On A Mission

When I take a look around, a lot of times I wonder and muse about what I see. It seems as if everyone has their own personal agenda when it comes to the kingdom and the work that needs to be done. Those professing the same faith are not on the same page, families are off in different directions, married couples don’t know what the other believes anymore, kids have absolutely no clue and are not being taught the word at all. Families as a whole don’t even seem to have a kingdom mission or direction of any kind. As we know, this lack of learning ourselves, amd then teaching the next generation about the one true God is what led the Israelites to move further and further away from Him, till there was absolutely no knowledge of Him whatsoever. This is quite comical, since the bible already tells us there is noting new under the sun. If we simply read our history book, we will see we are heading down that same path yet again, the sad thing is…this is no laughing matter at all! As a body, we surely are operating like a robot with the parts all screwed on the wrong way. We all seem to be missing a very vital piece in the whole jigsaw puzzle of our life…why are we here and what is our mission?

While Christ was on earth, on his way to Galilee, he passed through Samaria and made a stop so the disciples could get him some food. While they were gone, he had a discussion with a Samaritan woman. By the time the disciples returned, the discussion with the samaritan woman was over and she was gone. They offered him food, and Christ responded by saying his meat was to do the work he was sent to do and complete it – John 4: 31-34. The disciples were puzzled and thought someone had brought him some food while they were gone. What was the meat Christ was referring to? In Genesis 1:29, we see that meat is not only the flesh of animals, but also refers to herbs, fruits e.t.c. Quite simply put, meat is sustenance. Psalms 104: 14-15 tells us the purpose of meat and also refers to bread as sustenance. The sole purpose of sustenance is to strengthen man’s heart, period! What Christ was saying therefore was that the thing that was going to strengthen his heart was to do and complete the work he was sent here on earth to do.

If Christ was sent to do a work, so were we. Christ indeed finished the work, however the harvest is continual and shall never cease – Genesis 8:22. Sadly, Matthew 9:37 shows us that there is much work but only few laborers. The harvest is a spiritual harvest. The same way that Christ made it his sustenance to do his father’s will is the way we too must make it our meat. This is the spirit we must take on. When we accepted Christ as our Lord and savior, we also accepted the bread of The Most High that came down from heaven. If you eat of Christ, you will never spiritually hunger or thirst and thus have sustenance. To eat of Christ is to love him, and we only show our love by our works. He who does the will of the father are his family, and part of showing our works is to keep the father’s commandments – Matthew 12:46-50.

We as one body have all been called to be in one mind, one spirit and on one mission…to do and complete the works we were sent to do. You must be willing to learn again and renew yourself spiritually – Romans 12:1-3. Let’s kick it up several notches and start in our homes. Start, reading the bible again and include your family. Re-learn everything! Next, obey His commandments and tell your children of the wonders and miracles of the one true God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Then, spread the works everywhere you go. Though the laborers are few, you (and your family) are called to be counted among them.

Till next week, shalom and blessings!

Where Are They Now?

The bible is not a fictional book, it’s a collection of stories about a real, living, breathing group of people called Israelites. The bible (whether we believe it or not) focuses on these chosen people. After the great flood (that wiped out every living soul, animal and beast off of the face of the earth), only eight people were saved. Every other human living today, and all nations of this earth stem from one of Noah’s surviving sons Shem, Ham and Japtheth – Genesis 8. Abraham came out of Shem’s seed and The Most High promised that through him, all nations will be blessed – Genesis 12:3. A lot of nations came out of Abraham, but not all of them are the chosen. Abraham’s son Isaac gave birth to twins, Jacob and Esau which the Most High called two nations while they were in their mother Rebekah’s womb. It was also prophesied that those two nations would never be able to co-exist without fighting – Genesis 25: 30-31. In the apocrypha 2 Esdras 6: 8-9, it explains why Jacob took hold of Esau’s heel. Jacob’s name was later changed to Israel, which means “A prince of God”, and he had twelve sons whom are called the twelve tribes of Israel to this day. Before Israel’s death, he blessed all his children and told each of them what was to befall them in the last days -Genesis 49
Jacob and his twelve sons moved to Egypt to escape the famine that was upon the land in that day, and at the time there was only seventy of them. Over the years, they grew in number and became a threat to the Egyptians. They were treated very harshly to the point that even their male new born sons were subject to be murdered. Prior to the hard bondage, Jacob’s people were ruling in Egypt, after which the hardship period lasted for about two hundred and ten years. It was after the amazing exodus at the hand of The Most High, and the guidance and leadership of Moses, that they became known as a nation. Prior to the exodus, they were simply children of Shem or Shemitic people. The nation of Israel became a holy people when they received the statues, laws and commandments from Moses – Deuteronomy 7:6. God chose them as His special people, not because they were more in number than other people, but to keep the promise He had made to their forefathers.

