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    "If I shut up the heavens and there is no rain; if I command the locusts to ravage the land; or if I let loose pestilence against My people, when My people, who bear My name, humble themselves, pray, and seek My favor and turn from their evil ways, I will hear in My heavenly abode and forgive their sins and heal their land." II Chronicles 7:13-14;
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    ETERNAL Offers Healing

    by Ken Graydon

    Many of us, on the long walk we have been on, before this revelation of the truth by ETERNAL have been involved in what we have called “the healing ministry.”

    I spent twenty years as a priest with the Old Catholic Church and I have used gallons of oil, healing cloths, prayer prescriptions, formula prayers, “sacraments,” and who knows what else to “do” healing. There were “miracles” but I now know (and have repented for) the powers I was using.

    Healing has become an industry. Multi-millionaire showmen invoke the pagan deities--at least in one case [by allegedly] having a discussion with the spirit of the late Kathryn Kuhlman--to bring about healing and prosperity (mainly theirs). The simplicity of ETERNAL”s teaching about healing has become distorted, abused, and a deliberate means of hiding the truth.

    As with most things taught in chr-stianity the opposite is the truth, as the Torah does not record individuals who had a “healing ministry”. Healing happened for very specific reasons and no one was taken by surprise. Most people knew why they had become ill and what steps they had to take to seek healing. The major step is always a repentant and contrite heart but you may have to do something to undo a wrong you have committed as the following example shows:
    Genesis 20:15-18[1] And Abimalech said “Behold, my land is before you: settle wherever you see fit.” And to Sarah he said, “Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver. Behold! Let it be for you an eye covering for all who are with you; and to all you will be vindicated.” Abraham prayed to ETERNAL, and ETERNAL healed Abimalech, his wife, and his maids, and they were relieved; for the ETERNAL had completely restrained every orifice [2] of the household of Abimalech, because of Sarah, the wife of Abraham.

    On other occasions not only was it necessary to repent and seek the forgiveness of the injured party but there was a penalty to be paid. You do not just “get away” with it as the next Scripture shows:
    Numbers 12:10-15 The cloud had departed from atop the Tent, and behold! Miriam was afflicted with tzaraas (leprosy), like snow! Aaron turned to Miriam and behold! She was afflicted with tzaraas. Aaron said to Moses, “I beg you, my lord, do not cast a sin upon us, for we have been foolish and we have sinned. Let her not be like a corpse, like one who leaves his mother”s womb with half his flesh having been consumed!” Moses cried out to the ETERNAL, saying, “Please, CREATOR, heal her now.” ETERNAL said to Moses, “Were her father to spit in her face, would she not be humiliated for seven days? Let her be quarantined outside the camp for seven days, and then she may be brought in.”

    ETERNAL makes it very clear that He is the ONE who has the power. He does not share that power with any one, at all:
    Deuteronomy 32:39 See, now, that I, I am He--and no god is with Me. I put to death and I bring life, I struck down and I will heal, and there is no rescuer from My hand.

    Followers of other religions also knew the power of ETERNAL. In the following excerpt from the Tanakh, we also see the need for a guilt offering which was to do two things. First, it would enable ETERNAL to heal and, second, it would give an understanding of why they had been afflicted. This is an important point because ETERNAL does not simply afflict us, there is a reason, and we are to seek that reason. It is not always a personal failing, as many of the illnesses during the Exodus were a corporate punishment.
    1 Samuel 6: 2-3 The Philistines called upon the priests and sorcerers, saying, “What shall we do about the Ark of ETERNAL of Israel? Inform us how we should send it to its place!” They replied, “If you are sending back the Ark of ETERNAL of Israel, you must not send it empty handed, but you must certainly send back a guilt-offering to Him. Then you will be healed, and you will realize why His hand would not turn away from against you.”

    Another very important aspect of healing is the spoken word. You will remember that the CREATOR spoke the whole process of creation into being. How often do we speak circumstances into our lives that are not what we wish to experience?
    2 Kings 2:19-22 The people of the city told Elisha, “Behold, living in this city is pleasant, as my master can see, but the water is bad, making the land deadly.” He said, “Get me a new jar and put salt in it,” and they brought it to him. He went out to the source of the water and threw salt there, and he said “Thus said CREATOR, I have cured this water; there shall no longer be from it death and bereavement.” So, the water became cured, until this day, like the word of Elisha that he had spoken.”

    If you read on after this passage you will see the story where some children insult Elisha and he speaks a curse on them which causes forty-two of them to die. Words have power.

