Day: April 1, 2024

Rabbi and Rebbetzin Corner April 2024

Rabbi and Rebbetzin Corner April 2024

By Eric Carlson in 04_2024_2, newsletter-post on April 1, 2024

Shalom Mishpocha,

April has arrived, spring has finally sprung, and we’re enjoying some of the best weather and temperatures of the year! The month of April gets its name from the Latin word “aperio”, meaning “to open [bud],” because plants are really beginning to grow and bud now. April 1 is “April Fools’ Day”. The Julien Calendar marked the New Year April 1st. When Pope Gregory shifted to the Gregorian calendar in 1582 he moved the New Year to January 1st. Many continued to celebrate the New Year on April 1st and thus were referred to as “April Fools” because they weren’t celebrating the New Year on January 1st.

The New Year is also upon us (5784)! We look forward to restarting both the Biblical Calendar and the Annual Moedim (Feast Day) Cycle! The biblical New Year begins Monday, April 8th, 2024 at Sunset after the Solar Eclipse starting at 1:50 PM. The path of that eclipse will cross over seven U.S. locations named “Ninevah”:

-Nineveh, Texas, -Nineveh, Missouri, -Nineveh, Indiana, -Nineveh, Ohio, -Nineveh, Pennsylvania, -Nineveh, Virginia, -Nineveh, New York, The eclipse will also cross over a location named “Ninevah” in the province of Nova Scotia in Canada and Jonah Tx.

It’s believed that a solar eclipse happened at the same time Jonah was in Ninevah warning the population that the city would be destroyed. Clearly, we must take note and seek Adonai like never before in Prayer, Fasting, and Repentance, HE is speaking to us!

The redemption of Israel from slavery in Egypt occurred this month, Sunday, April 21st, 2024 at sunset (14th of Nisan). The world was delivered from the slavery of Sin in the same month through the Messiah who was born on the 1st of Nisan. Happy Birthday Yeshua!!! Yeshua was also crucified on the 14th of Nisan during Pesach.

In preparation for celebrating Pesach (Passover) its time for spring cleaning to get rid of the Leaven. Leavening in Hebrew is Hametz. Leavening or Hametz is yeast. Contrary to Orthodox Judaism, Baking Soda and Baking Powder are not leavening agents! Yeast is alive, a fungi that is found in nature from spores and pollen. The Egyptians fermented beer and we fermented wine in biblical times by pouring either the brew or pressed wine in outside vats where these spores, pollen, would fall or be blown into the liquid forming yeast. The cells (at the right temperature) begin to split leaving alcohol and carbon as a byproduct hence the tiny bubbles found in bread, and the fermentation and alcohol process in wine and beer. This is also how chesses (Swiss, Blue Cheese, etc…) are made. By fermentation through Hametz or leavening! One yeast cell is about the size of a human blood cell. Just a few thousand yeast cells, barely visible with the naked eye, will completely consume one pound of bread dough in about 2-3 hours. The process is absolutely miraculous but remember, once the dough has been exposed you cannot contain the yeast or hametz to a limited piece of the dough, the entire mixture is exposed and will be leavened-quickly and again, completely destroyed if the dough isn’t baked. For Pesach (Passover) we are commanded to eat Matzah and not have hametz (yeast) in our homes for seven days.

Exodus 12:17-20. You are to observe the festival of matzah, for on this very day I brought your divisions out of the land of Egypt. Therefore, you are to observe this day from generation to generation by a perpetual regulation. 18 From the evening of the fourteenth day of the first month until the evening of the twenty-first day, you are to eat matzah. 19 During those seven days, no leaven is to be found in your houses. Whoever eats food with hametz in it is to be cut off from the community of Isra’el – it doesn’t matter whether he is a foreigner or a citizen of the land. 20 Eat nothing with hametz in it. Wherever you live, eat matzah.'”

This is a powerful teaching tool as sin is referenced to hametz! As we search our home to remove the hametz we are to search ourselves to remove all sin, so we won’t be destroyed. False teachings are also referred to as leaven.

