“Names”

sequoia-tree

Proverbs 22:1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.

When I was born, my earthly father gave me the name Sherwood. This name actually means, ‘a clearing in the forest’. I have often thought of what that means in my life with God. I have thought many times that it was to clear away the debris of world opinion against the God of Creation and give some understanding to what it means to follow after Him. Thus I have seen, as I look back, that that is exactly what I have been doing in the last few years here in this blog. (Incidentally, I hate that name, blog, for what it is that we write) To continue, recently, I was at a meeting where a group of folks had come from the States and were about to pray over some of us individually. I was selected as one and the couple prayed and then one of them said, I have just been told your spiritual name, it is, “Sequoia”. (A sequoia is a very tall tree) As I have prayed about this and sought God about this name, I keep coming up with this picture in my mind of a tall sequoia tree in the midst of a clearing in the forest. The image I have selected for this article is as close to what I have visualized as I can find. But to go one step further, I feel the Lord is giving me a different spelling og my spiritual name, “Seqoiyah” and I like that a lot as it puts me in connection with the Great “I AM”. Thank you Father.

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Like We Were Dreaming

We were like dreaming

Psalm 126:1 (NLT) It was like a dream when the Lord brought back to Zion those who had been held in another land.

The return of Jewish people from other lands to Israel is becoming more and more a reality and more than that, a necessity as anti-Semitism increases throughout the world. We who live in Israel are witness to this end time phenomenon. I remember a trip my wife and I made to the Soviet border to meet a bus that was bringing Jewish people who wanted to make Aliyah (become citizens and live in Israel) and Psalm 126 was read aloud on the bus. One man jumped up excitedly and shouted, “That’s us.” He was so excited to realize that the bible was talking about the reality of the events of today not just words on a page in a very old book. And this is exactly what the Lord has called me to be, a witness to these events and to publish them. One could say, I am a scribe, not with quill and parchment but with a camera. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

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The Creator God

Trinity 01

Genesis 1:26 Then Elohim said, “Let us make humans in our image, in our likeness. 

The title YHVH is the Hebrew for the Creator Father God, the word Ruach is again Hebrew for Spirit wind. Yeshua is the Hebrew name of the Son of God, Jesus.

This is something that the Lord showed me in the night and it goes on. As humans, we have been given the right by the Creator to allow Yeshua to come into our hearts by virtue of His work on that cross of Calvary. The Lord further showed me what it would look like in a slow motion animated version of these two triangles coming together in the Spirit.

Trinity 02

As He enters our hearts on the acceptance of Yeshua’s work on the cross for us, we in turn, enter His heart. Now, it is probably quite obvious that this image is a good representation of the Star of David which is the symbol of Israel. I felt the Lord was saying that as He enters our heart, we literally become Israel. I remember when Jacob struggled with God at the River Jabbok, Genesis 32:28 (NOG) The man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob but Israel [He Struggles With God], because you have struggled with Elohim and with men—and you have won.” This should really be read in context to get the fuller understanding.

There are several scriptures that come to mind about this situation but I think the best is in the New Testament written to the Ephesians 2:11-18 by the Apostle Paul. 11 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— 12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

So, for me, when the Bible speaks of all Israel being saved, I see all those who have allowed the Creator to enter their hearts and have an intimate relationship one with the other. Man and God reconciled.

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