    Another very encouraging matter is that ETERNAL will change His mind, for His own reasons. He does ask us to put Him in remembrance of His words and you can only do that if you are studying His word and know what He says. In this next passage, we see that Isaiah (who has a terrible bedside manner) reveals the truth to Hezekiah. Hezekiah challenges ETERNAL who changes His mind. Isaiah has not even left the building before he is sent back to reveal the new truth to Hezekiah:
    2 Kings 20:1-6 In those days Hezekiah became deathly ill. Isaiah son of Amoz, the prophet, came to him and said to him, “Thus said the ETERNAL; instruct your household, for you shall die; and you shall not live.” Hezekiah then turned his face to the wall and prayed to ETERNAL, saying, “Please, ETERNAL, remember now that I have walked before You faithfully and wholeheartedly, and I have done what is good in Your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept an intense weeping. And it was when Isaiah had not yet left the middle courtyard: the word of ETERNAL came to him, saying, “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of My people, Thus said ETERNAL Elohim of your forefather David: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I am healing you; on the third day you will go up to the Temple of the ETERNAL. I will add fifteen years to your life and I will rescue you and this city from the grip of the king of Assyria. I will protect this city for My sake and for the sake of My servant David.”

    As you see ETERNAL has changed His mind but it was to protect the city and for His and David’s sake. There was a reason for Him to change His mind but Hezekiah had to pray the prayer and shed the tears.

    We have a need to repent. Every day we will have said, done or thought something that requires our repentance. It is a wonderful thing that the CREATOR of the Universe takes time out to listen to and respond to our repentance with His forgiveness. The healing that comes because of our repentance is not only for ourselves it is for “this people” – Israel:
    Isaiah 6:9-10 He said, “Go and say to this people, ‘Surely you hear, but do not comprehend; and surely you see, but you fail to know.’ This people is fattening its heart, hardening its ears, and sealing its eyes, lest it see with its eyes, hear with its ears and understand with its heart, so that it will repent and be healed.”

    Isaiah 57:18-19 But when I see his contrite ways, I will heal him; I will guide him and recompense him and his mourners with consolations. I create the speech of the lips: “Peace, peace, for the far and near” says ETERNAL “and I will heal him.”

    Everything we need to know about healing is in the Tanakh. We particularly need to know that our healing will come out of our personal relationship with ETERNAL. You do not need anyone else to intercede on your behalf. You are chosen--or else you would not be reading this and ETERNAL wants to participate in your life for the good:
    Hosea 6:1-3 Come let us return to ETERNAL, for He has mangled us and He will heal us; He has smitten and He will bandage us. He will heal us after two days; on the third day, He will raise us up and we will live before Him. Let us know; let us strive to know ETERNAL like the dawn whose emergence is certain; then He will come to us like the rain, like the late rain that satiates the earth.

    It is a challenge to each one of us, wherever we live, to take on board the Scripture passage that is the
    2 Chronicles 7:13-14 If I shut up the heavens and there is no rain; if I command the locusts to ravage the land; or if I let loose pestilence against My people, when My people, who bear My name, humble themselves, pray, and seek My favor and turn from their evil ways, I will hear in My heavenly abode and forgive their sins and heal their land.

    Does your land need healing? It surely does and what a good example you will be when your land (or circumstances) is healed and your sins are truly forgiven.


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    Footnotes

    Up[1] Scriptures are from Artscroll Series/Stone Edition Tanach 1996, unless noted. All emphasis is the author's or Editor's.

    Up[2] Editor's Note: The English word “orifice” comes from the Hebrew word “rechem” (rekh”-em) #H7358. Strong's states it means the womb and is comparable with “racham” (rakh”-am) #H7356 which has sometimes been translated in the KJV as bowels.

    Gesenius' states it means “inner parts.” Thus, the Stone's translation as “orifice” better fits with the context because it states that Abimelech was also healed and he did not have a “womb.”    In the past I have wondered about Abimelech being healed and that if the wombs were shut, it would take several months for the folks to realize there was no impregnating happening.
    However, it would attract Abimelech's immediate and undivided attention if his and the other folks “orifices” were closed because there would no way for them to relieve themselves. This incident shows the great sense of justice and humor that our ETERNAL CREATOR has. Since Abimelech was trying to penetrate Sarah's womb orifice, I cannot think of a punishment more suitable to the crime, than to have ALL orifices shut up tight immediately, his and the other folks. Also, notice that when Abraham prayed the folks were “relieved.”



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