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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Wake up and Keep the Things That Remain

This is your wake up call. A call to the assembly of Believers in America.

Today marks the Jewish 'Fast of Tammuz'. Why today? This year, the fast did not fall directly on Tammuz 17 because yesterday was the weekly Sabbath.

So why do the Jewish people fast on this day? Here's why:
● Moses broke the tablets on this day when he saw the Golden Calf being worshiped.
● During the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem, the "tamid" daily offering stopped due to the lack of sheep.
● Apostomos, a nickname for Antiochus Epiphanes burned the Torah and placed an idol in the Temple.
● And the walls of Jerusalem were breached by Titus' legions.
It just so happens that the fast of the 17th of Tammuz coincides with America's Independence Day every 10 to 20 years. Before now, the most notable of these occurred on July 4, 1776.

Today, marks the beginning of three weeks of self-introspection in synagogues across the globe until the 9th of Av. This time is meant to be a time of "Teshuva" a time spent with a commitment to repent.

America has turned to apostasy, our reputation of being alive, seeking "One Nation Under God" has fallen but it is not a time to be in despair, crushed by the decision of a court whose majority that does not align with the word of God.

We've become "One Nation" [Under Judgment] as we seek decay in our law while our so-called modern culture returns to the pagan roots of Sodom, whose Asherah tree disregards Scripture, teaching mock and confusion instead of Biblical value and judgment in the 21st century. The heart of Sodom opposes the word of God saying 'it no longer applies'.

For that reason, my shout today is this grave warning from Jesus:

"Wake up and keep the things that remain".

Only God's unchanging truth remains in the end, not man's evolving culture, society or misjudgment. We must keep what remains not turn away from it. We must do that through repentance. It's time to fast and pray.

So, this fast day is not just for the Jewish people, it is for everyone that is called. We must wake up - God will not be mocked. If we do not overcome and return to the walk of Messiah we will remain under a dark cloud as a dead assembly, a church like Sardis that received this dire warning:
"And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: He who has the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars says these things: "I know your works, that you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.

Wake up, and keep the things that remain, which you were about to throw away, for I have found no works of yours perfected before my God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard. Keep it, and repent.

If therefore you won't watch, I will come as a thief, and you won't know what hour I will come upon you."
But with grace and mercy Jesus offers this promise to everyone that will hear:
"Nevertheless, you have a few names in Sardis that did not defile their garments. They will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes will be arrayed in white garments, and I will in no way blot his name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." Revelation 3:1-6
On Friday, June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States in a 5-4 vote, ruled it's majority opinion by a single vote that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution somehow guarantees a right to a same-sex marriage in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. This ruling by a few robed in black cloth directly opposes the instruction of God established at creation. The ruling not only attempts to re-invent the Constitution but tragically and ultimately rewrite God's word in the Bible redefining marriage as Constitutional not biblical.

This is a tipping point for the corruption of the family. It seems the corruption began in 1963 with the Supreme Court ban on prayer in public schools with the case of the U.S. Supreme Court ABINGTON SCHOOL DIST. v. SCHEMPP, 374 U.S. 203 (1963) 374 U.S. 203. Justice Clark delivered the opinion of the Court:

"Once again we are called upon to consider the scope of the provision of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution which declares that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." These companion cases present the issues in the context of state action requiring that schools begin each day with readings from the Bible. While raising the basic questions under slightly different factual situations, the cases permit of joint treatment. In light of the history of the First Amendment and of our cases interpreting and applying its requirements, we hold that the practices at issue and the laws requiring them are unconstitutional under the Establishment Clause, as applied to the States through the Fourteenth Amendment."

National moral imbalance intensified in 1973, the Court ruled 7–2 on Roe v. Wade and almost immediately after that decision, the social disgrace of divorce began to fade away in America, sex out of wedlock became the focus of movies, books and reality. The consequences for our society have become horrific as the American family has collapsed. Here are just a few of the correlations in U.S. crime:
1. tells us the 63% of Americans have no moral problem with gay and lesbian relations. Further, Statista also notes 71% of Americans believe that getting a divorce is morally acceptable.

2. No one can comprehend the greater evil that is about to unfold. According to an old report from Enough is Enough... "Every 39 minutes, a new pornographic video is made in the United States. (Internet Filter Review, 2006)
· Nearly 74 percent of pornography websites surveyed display adult content on their homepage (accessible to anyone) before asking if the viewers are of legal age. 11]

· American children begin consuming hardcore pornography at an average age of 11

· Four out of five 16 year-olds regularly access pornography online"
3. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® report: "According to the FBI, in 2014 there were 466,949 NCIC entries for missing children. Similarly, in 2013, the total number of missing children entries into NCIC was 462,567."

4. An NPR report advises: "Nationwide, more than 700,000 convicted sex offenders have registered their whereabouts with local police. Every state has a sex offender registry of some kind."

5. The plague of sexually transmitted disease is overtaking our nation. According to the Centers for Disease Control. The latest stats from a 2013 report by the CDC states:
"Many cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis continue to go undiagnosed and unreported, and data on several additional STDs — such as human papillomavirus, herpes simplex virus, and trichomoniasis — are not routinely reported to CDC.

As a result, the annual surveillance report captures only a fraction of the true burden of STDs in America. However, it provides important insights into the scope, distribution, and trends in STD diagnoses in the country. STDs are a significant health challenge facing the United States.

