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Hanukkah – Foreshadow of Current Events?

by Cathy Helms 

In the book of Leviticus and elsewhere are seven celebrations which the God of Israel firmly calls “My feasts” (Leviticus 23).  Our Father is undertaking in our day to restore these Feasts to His entire body, including those of us who have been grafted in by grace through faith. Two other annual traditional celebrations commemorate God’s intervention to deliver His people from evil and wicked governmental strongholds, much like what we have been experiencing the last two years. Purim [pooREEM] memorializes the deliverance of the Jewish people from Haman in the Book of Esther. Hanukkah, which we will focus on in this document, venerates a David-and-Goliah military triumph in 164BCE.

As we look into this annual celebration, let us also note the parallels to our day and take comfort that God is sovereign and Yeshua is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The edicts that have been handed down to us in the last two years and the outrageous attempts to get us to go along with the diabolical agenda of the World Economic Forum are right out of the playbook of Antiochus!  Let’s also ask ourselves why Yeshua would have walked 70 or more miles in the cold and rain to be at the Temple at this particular time, to observe a feast which is not biblically prescribed.  Let’s also ask if there is reason for us to participate in it, and if so, how Abba might have us do so.

“Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Yeshua walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch. Then the [religious leaders] surrounded Him and said to Him, ‘How long will You keep us in doubt? If You are the Messiah, tell us plainly.’” (John 10:22-24)

Modern translations can sometimes obscure plain meaning. A translation for a Jewish readership states very clearly, “Now it was the Feast of Hanukkah…” The word (חֲנֻכָּה)  means “dedication” or “consecration.” To answer the question of why Yeshua was at the Temple for the Feast of Dedication, we have to look into the circumstances that led to this annual celebration.

The History Behind Hanukkah

In between Malachi’s prophecy and Matthew’s Gospel were four hundred so-called “silent years,” when the prophets’ voices were stilled.  The number four is a hint to Messianic significance; Yeshua lived in the 4th millennium.  The number four also means “seal” and “covenant.”   What does our Heavenly Father want to tell us about this supposedly “silent” period? Listen! The voice of history is speaking!

The books of First and Second Maccabees, preserved in the Apocrypha, which is part of the Catholic Bible, provide the historical record. Antiochus IV ruled over Mesopotamia and the Middle East, including Judea, the southern kingdom, long after the norther kingdom of Israel was exiled and scattered. In other words, Judea was the only visible remnant of the whole house of Israel. Antiochus was a successor to one of the generals who received a part of the domain of Alexander the Great after his death. These rival kingdoms constantly waged war against another, subjecting their subjects to shifting control and fortunes. During this same time period, Rome was conquering vast areas and was well on its way to becoming the chief empire of the world.

Antiochus, a foreshadow of anti-Christ, went so far as to claim to be God. He even added “Epiphanes” (“God manifest”) to his name.  Coins minted at the time proclaimed “King Antiochus…God made visible.” The Greeks sought to Hellenize conquered nations by forcing them to abandon their language, customs, and faith, many times at the threat of death, to the supposedly superior Hellenistic culture.  Many Jews capitulated; but a stubborn remnant, with the help of God, as Antiochus would find, proved undefeatable, to the glory of God.

The Maccabees

Before Antiochus came to power, a devout and highly respected Levite, Onias, was High Priest.  Second Maccabees reports that because of his love for God and his total dedication to obeying the LORD’s commandments, Jerusalem enjoyed a time of great peace in his day. Even foreign kings honored the Temple and donated precious gifts of tribute.

However, Onias had a wealthy brother, Jason, who was convinced that the Jews were hopelessly stuck in time and wanted to see them adopt the liberal, progressive ways of the supposedly enlightened Greeks.  Coveting the role of High Priest, Jason aligned himself with Antiochus and offered to finance the king’s campaign against Egypt, Antiochus’ next target in view, provided the king would grant him that honored role. Antiochus soon replaced Onias, who was murdered, with Jason. As a result, Jason also became head of the Sanhedrin, a group of 70 rabbis with power equivalent to the United States Supreme Court today.

Jason proceeded full steam ahead to “reform” Israel with outrageous practices.  He built a Greek gymnasium in the holy city of Jerusalem and hosted nude athletic games opened by ceremonies in which sacrifices were made to Greek gods.  Under his leadership, many Jews even went so far as to undergo painful reverse circumcision. [Think what surgeries of reversal are being undertaken today.] Yet, in spite of mounting cultural pressure, the remnant clung to the commandments, statutes, and ordinances given by God to Moses.

