the High Priest’s servant. (His “representative” so to speak), when Peter cut his ear off, we think it represented that the High Priest had “No ear to hear”. (Luke 22:51)Yahshua then restored it to the man. We think that He did that because he was not the High Priest, only his representative, and of course, they couldn’t waltz into the Temple and shed the High Priests’ blood inside like that, so this act and restoration fit the bill. Then Yahshua told Peter to put the sword back in its sheath, not, “to drop it”. This particular wording can be traced back to Chapter 21 in Ezekiel.
The servant’s name was Malchus and in Hebrew the name means- King, to reign, ascend the throne, to induct into royalty to take counsel begin to make to reign, rule surely. We think that this means that there in the garden, the stage was being set to physically show the transfer of the authority of the earthly High Priest at the time, to Yahshua, the Real High Priest. When Yahshua said to Peter then, “put your sword back in its sheath, shall I not drink from this cup?” He was in effect saying, yes, you know that is what it says in Ezekiel, but now, some things will be changed by my death. Yahshua did not come at that time to conquer and reign on earth. Peter was “jumping the gun” so to speak. Yahshua was there to be the “suffering servant” at that time.
We were disappointed Mr. Gibson did not stick to the text in certain places. Yes, we realize he was taking artistic license most of the time, but when dealing with the words of the Bible, we believe one can not be too careful. This study is by no means exhaustive, obviously, and we have a lot more to study about it, especially the book of Ezekiel where the “return the sword to its sheath” verse originates. But, we wanted to post it as food for thought! See what you learn when you re read that verse, you may notice something else that we haven’t yet!
So much to study, so little time!
The Laverty family

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Counting the Omer - סְפִירַת הָעֹמֶר

This excerpt is from the Kararite Korner web site, with Nehemia Gordon (site link to the right, and at the end of this excerpt. Happy Counting!

Sunday April 12, 2009 is יוֹם הֲנָפַת הָעֹמֶר Yom Hanafat Ha'omer (Day of the Waving of the Sheaf). When the Temple stood, this day marked the official commencement of the grain harvest (Dt 16:7) and sheaves of barley were cut and brought to the Temple as a wave-offering (Lev 23:9-14). This day also marks the beginning of the 50-day count to חַג הַשָּׁבֻעוֹת‏ Shavuot (Pentecost; Feast of Weeks). Yom Hanafat Ha'omer is counted as Day 1 and Shavuot as Day 50.

Go to this link for a list of the counting for each day:

Friday, April 10, 2009

Did a "cock" really "crow"?

In the kitchen again.......This "short" (below) is from Joe Dumond's web site (link to your right) ~ He apparently got it from here: [In my conversations with Professor W.A. Liebenberg I was impressed with his teachings on Hebraic Roots. I hope to convey those truths which will help further the Jubilee Message. One of the little tidbits that I saw on His web site was the following little story.EXAMPLE OF MESSIANIC STUDIES] and we found it interesting. If you haven't been to Joe's site yet, you might want to check it out!
We will post a study we did, ourselves, on "the cutting of the ear" next.
Shalom and a Blessed Passover to you all!

