Shabbat Shlama – Come my Beloved

Come my Beloved
Come my Beloved

Come my Beloved. Our “Beloved” is G-d Himself.

I just wanted to share with you this verse in a song…Lechah Dodi.  It was composed by the 16th century Kabbalist Rabbi Shlomo HaLevi Alkabetz.  This is just one of the verses that particularly caught my attention this week as I am preparing for the Sabbath.

Let me share a little more!  The song is based on the Talmud’s description of the Sages’ joyous greeting of the Sabbath (Shabbos 119a).

“Enter, O bride! Enter, O bride!”

Come my Beloved. Our “Beloved” is G-d Himself.  We invite Him to join us in ushering in the Sabbath.

The Bride.

The Midrash teaches that G-d told the newly created Sabbath, “Israel shall be your mate.”  Accordingly, every week, Israel greets the approaching Sabbath like a groom awaiting his bride as she advances to the wedding canopy.    Bride, [כַּלָּה] as I have come to know the word is some sometime interpreted as an allusion to the Shechinah, G-d’s Presence, which was withdrawn from man due to Israel’s sins. We ask G-d, [my beloved] to join us in greeting the Shechinah, signifying our prayer for an end to the exile.

Note: If you were to study the word ‘beloved,’ you would find the Hebrew spelling for this word written differently.  Also know that they several ways of the word for ‘beloved’ has different references to the word.  For example,

יְדִיד (Yadid)

[יָדִיד] adjective (poetry) beloved (Late Hebrew id., Aramaic ) — construct יְדִיד Deuteronomy 33:12; suffix לִידִידִי Isaiah 5:1 (twice in verse); Jeremiah 11:15; לִידִידוֺ Psalm 127:2; plural suffix יְדִידֶיךָ Psalm 60:7; Psalm 108:7; feminine יְדִידֹת Psalm 45:1; יְדִידוֺת Psalm 84:2;

1.  my beloved, used by prophets of ׳י under figure of husbandman Isaiah 5:1 (twice in verse); so my (thy, his) beloved Jeremiah 11:15; Psalm 60:7 = Psalm 108:7; Psalm 2; beloved, of Benjamin as beloved by ׳י Deuteronomy 33:12.

2.  lovely, מַהיְּֿדִידוֺת מִשְׁכְּנוֺתֶיךָ Psalm 84:2 how lovely are thy habitations

3.  feminine plural as abstract substantive שִׁיר יְדִידֹת Psalm 45:1 = a song of love.

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Take the [ess] off Prophet

When we begin to talk about the five-fold gifts, the Word/Scripture states [Ephesians 4.11] that there were some Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and teachers. The word “gave” and it states, “And He gave…”   In 1 Corinthians 12.8-28 the Holy Spirit is seen as equipping the members of the body of Yehushuo [Jesus,Christ] with spiritual gifts, or enablements for a varied service; here certain Spirit enabled persons, that is, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are themselves the gifts whom the glorified Yehushuo bestows on His body the Church.  In 1 Corinthians the gifts are spiritual enablements for specific service; in Ephesians, the gifts are persons who have such enablements.  “equip the saints,” The Lord in bestowing the gifted persons, determines providentially (e.g. Acts 11.22-26) or directly through the Holy Spirit (e.g. Acts 13.1-2; 16.6-7), the places of their service. Some churches or places need one gift, as, for example an evangelist; while others need a pastor or teacher. Absolute nothing in Yehushuo’s service is left to mere human judgment or self-choosing. Even an apostle was not permitted to choose his place of service (Acts 17.7-8).

Prophets

• A prophet is G-d’s spokesman to the people
• Can be male or female, Jewish or gentile
• The Bible records 48 male prophets, 7 female and one gentile
• Daniel was not a prophet because he did not speak to the people

What is a Prophet?

Many people today think of a prophet as any person who sees the future. While the gift of prophecy certainly includes the ability to see the future, a prophet is far more than just a person with that ability.

A prophet is basically a spokesman for G-d, a person called by G-d to speak to people on G-d’s behalf and convey a message or teaching. Prophets were role models of holiness, scholarship and closeness to G-d. They set the standards for the entire community.

