The Fire Next time By Sister  AzanYah

Genesis 6:13

YAH said to Noah: “I have decided to put an end to all flesh for the Earth is filled with lawlessness because of them. I AM about to destroy them with the Earth.” 

Whenever I read this scripture, the first thing I ask myself is who are “them!” And the beginning of this same chapter sums it all up, letting us know that sin did not enter the world from Adam as Christian theologians posit but rather from the Fallen Ones and their famous and entertaining off-spring (not much different than today): “When men began to increase on the Earth and daughters were born to them the divine beings saw how beautiful the daughters of men were and took wives from among those that pleased them…4. It was then and later too that the Nephilum appeared on Earth—when the divine beings cohabitated with the daughters of men and bore them offsprings. They were the heroes of old, the men of renown. YAH saw how great was man’s wickedness on earth, and how every plan devised by his mind was nothing but evil all the time. 6. And YAH regretted HE made men on Earth.” 

No mention of Adam indeed: sin filled the world through the Fallen Ones and their famous, entertaining lineage and YAH told Noah outright HE was going to destroy the Earth because of them. My question now is: are we at that time again? 

A superficial read of the scriptures (“And I will make man more rare than fine gold…” Isaiah 13:12) reveals this could truly and most likely be the case. However, Yisrael is set apart from all men and just like the blessings and the curses there are decrees written specifically against us: “Only a remnant shall return. Only a remnant of Yacob to a Mighty Power. Even if your people, O Yisrael shall be as the sands of the seas, only a remnant shall return. Destruction is decreed. Retribution comes like a flood. For my YAH of Hosts is carrying out a decree of destruction upon all the land.” Isaiah 10:21-23 JPS

Indeed the Priest Ezra and the Prophet Zechariah provide insight on this decree and even more the incredible task of Atonement (no doubt the whole reason we are Awakened) that lies in front of Yisrael this day. 

I said to them, “You are consecrated to the ALMIGHTY and the vessels are consecrated and the silver and gold are a freewill offering to the ALMIGHTY the Power of your fathers.”  Here the great Priest compares us to the instruments of the Levis, vessels dedicated for holy service to the ALMIGHTY that can never be used for another purpose…such are we that are of the bloodline of Abraham, Issac and Yacob. The Prophet Zechariah among others, seals this metaphor with another, more exact, exclaiming that in that day: “Indeed every metal pot in Yarusalem and in Judah shall be holy to the ALMIGHTY Of Hosts.” 

Afterall we are told repeatedly by the prophets:  “Open the gates and let a righteous nation enter…” and “the remnant of Yisrael shall do no wrong and speak no falsehood; a deceitful tongue shall not be found in their mouths. Only such as these shall graze and lie down with none to trouble them.” Isaiah 26:2 JPS, Zephaniah 3:13.

I PRAY today you put down social media, the television and all the concerns of men (who likes you and who doesn’t, who’s wronged you and who hasn’t, who owes you and those you owe) if only for a little while and seek to Atone with YAH through obedience to HIS commandments and the solitude of prayer, fasting and study. For only HE can Redeem from this world of the Dead.