Seeing God’s Face

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36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;

37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. Luke 2:36-38

 

Hi, there…. (squinching at the lights) I’m so happy to be here tonight! I’ve been asked to tell you about the day my ministry really took off…

You see it is never too late…for us old timers. I’ve put in a lot hours…(fastin’ and prayin) before I got my big break…

 

It didn’t happen like I thought it would. All that work, fasting, praying, why I was a churcha, I mean workaholic for the church…I mean I was a faithful, trustworthy, God fearing Jewish woman who followed all the rules! I was even known as a prophetess, one who could forsee the future.

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Wait a minute… I forgot my introduction… let me start over….”

My name is, Evangelist Anna. Anna is the Greek Version but actually came from Hanna, which means favor and grace. I’m from the tribe of Asher, which means happy.

In Deuteronomy, Moses prophesies that for the tribe of Asher, (my tribe), “your strength will equal your days” (Deuteronomy 33:25).

My life shows evidence of that!

With all that being said you would think my life would be perfect! I am Jewish and I go to the Temple regularly, even 24/7 to pray and I’m usually ALWAYS fasting too. I love to serve Yeshua in the temple…

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It is my life… L_I_F_E -! Aah Life! LIVING_ IN_ FAITH_ EVERY DAY!

Why, Serving Him is what I was created to do. I come, I pray and I meditate on the Holy Scriptures… You see they are here and sometimes when no one is here but me, I will unroll them and hide them in my heart.

My father was Phanuel. His name meant Face of God. You will understand in a moment why that’s important.

When others talk about that day, my age is always mentioned! It’s even suggested that I was ancient! It has been of great discussion throughout the centuries. You see it is written that I was a widow of 84 years…. I was married for seven years before my husband passed…. And of course everyone tries to guess how old I was when I got married…. So, If I got married at 14, I could be maybe…105? Or some just think I was 84! What do you think? I think it really doesn’t matter, but what does matter is I had been around a long time and I had and continue to see a lot.

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There were many times the enemy tried to distract me from what I was really doing and from purpose and plan God had ordained for me from the beginning. I realize that listening is more important than talking. You just need to listen to God’s voice.

Along with listening, I was waiting…. Waiting for the day that God had promised to me. As a forseer I knew the day would come when I would realize my purpose for serving God would be revealed. It took a long time for me. Maybe it’s taking a long time for some of you too.

Is it taking a long time?

My husband died seven years after we were married. That’s when I started spending a lot of time alone with Yeshua. After he passed, God spoke to me and told me He would provide. And He has. It’s actually an honor and custom to take care of widows and orphans in the Jewish faith. I was blessed to have a family of believers at my side. I’d go to the Temple every day. To Fast, To Pray, To Read the Holy Scriptures! Yes, I was a woman who could read, and very highly regarded by my community.

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My ministry took off after one long eternal look that changed my life forever…

It set my feet to dancin’! I know what you are thinking. She’s way too old… she’s probably a grandma… Grandma’s sit on the porch and baby sit. Let the young people do the dancin’ and preachin! Well, I’m living proof you are never too old! There is great debate over my age…. At the time… Is she 84 or 105? If she got married at 12 she could be 107!

BUT SHE DOESN’T LOOK THAT OLD!

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But that’s not the only reason I’m a little shocking! I’m quite infamous you know! Why in some churches today I would be considered eccentric, outlandish, out of place and even shameful! Being one of the first New Testament women evangelists! My name went down along with some others like Martha, Mary, oh and that Samaritan woman!

She was almost good as me, just kidding!

But one thing I know that my redeemer was alive, and continues to live…now and forever! No one is going to seal these lips…. I know who and what I saw that day!

You know some say women aren’t supposed to speak out, much less be one of the first to lay eyes on the King of Kings, Lord of Lords and the Creator of the Universe! Why that was shocking! But the truth is everyone was electrified that day.

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When I looked down into those beautiful little eyes, and touched those rosy red cheeks, I knew, yes I knew what, where, whom and why this little baby boy was here! Emmanuel the prince of peace… God was finally with us! Thousands of years of prophecy fulfilled in a little tiny baby boy.

Imagine this! My heart nearly exploded in my chest! Yes, it was mixed with great joy, and great sorrow at the same time. I knew my life purpose had just been fulfilled and my service was nearly over. But, I was ready! Ready to go home, because God had just unleashed every promise He had ever made me right then before my very eyes!

Joseph and Mary brought that baby in and when they entered the temple the atmosphere changed. It was if I had heard a clap of thunder break the sound barrier. Simeon saw, felt and heard it too… and most likely everyone else.

And then I watched and listened in wonder to Simeon. Simeon and I had been waiting, waiting a long time for the consolation of Israel.

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Simeon was full of the Holy Ghost and told me God had promised him, like me, that we would not see death before we saw the LORD’s Christ.

It was dedication day at the temple…. And when the young parents handed the baby to Simeon, Simeon began to bless God! Why he could barely contain himself! I thought to myself, well I’m the prophetess, but we were all blessing God! It was his jumping up and down that made me a little nervous….

Simeon was ancient like me, I was afraid he’d drop that baby! But he didn’t but I will never forget his words….