The Hebrew word for a prophet, navi (Nun-Beit-Yod-Alef) comes from the term niv sefatayim meaning “fruit of the lips,” which emphasizes the prophet’s role as a speaker.

The Talmud teaches that there were hundreds of thousands of prophets: twice as many as the number of people who left Egypt, which was 600,000. But most of the prophets conveyed messages that were intended solely for their own generation and were not reported in scripture.  Scripture identifies only 55 prophets of Israel.

A prophet is not necessarily a man. Scripture records the stories of seven female prophets, listed below, and the Talmud reports that Sarah‘s prophetic ability was superior to Abraham‘s.

A prophet is not necessarily a Jew. The Talmud reports that there were prophets among the gentiles (most notably Balaam, whose story is told in Numbers 22), although they were not as elevated as the prophets of Israel (as the story of Balaam demonstrates). And some of the prophets, such as Jonah, were sent on missions to speak to the gentiles.

According to some views, prophecy is not a gift that is arbitrarily conferred upon people; rather, it is the culmination of a person’s spiritual and ethical development. When a person reaches a sufficient level of spiritual and ethical achievement, the Shechinah (Divine Spirit) comes to rest upon him or her. Likewise, the gift of prophecy leaves the person if that person lapses from his or her spiritual and ethical perfection. MY NOTE: This is why I get annoyed at seeing people still sitting in the training box/bleachers for years at a time not utilizing their gifts as G-d has given them.  I have seen many leaders recognize a person who is attached to them, knows their gifts and chokes them with silence, sitting and not training.  We here the words practice makes perfect.  Understand we are not perfect without Him, however, we need to perfect our gifts that He gave.  No one can learn to use his or her gift unless we use the gift to glorify Him.  We would be most offended if we had given a gift to someone and they abused the gift by not utilizing it in what it was intended.  For example, they break it, chip it, use it for another purpose than what it was brought for.  Taking a vase and using it as a door stop.  Also understand that if you have been given this gift and the gift allows itself to become tainted because of  or with sin, He will remove it from you.  Trust me, you will know when the gift is being pulled.  It is a slow descending feeling.  Much like you know when you are feeling better after being down with the flu.  You will know.

When the Abba placed His mantle of “prophet” on me, He had instructed me to use the word Prophet and not prophetess.  Scripture tells us that He “gave.”  “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers…” Ephesians 4.11  A well known verse.  He gave some…not everyone is an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher.   Not everyone…even if you do prophecy…does not make or place you in the office of the prophet.  Bishops are not automatically change their title to apostles.  There is only one chief apostle and He is the only chief.  It seems that those of the African-American religious organizations have these words, chief, double chief and chief-prelate and so forth.  We do not need all these words to announce who we are.  If we would just let Abba do His work.  He appoints and confirms without a word being said who we are in Him.  The Key Word(s)….IN HIM.   We have so many self-appointed people that the world does not know the “real” from the “wanna be’s” to the “false.”   There seems to be a conflict of interest when it comes to understanding the job description of the ecclesia of Yehushuo [Jesus].  Many of us need to carry His character and less of what our title is so that we can organize the unity of the people/church.  I have been operating with this prophetic mantle for several years and continue to do so.  When He placed that mantle upon my shoulders I was instructed to announce myself as His Prophet and not prophetess.  In this particular scripture it clearly states “He gave prophets.”  Not prophetess or prophetesses.  What is interesting is that this is the only word out of the five-fold that has an “ess” on the end of the word.  Each Evangelist whether male or female is and Evangelist…there are no Evangelistess nor are there teacheressess.  Only on this word and the dictionary will tell you, this was when I researched it years ago,  that a prophetess is the wife of a prophet.   Now dictionaries are stating that a prophetess is a prophet.  So you should be a prophet.  No gender needs to be stated here.

