Author: Eric Carlson

Rivers

Rivers

By Eric Carlson in 05_2024_1, newsletter-post on May 1, 2024

I recently noticed a supernatural connection between the Kingdom of God and rivers. A river watered the Garden of Eden then divided into four rivers. Moshe was placed into a wicker basket and floated down the river. The first two plaques against Egypt involved the Nile River. Moshe struck the River turning it into blood making it undrinkable and all the fish in the River died. The river was struck again by Moshe and the plaques of frogs came up out of the river. River first appears in Genesis 2:10

Genesis 2:10. A river (Nahar; “river; stream; canal; current, natural water courses, canals, ocean currents, underground streams, and is connected to divine blessings. Also refers to trouble and difficulty and is prophetic reference to future rivers of living water. Nahar appears about 120 times in biblical Hebrew) went out of ‘Eden to water the garden, and from there it divided into four streams.

What is this mythical Garden of Eden that for millennium man has searched the world over to find? It will never be found on the earth as it is not a physical entity. The river that flows into Eden has no name. That river divides into four river heads which in Hebrew are named Pishon, Gihon, Hiddekel, and Euphrates. The Gematria gives some revelation to these scriptures and more. Gematria is the study of numbers and Hebrew letters, their meanings and how they apply to our lives. Within the original Hebrew language every letter, word and phrase equates to a number.

Dr. Duane Christensen and David Cook suggests that the river that flows out of Eden to water the garden is the Hebrew Aleph-Bet, these rivers names in the Gematria equate to the word of God! Adam was placed in the center of perfection, in God’s presence, and His word! He was commanded to Shamar, to guard, observe, protect, and obey it! He didn’t, the only dietary law they were given Adam and Eve broke which resulted in their being removed from the garden, from the presence of God! The river divides into four river heads which refers to the four categories of the aleph-bet as used in Gematria. The center of perfection, garden of Eden is the center of God’s word. This understanding and connection begins to be revealed in:

Isaiah 48:17-18. Thus says ADONAI, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Isra’el: “I am ADONAI, your God, who teaches you for your own good, who guides you on the path you should take. 18 If only you would heed my mitzvot! Then your peace (Shalom) would flow on like a river (Nahar), and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

We begin to see a prophetic connection in our relationship with Adonai and Rivers! As He commanded Adam in the Garden, He teaches us for our own good, He guides us on the path we should take and if choose to obey His commands and Mitzvahs, his word, our Shalom will flow on like a “Nahar”, like a river. Shalom as we know is a complex word meaning lack of conflict, to be complete, whole, like a brick wall missing no bricks and having no cracks or holes. Shalom conveys something complex, many pieces that are form a one whole thing, like a brick wall without cracks or missing bricks. The one new man from Ephesians 2:15 reveals that by making Jew and Gentile one, One New Man is Yeshua the result is Shalom!

Shalom is a statement of our wellbeing. Our own lives are complex, we have many relationships, many paths, many situations throughout our lives and when they are out of order, we lack shalom. To bring healing and restoration into our lives is to bring it back into Shalom. Healing broken relationships is placing them back into shalom. What allows our life to return to Shalom? Obedience and submission to Adonai and His word in Yeshua. Shalom in the verb usage is to bring wholeness and restoration into our life. When we are restored in Shalom it flows on from us like a river as Isaiah 48 stated! This is exactly what Yeshua said when He interrupted the “Nisukh ha-Mayim” (Water Libation) service during Sukkot.

John 7:37-38. Now on the last day of the festival, Hoshana Rabbah, Yeshua stood and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him keep coming to me and drinking! 38 Whoever puts his trust in me, as the Scripture says, rivers (potamos {pot-am-os’}: stream, a river, a torrent, floods) of living water will flow from his inmost being!”

Yeshua is making a direct connection to Isaiah 48:18. When we drink/partake of Yeshua, when we immerse ourselves in Him, when Yeshua is manifest within us (Messianic Anointing) through submission and obedience to Adonai our Shalom will flow on and out of us like a river. Yeshua is the Shar Shalom, the Prince of Peace (Isa 9:5) and He gave that Shalom to us:

John 14:27. “What I am leaving with you is shalom — I am giving you my shalom. I don’t give the way the world gives. Don’t let yourselves be upset or frightened.

Yeshua is our covenant shalom, by His blood He restores our broken, cracked, disheveled lives making us whole, giving us Shalom! Not a temporary shalom like the world, but a never ending shalom that brings us serenity, calmness in the midst of the storm, reconciling us back to Adonai’s Shalom:

Romans 5:1. So, since we have come to be considered righteous by God because of our trust, let us continue to have shalom with God through our Lord, Yeshua the Messiah.

Our trust in Yeshua allows us to have continual shalom with Adonai! This same trust, this Shalom that Yeshua gave us allows rivers to flow upward and out of us as Rivers (potamos-nahar) of Mayim Chaim, living water as stated in John 7. Remember, Yeshua’s interruption is occurring on the eighth day of Sukkot! It is Sukkot that will be celebrated by all the Nations in Zechariah during the millennial reign and this symbolic healing service of “Nisukh ha-Mayim”, the drawing of the water becomes actual, rivers of living waters that flow out of the Temple Mount:

Ezekiel 47:2-5. Next he led me out through the north gate and took me around outside to the outer gate, by way of the east gate, where I saw water trickling from the south side. 3 With a line in his hand the man went out toward the east and measured a thousand cubits [one-third of a mile] and had me wade across the stream; the water came up to my ankles. 4 He measured another thousand and had me wade through the water, which reached my knees. He measured another thousand and had me wade through water up to my waist. 5 Finally he measured a thousand, and it was a river I couldn’t cross on foot, because the water was so deep one would have to swim across; it was a river that could not be waded through.

The living water, Mayim Chaim flowing out from the Temple brings Shalom, a river of Shalom that brings healing and restoration! This is what was being rehearsed on the last day of Sukkot at the Temple, a very special water healing service that is now within us through Yeshua! This understanding is profound, deep, and complex! There is a river for both for the city of Jerusalem and the Land:

Psalm 46:4. There is a river whose streams gladden the city of God, the holy habitation of ‘Elyon

A river of Joy that gladden Jerusalem (the Joy of the Lord is our strength) and a river of Shalom that brings blessings, wealth and riches of the nations upon Israel like a flood, like an overflowing stream.

Isaiah 66:12-13. For ADONAI says, “I will spread shalom over her like a river, and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream; you will nurse and be carried in her arm and cuddled in her lap. 13 Like someone comforted by his mother, I will comfort you; in Yerushalayim you will be comforted.”

And a river of life that takes us into His presence as individuals:

Isaiah 33:21. But there in his splendor ADONAI will be with us, in a place of rivers and broad streams. But no boat with oars will go there, no majestic ship will pass by.

In Yeshua we can enter into the River, through Yeshua rivers of living water will flow from us. Here is the reality, over millennia, this understanding as eroded away from the body. One person will be healed so we ask the person praying what they did, it becomes a book, a DVD series and everyone says: Ah ha, this is how it’s done!” Yet it’s ineffective and doesn’t work. Then the next miracle comes along and another Ah ha moment and now the next book, the next DVD set and another round of Televangelist interviews and still, its ineffective.

