ISRAEL UNDER SIEGE – 26 Aug 2011

Here is an excellent link to a presentation presenting the legitimacy of Israel from a legal and historic perspective.  As you know, the Palestinians are trying to get the UN later in September to nullify previous historic legal agreements regarding Israel.

http://www.ec4i.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=128:give-pe

If a Mormon like Glenn Beck, and other “unsaved” actors and ordinary persons, can take a strong public stand in support of the legitimate and moral right of Israel to not only exist, but also to be supported, how is that so many Jewish people and Bible-believing Christians do not?

Taking some liberty, I ‘quote’ from Romans 2:25-29 :  For ‘baptism’ is indeed profitable is you keep
the ‘integrity of the Law and the Prophets’; but if you are a breaker of the ‘Word of God’, your ‘baptism’ has become ‘un-baptism’.  Therefore, if an ‘un-Christian person’ keeps the ‘truth of God’s promises’ will not his ‘unbaptism’ be counted as ‘baptism’?  And will not the ‘spiritually unbaptized’, if he fulfills the ‘commandments and instruction of God’, judge you who, with your written ‘Scriptures’ and ‘baptism’, are a transgressor of ‘them’?

And almost directly from John 3:10-12 :  Yeshua answered and said to [Nicodemus], ‘Are you the teacher of Israel (‘and of the Church’), and do not know these things?  Most assuredly, I say to you, we speak what we know and testify what we have seen, and you do not receive our witness.  If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?!‘ 

What we are seeing happening before our very eyes in these days and times is bringing us nearer to that Day:
‘ For behold, in those days and that time, when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat (in Hebrew, Yehoshaphat means “YHVH judges”); and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations.  They have also divided up My land.” (Joel 3:1-2)

May the fear of God fall upon the peoples and nations!

“Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the Throne, and to the Lamb!”

THE MIRACLE(S) OF PENTECOST/SHAVUOT – 11 June 2011

Pentecost Sunday — the day after the seventh Sabbath following the celebration of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ — begins tomorrow in the morning light of day.  The life of believers in Yeshua as Messiah and Lord is a miracle of new spiritual birth, based upon the faith in the truth of the miracle that He rose from the dead. 

A miracle is what only God can do.  He may act providentially as He oversees the affairs of His creation, but when He intervenes to further His purposes He does so in a way that it is clear that He did it.  Those who oppose the one true God will always seek to find some natural explanation, but when the facts are looked at in detail, it becomes evident that a miracle occurred that only God could have accomplished.  The glory is His, not any created thing.

Shavuot/Weeks – Pentecost/50 Days marks the birthday of the Body of Christ, the Church.  On that day more than 2000 years ago, 120 Jewish Israeli disciples of the Messiah whom God brought through the Jewish people and first sent to them received the gift of the Holy Spirit:  the miracle of new birth, when God comes into repentant sinners who have placed their hope in Jesus and makes us a new creation.  From our human and creature limitations, the Creation of the Heavens and the Earth is a miracle; so, too, is the redemptive New Creation.  For God, it is ‘normal’; it is His glory being revealed and displayed.

God is still “commanding all people everywhere to repent.  For He has set a day when He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man He has appointed.  He has given proof of this to all men by raising Him from the dead”.  This good news has not changed; it is as relevant today as then.  Let us fear God and worship Him only.

The Incarnation – 21 Dec 2002

John 3:13 (5-21) The Son of Man has descended from — and ascended to — Heaven

There are well-meaning dear brothers and sisters in Messiah who do not celebrate the birth of the Savior at this time of year.  They have their reasons for this, just as I once did.  The danger, however, is that we will harden our hearts from being able to rejoice at all in the birth of Yeshua – from singing the great songs of Heaven over His coming into the world He made to redeem people like you and me and them.

Jesus came into the world to defeat the works of the devil, and so give hope and joy to persons who are looking and waiting for salvation and redemption from futility and despair.  God came in the weakness of flesh and blood to deal a death blow to spiritual forces of wickedness who are oppressing the whole creation of a loving and good Father.

This same Jesus who died and rose again ascended back to the presence of God His Father, and this same Redeemer will come again to establish the Kingdom of God on Earth.  Meanwhile, He is establishing the Kingdom in the hearts of men, women, and children who turn from their ways unworthy of God and instead put their hope and trust in His mercy and grace.  Yeshua has come and God has given us the Holy Spirit to empower us to live a life freed up to give honor and glory to God.  We learn to say ‘no’ to sin and ‘yes’ to righteousness, because the Son of God has set us free from the power of sin and given us the power of holiness.  This is His love for us so that He can live within us, and that we can live in His presence.  God is not only for us; He is not only with us – Immanuel; God is in us:  Messiah in us, the hope of glory.  The incarnation was the beginning of the end for Satan because Messiah, Son of David, came to utterly defeat the Goliath of this world.

God’s desire is that none should perish but rather inherit eternal life through believing in and loving His only-begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  He alone is the mediator between God and man, and so we are commanded to pray for and to seek the salvation of all persons through the preaching of the glad tidings.

Just as Mary was pregnant with the Holy Child within her, so too does the Holy Spirit conceive Messiah in every born-again child of God.  It is as Christ grows within our hearts and thoughts and every act of our lives that the reality of the glory of God becomes more real and visible – as a light shining in darkness.  Do people see Messiah in us?  Do they see the truth of the incarnation: that God has come to dwell in the midst of His people, according to His promises?  Is there this witness in our relationships with our fellow human beings?

Indeed, the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly awaits for the revelation of the sons of God.

Jesus teaches what He lived and died for:  to make peace – true peace, God’s peace – to all who truly come to Him for salvation.  He forgives; He cleanses; He heals.  Jesus is truly the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.

The Holy Spirit is working to transform (convert) us into God’s likeness, that the glory of God would be revealed in and through us; that the name of our Father in Heaven would be sanctified in us.  It is all for the honor and glory of Yeshua, the Son of the Father’s love, who was crucified in order that God’s love would be manifest to all.  He did not create this world just so that it might be destroyed by the devil and all who take his side – whether actively or passively.

God paid the ultimate price to have what He wants:  us.  The whole Earth will be filled with the knowledge of YHVH as the waters cover the seas.   With the angels we sing, “Glory to God in the highest”.   The holy and spotless Bride of the Lamb of God cries out, “Come, Lord Jesus”.