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Wilderness High Lights- Korah, the Infection of Rebellion

Revelation 12; 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying,
“Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.

The section of the Wilderness- Bamidbar- Numbers we enter into is perhaps one of the more poignant episodes of rebellion we have come to yet. I believe the sequence of events thus far are all connected and there is a progression in the falling away we witness .

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Its hard to say when it began because at nearly every point along the journey since their redemption from Egypt, some of the people have been complaining or murmuring about something. Sometimes its against Moses, sometimes its against God. I believe it became more overt at the point where one of the highest ups of the community decided to bring a bad report against Moses. Miriam, Moshe’s sister speaks up about his personal life and in the end is punished with a week outside the camp and Tzaraa’s (a biblical affliction commonly related to leprosy, but it is said to be caused by God’s judgment for the Evil Tongue- Lashan Horrah) see Numbers 12 for the full account. God’s glory appears to the siblings (Moshe, Aaron and Miriam) and He makes crystal clear His appointment and sentiment regarding Moshe:

Numbers 12;3 (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.) 4 Suddenly the Lord said to Moses and Aaron and to Miriam, “You three come out to the tent of meeting.” So the three of them came out. 5 Then the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the doorway of the tent, and He called Aaron and Miriam. When they had both come forward, “Hear now My words: 6 If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, shall make Myself known to him in a vision. I shall speak with him in a dream. 7 “Not so, with My servant Moses, he is faithful in all My household; 8 With him I speak mouth to mouth, Even openly, and not in dark sayings, And he beholds the form of the Lord.Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant, against Moses?”

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Since Miriam showed boldness in approaching Moshe I believe this empowered the Spies (all higher ups, princes of the tribes) who brought the evil report about the land of Israel to be unabashed and unafraid in their murmuring when they return from the reconnaissance mission in Canaan. They even at one point are picking up stones along with the people they have riled up to throw at their appointed leadership (See numbers 13-14 for the full account). It is when things come to a heightened point, wherein the humility of Moses is trampled over and there is moment at which only God can appropriately and effectively intervene in all these events. Interestingly the same language is used in the previous text with Miriam, and we will see it again at Korach’s rebellion. The Glory of the Lord appears at the apex of the controversy.

Numbers 14; 9 Only do not rebel against the Lord; and do not fear the people of the land, for they will be our prey. Their protection has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.” 10 But all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Then the glory of the Lord appeared in the tent of meeting to all the sons of Israel.

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Where we are now: So with the perspective of those sequential events we come to Korach. Korach is a Levite, he is first Cousin to Moshe and Aaron and is the one firstborn son of their father’s generation who has not been appointed a “higher up” so to speak. He is part of the sacred duties of transporting the Tabernacle but apparently this is not good enough for him. I believe he takes advantage of all the boldness we have witnessed against Moshe at this time and makes his move. Miriam was humbled and the people post-spies had repented he must truly feel as if his argument will be heard before the Lord. The boldness of his rebellion is exponential and he is equally bolstered by Dathan and Abiram.

Numbers 16;3 They assembled together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, “You have gone far enough, for all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is in their midst; so why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?”… 19 Thus Korah assembled all the congregation against them at the doorway of the tent of meeting. And the glory of the Lord appeared to all the congregation.

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Perspective: I see Korach’s rebellion as a type of what has been happening through the spirit of the anti christ. We know Moses is a type of Messiah, i.e. he foreshadows Messiah Yeshua and so I would like to try and keep this all in mind as we go through the account of Korach’s rebellion. I believe we can learn from this what we might see happen again and how to avoid becoming like those who were infected by this rebellious spirit at work in Korah, additionally perhaps it could help us be armed enough to see where God has drawn the lines and thus avoid falling into the pit. Furthermore I believe we will again see what had been repeated, in the future…at the height of chaos and rebellion the Glory of the Lord will intervene.

Reading the Matthew 23 text below we get a clear picture of how the Master viewed the Rebellion of Korah. Korah and his associates took it upon themselves to elevate themselves above the elect, appointed leadership. Moshe is authorized by God Himself yet Korach feels there needs to be an adjustment to this plan. The ultimate humiliation is the consequence of his self levitation. Hear Yeshua’s words- the greatest among you shall be your servant…is this not expressly what Moshe embodies? He is the greatest among the people yet he is constantly serving, intervening, and working hard to reconcile the people with God. So too, and how much more so, Yeshua serves us…the King serves us, taking our prayers to God, intervening and reconciling all humanity with our Creator.

