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Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages
7-1-22

Rock of ages cleft for me………………………………….change this to Rock of Chalk, carved for me
Let me hide myself in Thee
Rock of ages, cleft for me
Let me hide myself in Thee
Let the water and the blood
From thy riven side which flowed
Oh, be of sin the double cure
Cleanse me from its guilt and power
Nothing in my hand I bring
Simply to Thy cross I cling
Nothin’ in my hand I bring
Simply to Thy cross I cling
Naked, come to Thee for dress (come to Thee for dress)………..This speaks of a Mikva
Helpless, look to Thee for grace
(Oh, look to Thee for grace)
Vile, I to the fountain fly
Wash me, Savior, or I die……………………………………………………..Purify me for Body Salvation
Rock of ages (ooh, rock of ages)
Cleft for me (cleft for me)
Let me hide myself in Thee
Rock of ages, cleft for me
Let me hide myself in Thee (in Thee)

Forever in His Love,
Diane Ebaugh Sutton

Ask and ye shall receive

1-15-22

Ask and ye shall receive.

Elijah never encouraged Elisha. In fact, 3 times Elijah tested Elisha. Elisha answered him, “As the Lord
liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee”. The sons of the prophets tried to discourage him.
Elisha always answered “Hold your peace”. There were no elders in the church to encourage him. He
couldn’t run home for a rest. All he had was his own determination.
When Elijah was ready to go, he asked Elisha “Ask what I shall do for thee. Here is Elijah this great man
of God. Elijah had stood in front of the King, withheld rain, and defeated 400 prophets of Baal, etc. Elisha
wasn’t modest. He didn’t say I want half of what you have. No, His answer was I want twice what you
have! And he got it.

Don’t be bashful.

Are all Christians the same? The Bible says no. They are not the same. Some press toward the mark for
the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, while others are willing to just go to heaven and
avoid hell.

Romans 9:16 says So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth
mercy.

So press in for the high calling and ask God for it and also mercy.
Revelation 22:21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen

Forever in His Love,
Diane Ebaugh Sutton

A better light!

1-1-22

A better Light!

Moses tabernacle in the wilderness is covered by a cloud of glory. There are degrees of glory in the
Tabernacle.

After the sun rose high enough to reach over the linen fence, there was a reflection from the shining
brass of the laver and the brazen altar. As the sun rose, the light grew. The priests of the outer court
were busy with activity. But that activity had to end with the sunset.
It is the same thing with our Fundamentalist Churches of today. Salvation is wonderful and brings great
light. This is a realm of the Spirit. There is a lot of activity with faith and the Word. Praise God! They get
souls saved, they teach Calvary, and they teach holiness.

However, when you go in the sanctuary, you are not affected by the setting of the sun. In addition, the
blood from the sacrifice from the outer court is taken into the inner court and sprinkled upon the
furniture there. Those in the outer court cannot see the light that is in the inner court. The light from the
seven branch candlestick shines on the table of showbread, and the altar of incense, reflecting the light
of God’s divine nature, to those priests who minister there daily. There is no natural light here. The roof
is made of linens, ram’s skins, goatskins, and badger (dolphin) skins. In addition, there are no windows.
This is the realm of the spirit filled Body of Christ. The ministry of this place is Spirit given, Spirit
revealed, and Spirit operated. Without the light from the candlestick, this place is in total darkness. In
addition, when the Body of Christ losses the oil and light of the Holy Spirit it is a very dark place. In spite
of the glory of the Spirit, it is still an imperfect place. It is now time to move to something greater.
Let’s pass through the final veil into the most holy place. Here we find a light far greater than either of
the others. Here there are no windows and no candlestick. This is not the natural light of man’s
understanding. It is also not a flickering light of an imperfect Body of Christ that needs a fresh supply of
the Spirit daily to keep the flesh from taking over. This is an eternal and perfect light, that brings the
fullness of His knowledge and understanding and presence. Here there are no failures, no death, no
defeat. Hallelujah! Not all priesthood, or ministries come to this High Calling. This is only for “sons”. This
is the Melchisedec ministry. This is our inheritance, bought for us and paid for by our Lord Jesus Christ.
We are His inheritance!

