Sunday, September 29, 2013

Mark Biltz, The Movie?

I met Mark Biltz in July, 2007 in Vancouver, Washington. I have written about our meeting one another several times. I am convinced that this was an appointed time, scheduled meeting by God himself.
I remember when back in 1998, I cried out to God as a "back-slidden" Christian, "God, if you are real show me!" I was a broken soul, confused and heavily addicted to crack cocaine. I had four young children who I absolutely loved but was crashing and burning. I remember my uncle Walter saying to me a few years earlier, "None of your problems are bigger than your responsibility to your children." He was right of course but, coming from him was a bit odd to say the least. However, we truly do get a little wiser as time goes by, this was his message to me. He was warning me to not keep making the mistakes he did with my three cousins, Walter Jr, Gary and Troy, his boys who I have not seen in well over 35 years.
Prophecy In The News [Six Parts]

Eleven years later I met Mark Biltz. I had been delivered from cocaine for about 9 years, had just sold my company and was infatuated with Israel. In fact, who, what, and why, Israel, was gnawing at my Biblical soul like never before. I had been studying Israel for years but this was different. My spirit was consumed with understanding how or why this nation was, "Born Again!" When I met Mark Biltz, I experienced a download of information in a nano second. It was as if a computer program was loaded up into me that quite literally was an answer to prayer. God was showing to me "Who he really was."

The reality of my Christian relationship with the Bible was not something that prevented me from sitting in church high on cocaine praising Jesus. This is ludicrous of course but, this is how it was. After the download, if you will, and with nine years of sobriety behind me sitting in church high on drugs simply was no longer possible. Every time I opened my Bible I would see the scriptures differently. A sort of fluidity with an abundance of patterns and repetitions begun to pour out of the scriptures. It was no longer a book teaching me how to be a good Christians but rather a book revealing to me everything!. I could see stories within stories, within stories. I begun to see the lives of King David showing to me the life of Jesus (Yeshua) or how Phineas (Pincas) was showing to me the role of the high priest as it was characterized by God himself...The Bible became a living thing to me not a book of research. Nothing I read was non prophetic...everything is revealing something!

I remember sitting in South Hill Christian Church listening to Mark Biltz teach about the Blood Moons and the revelatory impact that it had on him. I drove up to this area at least once a month to attend these Saturday services at El Shaddai Ministries from Vancouver, Washington. (The space was rented from South Hill.)  At the time, their were probably less than 200 people in the congregation. My family thought I had lost my mind. So too, did most of my Christian friends. I knew something that they could not see. None of them had a download. The blood moon thing was mind blowing because, I had perfect clarity of what Mark was sharing. The Biblical Festivals (Leviticus 23) lining up with the blood moons resonated in my spirit, in conjunction with the "Download" like peanut butter & Jelly, everything jelled as it were. I completely, totally, got it, weird huh?

I tried to share this with my Pastor at the time but he would have none of it. I only upset him. I eventually left this congregation. I showed to him a DVD of Mark Biltz sharing TORAH. After watching the DVD, he responded with, Jeff, I am concerned for your salvation!" I knew it was time to move on.
May 26, 2013

Recently, I awoke, to a woman with dark hair preacher lady on television late night teaching on the blood moons. I thought wow, this is cool. It was sort of like a tent revival atmosphere whereby this woman was spot on about Israel, the Feasts of the Lord, and the coming four Blood Moons. I have listened to Pastor John Hagee's presentation of the coming four Blood Moons and was left stunned. Stunned  because what he has done is present this information with a Christian overlay that discards or simply put, is clueless to the depth of meaning and the spirit of what Abba, Father is doing. Some times, in fact, virtually every time, you cannot fit a Hebrew concept into a Christian calculus, it is like asking water to burn fire. John Hagee's presentation, in my opinion is trying to accomplish this. Nevertheless, and above it all, I see God bringing forth a ton of revelation in our generation. Those listening are questioning what is the status quot verses and unlimited God bringing the generations to a climactic time in human history. I get this as do many, many others around the globe. Certainly, Pastor John Hagee does too!
21 fragments hit Jupiter. 21 years later, the Blood Moons begin? 

I contacted Pastor Mark Biltz earlier this week because I had heard that he was writing a book and making a movie, huh? He confirmed both and offered additional details that I will not divulge at this time. Suffice it to say, this is a big deal, a very, very big deal. I am ecstatic! You see, I had a download that changed the course of my Biblical understanding, my life, what I do, why I do anything, and who I am! It happened the day I met Mark Biltz. The production and current endeavor was offered in order to give to the one man who God tapped to reveal this information a gigantic opportunity to share with the world, in his own words what was sealed up for centuries. Yes, I have read all of the misinformation, criticisms, and "Virtual" lies concerning Mark Biltz and the ministry God has placed before him.
March 2008

Mark Biltz is possibly the most humble human being I have ever known. He has a child like innocence that when you get to know him, is inescapable and readily displayed. He is a gifted teacher with an enormous amount of study and volumes of information supplanted into his spirit. He lives to serve God and to bring Christians information that we have lost [and in most cases, discarded] over the last 2000 years. To know him is to love him. To not see his very child like nature is to not see why Abba, Father, God, so readily uses him to blow your mind.

The movie being produced is "Top Flight or Top Shelf." This is not a fuzzy production fit for cable access but rather a divine opportunity provided by our Creator, of this I am sure. A very prominent person has put together a team of people to produce a very high quality production of what Mark Biltz discovered and or what Abba, Father revealed to this son. They are trying to get this done before the Blood Moons begin in April of 2014. I could write for two more hours about what is happening but who wants to read that much information? I will simply close by saying, "Stay tuned" and please pay more attention to what God is doing in his earth than to what men are doing upon his earth...Shalom!
June 2012
December 2010
"Eclipses Part II - Signs, Seasons and Convocations" interview at Maranatha Chapel from El Shaddai Ministries on Vimeo.

Note to the reader: If you get your information concerning Pastor Mark Biltz from the Internet and if that information states that Mark is telling you when Jesus is coming back of that he is a fraud or worse....I know him personally. The stuff I read on line is incredibly wrong, dishonest and demonic in my opinion.