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Matthew 23;1 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, 2 saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; 3 therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say and do not do. 4 They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with a finger. 5 But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels. 6 They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men. 8 But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. 11 But the greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.

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The Seat of Moses- The Beema. A platform or pulpit of sorts where the Torah and Prophet readings were read or chanted in Synagogue’s and Assemblies. Likewise when you read in the apostolic writings: II Corinthians 3; 14 But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it (i.e. the veil) is removed in Christ. 15 But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; 16 but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Moses refers to the Torah. When the Torah is read at the Beema seat or Chair of Moses.

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When Yeshua (Jesus) is saying do and observe ALL that they tell you, from the seat, from the Torah…what other way are we to apply this? Apparently the Pharisee’s may have been teaching from the Torah, but some of them were not doing what The Torah says. Would the Master Yeshua say: “Do and observe all” referring to the Torah and then immediately contradict himself (may it never be) by saying the Torah was a heavy burden? It is the fence laws, man made ordinances and rabbinical halakha of the day, ie. the Oral Law, which was the heavy burden. Furthermore it seems evident that even though they were enforcing the Oral Law (which, for the record, I do not believe is in itself bad or negative- but could be when taken as foremost before the Given Divinely Inspired Written Torah) but they were not willing to use even a finger to point out to the people HOW to do this or more importantly WHY they should keep the oral law if it were relevant enough to the heart of said person. In their observance of the Torah they are not serving God but seeking to be honored by men. This is precisely what Yeshua is explaining. Keep the commandments of Tzit zit and Teffillin but not for show. Do it for closeness with God, a deeper relationship, better understanding of His heart and the purpose of the command.

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I think the most heartbreaking part of the episodes we are witnessing is the infection of this murmuring. We expect leaders to be good examples to us but more often than not there is a hidden agenda and prerequisite or requirement for their service, love and fidelity to the sheep whom they lead. A sincere leader imitates Yeshua, One Who loves without needing anything from us before he lavishes this love upon us. I believe where good fruit is shown and flourishing we will witness an increased unity among fellows and on the contrary, where there is sickness of spirit, the wicked tongue and slander, finger pointing, undermining, haughtiness and above all bitterness…there is seen a falling apart. Many people I know are leaving their churches and assemblies, why? I think in some cases it could be because the morals of their leadership have deteriorated. Read the Greek words below and their definitions carefully. Then the short, straightforward and powerful verse I Corinthians 15;33. Don’t be deceived, we have been blessed with time, it comes from God and it is of great value. Once this time is spent it can not be refunded, exchanged or reinvested. If we are not using our time wisely, surrounding ourselves with posturing and vanity…surface service and insincerity…it will infect us and rob us of the time we should be devoting to a progressing, expanding, maturing relationship with the Lord. If one finds themselves in a place where they feel like they’re just “playing church” one day a week for a few hours…it might be a good opportunity to do some accounting. I have personally had to do this recently and came to the conclusion I don’t want to appear to be devout, I do not want to sometimes be in communion with my King, I do not want to partially be in the Spirit, I do not want to take a break from bearing my cross…for me, it’s all or nothing. I choose all. Halleluyah!

G5351 phtheiro fthi’-ro-probably strengthened from phthio (to pine or waste); properly, to shrivel or wither, i.e. to spoil (by any process) or (generally) to ruin (especially figuratively, by moral influences, to deprave).

G2239 ethos ay’-thos- a strengthened form of G1485; usage, i.e. (plural) moral habits.

G5543 chrestos khrase-tos’- from G5530; employed, i.e. (by implication) useful (in manner or morals).KJV: better, easy, good(-ness), gracious, kind.

G3657 homilia hom-il-ee’-ah – from G3658; companionship (“homily”), i.e. (by implication) intercourse. KJV: communication.

G2556 kakos kak-os’- apparently a primary word; worthless (intrinsically, such; whereas G4190 properly refers to effects), i.e. (subjectively) depraved, or (objectively) injurious.KJV: bad, evil, harm, ill, noisome, wicked.

I Corinthians 15; 33 Do not be deceived: “Bad (KAKOS) company (HOMILIA) corrupts (PHTHEIRO) good morals (ETHOS). ” (Worthless companionship ruins useful morals.)

