(05/15/2014) Should Men Take Their Hats Off?

Posted: May 14, 2014 in Adornment, Angels, Church Attendance, Fellowship with GOD, Prophecy, Rest, Sabbath, Sanctification, Scriptures, Signs
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Adornment, church attendance, prophecy, and spirit power are topics, today.  Also, there is more on changing times and laws.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Richard” (Level 3 with 1,183 points, a member since October 05, 2010) posted the following:

 

Why should I have to take my cap off in church? 

I wear my cap for personal reasons. I dislike everything about religion anyway, but why should men take their hats off when women keep their ridiculous looking hats on?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  The changing of times (i.e., appointments, calendars, pre-arranged events, pre-determined actions, schedules) and laws is practiced by men, who count themselves leaders for self-justification and self-promotion.  The changing of times counterfeits and mimics the divine operations whereby signs (we say, displays of divine power through nature, miracles, or sacred events) are provided to give assurance that a message, or prophetic demonstration claimed to be from GOD is authentic, is certain of fulfillment, is sealed (i.e., not to be altered, contradicted, or countermanded), and bears a personal signature of the Almighty, so to speak.  The framework of seasons and time is maintained through the cycles of moon, stars, and sun fashioned by operations of the Holy Spirit, and subject only to the Creator.  Mankind and the living creatures of the earth were fashioned by the Creator through the Word (we say, breath and utterance).  The Sabbath was acknowledged before the first Jew appeared in the earth, and long before the covenant of Moses.  Because those who wandered, and finally entered the Promised Land did faithfully maintain the various cycles that pertain to the Sabbath, there should be no quarrel or question as to the occasion for Sabbath observance.  As sanctified, we understand that the Sabbath has been purified and set apart for divine use.  While many speak of the Sabbath as a period of time and a day of rest from divine activity, Sabbath is more correctly understood as a stage of divine communion and fellowship with undivided focus upon all Creation.  See again Genesis 2:  1-3, Exodus 20:  8-11, Leviticus 23:  3 and Deuteronomy 5:  13-15, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:   But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.  Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.  But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head:  for that is even all one as if she were shaven.  For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn:  but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.  For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God:  but the woman is the glory of the man.  For the man is not of the woman:  but the woman of the man.  Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.  For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.  Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.  For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.  (1st Corinthians 11:  3-12, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Worship Wear? (01/23/2014); Relating to GOD? (11/05/2013); Does Satan Know? (11/06/2013); (Attending Church? (11/12/2012); A Holy Kiss? (11/13/2012); Christian Modesty (10/15/2012); The Meek Will Inherit (10/16/2012); Why Clothing? (10/15/2010); Known by GOD? (10/16/2010)

 

“Richard”, here are a few points to consider that are in agreement with Christian belief, yet, are not always completely and correctly practiced:

(1.)  The use of prayer caps, shawls, yarmulke, and other head gear by males are associated with the lifestyles and worship among Orthodox and Conservative Jews.  For that reason, many Christians feel persons who observe those practices are foreign, hostile, and unreceptive to the New Covenant in Jesus.

(2.)  The Apostle Paul commanded Gentiles and Jews of the early church to focus less upon ones physical appearance, and more upon the content of ones spirit.  Concern should be more upon the inner than the outward adornment.  Men are not to pray or prophesy—serve as official spokespersons sent from GOD within the congregation—with their heads covered.  Similarly, women are not to pray, or comfort, edify, exhort (we say, prophesy)—as spokespersons from GOD sent to the body of believers—with their heads uncovered.  For many, knowledge and obedience on this point became a key, or sign for recognizing false prophets.

(3.)  Given the spiritual status whereby husbands and wives, men and women, are joined as a single entity before GOD (i.e., a pair having one name, such as Adam), when the female has no hat or prayer cloth the male is understood as a covering for the female; and the male may cover the female’s head with the palm of his hand.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Women are taught that there is to be “power on their heads.”  Their heads should be covered when they pray as an acknowledgment of the angels—however, not as worship of the angels.  Often, angelic messengers and servants to the Most High are those who will carry out and perform the tasks necessary for a woman’s prayers to be heard and answered.  Consider again, the visitations concerning the birth of John the Baptist, and the announcement to the Virgin Mary that she would bear a child.).  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your meekness and faith.

For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:  marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.  (Psalms 139:  13-14, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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