A Declarations & Decrees: Encountering Fruitfulness & Rest

Declarations and Decrees: You will encounter abundant fruitfulness, refreshment and rest, as you walk in the Father’s paths.

I write these decrees in the Name of Jesus Christ and in His authority and through His power.

The Angelic troops stand ready to dispatch these decrees to the heavenly realms to the rulers, and authorities, and to post in the King’s Palace  (Revelations 2-3, Ephesians 3:10, Esther 8:10,13).

◦ We decree and declare YOU, who walk in the Father’s paths, SPEAK as a man well taught, so that YOUR WORDS SUSTAIN THE WEARY.

◦ Each morning the Lord AWAKENS your ear to hear like those who are taught.

◦ We declare the Lord Almighty OPENED your ears, and YOU HAVE NOT REBELLED nor turned away.

◦ We decree NO INSULT CAN WOUND you.

◦ Your face is set like flint knowing that you will not be put to shame.

◦ We declare the Lord is my VINDICATOR, He is close by, will anyone dare to accuse me?

◦ Let whoever has a case against me step forward!

◦ We decree and declare the Lord is my ASSIGNED PORTION, MY CUP: He safeguards my share.

◦ He has measured out PLEASANT PLACES for me, I AM CONTENT with my heritage.

◦ We declare and BLESS THE LORD, my counselor, who INSTRUCTS my inmost being AT NIGHT.

◦ The Lord is FOREVER BEFORE ME, with Him at my right hand, I can NEVER BE MOVED, so my heart is glad, my glory rejoices, and my body too rests in SAFETY.

◦ We declare the Lord WILL NOT ABANDON us to Sheol or let the faithful to suffer decay.

◦ We declare and decree the Lord Elohim God makes us to know the PATH OF LIFE, in His presence is UNBOUNDED JOY, in His right hand eternal delight.

◦ We declare the Lord CREATED YOU and FORMED YOU.

◦ Don’t be afraid, for He has redeemed you.

◦ He is calling you by your name, YOU ARE HIS.

◦ He is with you through the water and rivers, they WILL NOT OVERWHELM you, when you walk through fire, you WILL NOT BE SCORCHED, the flame will not burn you.

◦ We declare the Lord your Elohim God, the Holy One of Israel, YOUR SAVIOR, has given his Son as your ransom.

◦ Because He REGARDS YOU AS VALUED and HONORED, and because He LOVES YOU.

◦ We declare a CLEANSING and UNIFYING of the people of this land as these decrees go forth.

In the name of King Jesus Christ, empowered and led of the Holy Spirit of God, we dispatch the Angelic troops, throughout this land and in the spirit realm, to deliver these decrees to all, both flesh and spirit.

The enemy, the principalities and powers, have no authority to act against these decrees of our King, the Lord Elohim God Almighty; their actions will be of no effect to Elohim God’s chosen ones, but will be turned back on themselves for destruction.

The Lord Elohim God Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, we praise Your Name for You are True and Faithful and Just to perform it. Amen!

“The Lord God has given Me the tongue of disciples, that I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word.  He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.  The Lord God has opened My ear; and I was not disobedient nor did I turn back.
I gave My back to those who strike Me, and My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting.  For the Lord God helps Me, therefore, I am not disgraced; therefore, I have set My face like flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.
He who vindicates Me is near; who will contend with Me?  Let us stand up to each other; who has a case against Me?  Let him draw near to Me. Behold, the Lord God helps Me; who is he who condemns Me?  Behold, they will all wear out like a garment; the moth will eat them,”
   Isaiah 50:4-9.

“The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You support my lot.  The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.
I will bless the Lord who has counseled me; indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.
I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.  Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will dwell securely.
For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.  You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever,”   
Psalm 16:5-11.

“But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.  For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I have given Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in your place.
Since you are precious in My sight, since you are honored and I love you, I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life.
Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and gather you from the west.  I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’  Bring My sons from afar and My daughters from the ends of the earth, everyone who is called by My name, and whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed, even whom I have made”…..
….. “You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He.  Before Me there was no God formed, and there will be none after Me.
I, even I, am the Lord, and there is no savior besides Me.  It is I who have declared and saved and proclaimed, and there was no strange god among you; so you are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “And I am God.  Even from eternity I am He, and there is none who can deliver out of My hand; I act and who can reverse it?”
Thus says the Lord your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, “For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and will bring them all down as fugitives, even the Chaldeans, into the ships in which they rejoice.  I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.”
Thus says the Lord, Who makes a way through the sea and a path through the mighty waters, who brings forth the chariot and the horse, the army and the mighty man (they will lie down together and not rise again; they have been quenched and extinguished like a wick): do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past.
“Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.  The beasts of the field will glorify Me, the jackals and the ostriches, because I have given waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My chosen people.  The people whom I formed for Myself will declare My praise,”   
Isaiah 43:1-7, 10-21.

An Ex-Illuminati Member Leaks: Current Membership Of ‘Committee Of 300’

THE BRITISH MONARCHY AND THE COMMITTEE OF 300 (AS OF SEPTEMBER 2016)

CURRENT MONARCH AND SUPREME LEADER OF THE NWO: Queen Elizabeth II

Abdullah II of Jordan

Kerry, John Forbes

Abramovich, Roman Arkadyevich

King, Mervyn

Ackermann, Josef

Kinnock, Glenys

Adeane, Edward

Kissinger, Henry

Agius, Marcus Ambrose Paul

Knight, Malcolm

Ahtisaari, Martti Oiva Kalevi

Koon, William H. II

Akerson, Daniel

Krugman, Paul

Albert II of Belgium

Kufuor, John

Alexander – Crown Prince of Yugoslavia

Lajolo, Giovanni

Alexandra (Princess) – The Honourable Lady Ogilvy

Lake, Anthony

Alphonse, Louis – Duke of Anjou

Lambert, Richard

Amato, Giuliano

Lamy, Pascal

Anderson, Carl A.

Landau, Jean-Pierre

Andreotti, Giulio

Laurence, Timothy James Hamilton

Andrew (Prince) – Duke of York

Leigh-Pemberton, James

Anne – Princess Royal

Leka, Crown Prince of Albania

Anstee, Nick

Leonard, Mark

Ash, Timothy Garton

Levene, Peter – Baron Levene of Portsoken

Astor, William Waldorf – 4th Viscount Astor

Leviev, Lev

August, Ernst – Prince of Hanover

Levitt, Arthur

Aven, Pyotr

Levy, Michael – Baron Levy

Balkenende, Jan Peter

Lieberman, Joe

Ballmer, Steve

Livingston, Ian

Balls, Ed

Loong, Lee Hsien

Barroso, José Manuel

Lorenz (Prince) of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este

Beatrix (Queen)

Louis-Dreyfus, Gérard

Belka, Marek

Mabel (Princess) of Orange-Nassau

Bergsten, C. Fred

Mandelson, Peter Benjamin

Berlusconi, Silvio

Manning, Sir David Geoffrey

Bernake, Ben

Margherita – Archduchess of Austria-Este

Bernhard (Prince) of Lippe-Biesterfeld

Margrethe II  Denmark

Bernstein, Nils

Martínez, Guillermo Ortiz

Berwick, Donald

Mashkevitch, Alexander

Bildt, Carl

Massimo, Stefano (Prince) – Prince of Roccasecca dei Volsci

Bischoff, Sir Winfried Franz Wilhen “Win”

McDonough, William Joseph

Blair, Tony

McLarty, Mack

Blankfein, Lloyd

Mersch, Yves

Blavatnik, Leonard

Michael (Prince) of Kent

Bloomberg, Michael

Michael of Romania

Bolkestein, Frits

Miliband, David

Bolkiah, Hassanal

Miliband, Ed

Bonello, Michael C

Mittal, Lakshmi

Bonino, Emma

Moreno, Glen

Boren, David L.