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There appears to be a good amount of “in fighting” among believers these days. I personally have experienced a share of persecution because of my beliefs and the one’s who were attacking me weren’t atheist or agnostic. I can not explain why human beings feel threatened by one another, I can not say what causes murmuring against brothers and sisters in Yeshua, I don’t fathom it and it is quite disheartening to be the object of slander. It is especially hurtful when the professors of this slander are relatives. This is the case we come to with Moshe and Korah. When a slander comes about there are a few routes one can take. You can be silent and allow your name to be schlepped through the mud, the only problem with this option as I see it is… to Whom is your “name” attached? If it is the Lord of Hosts is Your banner and Yeshua is your identity it might be a hindrance to abstain from clearing things up. Might. Another option is you can fight back. By fight I mean…respond, and by respond I mean gather as much corroborating evidence to the contrary of such slander as possible and be ready to present it in manner that your savior would find favor in.

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Let’s take a look at the slander spewed out at Moshe: “You have gone far enough, for all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is in their midst; so why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?

Now lets take a look at what God said about Moshe in His Torah: Numbers12;3 (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.) This is an airtight testimony.
(The sages say Moshe himself didn’t wish to write the verse in this way because of his great humility but the Lord insisted.)

Korah accuses Moshe of exalting himself, when in reality since the day God enlisted him to be the leader of the Children of Israel he personally noted his seeming unworthiness. :
Exodus 3; 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 And He said, “Certainly I will be with you, and this shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God at this mountain.”

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Now, what about Moshe’s sentiment about the people. We know already he has time and again literally become prostrate on their behalf more than a handful of times. What about when the men were prophesying in the camp and Joshua basically asks, “Shall we put an end to this?” They were functioning at an elevated position and how did Moshe respond? I wish that ALL the people were prophets. In other words, may they all be at my level. Moshe does not exalt himself above the people.:

Numbers 11; 25 Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him; and He took of the Spirit who was upon him and placed Him upon the seventy elders. And when the Spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do it again. 26 But two men had remained in the camp; the name of one was Eldad and the name of the other Medad. And the Spirit rested upon them (now they were among those who had been registered, but had not gone out to the tent), and they prophesied in the camp. 27 So a young man ran and told Moses and said, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28 Then Joshua the son of Nun, the attendant of Moses from his youth, said, “Moses, my lord, restrain them.” 29 But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!”
The other route one can opt for when unfairly assigned to the loathsome appointment of “defamed”, is to surrender. To the defamer? No, to the Architect of the human heart. There really is so much evidence in scripture to support such a route and option. Vengeance is the Lord’s (Romans 12;19), He knows what is true and nothing is hidden from His sight (Hebrews 4;13), He will fight for you (Isaiah 43;1-2), He will vindicate you before the wielder of the wicked tongue (Psalm 54), all men who defame the righteous of the Lord will answer to Him.

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Psalm 31; 14 But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord, I say, “You are my God.” 15 My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me. 16 Make Your face to shine upon Your servant; Save me in Your lovingkindness. 17 Let me not be put to shame, O Lord, for I call upon You; Let the wicked be put to shame, let them be silent in Sheol. 18 Let the lying lips be mute, Which speak arrogantly against the righteous With pride and contempt. 19 How great is Your goodness, Which You have stored up for those who fear You, Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You, Before the sons of men! 20 You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues. 21 Blessed be the Lord, For He has made marvelous His lovingkindness to me in a besieged city. 22 As for me, I said in my alarm, “I am cut off from before Your eyes”; Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications When I cried to You. 23 O love the Lord, all you His godly ones! The Lord preserves the faithful And fully recompenses the proud doer. 24 Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the Lord.

So which route does Moshe take? This situation is very troubling to Moshe, remembering all he has done for the people and how hurtful it must be to approached by Korah in this public way…bearing in mind it should have been more than evident that Moshe is a man led entirely by God, he does not go to the left or to the right without investigating the matter directly with the Lord and performing it with ardent attention to detail. I believe he displays all three options discussed. But first, he displays the extreme…anger. He has had enough and it is the following statement which has pushed him to ‘breaking’ point of his intercessory spirit (at least on behalf of the usurpers and slanderers):

“Numbers 16; 12 Then Moses sent a summons to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab; but they said, “We will not come up. 13 Is it not enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to have us die in the wilderness, but you would also lord it over us? 14 Indeed, you have not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor have you given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards. Would you put out the eyes of these men? We will not come up!”

