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wife
/wīf/
noun
noun: wife; plural noun: wives
  1. a married woman considered in relation to her spouse.

In Hebrew, the word “isha/ishah” means both woman and wife, interchangeably.

con·cu·bine
/ˈkäNGkyəˌbīn/

noun

historical
noun: concubine; plural noun: concubines
  1. (in polygamous societies) a woman who lives with a man but has lower status than his wife or wives.

Pilegesh (Hebrew: פילגש‎) is a Hebrew term for a concubine with similar social and legal standing to a recognized wife, often for the purpose of producing offspring.

Zonah(Hebrew:זונה) is a Hebrew term for a prostitute. (there is a female AND male pronunciation — FYI)

Often, Hebrew Israelite women and men are in a battle over concubinage. Men are quick to say that a woman’s virginity is a factor as to whether or not she is a wife or a concubine. The women are made to feel shame for any past they may have; it seems that there is no area for repentance and teshuvah in this topic.
Many who are Hebrew Israelites now were not always awake to who they were. They were born and raised Christian or something else. They lived their lives however they saw fit , and then found out they were Hebrew. Then they turned away from their old ways, striving for righteousness.
But often, a woman is told that, if she is not a virgin when she marries, then she is not a wife — she is a concubine.
When you ask what a concubine is, you may receive a variety of answers — a concubine is a slave-wife, a concubine is a woman who is not a virgin, a concubine is a wife without covenant, a concubine is a girlfriend, a concubine is a woman who has children from another relationship, a concubine is a woman that’s not good enough to be a wife but you still want to bed her.
Whatever the case may be, there is scriptural evidence implying some of these. Others are simply personal opinions of the masses often accepted as fact.

Concubine as a slave-wife: Often in scripture we see a slave girl being taken and lain with, and children are made from that woman. A slave has no choice to consent to or decline to do what is their master’s wish — if a man had a slave girl, and he wanted to lay with her, he could and she would become his concubine. If a woman had a slave girl and she wanted her husband to lay with her, he could and she would become his concubine.
Female slaves were given over to any man to whom her master wished to gift her.
Slavery is not legally done today, so this idea is archaic among us, at best.
(A female slave can become a concubine, but being a concubine does NOT mean you are suddenly a slave! We are all to be dutiful servants of our husbands if we observe the Torah or the Quran, but you are NOT a slave. Even queens were servants to their kings.)
Concubine as a non-virgin: You will hear that a woman who is a non-virgin is only able to receive concubine status with her husband, and not full-wife status (thereby conversely saying that virgins get full-wife status). You will hear many reasons why — some will say if a woman had sex with a man and lost her virginity, then she is THAT man’s wife. The reasoning behind this is because to many Israelites, sex equals marriage. They will pull out verses to support this claim. But they are neglecting other verses on the matter — while sex is needed to complete the marriage “ceremony”, you also need an agreement between parties that this is what you will be to each other, and you need witnesses to the agreement. When a man took an unmarried/unbetrothed Daughter of Israel in a field, he had to pay her father the bride price and basically complete the ceremony. If not, he was seen as having defiled her and messed with her status in society. Sex is not ALL you need to do to be considered a wife.
So think about people’s younger sexual conquests — no, sisters, you are not married to those men if there was no agreement with them that that is what you were doing. No, brethren, you are NOT married to those women if there was no agreement with them that that is what you were doing. (and you know that was not the agreement you had with those people — outside of the righteous Hebraic construct, many things occur and sexual promiscuity is had by both genders.)
Let me point out some non-virginal women in scripture that, when married, were described as wives and not concubines (because scripture is very explicit in titles — what’s there is there and what isn’t there can only be speculated on) —
Ruth (Book of Ruth — widowed; she becomes a wife of Boaz in the end)
Abigail (1 Samuel 25 — widowed; becomes a wife of King David)
Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11)
Bathsheba is a particularly interesting case — while being married to Uriah, Bathsheba committed adultery with King David, which is a sinful act, and became pregnant. Then David had Uriah killed so that he could have Bathsheba as his wife. Never was Bathsheba referred to as his concubine. …and scripture was very clear as to who was concubine and who was not.

