by Rabbi Hector Gomez on April 4th, 2015

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by Rabbi Hector Gomez on April 4th, 2015



The Feast of First Fruits
  
The feast of First Fruits takes place on the 16th of Nisan, 2 days after Passover begins on the twilight of the 14th. The Feast of Unleavened Bread begins on the 15th of Nisan and ends on the 21st, seven days later. Therefore on the 16th of Nisan, both First Fruits and Unleavened Bread are celebrated. 
The Feasts of the Lord reveal pictures of God’s redemptive plan. The first four feast deal with the First Coming of God’s Lamb the Messiah and the last three feast deal with the Second Coming, when the Lamb returns in Glory and Power as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Rev. 5:5). 
The Feast of First Fruits reveals aspects of the First Coming of God’s Lamb, the Messiah, who would be the First Fruit of God’s redemption. On this feast Israel was to bring before the Lord the “First” of the harvest, by doing this Israel was acknowledging the source of their blessing. 
As a congregation at R.E.C./ Beit Tikkun we will be receiving your FIRST FRUITS OFFERING starting this week through April 4th through April 11thth 2014/5774! Pray and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in your First Fruits Offering to maximize your Harvest for this year!
Remember the Biblical Law: Whatever you plant as your Passover First Fruit Offering will the determine your harvest for the next 12 months!!!    


THE BIBLICAL OBSERVANCE 
Leviticus 23:9-14
9 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 10 Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. 11 He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. 12 And you shall offer on that day, when you wave the sheaf, a male lamb of the first year, without blemish, as a burnt offering to the LORD. 13 Its grain offering shall be two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to the LORD, for a sweet aroma; and its drink offering shall be of wine, one-fourth of a hin. 14 You shall eat neither bread nor parched grain nor fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your God; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 
THE MEANING OF FIRST FRUITS


This feast corresponds with the harvest of Barley in the land of Israel. Barley was the first crop reaped from the winter sowing. The priests of the Temple would harvest the first sheaf and bring it into the Temple as an offering before the Lord; the nation was thanking the Lord for the coming harvest. 
The first time we see a “First Fruit” offering goes to the time of Cain and Abel when both sons of Adam appeared before the Lord. The difference between their offerings is that Abel’s offering was accepted and Cain’s rejected. Abel gives the “First” and the “Fat”, while Cain gave “an offering”, not the first nor the best. 
Genesis 4:2-72 Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. 4 But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. 6 Then the LORD said to Cain, Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it. 
THE TIME OF FIRST FRUITS


Leviticus does not exactly tell us when “First Fruits” was to be celebrated. Leviticus 23:11 states on the “day after the Sabbath” he shall wave it. The Sabbath did not only occur on Saturday the seventh day, Sabbath also occurred on the Nisan 15, the Feast of Unleavened, when Israel was to do no work. (Leviticus 23:7) The day Nisan 15 would have been a “Sabbath” since Israel was to do no work, this day Israel was to hold a “Holy Convocation” (Sacred Assembly) to the Lord. 
The Jewish historian, Josephus, who lived in the first century wrote; 
“But on the second day of unleavened bread, which is the sixteenth day of the month, they first partake of the fruits of the earth, for before that day they do not touch them” (Antiquities of the Jews 3.10.15) 
HOW WAS FIRST FRUITS CELEBRATED? 
Deuteronomy 26:1-10
1 And it shall be, when you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, and you possess it and dwell in it, 2 that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground, which you shall bring from your land that the LORD your God is giving you, and put it in a basket and go to the place where the LORD your God chooses to make His name abide. 3 And you shall go to the one who is priest in those days, and say to him, I declare today to the LORD your God that I have come to the country which the LORD swore to our fathers to give us. 4 Then the priest shall take the basket out of your hand and set it down before the altar of the LORD your God. 5 And you shall answer and say before the LORD your God: My father was a Syrian, about to perish, and he went down to Egypt and dwelt there, few in number; and there he became a nation, great, mighty, and populous. 6 But the Egyptians mistreated us, afflicted us, and laid hard bondage on us. 7 Then we cried out to the LORD God of our fathers, and the LORD heard our voice and looked on our affliction and our labor and our oppression. 8 So the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm, with great terror and with signs and wonders. 9 He has brought us to this place and has given us this land, “a land flowing with milk and honey; 10 and now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land which you, O LORD, have given me. Then you shall set it before the LORD your God, and worship before the LORD your God. 
The people were to take a sheaf of their crops and bring it to the priest at the Temple who would then wave it before the Lord for acceptance. The people were acknowledging the Lord’s blessing with this action. They were also to bring a lamb of the first year, without blemish, a grain offering with oil and a drink offering of wine. The people were forbidden to eat of the crops until the “First Fruits” were celebrated. They were to eat of their stores from the previous years. 
THE IMPORTANCE OF FIRST FRUITS 
First Fruits marked the start of Israel’s grain harvest and the beginning of the count for the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), Israel’s forth feast. The Feast of Weeks took place forty nine days after First Fruits on the Fiftieth Day. 
Leviticus 23:15-16
15 And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. 16 Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the LORD.


Since this marked the beginning of the counting of Weeks, is known as the Sefirat Ha-Omer (Counting  of the Measure). 
THE SERVICE OF FIRST FRUITS 
Firstfruits requires the Temple, and since the Temple is no longer required by sacrificing an animal, Firstfruits is not celebrated in the same sense as it was in the past. In the Temple days both the people and the priest would celebrate First Fruits. The priests would set aside a portion of their barley field to be the sheaves used for the harvest on Nisan 16. This barley field was cultivated solely to be used for the first fruits harvest. The Sanhedrin, the ruling council of seventy who headed the nation, would have been responsible for the field. 
In the evening of Nisan 15, at the start of Nisan 16, three Sanhedrin came from the Temple to cut the First Fruit Barley harvest ( today is our income) . With three sickles and three baskets the men would prepare to cut down the harvest to be presented in the Temple. The bundles of barley had already been prepared for the Sanhedrin members chosen to harvest the crop. As the Sun was setting, and the new day began, (Nisan 16) the men ask questions to those present.


Has the sun set?
With this sickle?
Into this basket?
On this Sabbath?
Shall I reap (now)? 
On the positive response from the crowd the men would repeat the harvesting two more times as a safeguard. The reaping would continue until 2/3 of a bushel was reaped. 
THE PRESENTATION OF FIRSTFRUITS 
The three baskets of Barley (Today this marks our income) were then taken to the Temple to be threshed with rods, as opposed to ox powered sledges, to preserve the barley heads. The barley was then parched in a flame and winnowed in the wind to remove the chaff. The barley was then milled and sifted until it was very fine. According to the Talmud the inspectors should be able to stick their hands into the barley flour without any flour sticking to the hands when they were removed. (Menahot 8:2) 
On the morning of Nisan 16 the work of the barley harvest firstfruits were presented to the Lord in the Temple. One “Omer” (5 pints) or barley was mixed with ¾ pint of olive oil, along with some frankincense. This was the firstfruits offering. The priest would wave this before the Lord, burning some and giving the rest to the Levites. 
FOR THE FAMILY 
The priest would celebrate the feast of first fruits for the whole nation; and each individual family would also celebrate since Israel was a farming community dependent on the land to produce its wealth. Israel’s farming families would prepare for the yearly Firstfruits celebration at the same time they were preparing for Passover. When families came to Jerusalem they were prepared to celebrate three festival days, Passover, Unleavened Bread and Firstfruits; since they were celebrated in the one week period, 14th through 21st of Nisan. First the family would set aside a portion of the crop to be marked for firstfruits by tying a cord around the area to be harvested for the annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem. When the crop was harvested the family would take it along, with their lambs, to Jerusalem to celebrate the feasts. 
On the 16th of Nisan people in Jerusalem would have just finished celebrating Passover and would now begin to celebrate Firstfruits. The Israelite male was called to Jerusalem to celebrate these feasts. He would have come to the Temple with his lamb, a second lamb after the Passover lamb, and the “first fruits” of his field. As he approached the Temple he would have heard the Levitical choirs lead worship with Psalm 30: “I will extol You, O’ Lord, for you have lifted me up and have not let my foes rejoice over me…” As the masses poured into Jerusalem the Temple the scene would have continued throughout the day. 
The lamb would have been brought into the Temple by the Israelite and the priest would slay the lamb as the Israelite watched the preparation of his sacrifice. If he was poor he could offer two turtledoves. (Lev. 5:7; 12:8, 14:22) 
Leviticus 1:10-17
10 If the offering is a burnt offering from the flock, from either the sheep or the goats, he is to offer a male without defect. 11 He is to slaughter it at the north side of the altar before the LORD, and Aaron's sons the priests shall sprinkle its blood against the altar on all sides. 12 He is to cut it into pieces, and the priest shall arrange them, including the head and the fat, on the burning wood that is on the altar. 13 He is to wash the inner parts and the legs with water, and the priest is to bring all of it and burn it on the altar. It is a burnt offering, an offering made by fire, an aroma pleasing to the LORD. 14 If the offering to the LORD is a burnt offering of birds, he is to offer a dove or a young pigeon. 15 The priest shall bring it to the altar, wring off the head and burn it on the altar; its blood shall be drained out on the side of the altar. 16 He is to remove the crop with its contents and throw it to the east side of the altar, where the ashes are. 17 He shall tear it open by the wings, not severing it completely, and then the priest shall burn it on the wood that is on the fire on the altar. It is a burnt offering, an offering made by fire, an aroma pleasing to the LORD. 
After the priest returned from the sacrifice of the man’s lamb the man would have presented to the priest his offering of barley, the measure of an omer (5 pints). He would then say, ‘I declare today to the LORD your God that I have come to the country which the LORD swore to our fathers to give us. 
As the priest received the basket of grain he would then begin to wave it before the Lord, and the Israelite would now say ‘My father was a Syrian about to perish, and he went down to Egypt and dwelt there, few in number; and there he became a nation, great, mighty, and populous. 6 But the Egyptians mistreated us, afflicted us, and laid hard bondage on us. 7 Then we cried out to the LORD God of our fathers, and the LORD heard our voice and looked on our affliction and our labor and our oppression. 8 So the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm, with great terror and with signs and wonders. 9 He has brought us to this place and has given us this land, “a land flowing with milk and honey”; 10 and now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land which you, O LORD, have given me.


The priest would then set the basket down in front of the altar and cast a handful of grain into the fire. The Israelite would then worship the Lord as prescribed in Deuteronomy 26. The Israelite would then have left courts and returned to his waiting family.
THE MODERN OBSERVANCE 
Today, since there is no Temple, the feast of Firstfruits is by bringing your First Fruits which is separate from your Tithe is to be presented to the Lord  and celebrated at your congregation. We also celebrate the counting of the omer. From the Firstfruits Israel was commanded to count off seven weeks until the feast of Shavuot (Feast of Weeks). 
What has survived is the non-biblical holiday known in Israel as Lag B’Omer meaning 33 based on the letters of Lamed and Gimmel since the holiday occurs on the 33rd day between Firstfruits and Weeks. 
According to Jewish tradition it was during this time a plague was stopped in the days of Rabbi Akiba; a plague was averted on his students. 
Lag BaOmer, the 33rd day of the Omer Count – this year, May 22, 2011 – is a festive day on the Jewish calendar, celebrated with outings (on which the children traditionally play with bow and arrows), bonfires, and other joyous events. Many visit the resting place (in Meron in Northern Israel) of the great sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, whose yahrtzeit (anniversary of his passing) the day marks.
The Rabbi masters explain that the final day of a righteous person's earthly life marks the point at which "all his deeds, teachings and work" achieve their culminating perfection and the zenith of their impact upon our lives. So each Lag BaOmer we celebrate Rabbi Shimon's life and the revelation of the esoteric soul of Torah.
Lag BaOmer also commemorates another joyous event. The Talmud relates that in the weeks between Passover and Shavuot a plague raged amongst the disciples of the great sage Rabbi Akiva "because they did not act respectfully towards each other"; these weeks are therefore observed as a period of mourning, with various joyous activities proscribed by law and custom. On Lag BaOmer the dying ceased. Thus Lag BaOmer also carries the theme of Ahavat Yisrael, the imperative to love and respect one's fellow.[1] 
APPLICATION 
The purpose of Firstfruits is to demonstrate to man that God is owner of all our wealth. He gives us the ability to attain success by returning to the Lord the “first” of our produce. We are acknowledging the source. God declared that the firstfruits on the land was His, including the firstborn of livestock. Even the Donkey was required to be redeemed. (Ex. 22:29, 23:19, 34:26, Dt. 18:4, 26:2) 
The firstborn son was also to be redeemed according to the law (Torah). 
Numbers 18:14-19
14 Everything in Israel that is devoted to the LORD is yours. 15 The first offspring of every womb, both man and animal that is offered to the LORD is yours. But you must redeem every firstborn son and every firstborn male of unclean animals. 16 When they are a month old, you must redeem them at the redemption price set at five shekels of silver, according to the sanctuary shekel, which weighs twenty gerahs. 17 But you must not redeem the firstborn of an ox, a sheep or a goat; they are holy. Sprinkle their blood on the altar and burn their fat as an offering made by fire, an aroma pleasing to the LORD. 18 Their meat is to be yours, just as the breast of the wave offering and the right thigh are yours. 19 Whatever is set aside from the holy offerings the Israelites present to the LORD I give to you and your sons and daughters as your regular share. It is an everlasting covenant of salt before the LORD for both you and your offspring. 
Yeshua/Jesus was also presented in the Temple to fulfill this verse. 
Luke 2:21-23
21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived. 22 When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: a pair of doves or two young pigeons.
FIRSTFRUITS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT 
Romans 8:23
Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
Galatians 5:22-23: The fruits of the Spirit are defined by Paul:
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 
Romans 11:16
If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches. 
1 Corinthians 15:20
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
1 Corinthians 15:19-21 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 15 (Whole Chapter) 
1 Corinthians 15:23
But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 
James 1:18
He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
Revelation 14:4
These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb.