The Israelites conquered and took over many lands as promised by The Most High. However, they began to rebel against Him by doing exactly that which He forewarned them of. They worshipped the gods of the other nations and offered sacrifices to them which was an abomination to The Most High. Time after time, God sent warnings through prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos and Ezekiel ( just to name a few), telling the children of Israel to turn back from their wicked ways and return to Him. All this was to no avail. Finally, the curses in Deuteronomy 28 were finally unleashed and the destruction of the children of Israel began. Because they did not listen, they were discontinued from their heritage – 2 Kings 17: 17-27. Firstly the twelve tribes were split into two kingdoms, the northern and southern kingdoms. The southern kingdom comprised of Judah, Levi and Benjamin tribes and the northern kingdom consisted of the rest, Reuben, Napthali, Issachar, Manasseh, Ephraim, Gad, Simeon, Zebulun, and Asher (Dan lost the right to be called a tribe). In 70AD, the southern kingdom (predominantly from the tribe of Judah) fled into Africa to avoid Roman persecution, after which they were sold into slavery in ships to other nations. The other tribes were also scattered throughout the four corners of the earth Hosea 1:10 and their land inhabited by those that the king replaced them with.

Why is this important? The descendants of these Israelites are still in the world today. They don’t know who they are but are Israelites living in a gentile state of mind. As opposed to popular belief, The Most High did not forever cast His chosen people away and replace them with a new people – Romans 11:1. Neither is there anything in the bible about spiritual Israelites, all Israelites are by bloodline. Israelites are to be a light unto the gentiles and spread the gospel throughout the world. How can they be a light when they don’t know who they are? – Isaiah 49:6. It is very important that Israelites begin to awaken and realize their identity. Twelve thousand of each of the tribes are going to rule under the discipleship in Christ – Revelations 7:4, and if they don’t know who they are, how are they to be prepared? Even the epistles were addressed and sent to the twelve tribes – James 1:1. My simple call to order is not for us to point out who an Israelite is or not (that is The Most High’s department), but rather, to take God’s word, the laws and commandments seriously. We are to live according to how He called us to live, so we can make it into the kingdom. He gave the laws to the Israelites and He charged them with living under a set of rules and standard. Lets strive to live as close to those standards as He gives us revelation to, and He will reward us in the kingdom. If we are truly being led by the spirit, you will not be breaking the law of Moses by default – Galatians 5:26-26. The word (Christ) is available to all that believe, to the Jew (Israelite) first, and then the Greek – Romans 1:16, 2:9-10.

Till next week, shalom and blessings!

Wait! What do you mean I don’t need those?

In the introductory message, I touched on a topic that I would like to spend some time expounding upon. Like you, over the years, I too have found myself reading from several bible translations in the name of getting a better understanding of what I am reading. I probably have a copy of every translation known to man…give or take a few. However, I now only read from one translation, and that is the King James Version. What???? You say!!! That translation with thees and thous and begats…who in their right mind could ever understand anything written in that bible you say. Trust me, I felt the exact same way! Now, I read it as fluently as when reading the other versions and love every minute of it. My twelve and eight year old read and love it too! I would like to spend a few minutes sharing why I switched and why I will never read any other translation.

