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Prayer Shawl

Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God. (Numbers 15:38-40)
In Numbers 15:37-41 and Deuteronomy 22:12, the  ancient Israelites were commanded to wear fringes, tassels, or twisted coils on the corner of their garments to remind them of the commandments of the Lord and to do them! There were 39 windings in each, which equals the numerical value of the Hebrew words "the Lord is One." How awesome to realize that Jesus suffered the same number of stripes for our healing! (Isaiah 53:5; I Peter 2:24)

Example with he woman with the 12 years of blood issue

When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, who touched my clothes (My Garment)? (Mark 5:27-30) The woman with ‘the 12 years of blood issue’ had made a demand on the anointing of God! Her faith has made her whole! Just by touching in faith the “tassels” of His Garment! And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. (Mark 5:34)
God never says "No" to anyone who comes to Him in faith (Matthew 7:7-11; Matthew 17:20; Matthew 21:22; Mark 9:23; Mark 11:22-24; John 14:1-15; John 15:7,16; James 1:5-8). Jesus recognized that she had faith enough to get her healing. Here is an example of true faith and determination which all can follow with profit. The touch of faith is different from the physical touch but it is just as real. Too many people are looking to the faith of the preacher or the one who prays instead of getting and exercising personal faith. It is all covered by the promises of God. Personal faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17) and by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians. 12:4-11).  Nothing is impossible for faith today as in that day (Matthew 17:20; Mark 9:23).

…Came behind Him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. (Luke 8:44-46)
And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem* of his garment: (Matthew 9:20)
Remember the commandment of the Lord from Deuteronomy 22:12 to wear the twisted coils!

Fringes of His Garment

*Hem: Greek: kraspedon (GSN-2899), a tassel of twisted wool (Matthew 9:20; Matthew 14:36; Matthew 23:5; Mark 6:56; Luke 8:44). One was required at each of the four corners of the outer garment (Numbers 15:38-41; Deut. 22:12).  Pharisees considered tassels special marks of sanctity and sought to enlarge them (Matthew 23:5).  One thread of each tassel was to be deep blue to remind them of their duty to keep the law. This word in the Greek language means latterly fringes. The woman was reaching for the fringes of His Garment. For the fringes of the garment of a Jewish man has special significant! What is so significant of the “hems” of Jesus’ garments? You must study deeper! For this “story” has much more meaning! The word translated “Hem” is actual referring to fringes or tassels! The Hebrew word is: “tsiytsith”. It was required to be on the four corners of the clothing of every Jewish male in accordance with God’s instructions.

Three commandsblue ribbon:

1. Tell Israel to make fringes upon the borders of their garments.
2. Put a ribbon of
blue on the fringes.
3. It is a sign for you to remember and do all the commandments of the Lord
(Numbers 15:39-40).

Hebrew: tsiytsith, a floral or wing-like projection; a forelock of hair; a tassel; fringe. Translated "fringe" (Numbers 15:38-39) and "lock" (Ezekiel 8:3).
“Fringes” (Hebrew: “kanaph”) "edge; corner.” This refers to the corners of the garments. The Septuagint and other versions translate it "corners."
“Ribband of blue” (Hebrew: “pathiyl”), twine; bound lace; line; thread. Thus, the "ribband of blue" means "thread of blue."!
The idea is that tassels (see notes above) were sewn on the corners of the mantle or outer garment (a rectangular piece of cloth) with a thread of blue. When Israel saw them, they were reminded of their responsibility to obey the law, and their calling to be a holy people unto the Lord (Numbers 15:38-40).

Ancient Jewish tradition

Ancient Jewish tradition holds that the threads of the tassels were white to symbolize righteousness, that there was a conspicuous blue thread among them to symbolize the heavenly origin of the commandments, and that the arrangement of threads and knots symbolized the 613 precepts of the Law was believed to contain Such outer garments are still used in synagogue prayers. In Yeshua's time the Pharisees enlarged their fringes, hoping thereby to prove their great piety (Matthew 23:5).

The Jewish men wore this garment called a, “Talis”, “Talit” or “Talith” or Jewish Prayer-Shawl all the time, not just at prayer. “Talith” contains two Hebrew words; TAL meaning tent and ITH meaning little. Thus, you have “Little Tent”. Each man had his own “Little Tent”. The apostle Paul was a Jewish Pharisee, but also a “tentmaker”. Many believe that he made Prayer-Shawls, not tents to live in. Six million Jews could not fit into the tent of meeting that was set up in the Old Testament. Therefore, what was given to them was their “own private sanctuary” where they could meet with God. Each man had his own “Prayer-Shawl” or “Talis”. They would pull it up over their head, forming a “tent”, where they would begin to chant and sing their Hebrew songs, and call upon Elohim, Yaweh, Adonai. It was an intimate, private, set apart from anyone else time, totally focused upon God. This was their “prayer closet”!