Romans 8:29 says For whom He foreknew, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His
Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Romans 8:18 says, For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared
with the glory (thinking) which shall be revealed IN US.

Where is the glory to be revealed In heaven? In the sky? In angels? No in US!
Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of
God.

Out from that veil will come a company of sons who will have the message of the everlasting Gospel, the
same message Jesus preached, and will do the works of Jesus and even greater works. They will
manifest the glory of the Father, as Jesus did. They will have the Spirit without measure, as was given to
Jesus. There will be no limit to the power of this Sonship.

John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also;
and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
You might even call this group of people the Melchisedec Company.
Certainly there will be judgement on earth. But 1 Thessalonians 5:9 says, But we are not appointed unto
wrath, but to obtain full deliverance and salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Forever in His Love,
Diane Ebaugh Sutton

All Israel will defeat death in one day!

2-12-22

All Israel will defeat death in one day!

When reading Joshua know that chapter 2 is about Rehab, chapter 3 is crossing the Jordan river, 4 setting up the stones as a memorial, 5 is circumcising all the males that were born in the wilderness and chapter 6 is about defeating Jericho. 

I just want to talk about chapter 3 here. It says as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the Lord, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, the waters shall stand upon an heap. And as they  that bear the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest, the waters rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, and those that came down, failed, and were cut off. (That’s the bad guys) And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.

The ark of the covenant is a symbol of His glory and His presence.

The waters were rolled the whole way back to Adam! The water didn’t roll back until the priests got their feet wet. It was the time of harvest. Therefore, Feast of Tabernacles. The river Jordan is a symbol of death. Jesus was baptized there fortelling his death and resurrection. To come into the land of promise, there must be a crossing of the Jordan river. This means death to self, but it also means to defeat natural death. There is a priesthood that bares His glory, His presence. That is the Melchisedec priesthood. After the feet of the body of priests come to rest in the middle of the Jordan river, then all Israel will defeat death, cross Jordan and enter into their inheritance. The promise was given to Abraham, paid for by Jesus, but remains in heaven, until it is revealed in the last days.  

This will be a corporate body salvation. All Israel will defeat death in one day, only when the priests of Melchisedec carry his presence into the middle of the Jordan river. 

In the next chapter we set up a memorial for that body salvation that we just received. And in the following chapter we get our hearts circumcised. 

That is baptism, memorial and then circumcision.

 

Forever in His Love,

Diane Ebaugh Sutton

Progression

Progression

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I am going to explain that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. And the Holy Spirit is righteousness,
peace and joy. We all knew that. But let’s add the Father brings justice, judgment and holiness.

Jesus: the Way, the Truth and the Life

(John 14:6) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,
but by me.

Add to that,
Holy Spirit: righteousness, peace and joy
(Romans 14:17) For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in
the Holy Ghost.

Add to that,
The Father: judgment, justice and holiness
Right now our world is crying out for justice, judgment and holiness. We want judgement and then
justice in our government, Congressmen, Senators and presidents and for the bad guys. We want
holiness in our role models. We are all tired of the sex scandals of our past presidents, politicians,
football heroes and Hollywood stars. We all want to get rid of the pedophiles and cannibals. We all
want the same thing right now. But we don’t even know that we are already united. And this cry is
global.

(Isaiah 5:16) But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified
in righteousness.

(Justice, Judgement, righteousness Jeremiah 23:5) Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will
raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgement
and justice in the earth.

(Justice, Holiness Jeremiah 31:23) Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; As yet they shall use
this speech in the land of Judah and in the cities thereof, when I shall bring again their captivity; The
LORD bless thee, O habitation of justice, and mountain of holiness.