Concubine as a wife without covenant:The Babylonian Talmud (the Talmud being a Jewish book that doesn’t hold any one rule for or against anything, and is largely a book of debate and opinion) states that a concubine is a wife without covenant: (from Wikipedia:)”the difference between a pilegesh and a full wife was that the latter received a marriage contract (Hebrew:ketubah) and her marriage (nissu’in) was preceded by a formal betrothal (“kiddushin”), which was not the case with the former. According to R. Judah, however, the pilegesh should also receive a marriage contract, but without including a clause specifying a divorce settlement. (this final line I can agree with — I believe people should understand the nature of their relationship and that things should be clear and concise to the point that it could be written out and both parties would be in agreement on what’s written on that paper)

Concubine as a woman who has children from another relationship: This belief has no foundation in scripture. I can’t find evidence anywhere — a woman who was a widow and had children could be made a full-wife to a man if he wished it.
Kohanim have restrictions on who they can and can’t marry, but not every man is a priest. If you are a Kohan/Cohen, you should be fully aware on your marital restrictions according to Torah, and you should abide by them. A Kohan cannot marry a zonah or a divorced woman (Lev. 21:7) and a kohan gadol (A HIGH priest) cannot marry a widow, a divorced woman, a zonah, a non-Hebrew or converted woman, OR a non-virgin (Lev. 21:13-15). Notice there’s a difference between a priest and a HIGH priest — not every priest is a high priest (the rules in this chapter for the high priest begins at verse 10).

As I mentioned earlier, scripture is very clear on what women were concubines or not. It did not hinge on whether or not that woman was a virgin, it hinges on what that woman’s agreement was with that man. The Most High never frowned on a woman being a wife OR a concubine. And in Hebraic society, being a concubine was NOT seen as a bad thing — she was a wife, she respected and submitted to her man as her husband and her head.
What a woman must do is make sure she understands the relationship she has with her man. I am big on things being clear and concise — I don’t like to be confused as to what we are to each other. I think a woman should request clarity and transparency, and if she agrees with the terms of that relationship, those two are able to do whatever it is they chose per that agreement according to Torah. (of course there are prohibited marriages, but the only one that hinges on a woman’s virginity is that to a Kohan gadol)

KNOW YOUR TORAH IF YOU’RE GOING TO LIVE BY IT, AND YOU WON’T EVER BE DECEIVED.

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Good morning.
No one is perfect. Nothing in life is perfect. There’s always going to be something going on.
There’s not even such a thing as “perfect for you”…unless you’re one of those that sees the perfection in imperfection. I’d call that being an optimist, I suppose. A dreamer. Let’s try to be a realist.
Stop running. Stop going from this one, to that one, to that one over there, seeking perfection. You will not find it.
Look inside yourself for what’s missing. Happiness and peace is inside you. Inside you is the only place to find it. You won’t find it anywhere else or in any one else. Until you find it inside you, you will never truly be happy, you will never fully have peace.
Peace and happiness is within because The Most High is within.
Go within. You will not find Him outside of your own self.

*sigh*

I’ve broached this subject before, repeatedly.
I just wanted to point out some things —

