Reflecting Pool

This page provides opportunities for other believers to express their views.  As lights in the world, we are to reflect back onto the true Source of the true Light that is now within us:  Yeshua the Messiah/Jesus Christ.

You may either reply/comment to any of the reflections (it does not matter what date they were first posted), or else offer a reflection of your own.  (Vulgar language or racist comments will not be approved.)  Reflections posted will be those of their authors, not necessarily of the site administrator, who may or may not reply to all points approved for posting.

I will not always be able to respond or post immediately.  Your understanding will be appreciated, and I pray that this Reflecting Pool will be helpful to walking in truth, for edification, exhortation, comfort — and for honor to the name of Yeshua/Jesus, Lord and Messiah/Christ.

165 comments to Reflecting Pool

  • Howard

    DID RABBINIC JUDAISM EMERGE OUT FROM CHRISTIANITY? – 15 Apr 2014

    Here is an extremely interesting and stimulating lecture given by Prof. Israel Jacob Yuval:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_6Q4or2jjU

    Whatever God by His Word and Spirit originates, those most directly affected who reject it will challenge it with their own narrative to either/both deny His truth, or/and to give their own self-independence credibility. Fascinating!

  • Howard

    A GREATER PASSOVER – 14 Apr 2014

    As we celebrate the Passover, we can rejoice as we remember that not only has Yehovah made His name great as the God of Israel who brought His people up out of Egypt with a strong hand and an outstretched arm to serve Him, but also the whole world is reminded that Jesus Christ/Yeshua the Messiah died and rose again during this special night and week which God has given us.

    As great as what God did to bring the Israelis out of Egypt to bring them into the Land of Canaan to give it to them for an inheritance, YHVH claims through the prophet Jeremiah that the work of redemption going on now in bringing His scattered people back to this very land from all around the world is even greater.

    Jer 16:14-15 “Therefore behold, days are coming,” declares Yehovah, “when it will no longer be said, ‘As Yehovah lives, who brought up the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘As Yehovah lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of the north and from all the countries where He had banished them.’ For I will restore them to their own land which I gave to their fathers.”

    Jer 23:1-8 “Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture!” declares Yehovah. Therefore thus says Yehovah, God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who are tending My people: “You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to attend to you for the evil of your deeds,” declares the LORD.

    “Then I Myself will gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and bring them back to their pasture, and they will be fruitful and multiply. I will also raise up shepherds over them and they will tend them; and they will not be afraid any longer, nor be terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares Yehovah.

    “Behold, the days are coming,” declares Yehovah, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch (Plant); and He will reign as king and act wisely, and do justice and righteousness in the land.

    “In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called,‘Yehovah our righteousness.’

    “Therefore behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when they will no longer say, ‘As Yehovah lives, who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt, but, ‘As Yehovah lives, who brought up and led back the descendants of the household of Israel from the north land and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ Then they will live on their own soil.”

  • Howard

    ABRAHAMIC FAITH – 8 Mar 2014

    Abraham is revered by the Jewish people, by Christians, by the Arab people, and by Muslims. God has made Abraham’s name great, and all the families of the Earth are blessed through his descendants.

    Of whom is Abraham the father? He is the father of the Arabic people through his son, Ishmael, whose mother was Hagar, the Egyptian. Abraham is a descendant of Shem, a son of Noah. Hagar, as an Egyptian (Mizraim), is a descendant of Ham, a son of Noah.

    Abraham is the father of the Israeli and Jewish people through his son, Isaac, and his grandson, Jacob. Isaac’s mother was Sarah; Jacob’s mother was Rebecca. These were all descendants of Shem. Jacob had a twin brother, Esau/Edom, who married two Canaanite women (descendants from Ham), and then married a daughter of Ishmael.

    Abraham is called the father of many nations, and, indeed, there are many Arab nations, and one essentially Jewish nation. Even through his marriage to Keturah, after Sarah died, Abraham had sons through whom have come other ethnic groups, probably including the Bedouin.

    What distinguishes the Jewish people’s relationship to Abraham over the others is that of YHVH God’s covenants to and through them, and not to or through the others.

