Blood Covenant, Israel, and the End-times, Week 3 content

Israel, God’s Chosen Land and People

Psalm 18:22-50

Psalm 18:22 – For all his judgments were before me and I did not put away his statutes from me.

Psalm 17:7 – Show Your marvelous lovingkindness, O You that saves by Your right hand them which put their trust in You from those that rise up against them.

These are prayers of David as God has extended his covenant to him. David, as we are instructed in Philippians 4:6, is letting his requests be made known to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in line with the promises and benefits of the covenant in the presence of his current day situations and politics.

Psalm 18 has a whole variety of prayers and instruction for us just as the story of Jehosaphat in 2 Chronicles 20 does.

It’s important to read the Psalms in light of the covenant.

As we face end-time challenges we stand on our Blood Covenant, move forward with confidence and trust, make our requests known with prayer and supplication, keep the Word in our hearts and minds, and move forward with the leading of the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 2:15 – Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

1 Corinthians 10:32 – Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks (Gentiles, Goyim, Nations) or to the church of God.

Genesis 12:2-3 – (God speaking to Abram) I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you . And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.

Malachi 3:6 – For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Many nations that cursed and attacked Israel no longer exist, yet the sons of Jacob, Israel, still stand.

Billye Brim notes in her booklet, Judgement of the Nations for How They Treat Israel

that God’s Plan A for Israel was to live in the promised land – a land bridge for Europe, Asia, and Africa – and show and teach all the world that passed through that Jehovah is the real God.

God’s Plan B, if Israel did not obey, was to be scattered to the four corners of the earth, but be brought back in the end of days, as a sign to the nations, revealing God as in their original call.

This we see today.

The Bible speaks to three groups: the Jews (Israel, seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob), the nations (goyim, Gentiles, non-Jews), and the church (If we are in Christ then we are the seed of Abraham).

As we read the word, we must remember and rightly divide to whom God is speaking. We as the church have not replaced Israel. Replacement theology is simply wrong. The Bible does tell us in 2 Corinthians 1:19 that all the promises of God are yes and amen to the glory of God through us . . . thus we can receive the same promises that God gives Israel since we are in the covenant with them, but we cannot exclude them from the fulfillment that God has for them. We are all part of a grand plan that God is working and fulfilling and we must recognize and understand that God is using Israel and will bring them in.

Sid Roth on his show, Supernatural, has written a book, They Thought for Themselves, and is sending it to every home in Israel, and many Jews are coming to know that Jesus is their Messiah.

Romans 2:4 tells us that the goodness of God leads to repentance. Christians United for Israel works to promote pro-Israeli policies by the United States government.

I liken it to caring for and supporting an aging parent who does not yet know the Lord, but because of our relationship, I’m constrained to love and assist, always hoping they will open their hearts to the Lord. We do it because we are family.


May 14, 1948 – Jewish State of Israel is born

May 15, 1948 – 5 Arab countries attack

1949 –War of Independence ends, but Jerusalem is divided

1956 – Sinai campaign

June 5-10, 1967 – Six Day War and Jerusalem reunited

October 6-24, 1973 – Yom Kippur War

1978 – Camp David Accords

1979 – Peace treaty with Egypt

1981 – Israel bombs nuclear reactor in Iraq

1982 – First Lebanon War

1987 – First Palestinian Intifada

1993 – Oslo Accords

1994 – Peace treaty with Jordan

1995 – Oslo II Accord

2000 – Camp David Summit, Second Palestinian Intifada

2002 – Operation Defensive Shield, Israel constructs security fence

2005 – Israel separates from Gaza

2006 – Second Lebanon War

2009 – Operation Cast Lead

2014 – Operation Protective Edge, Gaza

2015 – Palestinian Stabbing Intifada

2017 – President Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

2018 – Israel’s 70th anniversary

In all these attacks, Israel was never the aggressor.

Israel is the only nation in the world created by the express act of God.

Genesis 15:18, 17:2-8, 26:3

Genesis 17:19-21 – Then God said, “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year.”

Boundaries of the State of Israel

Recorded in Numbers 34:2-15, Joshua 11:16-23; 13:1-22, Ezekiel 47:13-28; Ezek. 48


John Chrysotom (349-407) – renowned Archbishop of Constantinople, yet spoke horrible of the Jews in his sermons. Considered to have begun the history of Christian anti-semitism.

Crusades, 950-1350 – persecutions of Jewish people that continued for centuries. Entire Jewish communities were massacred.

Spanish Inquisition 1480-1492 – the inquisition tribunals investigated Jews they believed made a false conversion to Christianity. Then in the Edict of Expulsion (Alhambra Decree) Jews were accused of trying to draw Christians away from their faith and therefore expelled from Spain (required to leave by July 31, 1492) – those that stayed were brutally tortured and burned at the stake. Columbus’ trip was financed by Jews and he left Aug. 3, 1492 and brought Jews to a land where they could live freely.

13th-16th centuries –Spain, England, France, some German states, and Portugal expelled Jews

Martin Luther’s book “The Jews and Their Lies” 1543 – Luther was disappointed that the Jews didn’t convert as a result of his Ninety-five Theses of 1517. He stated they were no longer the chosen people but the devil’s people and advocated setting synagogues on fire, smashing their homes, forcing them into labor or expelled from Germany.

Britain expelled Jews in 1144-1290 accusing them of using the blood of Christian children for their Passover matzoh (Blood Libel). In the 1940’s they also tried to prevent Jews from returning to Israel. Yet in 1917 they won back the land from the Turks and Field Marshall Edmond Allenby took Jerusalem without a shot fired. They set aside land for a Jewish homeland – no-one cared because the land was considered worthless.

Where are the Medes and Persians, Haman and his sons, Babylonians, Amelekites, Roman Empire, Ottoman Empire, Nazis? They cursed the Jews.

We owe a great debt of gratitude to Judaism out of which we gained Christianity.

Romans 11:29-33 – For the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable. For as you (Gentiles) were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, even so these (Jews) also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all. Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!

Romans 15:27 – For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their (Jews) spiritual things, their (Gentiles) duty is also to minister to them in material things.

Blessings of blessing Israel

Laban was a Syrian that Jacob worked for and finally decided to leave as Laban kept reducing his wages. Laban asked him to stay for he learned that the Lord had blessed him for Jacob’s sake.