1. Adam and Eve being a monogamous relationship is NOT indicating The Most High’s favor TOWARD monogamous relationships. It is only an example of a man and woman being together. THAT IS ALL. That is reflected in all marital relationships in the Bible. There are NO same-sex marriages in the Bible. There are NO inter-species marriages in the Bible. You know why? Because these acts are FORBIDDEN/PROHIBITED by the Bible.
2. Arguments and negative situations in a polygynous relationship in the Bible is NOT indicative of The Most High being against polygyny! Monogamous relationships currently have a divorce rate of AROUND 50% in the United States, at least. NO marital relationship is going to be perfect! Whether it’s polygyny or monogamy, it’s the PEOPLE that will make or break it, not the relationship dynamic itself!
3. Verses concerning adultery and divorce have NOTHING TO DO with polygyny (UNLESS someone polygynous has committed adultery or gotten a divorce!) Adultery is the act of a man having sex with a married woman (NOT married to HIM). Divorce is the act of putting a wife away, or chosing NOT to be married to her anymore…
4. Men in the Bible taking foreign wives and being punished for it is NOT indicative of The Most High being against polygyny! The Most High SPECIFICALLY STATED that Hebrew men were NOT to take foreign women, and HE CALLED IT — he said they’d be led to worship other gods and HE WAS RIGHT AND IT HAPPENED EVERY TIME. That would have happened if the man and woman were MONOGAMOUS or POLYGYNOUS — the relationship dynamic had no bearing on their punishment!
5. Just because YOU feel it’s wrong DOESNT MEAN THAT ITS WRONG! People feel slavery was wrong — but slaves and slave masters were all in the Bible. Slavery is an economic system and NOT ONLY did it build the very country we live in (America… *ahem*), but IT IS STILL GOING ON TODAY.
Your FEELINGS have ABSOLUTELY NO BEARING on The Word of The Most High! Have you EVER analyzed why you feel the way you do about it? COULD IT BE BECAUSE YOU LIVE IN A COUNTRY BASED ON ROMAN PRINCIPLES — WHERE POLYGYNY IS WRONG, BUT SERIAL MONOGAMY AND AFFAIRS(and homosexual sex) WAS THE NAME OF THE DAY?? So because SOCIETY thinks it’s WRONG and it was BRED INTO YOU that it’s wrong, don’t you think that might have SOMETHING to do with why you feel that way?
Face it — the Bible doesn’t AGREE with you. In FACT, The Most High gave rules FOR polygyny.

When you are against polygyny I understand how hard it can be to change that. Our society feeds us monogamy as the ideal form of marriage — but it ALSO feeds us ALOT of other stuff that is completely backward and ridiculous.
The Bible NEVER speaks against polygyny, but it’s obvious that it happened then, and it happened now, and NEVER does The Most High pit himself against any of the men that practiced it for that reason.

STOP ADDING TO THE WORD OF THE MOST HIGH!

Deuteronomy 4:2 HNV

You shall not add

to the word which I command you, neither shall you diminish from it, that you may keep the mitzvot of the YHWH your Elohim, which I command you.

Deuteronomy 12:32 HNV
Whatever thing I command you, that shall you observe to do:

you shall not add thereto,

nor diminish from it.

Revelations 22:18 HNV
I testify to every man who hears the words of the prophecy of this book,

if anyone adds to them, may YHWH add to him the plagues which are written in this book.

It’s feast season again for the Hebrews and other Torah Observers of the world.
And it’s raining today. And when it rains in the fall, and it is chilly and muddy, all I can think of is Sukkot.
Man. There were a lot of things wrong with the assembly we built up back in the day. A lot of things, which is why so many of us left and now the assembly is pretty much defunct.
But one thing I can say about us is that, when we would observe the feasts, we would REALLY observe those feasts!
At first we would buy lamb chops. Then the next year we made sure it was from a kosher store. Then the next year (because the butchers in the kosher store would give it to those they knew were Jews first and then tell the rest of us they had none. It’s understandable to protect and assist your own FIRST, but that doesn’t mean I have to continue to shop there…) we felt we were better off if we bought a lamb and slaughtered it ourselves.
My husband and Marcus and Gene and Paul would get together and bless the lamb, and my husband would perform the ritual slaughter. He had a super-sharp knife that they’d blessed, and he would cut the throat almost to the back, and then allow the blood to drain out from the lamb’s body.
My children would play with “Sheepie” for the week or so before he was to be slaughtered; sometimes it was a “petting zoo” atmosphere, as friends (we’re all “city folk”, or “hood folk”, and are simply not used to seeing a farm animal in someone’s backyard just chilling like that, lol) would bring their children to see the lamb and pet it.
After a couple of years of doing that, Cedric started joining us, and even when he moved to NYC, he would make an effort to come down for Passover.
As for Sukkot, at first it was a backyard thing, then when we finally split up (at that point we were split in two, for the most part – WE left, and then Marcus left, and Cedric came with us because he was OUR friend), we finally started doing it out in the openness of wooded land over near Joe Pool Lake.
Every year we have sukkot, it rains on us, whether we are in someone’s backyard or near the lake.
It rains and some people’s tents get flooded.
It rains and your feet or wet in your shoes all the time.
It rains and the hem of your skirt is consistently moist and muddy.
So you’re cold all the time, even tho you’ve got on long-johns and a hoodie.

