Reading Isaiah’s Mind – Chapter One – verses 1-15

1. This website (weblog; blog; web page) is “book”, as well.  Actually, it’s a book about a book.  More precisely……. this book is a “new-book” about an “old-book”. The “old-book” (“old-scroll”; roll of papyrus; old-parchment) contains the prophetic-vision (“divine-insight” that is Related imageconveyed thru revelatory vision) of Isaiah. This new-book (publication; volume; vision-narrative) delineates (defines; describes; depicts; characterizes) in high-definition, crimes and the criminals involved in the attempted latter-day overthrow of Jehovah, and His people, Israel.

It is nothing less than a Criminal Indictment (formal list of charges) against a generation of people who’ve rebelled against Jehovah.

 

The precise  (correct; accurate) meaning of the name (designation; title) Isaiah is:  “Delivery by Jehovah; “Succor by Jehovah”;  “Avenging by Jehovah”; “Rescue by Jehovah”). Isaiah was the son (continuation) of heirs to a house, (dynasty; lineage; bloodline)  of Amoz (“the-strong” and “the-Courageous” ).  He led a life ofImage result for what rules over you straightness and blessedness, so he was privileged to see (perceive) light (truth; revealed knowledge  intelligence) piercing thru the current (contemporary) darkness (ignorance; prejudice; misunderstanding) of his day (time; era) concerning the survival (continued-existence; endurance; continuity)  of Judah (“Praise” and “Giving-Thanks”) and Jerusalem (“Teachings-of-Peace-and-Salvation”) spanning the time-period  (term) during which four Judahite Kings (Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah; whatever is the supreme ruler over a people is their “king”)  reigned (maintained control) over  Judah (“Praise-and Thanks-giving”).

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2. Hear (ponder; think-deeply) Ye heavens (people with whom God feels comfortably “at-home”) and ye (plural of “thou”) people of Earth (demoralization; fragmentation; division; dispersion;  violence) for (because) Jehovah is stating (expressing clearly in writing),  “I have born and raised-up children, but they’ve rebelled against me!”

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3.  The Ox knows (acknowledges; recognizes the authority and status of)  his owner (possessor; master) and even a jackass (foolish or stupid-person) acknowledgesdonkey (recognizes) the feeding-trough (crib; food-source; manger) of his Master.  But, they (Israel’s people) don’t know (have intimate-acquaintance with; have regular-intercourse with; understand; fathom; grasp) their own God. My people (family; descendants; posterity) are unable to see (spot; recognize; discern; detect; perceive; pick-up-on) Salt Lake’s “Mockery” (absurd misrepresentation or imitation) of Me (Jehovah), that is “going on” (taking-place; being-made; perpetrated) by Salt Lake during this (our) generation.

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4.  Oye (Alas!; Oh!; Woe!)…….the “goy” (heathen;Image result for missing the boat cartoons unbelieving; non-Israelite) Melchizedek Priesthood Leadership in Salt Lake’ City has completely “Missed-the-Boat”  (failed; “F***ked-up”), because their whole Melchizedek Organization is run (managed; operated; overseen; directed; controlled) by a syndicate (gang; bunch; ring) of criminals (law-breakers; felons; malefactors; wrong-doers; miscreants) , each of whom,  is loaded-down (burdened; encumbered; handicapped) with guilt (shame; remorse; contrition; embarrassment;  culpability; fault; accountability; liability) …………Collectively, they are the brood (cluster; children; spawn; descendants)  of misguided (hoodwinked; ill-advised; misled; misinformed)  “Pioneer-Ancestors” whose divine-task was that of a janitorial (maintenance; custodial) “role”  with regard to the Lord’s flock (children; sheep)…………..But, Salt Lake’s  “Pioneer-Ancestors” never got beyond the “fallen” (immoral’ promiscuous; sinful; depraved) nature (habits; instincts; behaviors) common to “Sons-of-Men” (Cain’s seed). They never developed the character (nature) and integrity (ethics; honesty) exemplified by “Sons-of-God”* (Seth’s seed).  Each one of Salt Lake’s pioneer-forefathers (ancestors; patriarchs; antecedents)  blasphemed (cursed; damned; blighted; doomed) his “Calling” (assignment;  commission)  by preferring (choosing) instead,  to become charismatic (charming; ….(fascinating; captivating; “larger-than-life”; appealing)…….leaders  Larry King

