I’m a believer in Yeshua HaMashiach, the humble savior, the coming King and High Priest in the Order of Melchizedek, the first and the last, redeemer King of kings and Lord of lords. He alone is our hope. Only in His name can we trust.
So, I want to do what God placed me on this earth to do, to let you and others know the good news that Jesus and Abba Father are “one” - they are echad in spirit and truth.
The gospel of the Kingdom, the good news is the Spirit of El Shaddai in the flesh came to earth in the form of a man to restore the broken covenant between mankind that divorced us from the physical presence of Elohim Almighty.
Jesus gave His life like the offering of a lamb on the altar as an exchange for eternal life and salvation to resurrection and restoration of creation as God intended it in Eden so get real, forget about floating around, Heaven is coming back, to Earth.
The good news then, the Gospel is that Kingdom of God is in fact coming to Earth as it is in Heaven. In the Creator’s timing, and according to His plan, the Kingdom of God will be physically restored on Earth and the stones He uses to accomplish this are those etched in the faith of the body of Messiah that know Jesus as Lord, but that great message can get lost, so its time to turn away from the false expectation of floating on a cloud.
This past week, I was blessed to hear an amazing presentation on the Gospel and the next day I received this message from another dear friend who "knows" the Messiah...
The wonder of the amazing good news of the Kingdom of God is that Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach came as the Word of God in the flesh to overcome the penalty of sin through giving His righteousness life for those that believe in faith just like Abraham, and like Abraham we can walk in loving obedience to His instruction as we wait for the day that HaMashiach will return quickly in His glory at the appointed Fall Feasts just as He humbly gave His life offering and resurrection at the Spring Feasts. When He does return, He will re-establish the throne of David in Jerusalem. There as the prophet Nathan said, He will rule the Kingdom by the constitution that defines His righteousness and instruction, it is called the Torah.
Have we reduced His voice to white noise?
I keep catching myself striving to hear from God. Bear with me, I know that He speaks though his Word, for where would I be without that? I know the heavens declare his glory, day after day they pour forth speech. I praise God for these. I just find myself hungering to hear him MORE! He is Immanuel. God with us. God with me! My ever constant companion. Assuming I were ever quiet, wouldn’t it be reasonable to expect to hear from my companion throughout the day, every day?
I use to think it was some level of spiritual maturity I needed to attain in order to hear His voice in this way. Maybe when I have uncovered every hidden sin and spent X amount of time reading my bible and praying, then maybe I could hear him speak to me like that. Or, maybe if I would sit in silence for extended periods of times.
While all those things are probably good and even profitable for hearing him, I think I have made this altogether too complex. What if my striving is the very thing keeping me from what I desire? What if instead of me becoming ‘more’ to hear him, I need to become ‘less’.
“Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” 1 Corinthians 8:1
“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
Oh Lord, I fear the puffing up has clogged up my ears. In my ‘sound doctrine’, have I put into a box what hearing from you is supposed to be like?
I remember when I first moved to California, I was totally taken by the mountains. There was one specific spot where I struggled to keep my eyes on the road at all because of the majesty of the view. Completely breathtaking. Yet, after some time of driving that same stretch day after day, would you believe I forgot the mountains were even there? I didn’t notice them at all. Why? Did the mountains lose their splendor? Oh, Lord, have I treated you like that mountain?
“He who has ears, let him hear!” Matthew 11:15 & Matthew 13:9
Oh, how that verse pierces me! He has given me all the equipment! I just haven’t been using it. I want to hear you God, how can I open my ears?
“For it was you who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13
Wait a minute! I was created for this! No created thing has to strive to do the very thing it was created for? You created me for relationship with you! This hunger to hear you, is from you! You love me! You designed me! All of me, all of my senses, with relationship with you as priority #1! You are most definitely speaking to me!
You are speaking to me so much, with everything in me and around me. You ARE pouring forth speech. You speak with such generosity, that we have considered it white noise, or ‘my imagination’. Unclog my ears Lord Jesus! Scrub them clean from preconceived notions and lies that I have believed. Cleanse them from the noise of this world and the noise of my striving flesh.
