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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Trayvon, George and the Ten Realities... Part One



…Trayvon, George and the Ten Realities[1]
 Part ONE
Exodus 20:1-2
1     Then God spoke all these words, saying,
2     “aI am the Lord your God, bwho brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of 1slavery. [2]

Sometimes, men of God must come out from their comfort zone and be willing to speak out on the topics of the day. This leaves one vulnerable to the mob rule mentality that exists today, but the truth is, if the man of God won’t speak up against the madness, who will?  There are many voices out there, some from soap boxes on the streets, some from pulpits, some from the anchor desks of the so-called “news” and none of them speak the truth.  The vicious “tweeters” surely don’t, no matter what side of this tragedy they fall on; the talk show hosts, the talking heads on the cable shows and even those in government speak only what they think will gain them an advantage, none dare speak the truth.  And what is the truth? A tragedy happened, and whether you want to admit it or not, two lives were lost. Trayvon Martin lost his life; so did George Zimmerman.  People, take a step back, hold your head in shame for whatever you think, for pity is the only word that is appropriate right now.  I have pity on all those involved, on the lives lost, and yes, I am willing to take the heat to say two lives were lost.  One may still be breathing, but his life is forever changed, and I see no good end in sight for him yet.  For the one who is no longer with us, his destiny was already set, may God have mercy on his soul.  It is time to address the truth; it is time to discuss why this happened with a clear, steady voice, and not with the shrill hatred and rancor that is out there.  This isn’t about race, or injustice, or oppression, or cover-up or anything else.  This is simply about what happens when you break a reality; this tragedy did not have to occur if both young men had been raised in the realities of life.  I do not mean what happens on the street, or a broken home, or failed opportunities or whatever excuse you want to put on it.  Neither Trayvon nor George knew enough about the 10 realities of life, for if they would have, then that knowledge would have prevented this tragedy.  The events that occurred would have never taken place.

In this world there are absolutes; shades of grey are just that, grey, but realities are very simple. Black is black, white is white, up is up, down is down. It is easier if we define terms, such as “concrete” and “abstract” because in dealing with the reality of absolutes there will always be those who confuse these terms. We now know what is concrete and that which is the abstract.  If it can be perceived by our senses, it is concrete.  If it is to be understood by our mind and heart, it is abstract.  Hence absolutes. They can be understood by our senses for they are rooted in reality. The fear, the race-baiting and the manipulation of the justice system to appeal to the whims of the masses – these are abstract things. I do not choose sides in this matter, I’m dealing with a reality: lawlessness abounds in the world today. Children grow up without the benefit of a mom and dad; morality is down played everywhere you turn. God is mocked and reviled by every aspect of our society, from the top down.  There is no more moral compass, no pointer to tell us what is right that is taught anymore, either in the home, school, or sad to say, most religious institutions.  We are living in a world of abstracts, a world run on emotion, hiding behind a guise of “intellect” that tries to pass itself off as reality, but can something so subjective give us any guidance at all?

Proverbs 5:21-23 (KJV)

21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings. 22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sinsd. 23 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
Proverbs 12:15 (KJV)

15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

Proverbs 14:12 (KJV)

12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Proverbs 16:25 (KJV)

25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Proverbs 18:17 (KJV)

17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.

Proverbs 20:11 (KJV)

11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

Proverbs 21:2 (KJV)

2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts. [3]

The counsel and teachings of man are at fault here.  Lawlessness, the lack of the knowledge of the instructions of God, is what destroyed two lives that night when Trayvon and George met, and it is what is destroying not only our society but our world today. There are absolutes. They are grounded in the Ten Realities we commonly call the “Ten Commandments”.  Let me show you what I mean but first we have to discuss what reality is.

What is reality? Have you ever tried to mich’tam [contemplate] what reality is? The vast majority of all human beings consider this time we spend from cradle to the grave as reality, but is it? Now before you think that I’m descending into some sort of philosophical quagmire, this is the point I’m trying to make: if you are reading this, then hopefully, you are open to the fact that there is a greater reality out there than just this in which we currently live. This life is temporal; that is, temporary. The greater reality is eternal, the realm of the spiritual.