It wasn’t long before the king would look for an even higher bidder for the position of High Priest. Enter Menelaus, who was not a Levite, and who believed that even Jason’s evil reforms were lacking for the prosperity of the nation. When Menelaus was named High Priest, a man outside the sons of Aaron, it sent shock waves throughout Judea. [Let me remind the reader that making priests of the common people was one of the cardinal sins of Jeroboam, first ruler of the Northern Kingdom (1 Kings 13:33). It was for the reason that the northern kingdom insisted in maintaining the “ways of Jeroboam” that God whistled for the king of Assyria to remove it from His presence (1 Kings 15:29).]

To fund Antiochus’ war chest and usurp Jason, Menelaus raided the Temple treasury, adding insult to injury. [Is the US treasury being raided today?] Initially, Menelaus’ idea of progress was not to abolish Jewish Law, but rather to liberalize it. Eventually, what the Torah called profane, he called acceptable; what the torah called good, he called evil. When Menelaus convinced Antiochus to forbid circumcision, as well as the keeping of the Feasts of the LORD, the practice of eating “clean” foods, and the designation of sacred places, the remnant tore their clothes and cried out to God with ashes on their heads.

In the month of Kislev (our November/December) in the year 167 BCE, the Sanhedrin codified Menelaus’ ideas into law and even the study of Torah became illegal. To add further insult, the Temple was dedicated to the Greek god Zeus and his image; “the abomination that makes desolate” (Dan 11:31), was installed on the altar.   On the 25th day of Kislev the sacrificial offering of pigs was begun and the blood of these unclean animals was sprinkled in the Holy of Holies. It is believed this outrageous idea also originated with Menelaus.

But when cult prostitutes were introduced on the Temple Mount, it was the last straw. [Think of drag queens being introduced to our chidren!] Mattathias, a true priest, of the tribe of Levi, fled Jerusalem to his hometown of Modi’in. Mattathias had five sons, one of whom was called Maccabee, or “The Hammer.”  We read of his deep grief in 1 Maccabees chapter 2.

“Why was I born to see the ruin of my people and the ruin of the holy city and the holy place taken over by foreigners? Jerusalem’s temple has become like a woman raped! Her treasures stolen! Our infants have been killed in the streets! Our young people have been killed in battle! Jerusalem’s beauty has been spoiled. Our freedom has been taken away. We have become slaves. Look around! Our beautiful holy place, which we honor, has been destroyed. We have nothing left to live for!” (1 Maccabees 2:1-14)

The king’s officials, ordered to force the Israelites to abandon their covenant with God, soon arrived in Modi’in in an attempt to persuade the people to sacrifice to false gods.  Many of the Jews went along with them, but Mattathias and his sons refused. At first, the officials tried flattery and bribery.  But though the officials promised wealth and honor, the remnant stood firm:

“You’re a highly respected leader in this city, and you have the support of your sons and relatives. If you will be the first to come forward and obey the king as ordered, then you and your sons will receive the title ‘Friend of the King.’ You will be honored with silver, gold, and many other gifts.” Mattathias refused and shouted vehemently, “Though all the nations in the king’s empire obey the king and abandon the religion of their ancestors, my sons and I will keep the terms of the promise God made to our ancestors.  It’s unthinkable for us to desert the teaching and instruction of God. We won’t obey the king’s orders, and we won’t worship in any other way!” (1 Macc. 2:19-22)

At this, one man boldly rushed forward in front of everyone to be the first to show allegiance to the Greek gods. Enraged, the aged Mattathias rose up and slew both that man and the officer who offered the bribe. Then, smashing the altar with supernatural strength, he ran throughout the city, shouting, “Everyone who is devoted to God and willing to stand up for God’s law, follow me!” He and his sons fled to the mountains, leaving their possessions behind.

Another group of resistors had hidden themselves in caves in the desert where they found themselves discovered and surrounded by the king’s troops on a Sabbath day. After refusing to exchange obedience for their lives, they were slaughtered. This event proved only to strengthen the resolve of Mattathias and his sons who swore to fight to the death to defend their faith, even on the Sabbath. Joined by others who had also fled the persecution, a small army emerged. Reminiscent of the Levites after the golden calf incident, they attacked and killed Jews who had compromised. They tore down altars dedicated to false gods and forced circumcision upon those who had rebelled against the practice. Righteous anger ignited and fueled a guerrilla war that would see thousands of enemy troops taken down over the next three grueling years.