by Rabbi Hector Gomez on April 4th, 2015

Prayers For Our Children
Prayers For Our Children
A good Jewish tradition is when, on the Sabbath, the father blesses his children. The father is like the priest of his home, and it is a good thing for him to bless (pray that good things would come to) his children. Children may hear many demands and criticisms during the week. On the Sabbath, it is a pleasant change for them to hear words of blessing and encouragement from their parents.
Every Sabbath service we call the parents and their children forward. The parents lay their hands on their children, praying for them and blessing them. Four or five people will pray spontaneously out loud for all of the children. Here are some of the prayers that the Rabbi will also pray for the children during that time:
A Sabbath Prayer For Our Children
(This may be prayed whole or in parts)
God of the spirits of all flesh, we pray for our sons and daughters, that they may experience redemption from all their offenses, as did Adam and Eve. May they offer a better sacrifice, as did righteous Abel. Make them like Enoch, who walked with God. May they be blameless in their time, as Noah was in his. May they faithfully endure all their trials as Job did his. May they have faith like Abraham, patience like Isaac, and zeal for You like Jacob.
Sons, y’seem-cha Eloheem k’Efraim v’chee-M’nah-sheh! May God make our sons like Ephraim and Manessah, the blessed and numerous and fruitful tribes of Israel!
Daughters, y’see-mech Eloheem k’Sarah Rivka, Rachel v’Leah! May God make our daughters like Sarah and Rebecca, Rachel and Leah, the blessed mothers of the Jewish people.
May they learn to be righteous and forgiving, as was Joseph. May they experience Your great salvation and deliverance, and become humble leaders like Moses, who led Israel out of Egypt. May all their Red Seas part before them, and their Jordans retreat before them!
May they be zealous for holiness like Pinchas the priest, and bold and courageous like Joshua. May they be willing to take on a multitude, and be victorious, like Jonathan, David’s friend. Like King David, may they become true worshipers, and women and men after Your own heart. Fill them with joy like David who danced before You. May they be skilled in worship like the Levites at the Temple. May they be like those who sang praises to You, walking before Israel’s army, so that our enemies were utterly defeated.
Give them wisdom and understanding like Solomon. May they learn how to hear Your voice as did Samuel and the prophets of old. Make them people of holy courage and mighty acts like Elijah and Elisha. May they have insight like Daniel. Make them wise builders, like Nehemiah, and grant them love for Your Teaching, like Ezra the Scribe. Grant them miraculous victories like the Maccabees, and make them preparers of Your way like John the Baptist. May they be close to you and loved by You like John whom You loved. May they overcome their circumstances as when Simon Peter walked on water. Enable them to be bold proclaimers of Your Message of Salvation like Rabbi Paul. Cause them to be people of prayer and holiness like James the Just. Help them to continually sanctify Your name, and even be willing to die for it, like Stephen, the holy martyr.
And above all, may they grow in their knowledge of the Son of God, until they become mature men and women. May they attain to the fullness of Messiah. May they walk as He walked, and live as He lived, doing good, serving God, always obeying You, making Your will their will. May they be filled up to all the fullness of God!
Other Prayers For Our Children
Merciful Father, who does not want Your children to wander in darkness, pour the light of Your Spirit into the minds and hearts of our sons and daughters, that they may discover what Your holy will is, and discern the true from the false, the evil from the good, and that they may walk in the paths of wisdom (Book of Common Worship).
Bless them with your grace, O Lord, to work while it is day, fulfilling diligently and patiently whatever duty You appoint for them; doing small things in the day of small things and great labors if You summon them to any.
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, give our children a grateful heart for all Your mercies, that they may be genuinely thankful; may they show forth Your praise, not only with their lips, but with their lives, by giving their selves to Your service, and by walking before You in holiness and righteousness all of their days (Book of Common Prayer).
O Lord our God, thank You for sending Yeshua the Messiah, who is the Good Shepherd of the sheep, who came to seek the lost, and to gather them into Your fold. Keep our children among Your flock! Have compassion on those who have wandered from You and bring them back! Feed those who hunger, cause the weary to lie down in Your pastures, bind up those who are broken in heart, and strengthen those who are weak .
O Lord our God, and our Good Shepherd, guide our children throughout their lives. Give them the strength to follow You wherever You go. In those little daily duties to which You call them, bow their wills to obedience; grant them to have patience under pain or provocation, truthfulness in word and manner, humility and kindness: in great acts of duty, if You should call them to them, uplift them to self-sacrifice, heroic courage, laying down their lives for You, or for Your Truth, or for a brother .
O Lord our God, our Rock and our Strength, our High Tower and Strong Fortress, the Might of all those who put their confidence in You, grant that our sons and daughters maybe more than conquerors over everything that makes war on their souls, and, in the end, they enter into perfect peace in Your presence .
O You who have taught us that we are most truly free when we lose our wills in Yours, help our children to attain to this liberty by continual surrender to You, and Your will and Your service and Your ways.
Adon Olam, Lord of the Universe, help our children to fervently desire, wisely search out, and perfectly fulfill all that is well pleasing to You. Of all that You require them do, grant them the knowledge, the desire, and the ability to fulfill it as they should; may their path to You be safe, straightforward, and perfect to the end.
Give them, O Lord, a steadfast heart, which no unworthy emotion may drag down; give them an unconquered heart, which no difficult situation can wear out; give them an upright heart, which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside. Give them also, O Lord my God, understanding to know You, diligence to seek You, wisdom to find You, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace You.
God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; Father of our Lord Yeshua, and our Father too, transform our children into the kind of human beings that Your heart longs to see us, men and women after Your own heart. Renew them into the image of Messiah and bring them from glory to glory.
O Lord our God, we acknowledge that You are the great and holy King; we acknowledge Your right to have dominion over us. Our children, and their lives, deaths, souls and bodies all belong to You. May they willingly give all to You, and use everything of who they are and what they have in Your service. Enable them to live before You in childlike simplicity, steadfast in prayer; looking always to You, that whatsoever they do, or abstain from doing, they may in all things follow the least indications of Your will. Become Lord of their hearts and spirits; that their the whole inner being may be brought under Your rule, and that Your life of love and righteousness may pervade all their thoughts and energies. O Lord and King, enter into their hearts, and live and reign there for ever and ever.
God of Israel, You called us to delight in You and in Your praise, because You have made us for Yourself, and our hearts find no rest until we rest in You. So, may the hearts of our sons and daughters learn how to rest in You, and delight in You.
O Lord, You know what is best for our children, so let whatever be done to them as You please. Give what You will, and how much You will, and when You will. Deal with them as You think good, and as best pleases You. Put them where You will, and deal with them in all things just as You will. Enable our children to be Your servants, prepared for all things You command; help them to not desire to live to themselves, but to You!
Use our children, for whatever purpose, and in whatever way, You may require. May their hearts be Your dwelling place; their mouths spread the glory of Your name; all their love and powers advance the cause of Your people.
O God our Father, thank You for sending Yeshua the Messiah, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We pray that You will not allow our children to stray from Him who is the Way, nor distrust the One who is the Truth, nor rest in any other thing than He who is the Life.
O Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance on our children; let Your peace rule in their hearts; and may it be their strength and song, while they are here on their pilgrimage on Earth. We commit them to Your care and keeping this day; let Your grace be mighty in them, and sufficient for them, and let it work in them both to will and do of Your own good pleasure; and grant them strength for all the duties of the day. Keep them from sin; give them the rule over their own spirits; and keep them from speaking unadvisedly with their lips. May they live together in peace and holy love, and command Your blessing upon them, even life forevermore. Prepare them for all the events of the day; for they know not what a day may bring forth. Give them grace to deny themselves; to take up their cross daily, and to follow in the steps of Lord and Master.
O Lord our God, grant our children the grace to desire You with their whole heart; that when they desire You they may seek and find You; and when they seek and find You they may love You; and when they love You, they may hate those sins from which You have redeemed them.


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on April 4th, 2015

Pesach "Passover"
Exodus 12:21-15:26
Numbers 28:19-25
Now What?

The night had been filled with emotion as the Hebrews ate of their Passover meal in haste.  On the one hand was a sense of excitement about what the coming days would bring as they prepared to make their journey out of Egypt.  On the other hand was a sense of despair as the sun rose the next day and they looked at a country they had once called home, a prosperous land that was now in ruins.  The wails of mothers who had lost their firstborn during the night could still be heard as far away as Goshen.  The panic of the people of Egypt could be felt in the air.  This morning they were being told to turn their backs on the land they had once called home and to pack their new possessions, and do it quickly.  The prophesied time of return to their true home was at hand.  They were the generation chosen to see the events unfold.

It was all happening too fast though.  Many of the people felt that life was out of their control.  They wondered if the timing was truly real or if this man Moses was really sent by Elohim.  Who did he really think he was anyway?  Why him?  This is not the way they had all imagined the end of their life in Egypt would be.  What about my job?  Don't I need to give a two-week notice or something?  How about a forwarding address?  These were all questions that went through the minds of the Hebrews as they prepared in haste to leave the place they had once called home.  Yes, the sun was rising from a quite sleepless night.  But although the sun was especially bright that day, there was a darkness of confusion that filled the hearts of many Hebrews.  What would this day bring?  They were afraid to ask!

Centuries later.  Many years had passed since that celebrated day in Egypt.  History recorded the events with great detail.  The promised redemption had come just like He had said it would.  But this morning was different.  The confusion of three million Hebrews so long ago could not compare to the confusion of this day.  The lives of a handful of men and women He had referred to as His family had taken a turn they had not seen coming.  Life seemed to be not only on hold, but had stopped altogether.  Confusion, anger, despair and fear were only a few of the emotions that gripped them.  Night had come hours early the day before.  The sun was now rising over the Mount of Olives, but no outward light could help the darkness they felt on this morning.

The events of Egypt had brought the faithful together so many years earlier.  They had provision and they had a leader.  But for the disciples, the One whom they had looked to for everything was now gone.  He was dead, and from their distance and vantage point they stared at a stone, rolled in front of the entrance to a tomb.  They stared in wonder.  How could they have been so wrong?  Why had they not listened to their family members who had told them this new life would never work out?  Why had they strayed from the ways of the religious leaders of the day?  Why had they not just followed the traditions they had been taught as children?  Confusion and despair gripped them all and would only grow worse in the coming days.  

But there were words He had spoken to them in the final days rolling around in the back of their minds, just barely out of their grasp.  What good would those words do them now though?  He is dead.  The life, the redemption from the Romans, that seemed so sure just hours before, was now impossible.  He is dead!  But what are those words they kept trying to bring to the front of their minds?

We usually read the Scripture far too fast, do we not?  We forget that verses that are read in moments may have taken days, weeks or even years to live out in reality.  The tragedy of missing this concept is that we miss one of the great points of scripture, which is to learn from the example of those who walked before us.  With that said, what are we to learn here?  Many things of course, but very high on the list is to remember that His plans normally do not come to pass the way that we think they will.  Another one would be that in the end His plan is always better and will accomplish a far greater work for our lives than any plan we could dream up.

Let us all take some time between Passover and First Fruits to consider the lives of the people who were leaving Egypt as well as those who lived the long days just after the death of Yeshua. The days prior to His resurrection. Maybe as we consider their uncertainty of the future and the emotions they must have dealt with, it will help us to prepare our own lives for another fulfillment of prophecy, the one that is happening right before our eyes.

Have a blessed Passover season.



by Rabbi Hector Gomez on April 4th, 2015






Should Christians Celebrate Passover Or Easter?