Even today the Jewish people say that the Prayer-Shawl is a religious symbol, a garment, shroud, canopy, cloak which envelops the Jew both physically and spiritually, in prayer and celebration, in joy and sorrow. It is used at all major Jewish occasions: circumcisions, barmitsvahs, weddings and burials. It protects the scrolls of the Torah when they are moved. The dead are wrapped in it when they are buried (without the tassels). The bride and bridegroom are covered with the canopy of the prayer shawl It inspired the Jewish flag!
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The Hebrew writing on the “Atarah”

If you are using a prayer shawl, the Hebrew writing on the “Atarah” or “Crown” is the Blessing: "Blessed art Thou. Lord our God, King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to wrap ourselves in the ”tzit tzit” (Fringes).""Baruch Atah Adonoi Elohenu, Melech Ha Olam Asher Kidshanu B'mitsvotav Ve-tsevanu Leyitatef b'tzitit" The Blessing is placed over the head, on the outside, just like the tent walls of the Holy Tabernacle so that they would always hang the same way. As the “Atorah” was placed over the head, it formed his own tent. “Wings” of the garment were formed when the arms were held out.

Jewish Prayer-Shawl explained

God gave them a visual “picture” that will cause them to remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them; and that you will not look after your own heart and your own eyes! In ancient Israel man whore four cornered tunic, garment and these tassels were connected to that garment. The tassels were tided to the four corners of their garment. This outer garment eventually throughout history became known as a (Hebrew) “Talith” (Jewish Prayer-Shawl)! It eventually involved into a more formal Prayer-Shawl, of what most Jewish people were in their Synagogue of congregation or in a “Holy place”!  Why the tassels? Because the tassels is what is important! (These Fringes) These tassels were to remind each Jewish man of his responsibilities to fulfill God’s commandments! In fact, these tassels are tided in a very particular fashion. I you will take the time to count every knot in every one of these tassels you come to the total of 613 knots! Why 631 knots? Because there a 613 laws in the Law of Moses! There are 365 were probationsThy shall NOT” and 248 were affirmationThy shall”! These knots also corresponded to the ineffable Holy Name of God! In the “Torah”, the Old Testament or Jewish writings: “Yahweh”! (For that title of the Name of God)  However what we have done throughout the centuries no one knows how to pronounce the ineffable Holy Name of God! (Accept for some very elite Jewish Holy Rabies’) So they took throughout of a period of time to come to a Name:  the Name “G-d” and often time incidental when you read a Jewish writing or someone is a Messianic Jew even and you get to the Name of “God” you will notice it as “G-d”! They never spell out the Name God; they make a “form” of the Name for God, because they revere the Holy Name of God, to this day so HOLY, that you cannot pronounce “it”! What they did is to take de Name “Adonai”, which is another Name for God and took the vials of “Adonai” and put it in the name of G-D and that’s how we come up with the Name “Yahweh”, another form is “Jehovah”.

Because they were hanging on the four corners of the garment they were full view of everyone including the one wearing the garment. And God said that this will be a constant reminder toward according to Gods laws. It’s interesting when you translate the Hebrew language the word for “law” which is “hallaga” The word for “law” when it’s translated it also mean “walk”! In that there is a very profound message from God! He wants us to have our daily walk govern by the Law of God! It’s not something’s we visit on “Sabbath” and than forget the six other days of the week! God said: I want to give you a garment that’s going to remind you about My Holy Law every moment of every day! So that you can look down en see My 613 Commandments and know that you have to live every day of your life a walk in such a fashion that you obey them and honor Me! God is such a profoundly smart God! So wearing these tassels would be comparable is taking our “Bible”, that represent the Law of God, putting a rope around it and literally tide around our neck and carry our bible everywhere we went all day! God intended that wherever we go we will be constantly reminded of His Word! That’s why He told the Israelites, to put on these fringes on your garments.

Today because Jewish people were Western clothes, instead of Eastern clothes they keep this law by wearing a four corner garment as an undershirt. The little tassels are coming out of the four corners about the beltline, hanging down in front of beside them. Why?  There is another garment, like an under-garment as civilization change the very Orthodox Jews to this day still honor this word given to them in the book of Numbers by God! They do it in their fashion, but it’s now very common and that’s why is the Prayer Shawl has these fringes this day!