(Justice, Judgement, Peace Isaiah 9:7) Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no
end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgement
and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
(Justice, Judgement, Righteousness Isaiah 56:1) Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgement, and do
justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.

Do we get rid of Jesus because we got the Holy Spirit? NO! We add the Holy Spirit to Jesus. Do we get rid
of the Holy Spirit because we have the presence of the Father? Absolutely Not! We add the Father to
the Holy Spirit and to Jesus.

You: spirit, soul and body.

Jesus heals your spirit. The Holy Spirit heals your soul and the glory of the Father will inhabit your body.
But if you don’t have Jesus, then you don’t have any direction and you lie. If you don’t have the Holy
Spirit, you are not at peace. And if you don’t have the Father then, your body will be judged and you will
lose it.

Aren’t you glad that you have Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Father?

I am!

Forever in His Love,
Diane Ebaugh Sutton

Why pour three times

7-26-22

In modern synagogues they dunk three times.

Why?

These are the verses they use.

Leviticus 15:13 And when he that hath an issue is cleansed of his issue; then he shall number to himself
seven days for his cleansing, and wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in running water, and he shall be
clean.

That is a purification for the body.

Leviticus 16:19 And he shall sprinkle of the blood upon it with his finger seven times, and cleanse it, and
hallow it from the uncleanness of the children of Israel.
This is a purification from society, we only care about what others think with our soul.

Leviticus 16:30 For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may
be clean from all your sins before the LORD. LORD = Yahweh
This is a spiritual purification.

I think this is what John did to everybody else he baptized. Still Jesus didn’t need any of these
purifications.

Forever in His Love
Diane Ebaugh Sutton

Jonathan

Jonathan

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2-5-22

Jonathan

Jonathan was a man of faith, courage, vision, unselfishness and spiritual. He was next in line for the throne. But he knew that David was God’s anointed. Jonathan gave David his robe and his garments, his sword and bow and his girdle. Jonathan wanted to serve David, when David would become King. Saul Jonathan’s father tried to kill David and David ran for his life, but even though Jonathan knew that David was God’s anointed, Jonathan stayed in his father’s house. 

1 Samuel 22:1-2 David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullan: and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him. And everyone that was in distress, and everyone that was in debt, and everyone that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.

Jonathan should have gone to the cave with David and his men. But he didn’t. There are some people who can see the anointing, but don’t want to leave the old order. The church. 

Because Jonathan stayed with Saul, he died with Saul. He could have reigned with David. He wanted to. But he wouldn’t leave Saul. You have to decide, you can’t serve two kings at the same time. Go to where the Spirit of God is. 

Zadok

Zadok a descendent of Aaron, and of the tribe of Levi, on the other hand, served David, in the bad times and then he got to serve him in the good times. Zadok was a Seer, and stuck with David when Absalom tried to usurp the throne. When Adonijah tried to overthrow David. Zadok was on David’s side, because he knew that David was the anointed. God’s chosen. Because of Zadok’s faithfulness to God and his anointing, God used Zadok’s descendants in a mighty way. Jerusha (daughter of Zadok) was the mother of Jotham, a mighty King of Judah. He was a good King and did that which was right in the sight of the Lord. Zadok’s great-great grandson was the first priest in Solomon’s Temple, the glory of the Lord filled the temple so that the priest couldn’t stand to minister. Azariah, was the priest in the Temple under Hezekiah, when they cleaned up the Temple, this caused a Revival that shook the nation. Ezra, was a priest who came back from Babylon to rebuild the Temple. 

Ezekiel had a vision, about an eternal temple made without hands, this is a ministry reserved for the sons of Zadok.

In Ezekiel it says, It shall be for the priests that are sanctified of the sons of Zadok; which have kept my charge, which went not astray when the children of Israel went astray, as the Levites went astray. 

But Jonathan, even though his heart was right, didn’t do the right thing, Jonathan should have left Saul, the old order, the church, and followed the anointing. But he didn’t. Will you?