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Should Christians celebrate Passover or should they celebrate Easter?  The answer may seem quite obvious to some of you, but in reality this question has become quite a controversy in the Christian community over the past several years.  As Christians have learned more about the history of each holiday, an increasing number of Christians have been choosing to celebrate Passover rather than Easter.
But why would that be?
After all, isn’t Passover a “Jewish” holiday and Easter a “Christian” holiday?
Well, that is not really the case.
In fact, the earliest Christians did not celebrate a holiday called “Easter” at all.
Rather, they all celebrated Passover.
Even after the original generation of apostles died off, many of the early church leaders still continued to observe Passover as described in the Torah, but other early church leaders of that next generation slowly started to move the celebration of Passover to Sunday.
In a letter to the head of the church of Rome, Irenaeus mentioned the controversy that took place when Polycarp tried to persuade Anicetus (a previous bishop of Rome) that the celebration of Passover should not be moved to Sunday…..
And when the blessed Polycarp was sojourning in Rome in the time of Anicetus, although a slight controversy had arisen among them as to certain other points, they were at once well inclined towards each other [with regard to the matter in hand], not willing that any quarrel should arise between them upon this head. For neither could Anicetus persuade Polycarp to forego the observance [in his own way], inasmuch as these things had been always [so] observed by John the disciple of our Lord, and by other apostles with whom he had been conversant; nor, on the other hand, could Polycarp succeed in persuading Anicetusto keep [the observance in his way], for he maintained that he was bound to adhere to the usage of the presbyters who preceded him. And in this state of affairs they held fellowship with each other; and Anicetus conceded to Polycarp in the Church the celebration of the Eucharist, by way of showing him respect; so that they parted in peace one from the other, maintaining peace withthe whole Church, both those who did observe [this custom] and those who did not.
You see, Polycarp was one of the greatest leaders of the “2nd generation” of the early church. He had been a disciple of the apostle John himself, and Polycarp insisted that the church should continue to celebrate Passover on the 14th day of the Jewish calendar as the apostles had always done.
In fact, the church historian Eusebius wrote that Polycarp observed Passover this way because “he had always observed it with John the disciple of our Lord, and the rest of the apostles, with whom he associated” (Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History, 1995, pp. 210-211).
After Polycarp, another early church leader named Polycrates argued with Victor, the bishop of Rome, over this same issue.
The following are some excerpts from what Eusebius recorded regarding what Polycrates had to say to Victor:
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“There was a considerable discussion raised about this time, in consequence of a difference of opinion respecting the observance of the paschal season. The churches of all Asia, guided by a remoter tradition, supposed that they ought to keep the fourteenth day of the moon for the festival of the Saviour’s passover, in which day the Jews were commanded to kill the paschal lamb”
“The bishops … of Asia, persevering in observing the custom handed down to them from their fathers, were headed by Polycrates. He, indeed, had also set forth the tradition handed down to them, in a letter which he addressed to Victor and the church of Rome. ‘We,’ said he, ‘therefore, observe the genuine day; neither adding thereto nor taking therefrom. For in Asia great lights have fallen asleep, which shall rise again the day of the Lord’s appearing, in which he will come with glory from heaven, and will raise up all the saints”
“Moreover, John, who rested upon the bosom of our Lord; … also Polycarpof Smyrna, both bishop and martyr. Thraseas, … Sagaris, … Papirius; and Melito … All these observed the fourteenthday of the passover according to the gospel, deviating in no respect, but following the rule of faith. Moreover, I, Polycrates, who am the least of all of you, according to the tradition of my relatives, some of whom I have followed. For there were seven, my relatives [who were] bishops, andI am the eighth; and my relatives always observed the day when the people (i.e., the Jews) threw away the leaven.
“I, therefore, brethren, am now sixty-five years in the Lord, who having conferred with the brethren throughout the world, and having studied the whole of the sacred Scriptures, am not at all alarmed at those things with which I am threatened, to intimidate me. For they who are greater than I, have said, ‘we ought to obey God rather than men’”
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So although there was an effort by the church of Rome to move the celebration of Passover to Sundays, those who were determined on practicing it as the first apostles had could not be moved off of the original observance.
But eventually, during the time of Constantine, the leaders of the institutional church were strong-armed into observing Passover on a Sunday.
Later this celebration came to be known as “Easter”.
But why should Christians celebrate Easter?
After all, when did Yeshua die on the cross? (On the eve of Passover)
When did Yeshua rise from the dead? (On First Fruits During the Feast of Unleavened Bread)
What holiday foreshadowed the sacrifice of the lamb of God for hundreds of years before it happened? (Passover)
So why do Christians celebrate a holiday known as Easter?
In fact, do you even know what the word “Easter” means?
Have you ever wondered where the word Easter originated?
The truth might just shock you.
Many of the old reference books actually contained the truth.
The Britannica Encyclopedia (1934) defined Easter this way:
“EASTER (es’ter). Ostara, or Eastre, was the goddess of Spring in the religion of the ancient Angles and Saxons. Every April a festival was celebrated in her honor. With the beginnings of Christianity, the old gods were put aside. From then on the festival was celebrated in honor of the resurrection of Christ, but was still known as Easter after the old goddess.”
So if this is the case, then why do Christians celebrate “Easter”?
Well, the truth is that the story goes back a long way – all the way back to the ancient Middle East.
Perhaps you have heard of “Isis” or “Ishtar” or “Ashtoreth” or “Asherah”.  They are ancient names for the same pagan fertility goddess. In fact, if you trace the various pagan fertility goddesses back far enough, they all trace back to Semiramis of ancient Babylon.
Over time, “Ashtoreth” and “Asherah” became “Ishtar” which eventually became “Eastre” and then finally “Easter”.
Some other names of “Easter” over the centuries included Aphrodite from ancient Cyprus, Astarte from ancient Greece, Demeter from Mycenae, Kali from India and Ostara, a Norse goddess of fertility.
In fact, pagans and Wiccans celebrate a holiday called “Ostara”to this very day.  In fact, “Ostara” was celebrated on March 20th in 2009.
Well what about Easter eggs and Easter bunnies?
Easter “eggs” and Easter bunnies are pagan fertility symbols that celebrate this pagan fertility goddess, and they have been used as symbols for her for thousands of years.
The truth is stunning, eh?
You see, “Easter” has nothing to do with Yeshua (Jesus).
Yeshua (Jesus) died on the eve of Passover.
In fact, the festival of Passover was a stunning prophetic picture of what would happen to the Messiah.
In the “Old Testament”, God had His people go up to Jerusalem three times per year. One of those times was for Passover.
During the very first Passover, God had the Jews take the blood of a lamb and put it on their doorposts so that the death angel would pass over their houses.
But why the doorposts?
What are doorposts most commonly made of?
Wood.
Where does wood come from?
From a tree.
So the message of that very first Passover was that the blood of the lamb on the tree covers us from the wrath of God.
Does that sound familiar?
It should.
It is the message of the cross – the blood of the lamb on the tree covers us from the wrath of God!
So for centuries upon centuries, God had His people gather in the exact city where Christ would die, at the exact time of the year when He would die, and He had them celebrate a holiday that perfectly foreshadowed the sacrifice of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah.
So why have Christians rejected the festival of Passover?
After all, it is a fact that Jesus celebrated Passover.  The Last Supper was actually a Passover meal (just look it up in the Scriptures).
During the Last Supper Yeshua/Jesus said that from now on we were to celebrate that meal in memory of Him.
And all of humanity will celebrate the Passover during the 1000 year reign of Yeshua. If you don’t believe this, just read Ezekiel chapters 45 and 46 which describe what life will be like during the 1000 year reign of the Messiah.
But instead of celebrating Passover, most Christians today celebrate “Easter” just as ancient civilizations such as the Assyrians, the Phoenicians, and the Philistines did.  In fact, ritual pagan sex acts were often involved with the celebration of “Easter” in ancient times.  That doesn’t sound like much of a Christian holiday.
So why have Christians forsaken a holiday which predicted the sacrifice of Jesus, which is full of symbolism about Jesus, which is during the precise time when Jesus died and rose again and which God tells us in the Scriptures to remember?
Why have Christians instead been celebrating a pagan fertility festival that is named after a pagan fertility goddess and is filled with pagan symbols and traditions?
For more information on the pagan origins of Easter, we would encourage you to check out this YouTube video that we produced…..


We hope that this article has been very eye opening for you.  The reality is that there is a lot more to the holidays that we have been celebrating than we have ever been taught.
Don’t just take “holidays” for granted.  Learn where they came from and why you celebrate them.  Learn what the first Christians did and why they did it.
Perhaps there are reasons why we don’t see the same type of power and miracles that the early Christians did.
Perhaps it is time to try to recapture the faith and practices of those early Christians. Amen!





It’s Your choice Pagan Easter or Yeshua The Passover Lamb?


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on April 4th, 2015

Did Yeshua Eat the Passover Seder?




Pesach same'ach" (פסח שמח) Happy Passover!  This month we will celebrate Passover (Pesach), the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Chag HaMazot) and the Feast of Firstfruits (Chag ha-Bikkurim).  What an incredible time of year to honor these 3 memorable, multi-layered Feasts!  The best part is to be participating in the Biblical Feasts and not the man-made traditions.  It feels so right.


But, I must admit there seems to be some confusion in the camp surrounding the night beginning of Pesach.  Did Yeshua eat the Passover Seder or was it a wonderful last meal together with His disciples in which they were getting ready for Preparation Day?  Many teach and believe it was the Passover Seder...because of some verses in Matthew, Mark and Luke about it being Passover....(the season?).  However, if one clears one's mind...how would it make sense that Yeshua was eating the Passover Seder, when He is the PASSOVER LAMB and had not yet been killed!  Yeshua was killed at twilight on the 14th of Nisan, at the same time they were slaughtering the lambs in the Temple Courts!  And according to Exodus 12 and Leviticus 23 (look it up my friends) the Passover is not eaten until the evening (or beginning of the 15th of Nisan BIBLICAL CALENDAR).  So, how could Yeshua be celebrating a Feast that had not yet happened? He is the WORD!  He knows the WORD. He would not attempt to disobey, change or disregard His Laws!  His Torah!


I believe He was NOT eating the Passover Meal, He was eating a wonderful farewell meal with His disciples, explaining about what was to happen next. He was helping His dear disciples to PREPARE for what was coming, both the Passover, and this particular Passover that would change the face of mankind eternally! If we look at calendars in that year, it would most likely He ate His last meal on Tuesday evening (the beginning of Nisan 14 - Preparation of the Passover Lamb day).  Went to the garden on Mt. Olives to pray, got arrested, and presented to the High Priests and Pilate during the early morning hours.  He was beaten, spit upon and scourged for our healing.  He went to the cross, was crucified all during Wednesday.... by nightfall he had died (for our sins!)....at "twilight" when they were sacrificing the Passover lambs (this was the end of the 14th of Nisan).  They laid Him in a tomb donated by Joseph of Arimathea.  This was now Wednesday evening the start of Nisan 15, which is called Passover/1st Day of Unleavened Bread.  It is a "Sabbath" day, meaning there could be no customary work. 

Look at Lev. 23:4-7 "‘These are the feasts of the L-rd, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times.  On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the L-rd’s Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the L-rd; seven days you must eat unleavened bread.  On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it. But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the L-rd for seven days. The seventh day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it.’”


So, on our calendar Yeshua was put in the tomb, Wednesday night.  Right when all the Jews and believers in Messiah were eating the required and traditional Seder Meal. They ate the roasted lamb, bitter herbs and UNLEAVENED BREAD. 


How could Yeshua been eating at this Feast, when He was dead and buried?


The book of John clearly states, 13:1-2 "Now before the before the Feast of Passover, when Yeshua knew His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who in the world, He loved the to the end." and He eats a meal with them...."And supper being ended...".


So, why does Matthew, Mark and Luke appear to be saying He was eating the Passover meal?  Need to look at translations and the Jewish culture.  Need to look at the WORD.  It clearly says Yeshua IS the Passover Lamb.  He was slaughtered on Nisan 14.  Buried at the beginning of Nisan 15 when the Passover Seder was being prepared and eaten.


We can't change HaShem's perfect Word.  But, apparently we are very limited in our ways of interpretation, explanation and teaching of His perfect Word.  We must go to the HEART of the WORD.  We know HaShem sent His Son to die for us that we have eternal life!  His perfect blood was taken to the perfect Temple in Heaven....and now we have a "way" to the Father....for ever and ever!  Just like HaShem told us to celebrate His Feasts forever!  And teach them to our children.  So, we can remember His Perfect Plan!  AMEN!


Yeshua's life and death is the completion of hundreds of Scripture prophecies!  He came for the Jews as Jew, and the Lost Tribes and everyone else who may be lost !  HaShem has a PATTERN for it all....and we can see it in the FEASTS!!! Glory to HIM!!!!!


Praise You Adonai, for giving us Your Son Yeshua, so that we may live...FOREVER!

Shalom, shalom
Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez

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by Rabbi Hector Gomez on March 4th, 2015

Happy Purim
Purim is the celebration of Jewish deliverance as told in the Book of Esther. After the destruction of the Kingdom of Judah, the Jews were taken into the seventy-year Babylonian captivity. When ancient Persia took control, Haman, royal vizier to King Ahasuerus, planned to kill the Jews, but his plans were foiled by Esther and he uncle, Mordecai.

Purim takes place each year in the Jewish calendar on the 14th day of Adar. This year the Gregorian date is the 28th of February. Purim is a boisterous, joyful day – it is a celebration of survival. The Purim celebration is fun and jovial.

Purim customs include giving food baskets as gifts, eating hamantashen pastries, giving to charity, and participating in Purim parades, plays and carnivals complete with costumes and noisemakers. Children dress in costume and march in Purim parades around the community. Families bake hamantashen pastries (Haman’s Ears) to eat during the celebration.

Purim is a time of joyous celebration. There is a special atmosphere that surrounds Purim. Probably the most widely observed Purim tradition is masquerading. Wearing masks and costumes is a way of hiding ones true identity. It is a fun way to act out the theme of mistaken identity which is found throughout the story of Esther. Esther hid her cultural origins from the king, Mordecai hid his knowledge of all the world's languages (which allowed Bigthan and Teresh to discuss their plot openly in his presence), and Haman was mistaken for Mordecai when he led Mordecai through the streets of the capital city of Shushan.


However, the most important custom is to listen to the Megillat Esther (The Book of Esther) read aloud. It is a mitzvah (good deed) to do so. This reading usually takes place in a synagogue so to publicly declare the miracles of Purim. In Israel it is also read to the children in the day-cares, kindergartens, and schools. The Book of Esther is called the Megillah and the reading is called kriat Megillah. It is traditional to read the Megillah the eve of Purim as well as the following morning. The Talmud, the written record rabbinic thought pertaining to Jewish law, ethics, customs and history, prescribes how the Megillah should be read. This includes boisterous congregational participation complete with noise-makers called groggers which they spin at the mention of Haman, the villain of the story who is out to destroy the Jews.

On Purim we remember and celebrate the survival of the Jewish People. It is the story of how Esther saved the Jews of Persia from annihilation, as recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther.




Hadassah and Esther




A Story of Heroism


Long ago in the land of Persia there was a king named Ahashverosh. As is the way of kings, one day he ordered that all his advisers and friends come together for a great feast. During the weeks of revelry he called upon his queen Vashti to dance at the feast and demonstrate her beauty for the male attendees. Queen Vashti refused. Furious at her rebuff the king ordered the execution of Vashti.


Over time King Ahashverosh’s anger dissipated and he was lonely for a queen. The new queen was to be the most beautiful in all his lands. To find her the king held a beauty contest. All the most beautiful young women were to be brought before the king. Amongst them was a Jewish women named Hadassah, who is also called Esther.




Esther was an orphan who was raised by her cousin Mordechai, he called her Hadassah means Myrtle, the sweet smelling tree. According to Jewish tradition the Myrtle tree is the most righteous of trees. Mordechai was a very righteous Jew and raised his adopted daughter the same way.


Thus Esther was not a willing participant in the pageant as this was not something a humble woman would do. So while the others readied themselves with perfume and cosmetics, she made no effort at all. But despite Esther’s lack of enthusiasm, God had plans for her. Out of all the women sent before the king, he chose Esther as the winner of the pageant and thus selected her to be his next queen.


When Esther was going to live in the palace Mordechai instructed her not to reveal that she was Jewish. The explained that it could be dangerous if this fact was discovered. She followed this advise and didn’t reveal her true identity, even when the king asked her to do so. To the king she was known only as Esther, a name that means “hiddenness”, as Esther kept her identity hidden.


Meanwhile, the king’s chief adviser, Haman, was trying to increase his influence in the kingdom. Haman convinced the king to decree that everyone must bow down to him when he passed. When Haman passed Mordechai did not bow because as a Jew he bows to no one but God.


Feeling insulted, angry and humiliated by Mordechai’s lack of compliance Haman immediately began to plot against the Jews of Persia. Haman decided to destroy the entire Jewish people in Persia. He went to the king and told them that the Jews didn’t follow the king’s laws. The king trusted Haman and told him he could do with the kingdom’s residents as he liked. Thus Haman set his plan into action and cast lots to determine the day of Jewish annihilation, and then constructed a gallows.


When Haman’s plot was revealed, a distraught Mordechai tore his clothes and wept publicly. Hearing about her cousin’s distress Esther sent a servant to inquire. Mordechai, who always knew her by the name Hadassah, sent the message to appeal to her to do something on behalf of her people. This proposition was unsettling to Esther as she knew what happened to the last queen who crossed the king.


However Esther, being the righteous woman she was, agreed. She instructed Mordechai to organize a three-day fast of the Jewish people. She believed that this fast would help deliver their prayers to God. Mordechai implored her to approach the king dressed humbly as a member of the Jewish faith. However, in this case Esther knew her identity must remain hidden until the proper moment.


After three days of fasting the unrevealed Jewess, Esther, entered the king’s court dressed in her most colorful and ostentatious royal garb. Still enamored by her stunning beauty, the king asked her what she desired, willing to give her anything she wanted. She replied that she only wanted to invite the king and Haman to a banquet. The king immediately accepted.


At the conclusion of the banquet, at which the king has gotten quite drunk with wine, Esther invited the king and Haman to a second banquet the next night. During the second feast with Haman drunk on self-importance and the king drunk on wine Esther made her move. She revealed Haman’s plot to the king explaining that she was in fact Jewish. By going forward with the order Haman would have to kill the king’s beautiful queen as well.


The king was furious that Haman would harm the queen. In his rage he overturned Haman’s decree and ordered that Haman be hanged in the gallows intended for Mordechai and other Jews.