    Abraham is also the “spiritual” father of all who believe in Yeshua/Jesus as the Messiah/Christ and the Son of the Living God. That is, all who believe in God the Father and His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ/Yeshua the Messiah, are children of Abraham through faith in the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob/Israel. Jesus, as a Man, was descended from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Abraham believed that God Almighty, the Most High God, YEHOVAH, could raise the dead to life in order to fulfill His promises to and through him.

    Not all who are called Christian are believers, just as not all Israel is Israel. Christian/Messianic believers can call Abraham their father, whether they are Jewish, Arab, or any other Gentile.

    Muslims do not believe in YHVH, God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob. They do not believe that God is a Father, or that Jesus is His Son. If God is not a father, then He has no children. Jewish people believe that God is a Father, and that Israel is His first-born son (as a nation); but they do not believe that Yeshua/Jesus is the Messiah, whoever else they may think is. Christians believe that God is their Father, and that they are children of God through their faith in Him through Jesus, His Son, by the Holy Spirit who dwells within each born-again believer in Him.

    The conclusion of this is that there are not three Abrahamic faiths — Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Jewish people in the flesh (natural descendants) can call Abraham their father; natural Arab people through Ishmael and even Esau/Edom can consider Abraham their ancestral father in the flesh; but only those from whatever nation who believe in Yeshua/Jesus/Yasua as Lord and Christ/Messiah, the Son of God, have the same faith as Abraham. Yeshua said that Abraham saw His day, and was glad.

    There is a wrongly placed sympathy towards Islam and Muslims by erroneously accepting Islam as an Abrahamic faith. Their God is not the God of Abraham. They need to repent and believe the gospel, and be set free by the truth, to worship the true living God in spirit and truth. Traditional Judaism does not accept that Jesus/Yeshua is the Messiah. They, too, need to repent and believe the gospel, and come back to the God of their fathers. Nominal Christians do not have living faith; also they need to repent and believe the gospel that their righteousness is from God and not from their religious culture or affiliation.

  • Howard

    THE JEWS: A Divinely Protected and Overcoming People – 2 Feb 2014

    Here is a link to a pdf file of remarkable photos of Jewish people displaying the best of their “stubborn and stiff-necked” qualities, which has enabled them to endure and come through the valley of the shadow of death with their indomitable spirit to be ‘eternal’:
    http://www.tinewbedford.org/pps/HistoricPhotosOfTheJews-0FLev.pps (The file is safe to ‘save’.)

    O for that day when they will call upon the name of the Lord for salvation!

  • Howard

    HEBREW LANGUAGE AND THE BIBLE: A Divinely Inspired Language and Book – 31 Jan 2014

    Whether a pure “Hebrew” was the original human language may be challenged and debated by many. But that Hebrew is unique — through its being chosen by the Creator and Redeemer, YHVH, to be the language of choice to make Himself known through the Bible (O.T.) — can not be greatly disputed.

    Once again, another curious inquirer has found fascinating correspondence between the language of the Jews and the world that their God made. (This is not to say that all things that people say regarding the language and its hidden truths are correct, but only that the language has provided a treasure source not found in other ancient languages. And of those ancient languages, Hebrew has remained a living tongue till today.)

    You can read here what excited a professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer Sheva about Hebrew, in a 2009 article in the Jerusalem Post, ‘Mere Coincidence, or Divine Truth?’:
    http://www.jpost.com/Features/Mere-coincidence-or-divine-truth

    Here is Prof. Haim Shore’s 2nd Edition (2013) of his book, Coincidences in the Bible and in Biblical Hebrew, online:
    http://www.bgu.ac.il/~shor/Haim%20Shore_Coincidences%20in%20the%20Bible_April%202013.pdf

    The Bible (Old and New Testaments), even for unbelievers in Jesus, or for those who dismiss its Divine inspiration and authoritative truths, continues to intrigue and compel people in a way that is not known of for any other “Holy Book” of another people or religion. This is the primary source and record of the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth; of YEHOVAH, God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob; of His people Israel and His land; of His city, Jerusalem, both earthly and heavenly; of things natural and spiritual; of how human beings ought to live; of God’s Son, Jesus Christ/Yeshua the Messiah, the Redeemer and Savior of all persons from any people, nation, and land, but especially of those who believe; of eternal judgment, whether of justification unto life with God, or of condemnation unto existence separated from God.

