Category: Torah Class – Hollisa Alewine

Dr. Hollisa Alewine has her B.S. and M.Ed. from Texas A&M and a Doctorate in Philosophy from Oxford Graduate School. Her area of research is adult education with an emphasis on correctional education. Additionally, two of her three Master’s Degrees (one in Rabbinic Theology and one in Religious Education) emphasized research in Nazarene Judaism of the First Century. Now retired from a career in federal law enforcement, Dr. Alewine writes and teaches extensively in the Jewish roots of faith. She is the author of Standing with Israel: A House of Prayer for All Nations, The Creation Gospel Bible study workbook series, and a programmer on Hebraic Roots Network. Her newest project is called BEKY Books (Books Encouraging the Kingdom of Yeshua), and she is joined in the project by some of her favorite authors and teachers. Proceeds from her Creation Gospel workbook series have helped to build and provide monthly funds to the LaMalah Children’s Centre in Kenya. Dr. Alewine is a student and teacher of the Word of God.


In Vayeilekh, there are some key passages that hint to the mission of the black horse rider in Revelation. While Creation Gospel Workbook Two focuses on the festival season symbolized by the barley, wheat, oil, and wine, there is a clue in the prices that links the reader back to the Torah portion. Let’s look at a couple of passages in Vayeilekh and their summary points:

Adonai Himself will cross over before the Israelites.
Adonai Himself will destroy the occupiers of the Land of Israel so that the tribes may receive their portions.
Israel is to remain vigilant, expectant through the Passover night and the evening before the Day of Trumpets. Resurrection comes with the dawn. The menorah had to be so filled with oil that it would burn until dawn, yet if the fire on the altar went out, then all the oil in the world could not burn through the night as necessary. As the Feast of Trumpets approaches, it is important to do more than check the oil level in our lamps. We need to listen, measure our actions against the Word, and if necessary, repent. There’s nothing like a good repentance sacrifice to make the altar flame high, and with that fire, we can re-light our lamps to burn through the darkness of night. Evening and morning. One day.


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Does it seem like the word “today” is used a lot in our Torah portion? The Hebrew for “today” is HaYom. The emphasis on the opening passage of Nitzavim is “today.” The principle of “today” is that it is the day in which one listens to the voice of Elohim. Adam and Eve feared the voice of Elohim walking in the Garden because they had not listened to it, obeyed it. Today is the time of obedience to the commandments. Here are a few of the multiple verses in Deuteronomy that define “today” as the day of listening to and obeying the commandments, the voice of Elohim.

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DR HOLLISA ALEWINE – 144,000 Harps: Hidden Songs of Israel (New BEKY Book)

You are invited to join us for a sneak peek at 144,000 Harps: Hidden Songs of Israel today. It is the latest BEKY Book, anticipated to be released sometime in September. Today we will look at the final chapter of the book, “The Great Hallel.” If you thought you knew what a song was, you might re-think it after reading 144,000 Harps! If you know a singer or musician, please pass the invitation along.

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Can we clear up some Hebrew grammar?

“When you go out to battle against your enemies, and the LORD your God hands them over to you and you take them away captive…” (Dt 21:10)

Each Hebrew verb has its own preposition, which is not always the same as English. Translators often try to help by using the English preposition, which helps with basic understanding, but sometimes strips a great lesson. In Hebrew, a person doesn’t battle AGAINST an enemy, but ON them.

When you go out to war [on] your enemies ?????????…

The Father doesn’t want you to go out against your enemies. That implies push-pushback-push-pushback. Where does it end? Instead, He wants you to go out to war ON the enemy. Get on top. Subject him so that he doesn’t rise again. Squash him completely. In spiritual terms, take your appetites, emotions, desires, and intellect, and subject them to the smackdown of Spirit and the Word of Truth. They will then become best friends instead of adversaries.

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In earlier lessons on the serpent Pharaoh and how he gave his authority to the first beast kingdom of Babylon, you learned the four kingdoms of the beast: Babylon, Persia/Medea, Greece, Rome, and the mixed iron-and-clay daughters of the Roman Empire in current world systems. Babylon has always sought to rule Heaven with its golden head, but Rome (the Red One, Edom) desired to rule the earth. Nevertheless, they are part of the same image. If the mixed clay and iron feet of the Beast on earth are shaken by judgment (mishpat) by the four horsemen, then the golden head of Babylon, which is given authority by the serpent mystically called Egypt and Babylon fighting in the heavenlies, the entire image will also fall along with its idolatry, deceits, and sorceries.

This “coalition” would have only a short time to continue deceiving mankind. In Re’eh, the destruction of idolatrous cities, idolators, and false prophets is described in detail for Israel. These details will emerge in the judgment on the idolatrous nations in John’s Revelation…

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Re’eh holds some of the severest judgments for idolatry. The “odds and ends” that follow are not a disconnected jumble of various instructions. Jewish scholars have been discussing their connections from long ago, but perhaps the easiest summary is found in the Book of Revelation. Israel’s destruction of idol-worship was to create a pattern for the other nations. By destroying the idols, Israel would inherit a land where freedom invited unity, not multiple gods.

The most widely-recognized judgment fulfilled in Revelation is the one pronounced upon an idolatrous city that must be burned to the ground: “Fallen, fallen, is Babylon the great…” And it will continue to smoke in order to warn the world away from the deception of idolatry.

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The twelve tribes were to rule the 70 nations, not be ruled by them. Prayer has become increasingly important with the loss of the Temple. The interests of Israel may conflict with the ruling principalities and powers assigned to the nations:

Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was standing in my way for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia. Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the latter days, because the vision pertains to the days still future.” (Da 10:12-14)

Join us in Part 2 of VAETCHANAN- O, Jerusalem.

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One of the most heart-wrenching cries of the Torah, and perhaps of all Scripture, is Moses’ plea in Vaetchanan:

I also pleaded with the LORD at that time, saying, ‘Lord GOD, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your strong hand; for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as Yours? Please let me cross over and see the good land that is beyond the Jordan, that good hill country, and Lebanon.’ But the LORD was angry with me on your account, and would not listen to me; instead, the LORD said to me, ‘Enough! Do not speak to Me any more about this matter.’ (Dt 3:23-25)

What an aching of heart to see the Land of Israel! What a cry of pain! Moses knew that there was more in the Land than giants, wicked kings, idolatry, robbery, and sexual immorality. Those were there to test the hearts of Israel. Did they see impossibilities or opportunities for new miracles?

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