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Dathan and Abiram refer to Egypt as the Land Flowing with Milk and Honey! Delusion, arrogance, insolence, rebelliousness to the extreme. They are basically blaming Moshe for the people not having entered the Land so that he might rule over them, that he has not kept the promises he made and that, in so many words, they would rather be tortured than submit to his authority. It becomes apparent from Moshe’s response that they are also in effect accusing him of misappropriating the ‘wealth’ of the camp. Moshe’s anger is fueled by the fact that the Torah accounts the censuses in detail (ie. the silver shekalim collected; Exodus 38/Numbers 1) and painstaking documentation of the contributions brought by the tribes from mass to minutia.(Numbers 7).

Numbers 16; 15 Then Moses became very angry and said to the Lord, “Do not regard their offering! I have not taken a single donkey from them, nor have I done harm to any of them.”

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This is the first time when Moshe does not willingly and swiftly place himself in between the path of wrath and a member of the congregation. I can not help but think about the time when God Himself asks Jeremiah to cease from prayer for the people. It is a spirit of infectious rebellion which brings God to this point, and I pray we never meet Him having been pushed that far.

Jeremiah 7;16 “As for you, do not pray for this people, and do not lift up cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with Me; for I do not hear you.

Jeremiah 11; 2 Hear the words of this covenant, and speak to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem; 3 and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, “Cursed is the man who does not heed the words of this covenant 4 which I commanded your forefathers in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, ‘Listen to My voice, and do according to all which I command you; so you shall be My people, and I will be your God,’ 5 in order to confirm the ­­oath which I swore to your forefathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is this day.”’” Then I said, “Amen, O Lord.”…. 8 Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked, each one, in the stubbornness of his evil heart; therefore I brought on the­­m all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do, but they did not…. 14 “Therefore do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them; for I will not listen when they call to Me because of their disaster.

Lashan Hara

Korah is challenging God’s ordination and appointment, he is confronting and slandering Moshe, attempting to usurp the Priesthood from Aaron yet the biggest problem as I see it with this whole situation is this: Korah is corrupting and infecting the entire camp with this rebellious spirit and it is going to have a lasting effect on them. It seems to be in our nature as humans to be rebellious. Think about it, when someone corrects us or identifies a shortcoming (for example) is our inclination to embrace what we are being told and work to extract benefit from the admonition or are we more inclined to become resistant and defensive? The Children of Israel do not seem to need much sway to, in general, be prone to rebel. They don’t need an excuse to disobey, this already seems to be in their make up. Additionally they seem to be very impressionable. The spies who brought the evil report about the Land of Canaan were able to totally break their courage and cause them to weep and wail in defeat before the Lord. Now we see them assembling here with Korah. It still seems as though they have all retained a remnant of that slave mentality they brought with them out of Egypt (or that which was handed down to them in a vicious cycle). They assemble against Moshe and Aaron at the Tent of Meeting and God is not happy.

Numbers 16; 16 Moses said to Korah, “You and all your company be present before the Lord tomorrow, both you and they along with Aaron. 17 Each of you take his firepan and put incense on it, and each of you bring his censer before the Lord, two hundred and fifty firepans; also you and Aaron shall each bring his firepan.” 18 So they each took his own censer and put fire on it, and laid incense on it; and they stood at the doorway of the tent of meeting, with Moses and Aaron. 19 Thus Korah assembled all the congregation against them at the doorway of the tent of meeting. And the glory of the Lord appeared to all the congregation.

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Moshe has orchestrated a replay of the terrible incident with Nadav and Abihu, they brought strange fire and the Lord’s fire consumed them.(Leviticus 10) These men with Korah are bringing a strange fire of their own, the fire of rebellion and pride, I think Moshe knew what would happen to them, for that matter it would seem that they themselves should have been much more wary of bringing their offering at this point. This matter is placed into the proper scope of judgment and the Lord is called upon to be the Elector. But God is wroth with the people too, at this point it seems as though He is ready to punish them for being a part of all of this. Moshe, once again, intercedes for them. For the people. One has to ask, who really is the man the people should be following? The one who would lead them into rebellion and wrath or the one who would fall on his face on their behalf, even when they are coming against him.