………….as a “means” (medium; method) to achieve their goal (objective) , which…..if truth be told……..was from the beginning, to “take-advantage-of (exploit; use-unfairly-for-personal-benefit; derive-personal-benefit from) “Divine-Authority”,  as a means to guarantee that their own  posterity (descendants; seed) would be “absolutely-free” (wholly-beyond-the-control-of-men; completely-beyond-the-powers-of-men; entirely-unimpeded; totally-unrestricted; utterly-unobstructed) from generation after generation,  to engage in (habitually and regularly carry out or perform) whatever sort of “dirty-deeds” (crimes; sins; misbehaviors; wrong-doings; peccadillos) they wished (wanted; so-desired) , simply by employing the “Powers-of-Sorcery (Black-Magic; “Powers-of-Darkness”) to side-step detection (identification; recognition) and/or prosecution (a bill of indictment; impeachment; criminal charges)  . But, fundamentally, they had-in-mind (determined; sought) to (1) neglect (disregard; ignore; pass-over; scorn) Israel’s people, and (2) blaspheme (insult; show contempt and lack of reverence for) Jehovah, then (3) crown (set-apart; install; enthrone; consecrate) themselves as  “kings of Israel” , then, if that was not enough, they added insult to injury by (4) deifying (glorifying; idealizing; immortalizing)  themselves as “gods” (“spiritual-giants”; Mormon-icons; “Mormon-Heroes”;  “Mormon-idols”) ,  in a left-handed (“secret”; clandestine) ceremony conducted behind-closed-doors (in the basements of LDS Temples; behind-Israel’s-back) known (experienced) to Salt-Lake’s  “Chosen” as “Having-One’s-Calling-and-Election-Made-Sure” or “The-Second-Anointing”** ) .

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              It’s “good” to be a god!
* “Sons of God” vs. “Sons of Men” –In the Book of Genesis, Seth (younger brother of slain Abel)  and Cain (Adam and Eve’s firstborn son) established two divergent (developing in opposite directions) lineages… the Sons-of-God (Seth’s seed) and the Sons-of-Men (Cain’s seed). The differences between the two were based on a foundation of how they related to God. The descendants of Seth chose to accept God on “God’s” terms. They listened to what God had to say and ordered their lives according to God’s leadership. The descendants of Cain, however, believed that God should accept them on human (mortal; man’s) terms.

 

** Second Anointing – For much of LDS Church history, the second anointing was the crowning ordinance of the Restoration. The first anointing is the endowment ceremony that continues today, and it concerns blessings in the afterlife, like becoming kings and queens, priests and priestesses. The second anointing actually bestows those blessings temporally and furthermore secures one‘s exaltation in heaven. By 1949, nearly 33,000 of these anointings had been performed, but as General Authorities eventually deprived local leaders the discretion to recommend the anointings, the practice became increasingly rare and is nearly non-existent today. – “The Development of LDS Temple Worship” – by Devery Anderson.
 Although it has been rumored by many members that the second anointing ordinances are still practiced, it has been mostly speculation and second-hand accounts. But now, a former stake president has come forward with his story and provides a first-hand account of his second anointing. In 2012, former stake president Thomas Phillips went public and was a guest on the Mormon Stories Podcasts by John Dehlin. He gave an account of the second anointing. performed by the highest leaders of the church for both Thomas and his wife. He also said that afterward he was asked to recommend other couples for the ordinance but to keep it quiet and not to discuss that he and his wife had received their second anointing. Apparently, the practice is more widespread than most members know as the ordinance is not limited to General Authorities as Brother Phillips was a stake president when he received his second anointing. The Mormon Stories Podcast featuring Thomas Phillips is very interesting and one of the best. It is over 4 hours long, but filled with very interesting information and is not “anti-Mormon” at all,  but reveals the struggle that a faithful, high-ranking church leader has had and continues to have after learning about many problematic issues of church history and doctrinal beliefs.
  

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       Mormonism’s Crazy-stupid “Twitterpation” as a result of the Salt Lake’s  “Cock and Bull” (Joseph Smith) story. 

