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.

255 Replies to “Reflecting Pool”

  1. WHO CAN PROPHESY? – 2 June 2018

    “Surely the Lord YHVH does nothing unless He reveals His secret to His servants, the prophets. A lion has roared! Who will not fear! The Lord YHVH has spoken! Who can but prophesy?” (Amos 3:7-8)

    Yeshua is the Anointed One (Ps 2:2): He is the Prophet, High Priest, and King. We who are born-again by the Holy Spirit are in Messiah, in Christ, in the Anointed One, and have an anointing from the Holy God. (1Jn 2:20-29)

    God reveals what He is doing to His servants, the prophets. Yet, He also says through Amos that He has spoken, and that all can prophesy! In other words, if we believe what God says, and understand it in our times, then we can all be ‘prophetic’, with the anointing that we have each received. The spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Yeshua/Jesus. We do not need to be caught unprepared for the things prophesied to come, as Israel was because of not believing what YHVH spoke to them.

    Let us all be on guard against deception by abiding in the truth of what the Lord has said, and that is written for us in the whole of Scripture.

  2. Acts 3:19-21 – WHAT DOES IT MEAN? – 6 May 2018

    19 “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before whom Heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.”

    There are those who believe and teach and live as if the Apostle Peter preached that until we restore all things, the Lord Yeshua will not return; or else, that He will return after He has restored all things. Does anyone know what ALL things refer to, and are you sure you haven’t left out anything?

    Others believe and teach and live as the Apostle Peter preached that when the time comes for the restoration of all things, then Yeshua will return to do that as He establishes God’s Kingdom back to Israel and over all of the nations. Satan is the current prince of this world, and will remain so until Jesus returns to imprison him.

    Last year I was asked to speak at a conference based on v.21. I brought a dissenting view.

    How one understands and interprets these verses, in which Peter meanwhile calls Jewish people and others to repentance in anticipation of Yeshua being sent back, will inform our worldview and the expectations we have leading up to that day.

    What does it mean to you?

  3. ISRAEL CALLED TO BE LIGHT TO THE GENTILES – 29 Apr 2018

    It is often said that Israel is called as a light to the Gentiles (Is 49:6), but that verse is actually referring to the Messiah, given to and through Israel to be God’s anointed and appointed Savior to all people.

    YHVH has called Israel to be a light to the nations for His name as an example of how good it is to have YHVH as her God; and that call remains to be fulfilled by the nation. (Dt 4:5-8) Meantime, that light does shine through Yeshua, and His Apostles who gave us the New Testament Scriptures, and through us today who believe in Him. So please take time to stand in the gap for God’s chosen people and nation that they WILL be saved, according to covenant promise, and that more Israelis will repent and believe the gospel “today”, assisted by seeing the Light in us.

  4. BLOODIED – 29 Apr 2018

    So many of us easily speak of “Jesus died for me”; or, “Jesus Christ died on the cross at Calvary”. But the powerful truth of the matter is that Jesus was “slaughtered” for us. This is what the Scriptures in their Hebrew and Greek originals say with respect to the sacrificial goat on Yom haKippurim (Day of Atonements), and to the Lamb ‘slain’ (read, slaughtered) before the foundation of the world. (Lev 16:15-16; Rev 13:8)

  5. GOD IS GOOD TO ISRAEL – 22 Apr 2018

    God is faithful; He cannot deny Himself. This gives us great confidence as to the steadfastness of our covenant-keeping God, and His intentions to fulfill all His glorious purposes which He has set for Himself and for those who love Jesus.

    Israel is given as an example to the Church: the God of Israel is the God of the Church. Yeshua, the King of Israel, is Jesus, the Head of the Body of Christ in all things. There is no difference as to who He is; there are distinctions between who Israel and the Church are, even though there is also a connection.

    A holy God and Father teaches us through suffering how to be obedient to Him, and to trust in His goodness through the hardship. This was true for Yeshua, although a Son; it must be true for each of us, too. It is true for Israel, YHVH’s chosen people and nation; it is necessarily true, also, for the Body of Messiah/the Church. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever!

    Since we have just come through the build-up and final celebrations surrounding the 70th birthday of the State of Israel, many people have written much about it. There is certainly much to write about this incredible country, full of flawed people chosen by God to bring glory to His name. He is working on that 24/7! The Holy Spirit is doing the same thing for us, imperfect living stones being built up together for a holy habitation of God, being perfected by the cleansing power of the blood of Yeshua and the Word of God.

    Israel and the Church are indestructible: God has promised both an eternal remembrance and destiny. All Israel will be saved; the Bride of Christ will live forever. These are “givens”. Please pray for Jews and non-Jews to repent and believe the gospel ‘today’ and be saved from the wrath to come, that they might be saved ‘now’ and know the Father, and Jesus Christ whom He sent.

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