To most, in the grand scheme of things, man has existed but for a pencil point on the timeline of history – at least that is the conventional wisdom, the collected wisdom of man steeped in its embrace of Darwinism and evolution. Call them what you will, Creationists see things a bit different, that mankind has been here almost since the beginning (minus about six days…).  One either believes God at His word or one does not, one either believes in the literal seven days of Creation or one does not. Mental gymnastics aside, what a person holds to in this arena defines their worldview; atheistic, mono-theistic, evolutionist, agnostic, creationist, believer or non-believer; the Word of God separates and defines the reality that one chooses to live in.  What religion one adheres to is also dependent upon on how one approaches the God of the Hebrew Scriptures;  does He exist or not? Thus the basis of all lives flow from and around the Hebrew Scriptures, independent of the world view one holds. Now before you say that is not really true, think carefully. Despite what you believe or do not believe, you have made a choice concerning the Scriptures of the Jews. Are you Hindu? You’ve chosen the pantheon of 4.5 million gods to choose from. Buddhist? You’ve elected the spiritual journey of “supreme enlightenment”. Muslim? “…Muslims believe that the verses of the Qur'an were revealed to Muhammad by God through the archangel Gabriel (Jibrīl) on many occasions between 610 CE until his death on June 8, 632 CE.[4] While Muhammad was alive, all of these revelations were written down by his companions (sahabah), although the prime method of transmission was orally through memorization[5]…”[6] (throw in some Hebrew Scriptures and mix…)[7] If you are atheist, agnostic, Urantian, Unitarian, Christian or Jewish – no matter what you profess, you’ve made a decision, a choice. Your world view hinges on a decision you have made concerning the Hebrew Scriptures.

So what conclusion can be drawn from this? The choice is stark, black versus white: either the Hebrew Scriptures are right, or they are wrong.  Where does one stand? To put it simply is this: either the Hebrew Scriptures are  “Truth eternal” or they are the ranting and ravings of crazy men in the deserts of the Middle East, full of legend and falsehoods. If true, then shouldn’t they be accepted as the Word of God?  If false, then go on your way, and live in peace with your decision.

 So where do you, dear reader, stand? It is an easy choice for me; I’m all in for this God of the Scriptures.  I’ll admit my bias upfront. The honest truth is, you have to suspend a critical mind, you have to shut down an intellectual pursuit of “Is it real or is it false?” and replace it with a blind, from-the-gut faith. One has to believe without sight, without absolute proof that God exists in order for God to become real to one’s self; He only shows up to those who abandon their disbelief and their “inquiring minds” for the existential reality of the Super-natural; take it on faith or go home.

Doesn’t one find it odd that all the ills of the world, the wars, the moral decays, the poverty, the greed, the ambitions, the decline of nations and civilizations all flow from whether or not a collection of writings by men some 3500 to 4000 years ago are actually the inspired Word of God or not? That from these words sprang a nation that continues to this day to be the lightning rod of not only world opinion, but also undying love or unquenchable hate. A relatively small group of people, who identify themselves as Jews, are on one hand the focus of a world gone mad, one that sees “Jews” under every rock, behind every ill, in control of all things, a force that has to be annihilated. On the other hand, they are the epicenter for the climatic and dramatic end of all things when their God [and according to my bias – The ONLY God] will return and recompense all their enemies for the evil that they have wrought upon them over the centuries, with a mighty army led by God’s own Son, slain before the foundation of the world in order that He might save it. Folks, you can’t make these things up. This is either Truth or it is not. Your take, your answer to this  is the reality that we live in, but it is not reality.

So what is? Well, from the last couple of paragraphs, one thing is certain. It all revolves around a collection of books called the Hebrew Scriptures; thus by deduction one can say this: the basics of life are in the Hebrew. For me, I can see no other conclusion one can come to. The sum of all things revolve around not only the Hebrew language, but the Hebrew people.  You can draw lines around the ancient civilizations, the Egyptians, the Chinese, or pick one of your own; all of them have disappeared, all have evolved, yet only one civilization has stood despite every effort by countless others to wipe it out: the Jewish people. Their book of Scriptures (called the Tanach), the TORAH rolls of parchment, their way of life, their identities; all of these have faced persecution and trials that no other civilization that came under similar circumstances survived and despite all the trials the Jews endure. Their books endure. The TORAH endures. They endure. There is a reality here that we causally overlook. There is more to this story than meets the eye; the eternal dominates their history, and it bears a closer look from those of us outside of it, for it might just figure into our own survival as well. 