The CDC estimates that nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year in this country, half among young people ages 15–24, accounting for almost $16 billion in health care costs. Each of these infections is a potential threat to an individual’s immediate and long-termhealth and well-being. In addition to increasing a person’s risk for acquiring and transmitting HIV infection, STDs can lead to severe reproductive health complications, such as infertility and ectopic pregnancy."
6. It may seem unrelated to these facts, but it is not, advises the adult correctional population in the U.S. is now 6,899,000. This is a number that overwhelmingly exceeds the size of the multitude described in Exodus 12:37.
"There are more people currently incarcerated in the United States than in China and India combined, and this, despite the fact that the total combined population of these two countries exceeds that of the United States by over 2.3 billion. 25 percent of all incarcerated individuals on the planet are incarcerated in the United States, easily securing the nation’s place at the top spot of the ranking of the countries with the most prisoners."
Now the Court's majority vote against God's instruction and teaching has been cast down a third time this judgment can bring greater curses on us as our nation will be judged. Three strikes and your out is not just a game.

There were five votes from Ginsberg, Sotomayor, Kagan, Breyer and Kennedy that have made room for a tidal wave of greater sexual sin as well as religious persecution across our nation against those who hold that the Biblical view of marriage is between a man and a woman.

The four moral dissenters of the Court must be recognized and acknowledged. Righteous votes were cast by Justice Roberts, Justice Scalia, Justice Alito and Justice Thomas.

By a single vote, a single vote, our nation has lost her morality once again to the temporary chair of the dark victor. In many ways, this is the fault of a sleeping and silent Sardis "like" majority, the assembly that Jesus loves, and because of that love He sternly warns.

This anti-torah, lawless majority court ruling aligns perfectly with another warning of Jesus. This one was given to the Pharisees. It serves as an example to this unruly court:
"So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness (Torahlessness)." Matthew 23:28
A brilliant Justice of the Supreme Court, Antonin Scalia provided simple, yet deep truth in his dissent as reported by the Washington Examiner:
""I write separately to call attention to this Court's threat to American democracy," he wrote in a dissent, just a day after he dissented in a decision that upheld a key part of Obamacare."

"The opinion in these cases is the furthest extension in fact — and the furthest extension one can even imagine — of the Court's claimed power to create 'liberties' that the Constitution and its Amendments neglect to mention."

"This practice of constitutional revision (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves," he added."
What Scalia didn't mention is that this ruling will move around the globe. Further, it will prove to be a huge blow to Christianity and open the pit of persecution and the legalization of greater perversion. The America we once knew was grievously injured last Friday as evil was called good.
Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter!
Isaiah 5:20-21
God is the ultimate judge. Because He loves us, He instructs us to repent and to tell others to do the same. We are not to condemn, only He is the judge of mankind. But as a people we must wake up, repent and return to the holiness and purity of The Father, not shout out self-righteousness against anyone. We are all in need of His grace and mercy, each and every one.

What is important now more than ever it seems is that we must love others, and the greatest expression of that love is to tell others that God loves them and is time to repent and return to God's covenant, return to hear and do His word and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path so that He can ready your lamp for your coming assignment. The way to do that is to put on the whole Armor of God and Paul tells us how:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:10-20
God is a sovereign God. He is a loving God and He has provided a way to offer you His salvation. You can accept His gift of life now if you do not know Him in truth and in Spirit.

Today is the time. We all need to get our lives right with God including our courts, don’t wait for tomorrow, you get your own life right with Him now. The good news, the gospel of peace is:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16-17

If there is therefore any exhortation in Messiah, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any tender mercies and compassion, make my joy full, by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind; doing nothing through rivalry or through conceit, but in humility, each counting others better than himself; each of you not just looking to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others.

And being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him, and gave to him the name which is above every name; that at the name of Yeshua every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on earth, and those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Yeshua the Messiah is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:1-11
While many of us were watching the headlines and grieving about the Supreme Court decision here in America, in the Middle East, it seems all eyes were on ISIS as they are aligning with Hamas as their eyes are on Jerusalem.

If we check out Numbers 24 in the Balak Torah portion last week, it had this to say hidden in plain sight:
"I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth." Numbers 24:17
It is amazing to see that verse this week since many reports came out of Israel last week that ISIS, a Balak nation with sights on Jerusalem, is now encroaching on Israel. An affiliate of ISIS has fired rockets from the Sinai and are telling the world they have infiltrated Gaza. Israel recently approved the construction of a new high-tech security fence near the Jordan border designed to stop Jihadi infitratration from Jordan.

We must consider that verse has remained there sitting between Numbers 24:14-19 for some 3,500 years.

Here's the rest of the Exodus account as Balaam heard the words of God and saw the vision of the Almighty in a trance with his eyes wide open:
"And now, behold, I am going to my people.
Come, I will let you know what this people
will do to your people in the latter days.”

And he took up his discourse and said,

“The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor,
the oracle of the man whose eye is opened,
the oracle of him who hears the words of God,
and knows the knowledge of the Most High,
who sees the vision of the Almighty,
falling down with his eyes uncovered:

I see him, but not now;
I behold him, but not near:
a star shall come out of Jacob,
and a scepter shall rise out of Israel;
it shall crush the forehead of Moab
and break down all the sons of Sheth.
Edom shall be dispossessed;
Seir also, his enemies, shall be dispossessed.

Israel is doing valiantly.

Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion,
and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city."
Exodus 24:14-18
A people God calls Israel will do valiantly, and we all need to heed the warning of Jesus.. wake up and keep the things that remain.

The things that remain are found in the Bible, the belt of truth, and the breastplate of righteousness. That includes the rainbow. It belongs to God.

What does this all mean?

It means that it is now time to wake up and it is time to repent and return to hear and do God's word and walk in the faith of the Kingdom path of Jesus. Consider carefully what your life consists of, look at it and pray to God and repent of any sin, pray and ask His forgiveness and accept His gift of love through the Jewish Messiah Yeshua. Do it now! The Teacher is calling for you.