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News You May Not Have Heard About — 8/13/2012
News You May Not Have Heard About
(The information below is not meant to scare you but to inform you.)
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Kimberly Rogers and Laura Densmore team up as two “watchers on the wall” to report on the headline news this week as it relates to end of days bible prophesies.
Join us on the wall as we count down to the final 1260 days prior to the return of Messiah Yeshua!
Stories covered in this show:
IDF Foils Assault on Southern Border After Terrorists kill 16 Egyptian Soldiers
Analysis by Kimberly: Was this a false flag event to bring Egyptian military troops into the Sinai?
Egyptian president sacks Intelligence Chief in Shake-up after Sunday’s Border Attack
Syrian prime minister defects to Jordan
The Not-So-Mighty Mississippi: How the River’s Low Water Levels Are Impacting the Economy
Drought in the Bread Basket: The Perfect Storm Against Freedom
Why in the World are they spraying? (trailer for documentary on Chemtrails)
What in the World are they spraying? (90 minute YouTube documentary on Chemtrails)
Former CIA Army General William Boykin: Martial Law Expected & “Warranted”
DHS and US Military Making Final Preparations Before Announcing Martial Law
Military activity/movements being sighted all over the country (in rural areas also!)
Wrap up and close in prayer; Jeremiah 50: 4-8
To listen to the live report or download the recorded report click on –> “The 1260 Report.”
Romans 5:12“For this reason, even as through one man sin did enter into the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned”
When Adam and Eve sinned, God judged them. Since they were the father and mother of all of mankind, and they were the only representatives of mankind at the time, all of mankind figuratively sinned in Adam and Eve. God’s judgment was correct, because given the chance, every human has sinned.
What then happened to Adam and Eve? They were ushered out of the Garden, and God put a cherubim at its entrance to guard the Garden and the Tree of Life so that nobody could get back to where God created mankind. This is why at times the Bible bids people to return to God when they had never seemingly turned away from Him. Yet, all of mankind did turn away from God in Adam and Eve, and He invites us to return to the place, symbolically, where everything started, back to the environs He occupies, where the Tree of Life is.
The relationship with God is everything to our salvation. Without what Christ did in dying for our sins, we would not be in the position to have one with Him. Christ’s payment of our sins opens up the way for a relationship to be built and for us to grow in the Holy Spirit, because now we have access to the Tree of Life in a relationship with God.
I remember in the early 70’s watching the last broadcasts of the Ed Sullivan Show. One of the last guests was George Carlin, and I still remember him walking out on the stage and beginning his routine with a warning, ‘Don’t be scared, it’s just a beard’. I really don’t know why I laughed, but he made it sound funny. One of the most demonstrative aspects of the Messianic movement is the presence of a lot of men with beards. Long beards, short beards, gray beards, heavy beards, thin beards, well groomed beards, and not so well groomed beards, but none the less, beards. The natural question soon arises: Does God command that men have beards, and if so, must we not cut them, shave them, trim them, or otherwise harm them in any way? What do the scriptures teach about beards?
I, like most Bible teachers in this ‘messy’ movement, have a myriad of Rabbinical commentaries, in which most deal with this particular subject. May I begin by stating that it is hard to find two that really agree. The Hebrew word for beard is zaqan. The Hebrew word for old, as in people, is zaqen. Not much of a difference as you can see. This is because in the colorful, living, breathing language of Hebrew, a beard is a sign of age and maturity. It’s etymological root means someone who has the experience. This word appears 20 times as beard or beards, but is probably implied much more than that when we see the word ‘old’ as it applies to people. This is because Hebrew has several words for old, only one applies to people. Though the context of its use usually implies the hair on a man’s face, the actual meaning of the word can speak of places where the hair grows other than the head. I will not take that any further. Actual commands concerning the beard, are only found in two places.
Vayikra (Leviticus) 19:27 “Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.”
Vayikra 21:5 “They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.”
Beards are one of those subjects in which I find myself standing between the strict precepts of scripture and nature itself. Let me explain. On the one hand, the commandments of God seem to clearly teach us what not to do with a beard. I see no commands to wear a beard. On the other hand, nature itself teaches us that a man’s beard is the outward demonstration of his maleness, i.e., that which separates him from the female. (For the sake of time I am not going to address those who make their living in the circus.) It is an open expression of experience and maturity, especially a beard that is gray and aging. One would be hard pressed to find a faithful male in the scriptures that did not have a beard. Beards were a common expression of maleness in the Israelite communities. This brings me to my exegesis of the two commandments concerning beards. The word translated ’round’ in Vayikra 19:27 is the Hebrew word naqaph. This word means to chop off, to strike, and literally means to surround and destroy. It is also found in Iyov 19:26, for example:
“And though after my skin worms DESTROY this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:”
The word ‘mar’ in the Hebrew is the word shachat. I have referred to this word many times in my teachings. This word means to destroy or corrupt. In our first text, this command seems to refer to a well known custom of mourning, especially in the nations that surrounded the encamped Israelites. The custom of tearing out the hair of one’s head and beard during a time of mourning was a well known custom. God seems to be saying that He does not want the followers of the God of Israel destroying, marring, or corrupting one of the God ordained representations of maleness. In one of those rabbinical commentaries I told you of earlier we read:
Etz Hayim commentary on Vayikra 19:27-28: “Tearing out the hair of one’s beard, as well as of the head, was a custom associated with mourning over the dead … Pagan priests gashed themselves as they called upon their gods to answer their prayers.”
The other command just 2 chapters later seems to anticipate local religious activity as well. Shaving off the hair upon the head or beard is also understood to be a pagan, religious act as well as tearing at the beard. The English word shaving off is from the Hebrew galach. This word means to uncover or leave unprotected. It happens to be a cognate to the word galut, which is the word used to express the diaspora. Both words mean out in the open, unprotected. This is the result of the scattering of the house of Israel throughout the nations. As long as they are scattered and have still not returned to their God, they are not protected as God’s cultivated (natural) tree. The shaving of the head and facial hair was a common Egpytian cultic expression. The next opportunity you have, take a good look at ancient Egyptian art and pictographs. You can hardly tell the difference between the men and women.
There are many rabbinical commentaries in which there is seen a considerable difference between shaving ones beard and trimming or cutting the beard with scissors. However, I see that as splitting hairs. It is my opinion that God’s commands concerning our appearance is for the express purpose of making a clear distinction in our society between the genders. I also believe the Rav Sha’ul addresses the Corinthians about that very thing. The scriptures do not command a man to wear a beard, however, they are instructional concerning those who do express their gender with a beard. Do not treat your beard and the hair on your head in the same manner as the nations around you. I do not believe that we should feel compelled to follow the modern customs and fashions in our culture. I do not believe that God is interested in the latest fashions of the MTV crowd, what our favorite athletes are sporting, or what Tom Cruise looks like this week. There are many faithful men who, for whatever reason, do not wear a beard. I personally feel that it is irresponsible and absurd for a man of God to place his family in financial jeopardy because he cannot find a job that lets him wear a full beard. There is a weightier matter in many circumstances. The bottom line is simply this, if you do not wear a beard you are not disobeying Torah. If you do wear a beard, keep in mind that it is an expression of your maleness and godly function, and not an expression of the latest fashion. I would like to conclude this short treatise on beards with a quote from one of my favorite Jewish authors.
“God has divided the sexes, giving each specific tasks in the fulfilment of life. Both tasks, if fulfilled in purity, are equally sublime, equally holy. He also divided them in their external appearance, in order that moral purity should be upheld. And you should also preserve the different outward appearance of the sexes, as willed by God. The woman should appear as woman, the man as man.”
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