Make me like a child. At peace just to be in my Daddy’s arms. No theology to complicate things... just the love of a Father and his daughter. You do not withhold your life giving words from me. You aren’t holding anything back from me. Thank you! My ears and all of my senses, all of me, look to you. Wide eyed and confident that I was made for this.
This song is playing in my head…
‘May we never lose our wonder! Wide eyed and mystified, may we be just like a child, staring at the beauty of our King!’
May it be so.
Jesus never did away with the Torah because it is God's instruction for life in the Kingdom. He revealed the Torah in the flesh and lived the perfect life to uplift the Torah for all to see the way of His Kingdom.
What is the Gospel message? The standard response to this question has to do with the death, burial and resurrection of the Messiah, and an individual attaining salvation by "putting their faith" in Him. Yet, the disciples preached "the gospel" before He died and before they ever knew of His fulfillment of Passover according to Luke 9:1-6:
"And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics. And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere."Nowhere in the gospels do we see them preaching of the coming death, burial and resurrection of Messiah before Yeshua died, yet there they were preaching "the gospel" proclaiming the kingdom.
The Gospel is not a "new message" of the "New Testament." In a broad way, the gospel it is everything the Torah points to and that is the ultimate role of Messiah. The New Testament even tells us that the gospel was preached to the children of Israel in Moses' time:
"Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, "So I declared on oath in my anger, `They shall never enter my rest.'" And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world. For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: "And on the seventh day God rested from all his work." And again in the passage above he says, "They shall never enter my rest." It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience." Hebrews 4:1-6Believe it or not then, the “restoration” of God's Kingdom way is a big part of the good news message, and it is the very gospel that Jesus preached to all that would hear and His gospel is about the acceptable year of The Lord.
To understand this in a deeper way we have to look back to David. King David was an elect man of God, not the people. He was anointed in power by the Spirit of God as king of Israel:
"So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David." 1Samuel 16:13When we look prophetically at the account of Samuel we see a mirror image of John's 'mikveh' ministry at the Jordan River:
"Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3:21-22It’s hard to fathom for some, but Jesus did not tell the crowds that followed Him that He came to give His life on the Passover cross to accomplish His goal to bind the death penalty of willful sin declared at Eden. Yet, John prophetically hinted at this at the baptism....
Instead, Yeshua waited and told His disciples privately of the cross just before He went up to Jerusalem on His Passover day of glory to begin the work of restoration only after John the immerser, aka John 'the Baptist' had been arrested, ending his prophetic assignment to preach repentance and declare: "behold the lamb of God":
"The next day, he saw Yeshua coming to him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" John 1:29When he did this, John was declaring the foreshadowing of the lamb that Abraham prophesied to his son Issac:
"Abraham said, "God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son." So they both went together." Genesis 22:8Before that day, John the Levite declared Yeshua a worthy offering. Yeshua's gospel message preached to the masses was that the Kingdom of God, the Tabernacle of David was near and that it would be restored as promised a thousand years earlier to David by Nathan.
The foundation of the prophetic promise of the Kingdom of God begins in 1Samuel 24:20 when the king chosen by men, King Saul, tells the shepherd David that he knows he is the one chosen to be king by Almighty God:
“And now, behold, I know that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand.”Not long after Saul spoke, Nathan declared the Word of God to David, it was the same Kingdom promise Yeshua was preaching across Israel. The Kingdom gospel message is clarified in 2Samuel 7:11–16:
“The Lord also declares to you that the Lord will make a house for you. When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever... Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever.”For a moment, try to imagine if you can, Jesus declaring the promise God gave Nathan (in Hebrew meaning "giver") to declare to God's shepherd servant David. During the ministry of Jesus, this was the 1,000 year old “forever” promise that everyone, literally anyone living in Israel at that time knew by heart and waited for. They were all looking for the coming of the Son of David, the Messiah from the House of King David.
They all knew this promise as the kingship of Melech HaMoshiach. Luke records the Spirit of God anointed Yeshua to preach the gospel:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord." Luke 4:18-19
Try to imagine the scene on a hillside in Galilee…
The "forever" promise of the acceptable year of the Lord the prophet Nathan had been given by God to proclaim to David was "near" to the ears and hearts of those that were afflicted by violent Roman occupation and rule.
