Friday, September 15, 2017

Day 3: Erev Shabbat at Lake Kinneret




Here is a view of Kinneret around 8:am on September the 12th, taken by me


My dear readers, my dear brothers and sisters in Messiah Yeshua,  I am back from Eretz Israel since yesterday and I have an e-book in the works that will be entitled:

"Ellul in the Galil: a mystical romance
 Second journey to the Holy Land."

I'd like to thank my Messiah for inspiring me this wonderful title:)

I'd like to share an excerpt I've been working on with you all. 


Day 3 : Erev Shabbat at Kinneret


Experiencing Shabbat in Israel is very different from what you would expect elsewhere, especially if you are coming to an aera where people are strong believers.
Come to Israel and you will see : you will never look at Shabbat with the same eyes. The land of Galilee is the land of birth of the greatest rabbis and an inspiration to anybody who is a strong believer.
The Galil and its heights will transport you naturally to HaShem's mystical heights. The connection between Heavens and the waters will be revealed to you as you will develop your hitbonenut, your contemplative skills.

We were experiencing a heatwave in Tiberias. It was literally boiling with 41 degrees C° outside. After coming back from Yardenit, I had to stay inside of my hotel room. I was impatiently waiting for temperatures to cool down. The good thing in the Middle East is that it starts becoming fresh as soon as the sun starts going down.
Shabbat's entry was close and the temperature was going down a little bit. My ears were drawn to the balcony. I heard people singing a song as the music was getting louder. As I approached the balcony, I recognized the well known Shabbat song, « Lecha Dodi ».
As I decided to sit and relax, I saw people from the building facing me hug each other as the melody of « Lecha Dodi » was deepening.
The sun was leaving slowly and I made the decision to step out to watch the sunset. I wanted to be there to welcome Shabbat.
A few streets away from my Galilean place of residence, I found a space called «  The Garden of kisses » that offered a perfect view on lake Kinneret. From there a surprising, mystical encounter awaited me. It resembles no other encounter I've had before.

The ones who are used to observing the Sea of Galilee would probably know that the lake is surrounded with a visible, divine veil that marks the separation between Kinneret and the mountains. This veil is very distinctive, and always there during the day. But what I observed at Erev Shabbat only seems to happen at « Leil Shabbat ». As the sun was saying her last goodbye, the veil dropped at the surface of the lake, covering it completely like a mantle. It was a very visible manifestation of the Ruach, and my eyes recognized it as such.
I repeated several times : « וְר֣וּחַ אֱלֹהִ֔ים מְרַחֶ֖פֶת עַל־פְּנֵ֥י הַמָּֽיִם » «  and the Spirit of HaShem was hovering over the waters ».
The Spirit had now became a big mantle covering the surface of the waters. After a while the mantle totally united the Heavens with the waters also becoming one with the mountains that were filled with the lights of the houses upon them.
The spectacle I was witnessing was a majestic piece of art from Heavens, drawn up from the Hand of the Creator.
Sefer Bereshit had revealed one of its secrets to me during my contemplation.
As I looked left, I noticed that during all this time, I had not been alone.
My hitbonenut had been synchrone with the contemplation of an orthodox Jew, sitting a few meters away from me.


This was the splendor of Shabbat revealed to me, the very moment when the King meets the Queen and kisses her tenderly, and then both start dancing in the stars, celebrating the wonders of Creation.




© Isabelle Esling, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Upcoming trip to Eretz Israel


Dear brothers and sisters in Yeshua our Messiah,

Dear friends,

HaShem willing, next Wednesday I will be undertaking a second  trip to Eretz Israel.
I will spend most of my time in Tiberias, starting my exploration of Galilee from there.

Please pray for this trip to be very fruitful. 
May HaShem place the right persons in front of me and may I be a blessing to the dear people of Israel.

Your prayers are very welcome.

Thank you very much. I will keep you updated with my travel.

HaShem bless you all.

Shalom,

Isabelle

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Parashat Ekev and the coming of our Messiah

The parasha of last Shabbat (August the 12 th, 2017) is called "Ekev".



The word ekev in Hebrew has a dual meaning:


  1.  As a result, because of
  2.  Heel, " grab a heel"
Interestingly, the teachings of Kabalah that one of my Facebook contacts made available to me ( he is a true specialist in Torah studies) link parashat Ekev with our rotten generation and the return of our Messiah Yeshua.