Before Mattathias died of natural causes in 166 BCE, he charged his sons,

“We’re living in disastrous and violent times.  Offer your lives for the sake of the promise God made to our ancestors.  Remember our ancestors.  If you do what they did, you will be also be highly honored by God….Everyone who stays in covenant will have the strength they need to do whatever God has called them to do.” 1 Maccabees 2:51-64

After his father’s death, Judah “The Hammer,” with his brothers’ wholehearted approval, rose up to lead the remnant. And just as the God of Israel enabled David to defeat Goliath, so did He strengthen the tiny, ill equipped army of God to defeat the mammoth forces of Antiochus.  Maccabees 1:3-8 reports:

“Judas brought his people widespread honor.  He wore his breastplate like a hero… He was like a lion in everything he did, like a young lion when it roars at its prey….He made life bitter for many kings, but he made Jacob’s descendants happy with everything he did…   He turned God’s anger away from Israel. His name became known throughout the world. He united those who were about to be destroyed.”

Against all odds, within three years the Maccabees had emptied Judea of enemy troops and restored sovereignty to the nation. Outnumbered and outclassed, the Maccabees defeated the Goliath of their day. The lesson for us, as we approach 2023 is clearly that the remnant can overthrow the oppressor. If God be for us, who can be against us? Our God is undefeated and He always leads us to triumph (2 Cor. 2:14). As it was in the days of Pharaoh, Sennacherib, Haman, and Antiochus, our victory is sure, “Not by might, not by power, but by My spirit,” says the LORD of hosts.” (Zech 4:6)

Sadly, over time, whether due to ignorance or rebellion, the victory of the Maccabees gave way to the subjugation of Rome. We will not take time to go into the details; but we can say that a parallel exists to King David when he first attempted to bring the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem. Just as the tragic result of Uzzah’s death was due to David’s lack of understanding of the privileges and responsibilities of the Levites, so it would be with the Maccabees. Except that as Levites, they should have known better. This family, who would become later known as the Hasmoneans, to their great shame, chose a king from among themselves instead of rightfully handing the monarchy back to the tribe of Judah after their supernatural victory. This grave error made way for Herod, of the Hasmonean dynasty, to be on the throne and to issue the decree for all male children two years old and younger to be put to death at the time of Yeshua’s birth.

Faith Unto Death

As remarkable as was the victory of the Maccabees, even more remarkable was the grace given to those who would be martyred for their faith. Antiochus went so far as to try to force the Jews to eat pork, an abomination according to God (Lev. 11, Deut. 14).   Dispatching soldiers to arrest a devoted mother and her seven sons, he determined to make an example of them. One by one, the mother watched her sons courageously die unspeakably horrible deaths (2 Maccabees, chapter 7).   When only the youngest remained, the king tried in every way to bribe him.  When that failed, the king implored the mother to persuade her son.  In Hebrew, she urged him to stay strong and die willingly. When the young man refused to compromise, the enraged king ordered torture even more heinous than that of his brothers. Nonetheless, entrusting his soul to God, the youth died with dignity and, afterward, his mother was put to death and joined her sons in peace. In the end, Antiochus admitted that the God of Israel fought against him.

Re-Dedication of the Temple

With joy unspeakable, the Maccabees reclaimed the Temple, cleansed it, removed the Greek idols, and rededicated it on the 25th day of the month of Kislev in 164 BCE, exactly three years to the day after its desolation. A feast of eight days ensued, actually the delayed keeping of Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles], because the faithful had been unable to do so for three years.

Recall that the number 400 represents “seal,” and “covenant.”  The stories that emerge from those four hundred “silent” years reveal that those who kept the covenant were sealed for God’s purposes—whether grace to live victoriously or grace to die with honor, it was all for the glory of God.

Yeshua at the Temple

So, why did Yeshua walk 70 or more miles to appear at the Temple at the time of the Feast of Dedication? In chapter 7 of John, we are told that previously, in the fall, at the Feast of Tabernacles, he delayed His coming because the religious leaders “sought to kill him” (John 7:1).  In other words, he intentionally chose to avoid them by arriving late at Sukkot, at a time when they did not expect him. Why, then, would He risk their ire to appear at the time of Hanukkah?

So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”  Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” The Jews picked up stones again to stone him.  (John 10:24-31)

Based on the chronology that presented in the Gospel of John, this could well have been the winter prior to Yeshua’s crucifixion. Yeshua was well aware of His crucifixion appointment, which had been heralded for thousands of years since the night that Israel was delivered from Pharaoh, when Israel and the mixed-multitude painted the blood of the lamb on their doorposts.  The Maccabees’ war was long over, but Yeshua’s greatest battle was before Him. As he walked that long cold road to Jerusalem, did he see in his mind’s eye the events leading to the crucifixion? The stripping of his clothes, the beatings, the betrayal, the mocking? Did he see Himself sweating those great drops of blood, crying out in agony to His Father in Gethsemane, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me!” (Luke 22:42)

The Son of God was flesh and blood as we are. He suffered the same pain of a smashed thumb that we do. Did He wrestle with His own will as the time of His suffering drew near? Did He come to rededicate Himself at the Temple Mount at the very place where Isaac had carried the wood—and allowed himself to be bound and placed on the altar?  Did he go to strengthen Himself by tracing Abraham’s steps to Mount Moriah with Isaac, the fire, and the wood?  It’s something to think about.

