VISION: PATIENCE TILL THE HARVEST

Lk 12:42-43   And the Lord said, ‘Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season?  Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.   

Ja 5:7-12   Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord.  See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.  You also be patientEstablish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.   

Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned.  Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!  My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the LORD, as an example of suffering and patience.  Indeed we count them blessed who endure.  You have heard of the perserverance of Job and seen the end of the Lord – that the LORD is very compassionate and merciful.  

But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by Heaven or by Earth or with any other oath.  But let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’, and ‘no’ ‘no’, lest you fall into judgment 

Patience of Hope
1Thes 1:3   remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ  

Rom 5:2b-5a   and rejoice in hope of the glory of GodAnd not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance character; and character hope.  Now hope does not disappoint. . . .  

Example of Prophetic Patience and Endurance
Heb 11:37   Isaiah said to have been sawn asunder
Jer 38:6   Jeremiah was thrown into a pit with no water, but mire that he sunk into
Job         did not curse God, and have faith and hope that he would see his Redeemer in the flesh

 

Patience with Humility and Self-Control in Trusting God 
Mt 5:33-37  Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’  But I say to you, do not swear at all:  neither by Heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the Earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.  Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black.  But let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’, and ‘no’ ‘no’.  For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.  

MORE TERRIBLENESS – 24 Mar 2011

Early yesterday morning at 5:15, we were awakened in Beer Sheva by the sound of the air raid siren.  Another rocket from Gaza was fired our way, hitting in a residential neighborhood in the center of the city.  Thankfully, it missed a direct hit on a house, but nonetheless caused injury and damage.  Schools were called off that day, and once again the Mayor made the right decision:  another rocket hit around 9:45, when children would have been in school.  Other rockets were fired into other western Negev cities and towns.  The Islamic Jihad took credit; the Palestinian Authority and Hamas claim that they are against escalation of the simmering conflict at this time.

Later yesterday, around 3:00, the terror of bus bombings returned to Jerusalem.  One person has died so far; others are still in critical condition, with many wounded or traumatized.

The woman killed in the terror attack was a Christian who had been working for 20 years translating the Bible into the language of a tribe in togo.

Mary Gardner was from Scotland and she came to Israel at the beginning of the year to hone her translating skills at a ministry here called the home for Bible translators (Assoicated with Wycliffe Bible Translators)

Chris Mitchell and Julie Stahl, CBN

We know and have been forewarned that lawlessness will be increasing as we get ever nearer to the end of the age and the coming again of the Lord.  Terror produces fear and anxiety.  May the grace of our God work in us the fear of the Lord and complete trust in Him.

UPDATE ON ARAD DEMONSTRATION – 20 Mar 2011

The demonstration in Arad took place, and Channel 1 news covered it.  Here is a link, which also has English sub-titles: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnR6DYmHdOI

Praise the Lord for the neighbors, and the other residents who joined with them to protest against the religious oppressors!  This is what we need to see more of in Israel if there is going to be a breakthrough in the ranks of those in control:  local, Hebrew-speaking, ordinary Israelis — and those not so ordinary — standing up and speaking out against the baseless taunts and accusations of the opposers of the believers, who represent that which is good and right in the truth of our Lord and Messiah.

GOD IS REDEEMING ISRAEL TODAY: THE FIRST AND THE LAST – 19 Mar 2011

YHVH God is the same God today as in the days of Mordecai and Esther, acting sovereignly and “behind the scenes” to watch over His people, while also performing His word.

Rom 1:16   For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Messiah, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first, and also for the Greek.
–historic precedence (Mt 10:5-6; 15:24; Acts 3:26; 13:46)
–not a personal obligation
–primarily about the demonstration of God’s power in saving, delivering, setting free the Chosen People, with the pride of life and the stronghold of religious self-righteousness  (consider also Rom 2:9-10 judgment and honor to the Jew first)

Balfour Declaration   “the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people” (see Ezek 36:23-25)
–significant for us today:  not a Jewish state, but a state for the Jewish people
–Jewish, Zionist state excludes from its understanding believers in Yeshua/Jesus as Messiah, the Son of God.
–Judaism (Pharasaic, Talmudic, Rabbinic) rejects Jesus as being God’s Anointed One, and of salvation by grace, through faith in YHVH and in His Word
–rejection and hostility to Jesus and the gospel, and of the righteousness of God
–works of law; self-righteousness; seeks man’s approval; uncircumcised heart
–Today the world is actively working to nullify the Balfour Declaration.
–God used man and the world powers to carry out His sovereign will for bringing back the Jewish people to the Land of promise, both in 1917 and in 1947.

Gen 15:16    “But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet   complete.”  (see also with respect to God not being a respecter of persons:  Ezek 14:6-23; Rom 2:11)
–righteous ways of YHVH, and He has not changed; giving us an example for a pattern
–return of the Jews when the iniquity of the Muslims was fully exposed; when the British had reneged from their own commitments and obligations; when the Church, through unbelief and arrogance had presumed that God had finished withIsrael already; when the Arab Christians had largely become Islamized in their thinking and outlook, especially regarding the promises of God to the Jewish people and Israel as a nation
–amongst Christians in the West and in the Middle East, a lack of sympathy over the calamity of the Jews in the Holocaust
–Yeshua/Jesus will open the seals of judgment near the end of the end of the age when the iniquity is full in all the nations, including Israel, against the Word of God and Jesus, and against Israel as God’s chosen land and people.  His righteous judgments will be necessary for the sake of His Holy Name.
–Jerusalem is still being trampled down by the Gentiles until today; the Biblical city is in what today is East Jerusalem,

Lev 26:40-46    The Israelis/Jewish people are required by the LORD to admit and confess her guilt and sins against Him, despite the sins of other peoples and countries against them.
–The Law and commandments of YHVH’s covenant are given to the children of Israel, and she is obligated to Him in a way different from the other nations.

As Christian believers God is looking for those who will stand in faith for His holy name’s sake concerning Israel – like Moses and Paul – and not fall away from Him due to Israel’s continued unbelief and unrighteousness, as the voices of the world would tempt us to do.  Yeshua also willingly took upon Himself the reproaches of the Father, and was thrown out of the vineyard – outside the camp – bearing His reproach, being a scapegoat. (Eng Ps 69:6-9; Ezek 36:21-24; Heb 13:13)