Israel, my love; please don’t do it!
You cannot believe how much pain I suffered in my heart when I read that a website will soon appear in Hebrew to encourage adultery in Israel. It’s even being touted as a good thing for the marriage. I won’t mention its name nor tell you where I read it, lest you be tempted to find it.
Please, Israel. Do not participate in such a thing!! Every act of adultery weakens us as a people because it flaunts our immorality as thing to be proud of. Why must we always seek to be like the nations?! You’re continuing an ancient Jewish tradition to flaunt the God of Israel. It’s been the downfall of Israel since Jacob’s days. He took the entire Jewish people to Egypt in order to survive the seven year drought that plagued the entire area. That much was a good decision. It was actually God’s provision as Jacob’s son Joseph had been promoted to Vice Pharaoh and was able to abundantly care for the Jewish people. But why didn’t Jacob return after the drought to Israel? He stayed at least another eighteen years without turning his face towards Israel. In the end, he died. He flaunted God’s intention for the Jewish People, causing all of his children and their families to do so as well by choosing Egypt over Israel. We all know what came out of that decision: the easy life for a couple generations followed by slavery, abuse and hopelessness for many generations.
God freed us from slavery once we remembered that He existed and we cried out to Him for a deliverer. Moshe was used to free us and take us into the wilderness where we could learn to love the Lord our God and learn to follow His ways. The idea being that if we learned how to live rightly, we would not ever be abused by the nations again. We were really impressed with the wonders and all that, but as soon as we saw a chance, we built our own idol according to the Egyptian belief system. We wanted to remain like the Egyptians and have a visible god made by our own hands.
Moshe gave his very life to teach us about God and His ways for us. Moshe had to fight with us all the time because we just could not accept living by a set of rules originating from an invisible God. It didn’t make sense to us and we needed to have a belief system that did made sense to us. Towards the end of the wilderness experience after thirty plus years of learning, or at least, hearing, about God’s laws, we met the Moabites and quickly became attracted to their ways, just like we’re doing today. They apparently sensed the Chosen Peoples’ desire for adulteress relationships and offered themselves to us gladly. As today, there was no shortage of partakers then either. In Moshe’s very presence, one of the men flaunted Moshe, and the God of Israel, by taking a Midianitess into a tent and engaged in sex with her to spite all that was holy. Phinehas, the high priest at the time, drove a spear through the pair and so protected Israel from extinction.
The Moabites sent for a prophet to curse the Children of Israel but the first prophecy spoken by Bil’am was that the people Israel would be a people by themselves and not counted among the nations. (Numbers 23:9) For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations. So, look around you today; what did we do? We did what we were told not to do and became enthusiastic participants in the United Nations. Instead of remaining to ourselves and developing a society build on integrity and purity, we flaunted the God of Israel and became not only members of the UN but are in line to become the highest of the members by offering up Jerusalem to function as the Capital City of the New World Order. No doubt, our leaders are discussing this very prospect with the leaders of the catholic church who are currently visiting our home. And again, we will flaunt the God of Israel and do what we think is better in our own eyes.
Getting back to the wilderness, the time eventually arrived for us to enter and reclaim the Land that God had promised to us. We entered and started to clear the land of enemies. Joshua took the time to write the blessings of the law on Har Gerezim and the curses of the law on Har Ebal as a testimony to us for generations to come. What did we do? The entire effort invested by Joshua meant nothing to us. We started to complain that all the nations around us had kings. Like whining children, we flaunted the God of Israel and pouted and held our breath until God gave in and gave us a king of our own. The high priest at the time was Samuel who had to deal with our hutzpah, (1 Samuel 8:4-5) Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
We got good ‘ol King Saul who basically enslaved us anew and put heavy burdens on all of us to support his domination over us. As Saul didn’t care much for doing things God’s way, we suffered as a people. David’s righteousness was like a breath of fresh air, a burning torch in the darkness to us and we rallied around him, happy to follow him and fight for him. For a little while, we were proud to be the Chosen People. He was righteous because he lived God’s laws and Israel prospered accordingly. Read Psalm 119 to get a feel for David’s love of the laws. Then Satan found a crack in David’s righteousness and was able to enter into his innermost soul, where he worked to encourage David to give in to his temptation to betray Uriah, his most faithful soldier, by committing adultery with his wife, Bat Sheva. The adultery was bad enough, deserving of death even, according to the law of God; but the cover-up compounded his sin immensely. He manipulated the death of Uriah by causing him to be placed on the front lines in the fiercest part of the battle; and so hoped that the problem was solved. Through Nathan the prophet, God exposed David’s sin. To his credit, David repented and eventually received the promise that out of his lineage would come the one to receive the anointing to become the Messiah. David’s household was, however, in constant turmoil from then on with his children hating, raping and killing each other.