 

Love

Diane Ebaugh Sutton

 

Baptism

Baptism

6-21-22

Tradition says that the School of the Prophets continued after Elijah through to John the Baptist and afterwards through his disciples. 

John the Baptist was the leader of the School of the Prophets at Quamran. They practiced ritual baths called Mikvahs, regularly for many reasons. Examples are after menstruation, childbirth, touching a dead body, before intercourse, before a ceremony, wedding or sacrifice, or anything that would make you unclean. Mostly it was for women, but in Quamran even the men felt they needed a soul cleansing. In the Tabernacle there was a laver for the priests to bath in as preparation before going into the Holy Place or the Holy of Holies. 

The order of Melchizedek was recreated in Jesus the Messiah. He was born a king a direct descendant of Judah. He was ordained into the priesthood by a priest of that order. (John the Baptist) John the Baptist was baptizing in the Jordan river 8 miles from Qumran. He, Jesus, would also have to be filled with the Holy Spirit to become a prophet. This happened publicly at the water baptism, when a dove descended upon Jesus, and he also became a priest and a prophet. 

Mark 1:4-11 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locust and wild honey; 7 And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. 8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. 9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. 10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: 11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Ummm I don’t think John baptized Jesus for remission of sins. Jesus was sinless. What was John doing? 

John 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 

John 1:15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.

John 1:32 And John bare record, saying I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. 

John 1:34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

The reason John came was to be a witness. What did John witness? Jesus baptism and the dove and the voice. This was a confirmation. 

There is a witness at a wedding. I wonder, if this is going to be a wedding between the bride and body of Christ. I will witness you getting baptized and you can witness me getting baptized.

Here is the punchline. This was a ceremony, a formality, a public statement, an ordination an initiation. Unneccary. John said, I shouldn’t be doing this. I can’t unbuckle your shoes! Jesus said do this because it looks good. And God honored it. Furthermore, Jesus never sinned. So why did John baptize Jesus? Not for the remission of sins. It was  because John was baptizing Him into the order of  Melchizedek. The order of  Melchizedek that was divided by Jacob was now restored in Jesus Christ. 

When John baptized he was baptizing the person into Life and therefore health. Romans 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory (thinking) of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted (buried) together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more: death hath no more dominion over him. 10 For in that he died. He died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  

If you are dead, you can’t die again. So go ahead and die in baptism. This is a soul death. Get it over with so you don’t have to die in your physical body. Your Spirt is already perfect. Get your Soul cleansed so that it can be perfect and then you can get a perfect immortal body. 

This may also be helpful when looking at the circumcision of the heart. Colossians 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 

Here we use the Holy Spirit to save our Soul.

Jesus and John both baptized. Did you know that? John 3:22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized. 23 And John also was baptizing in AE-non near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. 

Let’s talk about the water. 

Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 

Jeremiah 17:13 O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters. 

 Hope is for body salvation. If you are ashamed, you will be buried. A mikvah originally was mostly for women therefore it is a soul cleansing. You see God is in or above the water.

In Hebrew the word for Spirit is masculine. The word for Soul is feminine. Your body is whatever you were born with. Baptism is a purification for the Soul.

The idea of mikvah is that there is no barrier between the person and the water. This means not only no clothes but also no jewelry, makeup, nail polish, fake nails or beauty products on the hair or skin. In mikvahs run by more observant Jews, an attendant will check to make sure these requirements are met. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/what-is-the-mikvah-all-about/2014/11/07/cdff0784-6696-11e4-836c-83bc4f26eb67_story.html

Thank God we are not under the law. When immersing yourself in the Sutton pool, please wear something. 