But, notice, Yeshua plainly tells the religious leaders, “you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice… and they follow me.”

Yeshua had said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.” (Mat. 16:24-27)

The Takeaway for 2022 and beyond

This year, Hanukkah begins at sundown on the 18th of December and ends at sundown on December 26th.  Hanukkah is an eight-day opportunity for us to revisit the miracles of God’s deliverance, not just at the time of the Maccabees, but throughout Israel’s history. It is a time to compare the world in the day when God allowed His holy place to be desecrated, with where we stand in history, particularly in the United States of America, which no one can deny is being desecrated. Let’s ask: Who is currently playing the role of the evil Antiochus, Jason, and Menelaus? Who is playing the role of Onias, the devout and revered High Priest? Who is playing the role of Mattathias, the aged but strong, bold, and courageous father of the Levites? And, who is taking center stage as Judah Maccabee, “the Hammer”?

Hanukkah is a time to celebrate our Champion, Savior, and Deliverer, and to take comfort that He who fought for the children of Israel in the day of Moses, Joshua, Gideon, David, Jehoshaphat, and Hezekiah, and the Maccabees is fighting for us today. May our prayer these eight days be that the light of the truth that burned so fiercely in their hearts would burn also in the United States of America in our day. And when the King appears, may we have no reason to be ashamed. Amen. To the glory of God and Yeshua ha Moshiach, our Savior and King!

Please note the following sources:

♦  The books of First and Second Maccabees

♦ “From Epiphanes to Epimanes” by Tim Case, located at

Note: Some quotes edited for clarity and brevity.

©Cathy Helms 2006, edited and updated 2014 and 2022. All rights reserved.

Israel 2016: Picking Up Where We Left Off – A Report on the Second B’ney Yosef National Congress

From Al McCarn in Israel.


A remarkable thing happened seventeen months ago, when the First B’ney Yosef National Congress convened in Ariel, Israel.  At that time a people who had not existed as a people for over 2,700 years came back from the ash heap of history.  The people of the House of Joseph (Yosef) – Ephraim, those “Lost Tribes” of Israel’s northern kingdom – assembled in Samaria, the territory of their ancient ancestors, and acknowledged their belief in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to accomplish His Word to bring their people back as a nation and join them with the Jewish part of Israel (the House of Judah) in fulfillment of His covenant.

Delegates gather at the Second B'ney Yosef National Congress, October 26, 2016.Delegates gather at the Second B’ney Yosef National Congress, October 26, 2016.

It was a modest beginning; only a little over 130 people attended, representing 12 countries.  We made no bold declarations, but humbly whispered to one another and…

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SC National Shabbat: March 19

Anybody want to go with me?


Our next South Carolina National Shabbat is fast approaching and promises to be better than the first, a tough order!!

You will recall that the first SC National Shabbat, December 5, 2015, drew about 225 like-minded Messianic and Hebrew roots believers from across SC for a day of worship, dancing, fellowship and fun!  Well, it is time to do it all again, only we expect a larger crowd.  Venue has changed! Entirely indoors with plenty of room to dance and fellowship, this promises to be a really neat place.


The music is going to be provided by dear friends of ours, the Washburns, from middle Tennessee.  We will also give a full report on the B’ney Yosef North America Summit.  My expectation is that we’ll have a very special video to share that is not yet released…  Other surprises lurk, too!!

If you are interested in attending and have…

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A couple thoughts on the Summit

I am sure that Pete would agree the significance of last weekend in Tampa is beyond any human’s ability to adequately put into words; but his attempt is worthy your time.


It has been almost a year ago now that Kelly and I visited Adat Shalom Fellowship in Summerville, SC to explain why we were going to Ariel, Israel for the First B’ney Yosef National Congress.  After we spoke to the fellowship they had a time of prayer and dedication.  During that time several people came up to share a word they had received.  One gentleman came up and spoke several things, but there was one paragraph that shocked me and stuck with me.  It was a humbling and awe inspiring statement that drifted to the back of my mind and only over dinner last Sunday evening did it come rushing back drawing tears from my already red eyes.

He said,

…You have the face of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  You could be in that famous painting.  You look just like one of those men….