Solomon may have been wise beyond any other before him, but his wisdom didn’t account for much once he began to flaunt the God of Israel and offer praise and sacrifices to the gods of his many wives and concubines. For a period of four hundred ninety years, the leaders of Israel, who should have known better, flaunted the God of Israel and refused to keep the Sabbath year, the seventh year during which the land was to remain at rest and not be worked or planted. To finally give the land the rest to which it was entitled, seventy years, we were conquered by the Babylonians and taken away to that distant land. At that time we could have taken stock of our accomplishments and failures as a people, but we didn’t. Daniel did what he could to lead us but none of us really wanted to adopt such a confrontational belief system. Imagine, always putting your life on the line in order to live your faith as the God of Israel intended. It’s much easier to adopt the lifestyle and pleasures of the nations, to get along with others and not be so prudish or different.
Praise be to the God of Israel, that he found in Nehemiah towards the end of the seventy year expulsion period, a lover of God’s laws who desired to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, the Chosen City for the Chosen People. Nehemiah hated the injustice that was being done to the people in Israel and used his authority and love of God to set things right. The leaders had abused the people by taxing them into starvation and hopelessness. Upon learning of this, Nehemiah raged against the leaders and demanded them to restore the people’s property and remove the tax burdens to allow them to prosper. Nehemiah hated injustice. His life is best summed up in his last words, (Nehemiah 5:19) Think upon me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people. Wouldn’t it be incredible if we could all say that about our own lives?
Once the prophecies ended and the Tanakh was closed, we continued on mostly in the ways of our forefathers, flaunting the God of Israel and doing what was right in our own eyes. The most evil among us have always been those who have taken the mantle of spiritual leadership upon themselves. Our religious leaders have caused our constant oppression for generations, allowing us to be conquered by one nation after another, passed around as a cheap whore to whomever wanted us. Our religious leaders, each haughtily claiming to be better than all other religious sects, caused much division among us. We didn’t know who to follow, who was right, whose way was the best. What the religious leaders were keeping from us is what would have saved us and protected us. They flaunted the God of Israel and kept the truth hidden from us by insisting on doing exactly what the God of Israel said not to do: (Deuteronomy 4:2) Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. Our leaders knew about this commandment but kept it from us. They offered us instead a ridiculous belief system full of superstitions, a system in which not even all the various leaders could find agreement. They all separated into their own groups, claiming their own leaders as the probable Messiah, and while they continued to lead us all into stupidity and dullness of spirit, we became the sheep on whom our religious leaders feasted. (Ezekiel 34:1-5) And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock. The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.
Where did they lead us? Our religious leaders, in their ‘wisdom’, led us far, far away from Israel once the Romans kicked us out of Israel and, like our forefather Jacob, thought it would be better never to return. And, like our forefather Jacob, abandoned us out there among the nations to their evil desires. They led us into helplessness and weakness. We suffered the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Pogroms and the Shoah because our religious leaders kept the simple Way of God from us. They even went so far as to develop their own belief system, which they call Halacha, and claim it has authority over the clearly written word of the God of Israel.