Religion has relegated the Kingdom to various works and methods. Such as: “Its about humility, prayer and repentance” (true) but that should be our daily walk in Yeshua, a culture of prayer and fasting! Not a magic formula! Or it must be fivefold ministry, or it must be seeker sensitive, or it must be signs and wonders, on and on and one! Again, these principles are all scriptural, Ephesian’s outlines the fivefold ministries, Paul said he was all things to all people, and the word says signs and wonders will follow them that believe!

When the 120 in the upper room gathered in prayer and fasting, they weren’t praying methods, rituals, religion, or strategies into being! They were praying and fasting for the presence of Adonai! This is what the river connection is, its wading, diving into the river of living water! The kingdom of God is fluid, always flowing with currents and eddies. It ebbs and flows, the tides of change come in and go out! It’s incumbent upon us to move with these heavenly currents or be left behind. Sha’ul directly spoke to this:

Philippians 3:13-16. Brothers, I, for my part, do not think of myself as having yet gotten hold of it; but one thing I do: forgetting what is behind me and straining forward toward what lies ahead, 14 I keep pursuing the goal in order to win the prize offered by God’s upward calling in the Messiah Yeshua. 15 Therefore, as many of us as are mature, let us keep paying attention to this; and if you are differently minded about anything, God will also reveal this to you. 16 Only let our conduct fit the level we have already reached.

Again, the Kingdom is like a river, always flowing, always moving. Sha’ul, Paul says he doesn’t look back to where he’s been, to what’s behind him, in fact he said he forgot what’s back there. Instead, he’s looking forward to where he is going, straining forward! He said let our conduct fit the level we are in! Yes, we are at different levels in the Kingdom, different levels of intimacy, maturity, and depth with Him! Adonai doesn’t want you to stay at your current level! You should not be at the same place or level you were a year ago or two years ago, drinking milk instead of receiving the meat of the word! He doesn’t want you staying at the foot of the stake, Yeshua isn’t there anyway! He wants you and I to seek the deeper, weightier aspects of the Kingdom, deep calls unto deep, drawing deeper into His presence.

Adonai wants you fluidly moving with him, following the currents of heaven. This can only be done by getting in the river, which is His presence, in covenant relationship with Him, in unity and Shalom with Him, to be whole, whole hearted with Him. Not perfect but trying your best. Walking, living in His presences is not legalism, not a tradition, not rituals, not a religion-based walk. So many distractions plaque the body today, denominationalism, orthodox, nonorthodox, oral traditions, legalism, suppersecessionism, replacement theology, dominionism, predestination, pietism, kenoticism, dispensationalism, Talmud, Kabbala, and on and on and on! One can be obedient to and follow every applicable command and mitzvah and NOT be in covenant Shalom with Adonai! It’s about Yeshua, just focus on Yeshua! Though He is specific in His word regarding how we approach him it’s centered more on a matter of intimacy and Shalom vice works.

Isaiah 29:13-14. Then Adonai said: “Because these people approach me with empty words, and the honor they bestow on me is mere lip-service; while in fact they have distanced their hearts from me, and their ‘fear of me’ is just a mitzvah of human origin 14 therefore, I will have to keep shocking these people with astounding and amazing things, until the ‘wisdom’ of their ‘wise ones’ vanishes, and the ‘discernment’ of their ‘discerning ones’ is hidden away.”

The people in Isaiah’s day had become hypocritical, worshipping the rituals vice Adonai. The act of worship itself often becomes an idol! Sha’ul, in Romans 10:21 quoted Isaiah 65 when he said: “All day long I held out my hands to a people who kept disobeying and contradicting.” This is why walking in His presence can be such a struggle. It’s easy to get off track, to get distracted onto religious rabbit trails vice staying focused upon Yeshua. Here’s the entire key to the rivers, to be flowing with Him is to be immersed in His presence! In His presence is everything you need! Every healing, every provision, every prophetic word, every command of God is there in His presence! When you are in His presence your heart beats as one with His! You become focused upon what He is focused on, you cry over what He cries about!

As I read the gospels, I don’t see Yeshua praying for money, for His bills to be paid, for a cold or flu He is suffering! Yeshua dwelled, lived, and ministered in Adonai’s presence! Every need was immediately met, Yeshua heard Fathers voice and only did what He heard, and only performed what He saw His father in heaven do. This is racial, it’s revolutionary! Everything one needs, love, healing, restoration, is found in Adonai’s presence. It removes the needs for any more books, teaching CD’s, or DVD’s. Everything you need to know is contained the 39 books of the Tanach and the 27 books of the Brit Chadesha-all 66 books. Here is where “Rivers” prophetically get interesting:

Isaiah 2:2-3. In the acharit-hayamim the mountain of ADONAI’s house will be established as the most important mountain. It will be regarded more highly than the other hills, and all the Goyim will stream (Nahar) there. 3 Many peoples will go and say, “Come, let’s go up to the mountain of ADONAI, to the house of the God of Ya’akov! He will teach us about his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” For out of Tziyon will go forth Torah, the word of ADONAI from Yerushalayim.

The Gentiles, the nations, many peoples will flow like streams and rivers to the mountain of God! This is what we are starting to experience! It’s the prophetic future coming to pass:

Revelation 22:1-3. Next the angel showed me the river of the water of life, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 Between the main street and the river was the Tree of Life producing twelve kinds of fruit, a different kind every month; and the leaves of the tree were for healing the nations – 3 no longer will there be any curses. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will worship him;

The river is the center focus of the “New Jerusalem” and the “New Temple” that descends from heaven in the Millennial reign! The “Water of Life” coming from His presence provides healing, restoration, and life! Creation began with the Mayim and HaSha’Mayin, the upper waters and the lower waters, heaven and earth! What connects these water sources? The river of life which flows freely when heaven and earth become one once again! The Kingdom of God!

Luke 17:20-21. The P’rushim asked Yeshua when the Kingdom of God would come. “The Kingdom of God,” he answered, “does not come with visible signs; 21 nor will people be able to say, ‘Look! Here it is!’ or, ‘Over there!’ Because, you see, the Kingdom of God is among (Entos: inside you, within you, in the midst of) you.”

Yeshua gave us a profound understanding! You and I, with the kingdom in us, are the connectors between HaSha Mayim (heaven) and Mayim (earth). The river flows from within us through Yeshua! The Kingdom is in me, in you, it’s amongst us! This is why it’s so important to come together as a congregation! By myself the Kingdom within me, I’m a single drop of living water, but was we come together, the drops become streams, streams become rivers, rivers pour into oceans with limitless boundaries! Oh, what we can do together in unity, a Kingdom united, fluid, flowing in service and worship of Adonai! As an ocean of believers, we are a roaring, surging sea and nothing can stop us! The mighty pounding surf and raging sea tears down mountains, turns boulders into sand, creates grand canyons, and smooths the edges off sharp stones! When God pours out HIS glory the sea (us) will surge be like a Tsunami! Time to get in!

Blessings,

Rabbi Eric Carlson

Rabbi and Rebbetzin Corner May 2024

Rabbi and Rebbetzin Corner May 2024

By Eric Carlson in 05_2024_2, newsletter-post on May 1, 2024

Shalom Mishpocha,

May has arrived! Our gardens and flowers are growing, and the temperatures continue to warm! May is likely named after the Roman goddess Maia in Latin, who oversaw the growth of plants. May is a busy month as we prepare for summer and school is finishing up! May 5th is Cinco de Mayo “The Fifth of May” in Spanish. This day celebrates the victory of the Mexican army over the French army at The Battle of Puebla in 1862.