A special thanks to Joseph....Thanks Joe!
*Note to the idiot factor: No, I do not worship my friend but together, we worship Adonai Tsavuot!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Racial Stupidity and the God-less Factor

In a newer and improved racial division and color minded society since installing America's First "Mixed President" with Islamic roots....I will remind you again what this blog is all about at it's core:


So, I was asked by another "BLACK" person, "Why do you side with more White Republicans over Black Democrats? He was asking a heartfelt question so I did not SQUASH him......I responded, I am a "Kid of God's Kingdom" who adheres to the Biblical principles found within the writings of those who wrote his word. If this appears to be white or black to you then you have not read God's word nor do you understand the principles therein. For example: Africa did not make Black People, Asia did not produce Asians and Europe did not produce White folk, and I, on every level, refuse to let "Colored People" produce ....me!





 Hillel Ben Yochanan
Ezekiel 47:22
It shall happen, that you shall divide it by lot for an inheritance to you and to the aliens who live among you, who shall father children among you; and they shall be to you as the native-born among the children of Israel; they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.


Romans 8:17
And if sons, then also heirs; heirs of God and co-heirs with Yeshua The Messiah, for if we suffer with him, we shall also be glorified with him.
Ephesians 3:6
That the Gentiles would be heirs and members of his body and of The Promise that was given in him by The Gospel,

Sin would have us believe the following:
And God said to Adam..."Black folks are coming! White folks are coming! Asian folks are coming! Gonna mess everything up bro...so don't touch that apple!"


Check yourself people, really!
Racial and Religious insanity gave to men a license to ....KILL! Abba, Father gave to all of us, LIFE!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Living Screwed & Conceding Defeat

As a young man a friend, Mr. Marvin Jackson who we lost several years ago to cancer handed to me a book by Roger Zelazny, "The Nine Princes in Amber" or the "Chronicles of Amber" which includes the several books that comprise the Amber series. In the first several books the principal character is Corwin who for some time is weaving his way through amnesia. He literally does not know who he is while several exploits are occurring all about him that are not normal. Eventually he learns, remembers that he is one of nine brothers in the kingdom of Amber. Through various alliances within the family it becomes clear that the family is divided brother against brother with a few sisters taking sides....The family is powerful, magical and a complete, utter mess! The theme, Good vs Evil is the backdrop throughout the series while the Father of this troop of godlike children is missing.  Meanwhile a sort of, "Chaos" is consuming everything and moving towards over throwing the Kingdom of Amber. The book created all sorts of imagery in my mind. I could not put the first several books down and would read, finish and be off looking for the next one. I actually had to wait several times until Zelazny wrote the next one, how annoying!


Roger Zelazny died in 1995 I read several other works but the Amber series has always stayed with me....

For several weeks I have been living in chaos. Loosing Pastor Art Palecek from El Shaddai Ministries was a shock to my system. More importantly, a sort of chaos erupted within my spirit at around the same time. Issues with our youngest daughter have had me in knots, lack of sleep etc, etc. On going issues in my personal life, that I just do not have answers for are draining my joy, my resolve. Chaos gnawing at my soul while medical issues have me running back and forth to doctors. I made a little extra money but was not able to enjoy most of it. You all know what I am talking about...life, it can suck sometimes (especially when we feel alone) It is the feeling alone that becomes unbearable for me.
The truth is however that I am (We are) not alone but, our family, our Kingdom is broken and getting our butts kicked in too!

To top it off, I was listening to Glenn Beck a few days ago sharing that the Liberals, Progressives however you want to describe the TARES are running just about everything in America. He asserted that the school systems, government or political landscape, media, news organizations, everything is being ruled by godless folks who insidiously hate the things of a Holy God. I can only listen to Glenn Beck for five minutes before my spirit begins to shrivel up and die! Nevertheless, he sees the chaos rolling across the landscape. Through his words I thought about the Amber series.

Imagine a dark cloud rolling across the "Fruited Plains" with lightening, thunder and destruction swirling around in a gigantic cloud of evil. Debris from what has been destroyed making the dark cloud look horrifying, black, ugly, as it moves towards everything we call life. Our families are caught up in this maelstrom, this violent nightmare moving across the landscape. It has no end and seems to be powering itself with one purpose, to consume everything, to turn the entire world into the "Dark Side!"
This is how I have felt for the last few weeks...defeated.

Well, I concede defeat, nothing I can do about the "Chaos" spreading across humanity. The horrific violence displayed in Nairobi, Kenya or the Church in Pakistan blown to smithereens, I cannot do anything about this.. This is that Chaos and it is moving in every direction, everywhere. People are being slaughtered all over the globe due to religion, power, greed, and corruption! Immorality is like a sledgehammer knocking down what ever stands in its way!

What I can do is change how I think about this epic battle that humanity is leaping into. The world of men is insane just as the Bible, that I love declared many, many thousands of years ago when Moses wrote to the Children of Israel:

 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” Deuteronomy 30:15-20 [ESV] The nations have never stopped worshiping other gods including America.

I returned Charles Brown's phone call last night. We had a delightful conversation. Somehow our conversation was drawn to Revelation 12:9 "And the great Dragon was cast down, that Chief Serpent, which is called The Devil and Satan, which deceives all The Earth, and it was cast down unto The Earth and its Angels were cast down with it.

When the lightening hit St Peter's Basilica, in my spirit I saw satan get the boot....Okay, call me looney but that's what was in my spirit!

Well, I understand the chaos and I know that regardless of what the devil is all about, he was cast down to the earth. This is where my Abba, our Creator sent him. This being what is written I realized that Charles Brown and I are standing together as brothers knowing that the kingdom of God is under great attack.......

Revelation 12:17 "And the Dragon raged against the woman and went to make war with the remnant of her Seed, these who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Yeshua."  Notice, he makes war...He is allowed to be a dark cloud rolling across the surface of humanity in order to attack those who keep the commandments and the testimony of Yeshua. I had a moment of clarity last night while speaking with Charles. The only way that we are not consumed by what Yahweh has allowed to make war in this earth, "Woe unto the inhabitants of the earth"  is if we stand together and remember God's oath to Israel.

