Torah Portion TETZAVEH – Shemot (Exodus) 27:20-30:10
“I will rise up against them,” declares the Lord of hosts, “and will cut off from Babylon name and survivors, offspring and posterity,” declares YHVH. “I will also make it a possession for the hedgehog and swamps of water, and I will sweep it with the broom of destruction,” declares the Lord of hosts. Isaiah 14:22,23
Shabbat shalom dearly beloved!
I cannot think of a more important task than to drain the swamp of religion. To understand the whole thing let us see what “swamp” means and then what exactly is “religion”.
Simple definition of swamp, from the Merriam Webster dictionary online:
- a wetland often partially or intermittently covered with water, especially one dominated by woody vegetation
- a tract of swamp
- a difficult or troublesome situation or subject
Swamps are stagnant waters that form their own eco system, which includes all kinds of insects and animals that can be dangerous if left unchecked. One such insect is the Anopheles mosquito that carries the terrible disease of Malaria.
Some of the swamps have muddy areas and sink holes that are so deep they can suck an individual into it when an attempt is made to walk through them. Though today society loves to protect swamps as nature reserves, we need to realize that in essence a swamp can be quite dangerous, albeit intriguing and interesting to the nature researcher.
Prior to the establishing of the State of Israel, young Jewish Pioneers worked diligently at draining the malaria-infested swamps in the North of Israel.
About 70-80 percent of these sacrificial Jews died of malaria. They cleared up the entire Galilee region, making it possible to develop agriculture and to eradicate malaria altogether from the Land. The Nature’s Defense Society in Israel has left one small swamp as a Nature Reserve. It is called Yamat Hachula, in the Upper Galilee not far from the Lebanese border.
The connection between malaria and swamps was known even in antiquity. Evil spirits or malaria gods were believed to live within the marshes.
The association with stagnant waters (breeding grounds for Anopheles) led the Romans to begin drainage programs, the first intervention against malaria.
It is said that Emperor Nero drained the swamps near ancient Rome, in order to rid the city of malaria. By the Middle Ages, Kings and feudal lords feared marshes as breeding grounds of plagues and incurable fevers; as a result, a royal decree was passed in 11th century Valencia, sentencing any farmer to death who planted rice too close to villages and towns. In Britain, the ‘Roman technology’ of draining swamps protected some areas from malaria during this time. Italian physician Lancisi in 1717 had suggested a possible role for mosquitoes in transmission of malaria and proposed the draining of marshes to eradicate malaria.
Ronald Ross’s discovery of Anopheles mosquito as the vector for malaria in 1897 opened a new chapter in malaria control. Ross attempted to eradicate malaria from England by forming ‘mosquito brigades’ to eliminate mosquito larvae from stagnant pools and marshes. Because he had very limited funding, the best available technology was to pour oil on the numerous breeding sites around Freetown. As soon as the oil treatments stopped, breeding would begin again.
Malaria’s decline in the United States and Europe in the late 1800s was due mainly to draining swamps and removing mill ponds.
Draining swamps also exposed good agricultural land, enabling people to afford better houses and thus isolate the sick. In 1998 Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director General, World Health Organization launched a Global Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Initiative against malaria. The RBM Strategy included early case detection and prompt treatment, integrated vector management and Containment of focal epidemics. However, the program is far from being successful.
Today, it’s a much worse scenario. Thoughtless man-made irrigation schemes and dams provided new habitats for Anopheles and resulted in ‘man-made’ malaria.
The extension of urban areas leads to epidemics in the peripheries of the growing cities. Mass migrations of non-immune populations into endemic areas for political reasons has further complicated matters. More than 300 million cases have resulted in 2 million deaths. We see multi-insecticide and multi-drug resistance, non-use of DDT, and non-availability of cheap, effective chemo-therapeutics and prophylactics. Now a steady-state, benign holoendemic malaria is replaced by unstable hyperendemicity. Functional immunity is impaired by the ad hoc chemotherapy distributed from the primary health centers: this is déjà vu all over again.