We could hear coyotes and owls hooting in the night… my mother in law came with us once and she and my daughter shared a tent while my then-toddler son and even younger then-baby son shared the tent with my husband and I.
One night it rained sooo badly that when I got up to use the restroom (aheheh, a bucket that in the morning you need to take it out and pour it deep in the woods and then go clean it out), the floor of our tent was like walking on a waterbed mattress!! All waves and such.
I remember one year, the single women’s tent was so flooded all their blankets and pillows had to be hung over fences all the next day, and they had to take their clothes to be washed.
But FORGET all the discomfort – it’s STILL a wonderfully blessed time.
It’s as if the discomfort is GOOD for you.

We are definitely city/hood people. But there was no complaining among us. We TRIED, we tried our bests to observe the feasts! Everynight there was a lesson, every night there was food cooked by some set of women or some family or some group of men. Every day people were cleaning, or off showering somewhere – some of us that had jobs would gone on and go to work if they were unable to spend the entire feast at the campsites. We would bible study ALL DAY LONG, we would discuss bible all day, all night.
There were courtings, night time flirting (by cell phone – one young sister in the single sisters’ tent, texting back and forth with a young brother in the single brothers’ tent). There were slightly quiet, night time games of volley ball where people were REALLY competitive, oh my, my my lol. There were even GHOST stories – because scriptures don’t say they don’t exist, they say don’t TALK to them. So A LOT of people have those unexplained stories and you know the campsite is the best place to do that…
One year we got together with a bunch of other groups and had sukkot, and we met some really nice/interesting people, who “knew how to make fire” lol (oh my goodness so many city folk are gonna be SCREWED when the SHTF!) and they made this bonfire and my husband and them (he’s from an island, he can do stuff many city/hood guys can’t lol) would go into the woods, cut some wood and then bring it back and toss it on the bonfire and we just sat around having discussions and such.

Now, it’s just us, our little family…and it used to be Marcus with us, but now he’s married (HE WHO FINDS A WIFE FINDETH A GOOD THING!). And we’re trying to move out of town… and others have completely just fallen away, haven’t even done a Shabbat in a couple of years…
it makes me sad. And when I see signs of the feasts, American-style, Texas-style, lol, Dallas-style…I get all nostalgic, like now. When I see that big moon in the sky, I get all wistful and memories pop up. I’m not afraid of a little rain anymore; I go where I want in the rain. I don’t even need an umbrella anymore lol.
I miss it.
It seems the poison that seeped up (really it was there from the get-go but when things are allowed to fester…you know…they decay and the healthy parts must break away) is out and away for the most part.
It would be NICE to be able to all come BACK, RETURN, TESHUVAH/TESHUBAH and do it AGAIN, like the old days.
We’d gotten really good at it.
We learned A LOT about the world, and the Word of The Most High. Every year it was a test on how we would survive, should something horrible happen to our society at some point.
People learned to make fire. People learned that a little rain ain’t TOO bad, when you know how to keep warm. People learned how to slaughter and gut an animal, if need be. People learned how to get along with others that they would otherwise NOT be living with.
I miss it. And no matter what anyone can say, I refuse to allow the poison disrupt the GOOD memories I have of us, and what we were…

Alright I’m done. YHWH bless, have a good feasttime!

Sister Wife is a 2000 documentary that follows the Hebrew Israelites, an African American community that immigrated to Israel and practices polygamy. The men can have up to seven wives. The film follows a couple that’s been married for 21 years as they decide to take on another wife.

(Some of these will have biblical references and some will not)

I will begin with the earliest classification.

na’arah – (plural ne’arot): Girl or young woman
baht – (plural bahtot): daughter
betulah – (plural betulot): married/unmarried virgin
almah – (plural alamot): virgin, unmarried, sexually ripening (“pubescent”) woman
isha – (plural nasheem): wife; literally, woman
pilegesh – (plural pilgasheem): concubine (Song of Songs 6:8)
emah – (plural emote): mother
malkah – (plural melakhot): queen (Song of Songs 6:8)
gevirah – noble woman/queen mother
agunah – a woman whose husband’s whereabouts are unknown (an abandoned woman) (Romans 7:2)

noefet – adulteress (na’aph is the act of committing adultery)
zonah – non-virginal harlot/prostitute (Dt. 23: 18-19)
gerushah – divorcee (literally exile/stranger…)

I found these interesting.
The classification betulah and almah as often used interchangably in scripture.
But a zonah cannot be an almah. (duh?) The two cannot be used interchangably.