A common problem that exists in our English Bibles is mistranslation of the original text. Sometimes this seems to be the direct result of translators who were attempting to remove all hint of ‘Jewishness’ from the New Covenant (Testament) in order to support their particular theology. Other times it appears to be caused by ignorance of the Hebrew idioms or expressions. A classic example of the latter can be found in the story concerning Peter’s denial of Y’shua on the night of the Covenant Meal (Last Supper):“And the Lord said, ‘Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren’. But he said to Him, ‘Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death’. Then He said, ‘I tell you, Peter, the rooster (’cock’ in KJV) will not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me’”. (Luke 22:31-34)
Later that night the Temple Guards arrested Y’shua and took Him to the house of the High Priest. There Simon Peter was allowed admission to the courtyard in view of where they were questioning Y’shua:
“And a certain servant girl, seeing him as he sat by the fire, looked intently at him and said, ‘This man was also with Him’. But he denied Him, saying, ‘Woman, I do not know Him’. And after a little while another saw him and said, ‘You also are of them’. But Peter said, ‘Man, I am not!’ Then after about an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed saying, ‘Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galilean’. But Peter said, ‘Man, I do not know what you are saying!’ And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster (cock) crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, ‘Before the rooster (cock) crows, you will deny Me three times. Then Peter went out and wept bitterly”. (Luke 22:56-62)
This is one of the more famous stories in the Gospel accounts; repeated in both Matthew and Mark as well. However, there is one problem with the translation; chickens were not allowed in Jerusalem during Temple times. The reason for this prohibition was because chickens are very dirty birds and they have the obnoxious habit of finding their way into places where they do not belong. Therefore, to assure that chickens could not gain access to the Temple and desecrate the Holy Place or, worse yet, the Holy of Holies, the Priests simply forbids everyone in Jerusalem from having chickens.
So, what about this famous passage of Scripture? It clearly says in the New King James Version, just quoted, that a ‘rooster’ crowed and it was heard in the courtyard of the palace of the High Priest.
The proper translation is really quite evident when the practices of that time are understood. The ‘rooster’ or ‘cock’ that Peter and Y’shua heard was not a bird at all, but a man. That man was a priest at the Temple. He was the one who had the responsibility of unlocking the Temple doors each and every morning before dawn. Every night this priest would lock the doors to the Temple and place the key in an opening in the floor of one of the Temple side rooms. Then he would place a flat stone over the opening and place his sleeping mat over the stone. He would literally sleep over the key to the Temple. In the morning this priest would arise at first light and retrieve the key. He would then proceed to unlock the doors to the Temple and cry out three statements in a loud voice: “All the cohanim (priests) prepare to sacrifice”. “All the Leviim (Levites) to their stations”. “All the Israelites come to worship”. Then he would repeat these statements two more times.
The priest in question was known as the Temple Crier, and he was called ‘alektor’ in Greek, which can either be a ‘cock’ or ‘man’ (cock is Gever in Hebrew). ‘Alektor’ here was incorrectly assumed to be the ‘cock’ or ‘rooster’ instead of the Priestly Temple Crier. It was his obligation to rouse all the Priests, Levites, and worshippers and call them to begin their preparations for the morning sacrifice service. In the stillness of the early morning, sound carries well and since the palace of the High Priest was within a very short walk from the Temple, it was the Temple Crier’s cry that was heard in the courtyard where Y’shua was being questioned and not the cock/rooster. Josephus, the historian, confirms this by stating that no chickens were allowed inside Jerusalem’s walls at all as they flew into the Temple and defiled the Temple.
While this example does not change the meaning of the event (that Peter would deny Y’shua despite his bravado earlier in the evening), it does serve to illustrate how English reading Bible students as well as other languages have been shortchanged in their understanding of some of the events as they actually took place. Also, by knowing the true facts about the Gever one’s attention becomes focused on the fact that Y’shua, the Son of God, was being questioned while standing within earshot of His Father’s House (the Temple).

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Chocolate Caramel Matzo ~ Yum

Since we are in the kitchen cooking, here is a short recipe for today. We will be taking the Memorial Emblems tonight and doing the Footwashing. Yahweh Bless!

Chocolate Caramel Matzo
4 to 5 pieces of matzo
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate, or semi-sweet chocolate chips (I use milk chocolate)
Toppings (pistachios, a little rock salt, etc.)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil
Place the matzo in one layer on the baking sheet. Set aside.
In a large sauce pan, melt the butter and brown sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once the mixture reaches a boil, continue to cook for an additional three minutes, still stirring, until thickened and just starting to pull away from the sides of the pan. Remove from heat and pour over the matzo, spreading an even layer with a heat-proof spatula.
Put the pan in the oven, and turn the heat down to 350 degrees. Bake for 15 minutes, watching to make sure it doesn't burn. If it looks like it is starting to burn, turn heat down to 325.
After 15 minutes, the toffee should have bubbled up and turned a rich golden brown. Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle the chocolate over the pan. Let sit for five minutes, then spread the now-melted chocolate evenly with a spatula.
At this point you can add toppings while the chocolate is still melted.
Let cool completely, then break into smaller pieces and store in an airtight container.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Examining the Sheep