I concede defeat and realize the time of Gentile rule is ending....another player is running the show! This one was kicked out of heaven by angles. If our unity as Kids of the Kingdom is splintered and broken we are doomed! Currently, we are doomed! So, the words of Moses are truly our only hope. 

Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”

We have to stop fighting one another......it is defeating and we are screwing ourselves!


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Its just around the corner, dude!


Well, I have listened to a whole bunch of stuff like this....but this one is wrought with wisdom!

Another Gem from Victor Schlatter

Why the Guesswork? 

 

To my friends who watch the Walls for a New Jerusalem,
Each week we scan a multitude of insider reports in an abundance of lesser known global analyses, beginning at Jerusalem!   This includes a plethora of predictions from where the next peril may happen to pounce.
Nevertheless, I am forever frustrated with fuzzy guesses on what the US President might decide to do in any and all of tomorrow’s deals.  We should have remembered my SPIM MEAL Bulletin from February 2, 2007 which bears the title, “Barack Hussein Obama ben Who?” Six years on, it’s more relevant than ever!  Check it out!
Bomb Syria?  Rescue the Benghazi US Ambassador?  Monitor the phones of the unwitting?  Penalize IRS tax-breaks for charities to Israel and elsewhere? Rescue Egypt’s President Mubarak from Muslim Brotherhood butchers?  Look, it’s long been poured in concrete—or chiseled in stone as we call it in Australia. Why has it taken so long for so many to get their heads around the fact that this is not your typical American leader who makes typical American decisions? 
David Weinberg for Israel Hayom obviously sees it, and in the following article, “Purposefully Dragging America Down”, states it more clearly than most. He’s probably Googled the Cloward-Piven Strategy that shaped this infamous scheme! It’s so right-on, we must digest it all:
   “Just about everybody in the world is puzzled and upset by the contradictions and apparent fumbles in U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy. I think that most commentators have failed to correctly identify what Obama is up to. He's out to drag America down, purposefully so.
   Invariably, almost all experts, analysts and pundits have ascribed Obama's zigzags regarding Libya, Egypt, Syria and Iran, along with his failed reset in relations with Russia, either to indecision or inexperience; to incompetence or infirmity.
   Yet Obama is none of these frail things. He is quite decisive when he wants to be, and very able in advancing his agenda when he really wants to hit the goal. Obama is neither naïve nor inept. He is, by all accounts, a very focused man.
   So none of the descriptions above truly explain the way Obama has handled Russia or the Middle East. They do not explain why he has so wantonly let America's international reputation and awesome global power waste away. They do not account for his indifference in the face of America's decline.
   It is clear to me that the nonchalance of Obama as America decays is ideological. Obama intends it. He seeks the weakening of the United States on the global stage. He has set this out as one of the key goals of his presidency — and he is doing a very good, skillful job at achieving his goal!
From day one, Obama made it clear that he thought America's global performance to be arrogant and high-handed; to be overbearing and imperious; to be militaristic and immoral. Dozens of times, he made it clear that he views America not as the leader of the world or the free world, but at best as a partner in the community of nations.
   Obama has never been comfortable with American leadership in world affairs, and he has been unquestionably out to completely transform that. His path is to denude the United States of its overwhelming global power, to strip the United States of its superior position, to doggedly drag America down.
   Obama very clearly believes that the crippling of America will bring healing to the world; that the diminishment of America's ability to throw its weight around will make room for other, just-as-moral powers to emerge (such as, perhaps, powerful Islamic actors); that the denouement of America will elevate world politics to a better sphere; that he will be leaving the world a better place by cutting America down to size.
   Taking advantage of a war-weary American body politic, Obama has proceeded very nicely in wrenching the United States off its traditional, honorable moorings. In five short years, with three to go, he has succeeded in squandering centuries of American might, prestige and credibility. Don't assume that this bothers him, or is the result of any failing. It is exactly where Obama is leading America, brilliantly so from his perspective — on principle, on target, and on plan.”
So who is David Weinberg?  He’s one of an enlightened chorus of the concerned.  Too many to count, but one of a multitude of others who are delightfully free of the mainline politically baited media.
Professor Barry Rubin is another top of the range columnist and Political Analyst with Global Research in International Affairs and Editor of Middle East Review of International Affairs Journal. So as such we ought to add  his  Second Witness in the matter.  Rubin opens with:
“It is not every day that one can announce a shift in world history, but this day is today. And we are now in a new era in the Middle East and the world.  This is not a joke–definitely not a joke–and as you will see, it is not an exaggeration.
Let me explain. For the last seven weeks I have been in the United States, mostly in Washington D.C.  I have spoken and listened to many people. As a result, I am in a position to describe for you with a high degree of accuracy what the policy will be for the next 3.5 years, and perhaps for many more. The administration has crossed a line to, in simple terms, backing the “‘bad guys.”
Read the rest of Barry Rubin in his reporting URL:
Yet the Good Book advises, “..two or three witnesses”, not that there is even a shortage of data in this devastation, but here’s one more from prominent pundit Victor Sharpe of Christian orientation that begins his article,  “Fundamentally Transforming America” as:
   “With the de facto capitulation of President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry over Syria, and with Russian President Putin now very much in control and humiliating the United States in the pages of the New York Times, the towering peril to the world is now the re-invigorated Russian support of Iran. Equally, the Iranian mullahs support Syria financially, militarily and with Iranian boots on the ground. And behind Iran and Syria is the ever protective Russian veto in the UN Security Council….
…Remember, during his first tour to the Middle East – after making the astonishing claim that the US was one of the foremost Muslim countries in the world – Barack Hussein Obama bowed low to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah and then went on to apologize to an assorted gathering of Arab sheiks, emirs, princes, dictators and tyrants for America's past defense of freedom and liberty around the world. Obama said the US had been “arrogant, derisive and divisive” and would no longer be an exceptional nation under his watch.”
Read all of "Fundamentally Transforming America" 
Indeed Mr. Obama has his own agenda but--in sync with his dubious mentor the "Rev"Jeremiah Wright--it’s hardly to bless America.  Unless burkas are a blessing—well, could we even call it a blessing in disguise!
And by the way, if anyone gets the idea that this bulletin is about USA politics and not about our featured concern with Jerusalem, he might Google the overflow of Israeli analysts and researchers of the matter, or even check with one of our other good friends from the Land of the Bible! Or are we seeing a rerun of the hard-hearted old Pharaoh of Ex 9:16 and Rom 9;17 infamy?  Keep an eye on that Eastern sky, Jerusalem!
Blessings and Shalom.
Victor Schlatter              
South Pacific Island Ministries
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Monday, September 23, 2013

Paul Wilbur in Tacoma, WA September 23rd (LIVESTREAMING TOO!)