For years and throughout the generations since king David, the Jewish people had held to the prophetic promise given by Nathan and they waited for the good news of King Messiah spoken of so long ago, but they forgot the storyline... Before he was king, David was a shepherd, so Messiah must be too.
Israel also "forgot" the Kings David's descendant must first sit at the right hand of God before He would rule as King, but even David knew this because he wrote of it:
“‘Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.’ The Lord will stretch forth your strong scepter from Zion, saying, ‘Rule in the midst of Your enemies’”... The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath. He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth." Psalm 110:1-2,5-6The 'one' they waited for was Melech HaMoshiach, King Messiah in the line of David, yet they also forgot the prophetic word given in Isaiah 49 and Isaiah 53. They forgot that ashes and sackcloth are required for His soul to make an offering for guilt. They forgot He must first bear our iniquity and heal, giving personal peace before national salvation:
"But he was pierced for our transgressions;Like Israel today, they focused on the promise of the Messiah King only, not the way to the Kingdom that requires resurrection for the glory of restoration as it was in Eden. Yet, despite forgetful, hardened hearts, The Lord has a plan in the coming days:
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all."
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’" Jeremiah 33:14–16The coming of 'the' King was known by everyone that gathered to hear the words of Yeshua because they knew David’s prayer of thanksgiving for the forever promise from YHVH God:
“Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you, O Lord GOD, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.”This is the "gospel" background of what many others don’t see reading Matthew 4:23 and 9:35:
“And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.”Mark 1:14 recounts that this Kingdom preaching began after John (the Baptist) was arrested:
“And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.”
“Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”Before that arrest by Herod's decree, John’s priestly Levite message was repent, repent, turn back to God’s ways and His instruction. All of this preaching from the prophet John came before Jesus ever revealed the mystery of His mission for the cross.
His death and third day resurrection in glory paved the way for the Spirit of God to indwell those that believe and "know" The Lord. After that, Yeshua-Jesus gave the ultimate assignment to His disciples with a great promise:
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”The "end" promised is not the destructive end of the world as so many might proclaim from a pulpit. It is the end of the divorce, the end of the dispersion, the end of Satan’s authority in death so that the restoration of the Kingdom of God with Yeshua, the Melech HaMoshiach returning as the anointed King on the appointed Fall Feast day in the acceptable year of the Lord. This is summed up in the narrative hinting at the Azazel goat of Yom Kippur by Yeshua:
“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." Matthew 25:31-34Many do not recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, embassies abound in Tel Aviv, yet one day Jerusalem will be the Kingdom capital city of the world as it was intended from the beginning. All nations will go there to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles and worship the King of Kings as promised in Zechariah 14:16-19.
So, the gospel message of the Kingdom we get to tell others declares Yeshua's atoning work at Passover, His Unleavened life and death, His raising up in glory resurrection on First Fruits, His going up to the right hand of The Father and His gifting of the Spirit on Shavuot. But, His priestly work does not end there. We get to do as He did and proclaim the forever promise of the restoration of the "Kingdom" that Jesus preached.
His "Gospel" is the same "good news" believers get to proclaim to the whole world as we make disciples to teach others and then still others about the good news of "The Kingdom" to come that Nathan declared to David.
The rest of the Bible storyline is amazing and it provides a joyful journey of study of these promises whether that be in a study of the language of God, the Hebrew language or the roots of the faith of Messiah that began with the covenant promise of faith given Abraham that the Promised Land of the Kingdom of God is built upon.
If you have been here before, you know most of this website is devoted to a study of the depth of the Word of God as it points to Messiah, and the gospel message of the promised restoration of the Kingdom is one lesson we must all know and understand. The focus of the Word of God in on the whole gospel of the restoration of the Kingdom and it is the message that begins with Jesus loves me, Jesus loves you. So love Him back as your King.
It's that simple.
The Creator of the universe and the foundation of this world wants you to respond to Him, repent and make Him King and High Priest over our lives so that we may seek the ways of His righteousness, walk in them and know the Father through Messiah. Yet, when we see the truth of righteousness and walk away from it or ignore it, or even consider it done away with, hung on the cross we extinguish the fire of the Spirit of grace.