(Genesis 30:27)

Pharoah’s Egypt was blessed by Joseph (Genesis 41)

Cornelius household the first of the Gentiles to receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 10)

Israel’s amazing accomplishments

Brilliant inventions of drip irrigation has helped her produce more food out of the desert than any other land. World leader in medical procedures, research and technologies as well as high-tech inventions, and more Nobel prizes per capita than any other nation.

Ezekiel 37:21-22 – Then say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again.

David Ben Gurion proclaimed Israel’s official independence May 14, 1948. Eleven minutes later, President Harry Truman was the first leader in the world to recognize Israel as an independent state . . . and apologized for taking so long to respond.

References for this study included two booklets by John Hagee

Israel 70 Years of Miracles

Why Christians Should Support Israel…the Apple of His Eye

Blood Covenant, Israel, and the End-times, Week 4 prep


Do you think/believe we are in the End-times? Why or why not? _______________________


What do you see ahead in the next 5 or 10 years? __________________________________



Have you experienced persecution? What kind of persecution do you think we’ll encounter?



How do you define persecution? ___________________________________________

What should be the Church’s focus as a whole (the whole body of Christ, not just our church)?


What should be America’s focus, as relating to the End-times? _______________________


What should be the individual’s focus? ___________________________________________


When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice.

But when the wicked rules, the people groan.

Proverbs 29:2

Blood Covenant, Israel, and the End-times, Week 4 Prep


Do you think/believe we are in the End-times? Why or why not? _______________________


What do you see ahead in the next 5 or 10 years? __________________________________



Have you experienced persecution? What kind of persecution do you think we’ll encounter?



How do you define persecution? ___________________________________________

What should be the Church’s focus as a whole (the whole body of Christ, not just our church)?


What should be America’s focus, as relating to the End-times? _______________________


What should be the individual’s focus? ___________________________________________


When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice.

But when the wicked rules, the people groan.

Proverbs 29:2

Blood Covenant, Israel, and the End-times, Week 4 Content


2 Timothy 3:1

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come.

Perilous – (Greek: chalepos) difficult, dangerous, furious, fierce,

through the idea of reducing the strength;

to lower (as into a void)

From the base word chasma – chasm or gulf, impassable interval

2 Timothy 3:2-5

For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such turn away!

2 Timothy 3:10-17

But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra – what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me.

Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 4:1-5

I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:

Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth and be turned aside to fables.

But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

2 Peter 4:7-11

But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.

And above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins.

Be hospitable to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it with ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

We are in perilous, fierce, furious times.

Daniel 7:25 – He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall wear out the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law.

It’s plain to see that men are lovers of themselves – all the things listed in 2 Timothy 3. We need to be careful that we are not totally immersed in just ourselves, our ministry, our calling, our destiny.

God intends to work in each one of us, and we are not to ignore the place and purpose that we are called to – we must fulfill it – but we must every be mindful of the whole body of which we are a part. Each part must do its job or the body doesn’t function, but we cannot dismiss another’s part while we focus on our own calling. 1Corinthians 12:21 – And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need you.”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”

On the other hand (speaking of body parts 🙂 ), sometimes we say, “It’s not about me, Lord – it’s all about You.” That’s one side of the coin. Everything Jesus did, especially on the cross, was for us, for me, for you. It actually is all about me and you. But not so we can be self-absorbed but rather complete and ready to do his calling and be a blessing to the body of Christ and all the world.

When you think how we as parents and grandparents dote on our children and grandchildren, it’s only a small reflection of how God desires to dote on his children.

So, too, in that scenario, children must fit into their parent’s lives for a time and live orderly within the home in order to grow and learn and fulfill their purpose. Just as we dote on our children we also discipline them. It’s two sides of the same coin.

In the last days, the end-times, we also have two sides of the coin. We must be cognizant of what is going on in the world – all the things predicted in 2 Timothy 3 and throughout the Bible – and we must recognize that in the midst of that time, God has great purposes, blessings, destinies for us. We are here, as Esther, for such a time as this.

In the time of Esther when the decree from Haman went out to destroy all the Jews throughout Persia, the Jews did not know that behind the scenes God had placed Esther in the King’s Palace – and probably not the place she desired to be at the first. Only she and Mordecai saw God’s hand, and even they were not sure if the plan would work.

The Jews throughout the land had to prepare themselves, pray, and trust God.

There have been great persecutions which we have not seen – to the Jews and to Christians throughout the generations. Very recently the beheadings of Christians in the middle east, the abduction, torturing, and slavery of Christians in the Sudan. There is probably much we have not seen or heard. Because of that we must pray, pray, pray.

Israel is under constant bombardment by Hamas – right now rockets and burning arrows are being shot into Israel. They are often shot from homes, hospitals, and schools, so that when the Israeli Defense Forces shoot back, it’s into places where innocents dwell. Then the news is about how evil Israel is.

We may think we experience a lot of persecution or very little.

If we think in terms of fierce and furious times with the intent to weaken or reduce strength or to wear out the saints, I think we can see a great deal of persecution going on in our culture.

Now, when we think of the Last Days or the End times we may thinks in terms of wars and rumors of war, earthquakes, and the rise of the anti-Christ, and troubling times, all Biblical. So many aspects.

Shane Warren has written a book, The Last Days of America?

I watched him share highlights from the book.

In Revelation 7, God talks about the angels at the 4 corners of the earth (incidentally – the Jews would be scattered to the 4 corners of the earth) and the 4 winds.

Pastor Warren sees the prevailing winds that have affected life on earth in every nation over all time as

War, Economy, Religion, and Politics.

And as he says, these winds are escalating and getting violent.

Right now, in this day in which we live, the world uses these winds (war, economy, religion, and politics) to push their ideology (in line with the spirit of anti-Christ). And if anyone stands in their way they are to be eliminated.

He stated that the spirit of anti-Christ has been growing gradually and slowly invading every area of life and culture so as to build a platform for the anti-Christ. Thus, when the Anti-Christ, the person, comes on the scene, he will be widely accepted – people’s hearts and minds have been prepared to accept him.

Revelation talks about the dragon with 7 heads, generally thought to be world empires:

Egyption, Assyrian, Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Grecian, Roman, Revived Roman

He identifies each of these with a prevailing spirit.