In was here that the hidden Queen Esther and the righteous Hadassah, thus one and the same, yet so opposite, saved the Jews.


Like the heroine of Purim we all have different sides, sometimes opposing, sometimes complimenting. We should embrace all our different elements because it is they way each of us was uniquely made by God. Like Esther... and Hadassah... we can find a way to use each of our sides in His service.


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on March 3rd, 2015

Breakthrough Part 2


Is. 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; 
they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be 
weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.






The key to really breaking through is waiting. Many times, we jump the gun and go for what we know, only to find out that we should have waited on God. The sad part about this is, we can usually look back and see a trail of bad decisions based on our inability to wait on God. And until we decide enough is enough, we will continually get it wrong. I believe that there is a sure path for everyone to take and I believe that many times, we are blinded by what others have or what we don't have. We see it through the eyes of our wants and desires instead of through the Spirit. God is trying to tell us that he has everything we need, and yet we want to go before God and then drag him along, believing he will work it all out in the end. But this is a destructive pattern because the fruit of our errors will only grow larger. Even though we may have a calling or believe we have a purpose in God, we could lose our family, friends, children, jobs, money, homes, etc. behind our inability to wait on him and his sure path. Waiting on God means that in spite of how we feel or how desperate the situation becomes, we decide that unless God shows up, we do nothing! This is the place that God desires in our life. He wants to be first and not last. He wants us to be sensible, and mature in our thinking. He wants us to consider the loss and count the cost. It takes preparation time to do these things. The wait is not just a senseless period of time that God needs to work things out, but it's a time of preparation for the big picture. This is where those that are called are separated from those that are chosen. The ones that are only called do things for self, because even though they know their called, they can't overcome their own agenda. But the chosen ones are the ones that wait on God no matter how trying it gets.

When you don't wait on God, you are telling God that you don't trust him. Your breakthrough is delayed and may never come if you don't trust God for it. God wants us at the point where we know him and can put our trust in him. The period between the wait and the promise is the period where we learn to trust in him for everything. He said "lean not your own understanding, but in all thy ways acknowledge him!" This is the path to your breakthrough. When you lean to your understanding, you error! When you take the leading of the Spirit out of the picture then you really are saying that God is not in control of you. God wants to be God over you. He doesn't want you giving the enemy the ability to always stop your progress. You have a responsibility my Christian friend! You must get to a point in your life where nothing else matters. Your personal feelings don't matter, your past doesn't matter, and what people have around you doesn't matter!

You have to get to the place where, no matter what it cost, you are going to wait on God! Every great leader waited. Every great pastor or clergy, minister or prophet had to wait. There was always a time of preparation in their lives and the same goes with you. You have to wait on God. But be of good courage during your waiting. If you make the right choices and do it God's way, your waiting period can be wonderful in itself. You can experience God and know him through the test and trials of your waiting period. And it will make your journey to the promised land more fulfilling if you can hear him and follow him there. Your breakthrough is coming, all you have to do is wait.

Suggested Reading: Psa. 37:9, Psa. 59:9, Prov. 3:6, Matt. 22:14



by Rabbi Hector Gomez on March 2nd, 2015

Breakthrough


Joshua 5:6Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
6 because the people of Isra’el walked forty years in the desert until the whole nation, that is, the fighting men who had left Egypt, had died out; because they had not heeded what Adonai said. Adonai had sworn that he would not allow them to see the land which Adonai swore to their ancestors that he would give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.






In this era of breakthrough, many believers don't put things into the proper perspective. They hear the breakthrough message and the wait on God but many times, breakthrough is not happening because of us! You see, there are things in your life that God has to remove and change things before he can take you into your promised land. Your next level depends on you conquering the present level!
Why in the world would God give you a breakthrough when you have not completed the present course that you are on?
You see, we do things a lot of times that keep us going in circles. We make bad decisions, we operate on our own and ignore the voice of God, and we get comfortable with our "issues" and never choose to deal with them. So, we stay where we are! Then, we go to conferences, services, and watch TV evangelists talk about our next season, our next level, or our breakthrough, and we immediately want the word to be for us.
But listen my friend, your next level, season, or breakthrough cannot be spoken over you, but it has to be operated in you. You have to pass the test!! You have to be willing to sacrifice your personal feelings and wants for the sake of the Kingdom of God. God is waiting for a people that will give up all and follow him. You can't hold on to your old ways, your old decision making processes, or your old way of thinking in the promise land. You could do that in the past, because you weren't going anywhere. But God wants to protect the promise land from your old mentality. Just think if God was to give you everything you got coming while you are still being hardheaded, forming bad relationships, spending money unwisely, or walking in rebellion and disobedience. You would mess things up royally. But look at it from this angle or perspective. The promise land, right now, is in the hands of someone else! God always delivered the promise out of one hand, into the next! He took it from the unjust and gave it to the just. With that said, ask yourself this question. Why would he take it from people that will not listen to him and give it to people that will not listen to him? If you are going to get it, you have to listen to him.

The original children of Israel that once lived in Egypt, did not see the promise land. They wandered around for 40 years and never went anywhere because they did not obey God. They kept doing what they knew to do, which was what they learned in Egypt. So, God did not give them the promise land. He took their children and gave them the promise. That's the way it is for so many of us today. Our breakthrough has not come because we are circling the same area we have circled for years. Making the same bad decisions and allowing ourselves to be put right back in the same place and never going forward. We must learn to obey God and follow his plan. Once we do that, we will get the breakthrough! Once we do that, we will step into our season! Once we do that, we will see the promise! The enemy is not fighting your breakthrough by messing with your money, or your job. He's fighting you in your mind! He's causing you to listen to yourself and not God. You see, the children of Israel kept bringing up what the Egyptians did to them. The more they talked about it, the more they gave power to it.. And thus, they could never move forward because they kept talking about what had happened to them. If the devil can get you to make decisions based on what people did to you, or how you feel, then he can 
put you at a standstill. If he can cause you to go against the plan of God and move according to your personal feelings, then he can cause you to walk in circles! Saints of God, your breakthrough, your promise, your season, is waiting on you. It's already prepared, but you must allow God to work out things in you first so that when you get there, you will not be like the those that he has taken the land from!


Just remember BREAKTHROUGH only comes  through you obedience and your faithfulness, and honoring His commandments, keeping His Sabbath and being faithful in your Tithe & Offerings, and honoring the people around you!  Stay focus and on track and see BREAKTHROUGH COME TOWARDS YOU!


AMEN   
 
Suggested Reading: Prov. 13:22, Rom. 16:19, 2Cor. 10:6, Heb. 5:8


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on March 2nd, 2015

Breaking Sexual and Romantic Ties and Deliverance from Sexual Promiscuity:
As a Marriage and Family Counselor for many years I have encountered many believers who are suffering from Sexual Promiscuity, so I want to pass this to those who may need to break free!
We are about to study the subject of emotional damage, mental damage, and marital damage caused by ungodly soul ties and how to break them in order for the people of God to live in freedom of covenants and relationships from the past. Soul ties can be formed with others before and during marriage, or even after a marriage.