Numbers 16; 20 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 21 “Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them instantly.” 22 But they fell on their faces and said, “O God, God of the spirits of all flesh, when one man sins, will You be angry with the entire congregation?”

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You can not help but hear the words of the forefather of the Promise, the intercessor whom God reckoned as righteous. Avraham avinu, father Abraham. Moshe echo’s the sentiment of Avraham. Although a few bad apple’s have spoiled the bunch…can they not yet be pulled from the basket before they rot completely? Is it really their fault they were put into that basket to begin with? This teaches us all the more, we need to surround ourselves with good fruit. Good people, good friends, good entertainment, good words, good leadership.

Genesis 18; 23 Abraham came near and said, “Will You indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will You indeed sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous who are in it? 25 Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?” 26 So the Lord said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare the whole place on their account.” 27 And Abraham replied, “Now behold, I have ventured to speak to the Lord, although I am but dust and ashes.

I find it fascinating as well that as the account unfolds, just as Moshe’s intercessory prayer mirrors that of Avraham for the city of Sodom and Gomorrah, so does the warning to the people as far as even coming near the judgment which was about to take place. God says to the people that they beware not to become swept away with the sin of the rebels. Just prior to judgment on Sodom, Lot and his kin are warned not to stop anywhere lest they be swept away. Amazing!

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This word in the Hebrew is strongs H5595 caphah (saw-faw’) to scrape (literally, to shave; but usually figuratively) together (i.e. to accumulate or increase) or away (i.e. to scatter, remove, or ruin; intransitively, to perish).

Numbers 16; 25 Then Moses arose and went to Dathan and Abiram, with the elders of Israel following him, 26 and he spoke to the congregation, saying, “Depart now from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing that belongs to them, or you will be swept away (CAPHAH) in all their sin.”

Genesis 19;15 When morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Up, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city.” 16 But he hesitated. So the men seized his hand and the hand of his wife and the hands of his two daughters, for the compassion of the Lord was upon him; and they brought him out, and put him outside the city. 17 When they had brought them outside, one said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you, and do not stay anywhere in the valley; escape to the mountains, or you will be swept away (CAPHAH).” 18 But Lot said to them, “Oh no, my lords! 19 Now behold, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have magnified your lovingkindness, which you have shown me by saving my life; but I cannot escape to the mountains, for the disaster will overtake me and I will die…

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There are consequences for sin. There is a result when the path one chooses is to death. All sin leads to death when it is unaccompanied by repentance. Someone might consider themselves in general to be a good person, even someone who chooses to live a certain way in secret might think “I’m not hurting anyone else, just myself.” Unfortunately the one who believes this is buying a deception.

James 1;12 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.

Romans 6; 22 But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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All have sinned and fallen short, there was only One man who was perfect and that man was Yeshua. In his perfection his was the only life valued at the rate high enough to pay the debt for all sin for all time. God no longer requires of us the wages for our sins because Yeshua paid for us…with his blameless blood. BUT, If we do not know the One who made this purchase on our behalf, rather…if He doesn’t know us, our name will not be in his accounting on the Last Day. There is a very real place for anyone who has not made the effort to get to know the One who gave us life, there is a consequence for never realizing this gift…never thanking him for expunging what we are all liable for.

H7585 sh’owl sheh-ole’ or shol {sheh-ole’}; from H7592; Hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranean retreat), including its accessories and inmates. KJV: grave, hell, pit.

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Numbers 16; 28 Moses said, “By this you shall know that the Lord has sent me to do all these deeds; for this is not my doing. 29 If these men die the death of all men or if they suffer the fate of all men, then the Lord has not sent me. 30 But if the Lord brings about an entirely new thing and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that is theirs, and they descend alive into Sheol, then you will understand that these men have spurned the Lord.”31 As he finished speaking all these words, the ground that was under them split open; 32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who belonged to Korah with their possessions. 33 So they and all that belonged to them went down alive to Sheol; and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly.

