Prophetic Straight Talk

 

It’s been a little while since our last post. Yah is good and life is busy. I have been thinking a lot lately concerning the body of Messiah praying and crying out for a new revelation. I have been hearing a lot of desperation in the body lately. Some are crying out for new revelation, some just want to hear something, anything, some may be having trouble hearing what the Father wants clearly. Whatever the reason is, I have been stirring within my spirit to cry out for restoration! I don’t feel it is something new that we need. I feel it has been right here under our noses for thousands of years. All the prophets of old had a common theme, repent (teshuva- come back home) and walk in the way. Do we really know what we are crying out for? At times I feel like Jeremiah or Isaiah, go tell the people but, by the way, they won’t listen.  I often hear the first half of Jeremiah 6:16 quoted –


Jeremiah 6:16-19  Here is what Adonai says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask about the ancient paths, 'Which one is the good way?' Take it, and you will find rest for your souls.


The problem is we cry out for the Father to reveal His ways to us and when He does, we don’t want it.


 Jer 6:16b -But they said, 'We will not take it.'  (17)  I appointed sentinels to direct them: 'Listen for the sound of the shofar.' But they said, 'We will not listen.'  (18)  So hear, you nations; know, you assembly, what there is against them.  (19)  Hear, oh earth! I am going to bring disaster on this people;

it is the consequence of their own way of thinking;

for they pay no attention to my words;

and as for my Torah, they reject it.

We often like words from the prophets in scripture. They are full of mystery, depth of questions and splendor. We may even like trying to figure out some of the prophecies. They are like riddles to us. There is not one thing wrong with diving into the word of YHWH. Where we get in trouble is when we mishandle or misinterpret it. As for the prophets, the Father said he will speak to them.


Amos 3:7  Adonai, God, does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.

Moses said he wished all were prophets.

Numbers 11:29  But Moshe replied, "Are you so zealous to protect me? I wish all of Adonai's people were prophets! I wish Adonai would put his Spirit on all of them!"

What did Rabbi Shaul (Apostle Paul) say regarding prophesying?

1 Corinthians 14:1-3  Pursue love! However, keep on eagerly seeking the things of the Spirit; and especially seek to be able to prophesy.  (2)  For someone speaking in a tongue is not speaking to people but to God, because no one can understand, since he is uttering mysteries in the power of the Spirit.  (3)  But someone prophesying is

speaking to people,

edifying,

encouraging

and comforting them.

We see later more reason for Prophesy in the body.

1 Corinthians 14:24-26  But if you all prophesy, and some unbeliever or uninstructed person enters, he is convicted of sin by all, he is brought under judgment by all,  (25)  and the secrets of his heart are laid bare; so he falls on his face and worships God, saying, "God is really here among you!"  (26)  What is our conclusion, brothers? Whenever you come together, let everyone be ready with a psalm or a teaching or a revelation, or ready to use his gift of tongues or give an interpretation; but let everything be for edification.

To prophesy is not something magical or mystical. It is speaking or singing by the inspiration from the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).

The Hebrew for Prophesy is:

H5012  נבא              nâbâ‘
A primitive root; to prophesy, speak (or sing) by inspiration
(in prediction or simple discourse): - prophesy (-ing)

This is where we get the word prophet from

H5030  נביא           nâbîy‘
From H5012; a prophet or (generally) inspired man: - prophecy, that prophesy, prophet.

Paleo Hebrew was written in pictographs. The Alef-Bet was used with each letter being a picture of something. These definitions of letters were put together to form words based on their function, what they did. The paleo for Prophet would be –


The pictograph first shown (right to left) is a picture of a seed, or a fish swimming quickly, meaning sprouting life or quickening of life. The middle letter is a picture of a tent or house representing what is inside. The dwelling or “house” of YHWH.

the last letter (on the left) represents strength and power from the work performed by the animal. This pictograph also represents a chief or other leader. When two oxen are yoked together for pulling a wagon or plow, one is the older and more experienced one who leads the other. Within the clan, tribe or family the chief or father is seen as the elder who is yoked to the others as the leader and teacher.

Combined these mean "seed inside". A fruit hides the seeds inside it. And it comes forth in strength and power. It is the seed planted inside a man that gives him his strength.

In keeping with how I started this out, we’re hearing a lot in this time about sending prophets to bring the word. I feel we are not going to get much more “new spiritual revelation” until we learn to obedient to the words the prophets have already spoke. We need to Repent for our hearts not searching out the Fathers will and not searching the word we already have.

            I feel that there are some, not all,  who truly want a deeper relationship with the Father. It is not as hard as we make it. The Father Himself encouraged us that we can do it! It seems our first step is to turn our hearts to Him and start learning how to walk in His ways. Many want to see what God can do for them, others want to spend time with Him and learn how to be in a relationship with Him.

Psalms 103:7  He made his ways known to Moshe, his mighty deeds to the people of Isra'el.

Do we want to know about the Father? To look at things that were done on our behalf? Or would we rather be there in His Presence communing with Him?