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A Reward Worth Pursuing…

If you consider yourself among the “repairers of the breach,” this one’s for you!


I was only in the US Army for about four years, IMG_20160128_180358573but was blessed to attend multiple special skills schools as well as a nice variety of deployments to several parts of the globe.  When Napolean Bonaparte said, “a soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon,” he might have been speaking of me.  No question, I loved the challenge of hard schools and difficult duties.  In a twisted way, suffering is fun.  It separates the men from the posers.

In spite of the fact that I recognize those bits of colored ribbon fade and will eventually be destroyed by fire, I still pine for those days of testosterone, sweat and tears.  Maybe it’s just the way I’m wired.

Being wired that way, though, is not necessarily a bad thing…  Maybe it has usefulness for the Kingdom.  Throughout Scripture, over and over, we witness God taking…

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Silent Night in September

When was Messiah born?


‘Tis the season for understanding what the season is all about!  In a few days much of the world will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah of Israel and the world whom I have come to know by His Hebrew name, Yeshua.  Of course He was not born on the 25th of December, which leads to the question of why that day was selected for the occasion.  The answer to that question is not in this blog post.  Two years ago this article,Silent Night in September, was the first post to appear on The Barking Fox. Then, as now, it is offered as a resource to the curious about when Jesus was really born.

"The Angel Gabriel Appearing to Zacharias" William BlakeThe Angel Gabriel Appearing to Zacharias
William Blake

At some point in my youth I grew curious about why we Christians celebrate Christmas in December.  When I asked my elders where…

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Urgent global call to pray for Israel 11/22/2015

Jewish worshipers  at  Passover  April 17, 2014. Photo by Hadas  Parush/Flash90.

URGENT GLOBAL CALL FOR PRAYER FOR ISRAEL TODAY, NOV. 22, 2015! Please share! Joining over 5 million Jews worldwide at 10 EST Sunday in crying out to God with the Psalms of David below. Download your copy here or read the text below and be ready to pray with them at 10 EST. Join with our brothers!

Psalm 16
1. A Mikhtam by David. Guard me, El (Almighty God), for I have taken
refuge in You.
2. [O my soul] you should say to YHVH, “You are my Master; [in
bestowing Your] benefits towards me, there is no duty on Your part
[on account of my own merit].
3. But on account of the holy ones who are [buried] in the earth, and
of the mighty ones [in faith] in whom is all my delight[/all my needs
are fulfilled].
4. The sorrows of those who hasten after another [deity] will increase;
I will not pour their libations of blood, nor will I take their names upon
my lips.
5. YHVH is the share given for my portion [i.e. to believe in Him] and
[the share] for my cup is You, Who guide me in my lot.
6. Portions have fallen to me in the most pleasant places [i.e. faith in
You]; even a beautiful inheritance [ibid.] is upon me.”
7. I will bless YHVH, Who counseled me; even at night my
conscience instructs me.
8. I have placed YHVH before me constantly; because [He is] at my
right hand, I will not falter.
9. Therefore, my heart rejoiced, and my soul was glad; even my flesh
shall dwell in safety.
10. For You shall not forsake my soul to the grave; You shall not
allow Your pious one to see destruction.
11. You will make known to me the path of life: satiety of joys in
seeing Your face, [and being satisfied] unto eternity with the delights
that are at Your right hand.

Psalm 32
1. By David, a Maskil. Fortunate is he whose transgression is
forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2. Fortunate is the man to whom YHVH ascribes no iniquity and in
whose spirit there is no guile.
3. When I was silent, my bones decayed with my moaning all day
4. For [both] day and night Your hand is heavy upon me; my
freshness was transformed as in the droughts of summer,Selah.
5. I would inform You of my sin, and I did not conceal my iniquity; I
said, “I will confess my transgressions to YHVH,” and You forgave the
iniquity of my sin, Selah.
6. For this [thing] let every pious man judge himself: [to draw close] to
You before [misfortune] befalls, only before the flooding of might
waters [of afflictions]; such a person they will not reach.
7. You are a hiding-place for me, from distress You guard me; with
songs of deliverance You encompass me,Selah.
8. “I will enlighten you and instruct you in the way which you shall go;
I will wink My eye to you.”
9. Be not like a horse or like a mule that does not discern, which must
be muzzled with its adornment of bit and rein, that it should not come
near you.
10. Many are the pains of the wicked, but as for him who trusts in
YHVH — kindness will encompass him.
11. Rejoice in YHVH and exult, O righteous ones, and cause all those
of upright hearts to sing praises.