Firstly, I not only read the King James version, but I read the original 1611 version from which all other versions were translated. This version does not have the letter ‘J’ (which did not come into existence until about five hundred years ago), and an ‘s’ in the middle of a word is written as ‘f’, such that Genesis is written Genefis and Isaiah is written Ifaiah. Even with these seeming complexities, it is a joy to pick up and read daily. Why the 1611 version? Well, this is actually the fully complete bible. This version includes the fourteen books that have been taken out of all other versions. These books are called the Apocrypha and were taken out by those in religious leadership several years ago. The reason cited for them being taken out…they are not inspirational and not about Christ. My question is, who really has the right to tell me what they think is inspirational or not when it comes to the bible? According to 2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”. Can someone explain to me why these fourteen books don’t make the cut? Something to consider, in the bible the book of Esther has ten chapters, with the tenth chapter only having three verses. No other book in the bible has only three verses. In the Apocrypha, there is a book called ‘the rest of Esther’ (seriously you say? yes…seriously!), and guess where it begins…yep, you got it, chapter ten verse four. How about that for some meddling!

 These fourteen books are so rich in information, I am blown away just thinking about it. In it are the details of how the children of Israel made it over to a land where no man dwelt, and are now scattered throughout the world. It also gives a full description of what actually happens to our spirits immediately after we die and the days that follow, and where we eventually spend eternity based on how we lived while here on earth. Those books also hold the mystery of the times and how to truly decipher when the new year begins and when the year ends and so much more. The Apocrypha is not only inspirational, but also educational, excellent for reproof and correction and contains a slew of doctrine, more than you can ever imagine. Our children are being deprived of a very rich and sound foundation and history, and we need to get it back! If you have a relationship with your pastor, I would ask him or her where the rest of Esther is and why they don’t read out of the Apochrypha and listen to their response. For the most part, some responses will be silence because they had no clue such a book existed. Another response will be a spiritually political answer to get out of answering the question altogether, because they do know the book exists, but due to tradition, simply won’t teach from it. Either way, neither answer is acceptable!

The Apocrypha contains the following books, 1st and 2nd Esdras, Tobit, Judith, The rest of Esther, Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus, Baruch, The song of the three children, The story of Susanna, The idol Bel and the dragon, The prayer of Manasseh and 1st and 2nd Maccabees. The good news is if you already have a King James version bible, all you need to do is buy an Apocrypha and you have yourself the complete bible. If you don’t have a King James version, then it is quite worth it to invest in a 1611 version so you have all the books in one. A lot of the bible applications on your mobile devices also have the apocrypha available to download and there are pdf versions that can be downloaded off of the internet for free.

Another huge reason for my change in bible version was, missing or should I say verses that are flat out and boldly removed from other versions. Yeah I know you’re thinking its not possible, well I felt the same way too. Open your New International version (or whatever version you currently cannot do without) and look for Matthew 18:11…nope, its not there is it? Try these other ones, maybe you’ll get lucky Acts 8:37, Matthew 12:47, Mathew 17:21, Matthew 21:44, Matthew 23:14, Mark 7:16, Mark 9:44, 46 or 1 John 5:7…no luck huh? There are over 20 verses missing from other versions that are clearly in the KJV, and it makes you wonder why they were removed and who authorized it. Some versions have those missing verses in the footnotes. My question is how many of us go looking at the footnotes after every reading session? Once again, a clear cut case of something being meddled with! There are other minor reasons why I read the KJV, but I won’t bore you with those details.

In the meantime, I gently urge you to consider picking up a KJV bible today, and add a Strong’s concordance to it, while you’re at it (there is so much to discover). Till next week!