Sometimes we reason ourselves out of simple obedience to the word. Do we want a clear cut no need for interpretation Word of YHWH? Or do we want the things we can try to manipulate to say something wonderful about ourselves? All of the word we have is meant for us to walk in and follow, and it is not difficult.

2 Timothy 3:16-17  All Scripture is God-breathed and is valuable for teaching the truth, convicting of sin, correcting faults and training in right living;  (17)  thus anyone who belongs to God may be fully equipped for every good work.

2 Peter 1:20-21  First of all, understand this: no prophecy of Scripture is to be interpreted by an individual on his own;  (21)  for never has a prophecy come as a result of human willing -- on the contrary, people moved by the Ruach HaKodesh spoke a message from God.

Deuteronomy 30:10-14  "However, all this will happen only if you pay attention to what Adonai your God says, so that you obey his mitzvot and regulations which are written in this book of the Torah, if you turn to Adonai your God with all your heart and all your being.  (11)  For this mitzvah which I am giving you today is not too hard for you, it is not beyond your reach.  (12)  It isn't in the sky, so that you need to ask, 'Who will go up into the sky for us, bring it to us and make us hear it, so that we can obey it?'  (13)  Likewise, it isn't beyond the sea, so that you need to ask, 'Who will cross the sea for us, bring it to us and make us hear it, so that we can obey it?'  (14)  On the contrary, the word is very close to you

in your mouth,

even in your heart;

therefore, you can do it!

When the father speaks we need to listen. Remember out of the mouth come what is in your heart.

Matthew 12:34  You snakes! How can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what overflows from the heart.

If we are to watch what comes from our mouth, how much more should we pay attention to what came from the mouth of YHWH.

Matthew 4:4  But he answered, "The Tanakh says, 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of Adonai' "

Deuteronomy 8:2-3  You are to remember everything of the way in which Adonai led you these forty years in the desert, humbling and testing you in order to know what was in your heart - whether you would obey his mitzvot or not.  (3)  He humbled you, allowing you to become hungry, and then fed you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had ever known, to make you understand that a person does not live on food alone but on everything that comes from the mouth of Adonai.

So, how does what we say tie in with prophecy and prophesying? We need to place the word on our hearts, so deep inside of us that it is the natural outward expression of our heart. When we speak, we speak who we really are. In those times we let our guard down and we get to see what is really in there, what do we see? Are we willing to receive what the Father speaks to us out of the expression of His heart. Or, will we only receive what we want and what just allows us to feel good and continue in our sin?

When the Father spoke, where was it the most clear, the most concise, no parables, no riddles, no visions that needed interpreted, just the Word from His heart. The answer is…

In the Torah that Moshe wrote! Next to Yeshua, Torah is the clear concise accurate word we are to learn how to walk in.

Numbers 12:1-8  Miryam and Aharon began criticizing Moshe on account of the Ethiopian woman he had married, for he had in fact married an Ethiopian woman.  (2)  They said, "Is it true that Adonai has spoken only with Moshe? Hasn't he spoken with us too?"(they were prophets also) Adonai heard them.  (3)  Now this man Moshe was very humble, more so than anyone on earth.  (4)  Suddenly Adonai told Moshe, Aharon and Miryam, "Come out, you three, to the tent of meeting." The three of them went out.  (5)  Adonai came down in a column of cloud and stood at the entrance to the tent. He summoned Aharon and Miryam, and they both went forward.  (6)  He said, "Listen to what I say:

when there is a prophet among you,

 I, Adonai, make myself known to him in a vision,

 I speak with him in a dream. 

(7)  But it isn't that way with my servant Moshe. He is the only one who is faithful in my entire household. 

(8)  With him I speak face to face

and clearly,

not in riddles;

he sees the image of Adonai.

So why weren't you afraid to criticize my servant Moshe?"

How awesome, to have the testimony of speaking face to face with the creator of the universe! Furthermore, he wrote down all the things that were told to him! Are we willing to follow it? Yeshua said that if we believed Moses, we would believe Him!

John 5:46-47  For if you really believed Moshe, you would believe me; because it was about me that he wrote.  (47)  But if you don't believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?"

Yeshua said if we are properly reading what was written, we would see him all through it! We need to take the veil off that lies over our heart toward the Restoration of the ways of the Father and walk the way He said to walk.

2 Corinthians 3:14-18  What is more, their minds were made stonelike; for to this day the same veil remains over them when they read the Old Covenant; it has not been unveiled, because only by the Messiah is the veil taken away.  (15)  Yes, till today, whenever Moshe is read, a veil lies over their heart.  (16)  "But," says the Torah, "whenever someone turns to Adonai, the veil is taken away."  (17)  Now, "Adonai" in this text means the Spirit. And where the Spirit of Adonai is, there is freedom.  (18)  So all of us, with faces unveiled, see as in a mirror the glory of the Lord; and we are being changed into his very image, from one degree of glory to the next, by Adonai the Spirit.

