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Prophets!?

Journaling Prompt – Pretend you are dreaming. Write in detail about the dream you are having. You can use stream-of-consciousness, or plan it out. In this exercise you can have a lucid dream where you affect what is happening, or choose to have things happen without your control. ( It might help to first ask yourself what you want to dream about.)

What a opening? A prompt from my journal application, which I find appropriate for this topic, of Prophets.

What is a real prophet? Are there rules? Levels of tasks for the one called to be a prophet? For the most part, I will present the Written Torah and Tanakh, which declares the answers to those questions.

Numbers 12:

1 And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married; for he had married a Cushite woman.
2 And they said: ‘Hath the LORD indeed spoken only with Moses? hath He not spoken also with us?’ And the LORD heard it.–
3 Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men that were upon the face of the earth.–
4 And the LORD spoke suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam: ‘Come out ye three unto the tent of meeting.’ And they three came out.
5 And the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud, and stood at the door of the Tent, and called Aaron and Miriam; and they both came forth.
6 And He said: ‘Hear now My words: if there be a prophet among you, I the LORD do make Myself known unto him in a vision, I do speak with him in a dream.
7 My servant Moses is not so; he is trusted in all My house;
8 with him do I speak mouth to mouth, even manifestly, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD doth he behold; wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against My servant, against Moses?’
9 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and He departed.

Deuteronmy 10:

1 All this word which I command you, that shall ye observe to do; thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
2 If there arise in the midst of thee a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams–and he give thee a sign or a wonder,
3 and the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spoke unto thee–saying: ‘Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them’;
4 thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or unto that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God putteth you to proof, to know whether ye do love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Deuteronomy 18:

15 A prophet will the LORD thy God raise up unto thee, from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
16 according to all that thou didst desire of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying: ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.’
17 And the LORD said unto me: ‘They have well said that which they have spoken.
18 I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee; and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto My words which he shall speak in My name, I will require it of him.
20 But the prophet, that shall speak a word presumptuously in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’
21 And if thou say in thy heart: ‘How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?’
22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken; the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously, thou shalt not be afraid of him.

Deuteronomy 34:

10 And there hath not arisen a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face;
11 in all the signs and the wonders, which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land;
12 and in all the mighty hand, and in all the great terror, which Moses wrought in the sight of all Israel.

[Like so much of the Torah and the Tanakh. there are many lessons to be learned, which are not there by accident. This story, if you read the chapter starts with kings and idols, but most powerful story is this little prophet with no name, has a job to do, tells everyone what GOD said about his return and then fails because another prophet lies, and then repents. Not everyone that speaks in the name of GOD does so all of the time. This is why we are given test regarding the prophets in the Writings of Moses.]

A No Name Prophet and a Lying Prophet

1 Kings 13:

8 And the man of God said unto the king: ‘If thou wilt give me half thy house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place.
9 For it so was charged me by the word of the LORD, saying: Thou shalt eat no bread, nor drink water, neither return by the way that thou camest.’

14 And he went after the man of God, and found him sitting under a terebinth; and he said unto him: ‘Art thou the man of God that camest from Judah?’ And he said: ‘I am.’
15 Then he said unto him: ‘Come home with me, and eat bread.’
16 And he said: ‘I may not return with thee, nor go in with thee; neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this place.
17 For it was said to me by the word of the LORD: Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn back to go by the way that thou camest.’
18 And he said unto him: ‘I also am a prophet as thou art; and an angel spoke unto me by the word of the LORD, saying: Bring him back with thee into thy house, that he may eat bread and drink water.’–He lied unto him.–.’
19 So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and drank water.
20 And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of the LORD came unto the prophet that brought him back.
21 And he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying: ‘Thus saith the LORD: Forasmuch as thou hast rebelled against the word of the LORD, and hast not kept the commandment which the LORD thy God commanded thee,
22 but camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place of which He said to thee: Eat no bread, and drink no water; thy carcass shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers.’
23 And it came to pass, after he had eaten bread, and after he had drunk, that he saddled for him the ass, namely, for the prophet whom he had brought back.
24 And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him; and his carcass was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it; the lion also stood by the carcass.
25 And, behold, men passed by, and saw the carcass cast in the way, and the lion standing by the carcass; and they came and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt.
26 And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard thereof, he said: ‘It is the man of God, who rebelled against the word of the LORD; therefore the LORD hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the LORD, which He spoke unto him.’
27 And he spoke to his sons, saying: ‘Saddle me the ass.’ And they saddled it.
28 And he went and found his carcass cast in the way, and the ass and the lion standing by the carcass; the lion had not eaten the carcass, nor torn the ass.
29 And the prophet took up the carcass of the man of God, and laid it upon the ass, and brought it back; and he came to the city of the old prophet, to lament, and to bury him.
30 And he laid his carcass in his own grave; and they made lamentation for him: ‘Alas, my brother!’
31 And it came to pass, after he had buried him, that he spoke to his sons, saying: ‘When I am dead, then bury me in the sepulchre wherein the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones.