This morning, at our house, we gave each of our youngest children the opportunity to "choose a lamb" and to take care of it until the 14th day of Yahweh's month. Every year on the 10th day of Yahweh's 1st month, we let the children pick from some stuffed lambs. They find a box to keep them in and "give them food and water" in their rooms. We read Exodus 12:3 and I Peter 1:19 and discuss how important it is to choose the right lamb and to examine it for "blemishes."
Now, on the 14th day of Yahweh's month, at about 3pm, we will take back their lambs and put them up until next year, when we will rehearse this again, and again, until the Messiah returns.
We hope you will join us in picking Yahshua as your lamb.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

New Year's Eve

Last night we took the opportunity to go into the town square of Newport and blow our shofars and witness to our own community that it was the beginning of Yahweh's New Year. During the day, while shopping for Preparation Day in the square with my daughter, I took the opportunity to wish everyone we came in contact with, "Blessed New Year!" which resulted in conversations about why the card store had no cards for Passover and when the local churches were having their second annual Passover seder, etc.
Let us encourage one another to keep the light shining, wherever we are!
May Yahweh grant us all a beautiful, green, fruitful year, full of spiritual growth!
Shanah Tovah!
Happy New Year!

Friday, March 27, 2009


From Friday night (6th day) to Sabbath evening(7th day) marks the First Day of Yahweh's New Year!! (Exodus 12:1) Have a great day and look forward now to Passover which starts on the evening of the 14th day(April 10th-11th) of Yahweh's month!(Exodus 12:6) Don't forget to choose YOUR lamb on the 10th day(April 5th- 6th) of this new month(Exodus 12:3)...we will choose Yahshua the Messiah(I Peter 1:19) ~ We hope you do too! We will be diligently continuing to remove the leaven from our home(origin of Spring Cleaning!) before Passover, both physically and spiritually.( I Corinthians 5:8) This will be a year to remember.....Let us use it to draw close to Yahweh and do His will.
Here is a recipe that would be fun and instructional for the children:

Yahweh’s New Year is tomorrow! Here is a nice recipe for observing Yahweh’s New Year! I would use light green food coloring to tint.
Barley Candy
2 Tablespoons of pearl barley. 5 cups water.
Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon, 2-2/3 cups sugar.
Pinch of cream of tartar. Lightly oil baking sheet.
Put the pearl barley in a saucepan with 1-1/4 cups
of the cold water and bring to a boil.
Drain and rinse under cold running water.
Put the barley back in the pan with the remaining
cold water and the lemon rind. Bring to a boil again,
cover and simmer about 2 hours. Strain the barley
liquid into a measuring cup and add the lemon juice
and enough cold water to make 2 -1/2 cups.
Put the sugar, cream of tartar and barley water
in a large heavy saucepan and heat gently until
the sugar is dissolved, stirring continuously.
Bring to a boil and boil to 290 degrees.
Remove the pan from the heat and quickly pour
the syrup onto the prepared baking sheet.
Tilt the sheet to spread it evenly. Leave to cool a little.
As soon as the barley sugar is firm enough to
handle, cut it into strips with scissors and twist
each strip. Place on a board to finish cooling.
The outside cools quicker than the middle, so
work from both sides toward the middle, not
straight from one side to the other. Wrap in twists
of clear wrap and store in a glass jar with an airtight stopper.

#373: Aviv Found!
Posted by: "ngordon4"
Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:58 am (PDT)
Karaite Korner Newsletter #373Aviv Found! On Thursday March 26, 2009 we found Aviv Barley in two fields in the Jordan Valley, several kilometers south of Beth Shean. Samplings from these plots of barley were between 70% and 90% Aviv or beyond. Much of the barley we found had ripened past the stage of Aviv. Based on this there will definitely be sufficient quantities of barley that will be harvest-ready in two weeks time. Therefore, the upcoming new moon this Friday night will begin the Month of the Aviv and the new biblical year. Chag HaMatzot (the Feast of Unleavened Bread) will begin on April 10 at sunset and continue until April 17 at sunset. Photographs of this year's Aviv taken by CB Newman are posted at: following people participated in today's Aviv Search:Nehemia Gordon, Ruthanne Koch, Devorah Gordon, Dina Marcus, Daniel Pitrone, Baruch ben Hosea, Adam Kinghorn, Bruce Brill, Larry Moldaur, Valerie Knowles, Miri Burgin, C. B. Newman, and Randy Boer. We will examine the barley in the northern Negev tomorrow. However, our findings so far are adequate to determine that the upcoming new moon will begin the new biblical year. Nehemia Gordonand Ruthanne Koch