Before some ignorant people start boasting arrogantly against me, I'd like to clarify a few things:


  • Kabbalah is not sorcery, unlike a widespread opinion. It often gets slated by very ignorant people. As we know, the summum of ignorance is to speak against something you know nothing about. Therefore, one should always have heart to examine things carefully before speaking out. So, what is exactly kabbalah? The word kabbalah (קבּלה) in Hebrew comes from (לקבּל) to receive. The word (קבּלה) is also used in modern Hebrew and means " reception desk". Over the centuries, there have been misuses of the secret teachings of Torah, hence the assimilation with "sorcery". 
  • There are four degrees of interpretation of Torah that correspond to the Hebrew word "pardes"(פּרדס): -pshat , remez, drash and sod, sod (סוד=secret) being the secret, so kabbalah teachings.
  • Third point: fyi: I am not into kabbalah and I don't recommend anybody who doesn't have a prior Jewish background to delve into these complex teachings. First of all, not anybody is meant to receive them. Secondly, without basic Torah knowledge, they can be very dangerous.


This being said, I'd like to share the few notions I've been acquainted with recently, because they enlighten some important points regarding our relationship with HaShem, His Covenant with the people of Israel and the return of our Messiah.

But let us summarize a few, very important points regarding parasha Ekev at first.

  כָּל-הַמִּצְוָה, אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוְּךָ הַיּוֹם--תִּשְׁמְרוּן לַעֲשׂוֹת:  לְמַעַן תִּחְיוּן וּרְבִיתֶם, וּבָאתֶם וִירִשְׁתֶּם אֶת-הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר-נִשְׁבַּע יְהוָה, לַאֲבֹתֵיכֶם

All the commandment which I command you this day shall you observe to do, that you may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD swore unto your fathers.

        Deuteronomy 8:1

Ekev is first and foremost a reminder of HaShem's alliance with the people of Israel and their obligation to fulfill the mitzvoth if they want to inherit the soil of Israel.

The children of Israel are being reminded of HaShem's strong deliverance, of their 40 years in the desert, their spirit of rebellion and disobedience. 
It also contains a very strong warning against the practices of idolatry.
I'd also like to point out that no matter if you are Jewish or not, HaShem deeply dislikes any kind of idolatry. In no way one should follow pagan customs ( such as Christmas, Halloween or Easter celebrations. Everything related to a foreign divinity should be avoided.

The key to entering the Kingdom of Heaven is the absence of idolatry.

HaShem will bless the obedient  children of Israel. The promise of the gift of Eretz Israel will be fulfilled.

It is very important to understand that there is a renewal of the Covenant in chapter 10. The 10 Commandments are rewritten from HaShem's hand on new tables of stone.

The circumcision of the heart: closeness and committment


וּמַלְתֶּם, אֵת עָרְלַת לְבַבְכֶם; וְעָרְפְּכֶם--לֹא תַקְשׁוּ, עוֹד


Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked


Deuteronomy 10:16

It is important to note the expression "circumcision of the heart". While the physical circumcision called brith mila that is usually performed on the 8th day, marks the entry into HaShem's alliance for the males, the circumcision of the heart concerns males and females.
It is an act of committment that will erase the ego. A person with a circumcised heart will accept to be taken under HaShem's wing and to do His will.
A person with a circumcised heart knows that she is set apart and holy, and as such, refuses to compromise with the world ( which implies no pagan celebrations and away from sinful ways).

A person with a circumcised heart will cling to HaShem, should she stand alone. This implies respecting and applying the Commandments.


Clinging to HaShem also means having pleasure in true intimacy with Him. This type of intimacy is not always expressed in formal prayer. It can be simply resting in HaShem, contemplating the beauty of His works or smiling to a stranger in the street...and letting the Spirit lead you at all times-whether you are resting, studying Scriptures, praying aloud or silently. It is the beauty of knowing that your friend is here, next to you, watching you and listening to you. So, dear friend, CLING to HaShem with all your heart!

The heel of the Messiah: a few glimpses of kabbalistic teaching ( from the Zohar)

Ekev corresponds to the 46th section of Torah


( credit to Eric El -Baze who is the true specialist- he is the author of a few books regarding Kabbalah.)


The heel of the Messiah or the waters of knowledge


Parashat Ekev describes our contemporary society where the ego is inflated. This aera is called in hebrew "Yeridat hadorot" ( literally the descent of the generations), the downfall of the generations. The generations will fall off so badly that they will be close to the Messiah's heel.


This is also called " Ikvata Dé  Mechikha" ( this expression seems aramaic to me and it means " at the Messiah's heel."