5.  Why (For-what-purpose)?  do you (Melchizedek Priesthood Leaders) consistently (in every case; on every occasion; invariably)  subjugate (dominate and control) Israel’s people. And how could You (Israel’s people), be so gullible (easily persuaded to believe something ; credulous) that you foolishly “swear-a-binding-oath” (promise) to Salt Lake, that you’ll  gladly (willingly) be carried-away (“twitterpated”: beguiled; charmed; seduced; spell-bound; intoxicated; enraptured) to the extent that you’ll disregard (ignore; pay-no-attention-to) your “head” (Jehovah; “Jesus-Christ”) and fall-for (be-taken-in-by; be-captivated-by; be-smitten-by; be-hoodwinked-by; be-deceived-by) deceitful (two-faced; dishonest; unprincipled; duplicitous) flattery” (“puffery”; sweet-talk; honeyed-words; false-praise), gushing from the mouths (prophets, Seers and Revelators; spokesmen; representatives) of Salt Lake’s Melchizedek Priesthood Organization, until the heart (affection; wills and purpose; thinking and actions) of nearly every one of you (Israel’s people; rank and file Mormons) has become  perverted (twisted; deviant; unnatural; abnormal; unacceptable). 

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6. From the sole (lowest-level; lowest-position; lowest-orientation) of the foot (footsoldier; “errand-boy”; “gofer”; 18 year-old-“doorbell-ringing-missionary”) to the

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Sadly……none of the wounded-souls, minds, and spirits (psychic-injuries) of these young-missionaries have ever been anointed (blessed; softened; moderated; tempered;  calmed; mollified; tranquilized; soothed) by oil (“the Spirit of God”). 

head (Prophet; President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints), there is not a single “bit” (particle; ounce) of integrity (truth; veracity; honesty)  among the “whole-bunch-of-’em”.  There are only bruises (wounds; injuries below the surface), stripes  (welt-marks from the whip) and “a-branding” (“a trademark) given to all those cute (“nice-looking; “drop-dead-gorgeous”; handsome) , but clearly (obviously)  brainwashed  (indoctrinated; propagandized) Mormon-Missionaries.  They’ve all become servile (fawning)  “Slaves” (captives; personal-property;  laborers; vassals) to Salt Lake Headquarters.  The  wounded-souls (spiritual-injuries) of these missionaries have never been anointed (blessed; softened; moderated; tempered;  calmed; mollified; tranquilized; soothed) by oil (“the Spirit of God”) nor have their wounded-souls (injured-souls) been bandaged (dressed; covered; bound) to prevent (avert; stave-off) infection (disease contamination; contagion; septicity).    

 

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7.  Your once glorious (distinguished; celebrated) Kingdom (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints) has become a virtual “Train-Wreck” (“hellish scene of  “confusion and trouble”).  The “reality” (state of things as they actually are, rather than an idealistic image) of Mormonism is that…… currently, the mind of every Mormon-male (rank and file husband, uncle, grandfather, brother, and father) is consumed (absorbed; fixated; preoccupied; obsessed) with (1) getting “more” authority. (2) cultivating (fertilizingImage result for prince charming; enriching) the ground (basis for belief) that justifies (rationalizes; condones; legitimizes; explains-why; excuses) so many Melchizedek-High-Priests who  show-off (swaggering; parading; make-a-spectacle; flaunt; boast; brag) .…..as if they are Israelite Princes (royalty).  Though no one is aware,  Israel’s people (rank and file Mormons) are being exploited (used in an unfair and selfish way) by Salt Lake.   Thru donations (tithes and offerings) of Israelite financial-support  and sacrifices of Israelite time (lives),  Mormonism’s Israelite (rank and file) people are being acting like pawns (puppets; tools) to “Aid and Abet” (assist) Salt Lake presiding Authorities in the commission of many crimes (felonies) against God, and to further (advance; promote) the spread (the proliferation) of Sorcery (Black-Magic; “Works-of-Darkness”) throughout the Mormon world (kingdom).  If you (Israel’s people; rank and file Mormons) continue to support Salt Lake as you have done thus-far…… very-soon……  every Mormon-male that you know and love will be hopelessly caught-up (lost; involved; absorbed; engrossed; rapt; engaged) in the exercise (use; practice; application) of Sorcery, (Black Magic; “Works-of-Darkness”) while travelling (careening; rushing; racing; heading) toward his-final-destination (“Hell”; “Outer-darkness”), which,  Mormon-men are tricked (duped; bamboozled) into believing,  is reserved for “the-dregs-of-humanity”……..with whom, they believe,  Mormon men share nothing in common, of course, …… and they believe that Heaven is populated (occupied; inhabited; settled; peopled; colonized) by men and women whose lives were spent promoting Assyria (“Guaranteed Financial-Security and Social Success” thru alliance with the Melchizedek Priesthood Organization”).  Meanwhile, Israel’s people (rank and file Mormons) are  subjugated (controlled; quieted; restrained; tranquilized; conquered; extinguished; crushed) as “The-West” (Mormon headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah) overturns (countermands; reverses; rescinds; revokes; overrides; invalidates) “every aspect” of Israelite (legitimate; lawful; legal) authority, so that Salt Lake can continue ,  unimpeded (unhindered; unchallenged; unrestricted), in its circulation (expansion; promotion; proliferation; escalation) of Sorcery (“dark-works”; black magic)  throughout the world.