This is the beginning point of understanding reality, the true reality. This is the reality that the heavens shout out in the splendor and the majesty of creation.  This is the reality that only intelligent design can explain. This is the reality that is a paradox; that all of history, the post that all of mankind’s dirty laundry hangs on, all his achievements and accomplishments, revolve around the Ten D’varim, ten words spoken to an ancient group of people from the twelve tribes of Israel and the multitude of others who left Egypt with them.  The cure for a sick world is found in these words, in this, the only reality that matters. 

They point to an answer, so we need to examine them, one by one…
Aseret ha-Dibrot:
 The words d'varim and dibrot come from the Hebrew root Dalet-Beit-Reish, meaning word, speak or thing; thus, the phrase is accurately translated as the Ten Sayings, the Ten Statements, the Ten Declarations, the Ten Words[8]

…Reality Number One…

Exo 20:2 [The Hebrew letter “alef” א [ "I am Adonai your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the abode of slavery. [9]

At the beginning of the scripture is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the alef (or aleph) א, what could be called the West’s letter “A”.  In ancient times it looked like this: Aso you can see where we got our “A” from.  Hebrew is a concept language, meaning that each letter can be one of three things: a letter, a number, or a pictograph.  Written 2,500 to 3,500 years ago it was in this “pictographic” language that Moshe (Moses) would have composed the first five books of the Tanach -  what we call the Torah today. Most modern day Hebrew can be transliterated with the Paleo-Hebraic text and the definition of the word can then be ascertained according to the pictograph represented. It is here we begin our look at the Ten Realities:

“…The original pictograph for this letter is a picture of an ox head - arepresenting strength and power from the work performed by the animal. This pictograph also represents a chief or other leader…”[10]

What we in the West call the “Ten Commandments” are actually the “Ten Words”; they represent the categories that the 613 commandments found in the Tanach fall under.  The first category is found here in Exodus 20:2 : “…I am Adonai your God…”  Now, before we look any father, you might ask, “Commandments” or “Words” – what’s the difference?  The difference is in the concept, in the construction of what these words mean.  Take the word “commandment”: what does that mean to you? Probably a command, a rule, a law. Now ask yourself this:  when was the last time you broke a command, a rule or a law?  How about driving today?  Did you stay within the posted speed limits?  If not, why not? That rule, that law is there for a reason, don’t you “feel” compelled by the command of the sign to obey it?  You would if you see a police car wouldn’t you?  It is the threat of consequence that keeps you from going 100 miles an hour in a 60 mile an hour zone isn’t it?  As long as there is no danger or consequence to getting caught, we break laws and rules every day. We forget that the Father put rules into place for our own good; we forget or we just do not want to acknowledge that our actions are watched and weighed every moment by a Holy God – and one day there will be a recompense for what we do.  There is danger in ignoring the warning signs of God’s word. 

                One aspect of this can best be seen in the concept of a “low bridge” sign.[11] The sign says maximum height for vehicles going under it is ten feet… What happens when a truck that is twelve feet tall attempts to go under the bridge?  
 Reality happens. You see, when you break a law, or a rule, eventually consequences catch up with you.  You may go eighty miles-an-hour in a sixty mile-an-hour zone every day for a year, but one day, it will be your turn to get a ticket. You may break the law, but as this driver found out, a reality will break you. [12] 

                Forget that there is a God in heaven, ignore His calls, His warnings, think you can go on your life any way you want?  Then be prepared to be broken.  Mothers, fathers, if you do not or will not raise your children in fear and admonition of the Lord, do not be surprised when they are broken.  Fathers, abandon your children to the welfare state? They will be broken.  The list can go on till I am out of ink…. But the result will never change. If we do not admit and acknowledge that HE IS GOD, and then live our lives as if it is a reality – there will be brokenness. Ask Trayvon if you could…  ask George.  Did either acknowledge Adonai as God? The answer apparently is clear; sad but clear. God has to first, the head, the authority in our lives. Only in understanding the First can we move to the second…

…Reality Number Two…
Exodus 20:3-6
Exo 20:3[The Hebrew letter “beyt” ב  ] "You are to have no other gods before me.
Exo 20:4  You are not to make for yourselves a carved image or any kind of representation of anything in heaven above, on the earth beneath or in the water below the shoreline.
Exo 20:5  You are not to bow down to them or serve them; for I, Adonai your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sins of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,
Exo 20:6  but displaying grace to the thousandth generation of those who love me and obey my mitzvoth [commandments].[13]