Friday, March 20, 2009

Write to a Prisoner

Please write to our friend Chris Jones who is in prison for providing Alex Jones with video footage of Bohemian Grove (a shame on this nation-participated in by members of YOUR government!) check out what Bohemian Grove is about here:
Chris' address is:
Christopher L. Jones
Avenal, CA 93204

We are also collecting monetary donations for a quarterly package to send to Chris. If you would like to donate (he can only receive one package per quarter, not just one package from different individuals, but ONE package ONLY!) We would like to be able to pool our resources and send the largest package possible (they are only allowed so many ounces).
You can write to The Lavertys
RE: Chris Jones
POB 21
Marysville, PA 17053

If you write to him, put your return address on the letter itself, as they may throw away the envelope that the letter came in. Do not enclose stamps or anything else, as they are only allowed to get supplies through their quarterly package.

Chris keeps the Sabbath and the Feasts and believes in Yahweh and Yahshua the Messiah. Please keep him in your prayers. Chris is one of the most up-beat people I have ever met and we didn't meet him until after he went to prison! He would love to hear from you and you will be blessed by meeting him too!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Strange customs.......

In reflecting on how our Savior died, we were wondering something...would things be different if He had died in the electric chair? Would the title of a famous song, "The Old Rugged Cross" be quite so appealing if it were instead, "The Old Rugged Electric Chair"? How about jewelry, would one be tempted to wear a sterling silver electric chair round one's neck, instead of a cross? We had to revisit customs or "traditions" that we did surrounding our beliefs and thoroughly examine them against the Scriptures. We ended up throwing out a lot of traditions that suddenly made no sense to us. We had heard an old joke that sort of summed up how we came to keep these things in the first place, cuz we sure hadn't gotten them from the Scriptures.
The joke goes like this: Husband sees wife preparing a roast for dinner and observes her cutting off the end to discard it. Husband knows that meat costs money and asks wife why she has done this thing. Her response is "My mother always did it." Husband wants to know "why" her mother did it. Wife calls mother and asks. Mother indicates that her mother always did it, so she should call her grandmother to find out why. Wife calls grandmother and asks why she always cut off the end of the roast. Grandmother's reply: "Because it wouldn't fit in the pan I had!"....... In short, we have been handed down some "traditions" that have nothing to do with how we should be worshipping Yahweh, how He wants to be worshipped. There is a verse that says: Jeremiah 16:19 Yahweh, my strength, and my stronghold, and my refuge in the day of affliction, to you shall the nations come from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Our fathers have inherited nothing but lies, even vanity and things in which there is no profit.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Outrageous Homeschool ruling in NC

Please visit this blog and take action to stop this "judge" from having children indoctrinated in the local prison, oh, sorry, I mean public school institution.

I left a comment that asked if a bank account had been set up for the wife of the adulterous husband. If every one would send in 1.00 that visits the web site, the wife should at least be able to pay for the "mental health evaluation" that the "judge" has ordered her, and not himself or her husband, to undergo.
In any event, please go to the "take action" section and complete the suggestions there.
Thank you!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

What is the "Age of Accountability"?