New technology promises to bring the always-in-the-pipeline vaccine and the more flashy bed nets dipped in permethrin. The super-sensitive, single-minded Ross went to his grave still holding the firm conviction that malaria could be eradicated if only weak-willed governments would commit themselves to exploit his discovery and attack the anopheline in their watery lairs. https://www.malariasite.com/history-control/
Draining of swamps has been the most consistent and successful treatment against malaria and the only one that eradicates it altogether.
We can also see that “oil treatment” onto the infested waters can stop the disease if continued but cannot eradicate it altogether. Please remember this fact as I keep on unveiling the subject of this letter.
What is Religion and what is a Religious Swamp?
Religion is defined as:
- the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.
- “ideas about the relationship between science and religion”
- synonyms: faith, belief, divinity, worship, creed, teaching, doctrine, theology
- a particular system of faith and worship.
- plural noun: religions
“the world’s great religions”
- a pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance.
“consumerism is the new religion”
We can see that though “religion” could mean the belief in one God that created the universe with absolute laws and principles, it does not necessarily mean that.
Anything that you worship can be your religion. Religion can be all inclusive (like New Age and the Interfaith Movement) or exclusive (like many cults as the Mooney and others). We need to establish here that the author of religion is man and not Elohim-God-The creator. The first religious system and religious building is the City of Babel (as described in Genesis 11).
They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth. Genesis 11:4
The Almighty was not pleased, and He came down to confuse their languages so they could not go on building.
Therefore its name was called Babel, because there YHVH confused the language of the whole earth; and from there YHVH scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth. Genesis 11:9
About 2000 years ago the Creator of the Universe (also called YHVH and The God of Israel) sent His Jewish Son and Messiah to pay the price that we owed Him.
All of humanity had been estranged from Him and He sought to reconcile us to Himself. This could not happen by our own establishing of religious buildings or systems, but requires us to humble ourselves to return to Him. We could only return to Him if justice could be satisfied and forgiveness could follow. This Jewish Son and Messiah by the name of Yeshua (which means Salvation) died though He was innocent, at the hands of Roman soldiers, who nailed Him to a Roman Execution Cross — accusing Him of being the King of the Jews.
He was like an Innocent Lamb slaughtered by the Romans in the time of the Biblical-Hebrew Feast of Passover. The spilling of His innocent blood was the atonement needed to cleanse the Earth and Man from sin and its deathly outcome. Whoever would believe in Him, in the Jewish Savior Yeshua, could now be reconciled with His Father, the Creator of the Universe. It was possible now to begin to live on this earth in purity, righteousness and blessing, including the promise of spending all of Eternity in His Kingdom. Such believers would now follow the Principles of the Creator and His ways — by meditating on the Torah (the Holy Scriptures as given to the People of Israel) and by being filled with the Presence, the Spirit of Elohim the Creator (also called The Holy Spirit and Fire or the Ruach HaKodesh). These believers would change the world!
Unfortunately, about 300 years after Yeshua lived, died and rose from the dead a religious system was built, replacing the original faith delivered to the first Jewish Disciples.
A kind of Babel was built by men and authorities in the Roman Empire making it illegal to believe according to the original faith. A Religious Swamp began to be formed — with stagnation and with all kinds of deadly doctrines of demons and men – which can be likened unto the mosquitos of Malaria. This religious system, coupled with majestic buildings and elaborate feasts borrowed from paganism, was called “Christianity”. It developed as an Imperial, conquering religion bringing with it the spiritual malaria from a demonic doctrine called Replacement Theology. This sought to replace all the original Messianic Faith as handed to the Jewish Believers 2000 years ago. Wherever this Imperial Christianity went it left people spiritually sick or dead — it brought spiritual rape, slavery and murder.
The Swamp of Replacement Theology Christianity has killed more people than the malaria-infested swamps of the world.
The only hope for mankind is to drain this religious swamp altogether so that good fruit-bearing ground can be formed in the hearts of the believers in the Jewish Messiah Yeshua (whom many erroneously call Jesus Christ). As long as the swamp of religion is not fully drained, the sporadic “oil treatments” and Holy Spirit renewals will not be able to solve this problem that is stopping revival and awakening all over the world — including the forming of Sheep Nations.
The Time has come to drain the swamp of Replacement Theology!
Yeshua said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6
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