I Corinthians 5:6-8. Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know the saying, “It takes only a little hametz to leaven a whole batch of dough?” 7 Get rid of the old hametz, so that you can be a new batch of dough, because in reality you are unleavened. For our Pesach lamb, the Messiah, has been sacrificed. 8 So let us celebrate the Seder not with leftover hametz, the hametz of wickedness and evil, but with the matzah of purity and truth.

The need to Shamar, to observe, to guard the biblical new year and associated feasts and cycles is crystal clear. The cycle is repetitive yet not identical from year to year, it’s helical! We repeat the cycle, but it’s an upward spiral drawing us closer to Adonai! We stream towards the return of Messiah and the establishment of God’s Kingdom and timeline upon the earth, upon all humanity! The seed of redemption and salvation has already been sown, we need only study and review the year to see the supernatural within it!

May you have a blessed, prosperous, and supernatural New Year! May His presence be with you as you celebrated Pesach (Passover).

Cha Sameach and Blessings,

Rabbi and Rebbetzin Carlson

Pesach (Passover)

Pesach (Passover)

By Eric Carlson in 04_2024_1, newsletter-post on April 1, 2024

Exodus 12:1-6. ADONAI spoke to Moshe and Aharon in the land of Egypt; he said, 2 “You are to begin your calendar with this month; it will be the first month of the year for you. 3 Speak to all the assembly of Isra’el and say, ‘On the tenth day of this month, each man is to take a lamb or kid for his family, one per household – 4 except that if the household is too small for a whole lamb or kid, then he and his next-door neighbor should share one, dividing it in proportion to the number of people eating it.(Fellowship) 5 Your animal must be without defect, a male in its first year, and you may choose it from either the sheep or the goats. 6 “‘You are to keep it until the fourteenth day of the month, and then the entire assembly of the community of Isra’el will slaughter it at dusk.

The New Year and Calendar scripture includes the references for when to begin Pesach/Passover which marks the start of the annual Feast Day cycle. The 1st of Nisan is Monday April 8th at sunset. God is following His own calendar and timeline which is the prophetic clock for the Kingdom. Follow the life of Yeshua and you’ll see that He also followed the feast day cycle starting with Pesach.

God created human beings in His image to have an intimate, loving, and obedient relationship with Him. Instead, humanity rebelled, people chose (remember He made us with free will) their own way instead of God’s way and still do today! There was a myriad of worship done on Sunday, March 31st that was performed according to people’s religious rituals, traditions, desires, and pleasures vice God’s. The name of such rebellion is called SIN and the penalty of Sin is death. Not only cessation of life as you know it now but eternal, everlasting separation from God. However, God who is merciful, full of chessed (grace), and Who is Just desired to provide humanity redemption, salvation from death and eternal separation from God that we have neither earned nor deserve.

First, He gave us His Torah, (literally teachings, instructions that hit the mark) to make known His standards for righteousness, holiness, and purity. Second, through the judges, kings, Nevi’im-prophets, He encouraged and disciplined us while promising our final salvation! Third, that redemption and salvation would come through the one known as the “Anointed One”, “Mashiach”, “Christo’s” in the Greek. This is the first core foundation of the Pesach Seder which we will perform together Sunday evening, April 21st 2024. God commands us to observe His timeline and calendar:

Deuteronomy 16:1. “Observe the month of Aviv (Shamor: Guard, safeguard, observe, protect, perform. et-chodesh ha’Aviv), and keep Pesach to ADONAI your God; for in the month of Aviv, ADONAI your God brought you out of Egypt at night.