Psalm 41
1. For the Leader, a song by David.
2. Fortunate is he who considers the sick; on a day of calamity YHVH
will rescue him.
3. YHVH will preserve him and keep him alive, and he will be called
fortunate in all the land, and You will not deliver him into the desire of
his enemies.
4. YHVH will support him on his sickbed; when You have transformed
his entire restfulness in his illness.
5. I said, “YHVH, be gracious to me; heal my soul because I have
sinned against You.”
6. My enemies speak evil of me; “When will he die and his name be
7. And if he comes to see [me], he speaks falsely; his heart gathers
iniquity to itself; when he goes outside, he speaks of it.
8. All my enemies whisper together about me; against me do they
devise my hurt.
9. “An evil thing shall be poured into him, and once he lies down, he
will no longer rise.”
10. Even my ally, in whom I trusted, who eats my bread, developed
an ambush for me.
11. But You, YHVH, be gracious to me and raise me up, so that I may
repay them.
12. By this I shall know that You delight in me, when my enemy does
not shout joyfully over me.
13. And as for me, because of my integrity You shall support me, and
set me up before Your face forever.
14. Blessed be YHVH, Elohei/(God of) Yisroel, from [one end of] the
world, to the [other end of] the world. Amen and amen!

Psalm 42
1. For the Leader, a Maskil by the sons of Korach.
2. As a doe cries longingly for rivulets of water, so does my soul cry
longingly to You, Elohim (God, Almighty Master of all forces).
3. My soul thirsts for Elohim, for the living God: “When will I come and
appear before Elohim [in the Holy Temple]?”
4. My tears were my bread day and night when they say to me all day
long, “Where is your God?”
5. These things I will remember, and I will pour out my soul [because
of the pain which is] upon me: How I passed on in covered [wagons],
pacing slowly up to the House of Elohim with a joyful shouting and
thanksgiving, a celebrating multitude.
6. Why are you downcast, my soul, and why do you wail over me?
Hope to Elohim, for I will yet thank Him for the salvations of His
7. My God, the soul that is upon me is downcast; therefore, I will
remember You from the land of Yardan and the peaks of Chermon,
from the young mountain.
8. One deep [trouble] calls to [another] deep [trouble]; [I am ready] to
hear the sound of Your water channels [of afflictions]; all your
breakers and waves are gone over me.
9. By day, YHVH commands His kindness, and at night, His song is
with me, a prayer to the God [who guards] my life.
10. I will say to God, my Rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why
should I walk in gloom under the oppression of the enemy?”
11. With murder in my bones, my oppressors have reproached me by
saying to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
12. Why are you downcast, my soul, and why do you moan over me?
Hope to Elohim, for I will yet thank Him for the salvations of my
countenance and my God.

Psalm 59
1. For the Leader, a plea to be spared from destruction; by David,
a mikhtam; when Shaul dispatched and they guarded the house to
slay him.
2. Rescue me from my enemies, my God; from those who rise up
against me, save me.
3. Save me from workers of iniquity; and from bloodthirsty men
rescue me.
4. For behold, they lurked for my soul; strong men lodge against me,
neither for any transgression of mine nor for any sin of mine, YHVH.
5. Without any iniquity [of mine], they run and prepare themselves;
awaken [Yourself] towards me and see.
6. And You, YHVH-Elohim Tzevaot, God of Israel, arise to visit upon
all the nations; be not gracious to any treacherous workers of
iniquity, Selah.
7. They return in the evening, they howl like a dog and go round
about the city.
8. Behold, they spew forth with their mouth; [they have] swords in
their lips, for who hears?
9. But You, YHVH, will laugh at them; You will mock all the nations.
10. [In face of] his strength, for You do I wait, for Elohim is my
11. The God of my kindness will precede me; Elohim will show me
what befalls my watchful foes.
12. Do not kill them, lest my people forget; make them wander
[destitute] with Your power and bring them down, YHVH our Shield.
13. The sin of their mouth is the word of their lips, and they will be
seized because of their haughtiness, and because of the curse and
the lies that they tell.
14. Destroy [them] with wrath, destroy them so they be no longer, and
let [people] know that Elohim rules in Yaacov to the ends of the
earth, Selah.
15. And let them return towards evening, let them howl like dogs and
go round about the city.
16. Groaning [for food] they will roam about to eat; if they are not
sated, they will lodge.
17. And I will sing of Your power, and I will sing praises of Your
kindness in the morning, for You were my stronghold and a refuge on
a day that I was in straits.
18. My strength! To You will I sing, for Elohim is my stronghold, God
of my kindness.