 

Jeramiah 23:
15 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets: Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall; for from the prophets of Jerusalem is ungodliness gone forth into all the land.
16 Thus saith the LORD of hosts: Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you, they lead you unto vanity; they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.
17 They say continually unto them that despise Me: ‘The LORD hath said: Ye shall have peace’; and unto every one that walketh in the stubbornness of his own heart they say: ‘No evil shall come upon you’;
18 For who hath stood in the council of the LORD, that he should perceive and hear His word? Who hath attended to His word, and heard it?
19 Behold, a storm of the LORD is gone forth in fury, yea, a whirling storm; it shall whirl upon the head of the wicked.
20 The anger of the LORD shall not return, until He have executed, and till He have performed the purposes of His heart; in the end of days ye shall consider it perfectly.
21 I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran; I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
22 But if they have stood in My council, then let them cause My people to hear My words, and turn them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.
. . . .
32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy lying dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause My people to err by their lies, and by their wantonness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them; neither can they profit this people at all, saith the LORD.
33 And when this people, or the prophet, or a priest, shall ask thee, saying: ‘What is the burden of the LORD?’ then shalt thou say unto them: ‘What burden! I will cast you off, saith the LORD.’
34 And as for the prophet, and the priest, and the people, that shall say: ‘The burden of the LORD’, I will even punish that man and his house.
[That was the First Time]

35 Thus shall ye say every one to his neighbour, and every one to his brother: ‘What hath the LORD answered?’ and: ‘What hath the LORD spoken?’
36 And the burden of the LORD shall ye mention no more; for every man’s own word shall be his burden; and would ye pervert the words of the living God, of the LORD of hosts our God?
37 Thus shalt thou say to the prophet: ‘What hath the LORD answered thee?’ and: ‘What hath the LORD spoken?’
38 But if ye say: ‘The burden of the LORD’; therefore thus saith the LORD: Because ye say this word: ‘The burden of the LORD’, and I have sent unto you, saying: ‘Ye shall not say: The burden of the LORD’;
39 therefore, behold, I will utterly tear you out, and I will cast you off, and the city that I gave unto you and to your fathers, away from My presence;
40 and I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten.
[That was the Second Time] “מַשָּׂא יְהוָה”

After the time of these prophesies by Jeremiah, only Zechariah and Malachi did say
“מַשָּׂא דְבַר-יְהוָה” this is specified in context in Jeremiah 23.

[Note: “מַשָּׂא יְהוָה” is a sign of the lying prophet. For me, I have found the words of Malachi to be good discussion, and so I am troubled the he states that which is forbidden, after it became forbidden. So this question comes up: What is needed to be “lying words”. What are they used for? “lying words”. I then reviewed the beginning of the lies, the serpent in the garden. The words were not outwardly identifiable as lies. They were a twisting of the truth, to allow a different meaning to be thought. This also means that they were based on true words, but the word twisted, making the meaning changed. Does that process sound familiar? {Children are told in school there is no truth only what something means to you.}]
The Chosen Prophets

This is interesting, because the greatest prophets where given the really bad news. In this meaning, the bad news is: 1) What we have done that the LORD is angry about; 2) What is going to happen as a result; 3) That only a remnant will change 4) What the end looks like as a result of our hard hearted deeds.

I should add one item to this list. Exactly what we must do, prior to the last moment. This last is written in Leviticus 26, through out Deuteronomy, short form is: Truely repent for what you have done and what your fathers have done. Return to the GOD Of Abraham, GOD OF Isaac, GOD Of Jacob, keep HIS Laws, Teachings and Covenants. OR just do “Exodus 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will hearken unto My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then ye shall be Mine own treasure from among all peoples; for all the earth is Mine; 6 and ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.’”

You could and should do what almost no one has done Moses wrote what the LORD Commanded to be Written. . . . .Just do exactly what the LORD Declared was right to do. Nothing more and nothing less, but just as written by the hand of Moses.

Why??? You might be asking.

My response is: In the 3370 years since Moses Started writing, we have done anything to avoid doing what our FATHER wants from us. HE does not present these Commands and Instructions, based on hate or tricks or ignorance. IF HE wanted to harm you or anyone else, just HIS thoughts could erase all of creation. We are punished for fighting against OUR CREATOR, OUR FATHER, and only lose because of these actions each of us do. Time to change NOW.

IT is to our benefit to HEARKEN until the LIVING GOD OF ISHRAEL/ISRAEL, and to our pain and shame to do otherwise.

My prayer is that The LORD grant you eyes that see, ears that hear and an understanding heart, then you return unto HIM soon!(Isaiah 6: 9 And He said: ‘Go, and tell this people: hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. 10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they, seeing with their eyes, and hearing with their ears, and understanding with their heart, return, and be healed.’)
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