Moritz – Prince and Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel

Borwin – Duke of Mecklenburg

Murdoch, Rupert

Bronfman, Charles Rosner

Napoléon, Charles

Bronfman, Edgar Jr.

Nasser, Jacques

Bruton, John

Niblett, Robin

Brzezinski, Zbigniew

Nichols, Vincent

Budenberg, Robin

Nicolás, Adolfo

Buffet, Warren

Noyer, Christian

Bush, George HW

Ofer, Sammy

Cameron, David William Donald

Ogilvy, David – 13th Earl of Airlie

Camilla – Duchess of Cornwall

Ollila, Jorma Jaakko

Cardoso, Fernando Henrique

Oppenheimer, Nicky

Carington, Peter – 6th Baron Carrington

Osborne, George

Carlos – Duke of Parma

Oudea, Frederic

Carlos, Juan – King of Spain

Parker, Sir John

Carney, Mark J.

Patten, Chris

Carroll, Cynthia

Pébereau, Michel

Caruana, Jaime

Penny, Gareth

Castell, Sir William

Peres, Shimon

Chan, Anson

Philip (Prince) – Duke of Edinburgh

Chan, Margaret

Pio, Dom Duarte – Duke of Braganza

Chan, Norman

Pöhl, Karl Otto

Charles – Prince of Wales

Powell, Colin

Chartres, Richard

Prokhorov, Mikhail

Chiaie, Stefano Delle

Quaden, Guy Baron

Chipman, Dr John

Rasmussen, Anders Fogh

Chodiev, Patokh

Ratzinger, Joseph Alois (Pope Benedict XVI)

Christoph, Prince of Schleswig-Holstein

Reuben, David

Cicchitto, Fabrizio

Reuben, Simon

Clark, Wesley Kanne Sr. (General)

Rhodes, William R. “Bill”

Clarke, Kenneth

Rice, Susan

Clegg, Nick

Richard (Prince) – Duke of Gloucester

Clinton, Bill

Rifkind, Sir Malcolm Leslie

Cohen, Abby Joseph

Ritblat, Sir John

Cohen, Ronald

Roach, Stephen S.

Cohn, Gary D.

Robinson, Mary

Colonna, Marcantonio (di Paliano) – Prince and Duke of Paliano

Rockefeller, David Jr.

Constantijn (Prince) of the Netherlands

Rockefeller, David Sr.

Constantine II Greece

Rockefeller, Nicholas

Cooksey, David

Rodríguez, Javier Echevarría

Cowen, Brian

Rogoff, Kenneth Saul “Ken”

Craven, Sir John

Roth, Jean-Pierre

Crockett, Andrew

Rothschild, Jacob – 4th Baron Rothschild

Dadush, Uri

Rubenstein, David

D’Aloisio, Tony

Rubin, Robert

Darling, Alistair

Ruspoli, Francesco – 10th Prince of Cerveteri

Davies, Sir Howard

Safra, Joseph

Davignon, Étienne

Safra, Moises

Davis, David

Sands, Peter A.

De Rothschild, Benjamin

Sarkozy, Nicolas

De Rothschild, David René James

Sassoon, Isaac S.D.

De Rothschild, Evelyn Robert

Sassoon, James Meyer – Baron Sassoon

De Rothschild, Leopold David

Sawers, Sir Robert John

Deiss, Joseph

Scardino, Marjorie

Deripaska, Oleg

Schwab, Klaus

Dobson, Michael

Schwarzenberg, Karel

Draghi, Mario

Schwarzman, Stephen A.

Du Plessis, Jan

Shapiro, Sidney

Dudley, William C.

Sheinwald, Nigel

Duisenberg, Wim

Sigismund (Archduke) – Grand Duke of Tuscany

Edward (Prince) – Duke of Kent

Simeon of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Edward (The Prince) – Earl of Wessex

Snowe, Olympia

Elkann, John

Sofía (Queen) of Spain

Emanuele, Vittorio – Prince of Naples, Crown Prince of Italy

Soros, George

Fabrizio (Prince) – Massimo-Brancaccio

Specter, Arlen

Feldstein, Martin Stuart “Marty”

Stern, Ernest

Festing, Matthew

Stevenson, Dennis – Baron Stevenson of Coddenham

Fillon, François

Steyer, Tom

Fischer, Heinz

Stiglitz, Joseph E.

Fischer, Joseph Martin

Strauss-Kahn, Dominique

Fischer, Stanley

Straw, Jack

FitzGerald, Niall

Sutherland, Peter

Franz, Duke of Bavaria

Tanner, Mary

Fridman, Mikhail

Tedeschi, Ettore Gotti

Friedrich, Georg – Prince of Prussia

Thompson, Mark

Friso (Prince) of Orange-Nassau

Thomson, Dr. James A.

Gates, Bill

Tietmeyer, Hans

Geidt, Christopher

Trichet, Jean-Claude

Geithner, Timothy

Tucker, Paul

Gibson-Smith, Dr Chris

Van Rompuy, Herman

Gorbachev, Mikhail

Vélez, Álvaro Uribe

Gore, Al

Verplaetse, Alfons Vicomte

Gotlieb, Allan

Villiger, Kaspar

Green, Stephen

Vladimirovna, Maria – Grand Duchess of Russia

Greenspan, Alan

Volcker, Paul

Grosvenor, Gerald – 6th Duke of Westminster

Von Habsburg, Otto

Gurría, José Ángel

Waddaulah, Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin

Gustaf, Carl XVI of Sweden

Walker, Sir David Alan

Hague, William

Wallenberg, Jacob

Hampton, Sir Philip Roy

Walsh, John

Hans-Adam II – Prince of Liechtenstein

Warburg, Max

Harald V Norway

Weber, Axel Alfred

Harper, Stephen

Weill, Michael David

Heisbourg, François

Wellink, Nout

Henri – Grand Duke of Luxembourg

Whitman, Marina von Neumann

Hildebrand, Philipp

Willem-Alexander – Prince of Orange

Hills, Carla Anderson

William (Prince) of Wales

Holbrooke, Richard

Williams, Dr Rowan

Honohan, Patrick

Williams, Shirley – Baroness Williams of Crosby

Howard, Alan

Wilson, David – Baron Wilson of Tillyorn

Ibragimov, Alijan

Wolfensohn, James David

Ingves, Stefan Nils Magnus

Wolin, Neal S.