  • Howard

    THE TRINITY AND JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES – 28 Jan 2014

    Many of you may have experienced discussions and/or confrontations with witnesses two-by-two of JW’s. They claim to speak the truth about the one true God, JEHOVAH, but deny that Jesus/Yeshua is also JEHOVAH/YEHOVAH, nor is the Holy Spirit.

    A friend in Alaska wrote an excellent researched piece refuting the claims of JW and their parent, The Watchtower, that their beliefs agree with the early church teachers and theologians.

    You can read it here and use it to affirm your own conviction of the truth of the one, true, living God: http://jwinfo003.wordpress.com

  • Howard

    BETWEEN BABYLON AND JERUSALEM – 17 Jan 2014

    There is an interesting discussion going on within parts of the Messianic community in Israel. It began mentioning that the Babylonian Talmud ‘won out’ over the Jerusalem Talmud (sometimes referred to as the Palestinian Talmud, since it was codified after the Romans changed the name of the land of Israel to Palestine).

    The point is put forward that this has been a negative factor in the development of a Jewish Israeli culture in general, and a Jewish Israeli Messianic (belief in Yeshua/Jesus) culture in particular.

    For my part, I see that God, in His sovereign ways and thoughts, broadened the ‘fenced in’ Jewish perspective to encompass a wider view, which the gospel is accomplishing in a more perfect way. This wider and broader view does not negate who we are in particular, but it allows us to embrace much more of what — and who — also belongs to YHVH God’s creation and redemption. As Jewish people from all around the world and from so many diverse cultures are coming back to the land of promise, defining what makes for a “Jewish Israeli culture” within normative Judaism is not something tangible. And, of course, there is place for Gentiles in God’s land among His people. So, too, and more so, for those who also believe — whether Jewish or not — in Yeshua as Lord and Messiah, the Son of God. We come from, or enter into, various streams of the Messianic/Christian faith; yet we all belong to one river of inheritance in Him.

    Only by the Spirit of God can a godly expression of culture unfold and mature; it can not be done by our own thoughts and understanding of what that should be or look like. It will be a new creation of the Holy One of Israel, and the glory will be His!

    Perhaps I will add a few points on what has already been said and written, as it pertains to our discussion within Israel as disciples of the Lord:

    1. Yeshua was cast out of the vineyard by His own people through their rulers. (Mt 21: 33-44; Lev 4)

    2. “Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach.” (Heb 13:13)

    3. ~”…believe Me, the hour is coming, and now is, when you will neither . . .in Jerusalem worship the Father, but will worship Him in spirit and truth; for such the Father is seeking to worship Him.” (Jn 4:21-24) God is bringing back the gospel and the testimony to Israel and to Jerusalem now, but His focus for our worship, until the Lord returns, is still on the New Jerusalem above — the heavenly Zion. (Heb 12:22-24; Rev 3:11-12; 5)

    There is something new and different for all who believe in Messiah under the New Covenant now that will affect our expression of culture in the Kingdom of God, and its impact on whatever culture we are living in or have come out from. (Gal 6:14-16; Lev 18:3-4)

  • Howard

    LINGERING STORY – 8 Jan 2014

    Christmas has come and gone, but the subject will not go away. One of the main objections that we faced this year was the growing contention that the whole thing is of pagan origin, including the date set for it. This false premise has gained strength the last 30-40 years only, and has brought division and confusion into the Body of Messiah (which helps to discern the source of the trouble), and is a terrible witness to those still seeking the Lord of Glory, while seeing His ‘church’ scattered and accusing the brethren. The deligitimazation of the time of the Lord’s birth and its celebration is akin to the relentless and baseless efforts to deligitimize the existence of the State of Israel.