Believers that know of Yeshua as Messiah, but don’t know Him as King must open their eyes to the plain gospel obedience of Hebrews 10 shown below and repent to walk in the Kingdom way taught by Yeshua in John 5:14 and John 8:10... "“See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”"
"If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace?" Hebrews 10:26-29The disciple Peter (Kepha) gives a warning as a witness to the walk of Yeshua: "For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God? 1 Peter 4:17
In a relationship of repentance, we can walk in the gospel of Yeshua and receive the promise of resurrection into eternal life in the Kingdom of God. So, if we love Him we will walk the way He walked in righteousness and do what He did.
The disciple John (Yochanan) taught the simple reason for choosing this walk of righteousness:
"Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." 1John 3:7-8The complete destruction of the works of the devil is a part of the gospel message of the Kingdom. The gospel preaches resurrection life in the Kingdom as a gift from God for those who by faith believe in Him through the word of Yeshua, sanctified in the truth of Scripture so that the world may know that Yeshua was sent and loved by The Father. In that way, we may know the Father in Him.
This is the critical message of the "High Priest" prayer of Jesus. You can read it in John 17 as "the lamb of God" humbly prepared for His trial and scourging before the Passover cross:
“When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said,No one has known the Father except the Son, and the Son reveals the Father to those He chooses, so we must "know" Messiah. Knowing Him is the goal, not just knowledge of Him. We must make Him the King of our life. Remember the prayer... "Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth."
"Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. "I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.
Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.
While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. "I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them." John 17:1-26
He is eternal life and the way, the truth and the life to know the Father. Yeshua was not just praying for His disciples to know the truth of God's Word, He was praying for you and me. It is important to look at His words as He prays:
“I do not pray that you should take them out of the world but that you should keep them from the evil one.”We are to be a lamp of light sanctified in the truth, we are to be set apart in His Torah walk for everyone to see and we are to shine brightly teaching and building disciples.
Jesus prays, I do not pray for these alone but also for those who will believe in Me, He focuses on what is critical for eternal life that is possible when we know Him, not know about Him. And, He wants us to walk as he walked no matter what we call ourselves. Isaiah declares:
""One will say, 'I belong to the LORD'; another will call himself by the name of Jacob; still another will write on his hand, 'The LORD's' and will take the name Israel."The prayer Yeshua has prayed is for all people to return to Him, to seek only His face as the first and the last, the King of 'all' Israel.
Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god." Isaiah 44:5-6
it's the good news of "knowing" King Yeshua
Paul includes righteousness as a part of the gospel he preached to the Gentiles, a righteousness by faith. He quotes the Lord's words given to the prophet Habakkuk 2:4 “The righteous will live by faith." Many stop reading there, but Paul gives a dire warning... if we hold the truth of the gospel yet live in ungodliness and unrighteousness:
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness." Romans 1:18Jesus is the worthy lamb of God because He walked in the righteousness of Torah, all of it. Today, we call this a sinless life.
The world does not know the Father sent His son on this righteous Torah mission or they choose to not believe it thinking He came to do away with Torah. But He came to fill it with meaning. Paul's warning is if you consider yourself a Believer, yet your think Jesus annulled the law so that you can ignore it, you do not know the Gospel of the Kingdom. This is not to say, we can be saved by our attempt at righteousness, eternal life is a gift from the mercy and grace of God only through the Yeshua. Since the beginning, He alone has walked sinless in the righteousness of Torah.
There are a lot of people in the body of Christ who know "about" Jesus but many do not truly know Yeshua.
Jesus warns His disciples about the dilemma Paul taught of. Jesus' words are found in Matthew 7:21-23:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’.If we hold the the truth in faith, yet we think it's OK to walk in deliberate unrighteousness we will have a big problem... Jesus will say "I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of Torahlessness.
“I never knew you.”
The weighty matter of the Torah is faith and mercy. Yeshua taught that. Take a close look at Matthew chapter 5 and ask, do you believe The Lord?
"Blessed [are] the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God." Matthew 5:7-8He also taught that we are to disciple others about the Torah [law] and He ties this teaching directly to the Kingdom of Heaven. In fact, just as He is teaching on mercy and grace, He says this about the teaching and instruction of the words of the Torah... if you do them and teach them you will be called "great" in the Kingdom. Take another look at Matthew chapter 5 where Jesus is teaching us to teach about righteousness:
"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I do not come to destroy, but to fulfill (with meaning). For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all (law and prophets) be fulfilled.Praise God not one jot or tittle has passed and that Jesus always upheld the Torah perfectly or He would not be able to fulfill the promise from the beginning:
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:17-19
“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall crush your head, and you shall bruise his heel” Genesis 3:15Do you believe The Lord?