Sunday, May 12th is Mother’s Day, mark your calendar, don’t forget! Mothers are the most honored women in the Bible. Great emphasis is laid upon the influence of mothers. The word “mother” or “mothers” appears in the Bible almost 300 times. The word “mother-in-law” appears 11 times and is always in reference to Naomi, mother-in-law of Ruth. The bibles great emphasis on the importance and influence of mothers is revealed in:

Ezekiel 16:44. Everyone who quotes proverbs will quote this proverb against you, “Like mother, like daughter.”

Love of children is deeply engraved into the hearts of Biblical women. The term mother is given and regarded with the deepest reverence. Mothers carry the gift of life! The flame of life which is the lamp of the Lord according to Prov 20:27, the “Nemesha” (soul in Hebrew) is divinely placed within the baby inside the mother’s womb, the cradle of life. Thereby woman are the keepers of the light! So many lives have been influenced and saved through the prayers of Mothers and Grandmothers.

Scripture speaks highly of mothers who raise their children and influence their families in a righteous manner; in the oft-quoted Proverbs 31, the “wife of noble character” is honored by her husband and children for her virtues.

As the spiritual light keeper, mothers have been given the privilege of ushering in the holy Shabbat by lighting the candles on Erev Shabbat, Friday evening, ushering in the brightness, the illumination of the Word of God into the home filling it with Shalom, peace, and harmony. Also, the Shabbat Candles are traditionally lit by the women because it was a woman who removed the light from the world (Eve) and it was a woman who returned the light to the world Miriam (Mary) who gave birth to Yeshua. It’s because of this understanding that in a Jewish or biblical home, the wife and mother is called “akeret Habayit” in Hebrew which means the “mainstay” or “keeper” of the home. It’s the mother who, for the most part, determines the character and atmosphere of the entire home.

It’s this character and atmosphere that makes a Biblical household different from a non-Biblical home. A godly mother’s home is maintained, immersed, and kept according to Adonai’s commands, mitzvahs, and directives as outlined in the whole book! This establishes holiness and purity within the home making it an abode for Adonai’s Presence, a home of Godliness!

Monday, May 27th is Memorial Day, a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered. The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.

Memorial Day is the start of summer for some, time to picnic for others, a three-day weekend for all (remember to pray for no traffic fatalities in the Commonwealth of Virginia) but most importantly it is a day to remember those who have fallen for freedom, those who have given their lives, who have spilled their blood upon the roots of the of the Patriot Tree to defend and preserve this Republic and liberate oppressed people around the world! The “Patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree” penned by Revolutionary War era poet Thomas Campbell pays tribute to the soldiers who fought in the American Revolutionary War with these words that serve as reminders for us today that we would not have the freedoms we hold dear were it not for the sacrifice of our country’s patriots.

What we remember—and honor—on Memorial Day is heroic sacrifice. We acknowledge those who nobly gave of themselves, even unto death, for a purpose they believed in was greater than themselves. Since the days following the end of the Civil War, Americans have gathered in late May to honor those who died in military service to their country. We remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” –President Ronald Reagan in an address to the annual meeting of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, (30 March 1961).

Then Tuesday, May 28th is Armed Forces Day, a day which honors those who serve in all branches of the United States military. Let us honor those on active duty!

Abba Father, Creator of heaven and earth, we give You all the praise, glory, and honor You are worthy of! We thank you for the blessing of the new month of May. We pray that you would experience Adonai’s joy, love, and shalom in abundance this month. May Adonai draw nearer to you as you draw nearer to Adonai in Yeshua’s name I pray!
Amen!

Blessings and Shalom,

Rabbi and Rebbetzin Carlson

Injustice

Injustice

By Eric Carlson in 05_2024_3, newsletter-post on May 1, 2024

Jeremiah 22:13. “Woe to him who builds his palace unfairly (Lo Tzadak: Unrighteousness), its upper rooms by injustice (Lo Mishpat; injustice, no ordinances, no Torah, wrongfully) who makes his neighbor work for free and will not give him his wages;

Jeremiah is rebuking King Jehoiakim for failing rule with justice, to act justly on behalf of his subjects. Jehoiakim’s Father was King Josiah who served the Lord whole heatedly, restored covenant worship of God to Judah and upheld the rights of the people. Neco II, king of Egypt attacked Judah and killed King Josiah in 608 BC. Jehoiakim’s younger brother Jehoahaz became King of Judah but was removed after three months by Neco II who took him to Egypt where he died. Jehoiakim was a sympathizer with Egypt and ruled as a vassal of Egypt.

Contemporary historians (Jewish Encyclopedia) of this time period describe Jehoiakim as a godless tyrant who committed atrocious sins and crimes. He is reported to have had incestuous relations with his mother, daughter-in-law, and stepmother (which was common practice in Egypt). He was reported to have murdered men whose wives he would sexually violate then seize the murdered man’s property. It’s also recorded that he had tattooed most of his body.

Leviticus 19:28. Don’t cut gashes in your flesh when someone dies or tattoo (uchtovet ka’aka; uchtovet: imprint, engrave, inscription, mark. ka’aka: tattoo the flesh, mark the body through colored incisions) I am ADONAI.

I know tattooing has become wildly popular among younger people and Christians but so has homosexuality, same sex marriage, and a various host of others wickedness and sin. Jeremiah reveals that we cannot build our home, our household, our family upon unrighteousness and injustice (without Torah). Our legal system ironically is based upon justice. Justice is defined as the administration of law; especially the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity, the principle of just dealing or right action, conformity to the principle or ideal of righteousness.

I’ve said this before and I’m going to say it again. Adonai never promised to be fair. The world isn’t fair, life isn’t fair, work isn’t fair, school isn’t fair, the government isn’t fair so the sooner we teach our children this kingdom principle the stronger they will become. God doesn’t promise to be fair, He promises to be just, to act and judge according to His own word, to deal justly, according to our righteousness!

Deuteronomy 16:20. Justice, only justice, you must pursue; so that you will live and inherit the land ADONAI your God is giving you.

This is where many believers error, where they become deceived by counterfeit grace. So many have been taught (for a long time now) that they can do whatever they desire, that they can fulfill the desires of their flesh because they are saved by grace thereby, they can act and do whatever they desire. That is a lie straight from the pits of hell. You’re not saved by grace; you’re saved by the blood of Yeshua’s sacrifice.

Luke 22:20. He did the same with the cup after the meal, saying, “This cup is the New Covenant, ratified by my blood, which is being poured out for you.

It was Grace, an unmerited award, that Yeshua shed His blood for you and died while you were yet in sin. It was grace that Yeshua did this when you didn’t deserve it. Sha’ul said this is the message:

I Corinthians 1:18. For the message about the execution-stake is nonsense to those in the process of being destroyed, but to us in the process of being saved it is the power of God.

Salvation is a process, not a onetime prayer! That process is walking out our conformity and submission to God’s ordnances, rulings, mitzvah’s, teachings, and commands. Sha’ul said in:

Romans 1:5. Through him we received grace and were given the work of being an emissary on his behalf promoting trust-grounded obedience among all the Gentiles,

Jeremiah said Woe to those who would build their house, their family upon unrighteousness, without Torah, unjustly. Injustices cannot be covered up! Injustices must be dealt with! But injustice must be dealt with according to God’s righteousness. King David gives two profound examples of dealing with and not dealing with injustice.