Assyrian division

Babylonian – confusion

Medo-Persianfrustration, Nehemiah trying to rebuild the walls while the enemy sought on every hand to stop the progress

Grecian persecution


Revived Romananti-Christ

Psalm 137 – Babylon, confusion, took the Israelites into captivity. They lost their vision (purpose), song (joy), and their children were lost.

The Grecian spirit of persecution is the plan and attempt to change laws which is why the Supreme Court is so important.

Right now we have tolerance for everything except Christianity and Judaism.

Daniel 7:25 – the anti-Christ era is purposed to wear out the saints – perilous times



The greatest wind of all time is the Holy Spirit

Yes, the world will wax worse and worse

but our light shines brighter and brighter to the noon day sun.

When it’s the darkest, the smallest light is far-reaching.

We have a job to do in these perilous times.

Be ever vigilant to be tuned in to the Holy Spirit.

Pray without ceasing.

Pray with authority – we do not need to beg God – we take our place on the wall and pray according to scripture and by the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Have fervent love for one another for love covers a multitude of sins.

Realize that others in the body are not perfect, but they are the body and we cannot just criticize and say we don’t need them – we need everyone. So let forgiveness and love cover everyone while we do not hide from right and wrong. Confronting wrong can be done in love and faith.

Stay informed of what is going on in our country, in our government, in our economy, in the world, in Israel. Pray for the nations.

The nations will be judged by how they treat Israel.

When you look back at the great moves of God in the world, they were always prepared with prayer.

But, we must learn to pray with authority.

To sit in the heavenlies with Jesus and learn to see the end from the beginning.

When you know what Jesus has provided us –

salvation (wholeness, healing, provision, protection, restoration, prosperity, peace)

the right to be the Children of God

the assignment as His ambassadors, His place in this world

His body in the earth, ruled by the Head

the commission to bring His presence and salvation to every venue of life

The Word, to know His will

Then you will pray with authority and not bow to Satan’s schemes – not just with yourself, but your family, and all the places your feet go, the places where He has placed you.

Who impressed Jesus the most:

The Centurion whose servant was ill

Matthew 8:5-10

Notice what the Centurion understood.


And speaking the word in a place of authority

He had people over and under him and all commands were obeyed whichever way it went.

Jesus called it faith.

We have been given His authority in the earth.

When we command in the Spirit in line with the word, the enemy must back off.

This is not to command each other but to put the enemy to flight.

To command the weapons formed against us, our family, our church, our nation to cease.

We are not to be ignorant of Satan’s devices.

2 Corinthians 10:4

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to pulling down of strongholds.

Luke 9:1,2

Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.

Luke 10:17-20

Authority to trample over all the power of the enemy.

A traffic cop doesn’t have the physical ability to stop a moving car, but his uniform and his place gives him the authority to be obeyed.

We don’t wrestle physically with demon powers, but we are confidently given authority – we don’t have to scream, but we tell the enemy to stop with authority and confidence.

Last days appointed times, set times that God has given. You see it in the verses that speak of the fullness of time coming, prophecies and events set for the future days and past days in Israel’s history. As much as some of these we would like to pray against these arriving, we need to recognize that some things must come to pass. We need to be discerning and led of the Spirit while we take the authority of the Word. Obviously the perilous times are here and coming, men are lovers of themselves, but we have authority to pray for our family, that their eyes will be open and protection will be upon them so they don’t fall prey to the enemies schemes. We have much to learn in prayer and we need to get busy.

Prepare for next week:

What are the places of influence you have: __________________________


What are the works of the enemy in those places: _____________________


What are promises in the Word that show you what God would prefer in those places:



Formulate a prayer, according to the Word, that you can pray or consider what confidence you can have to deal with the situation: _________________________________________



Start praying that prayer or walking in that authority and confidence every day.


NEW RELEASE — Blood Moon Redemption

Blood Moon Redemption launches October 31, 2018. Publisher Ambassador International stated that this book is “gripping and memorable from start to finish”. It won Honorable Mention in Mystery/Suspense at the 2018 Florida Christian Writers Conference. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon.

An ancient relic, a puzzling prophesy, a young woman . . . tied together through the ages . . .

Throughout history, blood moons have always been surrounded by persecution and provision, great trials and triumphs. The first blood moons in 1493-1494 provided a new world for the Jewish people. The second in 1949-1950 gave them Israel, and the third in 1967-1969 presented the Jewish people with Jerusalem. Now, a fourth set of blood moons is on the horizon, and Tassie’s mother is certain they will bring about great change.
Tassie, a young Jewish lawyer named for a lost religious relic, has her sights set on her career and love, and she doesn’t have time for silly children’s stories. Dismissing the blood moons as circumstance, her unbelief threatens to keep her from her destiny. When Tassie finds herself in the center of worldwide turmoil and a terrorist plot, can she accept her family history and fulfill her place in the future of Israel? Or will the country of her heritage finally fall to its many enemies?

Blood Moon Redemption is an end-times thriller that will keep you riveted until the very last moonrise.

A review by Karen Muhling Curzon:
I had the privilege to read an advance copy of Judy DuCharme’s newest book, to be released in a few weeks, “Blood Moon Redemption” and – oh, goodness. It’s fiction and uses history, science, politics and intrigue with a healthy fill of faith and heritage to spin a fascinating story. I didn’t want to stop reading, and I wasn’t ready for it to be over when it was.
The storyline itself is fascinating, and the characters are easy to keep up with but well-written and believable, not flat or one-dimensional. The main character’s life is dramatically changed thanks to a prophecy – about her – from over 500 years earlier. The story moves back and forth among different eras and generations as it lays out the chain of events. It was great fun, from the science to the history to the reminders of God’s dazzling, infinite and unfailing love. All of it. I recognized some people and thought I recognized others or at least their personalities or histories, that was fun.
I felt refreshed in my faith, and am more eager to share it than ever. There were a few things that this book made me examine a little deeper than I have before, and it shed light on some things that I’d not thought about at all, just never on my radar… Have I used the words “fascinating” and “interesting” too many times?
I realized again, for the millionth time, that though I’ve been in the church my whole life, others can always offer perspectives that I simply never thought about before and Blood Moon Redemption (need to remind you of the title, you’ll want to read it) was terrific.