Interestingly, the Zohar interconnects the ego with the Nachash Qadmoni, the ancient serpent, that is also incarnated in the character of Esau, Yaa'kov's brother.


The word "ekev", heel, which is of great importance, appears in two different verses of Bereshit ( Genesis)


 וְאֵיבָה אָשִׁית, בֵּינְךָ וּבֵין הָאִשָּׁה, וּבֵין זַרְעֲךָ, וּבֵין זַרְעָהּ:  הוּא יְשׁוּפְךָ רֹאשׁ, וְאַתָּה תְּשׁוּפֶנּוּ עָקֵב

"And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; they shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise their heel." 

Bereshit 3:15


  וְאַחֲרֵי-כֵן יָצָא אָחִיו, וְיָדוֹ אֹחֶזֶת בַּעֲקֵב עֵשָׂו, וַיִּקְרָא שְׁמוֹ, יַעֲקֹב

"And after that came forth his brother, and his hand had hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob"

Bereshit 25: 26



  • In Bereshit, Chapter 3, HaShem speaks to the serpent. The word "ekev" appears at the end of the word, mentioning the enmity between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent.
  • In Bereshit, Chapter 25, it is spoken of Yaa'kov's birth. Yaa'kov was holding Esau's heel...we notice that not only the word "ekev" appears in the verse, but also that "ekev" is contained in the name Yaakov- actually "ekev" is Yaa'kov without the yod.

From the point of view of the Kabbalah, there is an intense struggle between Yaa'kov and Esau. Yaa'kov represents the spiritual being, the one who is longing for HaShem and Esau, the worldly individual that seems soulless.

Ekev is Yaa'kov with the loss of the yod. In gematria, yod has the value of 10. So this loss is in relation with the 10 Sephirot, but also the loss of the 10 Commandments. The struggle consists of reestablishing the holiness by readding the yod to ekev.

While the downfall of the generations will be unavoidable, it will also accelerate the return of the Messiah and push mankind to increase their spiritual knowledge.
When our Messiah will return the waters of knowledge will spread to all mankind.

My conclusion: our responsibility as spiritual beings is to spread light and love, in a constant aspiration to reach the character of Yaa'kov.
Many conflictual, political situations, especially in the Middle-East, will be solved with Yeshua's glorious return. Let us work on good deeds and make our paths straights for Him.

Come Yeshua! Come soon!

Amen

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling










Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A case of copyright infringement. Warning: DO NOT buy from this website!


Dear readers,

You all know how much I value South Corean artist Yongsung Kim's paintings.

I'd like to warn all of you that someone on the internet is selling his paintings without permission.
The fraudster's website is here.





IMPORTANT

Please DO NOT buy from them and please spread the word about the current fraud.

I contacted the owner of the website to warn him that legal action would be taken against him. 
If he is clever enough, he will remove the article from his website.


Please be numerous to spread the word. Yongsung Kim is a very talented artist. I am scandalized that some people are stealing his work.


Please Yeshua bring the thief to repentance and help the artist recover the fruit of his work.


Isabelle

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Descending the Yarden-A vision of the Son of Man in the clouds ( from the draft " Figments of Light")

I was very happy to welcome Shabbat eve after an exhausting week. Candles lit, I was sitting at my table, reading Torah and singing praises to HaShem.
Afterwards, I decided to go to bed. My body needed to be restored.



Before sinking into sleep, I addressed to Yeshua : « Yeshua, please bring me to Galilee ».
As soon as this words were uttered, I was gone, completely asleep.






In the middle of the night, I had a very vivid dream.
I saw the Yarden, the Jordan river. The water was green and filled with some shimmering light. I could observe the trees near the border. Then I saw myself as if I could observe myself out of my body. My eyes perceived a big hand. This huge hand was not of human size, it could only belong to the Almighty. This big hand grabbed me and immersed me. I then could observe myself coming out of the river, being surrounded with some glowing light that was mixing with sunlight and the reflection of the water drops.






When I opened my eyes, in the morning, I knew that the fulfilling of Yeshua's promise was close.






In the late afternoon, my eyes would be granted another vision.
I was about to reach my home, when I glanced at the sky. The Heavens opened for me, approximately 4 or 5 seconds, to unveil the Son of Man coming in the clouds. I was flabbergasted. Yeshua is nearer than ever, my friends. Be prepared, for He is surely coming !