Psalm 77
1. For the Leader, on yedutun, by Asaf, a song.
2. My voice is to God (El Elohim), when I cry out; my voice is to God
(El Elohim), that he give ear to me.
3. On the day of my distress, I sought YHVH; my wound oozes at
night and does not abate; my soul refuses to be comforted.
4. I remember Elohim and I moan; I speak and my spirit becomes
faint, Selah.
5. You held my eyes from [getting any sleep]; I am stricken and
unable to speak.
6. I think of days of yore, ancient years.
7. I recall my music at night; I speak with my heart and my spirit
8. “Will YHVH forsake [me] forever and nevermore be appeased?
9. Is His kindness ended forever? Has He finished consoling?
10. Has the Merciful God forgotten graciousness? Has He, in anger,
shut off His mercy?” Selah.
11. And I said, “This is to infirm me, this change of the right hand of
the Most High.”
12. I recall the deeds of Yah when I remember Your wonder from
time immemorial.
13. And I meditate over all Your works, and of Your deeds I speak.
14. Elohim, Your way is in sanctifying [your Name by judging the
wicked]. Who is a great god as Elohim?
15. You are the God Who works wonders; You made known Your
might among the peoples.
16. You redeemed Your people with Your arm, the sons of Yaacov
and Yosef, Selah.
17. The waters saw You, Elohim, the waters perceived You, and they
trembled, the deeps even quaked.
18. They poured forth thick waters; the skies let out a voice [of
thunder], even your arrows [of lightning] went abroad.
19. The sound of Your thunder [rebuked] the wheel[s of Pharaoh’s
chariots]; the lightning illuminated the world; the earth trembled and
20. In the sea was Your way, and Your path in the mighty waters;
afterwards Your steps were not known [when the sea returned to its
strength to cover the Egyptians].
21. You led Your people like sheep by the hand of Moshe and

Psalm 90
1. A prayer by Moshe, the man of Elohim. Adonai, a shelter are You;
You have been for us, in generation after generation.
2. Before the mountains were born, and when the earth and inhabited
land were yet non-existent, and from everlasting to everlasting, You
are the God.
3. You bring a man down to a crushing point, and You say, “Return,
O sons of men.”
4. For if a man lived a thousand years, they would be in Your eyes
like a bygone yesterday, for they will but pass away, and be like a
watch in the night.
5. You flow them; they are as a [dream] during sleep; in the morning,
like grass he passes away.
6. In the morning, it blossoms and is rejuvenated; by evening, it is cut
off and withers.
7. For we perish from Your wrath, and from Your anger we are
8. You have placed our iniquities before You, [the sins of] our youth
before the light of Your countenance.
9. For all our days have passed away in Your anger; we have
consumed our years as a fleeting thought.
10. The days of our years because of them are seventy years, and if
with strength, eighty years; but their proudest success is toil and pain,
for it is quickly shorn off and we fly away.
11. Who knows the power of Your anger, and Your wrath according
to the reverence that is due unto You?
12. To number our days, so inform [us], that we may get a heart of
13. Return, YHVH [from Your wrath]. How long? And be consoled [in
thinking favorably] regarding Your servants.
14. Satiate us in the morning with Your loving-kindness, and we will
sing out and rejoice throughout our days.
15 Cause us to rejoice according to the days that You afflicted us, the
years when we saw evil.
16. May Your works appear to Your servants, and Your majesty to
their sons.
17. And may the pleasantness of YHVH Eloheinu be upon us, and
the work of our hands, establish for us (without mishap to us), and the
work of our hands, establish it.