    The ‘timeline’ which I have been working on for close to 20 years uses only Scripture to show that the birth of the Lord and its timing is not of pagan origin, but from God Himself. (There are Hebrew and Jewish roots to the historic celebration.)
    http://streamsinthenegev.com/school-of-fish/conception-and-birth-of-john-the-baptiser-and-jesus-the-messiah/
    Both Jewish believers and Gentile believers in Jesus/Yeshua are called outside their camps and systems to come together around the Throne of God. For those who would still be uncertain about the dating, there needs to be at least a softening of the condemnation against those who think that there is a valid reason for the historic remembrance and celebration from generation to generation, which keeps before the whole world — and to those within the household of faith — a testimony of this mighty act of God: that Messiah the Lord has indeed come, and was born in Israel.

    From a Gentile side of how the date came to be set (and I do not submit to everything that is spoken about it), there is an thesis which I found some days after this past Christmas which gives evidence of how the time was set and the arguments for it; and it was done with a concern to be true to the new faith in those early years and to avoid the paganism from which they had come out. You can read it
    here:
    http://www.biblicalblueprints.org/pamphlets/december-25-in-jewish-style-volume-1/

  • Howard

    THE EVIL VOID OF RELATIVISM – 4 Jan 2014

    The post-modern world of relativism is a direct attack on the one true God and His Word, written for us in the whole of the Bible. This has been going on from time immemorial, as the devil, the world, and the flesh conspire together to undermine the absolute truth of whatever Yehovah, the Creator and the Redeemer, has revealed to us. This subversion has picked up much territory ever since the false theory of ‘Darwinian’ evolution was given credibility by Bible believers, whether Jewish or Christian.

    The uniquesness of the living and Sovereign God becomes challenged and doubted. His authority is rebelled against. His eternal existence is disbelieved. All this results in the increasing lawlessness which is taking over the world today, expressed through brutal violence, gross immorality being called normative, social dysfunction, good being called evil, and insubordination at all levels.

    Along with this is the ‘relativism’ of the timing of the birth of Messiah/Christ; many believers have simply come to say that it does not matter when, only that He was born; yet many come up with a whole array of dates, while ignoring the evidence of God’s own testimony and witness. “We don’t need to celebrate it anyway.” The reestablishment of the Jewish people back in the very land of promise in the modern state of Israel also suffers from this relativism: “What does it matter if Jewish people are in Israel or not? They are free to live anywhere else they want, and God can still save them out there.” The anticipated and promised coming again of the Lord also loses its sense of urgency and truth from this relativism, resulting in an indifference to when He is expected to come by those who are exhorted to love His appearing. “It will all ‘pan out in the end’, and besides that, we have our own hopes and plans first.”

    Our faith in the God of the Bible is based on God’s Word, with real facts in real time and space, plus His revelations of things before and after that He alone can know, and which He has lovingly revealed to mankind through Moses and the Prophets, and the teachings of the Son of God Himself, which the apostles based their writings on as taught and inspired by the Holy Spirit. Yet in today’s relativism, there are competing texts and translations vying for authenticity, weakening the consensus and the record of the history of most of the last two millennia. God has spoken; He is not a God of confusion, but of order and peace. YHVH is not ‘relative’; He is absolutely holy! There is none like Him! Jesus will not be compared with any others; for by Him they were created, and through His shed blood on the cross is there redemption.

    With the dimming light and the salt losing its savor and the fragrance of Messiah becoming stale through lukewarmness, the Body of Christ is in need of a Holy Spirit intervention from God, granting us godly sorrow and repentance, for His holy name’s sake, to return to our first love. The antichrist is going to ride into the vacuum of the sinking sand of relativism, seizing the opportunity to change times and seasons, since we are too willing to claim that we don’t know for sure anyway, and it doesn’t really matter. Thank God that Yeshua saves His people from their sins! Thank-you, Lord!

  • Howard

    KNOWING YESHUA/JESUS – 21 Dec 2013

    We have the whole Bible: do we know the Lord?
    We have many teachings and doctrines: do we know the Lord?
    We have many opinions and understandings: do we know the Lord?
    We serve God in many ways: do we know the Lord?
    We have a plethora of conferences: do we know Messiah the Lord?
    We say we believe: do we know Yeshua/Jesus Himself?