David was one of the greatest kings of Israel. He was a great warrior, poet, psalmist, and worshipper. A man after God’s own heart, David’s first weapon was the harp! The story of David’s affair with Bath-Sheba is probably his most well-known story after the story of Goliath. (One ah man ruins a thousand atta boys). When confronted with his wickedness, with his sin he quickly took it before the Lord and repented but was still punished for his sin, the sword would never leave his house! Repenting is what made him different from his predecessor King Saul who failed to do so!

We then see Y’hoshua errored and made covenant with the Gibeonite’s who had deceived Israel in thinking that they had travelled a great distance seeking Asylum. Joshua didn’t consult God, he acted upon circumstantial evidence which isn’t always the truth.

Joshua 9:14-15. The men sampled some of their food but didn’t seek the advice of ADONAI, 15 so Y’hoshua made peace with them and made a covenant with them to spare their lives, and the leading officials of the community swore to them.

When Israel discovered they had been tricked, they agreed not to destroy the Gibeonite’s because they had made a covenant. Instead, the Gibeonite’s would be Israel slaves forever. Centuries later King Saul broke that convent causing an outbreak of famine in King David’s time:

II Samuel 21:1-6. In David’s time there was a famine that lasted three years, and David consulted ADONAI. ADONAI said, “It is because of Sha’ul and his bloodstained house, because he put to death the people of Giv’on.” 2 The king summoned the Giv’onim and said to them – these Giv’onim were not part of the people of Isra’el but from the remnant of the Emori; and the people of Isra’el had sworn to them; but Sha’ul, in his zeal for the people of Isra’el and Y’hudah, had sought to exterminate them – 3 David said to the Giv’onim, “What should I do for you? With what should I make atonement, so that you will be able to bless ADONAI’s heritage?” 4 The Giv’onim said to him, “Our dispute with Sha’ul can’t be resolved with silver or gold; and we don’t have the right to put anyone in Isra’el to death.” He said, “So, what do you say that I should do for you?” 5 They answered the king, “The man who ruined us, who schemed against us so that we would cease to exist anywhere in Isra’el’s territory – 6 have seven of his male descendants handed over to us, and we will put them to death by hanging before ADONAI in Giv’ah of Sha’ul, whom ADONAI chose.” The king said, “I will hand them over.”

This ended the curse. America has its own Gibeonites, The First Nations people or American Indians. Every treaty, every covenant agreement ever made with them has been broken. Every one! Over 35 tribes were forcibly removed from their ancestral tribal grounds or reservation lands after making peace with the American government and placed onto the Oklahoma territory. Have you noticed the last few years that Oklahoma is constantly in the news, from record sized tornados, to earthquakes, to record prairie fires to flooding-famine! Like the Gibeonites, we must resolve this broken covenant, or the south-central plains will become unlivable!

David gives another example of an injustice that was handled incorrectly causing significantly more problems for his kingdom than his affair with Bath-Sheba. It almost resulted in the loss of his kingdom and throne, forever! Amnon was David’s eldest son and first in line for the throne. Amnon incestuously fell in love with his sister Tamar with bad results:

II Samuel 13:2-15. Amnon became so obsessed with his sister Tamar that he became ill, for she was a virgin, and Amnon thought it would be impossible to approach her. 3 But Amnon had a friend named Yonadav the son of Shim’ah David’s brother; and Yonadav was a very shrewd (chakam {khaw-kawm’}: wise, shrewd, crafty, cunning, wily) fellow. 4 He asked him, “Why, son of the king, are you growing thinner every day? Won’t you tell me?”Amnon answered him, “I’m in love with Tamar, my brother Avshalom’s sister.” 5 Yonadav said to him, “Lie down on your bed, and pretend you’re sick. When your father comes to see you, say to him, ‘Please let my sister Tamar come and give me food to eat, and have her prepare the food where I can watch. I’ll eat what she serves me.” 6 So Amnon lay down and pretended he was sick. When the king came to see him, Amnon said to the king, “Please let my sister Tamar come and make me a couple of cakes here where I can watch, and I’ll eat what she serves me.” 7 David sent this instruction home to Tamar: “Go now to your brother Amnon’s house, and prepare him some food.” 8 So Tamar went to her brother Amnon’s house; he was lying down. She took dough, kneaded it, made cakes while he watched, and baked the cakes. 9 Then she took the pan and turned them out in front of him, but he refused to eat. Amnon said, “Have everyone leave me”; and everyone left him. 10 Amnon said to Tamar, “Bring the food into the room, so that I can have you serve me. Tamar took the cakes she had made and brought them into the room to Amnon her brother. 11 But when she brought them near, so that he could eat, he grabbed her and said to her, “Come to bed (shikh’viy: to lay with sexually, sexual connection) with me, my sister.” 12 “No, my brother,” she answered him, “don’t force me! Things like this aren’t done in Isra’el; don’t behave so disgracefully! 13 Where could I go with such shame? And as for you, you will be regarded as one of Isra’el’s vulgar brutes. Now therefore, please! Speak to the king, because he won’t keep me from you.” 14 However, he wouldn’t listen to her; and since he was stronger than she, he overpowered her and raped her. 15 But then he was filled with utter revulsion for her – his hatred of her was even greater than the love he had had for her before. Amnon said to her, “Get up, and get out of here!”

Amnon acted unjustly, wickedly, he was unrighteous before Adonai. As soon as he fulfilled his lustful desire his sin confronts him, his revulsion is a two-edged sword, both of himself and the sin he has committed! To act unrighteous before the Lord is to disobey Him. That’s what Amnon did, he directly disobeyed God:

Leviticus 18:9-11. You are not to have sexual relations with your sister, the daughter of your father or the daughter of your mother, whether born at home or elsewhere. Do not have sexual relations with them. 10 You are not to have sexual relations with your son’s daughter or with your daughter’s daughter. Do not have sexual relations with them, because their sexual disgrace will be your own. 11 You are not to have sexual relations with your father’s wife’s daughter, born to your father, because she is your sister; do not have sexual relations with her.

Remember, to act unjustly is to act without Torah. No term Stepsister used in scripture! No stepfamily recorded in Scripture, Tamar was his sister! When King David heard about this and “he was very angry”

II Samuel 13:21. When King David heard about all these things, he became very angry.

King David though angry, did not punish or even rebuke his son for defiling his sister, committing rape and incest. Instead, a cover up ensues:

II Samuel 13:19-20. Tamar put ashes on her head, tore her long-sleeved robe that she was wearing, laid her hand on her head and went off, crying aloud as she went. 20 Avshalom her brother said to her, “Has Amnon your brother been with you? But now, my sister, keep quiet; because he’s your brother. Don’t take the matter to heart.” But Tamar remained desolate (shamem {shaw-mame’}: desolate, in shame, ravaged, in horror, appalled) in her brother Avshalom’s house.

Absalom, Tamar’s brother, was furious at what Amnon had done and for his father’s lack of punishment, justice wasn’t served. Absalom festered and dwelled upon the injustice for two years. Day by day he grew angrier and angrier, waiting, plotting, seeking vengeance which is yet another sin. Sin begets sin which begets sin:

II Samuel 13:22-23. As for Avshalom, he refused to say a word to Amnon, either good or bad; for Avshalom hated Amnon for having raped his sister Tamar. 23 Two years later, when Avshalom had sheep-shearers in Ba’al-Hatzor, near Efrayim, Avshalom invited all the king’s sons.