We are ordered to guard/safeguard the head of the month, the new year, God’s calendar. It’s critical that we synchronize and align ourselves with God’s official timeline in both our current worlds and in the world to come. This synchronization is the key component to prophecy and eschatology, it defines where we are at in God’s timeline! He desires us to safeguard, observe, protect, and perform His calendar, to remember the head of the New Year the determine when His Moedim, His Feast Days begin! Various names and titles have been ascribed to the month of Nisan and the start of the Feast Day Cycle:

Chodesh Ha-Aviv (חדֶשׁ הָאָבִיב), “the month of spring,” so named because it marked the time of the Exodus from Egypt. We are commanded to remember:

Exodus 13:3-4. Moshe said to the people, “Remember (Zachor: remember, recall, to cause to remember, remind, keep in remembrance, make a memorial) this day, on which you left Egypt, the abode of slavery; because ADONAI, by the strength of his hand, has brought you out of this place. Do not eat hametz. 4 You are leaving today, in the month of Aviv.

We are not to show up before Adonai Empty handed hence the Shelamim offering:

Exodus 23:15. Keep the festival of matzah: for seven days, as I ordered you, you are to eat matzah at the time determined in the month of Aviv; for it was in that month that you left Egypt. No one is to appear before me empty-handed.

Let us remember, the only place the word records the term: Ten Commandments is in:

Exodus 34:28. Moshe was there with ADONAI forty days and forty nights, during which time he neither ate food nor drank water. [ADONAI] wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Words.

Observing, honoring, guarding, and keeping the Festival of Matzah is one of the Ten Commandments:

Exodus 34:18. “Keep the festival of matzah by eating matzah, as I ordered you, for seven days during the month of Aviv; for it was in the month of Aviv that you came out from Egypt

Its crystal clear that God see’s the month of Aviv, or Nisan as the Month of salvation and redemption. The Babylonian Talmud written in the Babylonian Diaspora or captivity gives a profound Messianic Statement over 400 years before the birth of Yeshua: “In Nisan our forefathers were redeemed from Egypt and in Nisan we will be redeemed.”

This is why it’s so critical for us too Zachor, to remember! He redeemed us from slavery in Egypt at Pesach and redeemed all Human Kind through Mashiach, Christ, His Son during the SAME EXACT FESTIVAL! The month of Nisan is also called Chodesh ha-Yeshuah, the “month of salvation”. Israel was physically delivered from Slavery in Egypt in the month of Nisan and Spiritually Delivered from the slavery of Sin in the same month through the Messiah who was also crucified on the stake on Nisan 14th (Pesach-Passover).

The exact same day the Angel of Death Pesach (Passed over) our door lintels marked with lambs blood in Egypt, God’s Pesach Lamb, Yeshua’s death would conquer death. His blood upon our hearts makes death Pesach (pass over) us forever! All during Pesach! The rabbits, eggs, and candy are distractions from the truth! The enemy doesn’t want you to know the Truth because the Truth sets you free! We’re commanded not to succumb to these behaviors:

Exodus 34:12-14. Be careful not to make a covenant with the people living in the land where you are going, so that they won’t become a snare within your own borders. 13 Rather, you are to demolish their altars, smash their standing-stones and cut down their sacred poles; 14 because you are not to bow down to any other god; since ADONAI -whose very name is Jealous -is a jealous God.

We witness a heavenly ordained Cycle of Time. Biblical thought regards time not in a linear, flat pattern but a spiral type of “helix,” in a limitless forward and upward progression driven by a divine, cyclical pattern that repeats (Mishna) certain divine patterns in weeks, months, and years of life such as the Moediem or Feast Days beginning with the weekly Shabbat through the annual feast days. This can be seen in the Hebrew language itself. The Hebrew word for “year” – shanah – shares the same root as both the word “repeat” Shenen and the word “change” Sheenoo.

The “Biblical New Year” is one of “repetition” – mishnah in the Hebrew; to study and review shares the same root word “shanah. The annual Moedim, the Feast Day Cycles are an all-inclusive Mishnah, a study and review” of the key prophetic events of the past, present, and prophetic future. We repeat and relive these events to bring the pattern into our present world and lives to teach our children and prepare for the future, the coming prophetic events of God which include a much larger Israel, an Israel that has wild branches grafted in according to Romans 11 who are joint citizens with the House of Israel, joint heirs, joint partakers according to Ephesians 2 and Galatians 3!