A night with Paul Wilbur at 
El Shaddai Ministries



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Isaiah Chapter 60 יְשַׁעְיָהוּ 

א  קוּמִי אוֹרִי, כִּי בָא אוֹרֵךְ; וּכְבוֹד יְהוָה, עָלַיִךְ זָרָח. 1 Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
ב  כִּי-הִנֵּה הַחֹשֶׁךְ יְכַסֶּה-אֶרֶץ, וַעֲרָפֶל לְאֻמִּים; וְעָלַיִךְ יִזְרַח יְהוָה, וּכְבוֹדוֹ עָלַיִךְ יֵרָאֶה. 2 For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the peoples; but upon thee the LORD will arise, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.
ג  וְהָלְכוּ גוֹיִם, לְאוֹרֵךְ; וּמְלָכִים, לְנֹגַהּ זַרְחֵךְ. 3 And nations shall walk at thy light, and kings at the brightness of thy rising.
ד  שְׂאִי-סָבִיב עֵינַיִךְ, וּרְאִי--כֻּלָּם, נִקְבְּצוּ בָאוּ-לָךְ; בָּנַיִךְ מֵרָחוֹק יָבֹאוּ, וּבְנוֹתַיִךְ עַל-צַד תֵּאָמַנָה. 4 Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: they all are gathered together, and come to thee; thy sons come from far, and thy daughters are borne on the side.
ה  אָז תִּרְאִי וְנָהַרְתְּ, וּפָחַד וְרָחַב לְבָבֵךְ:  כִּי-יֵהָפֵךְ עָלַיִךְ הֲמוֹן יָם, חֵיל גּוֹיִם יָבֹאוּ לָךְ. 5 Then thou shalt see and be radiant, and thy heart shall throb and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be turned unto thee, the wealth of the nations shall come unto thee.
ו  שִׁפְעַת גְּמַלִּים תְּכַסֵּךְ, בִּכְרֵי מִדְיָן וְעֵיפָה--כֻּלָּם, מִשְּׁבָא יָבֹאוּ; זָהָב וּלְבוֹנָה יִשָּׂאוּ, וּתְהִלֹּת יְהוָה יְבַשֵּׂרוּ. 6 The caravan of camels shall cover thee, and of the young camels of Midian and Ephah, all coming from Sheba; they shall bring gold and incense, and shall proclaim the praises of the LORD.
ז  כָּל-צֹאן קֵדָר יִקָּבְצוּ לָךְ, אֵילֵי נְבָיוֹת יְשָׁרְתוּנֶךְ; יַעֲלוּ עַל-רָצוֹן מִזְבְּחִי, וּבֵית תִּפְאַרְתִּי אֲפָאֵר. 7 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee; they shall come up with acceptance on Mine altar, and I will glorify My glorious house.
ח  מִי-אֵלֶּה, כָּעָב תְּעוּפֶינָה; וְכַיּוֹנִים, אֶל-אֲרֻבֹּתֵיהֶם. 8 Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their cotes?
ט  כִּי-לִי אִיִּים יְקַוּוּ, וָאֳנִיּוֹת תַּרְשִׁישׁ בָּרִאשֹׁנָה, לְהָבִיא בָנַיִךְ מֵרָחוֹק, כַּסְפָּם וּזְהָבָם אִתָּם--לְשֵׁם יְהוָה אֱלֹהַיִךְ, וְלִקְדוֹשׁ יִשְׂרָאֵל כִּי פֵאֲרָךְ. 9 Surely the isles shall wait for Me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, for the name of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel, because He hath glorified thee.
י  וּבָנוּ בְנֵי-נֵכָר חֹמֹתַיִךְ, וּמַלְכֵיהֶם יְשָׁרְתוּנֶךְ:  כִּי בְקִצְפִּי הִכִּיתִיךְ, וּבִרְצוֹנִי רִחַמְתִּיךְ. 10 And aliens shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee; for in My wrath I smote thee, but in My favour have I had compassion on thee.
יא  וּפִתְּחוּ שְׁעָרַיִךְ תָּמִיד יוֹמָם וָלַיְלָה, לֹא יִסָּגֵרוּ:  לְהָבִיא אֵלַיִךְ חֵיל גּוֹיִם, וּמַלְכֵיהֶם נְהוּגִים. 11 Thy gates also shall be open continually, day and night, they shall not be shut; that men may bring unto thee the wealth of the nations, and their kings in procession.
יב  כִּי-הַגּוֹי וְהַמַּמְלָכָה אֲשֶׁר לֹא-יַעַבְדוּךְ, יֹאבֵדוּ; וְהַגּוֹיִם, חָרֹב יֶחֱרָבוּ. 12 For that nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.
יג  כְּבוֹד הַלְּבָנוֹן אֵלַיִךְ יָבוֹא, בְּרוֹשׁ תִּדְהָר וּתְאַשּׁוּר יַחְדָּו--לְפָאֵר מְקוֹם מִקְדָּשִׁי, וּמְקוֹם רַגְלַי אֲכַבֵּד. 13 The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the cypress, the plane-tree and the larch together; to beautify the place of My sanctuary, and I will make the place of My feet glorious.
יד  וְהָלְכוּ אֵלַיִךְ שְׁחוֹחַ בְּנֵי מְעַנַּיִךְ, וְהִשְׁתַּחֲווּ עַל-כַּפּוֹת רַגְלַיִךְ כָּל-מְנַאֲצָיִךְ; וְקָרְאוּ לָךְ עִיר יְהוָה, צִיּוֹן קְדוֹשׁ יִשְׂרָאֵל. 14 And the sons of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee, and all they that despised thee shall bow down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee the city of the LORD, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
טו  תַּחַת הֱיוֹתֵךְ עֲזוּבָה וּשְׂנוּאָה, וְאֵין עוֹבֵר; וְשַׂמְתִּיךְ לִגְאוֹן עוֹלָם, מְשׂוֹשׂ דּוֹר וָדוֹר. 15 Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man passed through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.
טז  וְיָנַקְתְּ חֲלֵב גּוֹיִם, וְשֹׁד מְלָכִים תִּינָקִי; וְיָדַעַתְּ, כִּי אֲנִי יְהוָה מוֹשִׁיעֵךְ, וְגֹאֲלֵךְ, אֲבִיר יַעֲקֹב. 16 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the nations, and shalt suck the breast of kings; and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour, and I, the Mighty One of Jacob, thy Redeemer.
יז  תַּחַת הַנְּחֹשֶׁת אָבִיא זָהָב, וְתַחַת הַבַּרְזֶל אָבִיא כֶסֶף, וְתַחַת הָעֵצִים נְחֹשֶׁת, וְתַחַת הָאֲבָנִים בַּרְזֶל; וְשַׂמְתִּי פְקֻדָּתֵךְ שָׁלוֹם, וְנֹגְשַׂיִךְ צְדָקָה. 17 For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron; I will also make thy officers peace, and righteousness thy magistrates.
יח  לֹא-יִשָּׁמַע עוֹד חָמָס בְּאַרְצֵךְ, שֹׁד וָשֶׁבֶר בִּגְבוּלָיִךְ; וְקָרָאת יְשׁוּעָה חוֹמֹתַיִךְ, וּשְׁעָרַיִךְ תְּהִלָּה. 18 Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, desolation nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.
יט  לֹא-יִהְיֶה-לָּךְ עוֹד הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ, לְאוֹר יוֹמָם, וּלְנֹגַהּ, הַיָּרֵחַ לֹא-יָאִיר לָךְ; וְהָיָה-לָךְ יְהוָה לְאוֹר עוֹלָם, וֵאלֹהַיִךְ לְתִפְאַרְתֵּךְ. 19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day, neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee; but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.
כ  לֹא-יָבוֹא עוֹד שִׁמְשֵׁךְ, וִירֵחֵךְ לֹא יֵאָסֵף:  כִּי יְהוָה, יִהְיֶה-לָּךְ לְאוֹר עוֹלָם, וְשָׁלְמוּ, יְמֵי אֶבְלֵךְ. 20 Thy sun shall no more go down, Neither shall thy moon withdraw itself; for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.
כא  וְעַמֵּךְ כֻּלָּם צַדִּיקִים, לְעוֹלָם יִירְשׁוּ אָרֶץ; נֵצֶר מטעו (מַטָּעַי) מַעֲשֵׂה יָדַי, לְהִתְפָּאֵר. 21 Thy people also shall be all righteous, they shall inherit the land for ever; the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, wherein I glory.
כב  הַקָּטֹן יִהְיֶה לָאֶלֶף, וְהַצָּעִיר לְגוֹי עָצוּם; אֲנִי יְהוָה, בְּעִתָּהּ אֲחִישֶׁנָּה.  {ס} 22 The smallest shall become a thousand, and the least a mighty nation; I the LORD will hasten it in its time. {S}
 