29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:

30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

33 And Joseph and his mother marveled at those things which were spoken of him.

34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;

35Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

God himself spoke that day through Simeon and in one look from this Holy Child to us. I saw the Face of God! Praise God! My father Phanuel, that was what his name means Face of God!

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My Father, My Redeemer , My Husband was right before us all! What a glorious day!

Seeking God’s Treasure,

Marlene Hoenig
Cinderella Released from ashes to beauty to declare His Glory!

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A Japanese Christmas Present To You

by Cinderella Released …from ashes to beauty

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A Christmas present to you.  And God spoke, “Light” and there was light.  God then separated the day and night.  He spoke into existence the plants, trees and everything came into being.  Then the Bible says, God reached down and with His own two hands, formed man and woman and then breathed His breath into their beings.  He made mankind and gave them dominion over everything.

In Job Chapter 38, God asks Job a series of questions and then gives Job the answers:

Pull yourself together, Job! Up on your feet! Stand tall!  I have some questions for you, and I want some straight answers.  Where were you when I created the earth?  Tell me, since you know so much!  Who decided on its’ size?  Certainly you know that!  Who came up with the blueprints and measurements?  How was the foundation poured, and who set the cornerstone, while the morning stars sang in chorus and all the angels shouted praise?  And who took charge of the ocean when it gushed forth like a baby from the womb?  That was me!  I wrapped it in soft clouds, and tucked it in safely at night.

 In Japan the art of gift giving is very precious.  You hold your gift very carefully in two hands and bow when you give someone a gift.  You wrap it very carefully as to protect and provide surprise to the receiver.

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Mary, the mother of Jesus was given the honor of presenting God’s present to the world, His son Jesus who was carefully wrapped in swaddling clothes, placed in a box we call a manger and presented to the world.   This precious gift grew into whom we know as King Jesus!

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My King

My King was born King; the Bible says He’s the seven way King.
He’s the King of the Jews – that’s a racial King
He’s the King of Israel – that’s a national King
He’s the King of righteousness, He’s the King of the ages,
He’s the King of heaven, He’s the King of glory,
He’s the King of Kings and He is the Lord of Lords,
Now that’s MY KING.

Well, I wonder if you know Him, do you know Him?
Don’t try to mislead me – do you know MY KING?
David said, “The heavens declare the glory of God
and the firmament shows His handiwork.”

MY KING is the only one, whom there is no means of measurement
which can define His limitless love.
No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline
of His shore less supplies.
No barriers can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing.
He’s enduringly strong, He’s entirely sincere, He’s eternally steadfast,
He’s immortally graceful, imperially powerful and impartially merciful.
That’s MY KING!

He’s God’s Son.  He’s the sinner’s Savior. 
He’s the centerpiece of civilization, He stands alone in Himself.
He’s awesome, unique, unparalleled – He’s unprecedented.
He’s the miracle of the age.  He’s the superlative of
everything good that you choose to call Him.
He is the only one able to supply all of our needs simultaneously.

He supplies strength for the weak. 
He’s available for the tempted and the tried.
He sympathizes and He saves.  He for guards and He guides.
He heals the sick.  He cleanses lepers. He forgives sinners.
He discharges debtors.  He delivers the captives.  He defends the feeble.
He blesses the young.  He serves the unfortunate.  He regards the aged.
He rewards the diligent and He beautifies the meek.
Do you know HIM?

Well, MY KING is the King of knowledge, He’s the wellspring of wisdom.
He’s the doorway of deliverance.  He’s the pathway of peace.  He’s the roadway
of righteousness.  He’s the highway of holiness.  He’s the gateway of glory.
He’s the Master of the mighty.  He’s the Captain of the conquerors. 
He’s the Head of the heroes, and He’s the Leader of the legislators.
He’s the Overseer of the over comers.  He’s the Governor of governors. 
He’s the Prince of princes, He’s the King of kings, and He’s the Lord of lords.
That’s MY KING!

His office is manifold and His promises are sure.  His light is matchless. 
His goodness is limitless.  His mercy is everlasting and His love never changes.
His Word is enough. His grace is sufficient.  His reign is righteous.
His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
Well, I wish I could describe Him to you, but He’s indescribable!
He’s incomprehensible, invincible and irresistible.

I’m trying to tell you the heaven of heavens can not contain Him,
let alone a man explain Him! 
You can’t get Him out of your mind.   You can’t get Him off of your hands.
You can’t outlive Him and you can’t live without Him. 
Well, the Pharisees couldn’t stand Him, but they found out they couldn’t stop Him.
Pilot couldn’t find any fault in Him.  The witnesses couldn’t get their
testimonies to agree and Herod couldn’t kill Him.
Death couldn’t handle Him and the grave couldn’t hold Him.
That’s MY KING!

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When a man and a woman get married, the groom picks up the bride,
with both hands, and carries her across the threshold of their home. 
This is first and indication of the two becoming one and
second a sign of the man’s provision, protection and adoration for his bride.

The bride simply has to surrender and allow the husband to lift her up
and carry her across the divide. 
The King of kings wants to pick you up with His mighty hands and carry
you across the universe!

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