Sorry; the other day the link from amarthenazarene did not post! Here

Polygyny: What says The Bible

It is a very thorough document, which I enjoyed reading. Shalom!

From Preparing.org:

Messianic Polygyny

And in that day, seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by your name, to take away our reproach.

– Yesha’yahu [Isaiah] 4:1

For the ancient Israelites, the manifestation of Kingdom order in their midst set them apart from all the other great nations of the ancient world – head and shoulders above the pagan, goddess worshipping heathen round about. And in ordering the families of Yisrael [Israel], the use of polygyny (the practice of one man having more than one wife) was not uncommon – especially among the great patriarchs of the faith…

Abraham, Ya’aqob (Jacob), Moshe (Moses), Dawid (David) and many others had more than one wife. The great lawgiver Moshe himself, who commanded that adulterers should be stoned to death, made provisions for polygyny in the Torah – and under certain circumstances, even required it as a matter of law (Debarim [Deut.] 25:5; 21:15-17).

Hear O Yisrael – the original promise to our father Abraham that he would be the father of many nations was itself a call to polygyny! Sélah.

After all, in most cases, if a man has only one wife, he can only birth one nation! This is why it is written of Abraham, “But unto the sons of the concubines (secondary wives), which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country.” (Bereshit [Gen.] 25:6).

And as it is written, “And if you be Christ’s, then are you Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal. 3:29).

As of this year, some eighty-plus percent of the world’s societies practice polygyny. And yet according to her own statistics, the United States of America, which considers polygyny immoral, leads the world in adultery, divorce, rape, prostitution and pornography (not to mention drug abuse, alcoholism, and murder). Nevertheless, the issue of biblical polygyny still stirs great wrath among those born and raised under Hellenistic philosophies and influence.

Clearly, Western theologians interpret Hebrew Israelite scripture with a Greco-Roman cultural bias. How then could they NOT conclude that the ‘New Testament’ condemns the practice of polygyny? And the end result has been that the vast majority of the household of faith, and so-called black people in particular, are completely unaware of the longstanding history of Messianic/Christian polygyny…

Nevertheless, as we so often prophesy, true Biblical marriage is being restored to the faithful remnant at this very hour! Why? The truth is, the revelation of polygyny in Christ is key to not only setting Messianic/True Christian families in order, but to preparing the true churches for Y’shua!

Hear O Yisrael – the marriage of Y’shua and the Church is/will be a plural marriage! Sélah.

For example, in the Song of Solomon [which is by all accounts, a glorious prefiguring of Messiah’s love for His Church], it was said to King Solomon by his favorite queen, the Shulamite, “…your name (honor, authority and character) is as ointment poured forth; therefore do the virgins (young women) love you. Draw me, and WE will run after you…” (Shir HaShirim [The Song of Songs] 1:3.4).

Y’shua Himself revealed Messianic polygyny in His betrothal to the Church, through His parable of the ten virgins [See MattitYahu (Matt.) 25:1-13]. (Remember, Y’shua lived and taught outside of the context of Greco-Roman marriage – i.e. ‘mandatory monogamy’, ‘bridesmaids’, etc.) To be sure, there is only ONE church – but there are many varied aspects of the Light of Mashiach that are of necessity reflected and highlighted by various congregations. Sélah.

And beyond dispensationalism, this is why Y’shua, in His very Revelation to the world, chose to address seven churches (seven “wives”) rather than the whole nation at once – revealing yet another reflection of the spiritually polygynous nature of YHWH and Y’shua!

As we have consistently pointed out, it’s no mere coincidence that the nation of Israel – the very root and foundation of true ‘Christianity’ – sprang forth from our father Ya’aqob (Jacob) and his four wives. To suggest that polygyny constitutes adultery is to suggest that ancient Israel was a nation of bastards! Would the Most High, pristine in His holiness, enter into a sacred oath with an accursed people? YAH forbid!!