What is a soul tie? It is the invisible tie that binds one person to another person, organization or object. It is an ungodly covenant based on an unhealthy emotional or sexual relationship or attachment. What is a covenant? A covenant is an agreement that is binding on all parties. There is no need to keep past covenant if you have already moved on to another relationship. Old covenants from previous relationships, lovers or spouses need to be broken. Examples of covenants are commitments spoken or demonstrated, like when you say, ” I will always love you”, “I will always stand by your side”, or “I will always hate you”. Another form of covenant is demonstrated by receiving a ring from someone as a sign of engagement or commitment. If the relationship is already severed, the spirit of the covenant must be broken by returning the ring to the giver. If the giver refuses to accept it, the recipient must get rid of it and not keep it. Anything else that connects you to the former lover must be gotten rid of as well. Burn all love notes, cards, return the bike, etc. Delete and junk all e-mails from him/her. Get rid of all of it and have nothing to do with it: move on in the right way! I will mention here a different kind of a soul tie although it may be outside of this study. I just feel that the Holy Spirit wants me to include it here. This is the soul tie that is attached to an object. An example is a piece or item that has been passed down from a great, great ancestor. A dying relative might want to give it to you because it has been with the family for generations. RECIPIENT BEWARE! The devil knows that people (especially females) are sentimental people. When there is sentimental value on something, it blinds our eyes. The tendency is not to get rid of it but to keep on holding on to it. If curses are attached to that object, bad things can happen in your life. It will also prevent you from moving in the direction that the Holy Spirit wants you to move. It may involve separating your life from the object because of the sentimental soul tie, otherwise, it will draw you to a wrong loyalty. If the object is cursed, the curse will continue because someone is hosting the spirit that was placed in the item. Be very discerning! If you are aware that there is a curse on the object being passed on to you, say this prayer:“ I break and renounce all covenants, curses, and demonic blessings attached to this item, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus! I cut off any soul ties and sentimental affections and relationships that I have with this object in the name of Yeshua/Jesus! I ask for the blood of Jesus to seal this item. Amen.
After you have spoken this prayer, get rid of the item. You have three options: break it. If it will not break, burn it. If it will not burn, BURY IT! The passages in the Bible that support this are found in Deuteronomy 7:4-5, 25, 26, Isaiah 2:17-21 (Old Testament).
Going back to soul ties with previous lovers or spouses, how do we break our attachments to previous relationships? We are going to learn how to do it in this study. The prayer provided here will break soul and spirit ties, romantic ties and even sexual and romantic words spoken during lovemaking or sexual intimacy. The purpose of this is to present yourself to your spouse with no soul and spirit ties with your past and to enjoy a new life of enjoying sexual intimacy.
The most common soul and spirit ties are found in sexual relationships where the sexual relationship is outside of marriage. In the case of a married couple who are divorced, there must still be a breaking or separating of the soul and spirit even when the marriage certificate is canceled as a result of a certificate of divorce. There are so many cases where the spouse is not able to give himself or herself fully to the other because her soul and spirit is still attached to the former lover or spouse. This situation is caused by soul ties that have never been broken. The result is a scattered soul. The person who has a scattered soul is a person with a divided soul. For the sake of this study, the terms soul tie, double minded, scattered soul and divided soul will be used interchangeably.
In James 1:7-8 in the New Testament, we see the problem of a divided soul as a double minded person. “For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord…” (verse 7). We can give and give in our marriage but it seems as though we get very little in return. Having a scattered, divided soul affects our receiving, not our giving. We may wonder why we can’t receive the love and affection from our spouse that we so desperately need. A spouse can tell us that they love us, but somehow it does not get through.
The love cannot be contained because the container inside is fragmented in pieces. When the soul and spirit ties are broken, it will not only set you free but it will also heal the divide within your soul. If a divided soul is not healed, it will always create a relationship problem. It is the will of God to bless our marriages. So many couples do not enjoy the blessedness of a married life because of the problem of divided souls. Our inability to receive is because our soul is tied to someone outside of our spouses or to something. We receive instead from the person with whom we have a soul tie.
There are good soul ties and there are bad soul ties. Good soul ties produce life in us. Bad soul ties produce death in us. God wants us to break the bad soul ties! Many marriages are broken because of the bad soul ties. I will expose here the different kinds of sexual sins that produce bad soul ties and how to get it right with God.
If a person continues to do this sexual sins mentioned below, the blessing of God is not in that relationship. Unless repented, the curse of sexual sin will follow a person. No amount of changing an address, changing a profession or changing relationships or churches can remove the curse of sin. You cannot jump from bed to bed or from one marriage to another in order to get rid of it. Only repentance can accomplish it.
Here are a few of the sexual sins:
First, is fornication . This is sexual intercourse between men and women that are not married to each other. In Galatians 5:19 (New Testament), fornication is identified with deeds of the flesh. It is considered as sexual immorality. We are strongly warned that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God. The proliferation of lewd entertainment from sexually provocative magazines, to internet dating sites, cybersex (a virtual sex encounter in which two or more persons connected remotely via computer network send each other sexually explicit messages describing a sexual experience), to suggestive TV shows that demonstrate the world of sex outside of marriage, fornication becomes the next easy step to happen to those that are an inch away from being seduced into this sin.
God is not mocked. Whatever we sow, we will reap (Galatians 6:7, New Testament). Practicing fornication leads to the bondage of sexual lust and addiction. It can give birth to other consequences as well, like unwanted pregnancies, abortion, and the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (like AIDS, herpes, syphilis and other pelvic inflammatory diseases). If the soul ties of previous lovers and sexual partners or of former husbands or wives are not cut off, part of that person’s personality remains in you. In an ungodly soul tie, an ungodly covenant has been formed either verbally or simply assumed by parties involved.
When a sexual encounter occurred, the covenant entered into a binding relationship. God sees the covenant and so does Satan. As long as fornication continues, God does not bless the relationship. Sin invites the curse of God in that relationship. It becomes the ground where sin begets sin and opens a person up to a whole new world of demonic attack. If the fornicating couple is engaged to be married, there must be a renunciation of sin before God and a breaking of the old sexual covenants before entering into their marriage. Why? Because they will be entering into their marriage on a faulty foundation.
You do not want to bring the curse of fornication into your marriage. Both parties have to forgive each other for defiling each other’s bodies ( I Corinthians 6:15-17, New Testament). What is defilement? It is the state of being corrupted, or polluted, or a state where someone’s good name and reputation is damaged. In the case of a couple who is going to get married, even if no reputation might be damaged, their flesh has already been corrupted because of the sin. The couple should also ask God to restore the godly foundation to their upcoming marriage.
Assuming that the marriage or the wedding is still several months or weeks or days away, the couple should keep themselves pure and not go back into committing fornication again. This is where vigilance and accountability should come in. Accountability would keep them in check and in balance for any misses and lapses and point them back in the right direction.
Good pre-marital counseling should include this teaching in their counseling sessions. So many couples who have had sexual relationship with each other prior to their marriage, begin to see the unraveling of the wrath of sin during their marriage beginning with dissatisfaction, torment, guilt and condemnation. It is common place to hear couples who have lived with each other prior to their marriage to say, “all hell broke loose” after they were married. This is because the unrighteous foundation was not demolished through repentance and renunciation before they got married. This is what I mean when I say, God is not mocked. You will reap whatever you sow.
In cases where a baby is conceived before marriage, the couple should also repent of getting pregnant before the marriage transpired. Then, the bastard spirit needs to be cut off from the unborn child. This can also be done once the baby is born.
Biblically, such a baby is conceived through the unrighteous sin of fornication, and not from a godly union blessed with the covering of marriage. The couple should ask God to reclaim the righteous foundation that was not established in this seed, which is the baby. The baby will not only need to be dedicated, but also consecrated to God. This is the way to reinstate the situation back to a godly foundation and to cut off the generational curse of sexual sin.
What is a generational curse? A curse that has been passed down from one generation to another due to sin, choices and rebellion against God. Once the bastard spirit is cut off from the baby, pronounce a prayer of blessing over the baby. If the baby conceived in fornication is already an adult, it is not enough to just cut off the bastard spirit. The adult himself must come to the Lord and say the prayer that will break the bastard spirit or get help from a minister or counselor who will assist him in doing it.
Going back to the engaged couple, a prayer of blessing has to be pronounced over them ( See Your Rabbi/Pastor) after their repentance and the breaking of the curse has been done. All curses that have been brought about by their previous life of sexual sins (from other lovers) need to be broken in prayer too. The prayer of blessing will be especially powerful when the couple has fully renounced and repented of the sin of fornication between each other and other previous lovers. If the couple could get deliverance from their other sexual encounters prior to their marriage, this would be a commendable step. If a prayer of blessing is prayed over the couple at their marriage, but the sexual sin of fornication was not renounced and repented yet, there will be an ongoing battle between the prayer of blessing spoken during the marriage ceremony and the seed of sin that was planted because of their fornication.
The seed of fornication will be a dormant seed that will only wait for the right time before it will start to seek out adultery, divorce or strife of some kind. This is the power of sin. It strangles life and produces pain, death of love, death of marriage and suffering. But God’s forgiveness is more powerful. Light is more powerful than darkness. We must be willing to come to the light and bring all sexual sins into the light, instead of hiding and keeping them. The power of sin is hidden in darkness, but it is broken once it is exposed and repented (John 3:19, New Testament). Repentance is a way of bringing the sin into light. Yeshua/Jesus Himself is the Light, and His blood cleanses us from all sins. That of course includes the sin of fornication (I John 1:7, New Testament). If you are reading this teaching and you need help for the sin of fornication/s to be broken in your life, you can contact me directly. Use the CONTACT US link in this website. However, you can also use these Prayers in Repenting and Renouncing Sins of Fornication and Breaking Soul and Spirit Ties:
Heavenly Father, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus, I would like to acknowledge that I have sinned against myself and against you by defiling my body through the sexual sin of fornication. I would like to repent and ask forgiveness of my sin. I am also repenting that I have defiled my former lover/husband/wife/partner/another person by agreeing with him to commit the sin. I ask for the blood of Jesus to cleanse me from the sin of fornication. Father God, I receive your forgiveness and I receive the power of the blood to cleanse me from every defilement that comes with fornicating.
I break the soul ties to my former lover/s (if there are several, you should break the soul ties by naming them one by one), former husband/former wife/former partner in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. I also break all romantic and sexual memories that are attached to my emotions and my mind in the name of Yeshua/Jesus, of my former lover/former husband/former wife/former partner. I cast down all residue of fantasy with my sexual encounter with my former lover/former husband/former wife/former partner in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. I forgive my lover/partner for defiling my body in the name of Jesus. I forgive him/her for defiling my mind with all kinds of filthy and suggestive sexual words and language, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. Heavenly Father, forgive me for defiling him/her as well. I ask oh God that you will bring healing and cleansing to my emotions, my mind and my body in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. Father, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus, I bind every unclean spirit of lust, impurity, immorality, etc. that entered into my body through fornication and I command them to be cast out and thrown into the deepest sea in the name of Jesus. I ask for the blood of Jesus to cover these doorways as I totally put a closure to all sexual sins in my life. Father God, starting today, I declare that I will value purity and walk in holiness, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. Thank you for your love, for your forgiveness, for the cleansing and the protecting power of the blood and my newly found freedom in the name of Yeshua/Jesus! I BREAK THE CURSE of fornication in my life, in the name of Yeshua/ Jesus! Completely renew my mind. Thank you for healing my mind from the tormenting memories of my past, in the name of Jesus, Amen!
Here is another prayer for a couple who are about to be married and have committed the sin of fornication. The purpose of this prayer is to reclaim a godly foundation in the marriage so that the curse of fornication will not be dragged into their married life. The prayer can be prayed by each one in different settings or it can be prayed together. The following prayer includes breaking of the curse that can result in physical barrenness for either the man or the woman.
Prayer to Break the Curse of Barrenness Because of Sexual Sin:
Father God, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus, I acknowledge that I have committed the sin of fornication with my fiancé/boyfriend/girlfriend. I confess that I defiled my body with the sin of fornication. I would like to ask for forgiveness for defiling myself. I repent of this sin and I turn away from it so that I will not be tempted again to do it. I confess that I have defiled my fiancé/boyfriend /girlfriend’s body by fornicating with him/her. Father, I ask for the blood of Jesus to cleanse me from this sin.
I bind every unclean spirit of lust, impurity, and immorality that has entered into me because of this sin, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. I command these spirits to leave my body, emotions, and mind and to be cast into the deepest sea, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. I ask for the blood of Jesus to cover these doorways. I tear down the memories and thoughts of lovemaking and sexual encounters with my fiancé/boyfriend/girlfriend in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. Father God, starting today I will walk in purity and value chastity. I want to start my future marriage on the right foundation. Any curse that I have opened myself up to either in my womb (for ladies) or in my loins (for men) because of fornication, I ask for the blood of Yeshua/Jesus to remove the power of the curse. I break the curse of barrenness in my womb or loins in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. I ask for your blessing instead over my womb (for ladies) or loins (for men) in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. I bless my relationship with my fiancé in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. I declare a new beginning in our relationship in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. Heavenly Father, thank you for your love, for your forgiveness, for the blood of Yeshua/Jesus that cleanses and protects and for the new found freedom that we will enjoy! Thank you that you have removed our sin from us, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus!
Here is the Prayer to Confess and Repent of Pregnancy Before Marriage and the Breaking Off of the Bastard Spirit:
Father God, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus, I acknowledge that I have sinned against you and against myself by committing the sin of fornication. I have defiled my body because of the fornication. I also confess that I have defiled my fiancé’s/boyfriend’s/girlfriend’s body because of this sin. I am repenting of this sin and I ask oh God for your forgiveness. Cleanse me from this sin and from all the fruits of defilement in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. I ask for the blood of Yeshua/Jesus to remove the stain of my sin. Heavenly Father, I also would like to ask for forgiveness that my sin of fornicating has produced a life in my womb/or produced a life in my girlfriend or fiancé’s womb. Forgive us for getting pregnant outside of the protective covering of marriage. Heavenly Father, I dedicate this life in my womb/or in my fiancé’s womb in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. I break the bastard spirit that came into him/her because of our sin, in Yeshua/Jesus name. I ask that this life in my womb/fiancé’s womb will be reclaimed for your glory. I break the pattern of fornication in his/her life in Yeshua/Jesus name. Bless this little one in the womb in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. May he be a branch grafted into the True Vine and manifest the fruit of righteousness, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus, Amen!
Here is the Prayer to Break the Curse of Fornication on the Baby:
Father God, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus, I thank you for the life of this baby. I dedicate him/her to you in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. Set him/her apart for the purpose of honoring, and glorifying your name. I confess the sin of fornication in which this baby was conceived. I ask forgiveness for this sin in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. I break the power of the sin of fornication under which he/she was conceived and instead we ask oh God that you will sanctify this baby in the name of Jesus. I declare that the curse is broken by the blood of Yeshua/Jesus! I want this baby to walk in a different life unlike ours where the sin was committed. Thank you for your forgiveness. Thank you for your love. And thank you for giving this baby a different life and a new slate, in Yeshua/Jesus name, Amen.
When a sexual sin results in acquiring a sexually transmitted disease and the person is repentant, the minister or counselor should curse the virus behind the sexually transmitted disease after the Prayer of Repentance and after Renouncing The Sin of Fornication are both said and done. The Prayer of Repentance will release forgiveness to the person who sinned and the blood of Jesus will wash away that sin. Cursing the virus of herpes, syphilis and HIV in the name of Jesus will cause the virus to wither and die! Only the virus is being cursed, not the person. Never, ever make a mistake of cursing the person! Proverbs 18:21 in the Old Testament says, “the tongue has the power of life and death…”
Here is the Prayer to Curse the Virus of Sexually Transmitted Diseases:
Heavenly Father, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus, I curse the HIV virus* to wither and die. In The name of Yeshua/Jesus! Amen!  
*You can use herpes, or syphilis depending on the case presented to you.
Confession to Break and Overcome Generational Curses


Heavenly Father I Come to you today in faith to Break and overcome all generational curses. We break every curse of idle words and abominations that caused my generation to go after the gods of this world. In the Name of Yeshua/Jesus, I command it broken and I command it to come out. I command the curse of idolatry to be loosed and broken off of my life and those that come after me. Paganistic practices, I call you out in the Mighty Name of Yeshau/Jesus.
I break every curse of the wanderer and the vagabond. I break the curse of rebellion, disobedience, and not obeying the Word of the Lord. I command selfishness and greed to be loosed off of me and the generations after me, in Yeshua/Jesus' Name. I break the curse of the city, the things that I have tried to build under myself and the kingdoms and possessions. I break the curse off my fields, lands and inheritance. I break the curse off the fruit of my body, off my children, the words that come out of my mouth and my generation. I break the curse off of the increase of my wealth, the things I have done, and the blessings of my land.
I break the curse of my going out and my coming in, my sitting down, and my rising up, I break the curse off my basket and storehouse in the Name of Yeshua/Jesus. I break every curse that satan has set up to bring defeat into my generation.
I break every curse of alcoholism and illicit drug use that is setup to destroy my organs in my flesh, my family relationships, my interactions with others, my conscious decision making and most importantly, my relationship with GOD. We expose the root cause of alcoholism and illicit drug use. We expose every psychological factor that causes this to occur and place this need under the BLOOD OF YESHUA/JESUS.
I command all lawlessness and rebellion to cease in the Name of Yeshua/Jesus. I break the curse of confusion. I command the spirit of confusion, the spirit of Babylon, the harlot system, that whorish nature, that flirtatious woman that goes a whoring after other gods, to loose my family right now, in the Name of Yeshua/Jesus. I go back 10 generations and break your hold and my life. I come against all the rebuke and blasphemy, every curse of damnation that has been spoken upon my bloodline for 10 generations. Everything that took away my self-worth, I command it broken.
I come against the spirit of destruction and command this curse to be loosed off of my generation in the Mighty Name of Yeshua/Jesus. I command the curse of evil, all the backbiting, the slander, the contention, the anger, the hatred, PRIDE, unforgiveness, to come out in Yeshua/Jesus' Name.
I come against every pestilence. I break the curse of poverty and command that spirit to loose me. The things that have been stolen from me, I command them to come into obedience to the Word of God. I break the curse of the thief and the liar, incest, illegitimacy, and sodomy. I come against the spirit of pride and self-righteousness. Religious spirits, I command you to loose me and the spirit of KINGDOM Mindness to overtake me.
I break the curse of consumption and fever, inflammation, every illness, every thyroid condition, every pain causing infection to be released from me and my generation right now. I come against all diseases and infirmities in the Name of Yeshua/Jesus.
I command condemnation to loose me and my generation in the Mighty Name of Yeshua/Jesus. I break the curse that causes me to be struck down before my enemies. The spirit of failure, no vision, I command it to loose me. I break the curse of death, premature death. I break the curse of boils, blood diseases, tumors, in the Name of Yeshua/Jesus. I command the curse of cancer to be loosed from my generation. I command bitterness, bitter roots, resentments, a lying tongue and unforgiveness to loose me and my generation.
In the Name of Yeshua/Jesus, me and my family are set free because the Word of God does not fail. The laws of God are to be acted upon. I break everything that would make me the tail, the man beneath. I come against depression, anxiety, spirit of suicide, self-inflictions, insanity, no self-control, and retardation and I command it to loose my generation.
I break the curse of all skin diseases, and things that don't heal herpes, and psoriasis. I come against the spirit of torment in itches, nervousness. I come against the Spirit of dismay, discouragement, dismay of mind and heart, the spirit of despair, mental anguish, mental depression, and I command you to loose me and my generation in Yeshua/Jesus' Name.
Everything that has been allowed to bruise my life, I now cancel it. I call heaven and earth to witness that I will not be bound with the curse of poverty any longer. I come against the enemy coming in and robbing from me, taking the things that are precious and robbing me of good. I break the curse of verbal, emotional and physical abuse.
I break the curse of lust, promiscuity, adultery, fornication, bestiality, and perversion. Your assignment is canceled. The spirit of fantasy, the daydreamer, I break your hold in Yeshua/Jesus' Name.
I break the curse that would allow the enemy to pursue me and allows him to come in and present himself. I break the curse of all witchcraft and all mind control. I command every demon in hell to loose me in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. I break the curse of the false prophet, false teaching, things that I have listened to and taken into my being. I command all false teachings and errors, to be broken and out of my life, in Yeshua/Jesus' Name. I repent before You, Lord, and I ask you to show me from here on in, what is right in your sight, in your word.
I break the curse of unbelievers, -unbelievers in my household, that mixture in the house from the mother, the father, the children, the wife or husband. I break the curse of laziness and I command the spirit of passivity to loose me in Yeshua/Jesus' Name.


YESHUA/JESUS, YOU ARE THE ULTIMATE GENERATIONAL CURSE BREAKER (JOSHUA 2)
Rahab in the BIBLE was a HARLOT or known by today’s words, she was a WHORE. Rahab was directly connected to Yeshua Messiah.
Salmon married a woman named Rahab
Rahab had a son named BOAZ
BOAZ married a woman named Ruth
Ruth had a son named Obed
Obed had a son named Jesse
Jesse had a son named David
From the Household of David came YESHUA MESSIAH.
No matter how bad iniquity may have run in your family, Yeshua/Jesus is the Prime Example of a Curse Breaker. If Yeshua/ Jesus was directly connected to Rehab’s house, what can come out of your house! Amen!
If further assistance is needed please feel free to contact me for more advice or to set up a private counseling session!


