By Rev. Debra Barnes
Torah Portion BEHA’ALOTCHA – Bamidbar (Numbers) 8:1-12:15
“If because of the Sabbath, you turn your foot from doing your own pleasure on My holy day, And call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, And honor it, desisting from your own ways, From seeking your own pleasure and speaking your own word, Then you will take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; And I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” Is. 58:13,14
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
Shabbat Shalom, beloved friends and partners!
Today we call the Sabbath a delight! What joy is released on this holy day each week! It is the day that Yah Himself blesses us by giving His own desires to us, planted deeply within our heart. Then we can truly be in full agreement with Him and become one that will fulfill His plan and purpose in our generation. This Shabbat letter tells of how His intense desire to stop the shedding of innocent blood is now being fulfilled through the faithful actions of believers in my home state of Alabama, USA.
Like so MANY others in my State, His desire was strong in my heart to see Biblical politics prevail — including the abolishing of abortion. Praise Yah — it happened last month! A landmark law was signed on May 15, 2019 in our state to ban abortions without any exceptions (including cases of rape and incest), declaring that every life is sacred. But it took years and many small acts of faithfulness to finally see this accomplished. Every believer’s actions, led by His Ruach are to be commended — each one was essential to achieving such a victory.
For Yah to fully get the glory He deserves, let me tell “the rest of the story” from my perspective. This is like us looking back at the footprints in the sand to recall a journey and see what it took to get us to our desired destination. So here are just a few details that led up to this celebrated victory. Notice how these actions build up (a holy altar) and tear down (evil strongholds), just as Holy Scriptures teach us. May we all be encouraged, knowing each step of faith we are also called to take in the future, in obedience to Him and His Word, will bring the desires of our heart (which are His desires) to pass.
The entire United States and many other countries have felt the tremors from this earth-shaking decision as Alabama (and other states as well) is now Choosing Life. Deut. 30:15-19 explains how Yah defines CHOOSING LIFE: 15 For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws and to not allow our heart to turn away to bow down to other gods and worship them. 19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now CHOOSE LIFE, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him.
The first step is always to fully embrace Him and His ways (this is CHOOSING LIFE) — for He is the source of life!
In response to the multitudes of intercessors that have saturated our state with tears, an awakening began many years ago, starting this entire reconciliation process. Many began to repent, embracing Torah and also shed unholy practices that crept into traditional Christianity over the centuries. Revelation was being poured out regarding the celebration of the Feasts of God (according to Leviticus Chapter 23). Reports of small acts of faithfulness in respect to this awakening were heard all across Alabama and beyond.
Locally our small group (in the northwest corner of the State) stepped out to publically bless and honor Israel in 2010 at Shavuot, stirring many believers to connect to the Holy Land and His people. Through divine connections made with Kad-Esh MAP Ministries’ teachings (especially the Healing Power of the Roots and The MAP Revolution) we then began honoring the Shabbat weekly. The Key of Abraham (Gen. 12:3) was truly turning in Alabama:
“I will bless those who bless you and I will curse those who curse you, and in you all the nations of the earth will be blessed.”
The journey continues: in 2015 our 4 neighboring cities (known as The Shoals) in North Alabama joined with Beit El, Israel in a Sister City Relationship. [Note: Two others also exist in our State – in Birmingham and Mobile.] What an exciting journey it has been, involving more small steps taken by faith! Beit El (or Bethel in scripture) has only about 7,000 residents which are mainly orthodox Jews. We are predominantly Protestants in The Shoals with a very small Reform Jewish population! This involved breaking ground in every direction. But love prevailed and our relationship continues to mature and grow. Another step taken — the Key continues to turn.
Then in August 2018 an Act of Repentance was initiated in nearby Decatur, Alabama – which some call the “spiritual capital” of our state (Montgomery is the official capital city). Archbishop Dominiquae Bierman traveled to join us (sacrificing precious time with her own children visiting the U.S. from Israel) — an act of her faithfulness. Our group was led to repent for having taken the 10 Commandments off our land.
(Note: You may remember Judge Roy Moore, an Alabamian by birth, and his vicious battle to keep the monuments displaying the 10 Commandments. He was called upon to “choose life”, putting it all on the line, twice losing his coveted Chief Justice seat in our highest Judicial Court: first being removed from the Alabama Supreme Court in November 2003 – then again from the same Supreme Court in 2017 [for standing against same-sex marriage in Alabama]. Judge Moore stood upon his belief that we MUST uphold the laws of God in our land.)
Yah was also leading our repentant hearts to address the historic slavery issues and widespread racial bias – I believe this destroyed the last remaining strands of these strongholds from off our State! The timing of this Act of Repentance was also of utmost significance. Our Father was faithful to then allow the next step toward freedom to occur just 3 months later.
Our State was having a public vote to choose whether we would amend the Alabama State Constitution to allow the 10 commandments back on our land in public places. (You can see the actual wording of Amendment #1 at https://ballotpedia.org/Alabama_Amendment_1,_Ten_Commandments_Amendment_(2018) ). It passed during our general election on November 6, 2018 with 72% of the vote!
The Key was still turning; the ground was now prepared for eradicating the evil shedding of innocent blood in our State. Yah next moved swiftly upon the hearts of our Representatives and Senators, then finally upon our Governor to assure His perfect will is done regarding abortion (with no exceptions!). Remember, however, what the first step was in achieving this victory: the people had to CHOOSE LIFE through faithfully embracing Torah!
We must first build an altar, in our hearts individually – then jointly in our community of believers. Prayers and declarations will start the process of tearing down these “high places” that exalt themselves above the Word of Yah. Other bold actions taken by faith sometimes includes speaking to leaders, encouraging them to embrace Biblical politics within their sphere of influence; this takes apart the wicked strongholds right where we live!
To CHOOSE LIFE is to choose to follow Him and live in accordance with His ways – we then “live and move and have our being” in Him (Acts 17:28) every day. As we all choose His Life, this Spirit-guided army moves and multiplies in the Earth and we will see His resurrection power! Abortions of all kinds then stop — most importantly we will stop aborting His perfect plans for us.
The words of this testimony were written in response to a quote by Archbishop Dominiquae Bierman during our most recent UNIFY Conference Call: “Greatness (as defined by Yah) is made up of many small acts of faithfulness.” What is happening throughout Alabama is quite a vivid picture of this greatness. It is LIFE triumphing over and disannulling the covenant with death. There is no longer a legal right for death (in any form) to remain. The faithful acts of believers are what will “Make America Great Again” by Yah’s definition – and establish it as a Sheep Nation. And it will happen where you live too!
May our lives and the choices we make always be in alignment with Holy Scriptures – from Genesis to Revelation – and be led by the Ruach haKodesh, so that we are consistently and intentionally CHOOSING LIFE. Then we will see resurrection in every area where death has been allowed to reign. This is His Kingdom Come!
May we all be found faithful upon His return,
Rev. Debra Barnes
Note: this was written and completed on June 6, 2019 – the 75th anniversary of D-Day (Operation Overlord). This historic battle marked the turning point for the Allied Forces to win World War 2 against German forces in Europe. Our hope is that the current world war (for the souls of men) will not involve unnecessary bloodshed, as Yeshua already shed plenty for all at Calvary. Instead it will be won through faithful believers worldwide displaying true greatness, as defined by Yah.
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