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8.  Then, the seed (offspring; posterity) of this corrupt generation of Salt Lake General Authorities will have a virtual “Lock” (assurance; guarantee) on the possession of “Stolen-Goods” (Israel’s-birthright),  so they can head (direct; control; oversee; supervise; preside-over) the emergence of “Counterfeit-Authority-in-Zion”, as well, which Salt Lake will undoubtedly exploit  (make full use of) as a shelter (fortress; stronghold; asylum; smoke-screen) to oppose (obstruct; thwart; fight) the vineyard (Israel’s-extended-families; Israel’s-bloodlines). 

Image result for Roach motel cartoon 70Meanwhile,  abominable (loathsome; detestable)  Melchizedek high-priests who’ve become hardened (unfeeling; uncaring; obdurate; cold-hearted; callous; disdainful) can turn “Opportunities-in-Zion” to their financial advantage,  in partnership with other “cockroaches” (detestable-creeps;  low-life reprobates; abominations), just like themselves. They’ll pretend to be Zion’s guardian-angels (watchmen; sentinels) but, in fact, they’re “Hybrid-Offspring-of-Watchers” * (“Nephilim”), i.e. desperate-men trying to preserve (maintain; “hold-on-to”; keep) the “ill-gotten-gains” (plunder; spoils) that they and their patriarchal-ancestors have stolen from Israel’s people (rank and file Mormons) thru cunning and craftiness.

* WATCHERS – The sin (moral-failure; mistake; transgression) of “WATCHERS” (fallen angels) was “to revolt against God” by crossing (going-beyond; transgressing; exceeding) the limitations (circumscriptions; boundaries; restrictions) given to them by Jehovah.   These  ambitious-angels descended upon Mount Hermon during the era of the “Tower of Babel” (Genesis Chapter 11)  There were 19 of them considered as  leaders,  mentioned in 1 Enoch, who were referred to as  “The-Chiefs-Of-Ten” Once they reached the earth, they found women, who were already morally compromised and would mate with them, to be most attractive. These fallen-angels then proceeded to instruct women about SORCERY (charms, enchantments), cutting of roots (how to make “magic-potions”); and knowledge of plants.

 

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“Out”…..damned spot!    Out, I say! …”– “Macbeth” (act-five: scene-one)  
 They taught men how to make various weapons and armor, and also arts and sciences including Sorcery (which is both an art and a science). These acts led to an increase in lawlessness and warfare. The men of earth then cried out to heaven and no less than four (4)  archangels (Michael, Uriel, Raphael, and Gabriel) cried out to God for help, as well.  In response, God sent Uriel (“The Intelligence Of God”) to warn Noah that there would soon be a devastating-flood that would destroy mankind and all their wickedness on earth. It seems that there is a threefold aspect of the “Sin of the Watchers” in these accounts. (1)  the essence of angelic-being (existence; life)  was defiled by marrying and engaging in sexual acts with mortal-women. (2) these ungodly-unions produced Nephilim (wicked-hybrid-offspring) who lacked human-consciences, and ultimately necessitated (made necessary as a result or consequence) Jehovah sending the Great-Flood during Noah’s time.  (3) These “observers” assumed an unauthorized role as instructors and managers of humanity as well as revealers of secrets (privileged-information) about this natural (physical; time-space) universe……….secrets which God did not intend for mankind to know unless they were spiritually (morally) mature enough to receive it.  The angels were carefully circumscribed to merely “Watch” (observe attentively), and report what they saw, but once they were acclimated to “mortality”, the priority (prime concern; primary-issue) for these  “Watcher’s”   quickly became, just like that of every mortal (unregenerate) male:  (1)to copulate-with (2) to manage (3) to control, humanity………in that order.