 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Why I do the Blog Talk Internet Broadcast:

http://returntothebeginning.us/blog-talk-broadcast/



Like I said in the beginning...My show is a place where you all can come and share your heart. I am a vehicle for my brothers and sisters who understand "Returning to the Beginning" Un-Broken, Un-Ashamed and Un-Colored by the pain of having lived separated from the TORAH and Gospel of our Creator.....I simply guide the conversation based on the forum provided in Blog Talk.



When I began to see HOW the Old Testament is written and what is now pouring out of Tanahk for so many millions of folks around the world I was changed.....Lately, I am feeling somewhat defeated or discouraged because, "Doing life" has a tendency to just drain a person's soul....We battle constantly and struggle consistently against ourselves, our problems, principalities and darkness.
I am in a battle currently that is exhausting!

All of my life I have wanted FAMILY.....I have wanted to know what that is exactly and was committed to the idea of a loving, family. I am 54 years old now and realize these things are dreams, wishful thinking for the most part. Having survived our crazy childhood now grown up having produced more crazy. You begin to realize just how screwed up all of us are as the years progress. I have lived from the East Coast to the West Coast in this nation and have always seen lunacy in most families. I can count on one hand the times I thought, "Wow, this family has it together." I once thought this about a particular family and then found out the dad had been sleeping with his two daughters most of their lives. They turned him in when at the age of sixteen and eighteen exposing the father and the truth of what they had endured. The girls never knew virginity....and so it goes.

When I became a Christian I naively thought, I am now a part of the "Family of God" Well, that was like being a part of the family of Hell. Everybody was broken. In fact I had more sex with Christian girls in my late teens then I had, had while growing up in the ghetto of Rochester, New York. I came to Oregon finding out rather quickly that giving my life to Christ was like living in the Playboy Mansion...it's true! Upon entering the United States Navy in the late 70's I became non-sexual. It was like taking a break from meaningless relationships for me. Family was not based on sex that's for sure. I left the Navy looking for a wife. I found one but I only knew how to be sexual...not a husband. That relationship taught me how to live broken. I eventually married again and have been at this relationship for the better part of 27 years....A Bachelor's only takes four?

When I returned to Yahweh after the cocaine and idiocy this produces I asked him to show to me who HE really was, HE did! I wanted every Christian in my world to know what He showed to me. That went over as though I had resurrected Hitler and presented him to all of my friends (and Family) They have been avoiding me ever since...

I found a whole other world of folks I call, living in the "Nut Hut!" The Hebrew Roots folks, the Messy-Antic (Messianic) folks, the Two house people, the One house people, the Jews and Christians who hate all of us! How can you not know insanity? Much of this family is so busy beating the hell out of itself and everyone else that one can quite easily imagine living in a boxing ring!