Notice this passage is speaking specifically about The old covenant, Torah, and in the messiah the veil is removed to see it clearly. Nowhere does this say that the Torah is taken away or obsolete. Yeshua said He came to show us how to walk in the Torah, the right way. Without a lot of man made traditions, but walking upright before a Holy God.

Matthew 5:16-19  In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they may see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.  (17)  "Don't think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete.  (18)  Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud (י ) or a stroke will pass from the Torah -- not until everything that must happen has happened. 

(19)  So whoever disobeys the least of these mitzvot

 and teaches others to do so

will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven.

But whoever obeys them

and so teaches

will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Our Messiah, Yeshua, validated and upheld the Torah because it was the word that was spoken by the Father. Yeshua said He would only do what the Father said!

John 12:48-50  Those who reject me and don't accept what I say have a judge -- the word which I have spoken will judge them on the Last Day.  (49)  For I have not spoken on my own initiative, but the Father who sent me has given me a command, namely, what to say and how to say it.  (50)  And I know that his command is eternal life. So what I say is simply what the Father has told me to say."

The Father is not Schizophrenic, nor does He change, He will not contradict Himself. If we really want to walk in His ways, look at the straight forward word He gave and Yeshua reinforced.

Remember how He talked to Moses? Face to face. In Hebrew it is פֶּה אֶל-פֶּה: 

Not face to face, that would be paniym el paniym. This is mouth to mouth! The Father placed His words in Moses’ mouth and in turn Moses spoke it to the people. The Father spoke and breathed the word and Spirit (breath that accompanies words) of Himself into the breath and spirit of Moshe, who in turn imparted it to the People!

Exodus 4:15-16  You will speak to him and put the words in his mouth; and I will be with your mouth and his, teaching you both what to do.  (16)  Thus he will be your spokesman to the people, in effect; for you, he will be a mouth; and for him, you will be like God.

Isaiah 51:16  I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand, in order to plant the skies [anew], lay the foundations of the earth [anew] and say to Tziyon, 'You are my people.' "

Isaiah 59:20-21  "Then a Redeemer will come to Tziyon, to those in Ya`akov who turn from rebellion." So says Adonai.  (21)  "And as for me," says Adonai, "this is my covenant with them: my Spirit, who rests on you, and my words which I put in your mouth will not depart from your mouth or from the mouth of your children, or from the mouth of your children's children, now or ever," says Adonai.

Jeremiah 1:9  Then Adonai put out his hand and touched my mouth, and Adonai said to me, "There! I have put my words in your mouth.

Jeremiah 5:14  Therefore Adonai Elohei-Tzva'ot says: "Because you people speak this way, I will make my words fire in your mouth, [Yirmeyahu,] and this people wood; so that it will devour them.

Romans 10:4-8  For the goal at which the Torah aims is the Messiah, who offers righteousness to everyone who trusts.  (5)  For Moshe writes about the righteousness grounded in the Torah that the person who does these things will attain life through them.  (6)  Moreover, the righteousness grounded in trusting says: "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend to heaven?' " -- that is, to bring the Messiah down  (7)  or, " 'Who will descend into Sh'ol?' " -- that is, to bring the Messiah up from the dead.  (8)  What, then, does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart." -- that is, the word about trust which we proclaim, namely,

John 5:43  I have come in my Father's name, and you don't accept me; if someone else comes in his own name, him you will accept.

John 6:44-45  No one can come to me unless the Father -- the One who sent me -- draws him. And I will raise him up on the Last Day.  (45)  It is written in the Prophets, 'They will all be taught by Adonai.' Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.

John 14:10  Don't you believe that I am united with the Father, and the Father united with me? What I am telling you, I am not saying on my own initiative; the Father living in me is doing his own works.

Before Yeshua left this world He prayed for His Disciples. Then He told them to go. This prayer was one of power, equipping and authority. May you receive this for yourself today.

John 17:6-17  "I made your name known to the people you gave me out of the world. They were yours, you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.  (7)  Now they know that everything you have given me is from you,  (8)  because the words you gave me I have given to them, and they have received them. They have really come to know that I came from you, and they have come to trust that you sent me.  (9)  "I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given to me, because they are yours.  (10)  Indeed, all I have is yours, and all you have is mine, and in them I have been glorified.  (11)  Now I am no longer in the world. They are in the world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, guard them by the power of your name, which you have given to me, so that they may be one, just as we are.  (12)  When I was with them, I guarded them by the power of your name, which you have given to me; yes, I kept watch over them; and not one of them was destroyed (except the one meant for destruction, so that the Tanakh might be fulfilled).  (13)  But now, I am coming to you; and I say these things לּwhile I am still in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves.  (14)  "I have given them your word, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world -- just as I myself do not belong to the world.  (15)  I don't ask you to take them out of the world, but to protect them from the Evil One.  (16)  They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 

(17)  Set them apart for holiness

by means of the truth

-- your word is truth.

Until next time  שׁלּוֹם  (Shalom)

David