When deep in prayer a Jewish man will put his prayer-shawl up over his head, and so doing  as he clash the fringes the “tsiytsith“ representing the Law of God and the Name of God. A Jewish man will began to pray and in this fashion literary “shut out” the world around him! To be in the very present of God! If you ever been in a Jewish Synagogue you will see a Jewish man (praying) standing like (or at the Western Wall in Jerusalem) this. Why? The Prayer Shawl is WHITE: Representing the Heavens, which is the dwelling place of the Lord! The Color Blue Representing “Ruach Ha Kodeshthe Holy Spirit of God! Therefore when they pray under the “talith”, the prayer-shawl, they are literally, it’s like you are covering yourself with the presence of God! From Biblical times a custom was a “prayer-clothed” It’s likely was the Lord Yeshua, Jesus Christ, means in Matthew 6:6 for Jesus is talking about praying and He said: But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

The Greek word here for “closet” is the Greek Word “temian”.  It is literally mean an inner chamber or “secret Room” (It is not meant by your closet in your room at home) It is a closet in yourself with the covering of the “talith”! Prayer is an intense intimate personal inner action between God and men! Prayer is dialog, it means that men speak to God and God speaks to men! You speak to God and than you hear from God! It is a conversation that accurse when a man is intensely focuses entirely in communion with God, having “shut out” all the rest what is in the world! You can easily get ride of the extractions!  When a Jewish man wraps himself in a “Prayers-mantle”, he is excluded from everything external! So that his soul is consumed in thoughts about in reference toward God! He realized that just his “talith” in valued his person, so his faith is to be effective! Must involve the totality of his life! See, you will never find his dichotomy between natural and spiritual in the Jewish world! That is something’s of an Easter mind set that we adopted, that we try to force upon the God of the Bible! Even the Jewish man very actions throughout the day are directly connected with his faith! That is why they response in the way they do in protecting their land, in protecting their people! They don’t just go to the job and do their military stuff during the day and come home and think about God! There is no dichotomy; we (Western orientated) do that! We segment God on a certain day and segment God to a certain place! A Jewish man will have a “prayer closet” with him all is reminding him to the commandments of God and to the Name of God! That is something’s we need to learn and adapt in our life! This is the kind of prayer life like the Lord Yeshua, Jesus, enjoined and prayed that the disciples would have! Prayers send to the Master is not a public display of vain repetitions characterized (acculturated) by barossity! Prayer is communication with God! It is best manifest when one is focused on it by any means that can separate from outside from abstractions and a Jewish man “talith“ enclosed him in a “secret chamber”, a ”prayer closet “ shutting of the mundane and the elevating the spirit to his relationship with  God! A secret place of prayer! A ” closet “! Jewish traditions ads many additional details concerning the essence and the use of the tzit tzit!
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The "construction" of the Prayer-Shawl