An endorsement from Dr. Craig von Buseck, Editor of and author of “I Am Cyrus: Harry S. Truman and the Rebirth of Israel”

While the Bible makes it clear that no one knows the hour of Jesus’ return, it also gives us signs of His coming and tells us to be prepared. In “Blood Moon Redemption,” Judy DuCharme weaves together the biblical signs of the coming of Jesus with today’s news headlines to craft a page-turning tale of mystery and suspense. At the same time she delicately tells the story of a modern-day Jewish family grappling with the question of the Messiah, while interacting with Christians, Muslims, and Jews along the journey. With unexpected turns along the way, this story will surprise and delight, while inviting you to view today’s news headlines in a whole new light.

Blood Covenant, Israel, and the End-times, Week 5


Revelation 12:11

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

(him – Devil, Satan, accuser of our brethren – Rev. 12:9,10)

Overcame – nikao – to subdue, conquer, prevail, get the victory

Blood of the Lamb – covenant seal, shed for our salvation

Word – logos – something said, reasoning, computation, motive, intent

Testimony – marturia – evidence given, witness, report

Two Things

Covenant and our Voice

These are tied together in the authority given to us

We have a covenant

We have experiences and faith to boast of the goodness of God from the covenant

Leviticus 17:11 – For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altars to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.

Psalm 2:7,8 – I will declare the decree; The Lord has said to Me, You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for you possession.

This is obviously a prophecy about Jesus, but since He has called us Friends, covenant partners, we have the impetus to ‘declare His decree’.

The decree we declare can be God’s promises, simply the word of salvation – healing, forgiveness, provision, wholeness, deliverance, wellness, protection, God’s purpose for the nations.

Our testimony is what others hear and see from us and what the enemy hears in the Spirit.

Our voice is so important!

It must be heard by others, and in prayer.

2 Timothy 4:2 — Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

Romans 10:17 – So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Isaiah 52:7 – How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

Faith is brought to others when we give our testimony connected to our covenant promises.

We provide a path for others to believe – in good things,

in salvation, in God’s ability to provide.

This voice needs to be raised in the End-times!

The Blood

Hebrews 9:13 – How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse you conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Moses took the blood of calves and goats and sprinkled it on the book, the people, the tabernacle, all the vessels of the ministry and said (Hebrews 9:20) “This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.” Hebrews 9:22 – And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission (to send away, release from bondage, forgiveness).

Hebrews 10:1,2,3,14

For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the image of the things,

can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year,

make those who approach perfect.

For then would they not have ceased to be offered?

For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins.

But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year.

. . .

For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

Perfected – teleos – complete, finished – what Jesus said on the cross – it is finished – teleos – what the Generals shouted when the observed the battle and saw that it was finished – just needed to be wrapped up but it was done. It’s where we get the word TallyHo!

Jonathan Cahn talks about seeing the end from the beginning and thereby fighting the won battle, living the won life, pursuing the achieved success.

That’s overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.

James 2:23 – And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to his for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.

Proverbs 18:24 – A man who has friends (raya – acquaintance) must himself be friendly,

But there is a friend (ahab – affectionate friend) who sticks closer than a brother.

This most likely refers to Covenant Partner – Friend

Genesis 15:17 – And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and burning torch that passed between those pieces.

How did God go with the Israelites and lead them in the wilderness?

A cloud of smoke by day and a pillar of light at night – the smoking oven and burning torch.

God himself walked through the sacrificed animal.

Blessing of covenant: I will give my life for you as this animal did.

Curse of the covenant: If you break this covenant you will give your life as this animal did.

Deut. 11:26 – He set before them a blessing and a curse.

Deut. 28:16-68 lists curses. Joshua 8:34,35 Joshua read all of them to the people.

Galatians 3:13,14

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us

(for as it is written. “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”)

that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus,

that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

We are free from every curse in Deut. 28 because of Jesus!

Isaiah 49:16 – See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands.

John 20:19 – When He had said this, He showed them His hand and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.

The mark of the covenant was on his hands.

Ephesians 1:13 – In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,

who is the guarantee (down payment) of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

The covenant seal was the mark in the hands – we are sealed with the Holy Spirit.

Jesus took the name, Son of Man. We took the name Christ-ones.

John 15:15,16, 17 – No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing, but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another.

His name gives us authority in this earth. We need to use it, all the while remembering the binding tie of the covenant is lovingkindness (chesed).

Romans 9, 10, 11

Paul retells the whole story of the covenant with Abraham and that in Isaac the seed would be called and then that He chose Jacob. He then pours out his heart that Israel might be saved.

From there he goes into how to be saved and how we receive faith.

He then explains how Israel’s rejection of Jesus opened the door for us to be grafted in so we are warned not to be arrogant about what we have in God.

Romans 11:29-33

For the gifts and calling are irrevocable, for as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all. Oh,the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!

Romans 11:25,26,27 – For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.

Fullness – filling, replete, fulfilled, leveled up, completed of an appointed time

Appointed times, Set times – moed (Hebrew)

These are set by the Lord – they will happen, but we need to flow with them.

Simeon in Luke 2 had the Holy Spirit upon him and it was revealed to him that he would not see death until he’d seen the Lord’s Christ.

But then he prayed the end from the beginning for he had revelation.

We pray from God’s vantage point, see the end from the beginning as he reveals things to us and then you fight the won battle, accomplish the done work, live the finished you.

We learn to usher in the moeds of God with prayer. These things will happen, but we desire that people accept them or are prepared or protected or receptive.

God can show us so many things He has planned.

Timothy was exhorted in 1Tim.18 to wage a good warfare according to the prophecies made to him.

So we sense an awakening is coming or greatly needed in a certain area, we must pray it in. We might sense or know God has promised it – maybe it’s a job, or a healing, or a new house.

We pray.

With intent, with understanding (that God has it planned), with authority.

We don’t sit on our laurels. We help prepare. We help build the platform.

The enemy has built a platform for the anti-Christ.

Let us not fail to build a platform for God’s purposes in America.

It will certainly be in prayer.

It may also be in teaching, building, working with people – any number of things.

It may be the calling for which you have been called.

God’s amazing ways that set appointed times and allows us to participate in bringing it to pass.