Avshalom pressed King David who refused to go to this sheep shearing gathering but gave his blessing for his sons except for Amnon but:

II Samuel 13:27-29. But Avshalom kept pressing him, so he let Amnon and all the king’s sons go with him. 28 Avshalom ordered his servants, “Pay close attention: when Amnon is in high spirits from drinking wine, and I say to you, ‘Kill Amnon,’ then strike him down. Don’t be afraid – I’m the one ordering you to do it – but take courage, and be bold.” 29 Avshalom’s servants did to Amnon as Avshalom had ordered. At this, all the king’s sons jumped up, mounted their mules and fled.

Avshalom only killed Amnon the rapist, not all the Kings sons as was initially reported to King David. The King wept and mourned the loss of Amnon. Meanwhile Avshalom, now a murderer fled to his grandfather in Geshur. He stayed there for three years. And incredibly, in all this time King David did nothing, five years have passed since Tamar’s rape. Instead, David pined for Avshalom:

II Samuel 13:39. But as King David became reconciled (nacham {naw-kham’}: console oneself, comforted, ease oneself) to the death of his son Amnon, he was increasingly filled with longing to see Avshalom.

What’s happening here? David became comfortable with this injustice, he accepted it, he became reconciled to the murder of his son and the rape of His daughter! Absalom became so disenchanted, so disgusted with his father’s inaction and refusal to render Justice that he began dispensing justice himself:

II Samuel 15:2-6. He would get up early and stand by the road leading to the city gate; and if someone had a case that was to come before the king for judgment, Avshalom would call to him and ask, “What city are you from?” and he would answer, “Your servant is from the such-and-such tribe in Isra’el.” 3 Avshalom would say to him, “Look, your cause is good and just; but the king hasn’t deputized anyone to hear your case.” 4 Then Avshalom would continue, “Now if I were made judge in the land, anyone with a suit or other cause could come to me, and I would see that he gets justice!” 5 Moreover, whenever any man came close to prostrate himself before him, he would put out his hand, take hold of him and kiss him. 6 This is how Avshalom behaved toward anyone in Isra’el who came to the king for judgment, and in this way Avshalom stole the hearts of the people of Isra’el.

What is Avshalom offering? Verse 4 says justice! When injustice prevails, injustice prevails! Avshalom hated and resented his father David, even refusing to come before the Kings throne to be reconciled to his father when ordered. This stewing hatred results in Avshalom rebelling against David, forcing his father from the throne and into exile. Then, in a great irony which is how generational curses work, Avshalom does to David’s wives and what Amnon did to Tamar and what David did to Bath Sheba via more poor advice:

II Samuel 16:20-22. Avshalom said to Achitofel, “Give your advice as to what we should do.” 21 Achitofel answered Avshalom, “Go in, and sleep with your father’s concubines, the ones he left to take care of the palace. All Isra’el will hear that your father utterly despises you, and this will strengthen the position of all those who are on your side.” 22 So they set up a tent for Avshalom on the roof of the palace; and Avshalom went in to sleep with his father’s concubines in the sight of all Isra’el.

Injustice turned into generational curses. David ultimately defeated Absalom, but at a great cost in human lives, 20,000 Israelites would perish. This horrid story reveals what happens when injustices are covered up rather than dealt with honestly. Had David dealt with the injustice in a righteous manner and punished Amnon for what he did to Tamar, Absalom might not have felt the need to take vengeance. He most likely he would not have lost respect for his father and raped his father’s concubines.

Injustice cannot and must not be ignored in your own life, the lives of those around us, and in our world. Stand up for those suffering injustice. If you’ve suffered injustice don’t sin in your anger. You must give up your right to be wronged.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. – Dr. M.L. King

Israel has been suffering injustice since the horrific attack on October 7th 2023. We must stand up for Israel, stand against hatred, racism, anti-Semitism! Isaiah 42 contains a messianic prophecy that is recorded in Matthew 12 regarding Yeshua and Justice:

Matthew 12:18-20. “Here is my servant, whom I have chosen, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will announce justice to the Gentiles. 19 He will not fight or shout, no one will hear his voice in the streets; 20 he will not snap off a broken reed or snuff out a smoldering wick until he has brought justice through to victory.

It’s hard to imagine but many people don’t want justice, they don’t want to hear the truth. Life changed in Israel on October 7th, 2023. The unprecedented, unexpected, and overwhelming assault by at least 1,500 Hamas fighters, pouring into Israel by land, sea and even paragliders, raping, torturing, killing over 1,200 men, women, children, and infants. More than 250 people were taken hostage and moved to Hamas’ Gaza stronghold.

Much has happened in the six months since. The massacres at a music festival in the desert and kibbutz communities prompted Israel to declare war on Hamas, leading to air and ground attacks that have devastated Gaza and the lives of the more than two million people for whom it is home. Yet the world condemns Israel, a sovereign democratic government (The only one in the Middle East), for defending herself and her citizens! God is sovereign, justice for Israel will prevail! Israel is the apple of God’s eye! Am Yisrael Chai עַם יִשְׂרָאֵל חַי!

Blessings and Shalom,

Rabbi Eric S Carlson

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

Purim

Purim

By Eric Carlson in 03_2024_1 on March 1, 2024

Esther 3:8. Then Haman said to Achashverosh, “There is a particular people scattered and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom. Their laws are different from those of every other people; moreover, they don’t observe the king’s laws. It doesn’t befit the king to tolerate them.

Haman described our Jewish People to Achashverosh as a “people scattered abroad and dispersed amongst the people.” As children of God, we too are scattered and dispersed among all the people of the 50 states of this nation! Our laws, Mitzvahs, and commands are different than those of all other nation and there are now laws of this land that we cannot and won’t observe!! We have American Haman’s that are pointing us out as he did with our Jewish people in Persia! The parallel between the story of Esther over 2,450 years again and our situation in America today is chilling! Haman wanted to kill and eradicate all our Jewish people, to completely destroy every vestige of our biblical culture and expression of worship. We today in America have a quickly growing segment of our population that seeks the same for us!

Esther 3:13. Letters were sent by courier to all the royal provinces “to destroy, kill and exterminate all Jews, from young to old, including small children and women, on a specific day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, and to seize their goods as plunder.”

Each expression of destruction relates to a different aspect of Jewish existence. Haman wanted to “exterminate” the existence of our Jewish people by destroying all mention of the Torah, its commandments, and their observances. Haman wanted to physically “annihilate” the Jewish nation. Not only did he want to kill us; he wanted to destroy every last shred of our existence hence a literal annihilation. Lastly, Haman wanted to plunder the goods of the Jews, so that no physical remnant would remain of the Jewish people. Exactly what the Nazi’s sought to do, exactly what the Inquisition sought to do, exactly what Pogroms sought to do, ironically, it’s what Socialism and Wokeism seeks to do in our nation today!! It’s a concerted attack against Adonai’s covenant promise to the Jewish people. If the Jewish people cease to exist Gods word isn’t true. Haman was a minyan of HaSatan who seeks to destroy Adonais covenant promise:

Jeremiah 31:35-36. This is what ADONAI says, who gives the sun as light for the day, who ordained the laws for the moon and stars to provide light for the night, who stirs up the sea until its waves roar — ADONAI-Tzva’ot is his name: 36 “If these laws leave my presence,” says ADONAI, “then the offspring of Isra’el will stop being a nation in my presence forever.”

In a unique twist the name of Adonai isn’t mentioned in the entire book of Esther. Whoever misses the Divine hand that touched the Purim story is not looking. And if he claims that he heard the Megillah, he probably was not listening. Imagine, the Prime Minister draws lots and decides to annihilate the entire Jewish nation. Within 24 hours he has approval from the ruler of the not-so-free-world, King Achashverosh.