The “Age of Accountability”
In the Bible
Until what age should we continue to train up our children in the way they should go? When are we, as parents, released from this particular intensive duty? Certainly we should always be available to offer advice and support to our grown children, but at what age do our children cease to be children, and become accountable to Yahweh for their own lives and choices? Let us look to the Bible for the answer.
It is often stated in theological discussion, that the Bible does not speak of, nor define, nor even address, an “Age of Accountability” anywhere. Let us examine this position.
First, let us take a look at the definition of accountability in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Liable to being called to account; answerable. See Synonyms at responsible.
That can be explained: and accountable phenomenon.
In the Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary Copyright 1996,1998 MICRA, Inc. it states:
Ac*count’a*bil”i*ty, n. The state of being accountable’liability to be called on to render an account’ accountableness. “The awful idea of accountability.”--R. Hall.
WordNet (registered) 1.6 copyright 1997 Princeton University lists: Accountability, n.: responsibility to someone or for some activity [syn: answerability, answerableness]
The Bible states, in Matthew 12:36,“ But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
The question is, at what age do we become responsible in this manner to Yahweh for our conduct? When we look in the Torah, we find some interesting instructions directed at a specific group of people. In Leviticus 27:1-4 in the KJV Bible translation (Sacred Names have been inserted) we read:
1 And Yahweh spake unto Moses, saying,2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When a man shall make a singular vow, the persons shall be for Yahweh by thy estimation.3 And thy estimation shall be of the male from twenty years old even unto sixty years old, even thy estimation shall be fifty shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary.4 And if it be a female, then thy estimation shall be thirty shekels.
The passages go on to assign lesser values of estimation to the varying age groups, but to this group is the estimation levied upon.
In Numbers 1:1-4 we read, “1 And Yahweh spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying,2 Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every male by their polls;3 From twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: thou and Aaron shall number them by their armies.4 And with you there shall be a man of every tribe; every one head of the house of his fathers.
Here we see that a person was not eligible to participate in the army unless they had attained a certain age. That age was twenty.
In Numbers 14:26-34 we also read, “26 And Yahweh spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,27 How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.28 Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith Yahweh, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:29 Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward which have murmured against me.30 Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.31 But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised.32 But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness.33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness.34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.
This is one of the most compelling entries in the Bible for the age of accountability being twenty years old. The adults who murmured against Yahweh were not allowed into the Promised Land, except for Caleb and Yahshua the General, both of whom gave good reports of the spied out land of Canaan. Those men responsible for bringing an evil report about the spied out land, died immediately of the plague, before Yahweh.
In Deuteronomy 24:5 we read, “5 When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business: but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken.This verse is very interesting. It tells us that a man shall not go out to war, which presumes, as we have shown previously, that he must be 20 years old or older. It would seem prudent for a young man to be at least 20 years old then, before he consummates a marriage, and that the happy couple should have one full year to get to know each other and adjust to married life before resuming full responsibilities. It would seem logical that the parents of the twenty year old male shall have helped him prepare to fulfill this directive of a year at home, by saving up money and storing a years worth of provisions for the couple. Further more, preparation and rehearsal for the Sabbatical year should have well prepared them to more easily carry this directive out.
Furthermore, we see no indication in the Bible of an alternative age of accountability. At the age of twelve, when Yahshua was in the Temple, about His Father’s work, he was still accountable to his earthly parents, as evidenced by their returning to look for him and questioning his absence. Thirteen is the age the Jews perform the Bar/Bat mitzvah, but the children remain under their parents tutelage. A search of the Strong’s Concordance of numbers shows no other such compelling evidence of the answer to the original questions posed at the beginning of this tract. The numbers 13 and 18 are not mentioned in such context. The following is from the web site The notion of a Bar/Bat Mitzva dates back to the Talmudic period. This concept of Bar Mitzvah is not discussed in the Bible. It is a concept that the Rabbis of the Talmud created perhaps over 2,000 years ago.
The earliest source of which I am aware on this subject is the Mishnah, ca. 200 C.E., where it is taught that thirteen is the age for responsibility for the mitzvot. (Avot 5:23) There were some authorities which held people fully responsible only at the age of 20, but this was a decided minority.
The rabbis determined that a girl at age 12(and one day) and a boy at age 13(and one day- brought to your attention so as not to introduce the fallacy that the Jews really mean from conception-this is their definition also taken from the above site (editor‘s clarification), had reached an age where they were old enough to know right from wrong and should have enough self-discipline to choose to do what is right. Bar- son and daughter- bat mitzva- commandment- you are now legally responsible for fulfilling the commandments which are part of being a Jewish adult. One becomes a Bar or Bat Mitzva upon reaching the age of responsibility. One also gains certain privileges, such as being able to be counted in a prayer quorum- minyan, and being able to recite the blessings at the Torah reading- aliya. Initially, the Bar Mitzva was publicly celebrated by doing this for the first time, perhaps giving a short talk with an explanation of the Torah reading, and one's parents providing juice and cookies following the service. It has only taken on a life of its own in relatively recent times.
We find the preceding to be contrary to what we read in the scriptures.
Society and its humanism and secularism has decided that age 18 is the optimal age to put a child out into the world to fend for itself.
While some children may be exceptions to the rule, generally having a child move out of the house at age 18, shaves off two whole years for the opportunity to reinforce Biblical concepts to the child as they approach the time when they will become an adult. We, personally, would rather look to the scriptures to help us decide the optimal age to expect to hand over full accountability to our children. In light of this information, we surmise that a child should be “around” age 20 to appreciate and accept the responsibility of baptism. The Bible has recorded no accounts of children being baptized, and its silence is compelling. There are plenty of recorded adult baptisms. (Take Yahshua’s for example.) We are certainly not implying that a child does not have a close spiritual relationship with Yahweh before then, but that Yahweh will not hold them “accountable” for wrong actions before then. (Certainly there should be "earthly consequences, by parents, for those wrong actions, they are, indeed, perfect opportunities to reinforce and stress correct actions, based on Torah!) At whatever age you decide is right for your children, it would seem beneficial to see that the child has a clear understanding of what accountability means.
The Laverty Family Ministry-2004