Prep for Week 6

Consider the moeds (appointed times) in your life: ______________________________________


What moeds have you noticed in Scripture: _________________________________________


What moeds do you foresee for Israel: ___________________________________________


What moeds do you feel impressed to pray for: ______________________________________


Are there other things where God has shown you the end from the beginning so that you can pray with confidence, intent, or intensity? ______________________________________________________


Is there a calling that lines up with bringing to pass God’s moed? He sets the time but invites us to participate with prayer and with our calling. _________________________________________


Blood Covenant, Israel, and End-times, Week 5

The Land


Israel was known as Eretz-Israel which means Land of Israel. (Hebrew for land is Eretz) God gave them land in the covenant – no question, it was their land – and it still is. God gave them borders and told them to care for the land and that the land would be fruitful.

Genesis 26:1-6 – And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar. And the Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I swore unto Abraham thy father.  And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my law. And Isaac dwelt in Gerar.

Genesis 26:12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year a hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him.

When we stay and sow in the place God commands us, we will reap abundantly and be blessed. The promise of the land.

However, there was still trouble. Because Isaac was blessed, he was asked to move on. They did but strove with the herdsman – they kept digging wells and moving on until there was peace. Then Abimelech came and wanted to do a covenant – Isaac said, “Why are you here, since you hated me and sent me away?” But they did make a covenant. Abimelech recognized God’s hand on him and wanted to get in on a little of it – or just knew that if they came against Jacob, Jacob would win.

Psalm 5:12 – For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

Favor is a protection.

Favor—ratson – delight, acceptance, good pleasure


We need to dwell in the land given to us by God.

We need to protect it and proclaim it as our own.

We need to sow in the place God has given.

What do we sow – goodness, kindness, patience, truth, wisdom, sound practices in our work, gospel, worship, praise. What else can we sow? ____________


We need to share the favor God has given us with others.


2 Chronicles 7:12-16

And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for a house of sacrifice. If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people.

(No if at beginning of this verse – 3 ifs in previous verse)                                        My people who are called by my name (character, authority, mark or memorial, honor) will humble (bend the knee, bring down low) themselves, pray (to judge, intreat, intercede, make supplication), and seek (search out, strive after, beseech, require) my face, and turn from their wicked (adversity, affliction, calamity, evil) ways (course of action); I hear from heaven, and forgive (pardon, spare) their sin (offense, habitual sinfulness, to miss) and heal (cure, repair, mend, make whole) their land (earth, ground, field, nation).

Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer in this place. For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there forever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

God continually gives us prayer tools – places, methods, promises, authority.

And notice that when there is drought, locusts, pestilence (plagues), destruction, then His people pray humbly and intently, and with authority because of His promise, His covenant, and seek His face and turn from any course of action that is wicked. And without question God will hear, forgive, and heal their land.

He’ll heal our land, our place of influence, the area where He has positioned us.

This is big.

Prayer is automatic, so to speak, when things go bad. And it’s purposeful and results are promised. We have a responsibility, even when we know perilous times are here, to pray for God to heal our land, to surround us with favor, and to continue to bring about His purposes.

Matthew 24:6-14

And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom (foundation of power, realm), And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows (labor pains). Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures (perserveres, bear up against adversity, hold out under pressure, stand firm, wait calmly and courageously, active, energetic resistance to defeat) shall be saved. And this gospel will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.


We must guard against deception and offense. Offense may well be the biggest sin of the church as well as the cause of great dissension in our culture – you offended me therefore you are evil. Fervent love and forgiveness are so necessary. Offense causes betrayal and more deception, then lawlessness abounds followed by love growing cold. We must endure!!

Kingdoms are realms, foundations of power – places of influence – our land — we see this in our culture today.

Ephesians 3:20 – Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.

We have His covenant promised power at work in us – doing exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think. Stand on that!

And recognize the season you are in and your nation is in. And pray accordingly.

Forgive and fight your battles, knowing the Lord has already won it.

Isaiah 46:9-11

Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure.’ Calling a bird of prey from the east, The man who executes My counsel, from a far country. Indeed I have spoken it’ I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it.

Read Isaiah 51 for further instruction and encouragement.


Psalm 31:14

But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in Your hand.


Blood Covenant, Israel, and the End-times, Week 7 prep

Engage With the End-times

by Judy DuCharme

How well do you engage with the end-times?

Is this a question that conjures up fear, dread, a rolling of the eyes, a vision of a bedraggled man on a street corner with a poster and shouting, “Doom!”, or does it stir up excitement, anticipation, and perhaps a desire to study?

All of these may well be your visceral reaction to the term ‘end-times’. Some see end-times as a result of an apocalypse brought on by the government in control, the world-wide dealings with climate change, or the methods of energy retrieval.

Still one may believe we’re in the end-times because God can no longer stand by to what He sees in the world and it’s time for His judgment. Some may see these days as a fulfilling of prophecies from time immemorial. Others may perceive them as much ado about nothing, assured that life will continue as it always has no matter what.

Many Christians love the Lord with all their heart but are disheartened by end-time talk, and because of lack of understanding and an even greater lack of desire to figure it out, just brush it aside.

No matter where you look . . . politically, geographically, Biblically, morally . . . there is a sense that this world has not been here before. Engaging with the end-times has become a necessary entity. And it includes political issues, world-wide issues, Biblical and moral issues.

For those of faith, it may be easy to say, “Well, God said all this would happen, so here we go.” But are you praying? Are you fighting the battle that God has won for you and now says, “Get out there and do as I’ve commanded you.” In ancient times, when the General saw that the battle was won, he shouted, “It is finished.” That cry would rally the troops to wrap it up and bring forth the completed victory. We still have work to do.

He tells us to occupy till He comes. If you look at the protest movement of occupiers, they were not just going about life as normal, they were making a statement. They were pushing an agenda and risking their well-being. Are you willing to risk your well-being to accomplish God’s plans? If it’s end-times that means there’s only so much time to finish it up. We are told to pray that the Lord of the Harvest send laborers into the field to bring in the ready harvest. Have you every worked on a farm when the harvest is ready? Harvest is not a time to go on vacation, linger over breakfast, or go to the beach half way through. It requires all hands on deck. It doesn’t mean we do each other’s job or criticize their place in that field, it means we do our job and we assist others if needed.