There are 3 baptisms. 1. For the remission of sins : Spirit. 2. Baptism of the Holy Ghost : Soul.  And 3. Baptism into the order of Melchizedek : Body

The magazine Biblical Archaeology spring 2021 vol 47 NO 1 has an article on page 44 That implies that a ritual purity bath was accomplished by walking down steps into a pool and using a chalk vessel and pouring water over your head. No other culture uses chalk vessels. They would put chalk dust in your food. The pool was used for Ritual Purity. Never for cleaning the body, dishes, or laundry. There are pictures of these pools, vessels and even a chalk quarry. This is a different method of cleansing than dunking. I think this is the way John baptized Jesus. Therefore this is the way I want to baptize, and be baptized. 

So when we baptized from now on I want you to think about, Life and health and immortality, circumcision of the heart, and an initiation into the order of Melchizedek. 

I pray this will quicken your mortal body.

Funny story, Dad was baptizing a group of people in the Jordan river. Mr. Eshelman came to Dad and said, “I have been baptized 3 times before, but nothing happened. I want a change!” Dad said, “well what do you want me to do?” Mr. Eshelman said, “ well I don’t think the other preachers held me down long enough.” Dad said, “ well How will I know when God is done working on you? How will I know when to let you up? “ “Well why don’t I squeeze your hand?” Dad said, “ all right.” But Dad forgot to tell the people on the bank!!! Mr. Eshelman was a farmer and a very strong man. He could hold his breath for a very long time. The people on the bank started hollering, let him up! Let him up! Finally Dad let him up. It was very funny. Giggle.

Love

Diane Ebaugh Sutton

 

Dead Sea Scrolls

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Dead Sea Scrolls

5-11-22

God is sovereign The Dead Sea Scrolls were hidden until God decided to release them. Proving the time is now!  All the books of the Old Testament were found in the Scrolls except Ester.

Who lived in Qumran? The sons of Zadok. (Melchisedek). And the Essenes, they were regular Hebrews who followed the teachings of the sons of Zadok.  Priests were supposed to be from Zadok. Kings were supposed to be from the line of David. 

To be a priest you had to be from the tribe of Levi. Then in time Aaron became a priest, so to be a priest you had to be a descendant of Aaron. Many priests later was an Aaronic priest names Zadok. So now to be a priest you should be a descendant of Zadok. (Melchisedek) All Priests come from Levi. Not all Levites are Priests.

Pharisees, tried to force Gentiles into Judaism. Sadducees were Jews who wanted to go along with what the government said to do. Eventually, the Sadducees stopped believing in angels and life after death, this made them sad you see.

Now you have the Essenes, the Pharisees and the Sadducees. There are a few others but for now these are the ones we will be talking about. Christianity has a lot of denominations, so do the Children of Israel.

 

The illegitimate priests followed a lunar calendar, but the sons of Zadok used the solar calendar because it was given by God at the beginning.    

John shows a difference between the lunar and the solar calendar. John 7:2-8 says that His brethren asked Jesus to go to Judaea with them, but Jesus said, My time is not yet come: but your time is always ready. 

You see Jesus was working on a different calendar then they were. The Pharisees used the lunar calendar, but the people of Qumran used the solar calendar. Matthew, Mark and Luke use the solar calendar, but John uses the lunar calendar. 

 

Was Jesus Himself an Essene? No, He came to teach all people the right way, His way. 

 

Acts says Saul went to the high priest and asked for letters to go to Damascus, to find any belonging to “the Way”, he might bind them and bring them to Jerusalem for arrest. There was two Damascus’s. Damascus Qumran and Damascus Syria. The problem is the priests of the temple in Jerusalem had no authority over any Jews as far away as Damascus Syria. Qumran was also called “the Way” and Damascus. And Damascus Qumran was close enough that the priest felt they had authority there. Damascus Qumran was very close to Jerusalem. 

 

The book of 1 Maccabees 5:25, 39; 9:35 and 2 Maccabees 5:8 says that Paul went to Damascus and was baptized. After that Paul went to Arabia, then he returned to Damascus. After three years in Damascus, Paul went to Jerusalem for fifteen days. 