Moreover, in the book of Revelation – which is after all, a part of the ‘New Covenant’ – it is written that the names of the twelve sons resulting from Ya’aqob’s polygynous relationships are permanently enshrined in the gates of the Holy City, the New Jerusalem! (Rev. 21:12). This is the very abode of YHWH HIMSELF! How then can we dare suggest that Messianic/Christian polygyny is sinful? Again, YAH forbid!!

And again, allegorically speaking, even YHWH Himself is polygynous…

It is written, “The word of YHWH came again to me, saying, Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother. They committed harlotry in Egypt, they committed harlotry in their youth; their breasts were there embraced, their virgin bosom was there pressed. Their names: Oholah the elder and Oholibah her sister; they were Mine, and they bore sons and daughters. As for their names, Samaria is Oholah, and Jerusalem is Oholibah…” (Yechezkel [Ezek.] 23:1-4).

Hear O Yisrael – as a critical point of truth; without a revelation of the spiritual polygyny of our Father YAH, and our Mashiach Y’shua, we simply cannot fully understand how YAH operates His creation; how Y’shua administrates His church; or how to fully discern the Father’s perfect will for our lives, families, congregations and communities!

disinheritance

The ancient prophets of Israel foresaw and prophesied in the Spirit that because of backsliding and rebellion, in the course of time, the covenant blessings, including polygyny, would be stripped from the nation – for a season. As it is written, “For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim…” (Hoshea [Hosea] 3:4).

Even so, biblical polygyny will once again prove to be a critical key to restoring our overall national inheritance in Messiah/Christ.

Over the last seventeen centuries or so, multiplied millions of the faithful have been misled into believing an “ideal” marriage is composed of one man and one woman (“mandatory monogamy”). In truth, this “sacred cow” of Greco-Roman theology is nothing more than a religious facade and genocidal alternative to biblical polygyny – right along with adultery, fornication, prostitution, homosexuality, lesbianism, forced abstinence, forced celibacy, serial polygamy, etc.

And of course, many of us have come to believe that plural marriage is just another fleshly practice, and is actually a part of the problem rather than the solution. For example, polygyny’s opponents site rape, child molestation, forced marriages with underage girls, etc. as undesirable aspects of polygyny, and thus reasons to reject it. But in point of truth, these tendencies are manifested just as often in so-called ‘monogamous’ marriages!

Obviously, these kinds of abuses should be rejected and punished in all instances – but based upon the actual offenses involved; whatever the marital arrangement happens to be. Plain and simple. But beyond that, there are some very basic problems with ‘mandatory monogamy’:

1) It’s unscriptural.

2) It forces large numbers of righteous women to remain husbandless or worse.

3) In cases where a wife cannot bear children, it makes it impossible for a man to produce an heir without divorce.

For the most part, the monumental error of ‘mandatory monogamy’ is sustained by a poor translation of the apostle Paul’s directive in 1 Timothy (and Titus) requiring bishops to be “the husband of one wife.” It therefore becomes needful to understand what was actually being taught about marriage in this epistle.

To begin with, in chapter five of that same epistle, the apostle writes that a widow should not be taken under the financial care of the church unless she has been “…the wife of one man…” (1 Tim. 5:9). But the word “one” in that passage is “heis”, which is the Greek word for the actual number “1”. Paul was clearly teaching that such a woman had to have been the wife of only one husband – in other words, a woman free of adultery.

It was not merely by chance that a completely different word for “one” was used when referring to the qualifications for a bishop! The Greek word, “mia”, was used in the passage “A bishop must then be blameless, the husband of one wife…” (1 Tim. 3:2).

In other words, although the Greek word “mia” can accurately be translated as “one”, given the fact that a totally different Greek word for “one” was used in this passage, a more accurate translation of “mia” into English in this particular instance would be “first.”

And certainly, those who later translated the Greek NT into English were “Greco-Romanized” (Hellenized), and thus translating from a culturally biased, non-Hebraic frame of reference.

