Saturday, November 26, 2011

Observations From Sulam Yaakov

Sulam Yaakov is known to us as Jacob's Ladder. It is a inter-dimensional ladder and the only means of traveling from this reality into G-d's. It can be seen in Genesis 28:10–19.

"Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.And behold, the Lord stood above it [or "beside him"] and said, "I am the Lord (Yahweh), the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; "

We also see in John 1:51 that it is the Word of G-d, Y'shua, who is this ladder.

"And he said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter you shall see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man."

Also, when John ascended into Heaven, in Revelation 4, he was in the presence of Sulam Yaakov, Y'shua.

Observation #1

Since angels can only ascend and descend into heaven on Jacob’s ladder, then does Satan use Jacob’s ladder to gain access to the throne of God in order to accuse us before G-d?

Observation #2

Does the souls of G-d's Elect also gain access that way? Therefore, when we die and we are in the presence of the Lord(II Corinthians 5:8), does this mean we are at the foot of Sulam Yaakov, Jacob's Ladder?

Observation #3

After Jacob had his dream, he named the place Beth-El, the House of G-d. Is this a physical portal into the House of G-d or is symbolic of something else or both?

As we delve into these and other questtions or observations within the Word of G-d, we gain a more intimate knowledge of our Lord and G-d thereby growing closer to him.

Shabbat Shalom my Friends

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Simchat Torah

Recently, within the Jewish and Messianic Jewish communities, we celebrated Simchat Torah. It occurs on the 22nd of Tishrei right after Sukkot. This year it was on October 20th.

Simchat Torah marks the completion of the annual Torah reading cycle. In Hebrew, it literally means "Rejoicing in the Law" . It's is a joyous holiday celebrating having completed the study of God's word and looking forward to hearing those words again during the coming year.

My question to you is... When is your Simchat Torah?

Do you joyously look forward to completing the reading and studying of G-ds Word and starting it over again? Your answer gives you a self evaluation of your position in the Messiah.