The need to Shamar or guard the biblical new year and associated feasts and cycles becomes even more critical now that we realize God is still moving according to His calendar and patterns, year to year, as we stream towards the return of Messiah and the establishment of His Kingdom here upon the earth and all humanity! For those like me who seek revival, who seek Gods outpouring upon all humanity, those who are praying, interceding, and crying out for an awakening upon our great nation, for those who are praying for the restoration and revival of Israel both the land and the people we need look no further then Pesach. Passover was a sign, a mark, a transition, a paradigm shift, a spiritual shift when King Hezekiah, king of Judah from 728BC – 686 B.C., brought Israel back to God from a period of Idolatry and sin such as our country is experiencing today.

II Chronicles 29:6-10. For our ancestors acted treacherously, they did what is evil from the perspective of ADONAI our God, they abandoned him, they turned their faces away from where ADONAI lives and turned their backs on him. 7 They sealed the doors of the vestibule, put out the lamps and stopped burning incense and offering burnt offerings in the Holy Place to the God of Isra’el. 8 “Because of this, ADONAI’s anger has settled on Y’hudah and Yerushalayim; and he has made them an object of horror, astonishment and mocking – as you can see with your own eyes. 9 Here, our ancestors have fallen by the sword; and on this account our sons, daughters and wives have gone into captivity. 10 “Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with ADONAI the God of Isra’el, so that his furious anger will turn away from us.

This event is after Israel, the northern ten tribes, had already been conquered by Assyria, taken into captivity with a majority of the people removed from the land. King Hezekiah sent messengers inviting the remnant to return to the Lord.

II Chronicles 30:6. 6 So runners went with the letters from the king and his officers throughout all Isra’el and Y’hudah. They conveyed the king’s order: “People of Isra’el! Turn back to Adonai, the God of Avraham, Yitz’chak and Ya‘akov! Then he will return to those of you who remain, who escaped capture by the kings of Ashur.

This is about fellowship, another core foundation of Pesach is fellowship both within families and in the greater Kehillah! Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy discuss Fellowship offerings! He desires our fellowship between you He, and amongst us! The King is calling all the people back into God’s presence, into fellowship with Him and with each other! All done through Pesach!

II Chronicles 30:10-13. 10 So the runners passed from city to city through the territory of Efrayim and M’nasheh, as far as Z’vulun; but the people laughed at them and made fun of them. 11 Nevertheless, some from Asher, M’nasheh and Z’vulun were humble enough to come to Yerushalayim. 12 Also in Y’hudah the hand of God was at work, uniting their hearts to do what the king and the leaders had ordered in accordance with the word of Adonai. 13 Thus, many people assembled in Yerushalayim to keep the festival of Matzot in the second month, a huge crowd.

By the time they got the Temple cleansed and ready they were a month late while most of them had not been purified or sanctified for service. But God see’s and honors the humble and contrite heart that seeks and desires His Presence, even if the pattern isn’t completely correct…

II Chronicles 30:18-23. 18 For a large number of the people, especially from Efrayim, M’nasheh, Yissakhar and Z’vulun, had not cleansed themselves but ate the Pesach lamb anyway, despite what is written. For Hizkiyahu had prayed for them, “May Adonai, who is good, pardon 19 everyone who sets his heart on seeking God, Adonai, the God of his ancestors, even if he hasn’t undergone the purification prescribed in connection with holy things.” 20 Adonai heard Hizkiyahu and healed the people. 21 The people of Isra’el there in Yerushalayim observed the festival of Matzot for seven days with great joy; while every day the L’vi’im and cohanim praised Adonai, singing to Adonai with the accompaniment of loud instruments. 22 Hizkiyahu spoke encouragingly to all the L’vi’im who were well skilled in the service of Adonai. Thus they ate throughout the festival for the seven days, offering sacrifices of peace offerings and giving thanks to Adonai, the God of their ancestors. 23 Then the whole assembly decided to celebrate for yet another seven days, and they observed those seven days too with joy.