Within days, the plot is foiled, the Prime Minister is hanged, and his prime target is promoted to replace him! Pretty political. Pretty miraculous. And definitely divine. Yet Hashem’s name is not mentioned once in the Megillah. Why? Of course, the Megillah is replete with allusions. There are acronyms that spell the name of Hashem, and our sages explain that every time the word “King” is mentioned in the Megillah, it has a divine reference. But, still, why does the Book of Esther, a Divinely inspired Megillah, have only veiled references to Heavenly intervention?

The writers of the Megillah left us with a message that would accompany us throughout our long exile. You will not always see God’s signature openly emblazoned upon every circumstance. However, throughout persecution and deliverance, He is always there. And just like on Purim His obvious interference is undocumented; but we know and feel it — and we search for it, and we find it! So, too, in every instance we must seek His name, find it, and recognize it. It may not be emblazoned on the bumper; it may be hidden on the console — but it is there. For Hashem is always speaking. All we have to do is listen.

In America today those who advocate biblical, Judeo-Christian values and reject the lies of the leftist, socialist, communist state are being marginalized and singled out for persecution. “Biblical believers, Messianic Jews, Jews, Christians and their Congregations, Synagogues, and institutions are seen as an obstacle to progress doctrines. If you stand or speak out against LGBT rights for example, if you stand against abortion rights, if you stand against critical race theory you are a problem with the New State Doctrines. The Cancel Culture is attempting to silence our voice, to take away our First Amendment right to free speech!

American youth are readily taking to the streets to demand social change, embracing Socialism, Communism, Hamas, and a radical doctrine called critical race theory which is inflaming their frustrations and the current social unrest. There are certain times, situations, experiences in life that the greatest act of trust is to not run to God for a miracle, rather, the greatest act of trust is to make a stand because it reveals the trust in who you serve. This is foundational understanding of the book of Esther:

Esther 4:12-14. Upon being told what Ester had said, Mordekhai 13 asked them to give Ester this answer: “Don’t suppose that merely because you happen to be in the royal palace you will escape any more than the other Jews. 14 For if you fail to speak up now, relief and deliverance will come to the Jews from a different direction; but you and your father’s family will perish. Who knows whether you didn’t come into your royal position precisely for such a time as this.”

Purim is about boldly standing for truth! Throughout our history since the days of Moses, we as a people have endured untold attacks, persecutions, and face annihilation. The names have varied: It’s been called “Purim”, “Hanukkah”, “Inquisition,” “Pogroms,” “Holocaust”, Intifada, and “Jihad.” The Haman spirit has had numerous names as well such as Pharaoh, Antiochus Epiphanies, Joseph Stalin, Adolph Hitler, Antifa, Yehiya Sinwar, etc. While Anti-Semitism is at an all-time record high!

There are occasions and situations in life more important than dying! Mordechai is a profound example by his refusal to bow before Haman, even though that was the law of the land! There is a time to be bold, courageous, and take a stand based on the foundational truth of God’s word Unthinking compliance and obedience is never the answer!

There are many, many nuggets hidden in this story!! This is a profound, fascinating revelation that we must take to heart in the modern Messianic Jewish community and why I’m such a staunch 2nd Amendment supporter. Like the Hanukkah story Purim ends with a great Jewish military victory which occurs in chapter 9. The Jewish people are rejoicing because the king’s edict gave them the right to assemble, protect and defend themselves.

Esther 8:11. The letters said that the king had granted the Jews in every city the right “to assemble and defend their lives by destroying, killing and exterminating any forces of any people or province that would attack them, their little ones or their women or would try to seize their goods as plunder.”

The king’s edict did not annihilate the enemies of the Jewish people or invoke the Persian Army to intercede. The king’s edict granted our people the right to “to assemble and defend their lives by destroying, killing and exterminating any forces of any people or province that would attack them, their little ones or their women or would try to seize their goods as plunder.” This is a lost and foreign concept for a majority of our people! We must learn from history! This couldn’t be done without the ability to both assemble, to keep and bear arms as guaranteed in our Constitution by the 1st and 2nd Amendment in the “Bill of Rights”. We must never again fall into the trap of 1930’s Germany in not being able to protect and defend ourselves which led to the Holocaust! We must learn from the Oct 7th, 2023 Hamas invasion. The unarmed Kibbutzim were annihilated. Never again is now!

Blessings and Shalom,

Rabbi Eric Carlson

From Bondage To Freedom

From Bondage To Freedom

By Eric Carlson in 03_2024_3 on March 1, 2024

The transition from the book of Genesis to the book of Exodus covers quite a span of time that leaves us with a void of information. We leave Genesis with the entire nation of Egypt mourning the loss of Yosef for 70 days. Yosef and his family were almost royalty, the heroes of Egypt and Israel. So how did his descendants wind up in slavery as we enter the book of Exodus?

Exodus 1:8-11. Now there arose a new king over Egypt. He knew nothing about Yosef 9 but said to his people, “Look, the descendants of Isra’el have become a people too numerous and powerful for us. 10 Come, let’s use wisdom in dealing with them. Otherwise, they’ll continue to multiply; and in the event of war they might ally themselves with our enemies, fight against us and leave the land altogether.” 11 So they put slavemasters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built for Pharaoh the storage cities of Pitom and Ra’amses.

The curse of History, humanity fails to learn from it. A new king arises that doesn’t know his history so he appoints slave masters over this growing group of Hebrews in his nation. Israel was in slavery approx. 215 years. 430 years will pass to the day from the time the promise was made to Abraham to when Israel leaves Egypt. Not all that time was in slavery. The book of Exodus begins with Israel crying out to God while in slavery but God for His part is silent. God doesn’t answer the Nation directly until Exodus Chapters 19-20.

Exodus and its teachings have inspired people and events throughout History. Many Jewish immigrants to America over the centuries compare their flight from their previous countries of origin and affliction to America as a New Exodus. Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson recommended that the Great Seal of the then recently birthed United States of America depict Moses leading the Israelites across the parted Red Sea as a comparable symbol of the American experience. American slaves seeking freedom in the 18th and 19th century related their experience to that of the Israelites and did so again in the Civil Rights movement of the 50’s and 60’s. When the Soviet Union collapsed in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s the flight of Russian Jewry to Israel was known as “Operation Exodus”, this is prophetically recorded in Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 23:7-8. “Therefore,” says ADONAI, “the day will come when people no longer swear, ‘As ADONAI lives, who brought the people of Isra’el out of the land of Egypt,’ 8 but, ‘As ADONAI lives, who brought the descendants of the house of Isra’el up from the land to the north’ and from all the countries where I drove them. Then they will live in their own land.”

Jacobs 70 (represents the nations) that went into Egypt has now become millions. Profoundly, something deep happened here. Egypt was Israel’s incubator. The most powerful nation on the earth, Egypt, the world’s only superpower at that time was the protector of the fledgling nation. If God had left the fledgling nation of Israel among the Canaanites, Midianites, and Philistines as they were maturing and growing Israel wouldn’t have survived. The surrounding wary nations would have attacked and destroyed Israel long before they became this size!

There is a price associated with this protection, slavery, but even this situation makes us ponder. Without the persecution, would Israel have sought God? There are numerous other similar circumstances in which God will use other Nations to Judges Israel and turn their hearts back to Him.