Nevertheless...Its always about family for me. I am still wanting the desire of my heart. My family today lives with the mistakes made, not relationship. Or rather, our relationships exist via mistakes & difficulty. We have never overcome anything really. I have hope for restoration what ever that looks like, I want it!

In contrast I think we all have a similar desire to be family, to belong to something greater than ourselves. A few weeks ago the Father placed into my spirit that all of us come to him dysfunctional, abused, screwed up! Yet, to him we are his family.........

I do the radio show because as family we all have a role to play, something worthy to share. We are a part of something bigger. Many times we just don't have anyone to talk to or no one is listening. I also was gifted my time slot.

I am tired though, really tired. Not so much of doing what I do but the obstacles and personal failures bring emotional exhaustion. I feel exhausted lately......and so it goes! You see,  I know what is coming and my kids and immediate family....are clueless. This is simply horrible for me.......
My family is broken and lives broken. I am not but I live in a proverbial meat grinder...and so it goes!

I would much rather be living on a beach in Tahiti but, who can afford that?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Many Are Seeking To Know More, Its A "God Thing!"

El Shaddai Ministries has a booth at the fair every year

I initiated the following conversation by saying to this young man, "No, I am not Jewish" as he was walking by our booth at the State Fair. (I was doing a four hour volunteer stint, my third year doing so, manning the booth. So much fun!)

I was speaking with a Christian (Lutheran as he intimated) who wanted to know what our booth (Washington Fair) was all about. He too, was a vendor in a booth. During our discussion he said, "I only know of two covenants: The Old & the New" He was about 25ish...I showed to him using his IPhone.

 (One of these days I hope that I will be able to get one of these phones!) 

Jeremiah 31:31-35, Ezekiel 37:15-27 & Hebrews 10:16. I then showed to him that all of these verses are speaking of ISRAEL and the Hebrews. I explained to him who, what and why Israel exists and was, "BORN AGAIN" in 1948 I then showed to him the Festivals, God's calendar Leviticus 23, Exodus 12 and what the Lion of Judah is, who Judah is and why the Messiah is returning to Israel. I showed to him Matthew 15:24 asking him to then do a Bible search on the word SCATTERED reading every verse were the word scattered was written from Genesis to Revelation.

HERE IS PART of an email that I received from this young man

Dear Mr. Morton, 
(I gave to him one of my cards. Funny, every time these young people call me Mr. Morton, I feel so old!)


I did what you suggested about the word scattered and realized that the entire bible is talking to and speaking about Israel not the church like I have been taught all of my life. I understand now what grafted into Israel really means. When I accepted Jesus I am basically agreeing to honor the covenants made with Israel not just learning the New Testament.

He goes on to say:

We have so much of the Bible focused on us (He is referring to Christians) that we don't see that God is focused on Israel. Thank you for telling me that you are not Jewish and then showing to me why Jesus was.

I wrote him back asking him to learn about what Replacement Theology is and what it has done to Christian Doctrine that would cause him to not see any of this before meeting El Shaddai Ministries' booth at the Washington State Fair. I also told him that the bottom line reason for Israel was to reveal what God is doing in the earth saying, "Every time that you open your Bible you prove one of the many reasons for Israel. They presented to all of us the LIVING WORD!"

Foot Note: We have only been taught about Israel's failures, not about what the Bible declares.




Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Give our young people more credit, please!

I so appreciated reading this:

A Minnesota Dairy Queen has been swarmed with dozens of phone calls, hundreds of comments and an influx of business after a story about their 19-year-old manager’s courageous defense of a blind man went viral on Reddit.

Joey Prusak, who has been working at the popular fast-food restaurant for nearly five years, told TheBlaze Wednesday he was “shocked” and “sickened” by what he saw happen to a blind man at the hands of an elderly lady.
This Story of a 19 Year Old Dairy Queen Employee Standing Up For a Blind Man Will Touch Your Heart
Joey Prusak, 19. (Image source: Facebook)
Prusak said that last Tuesday, one of his frequent guests, a man who is blind, walked into the local Dairy Queen. When the blind man took out his wallet to pay, a $20 bill slipped out of his pocket. An elderly woman behind the blind man then quickly snatched the bill off the floor and put it into her purse.
Prusak took matters into his own hands.
“She walked up to the counter and I asked her to please return the $20 bill to the gentleman. She looked at me like ‘what are you talking about,’” Prusak said, recounting the incident to TheBlaze. “I asked her again to return it and she said, ‘No, it’s mine I just dropped it.’ I told her I’m not going to serve you if you are going to be disrespectful as you are stealing someone’s money like that.”
The woman then allegedly became disorderly and began cursing at Prusak, who remained both firm and polite.
“She started getting really angry … started swearing and whatnot. I stayed relatively calm, I deal with customers on a daily basis. She kept swearing though and I asked her to leave the store. I told her if you aren’t going to return the money, you need to leave right now.”
She then “stormed out,” Prusak said.
But it’s what the 19-year-old manager did next that stunned customers who saw the incident as they waited in line.
“What happened next I would have never expected,” an anonymous customer wrote to Dairy Queen, which was later posted on Reddit, sending the story viral. “Your employee approached the young man and took out his wallet and said, ‘Sir, on behalf of Dairy Queen, I would like to give you the $20 that you happened to drop on the ground as you walked away from the counter.’”
“I was in shock by the generosity that your employee had, taking his own money out of his own wallet to give to the customer because some other lady decided to steal something that wasn’t hers,” the customer continued in the letter.
Prusak said it was the right thing to do.
“I felt it wasn’t right that he got ripped off by someone like that lady,” he said. “It just wasn’t a right situation, you know?”
This Story of a 19 Year Old Dairy Queen Employee Standing Up For a Blind Man Will Touch Your Heart
The Minnesota Dairy Queen where the incident took place. (Image source: Google)
“I just got instantly sick,” Prusak added, noting he frequently serves the blind man. “I just felt sick to my stomach.”
Since the letter to Dairy Queen from an anonymous customer was posted on Reddit, the story has gone viral, resulting in a flood of support to the small Minnesota location.
This Story of a 19 Year Old Dairy Queen Employee Standing Up For a Blind Man Will Touch Your Heart
The letter from a customer to Dairy Queen. (Image source: Reddit)
Prusak said business doubled the following days and that dozens of touched customers have called him to thank him for his actions.
But, he said his boss’ reaction was one he will forever remember.
“He wrote me in a note and put it in an envelope and goes ‘you’re the type of man I’m proud to know.’ That meant a lot to me.”