The power of God is released and with Great Joy, Israel continued the celebration for another week. They are in one accord, zealous for God, and humbling turning back to Him while also destroying the altars and Asherah poles of idolatry. And when the King prayed for them, THEY WERE HEALED!!!!!

II Chronicles 30:25-26. 25 All the people who had assembled from Y’hudah rejoiced, as did the cohanim and L’vi’im, those assembled from Isra’el, and the foreigners who had come from the territory of Isra’el or who lived in Y’hudah. 26 So there was great joy in Yerushalayim; for since the time of Shlomo the son of David, king of Isra’el, there had been nothing like it in Yerushalayim.

This profound act of fellowship results in revival, outpourings, with signs and wonders! In Hezekiah’s day they were healed, the continued the celebration for another seven days! They hadn’t experienced the presence of God like this since the time of King Solomon. The power of fellowship is directly carried through the Feast Days onto Shavuot in the Brit Chadesha:

Acts 2:42-44. They continued faithfully in the teaching of the emissaries, in fellowship (koinonia {koy-nohn-ee’-ah}: fellowship, association, community, participation, intimacy) in breaking bread and in the prayers. 43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many miracles and signs took place through the emissaries. 44 All those trusting in Yeshua stayed together and had everything in common;

May we experience that same supernatural unity, fellowship, with His presence, with an outpouring of His Spirit that results in supernatural healings as we celebrate Pesach this year! May His Glory be revealed to all!!!

Blessings,

Rabbi Eric S Carlson!

Deception

Deception

By Eric Carlson in 04_2024_3, newsletter-post on April 1, 2024

What is deception? Deception: The act of causing someone to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid: the act of deceiving, falsehood. Deceive is “nasha” in Hebrew, to beguile, deceive, lead astray, and delude. Deception is an epidemic in America and around the free world today. Deception is the rule of the day with a majority of people being deceived, they are lulled into deception because they are no longer able to discern truth from falsehood, or, in some cases that they actually want to believe the deception because it fits their own personal narrative or agenda. It’s hard to comprehend that socialism and communism are gaining favor in America!

Deception is so ingrained into our greater American culture and society today that I hardly know where to begin to even talk about it. There is overwhelming deception in our society, culture, ethics, in religion, in government, in our justice system, and deception is prevalent in our media! There is great deception in the curriculum used by our schools and universities. Yeshua tells us in John 8:44 that HaSatan is the inventor, the author of all lies. HaSatan is also referred to as the deceiver, the source of deception:

Revelation 12:9. The great dragon was thrown out, that ancient serpent, also known as the Devil and Satan [the Adversary], the deceiver (planao {plan-ah’-o}: to deceive, one led astray from the right way, mental straying, error, wrong opinion relative to morals or word of God, error which shows itself in action, a wrong mode of acting, deceit, fraud, delusion) of the whole world. He was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) — a Muslim elected to the House during the November 2018 midterms — routinely posts tweets that influencers on both sides of the aisle quickly and roundly condemned as anti-Semitic. Rep. Omar accused the Biden administration “of greenlighting the massacre of Palestinians” during a press conference calling for a cease-fire in Gaza on Thursday.

Deception through revisionist historians puts John Smith and Pocahontas into a relationship vice the truth which was John Rolfe who Pocahontas actually married. Revisionist history tells us the Founding fathers were deists vice biblical living believers! That southern slave owners didn’t refer to slavery as slavery, they called it “that peculiar institution”. There is a subversive revisionist history push to claim that the civil war was about State’s Rights issues vice slavery. Revisionist history teaches that Truman authorized the nuclear bombing of Japan to show Russia who was in charge vice saving us from invading mainland Japan and possible suffering one million U.S. service member causalities!

Even more disturbing our nation is being overrun with “Drag Queen Story Hours” at public and school libraries. Men garishly adorned and dressed as women (falsehood/deception) read LGBTQ-themed books to young children under the guise of performing a public service. Unbelievably the American Library Association proudly endorses these immoral, indoctrination events! They even have a webpage dedicated to their promotion. The obvious goal here is to deceive and indoctrinate an entire generation of children that transvestites and homosexuality is perfectly normal. Many drag queens have admitted that their goal is to “groom” the next generation.