Think about the Talmidim 2,000 years ago, through extreme persecution and oppression they left their homeland in duress and changed the known world forever. It was persecution that spurned them to go out into the world! An overwhelming majority of our modern Messianic understandings and prophecies came from a persecuted and oppressed Judah in Babylonian captivity which turned their hearts back to God and His word which they began studying! This revelation makes you think about your own current situation, bondage, or position and why you’re there! God promised to deliver Israel from the burdens of Egypt.

Exodus 6:3-8. Va’era (I appeared) to Avraham, Yitz’chak and Ya’akov as El Shaddai, although I did not make myself known to them by my name, Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh [ADONAI]. 4 Also with them I established my covenant to give them the land of Kena’an, the land where they wandered about and lived as foreigners. 5 Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the people of Isra’el, whom the Egyptians are keeping in slavery; and I have remembered my covenant. 6 “Therefore, say to the people of Isra’el: ‘I am ADONAI. I will free you from the forced labor of the Egyptians, rescue you from their oppression, and redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. 7 I will take you as my people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am ADONAI your God, who freed you from the forced labor of the Egyptians. 8 I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Avraham, Yitz’chak and Ya’akov – I will give it to you as your inheritance. I am ADONAI.'”

This is a powerful testimony and witness of Gods covenant faithfulness. He made covenant with the patriarchs, Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov. He now intends to fulfill that covenant. Releasing Israel from slavery, He desires relationship! He desired to be their God and they, His people. Relationship, relationship, relationship! Slavery comes with baggage and bondage. The most detrimental is that slavery, particularly bondage inhibits heavenly relationship. Egypt feared Israel in their midst so they oppressed them into bondage:

Exodus 1:12-14. But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more they multiplied and expanded, until the Egyptians came to dread the people of Isra’el 13 and worked them relentlessly, 14 making their lives bitter with hard labor (ba’avodah: labour, service, bondage, be kept in bondage, transgress) work -digging clay, making bricks, all kinds of field work; and in all this toil they were shown no mercy.

It is one thing to be a slave, it’s quite another to be in bondage. A person will willingly carry their own burden, but it is extremely difficult to carry it under oppression, affliction, and the compulsion of another. The LORD told Moses that he would take Israel out from under oppression and bondage of the Egyptians! Israel had issues with this, they had trouble with both freedom and the release from bondage. In bondage there are no worries, everything is provided for you (welfare is modern slavery). You can take the person off welfare but it’s almost impossible to take the welfare mentality out of them. This leads to bitterness and even unrighteousness as we witness in a person who sought to purchase the gift of the Ruach in.

Acts 8:20-23. Peter said to him, “May your silver go to ruin, and you with it—because you thought you could buy God’s gift with money! 21You have no part or share in this matter, because your heart is not right before God. 22 Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be pardoned. 23 For I see in you the poison of bitterness and the bondage (sundesmos {soon’-des-mos}: that which binds together, a band, bond, that which is in control) of unrighteousness!”

I want you to catch this here both from Israel in bondage and this Brit Chadesha example of bondage, you can be a slave, someone who is physically forced or coerced through oppression to perform labor for a taskmaster that you don’t want to do. Bondage is something that you are willing intertwined with, it has control over you. You are bound together with the bond. There are numerous of bondages afflicting humanity.

Occasionally people groups are taken into bondage such as Yom Hashoa during WW-II. European Jewry were taken into bondage and executed or worked to death with few survivors. This bondage left scars and affected several generations. The pain and anguish over so much loss and grief left deep forms of survivor guilt and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Most individual bondages are self-made bondages. A major bondage in America is Mammon, so many are in financial bondage with high mortgages and deep debt or the opposite, they hoard and worship money. Obesity is the bondage to our appetites, feeding that dopamine rush of pleasure from eating, a sin of gluttony. We are ruthlessly bound by addictive behaviors to pornography, drugs, alcohol, nicotine, gambling, internet, and various sexual immorality.

A person unable to exercise self-control over his own behavior is a person in bondage. All addictions are bondages, when a person is in bondage, they are not able to liberate themselves. They need an intervention, they need help outside of their situation to get free from the bondage. Those with bondages/addictions have higher success rates when outside help such rehab centers, counseling, support groups and other deliverance venues such as Ancient Paths.

Spiritual bondage is any area of our lives where we come into agreement with a lie from the enemy that is in direct opposition to God’s Word. In areas of bondage we give demonic authority for them to come and torment us. It happens in the simplest and most fundamental of ways. If you are hurt and become offended (remember, there should be no offense among mature believers) and we choose to disobey Gods word and not forgive someone a precedence is set.

Ephesians 4:26-27. Be angry, but don’t sin – don’t let the sun go down before you have dealt with the cause of your anger; 27 otherwise you leave room (Topos: place, space, a foothold, opportunity, license, room) for the Adversary.

Unforgiveness opens a door, a foot hold given, room is allotted for the enemy. We give the enemy license, authority to do what they do and create a self-inflicted bondage. The Ruach HaKodesh will bring conviction to repent but if that conviction is ignored the foothold will grow into a stronghold, bondage.

II Peter 2:19. They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption; for a person is slave to whatever has defeated him.

It will continue to grow and move on as it usually does. What started out as unforgiveness over time ferments into resentment, a stronger bondage. Resentment left unchecked grows into revenge and vindication! You are going to restore your honor and dignity which is now the next higher level of bondage. Left unchecked revenge and vindictiveness leads to full blown anger. Your bondage is now transforming into a major stronghold of bitterness and anger that is no longer contained to the original offence. Bitterness and anger has now taken over every area of your life, now it has contaminated and infected you!

Now you view the world through eyes of bitterness, you’re angry all the time. You don’t know why you’re always angry, you no longer hear Gods voice, and your prayers remain unanswered. Life becomes very hard and has no Shalom (Shalom is the absence of conflict). The stronghold of bondage will now physically manifest into sickness and disease. Replace the original unforgiveness with the shame of sexual abuse, drug addiction, alcohol addiction, porn addiction, sexual sin etc… the process is the same, the foot holds slightly vary but they lead to the same path.

There are Four general sources of bondage that we must be dealt with:

Habitual sin.

Hebrews 6:4-8. For when people have once been enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, become sharers in the Ruach HaKodesh, 5 and tasted the goodness of God’s Word and the powers of the ‘olam haba – 6 and then have fallen away – it is impossible to renew them so that they turn from their sin, as long as for themselves they keep executing the Son of God on the stake all over again and keep holding him up to public contempt. 7 For the land that soaks up frequent rains and then brings forth a crop useful to its owners receives a blessing from God; 8 but if it keeps producing thorns and thistles, it fails the test and is close to being cursed; in the end, it will be burned.

Disobedience to the known will of God:

Numbers 15:30-31. ‘But an individual who does something wrong intentionally, whether a citizen or a foreigner, is blaspheming ADONAI. That person will be cut off from his people. 31 Because he has had contempt for the word of ADONAI and has disobeyed his command, that person will be cut off completely; his offense will remain with him.'”

Ephesians 2:1-3. You used to be dead because of your sins and acts of disobedience. 2 You walked in the ways of the ‘olam hazeh and obeyed the Ruler of the Powers of the Air, who is still at work among the disobedient. 3 Indeed, we all once lived this way – we followed the passions of our old nature and obeyed the wishes of our old nature and our own thoughts. In our natural condition we were headed for God’s wrath, just like everyone else.

Ignorance of God’s Word:

Hosea 4:6 – “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge”

Ignorance of God’s Power:

Matthew 22:29. Yeshua answered them, “The reason you go astray is that you are ignorant both of the Tanakh and of the power of God.