Monday, March 9, 2009

Has your place of worship ever told this as a memorial?

If not, why not?

Matthew 26:6-13 (King James Version)
6Now when Jesus(Yahshua) was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,
7There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
8But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?
9For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
10When Jesus(Yahshua) understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.
11For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.
12For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.
13Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Romans 13- Yahweh's Govt. or Secular Govt.?

Here is a reply post to a woman who is confused by Romans 13 because her heart tells her the state/Feds should have no authority over her husbands' right to educate their children in the manner they see fit.
She knows that Romans 13 is problematic, however she did not do the research to figure out why.
We think that a person violates Torah when they fail to stand up against evil. (Psalm 94:16, Psalm 144,Proverbs 25:26, Proverbs 31:8-9,Numbers 31:3,Nehemiah 4:17-18, Exodus 22:2-3(right to self defense),Luke 22:35-36

Here is the Text of Romans 13:
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Rom 13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
Rom 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
Rom 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to [execute] wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Rom 13:5 Wherefore [ye] must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
Rom 13:6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
Rom 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute [is due]; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

Our response to her:
We do believe that those verses have been misapplied(Romans 13)....if you do a Concordance search, you will see that in the KJV, it says "Higher powers"...."ministers" (vs 6 attending continually to this very thing) and "rulers"(are not a terror togood works(**the kind you do to show you have Faith**), but to evil(**sinning***))....please also keep in mind that the letters, when originally written, were not numbered or put into paragraphs, so one should really start at the beginning of the book and remain in continuity, not breaking things up. Higher is number 5242, and has better, excellency, higher, supreme in the definition.....powers is # 1849 and has heavenly, lawful in the meaning. Ministers(verse 4), # 3011 has, a functionary in theTemple or Gospel, a worshipper of God. Rulers is 758, Chief ruler,to be first, reign over.The Holy Spirit leads me to believe that the writer was intending for the "believer" to be listening to the "governmental authority"of the gospel.........since Yahweh is my chief ruler, higher power,magistrate,heavenly and lawful and my Elders *where I worship* are worshippers of Yahweh(God).......We try to stay in the Spirit while reading, not carry preconceived,perhaps convenient political, interpretations.

Psalm 22:22 "I will declare your name to my brethren"
Isaiah 42:8 "I am Yahweh, that is my name"
The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.--Albert Einstein"
Such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing. -Thomas Paine, "The Rights of Man"

Friday, March 6, 2009

Shalom! Welcome to our blog. We will be posting articles we have written, links and other items of interest here. Thanks for stopping by and don't hesitate to contact us with your questions, suggestions and comments.