In His Service,
Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on February 18th, 2015

"2015 Prophetic Word: A Year of Opportunity With Major Shifts and Breakthrough"
• This is a year full of opportunity.
• Many things will shift worldwide in ways they never have before, which will also create new opportunities.
• Many things that did not seem to break through last year will begin to break through this year if you keep believing in faith.
Smoke Screens
The enemy will try to make it look like you have lost in certain battles you have been fighting. Never give into the devil and never get into agreement with the enemy. Once you say, "I guess we lost this one," then you have lost. But, if you know God promised you something, never give into the smoke screen, never declare defeat. Often it is an illusion, and soon after you will find out it was false.
FEAR is: False Evidence Appearing Real
This goes for sickness, financial situations, family, doors opening, and more.
The enemy will try, in some cases, to threaten you that if you continue to believe and go for the promise that your worst fears will come with your defeat. Threats may even come from the "giants" that guard the territory you are about to invade.
Threats of total defeat, total loss, pain, and misery – you must press in deep into the glory and holiness of God. Lay aside every weight, sin, or distraction and enter into the total peace of God that surpasses all human understanding of the situation.
Once you press into the peace and presence of God and "abide under the shadow of His wings," and then declare and pray from that place, the enemy cannot touch you.
When it looks like all is lost, that is when you press into the core of God; and when you have done all to stand and can't advance anymore, just stand and hold your ground in the Spirit and watch God turn things around suddenly and dramatically as you "strive to enter that rest." Either you or the devil will give up – let it not be you.
Persevering Faith
This is a year to lock shields with others and persevere until every promise of God is fulfilled. God is going to teach many about Persevering Faith this year. Many have faith that God will do things right away, but when certain things take longer than expected, they give up and lose heart. Persevering faith is a faith that no matter what it looks like, no matter how long it takes, as long as you are breathing you are not giving up or giving in mentally, emotionally, or with your words until you see the manifestation of what God promised you.
Ephesians 6:18 With all types of prayer and petition pray in every season in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.
Thankfulness and Praise
As we are thankful for what we do have and we start to praise God for the victory that is coming and is here by faith, things will start to turn around fast. Paul and Silas praised and thanked God while in prison, which looked really bad, and God intervened into their situation and shook the prison, causing a revival and allowing for their escape!
Thanking God in the midst of the impossible will cause God's possible to manifest.
Hidden Breakthroughs
As a seed is planted in the ground and dies then starts the process of pushing its way up to the surface, many of your breakthroughs are just about ready to spring up. Just because you do not see anything occurring on the surface does not mean that nothing is happening, but quite the opposite. You need to persevere in prayer until you see the harvest start to pop up from underground.
If you stop continuing to pray, praise, declare, and thank God just because you don't see it, yet you might stop the process when you were so close – maybe only hours or days away from your breakthrough. There is a lot happening under the surface, even if on the surface you don't see it yet; your faith is pushing the manifestation to the surface. Daniel could have given up on the 20th day of his fast and would not have had the angelic encounter and answer to his prayers for his nation if he did not persevere until He got the answer.
The angel even told him that every day he was praying it was affecting the breakthrough for the angel to get to Daniel; his prayers were the fuel to get the angel to him. True persevering faith will be needed this year to pray without ceasing until you see the promise manifest.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Yeshua Messiah...
Exciting Double Doors
Exciting double doors of opportunity will open to many this year. If you are in the correct position and mindset in God, you will be able to go through these new open doors of opportunities for the harvest, including doors reaching into government, nations, media, entertainment, and those in other religious belief systems to know the God of Israel this year through His Son. (Photo via Wikimedia)
There will be an increase in healings, miracles, signs and wonders, deliverance, and more accurate prophetic. Also, for some, the authority will increase in the spirit realm when prophesying so that even the earth responds to the prophetic word, just as Elijah had authority to prophesy and even see the earth and weather patterns obey his word, similar to when Jesus calmed the storm with a word.
The true prophetic will be sought after by the kings of the earth in 2015 as more and more turbulent and complicated situations arise for those running nations, companies, and industries. Again, opportunities are arising in the midst of the crisis for the world.
Shakings
There will be many shakings worldwide and in the USA this year. During the shakings either you will be in fear or great faith. The shakings will cause huge opportunities to come to those that can see through them. Many will see the obvious and go into fear and self-preservation mode. But to those that see what God is doing in Heaven through the shaking will be able to reap more harvest in the shakings than in normal times.
When Egypt was shaken, the Israelites, who were poor slaves, suddenly had a huge opportunity as long as they stayed in faith and obeyed. It took faith to obey to kill and eat the lamb, put the blood on the doorposts of the homes, pack up, and start walking out of bondage. When they did the greatest signs, wonders erupted in Egypt, causing an entire nation to hear the Gospel at that time that the God of Israel is the true God, not the gods of Egypt. Many Egyptians followed the Israelites out of Egypt and served the God of Israel. Also, the wealth of Egypt was given to Israel in one day.
The shakings and seemingly terrible financial and natural disasters occurring in the eyes of the Egyptians turned into a blessing for God's people who had faith and saw beyond the natural. They got out of Egypt, out of slavery and bondage, they went from poor to blessed, and an entire nation heard the Gospel and the truth as to who is the true God to serve.
When the fruit tree starts to shake violently this year, either you will be in fear and shaken or you will be those who foresee past the shaking and have your harvesting baskets positioned under the trees as the ripe harvest falls right into your harvesting baskets.
2015 Will Be the Greatest Opportunity For Harvest
Many Jewish people will find their Messiah in Israel and the USA and worldwide. The shakings will cause a seeking after truth. This will also trigger an even greater Gentile harvest worldwide.
Though much of the secular news will be carrying the escalating war between the two nations, Russia and Ukraine will continue to see an increase in salvations and the move of God, the battle for souls in the spirit being the real war occurring.
The U.S. and Russia/China will continue to look like enemies on the news, yet God's people from those nations will continue to meet and work for world harvest from those very same nations behind the scenes. Things are not always as they seem in the natural. There is a global repositioning occurring, and nations are vying for world influence and power or to maintain their world influence and status they perceive to be dwindling.
Prepare for the great harvest of souls coming in in the midst of the shakings. It's not a question of either harvest or shaking, as God often does both at the same time. Some voices will prophesy shaking, and others harvest. Is only one of these correct, or are they both part of a bigger picture? It all depends on how much you are seeing of the whole picture, or whether just a small part.
Many Believers are getting very scared and worried about what is coming on the earth today. Yeshua foretold many of the things we see today – like wars, rumors of war, famine, pestilence, persecution, terrorism, etc. – when He said, "You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars" (Matthew 24:6). However, He did not end there...He continued to say, "See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end."
Yeshua told us not to be in fear. So, if we are in fear, we will miss out on the greatest harvest in these most exciting times!
This is the exciting part that Yeshua promised:
"But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. This Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:13-14).
I want to be in the crowd doing "this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in the whole world"; it's all a matter of what you are focusing on.
Surrounded by Armies
2 Kings 6:15 Now when the attendant of the man of God had risen early and gone out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was circling the city. And his servant said to him, "Alas, my master! What shall we do?"
When Elisha and his servant were surrounded by the Syrian army about to be killed, the servant, in fear, asked the prophet, "What shall we do?" Many Christians are asking the same questions, as they fear the economy, the government, natural disasters, famine, Ebola, etc...
It's not that those things are not a big problem. Some people are very focused on every detail of what the enemy is doing. Some are prophetic enough to pick up chatter in the enemy's camp and then are very worried. Yes, it's true on one level that the enemy is planning great evil, but you need to pick up the chatter of Heaven's war room to see what God plans to do through you to counteract the enemy's plans. It's not enough to just see what the enemy is planning to do or the bad things coming, but to be able to see God's will and plan to overcome it and thwart as many of them as possible.
Elisha saw into the Spirit and peeked into Heaven. We need to be more heavenly minded to affect earth. Here is what Elisha said back to his servant:
"So he answered, 'Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them'" (2 Kings 6:16).
How can you say that when imminent death seems apparent unless you are living in the spirit realm in the glory of God seeing Heaven's perspective?
2 Kings 6:17 Then Elisha prayed and said, "O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." And the LORD opened the servant's eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.  
Are you seeing God's plans for the earth?
Divine intervention can be requested and released from the throne to thwart the enemy's plans.
Ask the Lord to open your eyes in 2015 and peer into Heaven's realm and see the plans God has for you, your city, your destiny, and your nation. Get God's plan and perspective and begin to walk by faith (in what you see in the Spirit and the Word), not by sight (in what you see on TV or in the natural or coming from the chatter from the enemy's camp).
May 2015 be your best year ever In Yeshua Messiah’s Name! Amen!!!
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by Rabbi Hector Gomez on February 18th, 2015

The Double Portion In 5775/2015"
Hebrew Symbols "Ayin and Hey"
As we entered into the Hebraic year of 5775 we looked into the Biblical and Hebrew symbolism of "75" or "ayin hey." In Hebrew the alphabet letters have a corresponding numerical values, as well as pictorial symbolisms.
Ayin: 70 is pictorially symbolic in that it has two eyes which represent the ability to perceive, and the choice of good or evil. Ayin is a silent letter and therefore although it sees with two eyes it does not speak, which is thought to be symbolic of humility. It can also be translated as a "fountain" of wisdom, or an "eye."
Hey: 5 is symbolic of the picture of a tent door (dalet) with a hand (yod). Hebrew4christians.com says: "Since hey is formed from dalet and yod, it can also be a picture of returning to God by means of the transforming power of the Spirit. Dalet stands for brokenness, and yod stands for a hand. Opening the door of the heart then is a picture of the Spirit of God indwelling the Believer..."
Concerning Israel, I believe that the number "5" in the year 5775, represents grace. Israel and the Jewish people will be coming into revelation of the 5 wounds of the Cross—both hands, both feet, and the pierced side—finding their Messiah, Yeshua.
 "They shall look on Him who they have pierced..." John 19:37
A Shmita Year
5775 is also a season for the United States and the nations to count the cost of His Lordship. The rest that you sow into this year will bring fertility into your thoughts and actions.
5775 is a Shmita year (the 7th year, a sabbatical year, a year of rest, a "year to let go") and a season of dormancy that prepares your inheritance to be received. 
"The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow." Deuteronomy 28:12
This Shmita year for Israel and the nations is a season to rest from striving and relying on our own strength. It is a season to prepare us to receive our Jubilee inheritance in 5776.
5776 is a Jubilee year and the 70th Jubilee year observed since Joshua led the children of Israel into the Promised Land!
The number 70 corresponds with a total evolutionary cycle being complete and perfected. 
It is truly incredible, and not a coincidence, that from January 2015 we have roughly 9 months to prepare to give birth to the most powerful Jubilee year in our lifetime.
This is a critical and important time for choices and spiritual decisions—like a season of pregnancy when a woman with child has to be conscious of taking care of her body during the most critical time for forming the life of the new child.
I believe that there is a double portion anointing to all who will call on the Name of the Lord to birth a third-day revelation and see what God sees, understand it, perceive it, and have the grace, resources, and anointing to bring it to pass.
"Grace, Grace!"
There is a release of double portion for those who have been faithful and consistent in their walk with Yeshua. As the Holy Spirit is moving , it becomes quite clear that we were being caught up into a prophetic vortex of multiple whirlwinds of timing and destiny with the Lord.
The revelation that 5775 is a year that God sees and God releases great grace.  The Lord is saying Sons & Daughters of Yahweh, I want you to see as I see, and experience grace as I give grace."
Tthis level of grace and revelation that the Lord desired to release into His Body could only be received in a spiritual state of supernatural Sabbath Rest. The Scriptures are clear of our observance of the Lord’s Sabbath from Friday to Saturday sundown and the spirit of the Lord is saying that during this Shmita year, a Sabbath rest year, that this would be a work of the Holy Spirit, and would not be by might nor by power, but truly by His Spirit in a divine moed—meaning in God's appointed time.
The message of the Lord is saying: The Double Portion 5775/2015, the two fives has a great significance. The Hebraic calendar and the Gregorian calendar were numerically saying, "Grace, Grace!"
"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is the tree of life." Proverbs 13:12
Biblical numerology is important to understand in these last days. We will witness the prophetic pulses of God made manifest through His numbers in many ways. Now when is a real shift is going to take place?
God is saying that! Apostolic first-fruits, apostolic Israel, apostolic first-nations, and multiple generations of God’s people need to be  present at the Starting the Year Off Right  when they come together in one accord under the tent of "ayin hey" saying, "God’s calendar is shouting Grace, Grace as we move into 2015 to start the year off right!"
The Lord is saying not to look to your past, your past is over!  But focus on the Yeshua Messiah and your future this year, and be consistent and faithful in all areas of your work! If you have fallen back in these areas or in your Tithes and Offerings, then this is the time to start fresh and receive the promises of what this year will bring!  
God wants to release abundance of blessings this Shmita year, but it’s up to you to walk in His obedience to receive it !!!   Amen!  
Shalom, Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on February 18th, 2015

Deliverance Prayers to Recite Out Loud
Yeshua Messiah I believe you are the Son of Yahweh and the only way to Yahweh. (John 14:6)
That you died on the stake for my sins and rose again that I
might be forgiven and receive eternal life. (Matt.26:26-28;John 3:16;John 17:1-3;ICor 15:3,4)
I renounce all pride and religious self righteousness and any
dignity that does not come from you.
I have no claim on your mercy except that you died in my place.
I confess all my sins before You (note: mention specific sins)
and hold nothing back. I repent of all my sins, I turn away
from them and turn to you for mercy and forgiveness. (Luke 5:22,23)
I forgive all who have ever harmed or wronged me.
I lay down all bitterness, all resentment, and all hatred. (Matthew 6:14,15;Matt 18:21,22)
I cut off all contact I've ever had with the occult and false
religion and commit myself to get rid of any implements of the
occult and false religion that is in my power to destroy.
(Deuteronomy 12:2,3;18:9-12;Acts 19:19)
I thank you Yeshua that you were willingly made a curse
That I might be redeemed from every curse and receive the
blessings of Yahweh. On that basis I ask you to release me and
set me free to receive the deliverance I need.
(Deut.21:22,23;Gal.3:13)
I take my stand with you Yeshua Messiah against Satan and all
of his demons. I take my stand with you Yeshua against every
dark and evil force that has in any way come into my life,
any hindering spirits, any daemons (demons in the space just
above the earth) and any hindering human spirits.
(Matthew 10:1,8;Mark 16,17,18)
I submit to you Yeshua Messiah  and resist the devil. So be it (Amen).
Deliverance Prayer Over Demons
And now I speak directly to any demons that have followed me, been transferred to me or sent to me. I COMMAND YOU TO LEAVE RIGHT NOW AND DON'T COME BACK IN YESHUA MESSIAH'S NAME.
I command any demons that have attached themselves to any part of my mind, body, will, imagination, libido or personality to LEAVE RIGHT NOW. I disconnect and sever all ties and mediums that connect me with Satan and his demons in Yeshua Messiah's name.
For further more specific deliverance issues follow example below:


I speak directly to any spirit of ________________(fill in blank with appropriate spirit IE. ,alcoholism, poverty, chaos, confusion etc.)
I drive you far from me and release myself from you. I expel
you in the name of Yeshua Messiah, Don't come back!
You have no place in me I belong to Yahweh. I have been bought
back with a price and am sanctified with the blood of Yeshua
Messiah. You can do me no harm you must leave and don't come back
I submit to Yahweh (God the Father) and Yeshua.
Thank You Yahweh HalleluYah!!