That prophecy was not forbidden to women is clear from I Cor. 11:5, where women’s public prophesying is presupposed and their deportment regulated.  Paul was not trying to quench the Holy Spirit from speaking through women, but he wanted to ensure that women who spoke for God acted modestly in a way that could not bring legal accusations against the church.  Doubtless, his concern to protect the women leaders who were being persecuted in unspeakable ways motivated his cautions.  This is even important today.  Modesty seems to be a thing of the past and the world is the root of that which should be holy unto G-d.

THE PROPHETIC MINISTRY

The basic definition of a prophet is one who speaks for God.  Prophecy consists largely in speaking God’s word, calling people to repentance, warning of future judgments, and praising the Lord.  Whenever the Holy Spirit moves on a chosen vessel to speak Divine communications, the spirit of prophecy is at work.

The Bible makes no distinction between the prophetic ministry of men and women.  A prophet, whether male or female, is God’s servant, called and anointed by Him.  Prophets are chosen by God, who opens their spiritual ears, gives them a message, and directs them as to when and to whom to speak His Word.  This Divine calling and direction constitutes the basis for their spiritual authority.  God often gives His prophets and prophetesses words of rebuke and correction to those in authority.  Often, prophets are rejected and persecuted by those in power, because the messages God gives through them frequently call these powers to account.  Their responsibility is to speak the word of the Lord and leave to God whether or not their messages are received, believed and obeyed. Continue reading Take the [ess] off Prophet

Vineyard Planting – Leadership Development, survivability

Blessed Day to You,

Not sure what I will entitle this nuggets from heaven to vineyard/church planters.  Yet, by the end of this post, I should have something of a title that will link as a series for this manna nuggets.

Just wanted to share from time to time in this season restructuring a ministry.  As you may know, I have been with this ministry since 2005 and became an adviser in 2009.  In 2012 appointed as Chief Advisor to this ministry.  In July of 2013, asked and appointed as Moderator and in August of the same year an additional title added as COO.  Once moved to Tennessee shall be appointed as CEO.

Basically,  yes, basically back to basics is what this ministry will have to endure.  Going straight to the “Root” of planting.  It has been fallow ground and thus in this season will begin plowing the soil to plant.  We expect that by next year during the season of Sukkot,  have an abundant harvest with future harvests to grow productively.  So from time to time, I will share these thoughts, accomplishments, challenges, failures, strategies and the research.  Will be formulating all of this knowledge and learning experience into a training program.  For now, I am in sharing mode.  So let’s continue with this:

CHURCH MEMBER LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
If the church planter provides leadership development training for new church members, the odds of survivability increase by over 250 percent. Of those church planters who provided leadership training to church members, 79 percent of their churches survived compared to only 59 percent of church plants survived among those who did not give leadership training.

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If I could walk the streets of Jerusalem…

jerusalemIf I were to move to a location outside my home location, temporarily, I believe it would be Jerusalem. I have always wanted to visit and spend some time there. Walk the same streets as Y’shua did. See the many sights, walking the paths as He did. Get to study there would be a blessing as well.

women's side of the western wall in Tefillah
Women’s side of the Western Wall in Tefillah

My first visit would be to the Western wall. Not only that but would see the golden top of the Temple. Stated that you could see it for miles.  I know there is a side for women to go and pray, been looking forward to going and placing prayers between the cracks for others. Yet, there has been a lot debate on whether women should wear the Tallit and other accessories while at the wall.  Many women have been arrested. Conditions there at the wall have not been favorable for us.  Here is a link with pictures of the conditions women are faced with: http://j.mp/YrGZ9J.  I will not get with too much of the politics of this, yet there should be equality in prayer time.  He, Y’shua, never stated this type of divisions. The men there promote segregation to the fullest intent whether legal or not.  I do not know or have seen that my prayers are less important than a man’s because I am a woman. All the commandments given by the Father during the marriage of Israel and HaShem during Shavuot, those that were taken out of bondage I believe that women were present during this festive occasion.  Why is it such negativity against women who have such a love for G-d.  Found another article in reference to the rights of women at the western wall. As you read the comments below where one writer wrote:

“We do expect that at the Kotel we be allowed to pray as a group. We expect to be allowed to wear whatever we wish within the common grounds of decency. We want to read the Rosh Hodesh (New Month Festival) Torah portion from a Torah Scroll and wrap ourselves in a prayer shawl and tefillin if that is our custom. We protest the discrimination against us based on gender and religious belief. We expect that the police act as protectors of these rights and not as enforcers of arbitrary rules thought up each morning by the director of the Kotel to harass us..”