                Words have meaning.  The words of God have more. They are davar, they are substance.  These words I write – do they mean anything to you? If they are just human words, it is no more than my opinion on paper.  If God has inspired me to write these words, if by using Godly men He has shown me the truth of His Words – then these words become prophetic: an absolute statement of reality.[14] Now I must make a statement here: some things bear repeating, and this statement from Dr. Seekins is one: God’s word is an absolute statement of reality.  They are concrete. Remember our definition of abstract and concrete? Let me repeat it:
If it can be perceived by our senses, it is concrete.  If it is to be understood by our mind and heart, it is abstract.
Concrete thought is the expression of concepts and ideas in ways that can be seen, touched, smelled, tasted or heard. All five of the senses are used when speaking, hearing, writing and reading the Hebrew language. An example of this can be found in Psalms 1:3; “He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season, and whose leaf does not wither”. In this passage the author expresses his thoughts in concrete terms such as; tree, streams of water, fruit and leaf.

Abstract thought is the expression of concepts and ideas in ways that cannot be seen, touched, smelled, tasted or heard. Examples of Abstract thought can be found in Psalms 103:8; “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger, abounding in love”. The words compassion, grace, anger and love are all abstract words, ideas that cannot be experienced by the senses. Why do we find these abstract words in a passage of concrete thinking Hebrews? Actually, these are abstract English words used to translate the original Hebrew concrete words.[15]

“…You shall have no other gods before me…”   According to Jeff Benner the ב B or “beyt” pictographs are representative of a house or tent, or of what is inside.[16] And what is inside your house, your tent?  Your family.  So it is in God’s house.  The Scriptures say:
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (NASB95)

16     aDo you not know that byou are a 1temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
17     If any man destroys the 1temple of God, God will destroy him, for the 1temple of God is holy, and 2that is what you are.[17]

Also:
2 Corinthians 6:14-18

14     aDo not be 1bound together with bunbelievers; for what cpartnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?
15     Or what aharmony has Christ with 1Belial, or 2what has a bbeliever in common with an cunbeliever?
16     Or awhat agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are bthe temple of cthe living God; just as God said,
“dI will edwell in them and fwalk among them;
And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
17     “aTherefore, bcome out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord.
And do not touch what is unclean;
And I will welcome you.
18     “aAnd I will be a father to you,
And you shall be bsons and daughters to Me,”
Says the Lord Almighty. [18]

God wants a holy house; there can be nothing before Him. The meaning of the letter “beyt” agrees with the second dāḇār(word);      “…You are to have no other gods before me…”.  When we consider the alef and the beyt (ba) in the ancient picture language, what do we see [remember Hebrew reads right to left]? What we see is the Hebrew word for “father [in modern Hebrew it looks like this: ba]”, the word “ab” or “av”.  The heart of the house is the Father.  In our homes, in our hearts, there should be no room for another; no other God, no false idols.  Our identity should be in Him. But what do we see in America? God is not in our homes. He is not in our schools. He is not in the public institutions that our founding fathers said He belonged in.  And what is the result of this “Fatherless”
nation? In an article titled “Fathers disappear from households across America”   by Luke Rosiak of the Washington Times  and posted on the 25th of December 2012, he painted a disheartening picture:

“…Nicole Hawkins‘ three daughters have matching glittery boots, but none has the same father. Each has uniquely colored ties in her hair, but none has a dad present in her life.

As another single mother on Sumner Road decked her row-house stoop with Christmas lights and a plastic Santa, Ms. Hawkins recalled that her middle child’s father has never spent a holiday or birthday with her. In her neighborhood in Southeast Washington, 1 in 10 children live with both parents, and 84 percent live with only their mother.

In every state, the portion of families where children have two parents, rather than one, has dropped significantly over the past decade. Even as the country added 160,000 families with children, the number of two-parent households decreased by 1.2 million. Fifteen million U.S. children, or 1 in 3, live without a father, and nearly 5 million live without a mother. In 1960, just 11 percent of American children lived in homes without fathers.