 

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9. Were-it-not-for” (had it not been for; without) this indictment (revelation that declares that Salt Lake’s Melchizedek Priesthood Organization is “evil” and condemned by Jehovah),  Israel’s people along with their birthright would forever be “spoils  (booty; plunder; treasures; prizes) in a “stealthy” (“conspiratorial”) “takeover” (coup-d’etat) by Salt Lake’s heads (Presiding General Authorities) for the sake of (to benefit; in behalf of; in the interests of) the pampered offspring (descendants) of Salt Lake’s dynasty (line of hereditary rulers) who are bending-over-backwards (making every possible effort) to  cover-up (hide; white-wash; conceal; mask; camouflage) Salt Lake’s Sodom (moral-degeneracy and corruption!).     Indeed………If Isaiah’s words were not translated (interpreted) correctly, you (Israel’s people; rank and file Mormons) would have unavoidably (assuredly;Image result for bricks of mud and straw inescapably; inexorably) be  transformed (morphed; changed; converted) into Gomorrah (“bundles-of-merchandise”; commodities) to be bought and sold like  “Merchandise-in-the-Marketplace  (“Business-as-Usual”).
by Salt Lake’s Corporate-CEO’s.  We (Israel’s people; rank and file Mormons) would forever exist (subsist; be regarded) as “dung” (filth; manure; waste-matter; “shit”) by Salt Lake and thrown into a pit, with straw (fodder;  people considered  to be readily available and of little value), blended into a muddy mish-mash (confused mixture) , poured into a “tried and true” (prescribed; dependable) mold (form) and dried in the sun to produce “bricks” (building-materials) to constitute Salt Lake’s bogus “Kingdom-of-God”.  Then the kingdom only needs to be maintained by Salt Lake’s Bastard (illegitimate-from-birth) offspring (children).

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10. Listen-up, ……ye Salt Lake leaders of Sodom (moral-degeneracy and corruption)!  Lo and Behold (a new turn of events, that could have been predicted!).….. The ears (capacities to ponder and think-deeply)  of ourImage result for all ears meaning (current) generation of Israelite-people (rank and file Mormons)  are already pricked-up (alert; pointed; eager to receive; thinking-about; wanting-to-study) the Torah (instruction) of our God,  so they will inevitably (sooner or later) curse (invoke a curse against; damn; jinx; hex; “put the evil-eye-on”) all Melchizedek Priesthood  Priesthood Authorities, who function as Salt Lake’s  Merchants (peddlers; merchandisers; retailers; agents; vendors purveyors) of Gomorrah (“bundled”and packaged Israelite birthright”). 

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11. For……in the end (in the final analysis) ……. what-do all the sacrifices (gestures; offerings; surrenderings of time and money, human-lives and other precious things) for the sake of an apostate-church really matter? …………...” They don’t matter to me !”.…. saith Jehovah. “I’ve had enough (“a-belly-full”; “all I can stand”) of your Mormon “Duty” (responsibility) to secure (retain; get your hands on; be ordained to; obtain; seek-after; acquire) priesthood-authority just like the Rams (“leaders of the flock”; General Authorities;Image result for do your duty clipart Stake Presidents; Bishops, etc.) at headquarters in Salt Lake City and the creme-de-la-creme (elite; choicest-men; favorites; pride and joy) among Salt Lake’s fatted (stall-fed; pampered; overindulged)   families (lineages)  producing “Mormon-bulls” (leaders; Melchizedek Priesthood Authorities). They “Strut-their stuff” because  they think (imagine; suppose) themselves to be “expert” (accomplished) at Sorcery (Black-Magic) while younger sycophantic (fawning; bootlicking; groveling) subordinates are  “Chomping-at-the-Bit” to become expert (accomplished) at Sorcery (Black-Magic) and Old-goats” (Elders; “old-men”) who reminisce about the “Good-Ol’-Days”   when “they” used to be known (thought-of) as expert (accomplished; practiced) at Sorcery (Black Magic; “Works-of-Darkness”).  I (Jehovah) have had all the anxiety (discomfort; irritation; pain; vexation; annoyance) with men like this,  that I can stand!

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Salt Lake’s leadership has pierced (slain; broke-through; run-through; cut) Lady Justice.