Isaacson, Walter

Woolf, Harry – Baron Woolf

Jacobs, Kenneth M.

Woolsey, R. James  Jr.

Julius, DeAnne

Worcester, Sir Robert Milton

Juncker, Jean-Claude

Wu, Sarah

Kenen, Peter

Zoellick, Robert Bruce

A Declarations & Decrees: Rely on Elohim God!

Declarations and Decrees: Rely on God and He will show himself strong for you!

I write these decrees in the Name of Jesus Christ and in His authority and through His power.

The Angelic troops stand ready to dispatch these decrees to the heavenly realms to the rulers, and authorities, and to post in the King’s Palace (Revelations 2-3, Ephesians 3:10, Esther 8:10,13).

◦ We decree and declare LOOK UP and TRUST in the Lord Elohim God Almighty.

◦ Do not be intimidated or overwhelmed by the problem or enemy before you.

◦ PRAISE God for His MIGHT and His leading; THANK HIM for showing Himself STRONG on your behalf and all who are WHOLEHEARTED towards Him!

◦ We declare the Lord BEARS OUR BURDENS every day!

◦ We BLESS the God of our SALVATION!

◦ We decree and declare Elohim God DESTROYS His enemies, the crowns of those who continue in their guilt.

◦ We decree the World will SEE the PROCESSION of the Lord Elohim God, Maker of Heaven and Earth, in His HOLINESS!

◦ We declare the World will see the Lord God who is the strength of Israel!

◦ We declare the KINGDOMS of the Earth will SING to God, SING PRAISES to the Lord!

◦ He who sent His only begotten Son, to save mankind from the penalty of death.

◦ We praise YOU FATHER for drawing us near to Your loving side.

◦ We decree the hearts of mankind, who are without Christ/ Messiah, are EMPTY.

◦ They are turning to God for forgiveness and salvation through the blood of His Son.

◦ We decree and declare Elohim God Almighty RIDES ON THE MOST ANCIENT HEAVENS; He utters His voice, a mighty voice!

◦ We acknowledge that STRENGTH BELONGS TO ELOHIM GOD, with His majesty over Israel and His strength in the skies.

◦ We declare Elohim God, the First and the Last, the Creator of the Universe is AWE INSPIRING from His Holy places; He gives STRENGTH and POWER to the People.

◦ Blessed be Elohim God!

◦ We decree and declare take heart! Your sins have been covered by the Blood of the Lamb.

◦ HEAR THE VOICE of Elohim God’s Servants crying “Clear a road through the desert for the Lord.  Level a highway in the wilderness for our God!  Let every valley be filled in, every mountain and hill lowered, the bumpy places made level and the crags become a plain.”

◦ We declare the GLORY OF THE LORD is being REVEALED; all mankind together WILL SEE IT, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

◦ We declare the WORD OF OUR ELOHIM GOD will STAND FOREVER!

◦ Do not trust in the frailty of Human institutions or designs.

◦ The Lord has planned for YOU and your country, things beyond your imagination and comprehension.

◦ Keep your focus on Him and move forth TRUSTING IN HIM.

◦ We declare a CLEANSING and UNIFYING of the people of this land as these decrees go forth.

In the name of King Jesus Christ, empowered and led of the Holy Spirit of Elohim God, we dispatch the Angelic troops, throughout this land and in the spirit realm, to deliver these decrees to all, both flesh and spirit.

The enemy, the principalities and powers, have no authority to act against these decrees of our King, the Lord Elohim God Almighty; their actions will be of no effect to Elohim God’s chosen ones, but will be turned back on themselves for destruction.

The Lord Elohim God Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, we praise Your Name for You are True and Faithful and Just to perform it.  Amen!

“Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubim an immense army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet because you relied on the Lord, He delivered them into your hand.  For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His,”   2 Chronicles 16:8-9a.

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, the God who is our salvation. Selah. God is to us a God of deliverances; and to God the Lord belong escapes from death.
Surely God will shatter the head of His enemies, the hairy crown of him who goes on in his guilty deeds.
The Lord said, “I will bring them back from Bashan.  I will bring them back from the depths of the sea; that your foot may shatter them in blood, the tongue of your dogs may have its portion from your enemies.”
They have seen Your procession, O God, the procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary.
The singers went on, the musicians after them, in the midst of the maidens beating tambourines.
Bless God in the congregations, even the Lord, you who are of the fountain of Israel.
There is Benjamin, the youngest, ruling them, the princes of Judah in their throng, the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.
Your God has commanded your strength; show Yourself strong, O God, who have acted on our behalf.
Because of Your temple at Jerusalem kings will bring gifts to You.
Rebuke the beasts in the reeds, the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples, trampling under foot the pieces of silver; He has scattered the peoples who delight in war.
Envoys will come out of Egypt; Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God.
Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, sing praises to the Lord, Selah.
To Him who rides upon the highest heavens, which are from ancient times; behold, He speaks forth with His voice, a mighty voice.
Ascribe strength to God; His majesty is over Israel and His strength is in the skies.
O God, You are awesome from Your sanctuary.  The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people. Blessed be God!”
   Psalm 68:19-35.

“Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God.  “Speak kindly to Jerusalem; and call out to her, that her warfare has ended, that her iniquity has been removed, that she has received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.”
A voice is calling, “Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness; make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.  Let every valley be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; and let the rough ground become a plain, and the rugged terrain a broad valley;  then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all flesh will see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
A voice says, “Call out.”  Then he answered, “What shall I call out?  All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.  The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass.  The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.
Get yourself up on a high mountain, O Zion, bearer of good news, lift up your voice mightily, O Jerusalem, bearer of good news; lift it up, do not fear. Say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!”
Behold, the Lord God will come with might, with His arm ruling for Him. Behold, His reward is with Him and His recompense before Him.  Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, in His arm He will gather the lambs and carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes,”
   Isaiah 40:1-11.

What Is Jewish Mysticism

Jewish mysticism has taken many forms.

The Jewish mystical tradition is rich and diverse, and Jewish mysticism has taken many forms. Scholar Moshe Idel groups the different expressions of Jewish mysticism into two fundamental types: moderate and intensive. Moderate mysticism is intellectual in nature. It is an attempt to understand God and God’s world, and ultimately affect and change the divine realm. This type of mysticism incorporates many aspects of traditional Judaism, including Torah study and the performance of the commandments, infusing these activities with mystical significance. Intensive mysticism, on the other hand, is experiential in nature. Intensive mystics use nontraditional religious activities, including chanting and meditation, in an attempt to commune with God.