America is awash in poverty, crime, drugs and other problems, but more than perhaps anything else, it all comes down to this, said Vincent DiCaro, vice president of the National Fatherhood Initiative: Deal with absent fathers, and the rest follows…”[19]

Fathers are disappearing in the inner cities. The hole that is left their absences rips at the very heart and fabric of a society awash in drugs, violence and poverty.  Young men with no positive role models gravitate toward the cultural vacuum and fill it with the violent roles they see modeled by the entertainment industry; gangsters, thugs, thieves of all colors, shapes and sizes.  Rosiak continued:

“…Though income is the primary predictor, the lack of live-in fathers also is overwhelmingly a black problem, regardless of poverty status, census data show. Among blacks, nearly 5 million children, or 54 percent, live with only their mother. Twelve percent of black families below the poverty line have two parents present, compared with 41 percent of impoverished Hispanic families and 32 percent of poor white families.

The schism is most apparent in the District, which has a higher portion of two-parent families among whites, at 85 percent, and a lower share among blacks, at 25 percent, than any state.
In all but 11 states, most black children do not live with both parents. In every state, 7 in 10 white children do. In all states but Rhode Island and Massachusetts, most Hispanic children do. In Wisconsin, 77 percent of white children and 61 percent of Hispanics live with both parents, compared with more than 25 percent of black children…” [20]


While these statistics are sharp, nothing says that they cannot be reversed. But where to start? Bring God back. Bring Him back in our homes, our jobs, our government institutions.  Bring God back into the lives of men, place in their hearts the admonishment of Scripture:  1st Timothy 5:8 “…But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own houseb, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel…” [21]

This problem goes beyond the color line; it goes straight into the heart of man. God must be preeminent in our lives and culture once more. We must not turn toward any other god, be it money, power, fame, for a “Father-less  society is a lawless society.”  Small wonder tragedies occur.  We have allowed them, and have set our children up to fail by neglecting the only thing that can make them succeed. 

If we have the first two though, we can move into the third reality of life.

…Reality Number Three…
Exo 20:7[the Hebrew letter “gam or gimel”  ג]"You are not to use lightly the name of Adonai your God, because Adonai will not leave unpunished someone who uses his name lightly.

In the Paleo-Hebraic language the “gam or gimel” was represented in this manner:  mc ""The c is the foot representing “walk” and the m is “water” Combined these mean “walk (go) to the water”…[22]  The word later changed in the Semitic Middle language to what we call the “gimel” c, which is representative of the camel.  The gimel symbolizes a “lifted up head, or exaltation”.  Water is a symbol for chaos…  Benner describes it as:

“…Mah

The Early Semitic pictograph for this letter is a picture of waves of water. This pictograph has the meanings of liquid, water and sea, mighty and massive from the size of the sea and chaos from the storms of the sea. To the Hebrews the sea was a feared and unknown place, for this reason this letter is used as a question word, who, what, when, where, why and how, in the sense of searching for an unknown…[23]

So one way of looking at the “gam or gimel” is to rise above the chaos. Isn’t that what calling upon the Name of the Lord is to do in our lives?
Psalms 66:13-20

13 I shall acome into Your house with burnt offerings; I shall bpay You my vows,
14 Which my lips uttered And my mouth spoke when I was ain distress.
15 I shall aoffer to You burnt offerings of fat beasts, With the smoke of brams;
I shall make an offering of 1bulls with male goats.    Selah.
16 aCome and hear, all who 1fear God,And I will btell of what He has done for my soul.
17 I cried to Him with my mouth, And 1He was aextolled with my tongue.

18 If I 1aregard wickedness in my heart, The bLord 2will not 3hear;

19 But certainly aGod has heard;  He has given heed to the voice of my prayer.
20 aBlessed be God, Who bhas not turned away my prayer
Nor His lovingkindness from me. [24]

Yet how many of us cry unto God today with the thankfulness of heart? How many of us make demands upon Him with no regard for the wickedness of our hearts? When we take His name in vain, surely it only means misusing it right? O no my brethren; it is the act of us treating God’s name as if it carries no weight in this world.  It is the act of us showing Him contempt, of treating His Holy and Righteous Name as if it was a common thing. We Call Him God, we call Him Lord, yet these are titles; we use the Name of His only Begotten Son as a pejorative, we use it almost as a swear word, derogatory and depreciative to the point of blasphemy.  To His title that designates Him as the Supreme   Monarch of the Universe we tack on the “D” word and string His name with many other invectives.  We denigrate this Most High God in our words and deeds – and wonder why only trouble comes our way.

Psalms 37:7-15
Psalm 37:7-15 (NKJV)

7     Rest in the Lord, gand wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who hprospers in his way,  Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.  8 iCease from anger, and forsake wrath;  jDo not fret—it only causes harm. 9 For evildoers shall be 2cut off;  But those who wait on the Lord,      They shall kinherit the earth.
10     For lyet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; Indeed, myou will look carefully for his place, But it shall be no more.
11     nBut the meek shall inherit the earth, And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
12     The wicked plots against the just, oAnd gnashes at him with his teeth.