How does that translate to daily life? One, pay attention. Some hate the news, some complain as they listen to the news. Be informed about what is going on in the world and pray for those in authority as we are commanded in 1Timothy 2:1. We do want peaceable lives, but not just so we can enjoy, but that all people might be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (vs.2-4).

Two, pray that you will hear His voice. How can you obey the promptings in your heart if you don’t know His voice in your spirit. This comes as you spend time in the Word of God, learning His ways and obeying what is written. Then, when there is a certain area of influence, be it political, educational, ministry, neighborly, you’ll know it’s your direction for that day or your season in life.

Three, be aware of what is going on right around you. People that you see at the store or at the park or at work may just need the insight, the wisdom that God has given you. Always let your light shine. A candle doesn’t show up in the daylight, but in the darkness it burns brightly. People need your light to shine into their darkness and lead them to life.

Four, support Israel. As Christians we are grafted into the kingdom that was already given to Israel. They live in a rough neighborhood and are under constant badgering, yet they excel in technology, in education, in scientific discovery, in literature, in medicine, in economics, winning more more than ten times the Nobel Prizes in the last forty years than all the countries surrounding them–the countries that focus on Israel’s demise.

Isaiah 61:6,7 tells us ‘You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent. And give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.’

The Lord’s measuring rod for nations is how they treat Israel. Israel is the apple of God’s eye, and it’s not wise to poke the eye of God. Our nation has not always supported Israel, but we are returning to that support now along with great opposition from other nations and many in our own country. Antisemitism is at an all time high on college campuses. Blessing Israel blesses us. Pray that we continue to have policies that come alongside Israel to assist them in any way possible. It is the lifeline for this nation.

Finally, remember to live from God’s answer. Whether in this life or the next, all answers will be provided. If you know that, live from that. Live from the answer that’s coming, live from the victory that will be won. Mark 11:24 tells us to believe we receive the answer when we pray, so learn to live the answered prayer, fight the won battle, finish the done work. (Jonathan Cahn, The Book of Mysteries, Day 301) God has your back. Live with your eyes on Him.

Blood Covenant, Israel, and the End-times, Week 7 Content


Read Joel 3

and then back to Joel 2

We are inextricably linked to Israel.

Israel is really a barometer of end-times

There is no question we are in end-times.

Joel 2 speaks of great rejoicing and great restoration and great victory for His people.

Joel 3 gets into the judgment of nations

in the valley of Jehoshaphat.

(the place where praising and trust won the battle for Jews)

Jehoshaphat means Yahweh is Judge

He is the Judge and judgment may be good or bad

For nations it depends on how they treated Israel

For individuals it depends on what we did with Jesus

Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.

Choose this day whom you will serve. (Joshua 24:15)

Joel 3:21 For I will acquit them of the guilt of bloodshed, whom I had not acquitted, For the Lord dwells in Zion. (He’s not given up on them.)

The end-times are a such a time of great victory and restoration and forgiveness and also a great time of peril and judgment and difficulty.

Israel’s rebellion and disobedience caused them to step off the road, making room for the Christians to be entered into the covenant blessings of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. If we are in Christ we are in.

And now, by us entering fully into His presence, covenant, Lordship, we are given a heart to bless Israel and help usher them into their original destiny.

Isaiah 62:6 I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, And give Him no rest till He establishes And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

Psalm 98

Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!

For He has done marvelous things: His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory.

The Lord has made known His salvation; His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations. He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.

Sing to the Lord with the harp, With the harp and the sound of a psalm,

With trumpets and the sound of a horn; Shout joyfully before the Lord, the King.

Let the sea roar, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell in it;

Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the hills be joyful together before the Lord, For He is coming to judge the earth. With righteousness He shall judge the world, and the peoples with equity.

We need to always look beyond where we are.

Not ignore where we are but look beyond – Scripture gives us vision of what is to come, what’s available to us now, what has been and what will be.

We take Scripture personally – to minister to our present needs.

We also rightly divide the Word of God – we discern who is being written to, what is present, past, and future, and how to receive it for doctrine, reproof, instruction, and correction.

Judgment and Restoration are going on at the same time.

Victory and Persecution are present now.

We receive in some aspect what Israel receives because we are connected by Blood Covenant.

We must be ever mindful of God’s wondrous work in the world, the church, and Israel.

Psalm 5:12 With favor He surrounds us with a shield.

Protection, Covenant

2 Corinthians 1:20 All the promises of God in Him are yes and in Him amen to the glory of God through us.

Notice they are yes and amen in Him and for (purpose) the glory of God through us.

We are to pray all those promises for Israel – which means we need to pray they come to HIM.

One of those promises is that all Israel will be saved (Romans 11:26,27)

Jeremiah 29:11-14

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have drivien you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I caused you to be carried away captive.

God has such great plans – we need to learn to tune in.

Psalm 19:1-4 The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard. Their line (sound) has gone out through all the earth.

We need perspective that God sees and knows all and as we tap into Him we learn how to pray and do what we are called to do – big picture and small details.

Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength (rock), in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn (strength) of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.

Our salvation, our protection, our provision is there for us – if we call – if we’re in Him.

8 places in Gospels he talks about him who has ears to hear, let him hear.

Lots of people are not listening. We need to purposely hear.

Simeon knew in his spirit that he would see the Christ before He died – he heard the voice of the Lord in his spirit – he had spiritual ears – tuned into the voice of God. He may not have known it would be a baby – he may have thought there would be a boy or a man.

But he KNEW and he was praying and he was ready to perceive – however the Christ came.

What things are formulating in your spirit – what do you sense even though you can’t quite put your finger on it. If it’s a dread type sensation, take it to the Lord – maybe you need to take authority over it, pray protection from it. If it’s a sense of something to come, ask for discernment of how to pray over it, perhaps pray it in – realize that the sense we have is something we need to usher in through prayer.

Netanyahu at opening of U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

Gave history of Jews in Jerusalem

“We are in Jerusalem and we are here to stay.”

He made reference to Zechariah 8:1-3

Again the word of the Lord of hosts came, saying, “Thus says the Lord of hosts:

‘I am zealous for Zion with great zeal; With great fervor I am zealous for her.’

Thus says the Lord: I will return to Zion, And dwell in the midst of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth, The Mountain of the Lord of hosts, The Holy Mountain.’