12. Salt Lake’s Melchizedek Priesthood Authorities suppose (assume; presume; believe; imagine) that they “fill-some-kind of a-void” (compensate for some kind of deficiency) within you (Israel’s people; rank and file Mormons) with their illegitimate (bogus; counterfeit)  “Authority” (dominion; jurisdiction).  Who would have (could have) suspected (doubted; anticipated) such a thing……….coming from the hand (priesthood; ministry; fellowship) of all of you (Salt Lake’s “Chosen-Ones”)?     Who could have guessed (estimated; supposed; sensed; imagined) that you (Salt Lake’s prophets and apostles) would destroy (kill; slaughter; desecrate; pierce) Jehovah’s administration-of-justice?   

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13. You (Israel’s people) musn’t let (allow; permit) Salt Lake’s Melchizedek Priesthood Organization continue what they’ve been doing.  Revelation (intelligence; revealed knowledge) has arrived (“filled-the-void”) thru “someone” who is capable of  “cornering” (blocking-off; trapping; “forcing-up-a-tree”; “driving-into-a-corner”) wicked men”  (General-Authorities) who worship of their own authority (control; supremacy;Related image dominion)….in other words……They worshipidols (their own images) instead of Me (Jehovah).  The only thing they seek is for “Wicked Men to  succeeded in  “restoring” is “Opportunities For Other Wicked Men to Make Trouble” , so Salt Lake may (can) attract (gather; assemble)  a worldwide audience (swarm of devotees; army of fans; following; throng of backers) who haven’t the strength or power to withstand (resist; cope-with; stand-up against; put-up-a struggle-against; prevail-against) Salt Lake’s religious idolatry (hero-worship)……. not to mention……. the determination to resist Salt Lake’s “Mind-Numbing” (monotonous; stupefying) sacrament-meetings and conferences.

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14.  The “Latter-Day-Restoration” celebrated by all of you (Israel’s people; rank and file Mormons) on behalf of Salt Lake and the solemnities (Sacrament-meetings; conferences; solemn-assemblies; firesides) attended (observed) by all of you (Israelite people; rank and file Mormons) are imbued (inspired-by) Salt Lake’s hatred (loathing; detestation; intense dislike or ill-will) toward My (Jehovah’s) character (nature; essence; “spirit”; disposition). This breed (species) of latter-day enemy ( foe; antagonist) postures (poses; struts) itself as Israelite-royalty (kings; princes;Image result for pain-in-the-ass" captains).   But, To Me (Jehovah) they’re a “Source-of-Trouble” (“Pain-In-The-Ass”).  And…..this current generation of Israel’s people (rank and file Mormons) is virtually exhausted (spent; used-up; empty; depleted; played-out; “burned-out”) trying to lift-up (financially support;  sustain; carry; suffer; bear-with; tolerate) Salt Lake’s “phony” (bogus; fake; fraudulent; false) prophets, seers and revelators.

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15. So, when all of you (Melchizedek high-priests) pretend to be Israelite Holy-menRelated image  and “Spread Your Palms” to bless the people, I will hide (close; shut) my eyes to all of you, even if you make (offer) many (a multitude of) prayers, I will not listen (pay attention) …..because your hands (“works of your hands”, i.e. programs; policies;  ordinances)  are stained (contaminated) by Israelite blood (bloodshed; killing; slaughter).

.*“Spread Your Palms” – “Before Yeshua (Jesus) ascended to heaven, “he lifted up his hands and blessed” his disciples. “While he was blessing them, He departed from them and was carried up into heaven” (Luke 24:50-51). In Judaism, to say “He lifted up His hands and blessed them” means pronouncing the priestly blessing. A Jewish reading of the story implies that the Master pronounced the priestly blessing over His disciples. The Master lifted up His scarred hands above His head with His open palms toward the disciples. His fingers connected to make the sign of the priesthood. He spread the thumb and index finger of each hand to touch the thumb and index finger of the opposite hand. He spread the third and fourth fingers of his hands to make the holy sign of the priesthood, the shape of the ancient letter “shin” and symbol for God’s Name (Shaddai”). (In ancient Hebrew, before the introduction of Aramaic characters, the letter ש looked like a ‘W’.) As Yeshua lifted his hands and spread His fingers over the disciples, He blessed them:
The LORD bless you, and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine on you,
And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance on you,
And give you peace.
(Numbers 6:24-26) The Talmud refers to the blessing as “the lifting of the hands (nasa kappayim, נשא כפים)” because, in Temple times, the priests lifted up their hands and made the sign of the Hebrew letter shin (ש) with their fingers while bestowing the blessing. Jewish symbolism regards the letter “shin” as an abbreviation for one of the names of God “Shaddai” ( “almighty”).

 

  

 

 

 

           

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