The construction of the fringes has special traditions and significant! Each of the four corners of the outer garment has to have one long fringe and was tided in a very special dyed in a very special shade of blue! Note in the tzit tzit there is one fringe among the fringes has the color blue! Or royal blue! This was a special shade of blue. It has prophetic significant even to this day! It was literally a reminder of the sky and Israel’s Heavenly focused! This long fringe was connected with three shorter fringes making the total of four fringes for each of the outer corner of the garment! These fringes were than tied as such a manner as to double them. That’s why when you look at it counts eight! What are really there are four! This is tied in a fashion to make it eight! These fringes where than tied in series of five knots. There are windings between the knots. That the 5 double knots symbolically combine with the eight comes to the number 13! It is interesting when you ad the number or the miracles value of the Hebrew word (In the Hebrew language every Hebrews letter of their Alphabet a letter is also given a numerical distingue!) So often times a Hebrew word, which means something in the Hebrew language in to us, has a numerical distingue-value that ads up to something’s it is also another nugget of revelation. This is why the Book of Revelations, that when the antichrist comes on the scene his name can be used, what results in 6 three score and 6! How can you can the number 666 on someone’s name? The letters will be equivalent the numerical distingue-value! The numerical value of the unique value word of tzit tzit  is total 600! When you ad the number 13 (knots) to it you get 613! The total of the commandments of God! The 613 can be divided in the 365 (were probations “Thy shall NOT”) There are 365 days in a year! One command for every day in the year! Than there are 248 (Thy shall…were affirmation!) If you take a Jewish calendar you remove the Sabbaths and each one every Holy day from the 365, you will have 248 days left! Coincident?  Nothing is coincident in the Hebrew language and God’s Word! This makes the total of 613! Indecently Jewish people recognize medically there are 248* bones in the human body! There are 365 ligaments! Our body is fearfully and wonderfully made! I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. (Psalm 139:14)  These things were hidden! God is trying to point us to his commandments and His Name! There a 613 laws in the Torah! The purpose of the tzit tzit  is to remind the Jewish man to all of God’s (613) Commands, but also stated  who God really is! Each fringe on the four corners there are 39 windings! In between these five knots there are 39 windings in total. These correspondences to the numerical value of the Hebrew phrase “Jahweh Acad”! In the prayer that every Jewish man prays is the Lord Our God: You are One Lord! Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (Matthew 22:37)  Quoted from: (Deuteronomy 6:5; 10:12; 30:6)
That called in the Jewish world “the smah”. Put it on and pray “the smah”. Referring to: “The Lord is One”! That in the Hebrew language is “Jahweh Acad”! The numerical value is “Jahweh” is 26! The numerical value is “Acad” is 13! Together you will come to the number 39! So this winding on the fringe gives the Holy Name of God! When a absorbent Jew looked at his tzit tzit on his  Prayer-Shawl  he would see the number 26 and he would see the number 13, which correspondences perfectly to the very one of the greatest commandments He is ever been given! God again was given him a visual reminder for the very eyes every day to follow His commands and trust in His Name! The four windings on these four corners correspondences again to the Holy Name of G-d! When  holding or viewing or toughing the tzit tzit or the “Fringes” we are  literally  embracing symbolically the entire Word of G-d, all the commands of G-d, and the Name of G-d, so we are in assent embracing G-d, Himself  symbolically we grab a hold on by faith these “Fringes”! That was the reason that woman with ‘the 12 years of blood issue’ had faith in just by touching the “tassels” of Yeshua’s Garment!
(*The body is wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).  It consists of various chemicals—iron, sugar, salt, carbon, iodine, phosphorus, lime, calcium, and others.  The body has 263* bones {*Jewish belief difference with Science!}; 600 muscles; 970 miles of blood vessels; 400 cups on the tongue for taste; 20,000 hairs in the ears to tune in to all sounds; 40 pounds of jaw pressure; 10,000,000 nerves and branches; 3,500 sweat tubes to each square inch of skin (or 40 miles long); 20,000,000 mouths that suck food as it goes through the intestines; 600,000,000 air cells to the lungs that inhale 2,400 gallons of air daily; and a communication network that relates to the brain instantly any known sound, taste, sight, touch or smell.  The heart beats 4,200 times an hour and pumps 12 tons of blood daily. Out of: “Dake’s Bible”!)
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The "blue color ribbon" on the Prayer-Shawl

The "blue color ribbon" More will follow!

The "mantle" of Elijah

The Mantle was a covering that represented a calling to service, protection, sanctification and covenant relationship with God. The word "Mantle" translates to mean "Glorious", "Powerful", "Noble" and "Worthy". According to Jewish tradition, the mantle of Elijah was placed in a small chamber in the golden altar. Hundreds of years later, Zechariah removed the garment and kept it for the ministry of his son, John the Baptist. When John appeared, many believed he was Elijah, perhaps due to this special mantle.
John operated in the "spirit and power of Elijah"
(Luke 1:17). He was the forerunner to the appearance of Messiah Yeshua  (Mark 1:2-3). In some way, the spiritual mantle of Elijah rested upon John during his ministry.
We are told that Elijah the prophet will appear in the future to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children (Malachi 4:5). Yet, just as John the Baptist carried a special anointing upon his life, we believe God will raise up a team of men who carry the boldness and vision for ministry that both Elijah and John carried in their generation! Elijah was a leader. As a man of God you are called to be a leader. Elijah was bold and uncompromising. You are called to be bold and uncompromising. Elijah carried a special prayer anointing. As one of God’s end time men, you are destined to carry a special anointing!
Just as Elijah and John prepared a way and "made ready a people for the Lord"
(Luke 1:17), God is rising up men to help prepare the people for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ!
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The Prophet Elijah passed his "mantle" on to Elisha in (II Kings 2) Many believe that this “mantle” was actually his “Talis” and was symbolic of the power of prayer that Elijah had saturated that “mantle” with. This “mantle” that Elijah left behind as he was taken up by a whirlwind into Heaven was what Elisha struck and parted the waters of the River of Jordan with!

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