Moshe puts it all on the line. “If God doesn’t cause the earth to swallow these men then I am not his messenger, appointed leader…I am not sent by God.” He scarcely finishes his statement when the earth opens its mouth and swallows the men and all that is theirs alive. We know however that the sons of Korah must have separated themselves from the rebellion of their father because their descendants go on to be Psalmists. They break the cycle and their worship and praise of God becomes the antidote for this infection. For more about Korah: https://safeguardingtheeternal.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/parashah-korach-combating-rebellion-surmounting-sin/

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The Lord truly split open the doors to connection this Sabbath, using my daughter as a guide we came upon these scriptures. We were taken from the earth opening its mouth to take Korah alive to sheol, to the triumphant day when Messiah Yeshua will land, his feet on the mouth of Olives splitting the earth once more. All the way back to the beginning when the earth opened its mouth to receive the blood of the innocent brother…into the day it will again open its mouth to swallow the waters sent forth from the devil, the serpent of old, to kill the woman in Revelation.

Zecharaiah 14; 4 In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south. 5 You will flee by the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azel; yes, you will flee just as you fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord, my God, will come, and all the holy ones with Him!
6 In that day there will be no light; the luminaries will dwindle. 7 For it will be a unique day which is known to the Lord, neither day nor night, but it will come about that at evening time there will be light.
8 And in that day living waters will flow out of Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea; it will be in summer as well as in winter.
9 And the Lord will be king over all the earth; in that day the Lord will be the only one, and His name the only one.

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Genesis 4;9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground. 11 Now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you cultivate the ground, it will no longer yield its strength to you; you will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth.”

dragon

Revelation 12;12 For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.”13 And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. 14 But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she *was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. 15 And the serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, so that he might cause her to be swept away with the flood. 16 But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and drank up the river which the dragon poured out of his mouth. 17 So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.

We need to be on alert, paying attention. As far as I am aware, the trumpet has sounded, the alarm has been raised. God Himself has set His signs in the heavens to catch our gaze and it is evident that things are hastening and progressing…there is an increase in phenomenon, violence and evil.

hayad

I, along with countless others, mourn the indescribable loss of Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frankel and Gilad Shaar. These boys were kidnapped and slaughtered. They were dishonored when they were thrown into the shallow grave in a field, they were mocked when the ambulance carrying their bodies was stoned. They will not be forgotten, the earth opened once more to swallow their blood and God will deal justly with their murderers. May it never be in vain. May their deaths prove to humanity that evil is rising, may it be a witness that death’s conqueror draweth nigh. He is returning for us and He will restore all things. May Israel be united in their mourning and in their response to these crimes. May it be for a brand new, unified Family. Complete Eulogy for the boys: http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/07/01/full-transcript-president-peres-eulogy-at-the-funeral-for-eyal-yifrach-naftali-frankel-and-gilad-shaar/

II Corinthians 11; 13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.

judging the fruit

There may be much more to come, but rest assured we know the out come because we have been told of it. Evil can be overt and obvious, but just as today people will make excuses for it and reason it away…the lawless one who will deceive believers and cause them to fall away comes disguised…masked in a portrayal of godliness. Korah too was not a Godless, sinful man… he was a Levite in the charge of the Temple of El Elyon, God Most High but there was a spirit of bitterness which made him believe he was being somehow cheated by Moshe and by God. We need to be very very careful who we are following, where they are leading us and judge the fruit of the spirits which surround them…and us. Rebellion is and infectious disease and it can be thwarted and healed by the spirit of obedience and trust. Trust in the One who know’s best and Who has set up a specified order He expects to be respected and pursued. I spoke before about in fighting. I think it is pretty common for people to google a person’s name and click on a link, read an article and make a conclusion. I personally feel like this is the very way many of the Lord’s flock are being swept away and infected with the abundant slanderous reports and the challenging and threatening of Godly leaders. It takes a lot more than an article or two and a google search bar to determine truth from deception. Just throwing this out there, are your teachers doing more finger pointing and labeling than fact finding and verifying?Does this verification line up with a theology they already had predetermined? (Korach had predetermined he was right and Moshe was wrong.) May the Holy Spirit lead you to all truth.

Yeshua on the Tree

Revelation 19; 20 And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.

Baruch attah ADONAI Eloheinu Melech Ha Olam

Blessed are You Lord our God, King of the universe

You have blessed us with Your Torah of Truth

You have blessed us with the entire counsel of Your Living Word

You alone have planted among us Life Eternal

Blessed are You Lord our God!

B’shem Yeshua HaMashiac

amein

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