Somehow (not really – it was clearly the God of Israel’s love for us) we managed to make it back to Israel after almost two thousand years of suffering under the ‘leadership’ of our religious leaders. It isn’t a coincidence that it was the Russian Labor Zionists who opened the way for us all to return. Their love for Israel was not contaminated by the religious leaders. They responded to the call to return to the land and claim it again as our rightful property. Even though they make no pretense to follow the God of Israel, or to even know him, it isn’t a coincidence that they, and not the religious leaders who led their flocks on to America, as far away from Israel as they could get, are the ones with whom the God of Israel could connect. Even though they didn’t know Him, they responded to the call. God bless them!
What is the state of our nation today? It hasn’t changed a bit! Our main desire is to be like, and liked by, the nations. We desire to be as immoral and liberal as they are. We’re enthusiastic participants in the cursed United Nations, we have more religious divisions than ever because the religious leaders refuse to open the way to the truth so all people can understand the God of Israel without the religious leaders having to interpret his words to us. Imagine what would happen to the religious leaders if the truth was known, (Deuteronomy 4:2) Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
Dear people of Israel, you have become so dispirited because you have no guidance. You look at the religious leaders and think, why should you submit to such a foolish and superstitious life of oppression? Although you’re right not to follow the religious leaders that plague our Nation of Love, you are wrong to turn your backs on the God of Israel who has only good in mind for you; for us. (Deuteronomy 10:12-13) And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?
There’s no doubt in my heart, mind and soul, that Israel would be a place of holiness if we would all ignore the religious leaders and listen to the God of Israel. What he caused to be written through his faithful servant Moshe, is enough! Actually, when you think of it, Moshe was a servant to us as well. He gave us God’s Way of Love. We don’t need the synagogues, the Yeshivot or the many and various books that claim authority over the Word of God.
Please, Israel, my love; consider your ways. Read for yourself what is written in the Torah, the first five books. Learn what it means to keep a kosher diet, for example. There is no connection to what the God of Israel intended for us concerning our dietary ways and what has become a corrupt multi-billion dollar industry. Here’s a secret you might enjoy. According to the written laws, there’s nothing wrong with a cheeseburger. What a shocker! You’ve got to stop listening to the religious leaders and listen to the God of Israel! Give him a chance. You’ll find that he has been waiting to hear from you. (Jeremiah 29:12-13) Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
The ways of the God of Israel will bless you once you start to live by them. You will find them to be transformative. You can become intensely righteous without ever looking into the Talmud or following Halacha. God’s words are enough! You have been misled all your lives and now is the time to give the God of Israel a chance. If we keep desiring to be like, and liked by the nations, we are going to lose our beloved country again! Israel, my love, may your people repent for their waywardness and their constant need to be like, and liked, by the nations. Turn our hearts to your pure love. In truth, we don’t need more than that!
Adultery, abortion and homosexuality are just three of the things the God of Israel has spoken against. Did you also know he hates lying? That the nations of the world love such things should be reason enough to consider their merit. You are better than that! This narcissism is destroying our beloved country! You’ve got to stop going in this direction and listen to the God of Israel. If not, you’ll bear the responsibility for our destruction yet again.
To you religious leaders, you don’t have to continue expounding Halacha and Talmudic teachings as though they trounce the written Torah. You are better than that! Religion is destroying our beloved country. You’ve got to stop going in this direction and listen to the God of Israel. If not, you’ll bear the responsibility for our destruction yet again.
Narcissism and religion are going to break us again if we don’t wake up! There is deviltry underfoot as the New World Order is planning to usurp authority over us, and our leaders are acquiescing! Wake up! Whenever you hear them speak the word ‘peace’, what they really mean is the New World Order. The only way to prevent it from absorbing Israel into its essence is to repent for our unbelief.
My beloved Israel, I love you so. Don’t go down the narcissist path again, please!
Please open your heart, mind and soul to the God of Israel or we will see our beloved Israel destroyed in front of our eyes, again!
From my heart to yours