In the past 25 years alone, not even an entire generation, the greater body of Messiah and America have experienced an overwhelming increase in lawlessness, immorality, permissiveness, and selfishness. Immoral behavior that was unacceptable a few decades ago is now mainstream. Believing leaders engage in same sex marriage, engage in sexual sin, dabble in pornography, while the body is suffers an explosive divorce rate! All these factors have led to a rapid decrease of morality among believers in America. A recent survey among millennials reveals a staggering statistic. The percentage who follows biblically based values for living has dropped from 65 percent to a mere 4 percent since World War II.

There has never been a society in the history of mankind whose moral values have shockingly eroded and deteriorated so drastically, so dramatically in such a short period of time as those of America today. As of right now it shows no sign of stopping. These statistics serve to warn us that something is terribly wrong within the greater body, there is wide spread deception! The true Good News, the Gospel of Messiah Yeshua is not being communicated to mainstream America which is why we suffer so much deception in our culture and again, it’s getting worse. Ironically, its nothing new, look at Yeshua’s parable in:

Luke 16:19-31. “Once there was a rich man who used to dress in the most expensive clothing and spent his days in magnificent luxury. 20 At his gate had been laid a beggar named Elazar who was covered with sores. 21 He would have been glad to eat the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table; but instead, even the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22 In time the beggar died and was carried away by the angels to Avraham’s side; the rich man also died and was buried. 23 “In Sh’ol, where he was in torment, the rich man looked up and saw Avraham far away with Elazar at his side. 24 He called out, `Father Avraham, take pity on me, and send Elazar just to dip the tip of his finger in water to cool my tongue, because I’m in agony in this fire!’ 25 However, Avraham said, `Son, remember that when you were alive, you got the good things while he got the bad; but now he gets his consolation here, while you are the one in agony. 26 Yet that isn’t all: between you and us a deep rift has been established, so that those who would like to pass from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’ 27 “He answered, `Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house, 28 where I have five brothers, to warn them; so that they may be spared having to come to this place of torment too.’ 29 But Avraham said, `They have Moshe and the Prophets; they should listen to them.’ 30 However, he said, `No, father Avraham, they need more. If someone from the dead goes to them, they’ll repent!’ 31 But he replied, `If they won’t listen to Moshe and the Prophets, they won’t be convinced even if someone rises from the dead!'”

My God, this speaks directly to us today, nothing new under the sun! The dead rich man was surprised to find himself in Hades. Contemporary Judean culture equated wealth with godliness thereby the rich man believed Adonai favored him, the Rich man thought he was headed to heaven. This cultural understanding from 2,000 years ago reveals why the Talmidim were shocked and amazed when Yeshua said:

Matthew 19:24-25. Furthermore, I tell you that it is easier for a camel to pass through a needle’s eye than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.” 25 When the talmidim heard this they were utterly amazed. “Then who,” they asked, “can be saved?”

Contemporary culture is dictating and establishing mainstream morals, standards, and ethics in deception. This has been going on for 2,000 years! We need only look inward regarding our own history to study how the Church became separated from the Jewish rooted Olive Tree with its stern warning not to do so in Romans 11:20. This deception has been unfolding over the last 2,000 years through suppersessionism, false doctrines, false religion, with denial and suppression of scriptural truth. How can America, this Grand Republic that’s enjoyed such profound blessings from the “Most High God”, a nation that allegedly reports a large percentage of its population to be born-again believers, be spiraling downward into such a state of sin, wickedness, depravity and immorality? Yeshua warned us it would be so:

Matthew 24:23-25. “At that time, if someone says to you, `Look! Here’s the Messiah!’ or, `There he is!’ don’t believe him. 24 For there will appear false Messiahs and false prophets performing great miracles — amazing things! — so as to fool even the chosen, if possible. 25 There! I have told you in advance!