Rather than forbidding a bishop to practice polygyny, the apostle Paul was simply saying that a bishop must be a man who has remained faithful to his first wife – a man free of adultery. In both instances, the issue isn’t polygyny, it’s adultery, or the breaking of wedlock – the Hebraic/Mosaic laws of which are different for male and female.

Secondly, most Hellenized biblical scholars point to Adahm and Khawah (Adam and Eve) as proof that monogamy is YAH’s ideal form of marriage. One man, one woman. But in truth, when the two became one flesh, the marital equation became 1 + 1 = 1. And without violating YAH’s original intent for the creation of male and female, this divine arithmetic clearly allows for 1 + 1 + 1 = 1 as well…

Thirdly, a major rationale for the remnant continuing in ‘mandatory monogamy’ is supposed obedience to the apostle Kefa’s [Peter’s] directive to the church to “submit yourselves to every ordinance of man.” In other words, Messianics/Christians should only enter into “legal” marriages, which includes a “marriage license” from the state.

But the word “ordinance” in that passage is simply referring to the form of government, as in “whether it be to the king as supreme, or unto governors” etc. – not to blindly following every man-made doctrine or ungodly statute! Following that line of reasoning, the original disciples of Y’shua were wrong for preaching the Gospel, since it caused them to be jailed as violators of the law…

Furthermore, the apostle Paul instructed us to forsake worldly courts to judge even the smallest disputes among the saints [See 1 Cor. 6:1-8]. How much more then should we recognize that the true authority to sanction our marriages in the sight of YAH rests squarely upon the shoulders of the faithful remnant ALONE!

In reality, placing our marriages in the hands of the state has resulted in unheard of levels of divorce, and actually led to rampant adultery as well. For example, if a man were to put away a YAH-ordained wife in a “no fault” divorce, the state [and tragically, most churches] would then grant him continued good standing in their respective communities, and even sanction another “marriage” that YAH has declared to be unlawful! Sélah.

Historically speaking, it wasn’t until the onset of European incursion into the “New World” (1492 c.e.) that the authority to sanction marriage was moved from the church alone into an alliance with the state, by decree of the Vatican. So then, were all the marriages in the Most High that occurred in the nearly fifteen-hundred years before that point illegitimate? Obviously not. As it is written “What YAH has joined together, let not man put asunder.”

Finally brethren, coming full circle; this whole dynamic played itself out in the first family of faith…

The reason Sarah’s handmaid Hagar despised her when she became with child by Abraham was that Hagar then assumed she had the right to claim Abraham exclusively. Unlike the freewoman – the mighty woman of faith, Sarah – Hagar was an Egyptian slave who cherished the mandatory monogamy practiced by the common people of her mother nation…

Rather than convert to Abraham’s YAH-ordained patriarchal and polygynous family structure, she remained loyal to her slave heritage – and raised her son accordingly. [Was this the gratitude Sarah deserved for sharing her husband with her handmaid?]

Notice that when Hagar finally fled from Sarah’s indignation, the angel of YAH sent to comfort her did not agree with, nor confirm her stand for mandatory monogamy. Instead, he told her to return and submit to her ‘mistress’ – the HEAD wife, Sarah. Hagar returned, but refused to submit.

The enduring rift between Isaac and Ishmael; between Israelites and Arabs; between the Torah and the Qur’an, is the devastating result.

RESTORATION

According to the scriptures, the sun, moon and stars typify the family. It is written, “He gave the lesser light to rule the NIGHT.” I am fully persuaded that every foul spirit of darkness that would keep this controversy boiling will soon end up where they belong: under the feet of the daughters of Abraham! HalleluYAH!!

We are now living in the age when the prophecy of YeshaYahu (Isaiah) concerning seven women taking hold of one man must be fulfilled; especially among Hebrew Israelites (“African-Americans”/”blacks”) – if for no other reason than as a matter of sheer survival!

The truth is the same today as it’s always been. When a righteous woman is filled with the Holy Spirit, her natural desire is to be a wife and mother with only one man. But often times, due to dire circumstances, the Spirit will lead a married Israelite man to take on an additional wife. And, contrary to popular worldly and even ‘religious’ opinions, not so much for his sake, but for her sake. Sélah.

