The dead

So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself and changed his clothes. And he went into the house of Yah and worshipped. Then he went to his own house and when he requested, they set food before him, and he ate. Then his servants said to him, “What is this that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive but when the child died, you arose and ate food.” And he said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell whether Yah will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ “But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” 2Samuel 12:20-23

Yahoshua said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead but you go and preach the kingdom of Yah.” Luke 9:60

We are not to lament too long after people die. Making shrines, statues etc. of the person is not acceptable because then we will be worshipping that dead person. Yahoshua said let the ‘spiritually’ dead people bury their dead but we must keep moving for Yah!

Memorial Day

necromancy in webster’s dictionary means divination by alleged communication with the dead;study of the dead, necrology

Don’t eat of the of the food on memorial day(cook-out or bbq grilling), Deuteronomy 26:14, I have not eaten any of it when in mourning, nor have I removed any of it for an unclean use, nor given any of it for the dead. I have obeyed the voice of Yah my Power, and have done according to all that You have commanded me.

The Israelites said most of the holidays worship the dead like Halloween, memorial day, veteran’s day, cinco de mayo, labor day, day of the dead (in Mexico) and that all holidays coincide with the witches or the pagan calendar.

Wisdom is From Yah

Praise Yah! I will praise Yah with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation. The works of Yah are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them. His work is honorable and magnificent and His righteousness endures forever. He has made His wonderful works to be remembered. Yah is gracious and full of compassion. He has given food to those who fear Him. He will ever be mindful of His covenant. He has declared to His people the power of His works, in giving them the heritage of the nations. The works of His hands are verity and justice, all His precepts are sure. They stand fast forever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness. He has sent redemption to His people, He has commanded His covenant forever. Set apart and awesome is His name. HalleluYah! The fear of Yah is the beginning of wisdom. A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever in the name of Yahoshua,Amein. Psalm 111

The Righteous

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Come you children, listen to me, I will teach you the fear of Yah. Who is the man who desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good, seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of Yah are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry. The face of Yah is against those who do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. The righteous cry out and Yah hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. Yah is near to those who have a broken heart and saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous but Yah delivers him out of them all. He guards all his bones, not one of them is broken. Evil shall slay the wicked and those who hate the righteous shall be condemned. Yah redeems the soul of His servants and none of those who trusts in Him shall be condemned. HalleluYah!\O/ Psalm 34:11-22

The Red Tricycle

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After Shabbat, Saturday night I went to Walmart with my mom and niece.  Whilst shopping in the produce section, looking for gala apples, I saw the cutest thing ever! A little girl, no more than 3 years old, following behind her daddy on her tricycle as he shopped for produce. When he would get too far ahead of her she would hunch her shoulders over and ‘put the petal to the metal’ LOLZ. When I came home, I told my dad about the cute little girl. He reminded me  of how I use to ride my big wheel in West Virginia, down the hills real fast! The big wheel was called the green machine and it had a lever on the side so a kid could spin and stop at the same time! I had a lot of fun on it! Anyway, Kids are soooo adorable! The good thing is that no one in Walmart bothered her or dad about the bike, I think everyone thought it to be adorable.

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I also love to see children in red wagons. My nephew has one and my sister had one when she was a little girl.  I also had a basket and a bell on my bike when I was older. A few years ago I told my niece about the basket and bell and she insisted on having a basket and bell for her bike too, lol, Seeing that little girl brought back a lot of memories.

Children obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to Yah. Colossians 3:20

David Cast Out a Demon

The Spirit of Yah departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from Yah troubled him. And Saul’s servants said to him, “Surely, a distressing spirit from Yah is troubling you. “Let our master now command your servants who are before you to seek out a man who is a skillful player on the harp. And it shall be that he will play it with his hand when the distressing spirit from Yah is upon you, and you shall be well.” So Saul said to his servants, “Provide me now a man who can play well and bring him to me.” Then one of the servants answered and said, “Look, I have seen son of Yesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person; and Yah is with him.” Therefore Saul sent messengers to Yesse and said, “Send me your son David (Dawid in Hebrew), who is with the sheep.” And Yesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine, and a young goat, and sent them by his son Dawid to Saul. So Dawid came to Saul and stood before him. And he loved him greatly and he became his armorbearer. Then Saul sent to Yesse, saying, “Please let Dawid stand before me, for he has found favor in my sight.” And so it was, whenever the spirit from Yah was upon Saul, that Dawid would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him. 1 Samuel 16:14-23