Shalom and blessings,

It’s nice to be home

Finally here! Hi and welcome to this little world that has been a long time in the making. I’ve always loved reading and especially writing, and have several journals full of memories that date back as far as ten years or more. However, this will be my first attempt at sharing some of my thoughts and observations with you. 

Let’s start with the name “Meddling In The Affairs Of Heaven”, what does it mean, where did it come from, whose meddling with what, and what is being meddled with? Yes, yes, all valid questions and I’m glad you asked. Firstly, that title, name, phrase (whatever you would like to call it), was given to me in a dream, well over 20 years ago. At the time, I had absolutely no idea what it meant, or what I was supposed to do with it. I never wrote it down, but never forgot it either. From time to time over the years, it would pop into my mind, and each time I would ask the Father what He intended for me to do with it, but never really got any clear picture or understanding and thus, I simply moved on. The answer came loud and clear a little while ago. Hold that thought, I’m coming back to it.

Secondly, being British born, ‘meddle’ was quite a very common word around me. However, once I left Britain and through the years, I have heard it less and less. As a matter of fact, to be absolutely honest, its not a word I hear at all. I mention that to point out that though the phrase kept coming to mind over the years, its definitely not because I heard the word, which caused it to automatically get pulled out of my memory bank (a side note for you deep thinkers). About two years ago, I realized that between being taught two to three verses a week at church on Sunday, and using those fifteen minute daily devotionals, I really did not know the bible. I decided for the first time that I was going to read the bible like it was intended…from Genesis to Revelations, and start all over again, and again and again. Well, I read it through the first time, and I’m on my second go around (bear with me, I promise there is a point to this). Well, the first time I read through, I used the New International Version(NIV) for the most part. Towards the second part of the new testament, I switched to the 1611 King James Version (KJV) and continued my reading. I am currently in the book of Deuteronomy, and lo and behold, guess what word I found in the second chapter and the fifth verse…”Meddle not with them, for I will not give you their land…” I had absolutely no idea that word was in the bible. All other versions translate that word as “provoke”. You can imagine my excitement when I read that…confirmation that I’m supposed to be sharing this with you! When I looked up the Hebrew word in the concordance (one of the many resources you will need if you are truly going to study to shew thyself approved- 2 Timothy 2:15) and meddle is to grate, to anger, contend, stir up, strive. Therefore, ‘Meddling In The Affairs Of Heaven means that some things happening here on earth are contending with things in heaven and its not to our advantage. The Most High in His loving mercy and grace is allowing us to be made aware of what these things are.

Another thing I began to realize just recently, was that my faith walk for the last several years has been what you would call ‘blah’. It seemed like I was on autopilot, and each thing I did was just an opportunity to mark that activity off of my list. Devotion…check, Sunday worship…check, pray for my family…check…you know the drill. I began to wander why I did some of the things I did, why I celebrated certain holidays, why the church no longer seemed to have any influence or power, if Christ were to return today, how would he feel about the state of affairs of the church and so much more. My Father in heaven, the God of Abraham , Isaac and Jacob led me to a whole slew of information, and boy did I get some answers! Its been through this journey that I have now come to realize that a lot has been and is still being meddled with, when it comes to the affairs of heaven. Things like the sabbath having been changed, the laws in the old testament still applying to us today and were never done away with, who the real people of the bible are, and where they are today, the real holidays we should be observing and celebrating, how we ended up with 365 days a year, what The fathers real name is and so much more. 

A little while ago, I got the answer I have been looking for all these years….begin to write and document what has been revealed to me and share it! I am by no stretch of the imagination an expert on any of this information, in fact I too am learning and still very much open to apply any new information I come across. Rather, my motive and goal for this platform is to share information I have been exposed to, and my desire is that we can possibly dialog about it to get further clarification and insight. Hence the reason why this medium was born. 

I am truly excited to embark upon this journey and look forward to connecting with you each and every week as you and I share new discoveries and possibilities.

Until next week, Shalom and welcome home!