April 2019 Newsletter - "Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and the Eye Salve" by Dr. Roni Burton, MD

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Hi everyone. Someone may ask, “what is AMD”? Well it’s the most common cause of blindness in older adults in industrialized nations. (1) There are two forms of this condition. The first is “dry AMD” and the second is “wet AMD.” The first is a function of aging results from atrophy of part of the retina called the macula.  It’s the central part of the retina, where the fovea is located.  The fovea contains the most acute part of vision. In dry AMD there is hard, extra cellular material called drusen that, over time, deposits in this area, resulting in loss of central vision and can lead to blindness. In the “wet AMD” there is the component of bleeding or fluid collecting into this area due to leaking blood vessels from fragile vessels formed in a process called neovascularization. (2) There are several modifiable risk factors, including not smoking or drinking, eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and fish, vitamins etc. which are helpful in management of AMD. (3)  However, the reason why this subject ‘caught my eye’ is that there is a spiritual component.

Yeshua/Jesus said those who “believe and are baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned,” (4). The signs and wonders that ‘follow’ those who believe and are baptized with His divine nature in His name (which in the Hebrew speaks of His character and function), “they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover,” (5).  Those sign and wonders are confirmations of the Word.  They, the signs and wonders, are in the Word, which is the seed of God (Luke 8:11).  Yeshua/Jesus is the Word (John 1:1). In addition to other functions, the laying on of hands is a high priestly function (i.e. the transfer of sin from a person to an animal and the subsequent sacrifice of that animal); thus, Jesus Christ being the Lamb of Yah without sin took away the sins (ignorance, darkness) of the world.  But how?  For those with eyes to see and ears to hear (Matt 13:11), to them the secrets of the Scriptures are revealed: their darkness, ignorance i.e. sin is removed by the Light of revelation.  This is the healing! (Matt 13:15)

During our last Sunday service, Apostle Michael heard the words macular degeneration. Asking what it is and who may have it, a legally blind person with AMD came forward.  She received prayer with improvement of her vision.  That’s the healing in the Word.

The problem is ancient.  From Moses, to the prophets, to Christ to now, the problem is not having spiritual eyes and ears to understand the deeper revelations of the Scriptures.  Without a parable Yeshua/Jesus did not speak (Matt 13:34, Mark 4:34, Psalm 78:2).  In the book of Revelation or the Apocalypse (meaning to remove the veil) Yeshua says, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” (Rev 3:22). He called the religious leaders of His day “blind guides” (Matt 23: 16 & 24).

The church today has ‘Adult-related Macula Degeneration’ and has fallen away into blindness. (2 Tess 2:11).  The Great Physician, Yeshua Christ, counsels the church “anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see” (Rev 3:18). The eye salve is the Holy Spirit, His Spirit of Prophecy awakening his people from blindness and ignorance through the revelation of Himself, the Word.

The great Day of the Lord has begun and He is calling His people out of the church: she has fallen into harlotry receiving false seeds (words/teachings).  Yeshua is calling His people out, “saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Rev 18:4).  He is calling out His remnant. Yeshua said, “many are called (the church) few are chosen (the remnant),  (Matt 22:14; emphasis added).

In the natural, AMD can be medically managed with lifestyle modification.  In the spiritual, it can be cured by the revelation of the Word, Christ.  He that can hear, let him hear! 

Until next time, Shalom.
Pastor Roni.

1.   Age-Related Macular Degeneration:  Clinical presentation, etiology and diagnosis. Author: Dr Jorge Arroyo, MD, MPH from Up To date.
2.  Ibid.
3.  Ibid.
4.  Mark 16:16 (King James Version)
5.  Mark 16:18