Jeremiah 31; 35-36 Thus says the Lord, Who gives the sun for a light by day, The ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night Who disturbs the sea, And its waves roar (The Lord of Host is His name): If those ordinances depart From before Me, says the Lord, Then the seed of Israel shall also cease From being a nation before Me forever.” Thus says the Lord: If heaven above can be measured, And the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel For all that they have done, says the Lord.

God’s covenant with Israel will never end.

From Summer 2018 magazine The Torch

Israeli Innovation

1950s invents modern solar water heater

1960s develops drip irrigation method

1970s first electronic milk meter

1980s first antivirus computer software

1990s instant messaging technology

2000s USB flash drive stick

2010s robotic exoskeleton for paraplegics

Highest ratio of college degrees and startup companies per capita

Only Middle Eastern country where Christian population is increasing

Extended international humanitarian aid to over 140 countries since 1950s

Deuteronomy 33:27-29 The eternal God is your refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, and will say, ‘Destroy!’ Then Israel shall dwell in safety, The fountain of Jacob alone, In a land of grain and new wine; His heavens shall also drop dew. Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, The shield of your help And the sword of your majesty! Your enemies shall submit to you, And you shall tread down their high places.”

Construction Zone Living in Paradise

Yes, we winter in Paradise. Hurricane Irma wrought havoc with many places not far from here. Amazingly the place we rent on an island in the inter-coastal of the Gulf sustained little damage. At least that’s what we thought – there were only a few issues, but no devastation. Enter the necessary corrections. Life is full of necessary corrections. Now, this isn’t to get your sympathies. We have not experienced the devastation that many did nor are we dealing with catastrophic problems . . . just those annoying noises and awful smells and messes that seem to last forever. You can grumble, or endure, or laugh, or a little of all three. I know those who remain in the north dealing with way too much snow, cold, ice, slush, full time jobs with way too many demands, kids with way too many activities and sicknesses may well be thinking nasty thoughts already about my ‘complaints’, but I’d prefer you laugh and maybe even find a bit of relief. Did you ever hear two cranes go beep, beep, beep for several hours—it’s really nice when they quit.

Now, I’m not from Perfect Country, but Fun Country is in my ancestry, and when fun gets poked at by annoying things, well, it’s just annoying. Stress comes in all forms and as a Bible believer, I strive to follow the admonitions my Lord has given me: Cast all your care on Him for He cares for you. Be anxious for nothing, but by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Peace I give you. Do not fret, it leads only to evil doing. He will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are stayed on Him. I know these verses intimately and believe them wholeheartedly. There’s also the caveat of obedience. If you obey, all these blessings follow you (and they are great blessings – check out Deuteronomy 28). Stress is an area in which I sometimes struggle. I do trust the Lord with my life and that of my family and pray earnestly for them and others daily. But those deadlines and those interruptions that keep you from the deadlines or those little things that make a short job take way too much time. . . aaah! I see you guys on facebook and I know they bug you too. But stress is awful for your health, so we really need to heed the verses about trusting rather than stressing.

I’m retired and spending three months in Florida. But in many ways I’m not truly retired. I’m no longer teaching, but now I’m an author. Five of my book have been published, a sixth is scheduled for release this summer. One other is complete and I’m hoping it will be published. Two books are in progress and I want to complete them and see them published. Plus, I do some writing for Guideposts Magazine and I need to keep up with that. But, guess what . . . after the signing of contracts followed by all the rejoicing and jumping up and down in excitement, the editing process arrives and it may be awful or wonderful or both. Then the book is released – it’s amazing and so exciting. My first grandchild will be born this summer – I’ll find out probably that book launches are not as wonderful as grandchildren.

But, after a book is released, the writer is to be the marketer. Some authors are naturals or easy learners on that front. Somehow I missed the gifting, so I must work at it. So anyway, I’m retired but not really. However, I am in Florida for three months and get to walk the beach every day – please, put down the snowballs, and really, don’t spit. Dolphins swim right next to the seawall and our view from the eighth floor is magnificent. We can’t complain, but if we look down there are two huge dumpsters, a porta potty, and the big smelly cooker that heats the tar for the roof repair. The crane rolls back and forth right outside our window and balcony. For some reason when I look in our bedroom bathroom mirror and see the crane going back and forth with tar, debris, and air conditioners I get a little dizzy, but the view past that is marvelous so no complaining . . . things will be great when it’s all done.

So back to the entrance of the necessary corrections. The elevators were damaged by the hurricane. For two months plus, there has been one elevator working at a time, and so much stuff around that area . . . barriers, tools, workers, noise . . . but repair was getting done. Noisy, a little smelly, sometimes a longer wait. Just this week we have two elevators and the doors are clean again, the lobby is almost clean, although the elevator floors are still really a mess. Elevator Two is good except it won’t stop at floor 2 going up, only down, but hey, we have two elevators. Those bugs will get worked out, and the workers have been great.

Now the carports had most of their metal roofs ripped off. Those took just a few weeks to replace, but have you ever heard three or four people pounding rivets into metal I-beams for six hours a day – it’s quite a noise. But hey, we all have carports again.

The roof – well, that’s involved. First they have to move the air conditioners . . . 96 of them. Many residents had to get new ones. Those had to be delivered, dollied in, physically lifted from the 8th floor through a closet size opening up a ladder – painful to watch. Soon they took them up on the crane. Of course the old ones had to be removed. Then the roof repair needed lots of tar – ever smell hot asphalt. . . it’s bad. The cooker is just outside in one of the parking areas and it’s strong awful sickening smell is carried by the wind up to all the balconies with the beautiful view. No sitting outside when the wind blows your way. Now for some, their air conditioners were off while roof repair was going on and the temperature was in the mid to high 80’s. Because of the smell, though, they couldn’t have their windows open . . . construction in paradise.

When I taught, I had all the fifth grade science classes. I loved doing the chemical experiments. However, when I moved the chemical substances in their sealed containers around in the closet, there was one that made my tongue and lips tingle – literally. All I did was pick it up and move it and I could feel it affect me. I have a hard time going down the detergent and cleaning supplies aisle in a store because of the smells . . . that tar smell made my head hurt.