My heart is filled with warmth ; my heart is filled with light. I will descend, according to His promises, to the deep waters and I will die with Him. Then I will rise with Him to the Heavens to live a life of light and resurrection.
He Himself with descend with me as my whole body will touch the depths of the waters. He Himself will rise me to the light.


Copyright© by Isabelle Esling


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Fragments of life and captured moments ( from the draft ' Figments of Light")

Here I am, sitting at my client's balcony, at the 5th floor, in the heart of Paris.
We are in the middle of our French lesson. My client suddenly makes a remark about the infinity of possibilities in life. « Anything can happen any time; anything is possible. »

We are sitting so close to the sky of Elohim, so close to the clouds. I glance at the sky and my heart is in total agreement with my client's statement. We smile at each other. I feel the excitement of the unknown and a renewed love for a life of wondrous infinite possibilities. Joy is increasing inside of my heart.
I know that what I thought of as impossible, Yeshua will break into a possibility for me.

What a wonderful day. My Lord is with me, reminding me constantly of His might.

Sometimes I am also dealing with unwanted situations. Sometimes I overreact in the face of some enemies in a way I know Yeshua deeply dislikes. I feel guilty about my incapacity to love my enemies in front of my beautiful Savior.

I sometimes feel that a situation is not meant to evolve into a good way.
I am addressing to my Beloved : « Yeshua, please give me a word of encouragement ! »

I open my Bible and here I read :

« If you turn from evil and do good,
you will live safely forever.

 For Adonai loves justice
and will not abandon his faithful;
they are preserved forever.
But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.

 The righteous will inherit the land
and live in it forever.
 The mouth of the righteous articulates wisdom,
his tongue speaks justice.
 The Torah of his God is in his heart;
his footsteps do not falter.
The wicked keeps his eye on the righteous,
seeking a chance to kill him.
But Adonai will not leave him in his power
or let him be condemned when judged.
 Put your hope in Adonai, keep to his way,
and he will raise you up to inherit the land.
When the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
 I have seen a wicked man wielding great power,
flourishing like a shade tree in its native soil.
 But I passed by again, and he was no longer there;
I looked for him, but he could not be found. 

Observe the pure person, consider the upright;
for the peaceful person will have posterity.
 But transgressors will all be destroyed;
the posterity of the wicked will be cut off.
 Adonai is the one who saves the righteous;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
 Adonai helps them and rescues them,
rescues them from the wicked and saves them;
because they take refuge in him. »

Psalm 37, verses 27 to 40

These verses resonated in me. I understood that Yeshua was encouraging me not to give up, and to avoid the temptation to render evil for evil.
My Lord understands my stumbling points and never lets me down.



This evening I said : « Yeshua, I love you ». I glanced at the wall and Yeshua let my eyes contemplate His holy Face. A little bit of Yeshua's hair is visible, despite the veil on His head. Yeshua disappears from my sight as fast as He came to me and I am thinking : « Yeshua vanished from my sight ». Maybe it is the expression of a little disappointment, maybe Yeshua is sensitive to my very thought, because in the next moment, as I am glancing at the wall, once again, I can distinguish my rabbi's traits in some intense light. His eyes have an solemn expression of seriousness, but they are full of kindness. My King is there, before me. I glance at my rabbi's beard before His beautiful Face leaves the scene.

I have just been granted a seventh visitation. Praised be my beautiful Lord !


Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Messiah Yeshua's application of the "pikuach nefesh" principle

People who didn't grow up into Jewish culture often fail to understand the Gospels in their true context. If you want to study the Bible properly, it is mandatory to learn the culture and the language, in order to avoid huge misunderstandings.
Christianity often stated that "Yeshua abolished the Law, the Torah", which is completely wrong ( see Matthew 5:17).
Moreover Yeshua is often presented a "Shabbat breaker/basher", which is totally untrue again.
This may be a shocker to some people, but Yeshua didn't come to start a new doctrine called "Christianity".

Rabbi Yeshua applied Torah, because He is Jewish!


After reading this article, you will understand that rabbi Yeshua's application of the Torah is orthodox. A Jewish orthodox rabbi who is Torah-savvy would do the same in our contemporary world.





Yeshua opposes to the Pharisees whose rigid practice often excludes compassion. When Yeshua seemingly breaks a rule, especially during Shabbat, it is NOT to profane Shabbat, but rather to apply a specific halachic rule called " pikuach nefesh""פיקוח נפש".

What exactly is "pikuach nefesh"? How does one apply it?