Yeshua’s own words reveal the end days are rife with great deception and tribulation combined with false prophets and false Messiahs. Confusion and deception will reign and is reigning. What’s even more interesting about Yeshua’s statement, what really stands out concerning these false prophets and false messiahs is that these “great miracles — amazing things” are capable of deceiving even the chosen if possible! How could this be? Because a dead and dying Body of Messiah is void of miracles, signs, and wonders paving the way for great end-time deception. Apostasy from the truth results in a grievous and profound lack of supernatural signs and wonders within the body today!!

In the acharit-hayamim (in the time to come), people will be fooled because they want to be. Truth is obtainable today; facts can be obtained yet people don’t! Are they Lazy or are they deceived because they want to be? People will believe the false signs and wonders they witness because they want, they seek, they believe the deception. Religion, theology, even education cannot prevent this! They actually compound deception and confusion causing people to apostatize. Three Jews; Joel Spingarn, Arthur Spingarn, and Julius Rosenthal were three of the original founders of the NAACP. Why do you think the enemy seeks to divide us, why Lois Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam are so Anti-Semitic and seeks to divide and separate us?

I Timothy 4:1. The Spirit expressly states that in the acharit-hayamim some people will apostatize from the faith by paying attention to deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.

It’s readily apparent to anyone who is awake and paying attention that we’re engaged in full scale war (Physically and Spiritually) and most of the body of Messiah is apathetic, asleep, or at best, aware of it but aren’t engaged. Where’s the outcry over the racially increasing Antisemitism? Deception IS NOT what we need now or ever!

What can we do? Why is America and the world in a fast, downward spiral towards moral anarchy and self-destruction? Why do the Muslims, anarchists, pagans, homosexuals, Atheists, and every other counter-biblical minority group seem to win victory after victory? They’re on social media, News Media, Entertainment (movies and T.V.) everywhere you look. They seem to be taking over this Republic! What can we do? We fight, we combat deception with truth!

I Timothy 1:18. This charge, son Timothy, I put to you, in keeping with the prophecies already made about you, so that by these prophecies you may fight (strateuomai {strat-yoo’-om-ahee}: to make a military expedition, to lead soldiers to war or to battle, to do military duty, be on active service, be a soldier, to fight) the good fight (strateia {strat-i’-ah}: an expedition, campaign, military service, warfare, Sha’ul likens his contest with the difficulties that oppose him in the discharge of his apostolic duties, as warfare).

Adonai took Israel on a longer journey out of Egypt to Mt. Sinai to shield Israel from War, why? They weren’t ready, slaves didn’t know how to fight! Things aren’t always what they appear to be! As we, Israel continued the exodus, heading towards Mt Sinai to meet and hear from God we encounter violence, we encounter a force, a nation that seeks to destroy us. The Amalekites attack the fledgling nations of Israel.

Exodus 17:8. Then ‘Amalek came and fought with Isra’el at Refidim.

This situation wasn’t our first encounter with a violent army of a violent and aggressive government. When Egypt released us from slavery after the 10th plaque, the death of the first born, we became entrapped between the Sea of Suf (Red Sea) and a very angry Pharaoh, leading the world’s most technologically advanced army quickly advancing upon us in armored chariots. In that situation we didn’t fight, we panicked! Adonai told Moshe to use His staff and part the Red Sea (11th miracle) by which we crossed on dry ground to the other side. God can do anything; no army of this world could destroy them. So why doesn’t God destroy Amalek when they attack Israel?

Exodus 17:9-14. Moshe said to Y’hoshua, “Choose men for us, go out, and fight with ‘Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with God’s staff in my hand.” 10 Y’hoshua did as Moshe had told him and fought with ‘Amalek. Then Moshe, Aharon and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 When Moshe raised his hand, Isra’el prevailed; but when he let it down, ‘Amalek prevailed. 12 However, Moshe’s hands grew heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. Aharon and Hur held up his hands, the one on the one side and the other on the other; so that his hands stayed steady until sunset. 13 Thus Y’hoshua defeated ‘Amalek, putting their people to the sword. 14 ADONAI said to Moshe, “Write this in a book to be remembered, and tell it to Y’hoshua: I will completely blot out any memory of ‘Amalek from under heaven.”