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on February 18th, 2015

The Yeshua Pictographs
Today's Hebrew study will focus on the name of  our Messiah in Hebrew  which is 'Yeshua'. Once again, the pictographs will be quite revealing, providing information in a nutshell that is revealed throughout the course of the entire New Testament.

[Yeshua] The name of Yeshua is composed of four Hebrew letters, which reading right-to-left are the 'Yud', the 'Shin', the 'Vav', and the 'Ayin'. We're all familiar with the common translation of "He Saves" that is associated with this name, and certainly that corresponds to scriptures such as Matthew 1:21, which states "She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” But there is a little more to the story. Hidden within His name are a few other attributes in addition to the fact that he saves.

THE PICTOGRAPHS

 As with each of our other studies, we'll now substitute the ancient Hebrew pictographic letters for the modern Aramaic Square Script letters, and see what kind of mnemonic meanings emerge.

[Yud] The first letter is the 'Yud', which has a 'Y' sound and is represented by the arm and hand of a man. This letter carries the implied meanings of 'work' or 'throw' or 'worship', along with a few other similar connotations that are all related to working or doing something. It can also mean simply 'arm' or 'hand'.
 

[Shin] The second letter is the 'Shin', which has a 'Sh' sound or an 'S' sound, and is represented by two front teeth. This letter has the potential meanings of 'two' or 'sharp' or 'press' or 'eat', but it can also mean 'consume' or 'destroy' or anything that relates to the function of teeth or eating.


[Vav] The third letter is the 'Vav', which today has a 'V' sound, an 'O' sound, or a 'U' sound depending on how it is used, but in ancient times it was called a 'Waw', and carried a 'W' sound. It is represented by a tent peg, and has the potential meanings of 'add' or 'secure' or 'hook', but it can also mean simply 'peg' or 'nail'. 


[Ayin] The last letter is the 'Ayin', which has a short 'A' sound, and is represented by a human eye. Potential meanings include 'watch' or 'know' or 'shade', or anything that relates to the functions of the eyes such as to 'see', 'understand', or 'reveal'. And as with the other pictographic letters, it can simply mean 'eye'. 

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THE MESSAGE

When we combine the various meanings that are available for each letter, and consider the context provided by the person they are describing, I think the message that they convey becomes clear;

"He who creates, destroys, saves, and reveals"

Yeshua was our Creator (John 1:1-3), and it is He who will destroy those who destroy the earth (Revelation 11:18). He is also the only name by which we are saved (Act 4:10-12), and He is also the revealer of mysteries (Daniel 2:28). The fact that all of these qualities are wrapped up in his name is certainly no coincidence.



Yeshua 'haMashiach'
There is also a Hebrew lesson in the revealed and in the mnemonic meaning behind the word Messiah. The second half of His title, 'haMashiach', or Messiah, and see what else may be revealed about the ministry of Yeshua and the role that he will play in the last days.

'haMashiach'

[HaMashiach]



The Hebrew letters above show the proper Hebrew spelling of the name 'haMashiach', which consist of the letters 'Hey' (the 'H' sound), then 'Mem' (the 'M' sound), then 'Shin' (the 'Sh' sound), then 'Yud' (the 'Y' sound), and finally the 'Chet' (the hard 'H'). And in addition to these, several vowel points are inferred between letters where necessary. As you read these letters, always remember that the Hebrew shown above reads from right to left. So let's jump right in and see what additional information the ancient pictographic letters may tell us about our Messiah.

[Hey]
The first letter is the 'Hey', which is a picture of a man trying to get our attention. As we discovered in prior studies, this letter serves as the word 'the' in modern hebrew. In the pictographs however, it carried the meaning 'look' or 'reveal' or 'breathe', and could alternately mean 'behold'. 


[Mem]
The second letter is the 'Mem', which depicts waves of water, and specifically, water in a state of chaos. This letter can represent 'chaos' or 'mighty' or 'blood', or it can simply suggest 'waves', 'sea', or 'water'.


[Shin]
The third letter is the 'Shin', which is symbolized by two front teeth. This letter carries with it the various meanings of 'sharp' or 'press', or 'eat', or 'two', or by extension even 'consume' or 'destroy'. These are all things that are done with the two front teeth, or are related to the two front teeth.


[Yud]
The fourth letter is the 'Yud', which is a picture of the arm and hand of a man. This letter has the potential meanings of 'work' or 'throw' or 'worship', because that is what we do with our arms and hands, but it can mean 'create' or simply mean 'arm' or 'hand' as the picture suggests.


[Chet]
The last letter is the 'Chet', which is a picture of the walls within a tent or house. It has the potential meanings of 'outside', 'divide', or 'half', and carries with it the idea of 'separation', because that's what walls do.


THE MEANING

As always, the context of the subject at hand often determines the context of the interpretation. So in this instance we should be looking for the meaning that would be appropriate to the Messiah. Fortunately, that context is extremely clear, and when we combine these meanings the following sentence emerges;

"Behold, His blood destroys, saves, and divides"

Over the last two millennia, nothing has been as divisive in this world as the blood of Yeshua Messiah. Those that believe in the crucifixion and resurrection of Yeshua Messiah are saved by His blood and will have eternal life, but those who deny the blood of Messiah will ultimately be destroyed. And in the end, it is the word of God that will divide them for an eternity.


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on February 18th, 2015

50 Shades of Perversion—Don’t Give In
  February 13, 2015




While listening to radio of a well-known sports talk show host I was surprised that they were advertising a 50 Shades of Gray Teddy Bear for Valentine’s Day—complete with teddy bear handcuffs.
Bondage is cool. Perverted sex is in. Nothing to be ashamed of. That is the message that is being pushed. Sadomasochism meets the mainstream. A few months ago on an airplane the woman next to me was reading pornography. Of course she would never have opened up and Playboy (or Playgirl) next to me on a plane—but 50 Shades is the forbidden fruit that is cool to eat—in public.
A Warning
R.E.C./Beit Tikkun Family & Friends, in prayer this morning I sensed that a spirit of perversion, temptation and compromise is about to be poured out on this world. The subtle message that Satan is peddling is, “What’s the big deal? Just check it out? Maybe it will help your marriage?”
I want to strongly encourage you: DON’T GIVE IN! It is a gateway to demonic bondage. Don’t open the door! As Paul warns “Don’t give the devil a foothold.” (Eph. 4:27) Going to this movie could be the beginning of years of sexual bondage (And mean bondage in bad way!). Again, don’t open the door.
Addictive
Pornography is as powerful and addictive as heroin. I have ministered to men who could not get through a day without looking at it. Those who are trapped would do anything to go back to the first time they opened the door and make a different choice.
It is amazing that we are all about Social Justice and ending Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery—but it’s cool to pretend you’re being raped or tied up? We give money, post on Facebook and tweet our outrage—and then we are to go home and make believe?
A Sad Prediction
And mark my words, soon, in same way that some pastors are hearing “God tell them” to embrace homosexuality and the transgender trend, some prominent pastor is going to share how 50 Shades of Gray revitalized his crumbling marriage. He will encourage people to experiment—of course within the confines of “Biblical principle.” We live in an age where one who questions biblical principles is praised. The Bible is outdated, they say.
Curious?
Every day on the way home from my church office, I see a large sign advertising the movie.  Many will be lured to this honey trap of Satan out of pour curiosity and some will leave with a fledging addiction. No, not everyone—but why take a chance?
Bottom line, is that this movie/book is dangerous not matter how trendy it is and will release a spirit of sexual perversion in the world. We must all be on our guard. Stay focus on Yeshua Messiah our soon coming King! Amen!


In Yeshua Messiah’s Service,
Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on February 18th, 2015

Tomorrow’s Message: “The Torah & Yeshua Is In Your DNA”


The Jewish Woman Who May Have Discovered DNA



By Leah Falk


[The Jewish Woman Who May Have Discovered DNA]
Rosalind Franklin – the “Dark Lady of DNA,” as one of her biographers put it—has long been viewed as one of 20th-century science’s great underdogs. Her role in discovering DNA’s structure was downplayed, critics say, while her competitors James Watson and Francis Crick lapped up the world’s praise.
But it’s far from clear that Franklin, who was born into a well-off British-Jewish family in 1920, would have shared in her colleagues’ Nobel Prize for the discovery of the double helix. While one of her X-ray photos, the now famous Photo 51, provided Watson and Crick the data they needed to prove the helix structure, Franklin at first denied that the helix existed. (She later came around, writing a paper that included the double helix theory, but she died before it could be published).
By all accounts, Franklin was a go-getter when it came to asking for what she wanted – as a child, she insisted on physics, a “hard” science, rather than biology, a favorite among other girls – so it’s up to history whether the Prize was pried from her fingers. But for such a trailblazer, it hardly matters. We’ll always look at helices and think of you, Rosalind. Or in the words of Jackson Browne, “Rosie, you’re alright.”


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on February 18th, 2015

R.E.C./Beit Tikkun Family,


During this time allow the Holy Spirit to guide you as you enter this Passover Season so I want to impart Godly wisdom!


Here are some  basic Torah/ Biblical Law, Hebrew-Jewish Wisdom : God will only give you what you can manage, not what you ask for! Why? Because when you ask for something, it implies ownership, and when you manage something it implies Stewardship! In other words God gave us Rulership not Owership! So Prosperity is not dependent on the resources God gives you, but on the ablitiy to manage what God gives you! Amen   


Shabbat Shekalim


This week begins the first of four Parshiot leading up to the festivals of Purim and Passover.  That’s right!  These two holidays are just around the corner!


Because this week’s Shabbat is called Shabbat Shekalim (שבת שקלים / Sabbath of Shekels), a special reading called a maftir is added.  Maftir shares the same root as Haftarah—FTR, which means to conclude.


This week’s special reading concludes the Parasha and is taken from Exodus 30:11–16; it pertains to the half-shekel tax for the Tabernacle.


Shekalim is the plural form of the Hebrew word shekel, which was the currency of ancient Israel.  It is also used today in the modern state of Israel.




Every Jewish adult male (20 years and older) was required to give half a Biblical shekel toward the building and maintenance of the Tabernacle.


Nationally, rich and poor alike set aside personal interests and united by contributing equally to the goal of building the Tabernacle.


In remembrance of the half shekel, at this time of year, some Jewish people contribute to institutes of Jewish learning.


Shabbat Shekalim perhaps is also a good reminder of the importance of financially contributing to the upkeep and operating costs of those who are doing the work of the Lord.


“All who cross over, those twenty years old or more, are to give an offering to the Lord.  The rich are not to give more than a half shekel and the poor are not to give less when you make the offering to the Lord to atone for your lives.  Receive the atonement money from the Israelites and use it for the service of the tent of meeting.  It will be a memorial for the Israelites before the Lord, making atonement for your lives.”  (Exodus 30:14–16)


` During the Temple times, the half-shekel tax, called machatzit hashekel, was due yearly on the first of Nissan.


The collection of this tax was significant and practical since Passover occurs in Nissan and these extra funds allowed for the purchase of cattle for the communal sacrifices.


The call for the tax was issued to the people at the start of the previous month, Adar, giving people time to prepare their payment before the annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem for Passover.


Funds also contributed to the upkeep of the Temple and its vessels, the roads and pathways to the Temple, wages, and the maintenance of the ritual baths called mikvot for the customary pre-Passover purification.  If a mikvah was not properly maintained, then it would not be kosher and could not be used for ritual purposes.


Shabbat Shekalim, then, is a wonderful time to renew our commitment to be faithful in our support of those places doing the work of the Lord and where we are being fed spiritually.


Start planning your harvest of blessings for this upcoming Passover Season now!


Shalom and blessings for your faithfulness!   


Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on February 18th, 2015

Why Fifty Shades of Grey Is More Dangerous Than ISIS     
It’s no secret. When black and white merge, they produce grey. Every time.
There is absolute white. There is absolute black. But there is no such thing as absolute grey. The color grey has an infinite number of shades. Not just 50. And that is exactly why this Friday could go down as one of the most morally destructive days in our nation’s history.
For us as Christians, the lightest shade of grey is destructive when we know it is a matter of disobeying the Word of God or the Spirit of God.
I heard one preacher say, “It could be the most destructive day globally since Eve took a bite of fruit in the Garden.” Eve allowed her curiosity to lead her to just one bite. Satan did not tempt her with the entire tree; just a bite.
One bite hidden and not resulting in brokenness and repentance will naturally lead to many bites. Don’t fall for it. The grey pathway is paved with increasing desensitization resulting in destructive behavior. This chart is the path David took regarding Bathsheba and Uriah in 2 Samuel 11.
Even a small amount of societal grey can be destructive. For us as Christians, the lightest shade of grey is destructive when we know it is a matter of disobeying the Word of God or the Spirit of God.
Even a seemingly small area of disobedience is sin. And the wages of sin is death, in some form or fashion. Therefore, this Friday will likely be remembered by godly people not as a “grey” day in history, but a “black” day.
When it comes to desensitization to moral perversion resulting in cultural disintegration, the release of the movie Fifty Shades may be more destructive than ISIS. Why? Because at least we are still on our guard fighting against ISIS at some level. But on many fronts, we quit fighting against sin in the sexual realm.


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on December 18th, 2014

Happy Hanukkah, R.E.C. Beit Tikkun!


Today is the first day of Hanukkah.  Last night, the first light of the hanukkiah was kindled in homes and public venues as this special holiday began.


As the sun sets here in Jerusalem, the second night of Hanukkah begins.


Perhaps the best-known custom of Hanukkah is the lighting of the hanukkiah, and tonight, all around the world, two candles will be lit on the hanukkiah (special Hanukkah menorah)!





Symbols of Hanukkah: the hanukkiah, sufganiyot (jam-filled donuts), gelt
(chocolate coins), and dreidels (tops).


This special menorah is used only at Hanukkah, and although it is reminiscent of the seven-branched light stand that stood in the Temple, it is different.


Instead of having seven branches like the Temple Menorah, the hanukkiah has eight candles, as well as a special candle called a shamash.  Since the shamash is used to light all the other candles, it is considered to be the servant candle.


This ninth candle is most often elevated over the eight other candles in the hanukkiah and sometimes placed in the middle.


Since the second day of Hanukkah begins tonight, a second light will be added to the hanukkiah.  With the shamash, there will be three lights glowing on the Hanukkah menorah.


On each night of Hanukkah, one additional candle is added to the hanukkiah. On the last night, the shamash lights all eight candles so that all of the lights shine together.





Fully lit oil hanukkiah with the shamash raised at the end.




In addition to lighting the hanukkiah, it is also customary to read stories, spin the dreidel, sing Hanukkah songs, and eat foods fried in oil.