Origins

The first forms of Jewish mysticism emerged in the early centuries of the first millennium. Merkavah mysticism was the most common early form. Merkavah mystics aimed at understanding and experiencing the vision of the divine throne discussed in the first chapter of the biblical book of Ezekiel. Another form of early mysticism focused on exploring the mysterious methods that God used to create the world. Sefer Yetzirah, the most important work of creation mysticism, describes the creation of the world through the arrangements of letters and numbers.

Kabbalah and Hasidism

Kabbalah is the most famous form of Jewish mysticism. It flowered in 13th century Spain with the writing of the Zohar, which was originally attributed to the 2nd century sage Shimon bar Yohai. The Zohar is a commentary on the Torah, concerned primarily with understanding the divine world and its relation to our world. According to kabbalah , God as God–also known as Ein Sof or “the Infinite”–cannot be comprehended by humans. However, God can be understood and described as revealed in ten mystical attributes, or sefirot.

Much of all future Kabbalah, including the important 16th-century Kabbalah of Isaac Luria–whose intricate theology of creation describes how God contracted to make room for the world–concerns itself with the sefirot. Abraham Abulafia was the most important of the medieval intensive mystics. He tried to achieve a state of prophecy through methods of experiential Kabbalah. Hasidism, a religious movement that emerged in the 18th century, spread mystical thinking and living to the masses of European Jewry by teaching that all people could have an experiential connection with God.

The New Age

Traditional mystical concepts permeate mainstream Jewish thought to this day (for example, the notions of tikkun ha-olam, or repair of the world, and of tzimtzum, God’s self-limiting), and texts of mystical origin have penetrated Jewish liturgy (including Lecha Dodi, the Friday night hymn welcoming the Sabbath, and other liturgical poetry). In addition, the academic study of Jewish mysticism has flourished in recent decades, due primarily to the work of a single scholar, Gershom Scholem. Scholem discovered and interpreted a wide range of mystical manuscripts and shed light on the origins and development of Jewish mysticism. With the emergence of New Age spirituality, Jewish mysticism has also experienced a popular renaissance. Jewish groups like the Renewal movement teach mysticism to spiritually inclined, nontraditional Jews, while controversial institutions such as the Kabbalah Centre offer a more universal and magical mysticism to Jews and non-Jews alike.

Declarations & Decrees: Provision Is Coming!

Declarations & Decrees: Provision is coming for those with a heart to serve.

I write these decrees in the Name of Jesus Christ and in His authority and through His power.

The Angelic troops stand ready to dispatch these decrees to the heavenly realms to the rulers, and authorities, and to post in the King’s Palace  (Revelations 2-3, Ephesians 3:10, Esther 8:10,13).

◦ We decree and declare the PURE and FAULTLESS are those who follow all commandments in the sight of Elohim God the Father is to CARE for ORPHANS and WIDOWS in their distress and to keep oneself from being contaminated by the World.

◦ We decree the RIGHTEOUS REJOICE and are GLAD in God’s presence; yes they EXULT and REJOICE!

◦ They Sing to God, they sing praises to His Name; they extol Him who RIDES ON THE CLOUDS by His Name, Lord/ Yah; and they are glad in His PRESENCE!

◦ We declare Elohim God in His Holy Dwelling is a FATHER to orphans and DEFENDER of widows.

◦ He gives HOMES to those who are alone and leads prisoners out into PROSPERITY.

◦ We decree and declare the Lord Elohim God Almighty goes before His People.

◦ He LEADS them on their way.

◦ The Earth quakes and the rain pours from the sky, at the PRESENCE OF ELOHIM GOD.

◦ Even Sinai shook at the Presence of Elohim God, the Elohim God of Israel!

◦ We declare the Lord Elohim God RAINS showers in plenty when His People are weary, He RESTORES THEM.

◦ His flock settles in their land, in His GOODNESS, He PROVIDES for the poor.

◦ We decree and declare that, as the Lord gives the COMMAND, the WOMEN with the GOOD NEWS are a MIGHTY ARMY!

◦ Elohim God is raising up His Women, Men and Children in this hour to move forth as a mighty army: pulling down strongholds and taking back the land He has PROMISED.

◦ We declare the children are coming to Jesus/ Yeshua, don’t stop them, for the Kingdom of Elohim God belongs to such as these.

◦ We decree all who come to the Lord must come with the simplicity of a child.

◦ We speak BLESSINGS on the children that they would grow in the knowledge and wisdom of the Lord.

◦ We declare and decree Elohim God sees the sacrifice of those who are serving Him and the People.

◦ He KNOWS what you have given up, He knows what you have left behind that you may live a selfless life TEACHING and NURTURING others in the Word of the Lord; your desire is that none would be lost, but all would come to the saving knowledge of the Truth.

◦ We decree Elohim God’s PROVISION for those who have given to and serve the orphans and the widows.

◦ Your storehouses are being replenished and the accounts are being filled.

◦ We thank the Lord Elohim God Almighty for His ENCOURAGEMENT, FAITHFULNESS and MERCY in this hour.

◦ We declare a CLEANSING and UNIFYING of the people of this land as these decrees go forth.

In the name of King Jesus Christ, empowered and led of the Holy Spirit of God, we dispatch the Angelic troops, throughout this land and in the spirit realm, to deliver these decrees to all, both flesh and spirit.

The enemy, the principalities and powers, have no authority to act against these decrees of our King, the Lord Elohim God Almighty; their actions will be of no effect to God’s chosen ones, but will be turned back on themselves for destruction.

The Lord Elohim God Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, we praise Your Name for You are True and Faithful and Just to perform it.  Amen!

“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world,”   James 1:27.

“But let the righteous be glad; let them exult before God; Yes, let them rejoice with gladness.  Sing to God, sing praises to His name; lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts, whose name is the Lord, and exult before Him.
A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, is God in His holy habitation.
God makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity, only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
O God, when You went forth before Your people, when You marched through the wilderness, Selah.
The earth quaked; the heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God; Sinai itself quaked at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
You shed abroad a plentiful rain, O God; You confirmed Your inheritance when it was parched.
Your creatures settled in it; You provided in Your goodness for the poor, O God.
The Lord gives the command; the women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host,”
   Psalm 68:3-11.

“And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them.  But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”
And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them…..
….. Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last, first”……
….. But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.  For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many,”
   Mark 10:13-16, 29-31, 43-45.

This Week’s Torah Portion | October 22 – October 28, 2017 – 2 Cheshvan – 8 Cheshvan, 5778

Lech Lecha (Go Forth) Parsha – Weekly Torah Portion

LECH LECHA
TORAH : GENESIS 12:1-17:27
PROPHETS : ISAIAH 40:27-41:16
GOSPEL : MATTHEW 1:1-17

From ancient times there has been a weekly portion (Parashah) from the first five books of Moses (The Torah) and an ending (Haftarah) from the Prophets read on the Sabbath in synagogues around the world. This portion is given a Hebrew name drawn from the opening words of the Torah passage.