Dawid cast out the demon with his harp, today how should we cast out a demon? We cast out demons in Yahoshua’s name. His name has power and authority. Remember Yah is all about order.  Mark 1:27 Then they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him. Remember when Yahoshua cast out two thousand demons out of a man into the swine? Those demons were afraid of Yahoshua! Mark 5:8-20. Yahoshua said, in Luke 10: 19, behold I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you. And lastly, Yahoshua says that as long as we believe in His name, that we are going to cast out demons too, Mark 16:17, no special water needed, LOL, just the authority given to us by Yah and Yahoshua.

Reading about Dawid’s harp got me thinking about a harp that I saw while researching with my niece for her report on Mali last year. Because my niece played the violin in third through fifth grade and the clarinet in the sixth grade when she wrote the report (she still plays the clarinet), we wanted to include the region’s instruments. Today I looked more into harps after reading about Dawid’s harp. The first harp, I learned of today and the second harp we knew about but not the most important detail about this harp.

 Mangbetu Harp

A Mangbetu boy playing the harp.

The Mangbetu are a people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, living in Orientale Province. The majority live in the villages of Rungu, Poko, Watsa, Niangara and Wamba. The Mangbetu are known for their highly developed art and music. One instrument associated with and named after them is the Mangbetu harp or guitar. Their lineage is traced to Egypt, particularly to the ancient Egyptian iconography of Nefertiti. After reading about their probable Egyptian origin, which is from Ham, one of Noah’s sons, I knew they had no Israelite connection. Israelites are from Noah’s son Shem.

Diagram of the Kora

Image of the Kora

The Kora is a 21 string bridge -harp used by the people of West Africa. A kora is built from a large Calabash gourd cut in half and covered with cow skin to make a resonator and has a notched bridge like a lute or guitar. The Kora resembles the harp but sounds like a Mississippi delta blues guitar. It is played in Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso (or Upper Volta) and Gambia. The Kora player is called a Jali, a french word meaning oral historian. Jali is similar to griot but they like to be called Jali, I’ll tell you more about this down below. There is more to ‘Jali’ that I didn’t read about before.

Anyway, the Kora is thought to have been invented in the 1500s (the 16th century) in the Kaabu Empire, by the Mandika/Mandiko or Mandingo people. During the 16th, 17th, and 18th century as many as a third of the Mandinko population were shipped to the Americas as slaves. HalleluYah! When I read this part I started getting the cold chills! A significant portion of the ‘African-Americans’ in the United States are descended from the Mindinka people. As we know many of us come from Ibo, Ashanti, Songhay, Mende, Yoruba and other villages that are also Israelite.

Today, when I looked up the Kora, more information came up in the search engine that didn’t appear to me last year. It read: Jaliya Culture, The art of the Jaliya and Kora Jaliya. I was surprised and happy to see Yah’s name there. HalleluYah! You see, Jali or the Jali player has been shortened from Jaliya player. We know the letter J is a European letter. So, Jaliya is most likely Yaliya or Yaliyah player. And then I found this Mandinka saying: “Eh Jaliya allah le ka Jaliya da” which means “Jaliya, its god who created Jaliya” but really it should read like this “Yaliyah, its Yah who created Yaliyah” It’s Yah who created the Yaliyah player, player of the Kora. HalleluYah! You see how they tried to enter a baal in the place of Yah’s name!

The pictures above are men playing the Kora. The harp is believed to originated from Ancient Sumaria. Genesis 4:21, His brother’s name was Yubal. He was the father of all those who play the lyre and flute. Harp, lute, and lyre are synonymous.

wikipedia.com/Mangbetu_people, wikipedia.com/kora

kora-music.com/e/jaliya.html

No One Knows the Day or Hour

Matthew 24:36-44: Matthew 24:3-35 The signs of the times and the end of age, the great tribulation (persecution),   and the coming  of the son of man.

the man of sin 2 Thessalonians chapter 2

some of us will be persecuted and some will escape to the wilderness, there will always be a remnant of us to survive

The world will not end today. Many things have to happen before the end.