Even An Ass Can Do It!

I just loved reading this on Facebook. The donkey and I get it
One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

MORAL :
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.
Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred - Forgive.

2. Free your mind from worries - Most never happens.

3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less from people but more from yourself.

You have two choices... smile and close this page,
or pass this along to someone else to share the lesson .

FLOODING

For the last hour or so I have been watching video and news reports concerning the flooding of late. This is horrific for those caught in this current mess. The videos are endless, so too, are the lives turned up side down. Please pray for the families and livelihoods of so many.





Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Quit deifying satan, its just damned STUPID to do so!

 Not one time did satan say to Abba, Father, "No, and you cannot make me either!"
 
Comedy Central

Genesis 3:14 Yahweh God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, you are cursed above all livestock, and above every animal of the field. On your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life.


Job 2:2 Yahweh said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered Yahweh, and said, "From going back and forth in the earth, and from walking up and down in it."

1 Chronicles 21:1 Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel.

Psalm 109:6-7  Appoint someone evil to oppose my enemy; let an accuser stand at his right hand.
When he is tried, let him be found guilty, and may his prayers condemn him.




Zechariah 3:1-2 He showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of Yahweh, and Satan standing at his right hand to be his adversary.
Yahweh said to Satan, "Yahweh rebuke you, Satan! Yes, Yahweh who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Isn't this a burning stick plucked out of the fire?"

Matthew 4:10 Then Yeshua said to him, “Depart Satan, for it is written: 'You shall worship THE LORD YEHOVAH your God and him alone shall you serve.'

He is only accusing you of being you...when you toss Abba, Father's kingdom under the bus....Trust me, I know how I can be too!

Revelation 20:3 And he cast him into The Abyss and shut and sealed the top of it so that he would not again seduce all the nations; after these things it is granted to release him for a little season.

Remember, the Groom cannot go to war for one year.......
Deuteronomy 24:5 When a man takes a new wife, he shall not go out in the army, neither shall he be assigned any business: he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer his wife whom he has taken.

Now you know why we have a millennial kingdom for a thousand years, duh!

My God has never exclaimed, not one time, "the satan did what?"




















Thursday, September 12, 2013

We Changed The Name So As To Protect The Innocent

Concerning "Re-Branding" from Hebrew Roots to Christian Roots......or from "WHATEVER to WHATEVER"

Hypothetically Speaking! (For the legalistic)

God said to Adam,
"The first thing we need to talk about is all the religions that your going to have to avoid. Always remember your root is to ME, Family! You are created in my image and I will show you how to build the kingdom. Stay away from the tree of Good and Evil too. And what ever you do, please remain a child of the Most High....that would be ME!"

Exodus 16:28 Yahweh said to Moses, "How long do you refuse to keep my commandments and my laws?

Luke 8:21 But he answered and said to them, “These are my mother and my brothers; those who are hearing the word of God and are practicing it.”
Notice, in both instances he DOES NOT name a religion or qualify a belief. In fact, He does not do this anywhere nor at anytime from Genesis to Revelation.

and
 from 

Jeremiah 16:18
Yahweh, my strength, and my stronghold, and my refuge in the day of affliction, to you shall the nations come from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Our fathers have inherited nothing but lies, [even] vanity and things in which there is no profit.

ONE BOOK, full of one story with two directives 
"Thou Shall Not and LOVE ONE ANOTHER" 
Who among you needs this explained?

Because we have not done these two things we have a dysfunctional family, broken, ashamed, scarred, bruised, battered and beat down .ALL OF US who RETURN TO HIM return in this condition. Some of us live and die never knowing HIM......and that happens because we are not keeping the rules of the Kingdom....always purposed! Welcome to the, "NUT HUT!"

In fact His SON said,

Matthew 6:9-15
Therefore pray in this way: 'Our Father who are in Heaven, hallowed be your name,
Let your Kingdom come, let your will be done also in the earth, just as it is in Heaven.
Give us today our daily bread,
And forgive us our debts, just as we also forgive our debtors.
And lead us not to temptation but deliver us from evil, for yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, for the eternity of eternities.'
For if you forgive the children of men their faults, your Father who is in Heaven will also forgive you your faults.
But if you will not forgive the children of men, neither has your Father forgiven you your faults.

 


THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE! 
(That's always been the plan)


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

"Change Has Come To America"


  • 17 Trillion in National Debt (Largest spending in American history, or bankrupting the nation)
  • Explosion of Food Stamp dependent Americans
  • Gutted Military 
  • Mistreatment of Israel
  • Reduce American Military's Nuclear weapons
  • Racial Tensions renewed and or encouraged
  • Obamacare.
  • Bengahzi, United States Ambassador murdered with three former Military specialist left to die. We still don't know what our President was doing on this night
  • IRS Scandal. Inetrnal Revenue Service used by the current administration to alienate conservatives and Christian organizations.
  • NSA Spying on everyone, everywhere globally.
  • Collapse of Republican Party (No representation in Government for 50 % of American Citizenry)
  • Mexican Arms smuggling
  • Collapse of the Border to Mexico
  • Illegal "Cross Border law breakers allowed to stream into the United States of America's southern border (Amnesty)
  • Same Sex Marriage supported vociferously
  • Abortion supported vociferously
  • Student Loans legislation (Government controlled)
  • Auto Industry control (Forced out many Christian owned Businesses)
  • Ended Shuttle program NASA
  • Egypt (Supported Muslim Brotherhood) 
  • Sold Planes to Muslim Brotherhood via Egyptian government i.e Corsi
  • Supported the rebels Libya (Al Qaeda)
  • Supports the rebels Syria (Al-Qaeda)
  • Muslim Brotherhood now serving within US government.
 
 
What has our current President done for our country that is in the best interest of our country?

Finally, an EMBARRASSED Nation is currently watching our nation being subverted from the WHITE HOUSE! And we are sitting around allowing it to happen!





Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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The simple truth about dysfunctional.

I was reminded of just how broken family can become in these days. I have several issues in my own family that insist on remaining emotionally bankrupt and dysfunctional. On a larger scale so too, is the family of Yahweh. As I was dealing with an issue yesterday that is heart breaking for me, I could see even in this a pattern of dysfunction and emotion bankruptcy with in the Kingdom family. I re-watched Julian Jackson's redirection and explanation of why as well as read many of the impassioned notes and statements recently placed on facebook by Rico Cortes and others. I considered too my never ending desire to have the Christian theologies reconnect to the root of why Christianity exists at all......What a mess! We bounce from one manner of trying do what is certainly inspired of God to the next........
The reason is crystal clear,  our cry to be restored to the Kingdom of our Great God, I get this.

Acts 3:21 “Whom Heaven must receive until the end times of all those things which God has spoken by the mouth of all his Holy Prophets, who were from ancient times.”


  

Meanwhile, the Godless (who exist because of the grace of Abba, Father too, and a love that we have never been able to embrace) are turning God's earth into a killing field. In considering the nations now surrounding Israel wanting the blood of every Jewish person covering the palms of their hands the lunacy of it all is far beyond dysfunction. A broken family, Israel and Judah, surrounded by evil for centuries now...The pattern of  family chaos is not knew to Abba, Father. The full house of Israel yet to be restored, the light among nations dimmed......

I felt the gut wrenching agony yesterday of having a child lost, completely and totally lost....I worry that great harm will come to her. I am not alone. I thought last night about a Holy Father's agony for having to endure nearly seven thousand years of virtually the same agony....It is incalculable for me to surmise that sort of heartache.

Yet, I have unquenchable joy as a foundation, my foundation. Seven years ago the God of Creation opened my eyes to what HE is doing, "Thy Kingdom Come" I now see him from a Christian lens and Hebraic lens. I hear him, touch him and know that he is what I exist in. Every breath, ever thought, every aspect of my life has hope...not despair.

A senior lady was standing next to me at the bank yesterday, we began to talk. I shared with her a little bit about the day ahead of me. She asked, "Can I pray for you?" We stood in line at my bank praying, aloud I might add. This wonderful Christian woman begun quoting scripture, upon scripture while praying. She loved our God and she loved his word.

Last night while considering many things I understand that our family is full of brokenness and dysfunction. Not one of us has the answer. We have a way back to what was promised and so as each one of us journey back to our Creator we are all doing so through centuries of dysfunction and deception. We do this now, as in the past fighting and fussing with one another on the way just like children....and so it goes!

The bigger thing to remember is that some of our family is not trying to find a way back as I was so painfully reminded of yesterday.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Ancient Golden Treasure Found at Foot of Temple Mount

Ancient Golden Treasure Found at Foot of Temple Mount
by Israel National News - Arutz Sheva


http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/171717
In summer excavations at the foot of the Temple Mount, Hebrew University of Jerusalem archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar made a stunning discovery: two bundles of treasure containing thirty-six gold coins, gold and silver jewelry, and a gold medallion with the menorah (Temple candelabrum) symbol etched into it. Also etched into the 10-cm medallion are a shofar (ram’s horn) and the 

image of a Torah scroll. 

The medallion may be the oldest Torah ornament ever found in archaeological digs.

A third-generation archaeologist working at the Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology, Dr. Mazar directs excavations on the City of David’s summit and at the Temple Mount’s southern wall. Calling the find “a breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime discovery,” Dr. Mazar said: “We have been making significant finds from the First Temple Period in this area, a much earlier time in Jerusalem’s history, so discovering a golden seven-branched Menorah from the seventh century at the foot of the Temple Mount was a complete surprise.”

The discovery was unearthed just five days into Mazar’s latest phase of the Ophel excavations, and can be dated to the late Byzantine period (early seventh century).  The gold treasure was discovered in a ruined Byzantine public structure a mere 50 meters from the Temple Mount’s southern wall.

The menorah, a candelabrum with seven branches that was used in the Temple, is now the national symbol of the state of Israel and reflects the historical presence of Jews in the area. The position of the items as they were discovered indicates that one bundle was carefully hidden underground while the second bundle was apparently abandoned in haste and scattered across the floor.

Given the date of the items and the manner in which they were found, Mazar estimates they were abandoned in the context of the Persian conquest of Jerusalem in 614 CE. After the Persians conquered Jerusalem, many Jews returned to the city and formed the majority of its population, hoping for political and religious freedom. But as Persian power waned, instead of forming an alliance with the Jews, the Persians sought the support of Christians and ultimately allowed them to expel the Jews from Jerusalem.

Hanging from a gold chain, the menorah medallion is most likely an ornament for a Torah scroll. In that case it is the earliest Torah scroll ornament found in archaeological excavations to date. It was buried in a small depression in the floor, along with a smaller gold medallion, two pendants, a gold coil and a silver clasp, all of which are believed to be Torah scroll ornamentations.

“It would appear that the most likely explanation is that the Ophel cache was earmarked as a contribution toward the building of a new synagogue, at a location that is near the Temple Mount,” said Dr. Mazar. “What is certain is that their mission, whatever it was, was unsuccessful. The treasure was abandoned, and its owners could never return to collect it."

The Ophel cache is only the third collection of gold coins to be found in archaeological excavations in Jerusalem, said Lior Sandberg, numismatics specialist at the Institute of Archaeology.  “The thirty-six gold coins can be dated to the reigns of different Byzantine emperors, ranging from the middle of the fourth century to the early seventh century,” said Sandberg.

Found with the coins were a pair of large gold earrings, a gold-plated silver hexagonal prism and a silver ingot. Remnants of fabric indicated that these items were once packaged in a cloth purse similar to the bundle that contained the menorah medallion.

Mazar’s Ophel excavation made headlines earlier this year when she announced the 2012 discovery of an ancient Hebrew inscription, the earliest alphabetical written text ever uncovered in Jerusalem.

The 2013 excavation season at the Ophel ran from the middle of April to the end of July, on behalf of the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University. The Israel Antiquities Authority is carrying out the preservation works, and is preparing the site for the public.
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