God is more than able to intervene and release you from the clutches of bondage that shackle and imprison. Through trust in Yeshua, the chains of bondage will be broken.

John 8:31-36. So Yeshua said to the Judeans who had trusted him, “If you obey what I say, then you are really my talmidim, 32 you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered, “We are the seed of Avraham and have never been slaves to anyone; so what do you mean by saying, `You will be set free’?” 34 Yeshua answered them, “Yes, indeed! I tell you that everyone who practices sin is a slave (doulos {doo’-los}: slave, servant, in bondage) of sin. 35 Now a slave does not remain with a family forever, but a son does remain with it forever. 36 So if the Son frees you, you will really be free!

May you be free the chains and fetters of all Bondage!

Blessings and Shalom,

Rabbi Eric Carlson

Rabbi and Rebbetzin Corner March 2023

Rabbi and Rebbetzin Corner March 2023

By Eric Carlson in 03_2024_2 on March 1, 2024

Shalom Mishpocha,
March has arrived, spring is just around the corner! The first day of spring is Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at 11:06 p.m. EDT. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, this was marked by the arrival of the Vernal Equinox. This is the earliest arrival of spring in 124 years! Daylight saving time will begin at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 10 when the clocks are moved forward one hour. March is one of our most beautiful periods as everything is blooming and the air is warming! March is the time for spring cleanup as we prepare our gardens for planting! It’s a joy to be spending more time outside!

The name March comes from Martius, the first month of the earliest Roman calendar. It was named after Mars, the Roman god of war, and an ancestor of the Roman people through his sons Romulus and Remus. Martius was the beginning of the season for warfare, and the festivals held in his honor during the month were mirrored by others in October, when the season for these activities ended. Even in late antiquity, Roman mosaics picturing the months still placed March first.

Sunday, March 17th, 2024, is St, Patrick’s Day. Saint Patrick was a fifth-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Known as the “Apostle of Ireland” he brought the Gospel to Ireland. He baptized thousands of people and ordained priests to lead the new Christian communities across the land.

Purim (Lot’s) begins at sunset, Saturday March 23rd, 2024. We will host our Purim service on Shabbat, Friday March 22nd, 2024. Remember to get your costume ready (nothing demonic or improper) as we honor Esthers’ hidden identity.

Lastly, next month (April) we celebrate Pesach (Passover) at Sunset, Sunday April 21st, 2024 while Easter is celebrated Sunday March 31st 2024. How can this be? The date that Easter is celebrated was changed by the Catholic Church at the Council of Nicaea I 325 C.E. The celebration was purposely separated from Passover, its date determined each year through a calculation known as computus (Latin for ‘computation’). Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the Paschal full moon, which is the first full moon on or after 21 March (a fixed approximation of the March equinox). The Council of Nicaea accordingly required the feast of the resurrection to be celebrated (Easter) on a Sunday and never on the day of Passover. The Council emphasized that Easter should never coincide with Passover. This was based on the belief that Christians should have no association with those involved (Jews) in Christ’s crucifixion. The emperor himself [Constantine] writing to the churches after the council of Nicaea, exhorts, ‘At this meeting the question concerning the most holy day of Easter was discussed, and it was resolved by the united judgment of all present that this feast ought to be kept by all and in every place on one and the same day [Easter Sunday]…And first of all it appeared an unworthy thing that in the celebration of this most holy feast we should follow the practice of the Jews, who have impiously defiled their hand with enormous sin. It’s through actions like this that we see the roots of Antisemitism in the Church. Yeshua was crucified and resurrected in the Feast of Passover as recorded in scripture! This is what the Body of Messiah should celebrate!

May the Light of Yeshua shine upon you and bestow upon you the character traits of patience, perseverance, love, and kindness so that you may be a beacon of hope for all those around you. As spring ushers in its warmth and vibrancy, may you be reminded of the beauty and magnificence of Adonai’s creation and be inspired to seek out the good in every situation. May you share the “Good News” everywhere with all whom you cross paths with! Adonai, as you restore and renew your creation in the springtime, we thank You for Your desire to restore and renew our hearts, bodies, souls, and minds! In Yeshua’s might name, Amen!

Shalom and Blessings,
Rabbi and Rebbetzin Carlson!

February Rabbi and Rebbetzin corner 2024

February Rabbi and Rebbetzin corner 2024

By Eric Carlson in 02_2024-2 on February 1, 2024

Shalom Mishpocha,

It’s hard to believe how fast January went by! February comes from the Latin word februa, which means “to cleanse.” The month was named after the Roman Februalia, which was a month-long festival of purification and atonement that took place this time of year. The old Roman calendar had only ten months, starting in March and ending with December (Latin for “the tenth month”). When the two winter months January and February were added, February became the last month of the year and was given 28 days to fit into the calendar. To keep up with the seasons, the Romans introduced a leap month they called “Intercalaris”. The extra month was added every couple of years after February, which was shortened to 23 or 24 days to make room for the thirteenth month.

In the year 46 BCE, Julius Caesar introduced a new calendar system—the Julian calendar. He abolished the “Intercalaris” and instead introduced what would become the leap year, where every fourth year, February had 29 days instead of 28. This was the beginning of the modern leap year.

February is Black History month. Black History Month is an annual celebration recognizing the achievements of African Americans. It marks a time to pause and recognize the rich cultural heritage, triumphs, adversities, achievements, and the critical role of African Americans in U.S. history. Black History Month grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans founded in 1926. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. The NAACP was founded on February 12, 1909, the centennial anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the great emancipator who fought to free the slaves and end slavery in America. Plus, it also coincides with the birthday of Frederick Douglass, a former slave who was a prominent, vocal leader in the abolitionist movement, who also fought to end slavery alongside President Lincoln! Both Lincoln and Douglass were born in the second week of February (Douglass’ exact birthdate isn’t known but he celebrated it on February 14th), so it became a traditional time for African Americans to host celebrations in honor of their emancipation.

It’s important for us as a nation to not only commemorate the past but look to the future. Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it! Black History Month is very important to commemorate past achievements so that we may understand, reflect, and learn about the struggles and difficulties historically faced by black people! We can’t move forward in peace and unity until we reconcile and heal from our past! History is being made every day! Our lives and decisions shape and impact future generations’ culture, understandings, and values. As Dr Raleigh Washington stated in his recent book; “The Cure for Hurt, Hatred, & Hostility-”One Word”, you can change the world with one word, relationship!

Intentionality in relationships! Sacrifice! Any meaningful relationship requires mutual give and take. We must consider the other person as more important than ourselves. It’s a choice to relinquish our position and adopt an attitude of humility. The result can be healing, mended relationships, and redemption. Sacrifice is the willingness to relinquish an established status or position to genuinely adopt a lesser position in order to facilitate a harmonious relationship. We consider others as more important than ourselves. This requires the utmost in humility. We have powerful examples, areas of light in America’s history between our people. I’ve heard Sid Roth say on numerous occasions: “God has a secret weapon in America for the One New Humanity, the African American Believer”. United together as the One New Humanity, we will shift history for justice and righteousness! We do so through dialogue, by relationship with great intentionality we work through conflict to build trust with each other which requires great humility, empathy, and mutual love! Then we may truly Love Adonai with all of our heart, mind, and soul and love our neighbor (regardless of race) as ourselves!

Love and Shalom,
Rabbi and Rebbetzin Carlson