Psalm 105
1 Give thanks to YHVH, proclaim His name; make His deeds known
among the peoples.
2. Sing enthusiastically to Him, play music to Him, speak of all His
3. Boast of His holy name; may the heart of those who seek YHVH
4. Search for YHVH and His might; seek His presence constantly.
5. Remember His wonders, which He performed, His miracles and
the judgments of His mouth.
6. The seed of Avrahom His servant, the children of Yaacov, His
chosen ones.
7. He is the YHVH Eloheinu; throughout all the earth are His
8. He remembered His covenant forever, the word He had
commanded to the thousandth generation,
9. [The Covenant] which He cut with Avrahom, and His oath to
10. And He set it up to Yaacov as a statute, to Yisroel as an
everlasting covenant,
11. Saying, “To you I shall give the land of Canaan, the lot of your
12. When they were few in number, hardly dwelling in it.
13. And they walked [in their customs] among one nation and then
among another nation, from one kingdom to another people.
14. He let no man rob them, and He reproved kings on their account.
15. “Do not touch My anointed ones, and do not harm My prophets.”
16. He called a famine upon the land; He broke every staff of bread.
17. He sent a man before them; Yosef was sold as a slave.
18. They afflicted his foot with fetters; his soul was placed in irons.
19. Until His word came, the saying of the YHVH purified him.
20. A king sent and released him, a ruler of peoples [sent] and loosed
his bonds.
21. He made him the master of his household and the ruler over all
his possessions.
22. To bind up his princes at his wish, and he made his elders wise.
23. Yisroel came to Egypt, and Yaacov sojourned in the land of
24. And He made His people very fruitful, and He made it stronger
than its adversaries.
25. He turned their heart to hate His people, to plot against His
26. He sent Moshe His servant, [and] Aharon whom He chose.
27. They placed upon them the words of His signs and His miracles
in the land of Cham.
28. He sent darkness and it darkened, and [the signs] did not disobey
His word.
29. He turned their water into blood, and killed their fish.
30. Their land swarmed with frogs, [even] in the rooms of their
31. He commanded and a mixture of noxious beasts came, lice
throughout their entire boundary.
32. He made their rains into hail, flaming fire in their land.
33. And it struck their vines and their fig trees, and it broke the trees
of their boundary.
34. He spoke and locusts came, and nibbling locusts without number.
35. And they consumed all grass in their land, and they consumed
the produce of their soil.
36. And He smote every firstborn in their land, the first of all their
37. And He took them out with silver and gold, and there was no
pauper among their tribes.
38. Egypt rejoiced with their departure, for their fear had fallen upon
39. He spread out a cloud for shelter, and fire to illuminate the night.
40. They asked, and He brought quails, and the bread of heaven
sated them.
41. He opened a rock and water flowed; in the deserts ran rivers.
42 For He remembered His holy word with Avrahom His servant.
43. And He took out His people with joy, His chosen ones with joyful
44. And He gave them lands of nations, and they inherited the toil of
45. In order that they keep His statutes and observe His laws.

Psalm 137
1. By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat, we also wept when we
remembered Tzion.
2. On willows in its midst we hung our harps.
3. For there our captors asked us for words of song and our
tormentors [asked of us] mirth, “Sing for us of the song of Tzion.”
4. “How shall we sing the song of YHVH on foreign soil?”
5. If I forget you, Yerushalayim, may my right hand forget [its skill].
6. May my tongue cling to my palate, if I do not remember you, if I do
not elevate Yerushalayim above my foremost joy.
7. Remember, YHVH, and repay the children of Edom; and the day of
Yerushalayim, those who say, “Raze it, raze it, down to its
8. Daughter of Babylon, who is destined to be plundered,
praiseworthy is he who repays you in accordance with how you have
done to us.
9. Praiseworthy is he who will take and dash your infants against the

Psalm 150
1. Halleluyah! Praise God in His holy place, praise Him in the
firmament of His might.
2. Praise Him for His mighty deeds; praise Him as befits His superb
3. Praise Him the blast of the shofar; praise Him with psaltery and
4. Praise Him with timbres and dance, praise Him with stringed
instruments and flute.
5. Praise Him with resounding cymbals; praise Him with far-sounding
6. Let every soul praise Yah! Halleluyah!  to download your copy

URGENT CALL TO PRAY! UN Set to Adopt Iran Nuke Deal Monday in Obama Blitzkrieg

Dear Intercessors:

Please be in urgent prayer over the weekend and consider fasting today 7/17/2015 or tomorrow! In a move to thwart any possible objection, the UN Security Council will convene Monday morning at 9 a.m. to approve the Iran deal. This means that unless Congress reconvenes over the weekend and votes to object, Israel will stand alone!

We must plead with our Heavenly Father! Remember, whoever blesses Israel will be blessed and whoever curses Israel will be cursed.

 “For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)

We must consider ourselves in a state of national emergency! Please join me in begging Abba for mercy. I am asking Him to motivate someone in our Congress to rise up like Phineas or Esther to stop the results of this unrighteous decree by calling for Congress to reconvene over the weekend. It is not unprecedented for Congress to do so in case of emergency and, indeed, Sarah Ballinger of Capitol Hill Prayer Partners reported in today’s call that some members of Congress are seeing the emergency. Please join me in urgent, fervent prayer, acknowledging our national rebellion and wickedness, admitting that both we and our forefathers have failed to keep covenant with the Creator, that we have walked contrary to Him and that He has walked contrary to us (Lev. 26:40) by giving us unrighteous rulers.

Holy Father in Heaven, thank You for this another provocation to repent and return to You! Please have mercy upon Israel and have mercy upon the United States! Yahweh of Hosts, please cause Your servants to rise up and to speak words of fire that Your will may be done in this matter. Strengthen the weak knees of leaders in Congress and enable them to act boldly and courageously and righteously for the sake of Your great name!

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