We have found that in perusing these weekly readings, not only are we provided opportunity to identify in the context of God’s Word with millions of Jewish people around the world, but very often the Holy Spirit will highlight specific passages pertinent that week in our intercession for the Land and people of Israel.

The Haftarah, unless otherwise noted, will be that read in Ashkenazy synagogues around the world.
The readings for this week 22-28 October 2017 are called Lekh Lekha—“Go Forth, Yourself”:

Torah:

This week’s portion begins with a hearkening-back to the call of Abram in Ur, and ends with the promise of Isaac, and with Abram (his name now changed to “Abraham”) entering into the Covenant of Circumcision with his household. In the course of these chapters he will travel from Ur and Haran (12:4) to Canaan, passing through the land to Shechem, Bethel, the Negev (dry southland), Egypt, back to the Negev, back to Bethel, walking the land “northward, southward, eastward, and westward (13:14), to Hebron, to war north of Damascus, back to Hebron. We cannot hope here to discuss all that takes place in the course of these travels; but ask the LORD to attend you as you travel through these pages with the Father of our Faith,

“‘Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were hewn and to the quarry from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who gave birth to you in pain; When he was but one I called him, then I blessed him and multiplied him.’ Indeed, the LORD will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places…”

(Isaiah 51:1-3a).


*Genesis 12:1- “Now the LORD said to Abram: ‘Go you forth out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great. Be a Blessing! I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

a. “Now the LORD said to Abram: ‘Go you forth out of your country…”

Some rabbinic traditions hold that this command was given in Haran (in modern-day S/E Turkey) where Abram’s father Terah had taken Abram, his wife Sarai and Terah’s grandson Lot (Genesis 11:31). But at least one passage in the New Covenant asserts that this is not true:

Acts 7:2-4: Stephen is preaching to Jewish leaders in Jerusalem: “Brothers and sisters, hear me. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia [the city of Ur was in this region], before he lived in Haran, and said to him, ‘Go out from your land and from your kindred and go into the land that I will show you.’ Then he went out from the land of the Chaldeans and lived in Haran. And after his father died, God removed him from there into this land in which you are now living.” There is nothing in the account to suggest that the religious Jewish leaders to whom Stephen was preaching, were in disagreement with this.

*From this passage we see that God appeared to Abraham, and again in Genesis 12:7 below. One of the difficulties for many Jews in believing in the deity of Yeshua/Jesus is the insistence of their teachers that God would never take on a human form and be seen. Yet these passages show us that God is capable of taking on just such a form—he “appeared to” Abraham. We will see this “appearing” occurring again at the beginning of next week’s Parashah, and indeed throughout the Torah.

*He appeared while Abraham was still in Ur and commanded him to leave his family and follow Him. This was a new experience for Abraham. There were many ‘gods’ worshiped in Ur. Now he, like all of us today, would have to learn to know and trust this new God. He would make mistakes, but he would nevertheless exercise faith in trusting through the light he had. We have no way of knowing for certain if he erred in telling his father what God had commanded, rather than just obeying and going, But evidently he did tell his father—who then decided to go along. Terah in fact took control—and led them as far as Haran. In doing so, Terah probably took along his own house-hold gods. As we shall see, these would reappear years later (Genesis 31:19), creating big problems for Abraham’s descendants. For now, God allowed Terah to go along, though not to the ultimate destination. And so they waited in Haran until Abraham’s father died—then God moved Abram, his wife and Lot on to Canaan.

*Genesis 12:2a. “I will make you a great nation…and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Hebrew for “nation” is goy; “great nation” is goy gadol. In Modern Hebrew slang, goy and goyim (plural) are often used in reference to individuals or peoples who are non-Jews (Gentiles). Scripture most often uses goyim to refer to nations other than Israel. However, here God is speaking to an individual human being drawn from one of the nations, who in his descendants would become a great nation in which families throughout the earth would be blessed. It may be significant that “earth” here is adamah—soil. Adam was formed from adamah. Today, all his descendants are in Hebrew called bnei-adam—“children of Adam”. God saw and continues to see the physical seed of Abraham (Israel) as an individual nation before him …and his blessing through them is on behalf of all of Adam’s children.

*Genesis 12:2. “I will make a great nation of you and will give-you-blessing and will make your name great. Be a blessing!” (Everett Fox translation; emphases ours). In the Hebrew, the last three words are clearly a command/imperative form of the verb. God isn’t saying here that Abraham and his seed “will be” or “become” a blessing; rather, he is speaking a command into that seed, “BE!” A blessing to all the children of Adam through that seed would indeed be released in the person of the Saviour, Yeshua Messiah. But this holy command has never been annulled! The workings of God for all humankind continue to be mirrored in his workings in this People. For those with eyes to see and ears to hear, Israel continues to “Be a Blessing”. And as Israel, through recognizing and receiving her Messiah, returns to her fullness, her acceptance will be “life from the dead”! (Romans 11:15).

*Genesis 12:7-8. “Then YHVH (The LORD) appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your seed I will give this land.’ And there he built [there in Shechem] an altar to YHVH, who had appeared to him. And he moved/shifted from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent…where he built an altar to YHVH and called on the name of YHVH.”

Wonderful things happened in Shechem (modern-day Nablus). The God of Glory, Who had appeared to him while still in Ur, now, after a long and arduous journey, appeared to Abram again! Look once more at the verse 7. Shechem certainly appeared to be:

A legitimate destination of God’s leading.
A place of God’s revealed Presence.
A place of the releasing of God’s prophetic Word.
A place of established worship to “the One who reveals Himself.”

The ideal place to settle down!

Yet one verse later Abraham moves to Bethel. The word translated “moved” also means to “take a shift” (Robert Alter translates it “pulled up his stakes”). As we saw during the recent Sukkot festival, God “makes everything beautiful in its time or season (Ecclesiastes 3:11). But, he is under no obligation to beautify if, after the season for our being in a certain place has passed, we insist on staying there. Abram took his “shift,” and a much greater blessing awaited him at Bethel, a place he would return to time and time again…and to which his grandson Jacob many years later would return to find an open heavens with the angels still ascending and descending.

*Genesis 14:5. “In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him came and attacked the Rephaim in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzim in Ham, the Emim in Shaveh Kiriathaim, and the Horites in their mountain of seir, as far as El Paran, which is by the wilderness…And the king of Sodom went out to meet him [i.e. Abraham] after his striking down Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him…”.

Abraham pursued and struck down this king who himself had defeated the Rephaim, Zuzim, Emim, and the Horites. It is fascinating to discover how almost 500 years later, descendants of each of these peoples (Deuteronomy 2:10, 12, 20, 22; 3:11), whose height and cruel renown had paralyzed with fear their parents 40 years previously, are dispatched quickly by the young new generation of Israelis shortly before their advancement into Canaan.

Perhaps Joshua and Caleb had been taught from childhood how the God of their father Abraham had given him easy victory over a Chedorlaomer, who had himself subdued all of these feared peoples. In faith, after being sent in to spy out the land, they brought back a good report.