This is the first time or place in Torah that Israel is commanded to write something down in a document or scroll. It was to be recorded for all future generations to memorialize! This was commanded before the giving of Torah on Mt Sinai a few chapters later! What was to be recorded? “I Adonai” will completely blot out any memory of ‘Amalek from under heaven”. This time Israel fought! Adonai was with us in this battle, but He didn’t fight it this time. He commanded us to go out and fight. That day we put Amalek to the sword and won the battle.

From this battle on we had to fight for every inch of soil in the promise land, we had to fight future attacks from the Philistines, Amalekites, Midianites, Moabites, Ammonites to name a few as well as the Assyrians, the Babylonian, the Greek Syrians, the Romans, then the contemporary nations of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, and a made up people group called the Palestinians.

With a few exceptions, almost every battle since this first one in Exodus 17, though God is with us, we must pick up the knife, the sword, the bow, the spear, the rifle, the Tavor, the word of God and fight! Why? I want to share what I believe will be several surprising answers.

Ownership: Fighting prevents a welfare state. After having every need provided for by Egypt for some 200 years, we had become comfortable in our slavery and didn’t want leave the system when Moses was sent. Americas current infatuation with socialism and communism is our most dangerous threat to date!

Unity: Warfare has another profound impact on people and societies, it brings about Unity, Echad, completeness, oneness. I’ve done dozens of messages about unity over the years, it’s very clear that God desires unity and HaSatan desires division.

James 1:4. But let perseverance (hupomone {hoop-om-on-ay’}: Steadfastness, endurance, perseverance, to persevere under misfortunes and trials) do its complete work; so that you may be complete and whole, lacking in nothing.

If there is no unity or completeness there is no wholeness, something is lacking. The manifestation of this Echad, this binding together, this unity, is love for the Lord and for each other. Persevering under misfortune and trials means you’ve got to fight! Warfare in the spirit and warfare in the flesh. Through the sacrifice of Yeshua, God has made Jew and Gentile, One (Echad) new man but even more importantly this unity, this Echad has given us complete access in “One Spirit” (Echad) to Father. This oneness, this unity releases the power of God. Remember, it’s what HaSatan absolutely detests and despises. By receiving the blood sacrifice of Yeshua, our sins are forgiven, and we are saved. This blood covenant results in three specific covenant effects upon our life in this world:

Marked territory: The demons cannot attack us as we are marked as Children of God through the Aaronic Blessing. I Peter 5:8 says HaSatan “stalks about like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”. Lions don’t attack the main herd, they pray upon the fringes looking for the old, young, and infirmed to attack. The same method used by HaSatan. Blessings are restored through the blood, we receive complete health, wellbeing, wisdom, and provision. It’s divine spiritual leadership, guidance, and protection! We are shown the path to walk for righteousness, purity, and holy discernment (which defeats deception). Through these three covenant effects given us through the blood of Yeshua we have complete, total victory over the enemy in ALL areas of deception and warfare.

Revelation 12:11. “They defeated him because of the Lamb’s blood and because of the message of their witness. Even when facing death they did not cling to life.

Forgiveness is only through the blood, it’s the guarantor we are forgiven! The blood is a divine, covenant shield against demonic attack. The blood of Yeshua saying we are not condemned is stronger than the demonic voice of condemnation. Using this spiritual power through the blood of Yeshua we have victory over HaSatan. However, the blood must be put into effect (and backed up by our own life-and-death commitment). It must be placed on the “doorposts” of our bodies, heart, mind, and soul.

When we understand these advantages of the covenant blood, we can trust, we can activate, and release its divine power in our lives. There is unlimited power in the blood of Yeshua, and through it we can overcome every falsehood, every demonic doctrine, every lying spirit, and every demonic attack of evil. It’s time to fight!!!!!! By his stripes and bruising we are healed, set free, restored, supernaturally blessed, and guaranteed the victory! Kadima!

Blessings,

Rabbi Eric S Carlson