13     pThe Lord laughs at him, For He sees that qhis day is coming.

14     The wicked have drawn the sword And have bent their bow, To cast down the poor and needy, To slay those who are of upright conduct.
15     Their sword shall enter their own heart, And their bows shall be broken. [25]

O how we have despised this King of ours, yet we want Him to rescue us, to rescue our children, we want Him to bow and scrape before us as if we were the rulers over all things instead of Him…

Our weeping for the dead and dying never ends because we have esteemed Him lightly,
Allowing the chaos  to reign, instead of it being reigned in.

If only we had been taught and then taught our children also, the first three realities…
We could move onto the fourth if we know the first three.

…Reality Number Four…

Exo 20:8 [the Hebrew letter dalet  ד ] "Remember the day, Shabbat, to set it apart for God.
Exo 20:9  You have six days to labor and do all your work,
Exo 20:10  but the seventh day is a Shabbat for Adonai your God. On it, you are not to do any kind of work — not you, your son or your daughter, not your male or female slave, not your livestock, and not the foreigner staying with you inside the gates to your property.
Exo 20:11  For in six days, Adonai made heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. This is why Adonai blessed the day, Shabbat, and separated it for himself. “[26]

Shabbat, or as we commonly see it today “Sabbath” is the Hebrew word (H7676) שׁבּת   . Moshe would have written it as: T B S ; right to left it is the letters shin, beyt, taw (or tav).  The shin pictures teeth; the beyt we know as house; and the taw, is a mark, a sign or signature. The letters shin and beyt form the word return; the taw represents covenant; therefore the word Shabbat in the Hebrew picture language means to “return to the covenant”. The letter D or dalet is a letter so old that it represents a hide stretched across an opening, a door.  Shabbat is our door, the way we return to covenant with the God of Heaven.  The door is a path to life; Shabbat is our path.  But what have we done with the Seventh day?  Instead of revering the most Holy day of the week, the time from sundown Friday night to sundown Saturday night, as the time to meet and gather in our homes, in a place of worship and give thanks to The All-Mighty, we have turned it into a night of drunkenness and debauchery.  God is the furthest thing from our minds, except as an epithet of “TGIF!”  We let our sons go out, hell bent for trouble, our daughters are dressed in clothes that would make a madam blush and we wonder why they are in trouble.  We look the other way as drugs and drink and sex and filth invade our neighbor hoods, either because we are scared or we-just-plain-don’t-give-a-#&@% cause we are too busy enjoying the “fruits” of our labor ourselves.  What “fruit” are we enjoying?  Forbidden fruit, the fruit of the poisoned tree, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  We let our boys sell drugs on the corner, killing our neighbors and strangers all for the god of money.  We let our daughters pop out babies at the age of twelve, thirteen so on and so, all for the dollars the child brings in, or we send them into the modern day Auschwitz and Dachau we call “Planned Parenthood” to sacrifice their unborn at the altar of Moloch. [27] 

                We have turned the sacred into the profane and wonder how the tragedy of Trayvon and George could have occurred. Instead of riots in the streets we should be on our face before God begging for mercy and forgiveness.  Instead of the race-baiters and the haters we should be crying for deliverance from our sins and the sins of our nation.  Instead of false posturing for the sake of advantage we should realize just at what disadvantage our youth is in, when we turn away from the ancient path of God, from the way of life He set before us through the blood of Messiah Yeshua [Jesus] and His Holy commandments.  The word Shabbat should be the key in our lives; the shin beyt
Tells us to “destroy our house”, the one our hands have built and return to the covenant with God!  Instead of burning down our neighborhoods and running lawless in the streets, burn down the hate! Burn down our own prejudices, go through the door of life and start to live!  O how many have condemned themselves before God for their hate-filled words and threats of violence?  O how many will ruin their own lives if they act out on these threats?  How many innocents will suffer?  Why can’t anyone ask these questions without fear of retaliation?  Brethren I ask them because they need to be screamed from the highest places in the land, yet our elected officials never want to see a “good tragedy” go to waste!  How dare they!  How dare we…. 
I’ll tell you the truth. Jesus wept.
Why can’t we?