So in the midst of all this we’re having a big baby shower in our condo for our daughter and son-in-law who will have their first child, a boy, our first grandchild. I am over the top excited and as is my personality, which reveals just a bit of Control Country ancestry, I’m totally focused on having everything ready for this party. The plan is for it to be perfect and fun . . . no wiggle room. Bethany and GC are flying down from Washington DC on a Friday. Bethany texts me Thursday to pray as there is a wind warning . . . 50 plus mph winds for Friday. Bethany and GC have experienced lots of delays when flying, so we’re praying for favor and protection and getting out on time. Thank God they did – later on Friday and Saturday hundreds of flights in the northeast were canceled and delayed.

While they were en route we were notified that our ac is being turned off. Not the following Monday, but today – Friday. At least it was no longer in the mid 80s but the low 70s – we’d be fine without ac. No problem. The kids arrive. There is no construction on the weekend so no smell, no noise, just beauty and no ac. One elevator, lobby full of air conditioner boxes, but we’re good.

Saturday morning. Kids sleeping in and Lee going for a run. I’m finishing up things and starting food. Lee comes back. The elevator is out, not working. We’re on the 8th floor. 25 people coming to our condo. Not all of them can do stairs. Several of them are bringing food. There’s no elevator. Lee starts making contingency plans. Can we go down to the library on the first floor – it’s such a pretty area and socials are often held there. Oh, wait, it’s full of ac boxes. Okay, we may have to transfer everything to Lee’s sister’s condo on the third floor.

What is my thinking  . . .that the elevator needs fixing! Have they called the repairmen? Where are they? Don’t they know I’m having a party? Lee keeps making plan B. I’m gripping tightly to plan A and praying. I have food and tables and decorations – I have spent days getting it all ready. Well, deep breath, calm down. Okay, I’d better let people know that we may have a problem. I’ll assure them it’ll be fixed, but don’t try to come early. Now I must mention I’d suggested everyone come a little early since it was likely they’d sit for a half hour on the mile-long causeway due to the heavy traffic going into the huge state park that takes up most of the island. The two previous Saturdays and Sundays traffic had taken almost an hour to travel the causeway. But now, it was cooler, so maybe there wouldn’t be such a backup, so no need to be early unless it takes time to walk up eight flights of stairs.

11 AM the elevator works! Thank you Lord!! Judy is breathing and rejoicing – see, I knew all along. Everything is good. Parking maybe tricky for those coming, as the parking lot is full of dumpsters, huge cooker, porta potty, and crane, but it’ll be okay.

Everybody made it. All the food made it. The party turned out well. It was great fun. The food was good. Everyone had a good time. I was happy and thankful as were the mom and dad-to-be.

The kids flew home Sunday – with delays, but only a few hours. They still got a good night’s sleep before work on Monday. I was a little tired on Monday – maybe a bit burned out. The workers returned, worked on the roof and the elevator, the cooker smoked up that smelly tar, but it was a pretty day. Got my walk in. Thank you Lord – all went well for the shower . . . didn’t really need ac and today the wind blew the nasty smells away from us.

Tuesday was the day to get back to my writing deadlines. I’d been so focused on the shower that I wasn’t even sure what my deadlines were. I needed to go over all my to-do lists and just get my head once more wrapped around writing and marketing, promotions and social media.

First on Tuesday, before the workers fired up the cooker and the crane rose in front of me and the hammers and pounding on the roof began, I sat on the balcony with my Bible, praying. Actually they were already on the roof and really hammering, but that was so much better than the hideous tar smell. I thanked God for a great weekend with the kids and all the family on both sides, thanked Him for the beautiful view, and the blessing of being in Paradise, and I asked Him to help me focus on my writing, have ability in marketing, and stamina to do my necessary work.

That’s when Lee called to me to come help, grab some towels, for the kitchen floor was flooding. Whaaat? Or, maybe, Well, of course, why wouldn’t that happen. We had ceiling leaks when we first arrived, had to put buckets in the living room when it rained. Why shouldn’t the kitchen flood? I’m laughing now – I mean, thank you Lord it didn’t happen on Friday before the shower. Lee turned off the water, we mopped up with the towels. Lee got a fan on the hallway carpet where it spilled out of the kitchen. We called Craig who’s in charge of many of the construction issues and he called the plumber. The plumber arrived an hour later . . . that was quick. He and Lee and Craig discuss the situation. I laugh.

He checked to see if it was the dishwasher. It wasn’t, so it went back in – but not quite right, so it began to leak the next day and the little seeps were kind of sneaky. We almost missed it, but the carpet wouldn’t dry. The plumber returned a few days later and that was fixed. But our problem this day was this old, old pipe that was put in years ago to provide water to wash the garbage chute that stood right by our kitchen window. The roofers had discovered the one at the other end of the building but hadn’t located the one at our end. Guess what – we found it. I laughed . . . can’t seem to quit laughing. But to get to it they had to jack-hammer . . . yes, jack-hammer into our cinder-block wall in the kitchen until they found the hidden pipe. Did I mention that I’m laughing? They found it, cut it and capped it off. They’ll fix the hole in the wall when everything on the roof is done and they’re sure there are no more leaks. . . this summer, maybe mid-spring. Can you hear me laughing?

So, we’ll be here a couple more weeks. The cooker is still there, but they haven’t fired it up for several days. We have two elevators as of a few days ago, and when they tested them they had to set off the fire alarms to make sure the elevators respond accordingly. The buzzer for the fire alarm is attached to the outside of the garbage chute – outside our kitchen window. Of course it is. The fire alarm works quite well . . quite loud, quite long. It’s ability to work well is obvious when it goes off every few minutes. There’s a lot of pounding still on the roof. It only bothers me when it’s the same tap, same rhythm for ten minutes at a time right above where I’m writing. Other than that, the intermittent constant noise is just background . . . well, sort of.

Friday they brought two more cranes, another dumpster and another porta potty into the parking area next to the building. Oh, but wait, two more arrived and so there were four . . . the cranes of Paradise . . . the ones that go beep, beep, beep, for a couple hours at a time. Is it illegal to disconnect that beep beep, beep? Some have told me it is. I’m praying I won’t have men in a crane basket outside my window and balcony scraping shingles and nails for our last days here – that would interfere with the beautiful view. But, alas, they’re there today. I can always walk on the beach or go watch the dolphins – they like to hear me laugh.