Another writer wrote this:

“…as a Karaite, I often kneel to pray. I was equally offended recently while praying at the Kotel on my knees, a woman told me it was forbidden and I must stand or sit in a chair. Interestingly enough, I’d just finished praying: ” I will prostrate myself toward Your Holy Sanctuary in awe of You, O Hashem I love the house where You dwell, and the place where Your glory resides. I shall prostrate myself and bow, I shall kneel before Hashem my maker. “

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Another Year, Another “Life” Harvest

2012_0521_peony_flowers_by_adam_bavier_1024x680Spring has sprung with new life, re-blooming flowers, birds singing seems earlier and earlier these days.  As time for younger people seem to drag and in a hurry to grow up, those of us who are older wants time to slow down even if it is just for a tad bit.  The second-hand on watches and clocks seems louder, yet at times we wonder how much have we gotten accomplished in the past years including this year.  Before we know it…another year will be upon us.

Gracefully, sometimes impatient, I have learned to sit calmer now than I did before during my early ministry years.  Since we are in the season of Counting the Omer, a harvest season, I look at my life with not only great anticipation my personal harvest; it goes deeper than this developmental stage or I should say dimensional upgrading continuing into completing my divine destiny.

There has been much change in my life, yet it has been a necessity.  I wanted to start this blog with a positive entry as we have been sprung into Spring.  Summer is around the corner with its heat, sunglasses, some lazy days, picnics, days at the water park and my special place…days at the beach.

I look forward to more growth in my personal life, ministry life, entrepreneurial, physical, and of

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course, spiritual. My prayer for you is that as you continue your journey, that it shall be fruitful, favor-full and prosperity in all areas of your life for you and your family.

Looking forward to sharing from His [G-d’s] heart to you and things in between.  Be it prophetic words, Scripture discussions and just a thought or two.

I hope you will visit me here from time to time at my cottage by the sea, there is always a kettle on the stove for tea, muffins, bagels and biscuits; and of course plenty of joy and good conversation.

Respectfully yours,

Shaliach Brown

The Day Star of Bethlehem

The Day Star of Bethlehem

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“Bethlehem” is from the Hebrew בית לחם (beit-lechem), which  means “House of Bread.” The Messiah is the “bread of life” (John 6:35).

And Yehoshua said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never hunger, and he who believes in me will never thirst.”5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:6 “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Matthew 2:1-6The Star of Bethlehem to fulfill a prophecy in Numbers 24:17, “I shall see him [God], but not now. I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel.” The Book of Revelation has Yehoshua saying of himself, “I am the root and offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.1 The apostle Peter also mentioned that Yehoshua was symbolically associated with “the day star.”Micah 5:2“Thou Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto me that is to be the ruler of Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”
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DID YOU KNOW?
Mangers in Israel are actually carved out of stone and not what we have been so used to seeing in nativity scenes of a wooden box with crossed legs. The Mangers are actually feeding troughs for domesticated animals –  sheep, goats. Hay is placed in the manger and the animals are led there to feed.In this episode we are going to unveil TRUTH in regards to the errors of the Nativity Story. We will discuss:

  • The Day Star and how symbolically is Yehoshua(Jesus)
  • Purpose of the Star
  • Prophecies regarding the Day Star and Yehoshua
  • His Birth Date
  • Migdal Eder (The Tower of Eder)
  • Connection of Yehoshua’s Birth and Migdal Eder
  • Information about Sheep
  • The Announcement to the Shepherds and the Identification of the Babe in Swaddling Clothes

This leades to a second part and then to an episode “We Three Kings” in which all of these threads intertwined into a tapestry of TRUTH as the commercialization of the Birth of Yehoshua has covered what Elohim’s divine understanding & purpose for the Day Star of Bethlehem.

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