Anger is not the answer; tears of remorse for what we have become are; tears of remorse in ALL communities, in ALL municipalities, in ALL branches of government.  Those so-called leaders who only promote hate and revenge must be shut down, shouted down for we do not want to hear their blasphemous cries anymore.  No man of God promotes anger or hatred just to get their names on the front page or an invite to the talk shows.  No politician who promotes unrest should be allowed to keep their job, and no mob should rule in this, the greatest nation on the earth.  What has to happen, what needs to happen, what I pray happens is a return to the roots of our faith, away from religion that is killing us; a return to the God of our fathers, of Abraham,  Isaac and Jacob, and away from the sin that is bewitching us; we need to turn back, o turn back America, to weep between the porch and the altar…. 

We have six more realities to go through.  Yet, we will stop here for now, for this is a lot to digest.  O my brothers and sisters, friends, neighbors and strangers, look inside yourselves, not at what those who profit off of misery want you to see.  They are the real killers in all of this, because they have taught us all to hate, and not to repent and find peace.  Trayvon and George are not the problem; they are but just one more symptom of the rot and disease that the so-called “professionals” are shoving down our throats.  They care not if any of you perish in a riot or civil disturbance.  It will only feed their lust for your blood.  Turn away, turn away, turn away my people…

We will finish our journey soon, through the other six realities.  If any of this makes sense to you, please pass it on. May the God of peace prevail over the land, may He comfort the Martins' and Zimmermans', and all others who mourn this day… Amein..


