Wrestling With My Angel

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jacob-wrestles-angelMy winged muse, Rena Easton and I have been wrestling for forty-four years. This is a key number in Judaism. Jacob wrestles with an Angel for a couple of days so he can receive God’s blessing in a new land. The Angel refuses to give Jacob its name, and instead, gives Jacob the name ISRAEL.

Why didn’t the angel reveal its name? One possibility, is, this angel is female. Scribes who wrote the Torah X-ed out the powerful influence of women in the history of Israel. Why? My spiritual work with Rena is a search for the answer.

“Greg, I want you to know & listen. I apologize for being an abusive girl when our paths crossed in 1970. I had come out of a dark and dangerous place, and you helped me. Please forgive me. No one deserves abuse. I have learned a lot now.”

I do not recall having sexual intercourse with Rena. I wonder if she can say the same? Is this why she does not title herself my girlfriend? We bought a mattress together for our tent after she said our love-making was hurting her tailbone. As I recall she did not want our fellow campers to hear our love-making, thus, it was very subdued. When we first kissed, we wrestled on the floor.

For several years an Angel was downloading Biblical information to me that I would transcribe when I awoke. An Angel introduced me the my sixteen year old daughter I did not know I had sired.
I was not told her name in my dream that I told to Michael Harkins, who agreed to help me find her. In my letter I wondered about the daughter we did not have. This is probably what freaked Rena out, because it brought an end to our wrestling match. Why?

Was John the Baptist married? John was going to bring Judgment Day, announce the Day of the Great Atonement. Salome stopped him by dancing for his head. This was a spiritual wrestling match, that John lost.

Jon the Nazarite

The same night he arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had. And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.” The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip. Therefore to this day the people of Israel do not eat the sinew of the thigh that is on the hip socket, because he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip on the sinew of the thigh.

The account of Jacob wrestling with the angel is a story found in the Book of Genesis, and referenced elsewhere such as Genesis 35:1-7 and Hosea chapter 12. The account includes the renaming of Jacob as “Israel”, literally “He who struggles with God.”
The being with which Jacob wrestles is variously described as an angel, a man, or God. Jacob asks the being his name, and while he doesn’t receive an answer, Jacob names the place where they wrestled Peniel or Penuel or Phanuel. [Genesis 32:29-30] The event occurs during Jacob’s journey back to Canaan.

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