    As in the days which brought the time of the Judges to a close in Israel, there seems to be much confusion in the Body of Messiah: many are doing what is right in their own eyes, and there is much evil in the Kingdom of God. “The Word of YHVH [is] rare in these days. There is no widespread revelation.” (1 Sam 3:1b) There is a lack of clarity and definiteness. The sheep are scattered as if there is no Shepherd; there is much ‘confusion of faces’, as if there is no King.

    God is testing our faithfulness, to see whether we will obey Him with faith, hope, and love for what and who we know Him to be; testing the inner man, the thoughts and intentions of our hearts. He is bringing us through times of a widespread and rapid spiritual decline, that we might grow strong in such adverse conditions, that our whole hope and life is found in Jesus alone.

    We need a breakthrough from the Lord by the Holy Spirit that will gather the sheep together in a unity and a love that is difficult to discern clearly now, but yet is taking place in those hid with Christ in God, as God works in His mysterious ways that are not seen by ‘the world’.

    Perhaps we are in need of what the LORD told Samuel regarding Israel then: “Behold, I will do something in the [Church] at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle!” (1Sam 3:11) Something clear, and unmistakeably of God, to bring godly sorrow unto repentance, promoting holiness in the fear of God, preparing us for the things yet to come, and furthering His purposes to glorify His holy name, and to gather together in one all things in Messiah, both which are in Heaven and which are on Earth — in Him.

    Merry Christmas, and a blessed new year for the glory of the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!

  • Howard

    TIMES AND TIMES AGAIN – 28 Oct 2013

    Israel is back on standard clock time now, the longest period ever that we were on ‘summer’ time. These days, the clock is referred to as either ‘winter’ time or ‘summer’ time. This tendency will cause many people to not know which ‘time’ is the standard. When Yeshua said that no one knows the day or the hour of His return, He knew that in the last days the times would be changed, with each country — sometimes each state or province within a country — determining its own times and seasons. Does anybody know what time it is? At least God’s timing is perfect, and He simply warns us to be ready on time. In the Middle East, this is no easy matter!

    Nachalat Yeshua uses CMA property, which has been in their hands since 1911, and on Oct 31, 1917, the soft Byzantine stones bore witness to the Beer Sheva Charge of the Australian Lighthorse in their break-through victory over the Turks — with help during the day from their New Zealand and British mates — literally opening the way for the Allied forces to take Palestine from under the Moslem rule of the Ottoman Empire, and preparing the way for the Jewish people to return and be legally reestablished on their own land, which God promised and swore long ago. It took another 30+ years to secure the land, at great cost, including the Holocaust, and the toll of war. Sixty-six years later, as YHVH is fulfilling Is 11:10-12 (spoken almost 2760 years ago), the world seems to be seeking to annul all of this history; God remains faithful to His covenants, which includes, to our discomfiture, He Himself working in His own powerful way to bring all nations against Jerusalem, in order to finally secure His people’s hearts, and to glorify and sanctify His Holy Name. The judgments of God are inscrutable, and His ways past finding out!

  • Howard

    THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD – 7 Oct 2013

    Do we know God the Father and Messiah Yeshua/Christ Jesus the Lord? Or do we limit our knowledge of God by our own personal preferences, personal experience, emotional personality? Probably all of these, as we tend to make God in our image of what/who we want Him to be, rather than as He Is. But a truer knowledge will be learned through obedience to faith in the gospel, and so must be theologically sound (even if we don’t think of ourselves as ‘theologians’), doctrinally sound, Scripture based. (The Scriptures cannot be broken!)

    We are not faithful witnesses of Yeshua if we skew the revelation of God’s perfect holiness and love: He is good, and He is severe; He loves unconditionally, and He hates whatever exalts itself in opposition to so great a sacrifice. His mercy is great, and His judgments are all righteous and true. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God! What a joy to know, to honor, and to love our Father in Heaven who made the way to save those who repent and believe in the shed blood of His Son on the cross from the wrath to come, that we might live in His presence forever!!

    The reason that this comes to mind is as I’m listening to a wonderful YouTube mix of Keith & Kristyn Getty songs
    ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoy74orJu10&list=RD02hoy74orJu10 ), I heard a couple of weeks ago that the liberal Presbyterian (USA) church has decided to ban the Getty’s and Stuart Townend’s song, “In Christ Alone”, from their revised hymnal. That church does not agree that God should have any wrath to satisfy regarding sin and sinners!