Torah references: Leviticus 18:5 " You shall therefore keep my statutes...which if a man do, he shall live by them"
Talmudic reference from the Babylonian Talmud: " That he shall live by them, and not that he shall die by them." ( Yoma 85b)

When facing a matter of life and death or each time life should be preserved, Shabbat laws are to be adjourned.

The reason why I am adding a talmudic reference is that I am convinced that not only did Yeshua know Torah perfectly, but He was also very much aware of the application of oral laws back in the first century. The Talmud only has bad press among the people who don't understand its purpose and who misinterpret some of its words. It is often stated that the Talmud contains bad words about a "Yeshu" who was condamned for sorcery and who is said to have had 4 disciples. This is not Yeshua of Nazareth. Yeshua of Nazareth was known to have 12 disciples and the motives of his condemnation was blasphemy because He quoted Daniel 7:13 and 14 and stated that He was Ben Elohim.




Rabbi Yeshua and "pikuach nefesh"





There are many examples of rabbi Yeshua's application of "pikuach nefesh" on Shabbat.
One must be very careful in interpreting the Gospel text. Somebody who is not familiar with the Hebrew context may think that Yeshua "broke" or "profaned" Shabbat, which is totally untrue.
Because of His perfect knowledge of Torah in the detail, Yeshua can oppose the Pharisee's rigid practice, that so often lacks compassion.
Back in the 1st century, Yeshua is very likely to have objected to the Pharisees: "ze pikuach nefesh", this is pikuach nefesh ( and I am entitled to do it!)

Yeshua favors life and doing good on the holy day of Shabbat. He restores what is sick and broken.

By checking the following resource, you will understand that Yeshua exactly did what was commanded ( the rule of pikuach nefesh) in cases of illness or life threatening conditions during Shabbat.



"He passed on from there to their synagogue. A man was there whose hand had withered. In order to find wrongful words to hold against Him, they asked him: "Is it permitted to heal on Shabbat?"
He said to them:


"Is there a person among you with a sheep, that if it were to dall into a cistern on Shabbat, you would not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more precious is a man than a sheep! Therefore, it is permitted to do good on Shabbat."

He said to the man, " Stretch out your hand". He stretched it out, and it was healed and returned to being like his other hand.

Then the Prushim ( Pharisees) left and deliberated about how to destroy Him.

( Matthew 12: 9-14)


John Chapter 9, verses 1 to 38 depict the healing of a man born blind on Shabbat, which of course, provokes a lot of animosity among the Pharisees, who describe Yeshua as a person who desacrates Shabbat. But then again, some others declare that nobody can do such otioth ( signs) if he is not sent from Above. 

Please note: not all the Pharisees step up against Yeshua. They are actually divided about Him.

I won't expand on this chapter, as it is quite complex, but I suggest that you read the story from the Orthodox Jewish Bible and from the English Standard Version (ESV).

There are so many other examples of Yeshua applying the rule of "pikuach nefesh". John, Chapter 5 describes the miraculous healing of a sick man who had been plagued for 38 years at the pool of Beit-Chasda. 

Verse 18 in the Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels posed me a problem, because it states that Yeshua " profaned" the Shabbat, but then I realized that John placed the reader in the perspective of the Pharisees. It is essential that you remember this point, because a misinterpretation of  Gospel verses led a lot of people ( including horrible nazi propaganda minister Goebbels) into antisemitic thought.
Yeshua cannot go against His own kinsmen and let me tell you that Yeshua was there when people eliminated them. Yeshua has been to the depth of horrors and suffering Himself and He would never discard His own people.


Points to remember:


  • Rebbe Melech Moschiach Yeshua is addressed as " rabbi", because this is what He is. Yeshua has been raised as a practicing Jew. His words have to be understood into context, otherwise you will miss the point.
  • Yeshua does not break Shabbat! He applies the rule of "pikuach nefesh" to bring relief to the sick and to save lives, as it is prescribed in Torah. When He appears to be breaking Torah, the Gospel writer exposes this from the Pharisees' angle.
  • Yeshua's followers are Jewish, most of the people backing Him are Jewish. Most of His opponents come from the religious establishment in Jerusalem. The crowds, especially in Galilee, love Him!
  • Yeshua did not create a new "doctrine", but always showed people how to apply Torah perfectly with much compassion. From a Christian point of view, Yeshua discards Torah with a very relaxed approach-this point of view is very misleading about our Messiah's intent! While Yeshua is very compassionate and forgiving, He always asks people to comply with what Moshe said and also, to stay away from sin.






© 2017 by Isabelle Esling