[1] The name of this epistle is inspired by an original concept taught by Dr. Frank Seekins, website: www.livingwordpictures.com. Any differences in the teachings are the result of the careful study of the author, with respect to Dr. Seekins’ work. Any similarities are coincidental and unintended.
a Lev 26:1; Deut 5:6; Ps 81:10
b Ex 13:3; 15:13, 16; Deut 7:8
1 Lit slaves
[2]New American Standard Bible : 1995 Update, Ex 20:1-2 (LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995).
d  sins: Heb. sin
[3]  The Holy Bible : King James Version. electronic ed. of the 1769 edition of the 1611 Authorized Version. Bellingham WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1995.
[4] Esposito, John L. (2000-04-06). The Oxford History of Islam. Oxford University Press. pp. 76–77.
[5] Al Faruqi; Lois Ibsen (1987). "The Cantillation of the Qur'an".Asian Music (Autumn – Winter 1987): 3–4.
[7] This is not to denigrate the Qur'an; even their scholars will admit that their holy book uses “…Adam, Noah, Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, Lot, David, Solomon, Elias, Elisha, Hood, Thul-Kifi, Enoch, Jonah, Job Shu’aib, Saalih, Ezra, Zachariyyah, John, Jesus..” as sources [see http://d1.islamhouse.com/data/en/ih_books/single/en_Who_Wrote_The_Quran.pdf, pg 2].
[9] Scripture quotations are taken from the Complete Jewish Bible, copyright 1998 by David H. Stern. Published by Jewish New Testament Publications, Inc. www.messianicjewish.net/jntp. Distributed by Messianic Jewish Resources Int'l. www.messianicjewish.net. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Testament Publications, Inc. www.messianicjewish.net/jntp. Distributed by Messianic Jewish Resources Int'l. www.messianicjewish.net. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Electronic edition, e-Sword 10.1.0, copyright ©200-2012 Rick Meyers; all rights reserved worldwide.
[10] Jeff A. Benner, http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/3_al.html @ Copyright © 1999-2013 Ancient Hebrew Research Center
[11] Concept adapted from Dr. Frank Seekins, website: www.livingwordpictures.com.
[12] Ibid…
[13] Scripture quotations are taken from the Complete Jewish Bible, copyright 1998 by David H. Stern. Published by Jewish New Testament Publications, Inc. www.messianicjewish.net/jntp. Distributed by Messianic Jewish Resources Int'l. www.messianicjewish.net. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Testament Publications, Inc. www.messianicjewish.net/jntp. Distributed by Messianic Jewish Resources Int'l. www.messianicjewish.net. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Electronic edition, e-Sword 10.1.0, copyright ©200-2012 Rick Meyers; all rights reserved worldwide.
[14] Dr. Frank Seekins, The Ten Realities, copyright ©2011
[15] Jeff A Benner, Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible, Hebrew Letters, Words and Roots Defined Within Their Ancient Cultural Context, ©2005 Jeff A. Benner, electronic edition, theWord, © 2003-2012 - Costas Stergiou Version 4.0.0.1342
[16] Jeff A. Benner, http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/3_bet.html
a  Rom 6:16
b  Rom 8:9; 1 Cor 6:19; 2 Cor 6:16; Eph 2:21f
1  Or sanctuary
1  Or sanctuary
1  Or sanctuary
2  Lit who you are
[17]  New American Standard Bible : 1995 Update. LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995.
a Deut 22:10; 1 Cor 5:9f
1 Lit unequally yoked
b 1 Cor 6:6
c Eph 5:7, 11; 1 John 1:6
a 1 Cor 10:21
1 Gr Beliar
2 Lit what part has a believer with an unbeliever
b Acts 5:14; 1 Pet 1:21
c 1 Cor 6:6
a 1 Cor 10:21
b 1 Cor 3:16; 6:19
c Matt 16:16
d Ex 29:45; Lev 26:12; Jer 31:1; Ezek 37:27
e Ex 25:8; John 14:23
f Rev 2:1
a Is 52:11
b Rev 18:4
a 2 Sam 7:14; 1 Chr 17:13; Is 43:6; Hos 1:10
b Rom 8:14
[18]New American Standard Bible : 1995 Update, 2 Co 6:14-18 (LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995).
b house: or, kindred
[21]The Holy Bible : King James Version., electronic ed. of the 1769 edition of the 1611 Authorized Version., 1 Ti 5:8 (Bellingham WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1995).
[22] Jeff A Benner, Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible, Hebrew Letters, Words and Roots Defined Within Their Ancient Cultural Context, ©2005 Jeff A. Benner, electronic edition, theWord, © 2003-2012 - Costas Stergiou Version 4.0.0.1342
[23]Ibid…
a Ps 96:8; Jer 17:26
b Ps 22:25; 116:14; Eccl 5:4
a Ps 18:6
a Ps 51:19
b Num 6:14
1 Or cattle
a Ps 34:11
1 Or revere
b Ps 71:15, 24
1 Or praise was under my tongue
a Ps 30:1
1 Or had regarded
a Job 36:21; John 9:31
b Job 27:9; Ps 18:41; Prov 1:28; 28:9; Is 1:15; James 4:3
2 Or would
3 Or have heard
a Ps 18:6; 116:1, 2
a Ps 68:35
b Ps 22:24
[24] New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Ps 66:13–20). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.
g  Ps. 40:1; 62:5; [Lam. 3:26]
h  [Ps. 73:3–12]
i  [Eph. 4:26]
j  Ps. 73:3
2  destroyed
k  Ps. 25:13; Prov. 2:21; [Is. 57:13; 60:21; Matt. 5:5]
l  [Heb. 10:37]
m  Job 7:10; Ps. 37:35, 36
n  [Matt. 5:5]
o  Ps. 35:16
p  Ps. 2:4; 59:8
q  1 Sam. 26:10; Job 18:20
[25]  The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982.
[26] Scripture quotations are taken from the Complete Jewish Bible, copyright 1998 by David H. Stern. Published by Jewish New Testament Publications, Inc. www.messianicjewish.net/jntp. Distributed by Messianic Jewish Resources Int'l. www.messianicjewish.net. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Testament Publications, Inc. www.messianicjewish.net/jntp. Distributed by Messianic Jewish Resources Int'l. www.messianicjewish.net. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Electronic edition, e-Sword 10.1.0, copyright ©200-2012 Rick Meyers; all rights reserved worldwide.

[27] From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moloch: Moloch (representing Semitic מלך m-l-k, a Semitic root meaning "king") – also rendered as Molech, Molekh, Molok, Molek, Molock, Moloc, Melech, Milcom or Molcom – is the name of an ancient Ammonite god. Moloch worship was practiced by the Canaanites, Phoenician and related cultures in North Africa and the Levant. As a god worshipped by the Phoenicians and Canaanites, Moloch had associations with a particular kind of propitiatory child sacrifice by parents. Moloch figures in the Book of Deuteronomyand in the Book of Leviticus as a form of idolatry (Leviticus 18:21: "And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Moloch"). In the Old Testament, Gehenna was a valley by Jerusalem, where apostate Israelites and followers of various Baalim and Caananite gods, including Moloch, sacrificed their children by fire (2 Chr. 28:3, 33:6; Jer. 7:31, 19:2–6).