Israelite Customs for Marriage

Last year, I helped my niece do a report on Mali for World Geography. While researching we read about a group of nomads that live sometimes in the Mali region called The Fulani. Fulani women are famous for wearing golden earrings attached to red thread. They wear them in their ears or hair. Only married Fulani women wear them, given to them on their wedding day from their husband to be.

This is the cover of one of the books we used for her report. The Fulani lady has her earrings attached to her hair as a symbol that she belongs to a man. Off topic: the blue around her mouth is some kind of paint that they paint on.

Here is a picture of Fantasia wearing Fulani earrings around 2009 or 2010 (?). They have become fashionable for sistas to wear in the United States.

Another Picture of the Fulani earrings

Last week while in Shabbat Scripture Study, the Israelites were talking about wedding rings. They said they were a pagan custom. This was something I did not know. They quoted this scripture: Genesis 24:22, So it was when the camels had finished drinking that the man (Isaac) took a golden nose ring weighing half a shekel and two bracelets for her (Rebekah) wrists weighing ten shekels of gold. The Israelites said this was the custom back then, for a man to give his wife this type of jewelry as a sign of marriage, much like the Fulani whom I had read about. It does seem uncouth today but I think I could wear a bracelet instead of a ring. I don’t think I would look good with a nose ring though, LOL. People did, however, wear rings back then but not wedding rings. Pharaoh gave Joseph a ring as a sign of power, Genesis 41:42, Solomon used a ring to control the demons in the Pseudepigrapha vol. 1, Testament of Solomon pages 960-987 *(I edited here because originally the Israelites said there was no ring and that Solomon used only his authority but now they say there was a ring of authority which makes sense now because Yah gave signet rings spiritual and physical. See my post called ‘the signet ring’) and in the parable of the lost son, the dad puts a ring on the son that returned to him, Luke 15:22. *Judah gave Tamar his signet ring, cord and staff as a pledge in Genesis 38:16-18.

So where does the wedding ring come from? I found the following on the web: The wedding ring cannot be found in the law or testimonies (old and new testaments). The wedding ring comes from paganism. Ancient Idol (statues) wore rings. Pope Gregory I, in 860  AD decreed that as a required statement of nuptial intent, the groom to be had to give his intended an engagement ring. He further decreed the ring be of gold to signify financial sacrifice. The first diamond engagement ring was given by King Maximilian in 1477 to Mary of Burgundy. Wedding rings can be traced to idols and heathen religions. So the wearing of wedding rings is the practice of Idolatry because you are being like the Idol or doing as the Idol does.

The wedding ring is a circle which is said to mean eternal or unending. Marriages were never eternal in The Scriptures but rather until death. Afterward a spouse could be married again, for example, after Sarah died Abraham married Keturah. The wedding ring originated in Babylon. The oldest ring found is in the shaped of the eternal serpent.  The Image of the serpent biting its own tail to form the circle. They also worshipped circles, maybe in the place of the sun and moon.

This is an image of the serpent ring

The Israelites did wear jewelry. Remember Yah expressed His love for Israelites in Ezekiel 16:1-14 I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your wrists and a chain on your neck. and I put a jewel in your nose, earrings in your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. Thus you were adorned with gold and silver… the Israelites are married to Yah. We are to have no other before Him.

Um, well, LOL, I guess my husband-to-be  and I will be exchanging bracelets at our ceremony before Yah. When you know better, you do better. I learn so much being around the Israelites, our people, and I know it is because of Yah.

*If you came into the truth with wedding bands, save them. You may need that gold, silver or platinum for bartering when the economy crashes.

*Please read the White Linen post parts 1 & 2.

HalleluYah~Praise You Yah

O Yah, You are my Power. Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You. My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land, where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your esteem. Because Your lovinkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live. I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness. and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You, your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63:1-8

HalleluYah is the highest form of praise that one can give the Most High Power. HalleluYah means Praise You Yah. When He said praise His name, He meant it. The Creator’s name is Yah. It’s odd that people who worship gods like buddha and allah, call on their gods all day long. Yet most people who open this bible never call on Yah. Do you know Yah writes down the names of us that praise Him?

HalleluYah

The Greatest Gift

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge and though I have all faith so that I could remove mountains but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor and though I give my body to be burned but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:1-13