Sufganiyot (donuts), which are a favorite here in Israel, and latkes (potato pancakes) served with sour cream and applesauce, are two traditional Hanukkah foods.


As fattening as these deep fried foods are, they are prepared in order to memorialize the miracle God did in restoring the Temple in Jerusalem and saving the Jewish People from the Greek/Syrian army.  (It’s all about the story of the olive oil!)





A Jewish girl eats a sufganiyah on Hanukkah.
This fried food of Hanukkah memorializes the
miracle of a one-day supply of holy oil burning for
eight days while the Temple was rededicated.




Hanukkah: A Great Miracle Happened Here


The word Hanukkah comes from the Hebrew word hanukh, which means dedication or education.


Hanukkah is celebrated as the Feast of Dedication to remember the re-dedication of the Temple after God faithfully delivered Israel from her oppressors.


In fact, the reason for lighting eight candles is to present to Israel and the world a visula reminder of God's faithfulness and the miraculous story of Hanukkah.


Between the years 175 to 163 BC, after the death of Alexander the Great, who had conquered and divided the entire ancient world of the Eastern Mediterranean, the area of Judea came under control of the Greek King Antiochus IV Epiphanes.


Antiochus tried to force the Jews to accept Greek culture.  He even defiled the Beit HaMikdash (Temple in Jerusalem) by sacrificing a pig on the altar and desecrating this holy place with the blood of this unclean animal.


As described in the book of the Maccabees in the Apocrypha, this wicked ruler forbade the Jewish people from keeping God’s laws.  In fact, the penalty for keeping the Torah was death.  Many Jewish people chose martyrdom over defying God’s commandments.





Since the Greeks outlawed the study of the Torah, when someone
approached, the Torah was hidden and dreidels were taken out and
played like a game of chance.  Their oppressors thought the Jewish
people were playing a children's game when they were actually pursuing
the things of God.  The letters nun, gimmel, hey, shin stand for nes gadol
haya sham, meaning a great miracle happened there.  In Israel, however,
the letters are nun, gimmel, hey, pey meaning a great miracle happened
here (poh).


Antiochus also erected a statue of the Greek false god, Zeus, in the Holy of Holies!


As horrible as this was, it fulfilled the Hebrew Prophet Daniel's prophecy concerning the “abomination of desolation.”


The Prophet Daniel wrote: “His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice.  Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation.  With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him."  (Daniel 11:31–32)


A Jewish revolt against this assault on Judaism rose up led by the courageous freedom fighters called the Maccabees.


This name is an acronym standing for the Hebrew phrase Mi kamocha ba’elim Adonai, which means Who is like you, Lord, among the gods?





Delicious potato latkes served with generous dollops of sour cream and
applesauce—a real Hanukkah delight!


Although greatly outnumbered and overpowered, Yehudah (Judah) the Maccabee led his brothers and some other Jewish men in a valiant battle to drive out tens of thousands of Greeks and reclaim the Temple.


God helped this small but courageous group of men to win the victory in 163 BC, taking back Jerusalem and rededicating the Temple to God.


Jewish law requires the Temple Menorah to stay lit 24 hours a day using consecrated oil, but tradition has it that they only found a one-day supply of sealed, consecrated oil; however, the oil miraculously burned for a whole eight days—the time it took to prepare the sanctified oil for lighting the Menorah every day after.





The most common tradition at Hanukkah is lighting the hanukkiah.  It is
lit in remembrance of the eight days that the Golden Menorah in the
Holy Temple kept burning on a one-day supply of oil.




Yeshua: the Shamash Who Kindled the Light in Our Hearts and Lives


"For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many."  (Mark 10:45)


Since Hanukkah is not a holiday ordained by God in the Torah, some wonder if Yeshua (Jesus) actually celebrated it.


The answer is a resounding yes!


“It was winter, and the Festival of the Dedication was being held in Jerusalem.  Yeshua was walking in the Temple precincts, in Solomon's Portico.  The Jews gathered round Him and asked: ‘How long must you keep us in suspense?  If you are the Messiah say so plainly.’”  (John 10:22–24)


Yeshua went to Jerusalem for the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah), and while in the Temple area He proclaimed, “I and the Father are one.”  (John 10:30)





Shamash: Yeshua the Messiah, like the shamash candle, kindles the
light in our hearts and brings us out of darkness into the light of life.


Just as the shamash on the hanukkiah is the servant candle that lights the other eight candles, Yeshua the Messiah came as a servant to be the light that shines in and through us to others.


John confirms that Yeshua is the light that darkness cannot overcome.


“In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  (John 1:4–5)


Darkness has no power over the light.  When the lights are turned on, the darkness disappears immediately!  It’s never a struggle or a contest.  Light wins every time!


“When Yeshua spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”  (John 8:12)





Israeli children gather around the recreated
Temple Menorah, which is on display in
Jerusalem.  The Temple Institute created this
Menorah for use in the Third Temple, which will
inevitably by built.




The Significance of the Menorah


When the Holy Temple was restored during the time of the Maccabees, the act of re-lighting the Menorah in the Temple represented restoring God’s presence there.


The Temple was set up so that the Jewish people would have a place to come and meet with God.  And while the Menorah was placed inside the Holy Place, the Jewish sages teach that the windows in the Sanctuary walls were no ordinary windows:

“For what is normally considered the function of windows? To let the light in. But these windows were in order to let the light the out—to disseminate the spiritual light emanating from the Temple Menorah out into the world.  The Sanctuary's windows allowed the special ethereal light coming forth from the Menorah to burst out to the world from within the hallowed hall.”  (Temple Institute)


While the Bible makes it clear that the Temple will once again be rebuilt, today, those who know Yeshua do have spiritual light and are the dwelling place for the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh).


“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?”  (1 Corinthians 3:16)


Without the presence and Light of God shining on us, we are all lost.  Moreover, without the presence and Light of God shining in us and out from us, we cannot minister His Good News of saving grace to others.










R.E.C./Beit Tikkun Family,




During this joyous eight-day season of Hanukkah, is a time of rejoicing with the Good News that Yeshua is the Light of the World. This is also a time of Dedicating ourselves to the Lord and a time of giving to the Kingdom of God so His word will continue to reach the world! We want to thank everyone for your generous and faithful support, and we pray abundant blessings to all!


Click Here to give your Special Hanukkah Gift: http://www.recministries.org/online-giving.htm




"I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in Me should stay in darkness."  (John 12:46)


"In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind."  (John 1:4)

  
From all of our ministry family...


We wish you a Very Happy Hanukkah and a Joyous Holiday Season filled with abundant blessings!


"The blessing of the Lord be on you; we bless you in the name of the LORD."  (Psalm 129:8)


Chag Sameach/Happy Holiday,
Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on December 18th, 2014

Happy Hanukkah, R.E.C. Beit Tikkun!


Today is the first day of Hanukkah.  Last night, the first light of the hanukkiah was kindled in homes and public venues as this special holiday began.


As the sun sets here in Jerusalem, the second night of Hanukkah begins.


Perhaps the best-known custom of Hanukkah is the lighting of the hanukkiah, and tonight, all around the world, two candles will be lit on the hanukkiah (special Hanukkah menorah)!





Symbols of Hanukkah: the hanukkiah, sufganiyot (jam-filled donuts), gelt
(chocolate coins), and dreidels (tops).


This special menorah is used only at Hanukkah, and although it is reminiscent of the seven-branched light stand that stood in the Temple, it is different.


Instead of having seven branches like the Temple Menorah, the hanukkiah has eight candles, as well as a special candle called a shamash.  Since the shamash is used to light all the other candles, it is considered to be the servant candle.


This ninth candle is most often elevated over the eight other candles in the hanukkiah and sometimes placed in the middle.


Since the second day of Hanukkah begins tonight, a second light will be added to the hanukkiah.  With the shamash, there will be three lights glowing on the Hanukkah menorah.


On each night of Hanukkah, one additional candle is added to the hanukkiah. On the last night, the shamash lights all eight candles so that all of the lights shine together.





Fully lit oil hanukkiah with the shamash raised at the end.




In addition to lighting the hanukkiah, it is also customary to read stories, spin the dreidel, sing Hanukkah songs, and eat foods fried in oil.


Sufganiyot (donuts), which are a favorite here in Israel, and latkes (potato pancakes) served with sour cream and applesauce, are two traditional Hanukkah foods.


As fattening as these deep fried foods are, they are prepared in order to memorialize the miracle God did in restoring the Temple in Jerusalem and saving the Jewish People from the Greek/Syrian army.  (It’s all about the story of the olive oil!)





A Jewish girl eats a sufganiyah on Hanukkah.
This fried food of Hanukkah memorializes the
miracle of a one-day supply of holy oil burning for
eight days while the Temple was rededicated.




Hanukkah: A Great Miracle Happened Here


The word Hanukkah comes from the Hebrew word hanukh, which means dedication or education.


Hanukkah is celebrated as the Feast of Dedication to remember the re-dedication of the Temple after God faithfully delivered Israel from her oppressors.


In fact, the reason for lighting eight candles is to present to Israel and the world a visula reminder of God's faithfulness and the miraculous story of Hanukkah.


Between the years 175 to 163 BC, after the death of Alexander the Great, who had conquered and divided the entire ancient world of the Eastern Mediterranean, the area of Judea came under control of the Greek King Antiochus IV Epiphanes.


Antiochus tried to force the Jews to accept Greek culture.  He even defiled the Beit HaMikdash (Temple in Jerusalem) by sacrificing a pig on the altar and desecrating this holy place with the blood of this unclean animal.


As described in the book of the Maccabees in the Apocrypha, this wicked ruler forbade the Jewish people from keeping God’s laws.  In fact, the penalty for keeping the Torah was death.  Many Jewish people chose martyrdom over defying God’s commandments.





Since the Greeks outlawed the study of the Torah, when someone
approached, the Torah was hidden and dreidels were taken out and
played like a game of chance.  Their oppressors thought the Jewish
people were playing a children's game when they were actually pursuing
the things of God.  The letters nun, gimmel, hey, shin stand for nes gadol
haya sham, meaning a great miracle happened there.  In Israel, however,
the letters are nun, gimmel, hey, pey meaning a great miracle happened
here (poh).


Antiochus also erected a statue of the Greek false god, Zeus, in the Holy of Holies!


As horrible as this was, it fulfilled the Hebrew Prophet Daniel's prophecy concerning the “abomination of desolation.”


The Prophet Daniel wrote: “His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice.  Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation.  With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him."  (Daniel 11:31–32)


A Jewish revolt against this assault on Judaism rose up led by the courageous freedom fighters called the Maccabees.


This name is an acronym standing for the Hebrew phrase Mi kamocha ba’elim Adonai, which means Who is like you, Lord, among the gods?





Delicious potato latkes served with generous dollops of sour cream and
applesauce—a real Hanukkah delight!


Although greatly outnumbered and overpowered, Yehudah (Judah) the Maccabee led his brothers and some other Jewish men in a valiant battle to drive out tens of thousands of Greeks and reclaim the Temple.


God helped this small but courageous group of men to win the victory in 163 BC, taking back Jerusalem and rededicating the Temple to God.


Jewish law requires the Temple Menorah to stay lit 24 hours a day using consecrated oil, but tradition has it that they only found a one-day supply of sealed, consecrated oil; however, the oil miraculously burned for a whole eight days—the time it took to prepare the sanctified oil for lighting the Menorah every day after.





The most common tradition at Hanukkah is lighting the hanukkiah.  It is
lit in remembrance of the eight days that the Golden Menorah in the
Holy Temple kept burning on a one-day supply of oil.




Yeshua: the Shamash Who Kindled the Light in Our Hearts and Lives


"For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many."  (Mark 10:45)


Since Hanukkah is not a holiday ordained by God in the Torah, some wonder if Yeshua (Jesus) actually celebrated it.


The answer is a resounding yes!


“It was winter, and the Festival of the Dedication was being held in Jerusalem.  Yeshua was walking in the Temple precincts, in Solomon's Portico.  The Jews gathered round Him and asked: ‘How long must you keep us in suspense?  If you are the Messiah say so plainly.’”  (John 10:22–24)


Yeshua went to Jerusalem for the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah), and while in the Temple area He proclaimed, “I and the Father are one.”  (John 10:30)





Shamash: Yeshua the Messiah, like the shamash candle, kindles the
light in our hearts and brings us out of darkness into the light of life.


Just as the shamash on the hanukkiah is the servant candle that lights the other eight candles, Yeshua the Messiah came as a servant to be the light that shines in and through us to others.


John confirms that Yeshua is the light that darkness cannot overcome.


“In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  (John 1:4–5)


Darkness has no power over the light.  When the lights are turned on, the darkness disappears immediately!  It’s never a struggle or a contest.  Light wins every time!


“When Yeshua spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”  (John 8:12)





Israeli children gather around the recreated
Temple Menorah, which is on display in
Jerusalem.  The Temple Institute created this
Menorah for use in the Third Temple, which will
inevitably by built.




The Significance of the Menorah


When the Holy Temple was restored during the time of the Maccabees, the act of re-lighting the Menorah in the Temple represented restoring God’s presence there.


The Temple was set up so that the Jewish people would have a place to come and meet with God.  And while the Menorah was placed inside the Holy Place, the Jewish sages teach that the windows in the Sanctuary walls were no ordinary windows:

“For what is normally considered the function of windows? To let the light in. But these windows were in order to let the light the out—to disseminate the spiritual light emanating from the Temple Menorah out into the world.  The Sanctuary's windows allowed the special ethereal light coming forth from the Menorah to burst out to the world from within the hallowed hall.”  (Temple Institute)


While the Bible makes it clear that the Temple will once again be rebuilt, today, those who know Yeshua do have spiritual light and are the dwelling place for the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh).


“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?”  (1 Corinthians 3:16)


Without the presence and Light of God shining on us, we are all lost.  Moreover, without the presence and Light of God shining in us and out from us, we cannot minister His Good News of saving grace to others.










R.E.C./Beit Tikkun Family,




During this joyous eight-day season of Hanukkah, is a time of rejoicing with the Good News that Yeshua is the Light of the World. This is also a time of Dedicating ourselves to the Lord and a time of giving to the Kingdom of God so His word will continue to reach the world! We want to thank everyone for your generous and faithful support, and we pray abundant blessings to all!


Click Here to give your Special Hanukkah Gift: http://www.recministries.org/online-giving.htm




"I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in Me should stay in darkness."  (John 12:46)


"In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind."  (John 1:4)

  
From all of our ministry family...


We wish you a Very Happy Hanukkah and a Joyous Holiday Season filled with abundant blessings!


"The blessing of the Lord be on you; we bless you in the name of the LORD."  (Psalm 129:8)


Chag Sameach/Happy Holiday,
Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez



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