    As good and wonderful and edifying as this music is, and the excellent quality of musicianship, I still long for and anticipate that great day when the angels and the Church of the first-born, directed by the victorious Choir Director — the Lord Messiah Himself — will praise and worship the Father in perfect spirit and truth, with no hint of ‘performance’, whether by the artists or by the congregations and audiences. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

  • Howard

    IT IS NO DREAM! – 30 Sept 2013

    What love that we should be called children of God! Whenever we do take ‘stock’ or a ‘soul accounting’, who are we, really, that the Father should so love us not only to forgive us of all that we are and do that is contrary to Him, and that Jesus was willing to so suffer and die for the likes of sinners like me, but that God would beyond all thought or expectation come and dwell within us by the Holy Spirit in intimate knowledge, relationship, and fellowship, that we should become His very own children and the coming Bride of the coming King of Glory! Yet this was His plan from the very beginning before time was created! God does not have a dream; He has a plan! And it is unfolding before our very eyes and under our noses. Praise the Lord!

  • Howard

    REMEMBRANCE OF PAST AND FUTURE IN PRESENT- 8 Sept 2013

    Israel is remembering 40 years since the traumatic Yom Kippur War, which caught the political and military establishment off-guard and by surprise when both Egypt and Syria simultaneously attacked Israel from the north and from the south. This occurred on Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonements) in 1973, the holiest day of the Jewish year, when Jewish people as a whole do some soul-searching and assume God’s favor and forgiveness. They are not thinking about being attacked in an all-out effort to drive her into the sea and blot her out from being a nation anymore.

    Thanks to God and His covenant faithfulness, the nation did manage to turn the war around with help from the United States under the leadership of President Richard Nixon, after a “3:00am telephone call” from Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, the only woman to serve in that position. This was the last war of ‘conventional’ warfare that Israel has fought, and the efforts persist to find ways to ‘do her in’; for in so doing — if it were possible — the God of Israel would be found vincible.

    But NO! God has already secured the ultimate victory and salvation of His chosen people by His Anointed One — Jesus Christ/Yeshua the Messiah — who came as the Son of David and of Abraham — in order to secure the promises to His people in the flesh by His glorious and sacrificial death and His victorious resurrection from among the dead! His death is all Man’s death; His resurrection is everlasting life for all who repent and believe the only good news to be proclaimed and heard.

    There are again rumblings of war in the event of Syria being attacked militarily by the U.S. or others. Personally, I do not know exactly what should be done to decisively confront the evil being perpetrated in Syria. Something ought to be done by countries in the community of nations, but I am not convinced that military intervention in this case is going to be helpful and effective. God have mercy.

  • Howard

    HOPE BECAUSE OF FRUSTRATION – 27 Aug 2013

    Shalom to all of you who are frustrated with hope (Rom 8:18-27)!

    There is something about being filled with the Holy Spirit that is joined to the anticipation of the return of the Lord Jesus from Zion above to the Zion that is Jerusalem (Rom 11:25-27; Is 59:20; 62:1-7) here. It would seem that any true revival of the Spirit and the breakthrough from the Lord would quicken in those who love Yeshua a heightened desire for Him to come. The apostle Peter says that we are to hasten that day, even though that day and hour has already been set by the Father. Living faith, a lively hope, and an ardent love that passsionately wants to be with the Beloved can make the time go. Even Messiah Himself says that the days would be shortened for the elects’ sake. Praise the Lord!

    Believers from around the world, from every nation and continent, within every stream of the faith which was once delivered unto the saints (Jude 3), are feeling within their spirits this need from God to break up the status quo, which has stagnated for many years now, and to wake up the sheep and to shake the nations, that holy fear would come upon every soul as the Day of YHVH nears. God’s desire is that people be saved, and so be spared from His righteous wrath to come. So the gospel goes out still, and the call to repentance goes out still, and the hope of salvation to all who will believe while it is still ‘Today’ and the ‘acceptable year of the LORD’.

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