*Genesis 14:19. “Then Melchizedek king of Shalem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of El Elyon (God Most-High).” Just as English god comes from an old Anglo-Saxon expression for deity, the Canaanites word for god was el, and they had many elelim. Soon after Abram entered Canaan, the One who had appeared to him in Ur and Shechem began to reveal aspects of His nature which made clear how this “El” differed from all the other “el’s” crowding the land. His attributes are reflected in a number of descriptive names which began to be used by Abraham and his descendants…El Elyon is the El (or God) who is “most High”—El Roii (16:13) is El who “Sees”—El Shaddai (17:1) is El who is “Almighty and sustains all life”. By verse 22, Abram realizes that the God who had appeared to him as YHVH in Ur and Shechem (12:1; 12:7-8) and this El Elyon are One and the same, “I raise my hand to YHVH El Elyon, the possessor of Heaven and earth…”

*Genesis 15:6. “And he believed in YHVH, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.”

*Genesis 15:12. “Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram: and behold, terror and great darkness fell upon him. God said to Abram, ‘Know for ce4rtain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where they will be enslaved and oppressed four hundred years. But I will also judge the nation whom they will serve, and afterward they will come out with many possessions. As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you will be buried at a good old age. Then in the fourth generation they will return here, for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.’ It came about when the sun had set, that it was very dark, and behold—a smoking oven and a flaming torch which passed between these pieces. On that day YHVH made a covenant with Abram, saying, ‘To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates…’”

“By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God—all these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. And indeed, if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.” (Hebrews 11:8—16).

*Genesis 16:4b-5a. “And when she [Hagar] saw that she had conceived, her mistress [Sarai] became despised in her eyes. Then Sarai said to Abram, ‘May the wrong done me be upon you!”
We must realize that the struggle reflected in Hagar’s actions and Sarai’s response is over an issue of far greater magnitude than either of these women could have been aware. Far from being merely a domestic squabble (although, so it may have seemed to them), a cosmic spiritual battle was raging over God’s covenant on behalf not only of Abraham’s descendants but of the whole Human Race! When Sarai speaks wildly to Abram of the “wrong” being done her, she uses the word hamas—a word used other places in the Hebrew Bible for “cruel violence” (Genesis 49:5; Psalm 25:19; 27:12). A great Enemy was seeking to divert the line of Covenant which God had determined to come through Sarai’s womb (Genesis 17:21); this covenant-hating Power of “cruel violence” was trying to tear her apart. This same battle is still raging! The Muslim religion teaches that a divine covenant went through Ishmael, not Isaac. The power behind this falsehood hates Life, and the God of Life, and rules those presently under its dominion through cruel violence, hamas (a word which coincidentally is spelled and pronounced the same as the acronym for the present-day terrorist Islamic Resistant Movement). PLEASE PRAY: That Muslims will be freed from a power of violence which has sought to keep them outside the covenant of God Most High. Pray for dreams and visions…for a powerful working of the Holy Spirit of God, to shed abroad in hearts the Love that the Father has for them. Pray that perfect love from the Most High God will be discovered to come through knowledge of Jesus…and that that perfect Love will cast out fear.

Genesis 17:4-12. “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations…I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your seed after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God…This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised; and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you. He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male child in your generations….”

It is significant that the first two locations where God promised to give “this land” to Abraham’s seed Shechem (modern day Nablus), Genesis 12:7; Bethel, Genesis 13:14-15 (and probably Hebron, Genesis 15:18, 17:1-14) are located in the area of the “Mountains of Israel”, currently known to much of the world as the “West Bank”. It is this same area which Israel is being constantly pressured to surrender for establishment of a permanent Muslim Palestinian state. We also find it significant that in recent years, circumcision has come under fire in a number of places in the west—including certain areas of the United States and Europe. It must be remembered that although these efforts to ban circumcision are being made under the guise of protecting the rights of children, the ritual was given by God to the Hebrews as sign of a covenant, eternally binding the physical seed of Abraham to the land once called “Canaan” (including, of course, the furiously contested modern-day areas of Judea, Samaria and all of Jerusalem).

Genesis 17:18-22. “And Abraham said to God, ‘Oh that Ishmael might live before You!’ Then God said, But Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year.’ Then he finished talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.”

After Abraham asks God that Ishmael may “live before Him”, God does not answer “No” (as many English versions translate), nor “Yes” (as the NIV translates). The Hebrew simply says, “But, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son…” Ishmael will indeed live before Him, becoming a nation with “twelve princes” (a prophecy which is shown fulfilled in Genesis 25:16). But the important word here is “covenant” (vs. 19, 21). God’s covenants are covenants of life for all humankind—and this one must come through Isaac. Here we see a parting of ways between Judaism and Christianity and Islam. As mentioned above, Islam teaches that Ishmael was the chosen vessel, not Isaac—that it was he who yielded himself to sacrifice. Any covenant which is in opposition to God’s covenant cannot be a covenant of Life. Please Pray for revelation among Muslims, that God’s covenant through Isaac led to the birth of Yeshua (Arabic: Yasua) who is the Way, the Truth and the Life for all children of Adam!

Haftarah:

*Isaiah 41:8-13. “But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, Descendant of Abraham My beloved…You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its remotest parts and said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and not rejected you. Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Behold, all those who are angered at you will be shamed and dishonoured; Those who contend with you will be as nothing and will perish. You will seek those who quarrel with you, but will not find them, those who war with you will be as nothing and non-existent. For I am the YHVH your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’”

[The readings for next week (29 October—4 November 2017) are called VaYera—“And [The LORD] Appeared to Him”. TORAH: Genesis 18:1—22:24; HAFTARAH: II Kings 4:1-37.]

In A Nutshell

The portion, Go Forth, begins with Abraham being commanded to go to the land of Canaan. When Abraham reaches the land of Canaan, the hunger forces him to go down to Egypt, where Pharaoh’s servants take Sarai, his wife. In Pharaoh’s house, Abraham presents her as his sister, fearing for his life. The Creator punishes Pharaoh with infections and diseases, and he is forced to give Sarai back to Abraham.

When Abraham returns to the Canaan, a fight breaks out between the herdsmen of Lot’s cattle and the herdsmen of Abraham’s cattle, after which they part ways.

A war breaks out between four kings from among the rulers of Babylon, and five kings from the land of Canaan, Lot is taken captive, and Abraham sets out to save him.

The Creator makes a covenant with Abraham, “the covenant of the pieces” (or “covenant between the parts”), which is the promise of the continuation of his descendants and the promise of the land.

Sarai cannot have children, so she offers Abraham her maid, Hagar, and they have a child named Ishmael.

Abraham makes the covenant of the circumcision with the Creator and is commanded to circumcise himself and all the males in his household. His name changes from Abram to Abraham, and his wife’s name changes from Sarai to Sarah.

At the end of the portion, the Creator promises Sarah that she would have a son whose name will be Isaac.