For example, in most societies, including America, it often comes down to basic arithmetic – women simply outnumber men. And when you add to that the huge, disproportionate number of Israelite men in prison, the problem for our people becomes even more acute. In many instances, unmarried women, many of them with children, who need a strong man of YAH, are called to plural marriage by necessity. For these causes, the Ruakh (Spirit) leads men and women in different ways for the overall benefit of the family, the community, and the Kingdom.

In the final analysis, the Truth of the matter is, the Babylonian/Greco-Roman doctrine and pseudo-practice of ‘mandatory monogamy’ is a manifestation of the spirit of Jezebel…

Nevertheless, take heart, children of YAH! For just as the ministry of EliYahu (Elijah) overcame the spirit of rebellion in Ekhab and Isabel (Ahab and Jezebel); and the spirit of Elijah in Yehochanan (John the Baptist) did the same to prepare the way for Mashiach; so the spirit of Jezebel slandering the Kingdom order of family in our generation will be overcome – through YAH’s true shalachim v’nabim (apostles and prophets). HalleluYAH!!

Hear O Yisrael – true Messianic polygyny is not only acceptable in the Beloved, it is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled!

It is written, “And I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And you shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of YHWH your Elohim, that has dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.” (Yo’el [Joel] 2:25,26). Behold, the hour is at hand…

Rejoice all you holy ones, and be glad! For YAH has chosen to restore Kingdom order to the lost/found Messianic Israelite Commonwealth in our own generation… Including the divine polygynous family order of our father Abraham – the fulfillment of the Great Promise – and the glorious Kingdom Shalom that shall most assuredly be the result!

Shalom Aleichem!

I personally MISSED THIS?
I didn’t even see this on the radar?
But even if it’s just this video, I’m glad I saw it. I loved every minute of it, I loved the older family that’s been together 30+ years and how they’re doing well and they’re HAPPY and NORMAL, I loved seeing the spokesperson for the polygamy advocacy group… LOVED IT.
AWESOME.

Enjoy!!!

Shalom!

Well, a young woman on youtube contacted me with some questions and I was so intrigued by our dialogue that I just put it out on the table for her. She was shocked and I asked for a picture of her to show hubby, who was also shocked.

She sent a picture and he finds her very attractive.

We have been chatting back and forth for about a month or so now. We only recently exchanged numbers. My husband will call her as soon as we have a moment; if you were not aware we are currently in our holiday season. We follow the moon by eye-sight, so we coincide with the kairite jews and the yemenites who do not follow any rabbinically created hebrew calendar. So for us, Sukkot is starting Sunday night, October 4.

We will be out at Joe Pool Lake with HUNDREDS OF OTHER PEOPLE. Some are families we already know.
We invited our potential out but she has to work. Another time; she is many states away.
None of us are “used” to long distance relationships.

I really hope this works out. I pray for Yah’s Will to be done in the matter and I pray that, if this be His Will, that she be a good match for our household.

If no one’s seen her blog, there is a young lady who is wife #3 that has a blog, called Megan’s polyblog. She just found out she’s pregnant, 6 months into the marriage. They’re all happy.

Since we have been in a time of repentance I’ve had to do alot of soul searching. I have to make sure that I am where I need to be, spiritually. It is very hard, still living in the world and not being “of” the world. This walk certainly can get lonesome. I AM peculiar amongst my friends, to the point where they pick at me about it.

I mentioned possibly going to an associate’s pool party. The reply “There’s pork in the pool.”
I mentioned possibly going to this lounge in town, Joyce Lounge. The reply “Sounds like a religious lounge.”
When we through our little W&C get together alot of people didn’t come. Apparently someone speculated that it would be a “religious” thing.

Wow.
So. I am alone.
But y’know what?
YAHSHUA SAID I WOULD BE ALONE.
He said you’d lose your family and friends, following Him.
So I can’t be TOO bad off, right?
I Praise His Name. I Bless the Name of YAHWEH!

WHATEVER HIS WILL IS, I am happy to follow Him.

We will have a good Sukkot. I am praying that all goes well for us out there and that Yahweh is glorified in our fellowshipping and worshipping of Him. And I pray that we are all edified in our understandings of things…

Shalom for now…

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