I think Paul spent three years in Damascus Qumran learning to be an Essene or in other words learning to believe like the sons of Zadok. (Melchisedek)  

Evidence of this is in Acts 24:14-15 (NET) But I confess this to you, that I worship the God of our ancestors according to the Way (which they call a sect), believing everything that is according to the law and that is written in the prophets. I have a hope in God (a hope that these men themselves accept too) that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. 

Pay attention to this next paragraph.

“The Way”, existed a long time before Jesus. The followers of “The Way” (the Qumran Community and the Essenes throughout Israel) accepted Jesus as the Messiah. So what happened to the Essenes? Where did they go? Where are they now? When Jesus came, died, resurrected, ascended to Heaven the Essenes likely accepted Him. They went out to preach the Gospel, to the world as was commanded in Matthew 28:19-20. The Essenes became us Christians: We came from the Essenes!

 

I want to tell you a story. About 15 – 20 years ago, I was volunteering at Youth For Christ. Up in the 3rd floor was a small room we used for Bible Study. It had bookcases from floor to ceiling on all 4 walls. Stuffed full of books. The director George Kell told me that they were going to convert that room to a dressing room, as they needed it because God was blessing there theater productions. I said what are you going to do with all those books? Donate them to the library. Well, I went upstairs and looked at the books. There was a book there I wanted. I asked George if I could have it. What book do you want, he asked? Josephus. Why do you want that old thing? I like to read. 

I took it home. I had to put a tea towel on my lap to read it, because if was disintegrating so bad. After reading I had to shake out the tea towel. Flavius Josephus, was a secular historian. It was illuminating! It added so much to the Bible stories that I knew so well. I loved it. But it was not inspired by the Holy Ghost. 

Recently, I have begun to read some of the dead sea scrolls. They are the word of God inspired by the Holy Spirit. You can tell when you read them. It is just there. 

Take it or leave it. But you can’t debate this with me until you have read them. 

It doesn’t matter what you are reading. Look for the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit can even anoint present day teachings!

The difference between knowledge and wisdom, isn’t so much what you know, but what you do with it.

Hope you enjoyed this!

Forever in His Love

Diane Ebaugh Sutton

 

How did Qumran get started?

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How did Qumran get started?

6-23-22

First you have the Old Testament. Then 400 years of silence. And then the New Testament. During the 400 years of silence. Antiochus Epiphanes sacrificed a pig on the alter and desecrated the temple. Enter the Maccabees. This was the beginning of Hanukkah. Then Antiochus Epiphanes began to persecute the Jews. He started with the priests. 

The priests were led by the Holy Spirit to leave. They started a community, a commune on the edge of the dead sea. 8 miles from Jersulam.  This became Qumran. When they left, they took the temple scrolls with them to Qumran. These priests were the sons of Zadok. Well, there was a bunch of other people who were also being persecuted. These people came to Qumran for protection and provisions. Other people joined them. For instance, if you are a young mother and your husband died. You could go and live in Qumran. And learn “the way”. More Essenes.

 

 The sons of Zadok said sure you can live with us. But we will teach you “the way”. These people became the Essenes. 

Jesus said I am “the way” the truth and the life. No one cometh unto the Father but by me.

Genesis 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Matthew 3:3 Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 

Matthew 21:32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness

Matthew 22:16 Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth,

Mark 1:3 Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 

Mark 10:52 And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

Mark 12:14 but teachest the way of God in truth

Luke 1:79 to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Luke 24:35 And they told what things were done in the way,

John 1:23 Make straight the way of the Lord,

John 14:4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.    *

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 

Acts 9:27 and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way,

Acts 16:17 which shew unto us the way of salvation.

Acts 18:25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord:

Acts 18:26 and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. 

Acts 24:14 that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:

Romans 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is non that doeth good, no, not one.

1 Corinthians 12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. 

The above is red letter.  

Colossians 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

There is more, but you get the idea.

“The Way” is mentioned 379 times in the Bible. If half of them refer to direction, it is still a lot. 

 

Forever in His Love

Diane Ebaugh Sutton