Commentary
All the stories of the portion before us happen within us. In the correct perception of reality, this world does not exist, and neither do history or geography, nor the story of the portion. All of them are occurrences that take place within us.

The wisdom of Kabbalah explains that perception of reality is a profound matter, relating to our innermost psychology, to our senses and to our physical structure.

The Torah speaks the truth about the way we developed, and all the people and events that it describes are our mental forces. Abraham, for instance, is the tendency to develop toward spirituality, the desire to approach and discover the Creator.

The story of Abraham in Babylon is really the revelation that only one force exists and manages the world, and the desire to discover that force. Anyone who feels the desire to discover who is managing one’s fate and why, or is asking, “What is the meaning of my life?” is at the same starting point of Abraham, and the force of Abraham is working within that person.

By thinking what he must do, Abraham felt that he had to advance to the next state. He actually felt Nature prodding him forward, telling him, “Go forth from your land and from your kindred, and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.” Where? To where I will show you, where you will find the balance, where you can realize yourself.

Maimonides and other Kabbalists wrote that this is how Abraham moved to the land of Canaan with his entire household, and thousands of the people who left Babylon along with him, and which he established as the “house of Abraham.” When Abraham reached the land of Canaan, he reached a new desire, called “Canaan.”

The word Eretz (land) comes from the word Ratzon (desire). Abraham discovers that that desire does not sufficiently promote him; he felt hunger and did not know what would sustain him and keep him at this point of the land of Canaan. Because the land of Canaan is a land of bestowal, while he was still not in a state where he could achieve bestowal, a new situation formed, which compelled him to be attached to the will to receive. This is what made him go down to Egypt.

A big, new desire appeared here, where one feels that more steps with the intensifying ego are required because the ego is shifting from a state of “Babylon is not enough.” As the ego grows, it demands satisfaction. But this arouses fear that if one should work with the ego with the intentions to bestow called “Abraham,” it will not be enough to keep oneself and thus one might ruin the intention.

This is why a person is unwilling to work with the ego, the obstruction that is growing within. The little desire within tells that person, “This is my sister, not my wife.” A person becomes ready to completely abstain from the whole of the desire, called Sarah, and remain solely in the intention to bestow called Abraham.

Because of the growing ego within us, we lack the sensation of fulfillment. On the contrary, we feel increasingly deficient and empty. Pharaoh is the state imprinted within us that asks, “What do I get out of it?” It seems that the current state is worse than the one that I had before, which is why Pharaoh tells Abraham to take back the desire called Sarah because he could not handle it. Pharaoh wanted to remain in corporeality, as he was, while that desire, Sarah, extended from spirituality.

These two parts within us are in a constant struggle. They alternate—Abraham grows and falls, and then Pharaoh grows and falls. It resembles walking, stepping with the right foot, then the left foot, and it makes little difference what we call them because they acquire different names on different degrees.

When Abraham and his entourage return to the land of Canaan, a problem arises between the herdsmen of Lot’s cattle and the herdsmen of Abraham’s cattle. The word Lot means curse. A question arises—“Which way should one go, in the direction of the aim to receive, or in the direction of the aim to bestow?” Once again, one becomes perplexed and does not know what to do. This is the quarrel over the place and the wells. In spite of everything, one chooses to distinguish between the two forces—reception and bestowal.

This teaches us that during our development there are many events where we must look into our egos and see how it is cresting in us. And yet, we must disagree with the direction of the evil, but we must also refrain from ruining it. Rather, we should abstain from it, as Abraham abstained from Lot, who later saved him from Sodom.

These are the bilateral changes that happen within us. We use our bad Kelim (vessels), as well as our good ones, our good qualities and our bad qualities, and all the thoughts we need, because we learn from that.

When Abraham concludes the quarrel with the herdsmen of Lot’s cattle, he wages war on the four kings that live in the country. Once again we see that as one develops, one is in a constant struggle. Although the kings, the great forces, the persons’ big desires, do not allow one to enter the land of Canaan and encircle Canaan, a person wishes to achieve a certain spiritual degree in which one begins to feel the Creator, the common force of Nature, the eternity and perfection in Nature. However, it is impossible because those Malchuts, those kings, are standing in the way, blocking it.

Following this war the Creator appears to Abraham and says to him that he is making a covenant with him, and this land will truly belong to the quality of Abraham that is growing and developing atop the quality of Pharaoh, atop the wars and on top of Lot. Now that quality is big and strong enough; it is sufficiently established to enter with it into the land of Canaan. This is the quality that allows one to achieve the purpose of creation, the revelation of the Creator, and to achieve Dvekut (adhesion) with the Creator.

In order to actually attain the next degree, the contact with the Creator, we need a force that will “beget” the next degree. It is we who beget the new states, but the will to receive, which is Sarah, still cannot be the force that is giving birth under the quality of Abraham. The quality of Abraham is still weak in its intention to bestow, and cannot deliver from the will to receive called Sarah. However, it can do it with the right line, the force of the right, but only with that part of it called Hagar. The offshoot of that is Ishmael—a force that belongs to the right of Bina, which is called the Klipa (shell/peel) of the right.

In the end, following the covenant and the numerous corrections, Abraham comes to a state where he can also work with the general will to receive, called Sarah. This is when Sarah gives birth, hence the great joy in the portion.

Abraham is told to go from Babylon to Canaan. What does it mean to move from one desire to the next, and what does it feel like in the land of Canaan?

We are in a process of constant changes, except we are not aware of it. The Torah speaks of the changes we go through consciously, having decided that we really want to change our desires. The will to receive is our entire substance. We shift from one desire to the next, from land to land. There is a maxim that says, “change of place, change of luck.” A “place” is the desire from which we observe the world. The desire is everything; it is the foundation from which we embark on every action.

Each name or word that is mentioned actually denotes a desire. In the wisdom of Kabbalah we speak of Aviut (thickness), Masach (screen), and Reshimot (recollections) that determine the state of the Neshama (soul). Here, too, we are speaking of the same changes we go through, except the terminology is different.

“Go forth” means that a person should always feel that the beginning of the path is Yesod (foundation), and one advances precisely when shifting from state to state. One must carry out those instructions and move from state to state until one arrives at the end of one’s correction. Therefore, “go forth” is the act that the Creator expects us to perform.

This means that we can move only if we understand that change can happen only through unity. The whole difference between spiritual degrees is that one becomes increasingly connected, and connects all the elements within one to the attainment of the goal. Nothing is created without a reason. We need all of our mental powers: Pharaoh, Lot, the Abraham’s cattle, Lot’s cattle, the kings that are in the land, Balaam, Balak, Haman, the wicked, as well as the righteous. In the end, the Torah teaches us how to connect all our mental powers and become a complete individual.

What is the meaning of the land of Canaan with regard to the desires?

Canaan is a land that precedes the land of Israel. It is one of the degrees, the one before the land of Israel.

Is a person already on the way to spirituality if the point in his or her heart has awakened?

Yes. Once the point awakens in a person’s heart, he or she cannot stay in “Babylon.” Such a person must leave Babylon and ascend to the degree of the land of Canaan. One progresses along with those who join in—those desires that one can work with—and rises to another degree, where one thinks in the direction of bestowal and Hesed (mercy), in the direction that Abraham symbolizes.

Go Forth, to Correct Yourself

Since the Creator saw his awakening and his desire, He immediately revealed Himself to him and told him, “Go forth,” to know yourself and to correct yourself. Meaning, he should stop weighing the upper forces but raise MAN and extend a high Zivug on the Masach that appeared to him, by which he will be rewarded with extending Daat for himself and correct himself.

Zohar for All, Lech Lecha (Go Forth), item 28

Attaining a higher degree is done by the Aviut (thickness) of the new desire, and through the intention over that desire. If a person performs a Zivug de Hakaa (coupling of striking), he or she achieves the revelation of the upper light at the degree in which the Zivug was made.

What does it mean that the Creator saw his awakening?

A person receives the awakening from the overall plan of creation. Each of us has a time in which we begin to awaken. The general “engine” of all the souls turns like a counter and issues orders to each one. All of a sudden, you wake up, you want, you are being led. You are given an awakening to spirituality once, or twice, or thrice in life, and you must respond; you must take initiative and begin to advance on your own.

What happens when a person discovers that he or she cannot advance any longer?

When you suddenly begin to discover that you cannot advance in spirituality, it means you are once again falling into the egotistical desire, into Pharaoh. You are descending to Egypt once again.

It is fine, and it is what should happen. You need to intensify your ego in order to advance, as this is all your matter. It is all the substance of creation—the great will to receive. Without Pharaoh, you will not be able to reach Mount Sinai.

You have to have a “mountain” of evil, hatred, which you took from Pharaoh. The whole of the desire that appeared in you became a mountain, around which you feel your hatred of others. At that point you tell yourself, “I have to have the Torah; I have no choice; I have to have the force that will correct me, which is called ‘the light that reforms.’” The progress is always done from two directions: on one side is the growing egotistical desire; on the other side, one must see that one has the intention to bestow.

What is the Klipa of the right, and how come Abraham, the quality of Hesed, begot a Klipa?

The quality of Abraham is only just beginning; it is not entirely corrected. That is, it is the initial desire of a person, which is clear, lacking Aviut. When one connects to oneself Aviut, in order to advance, the right and left connect through the scrutinies of the desire. A person must cut and scrutinize with which desires one can work, and with which desires one still cannot, although later one will correct them in more advanced degrees.

Moreover, by begetting his son with his partial desire called Hagar, the conditions change. Sarai becomes Sarah, and Abram becomes Abraham. These are not just different names. Through these corrections we arrive at a state where we work with a new, different desire known as Sarah, and a new, different intention known as Abraham, who begets the beginning of the nation.

Is Isaac the beginning of the nation?

Not only Isaac. There are three lines altogether: the left, right, and middle line, which is Israel. Additionally, there are two Klipot (shells/peels): Ishmael on the right, and Esau on the left. It does not mean that they are completely flawed, but only that in time they, too, will be corrected.

The Klipa of the right, Ishmael, is still fighting against everyone, even today.

It will remain so until the end of correction, until we all mingle together and unite.

Does circumcision mean the “cutting” into the desire?

Yes, but the circumcision is more than just the cutting; it is also the Klipot, which are desires that you cannot work with. For now, they are Klipot, until they become Kedusha (holiness). The problem is in you; you cannot work with such intense desires with the aim to bestow, since if you receive pleasures you will take them to yourself instead of bestowing them to others.

What does it mean to make a covenant with the Creator?

Making a covenant with the Creator means that a person makes whatever pledge is required. The covenant is a special, inner reorganization that allows one—along with one’s forces—to position oneself in a situation where one will never make mistakes, through all the future degrees, provided one maintains a certain principle.

Is the Creator going to help me because of the covenant?

The covenant means that the Creator is helping you. It is Nature, the Creator = Nature. “I the Lord do not change” means that from now on you recognize a certain principle. If you stick to it, you are guaranteed to avoid any mistakes, any deviations, and any sins. The spiritual advancement is always toward a degree that you still do not know. Therefore, you must be certain that when you advance, you will not fail. The covenant is the force that takes you over safely from one degree to the next.

There are two covenants: the covenant of the pieces and the circumcision. The circumcision has become a Jewish conduct in the corporeal world, and it is a commandment to this day. Some even say it is a cruel tradition. What is the spiritual root of the circumcision?

The root lies in the need to be rid of the will to receive that one cannot correct. It is what we do all the time, including with Sarah, Hagar, and so forth. Each time, we scrutinize the will to receive, which, on the one hand, is growing, and on the other hand, we need to “cut out” some of it, similar to the end of the Partzuf (face). We need to decide, “I cannot deal with this part for the time being.” This is also what the positive and negative (“do” and “do not do”) Mitzvot (commandments) speak of. Why “do not do”? Because there is a will to receive that I cannot use.

Therefore, in every situation we must distinguish between the desire we use and the desire we do not use. The place of the scrutiny is called the “Rosh (head) of the Partzuf,” and this is the primary scrutiny that we must always make preceding every decision.

Is the foreskin the desire that we cannot use?

Yes, the foreskin, the exposing, and the drop of blood. These are all the corrections that engage in the intensity of the desire and its nature, with which we cannot currently work in favor of others, nor also in our own favor, since we are in spirituality and we do not use them. The decision to refrain from using them is called “circumcision.”

It is mentioned that Lot is taken captive. Who captured him and what is captivity?

He was taken captive by the egotistical desire of Sodom. Sodom, compared to the state we are in, is a state of great righteousness, and we even dare to say “Sodomite rule.”

Do you mean that we are worse than Sodomite rule?

Yes. Sodomite rule is “let mine be mine and let yours be yours,” I do not touch you, and you do not touch me. Even if I can steal something from you, I won’t. Or even if I can use you, I will avoid it. I do not sell you something bad or manipulate you through advertisement. In short, I do not exploit you.

Sodomite rule does not sound so bad then.

Of course. If we were in Sodomite rule today it would be a step forward for us. It is with good reason that Lot was included in it. After all he is close to Abraham; these qualities are not so far. Abraham came to save him because the quality of Sodom is required in order to elicit anything for correction. This is why when Abraham came to Sodom, he scrutinized the desires that could be salvaged out of them, while the rest, which could not be scrutinized, had to go through the upheaval of Sodom.

The Message of the Portion:

The key message of the portion is truly, “go forth.” We move from state to state only through the changes in our desires. Each moment we examine and scrutinize our desires in order to decide which desires we can use, and which ones we still cannot, which desires we should “kill,” and which ones we should “cut off” from ourselves.

I always scrutinize with what I can advance through love of others, and toward the love of the Creator. “Go forth” is the way that guides me, and it is the only one that I walk.