Remember, the story of a man's faith in action begins in Genesis with Abraham as does righteousness. Can you see that these go hand in hand if you believe The Lord?
"And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness." Genesis 15:6Take a look at the genealogy of Mary and Jesus given in Matthew. It begins with Abraham for a big reason.
When He comes as Melech HaMoshiach, will King Messiah find us "in faith" like righteous Abraham who looked forward to the Messiah? John 8:56 tells us:
"Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad."Or, will Yeshua arrive and find us neglecting a walk of righteousness, ignoring mercy and faith looking for oil?
Take a look at the parable prophecy of the ten virgins that Jesus taught in Matthew 25. Remember the five foolish ones? The oil they were missing was the Spirit of God in the righteous life of faith and mercy. In neglect, they missed the opportunity, so we must not. Can you imagine hearing the King of the Universe saying, I never knew you, we never had a personal relationship?
Is that to say we should not concern ourselves with keeping the Sabbath of The Lord or His redemption plan shown in the foreshadow of His Feast Days? Heaven forbid.
Does that mean we should not distinguish from heathy "clean" foods from unclean things that are not good for our bodies? No, these are the healthy ways of Yeshua's walk, yet they are not more important than our relationship with The Father through Yeshua the High Priest and King.
There's plenty of discussion and commentary on these matters throughout this website because of the gospel words and walk of Jesus that many may have misunderstood. In Matthew 5, during His famous "Sermon on the Mount," Jesus broadcasts to the world... keep God’s instruction with our heart and our walk of love and teach others how to do the same. That is discipleship, that is how we demonstrate our love to God and to others.
The thing we forget is that God’s grace is provided because we have been deceived. Yeshua provides a covering, an atonement for our breaking of God's law (Torah) through the life blood of Messiah. When we repent and make Yeshua the Lord of our life each day, that forgiveness is God’s eternal mercy and love for us in action. God's law is Yeshua's command tey are one, in unity - they are echad.
Our response is keeping Yeshua commandments as we get to live out the Word of God to the best of our ability before the Kingdom comes because when we see the truth, we need to walk in it. Yeshua speaks plainly and simply about this love for Him:
"If you love me, keep my commandments." John 14:15How much do you love Him? Show Him and others.
The good news is that Yeshua came that we might have life, and the Kingdom Gospel that He preached across the Holy land of Israel is a huge part of our faith. It is the good news of the Gospel of the "whole" Bible that is the "forever" promise that Father God gave Nathan to deliver to David... it is about the Kingdom and the Kingdom ways shown to us in the Torah and the Kingdom teaching of Messiah that is a part of the "Great Commission."
How much do you love Him, do you want to declare the gospel and teach others how to demonstrate love to Almighty God?
Two thousand years ago, many people across Israel heard and saw Yeshua in person and many were healed. The gospel accounts of Matthew and Mark tell us many witnessed Him preach "the gospel of the Kingdom", but others never knew Him because they did not recognize the time of His visitation as the humble shepherd servant of Isaiah 53 that redemption required just as David was a shepherd and Moses was as well for 40 years in Midian before God called them to lead.
God knew that He could trust David to fight for Him. He knew Moses would intercede on behalf of Israel when they gave up on The Lord and wanted to go back to Egypt. Moses told The Father, if you want to blot them out, blot me out and in the same way, Jesus said, Father if it were possible let this cup pass for me. Nevertheless, not my will but your will be done.
Yeshua knew that The Father's will was that He fulfill the humble lamb of God prophecy given by Abraham to Isaac. Like Isaac, He would willingly lay down his life in obedience to His Father. That is the heart the very heart of the Torah given for Moses to record and teach. Just look at Exodus 34:5-9:
“The LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” And Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped. And he said, “If now I have found favor in your sight, O Lord, please let the Lord go in the midst of us, for it is a stiff-necked people, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance.”Our Heavenly Father is merciful, full of grace, love and compassion. It takes no special knowledge to know that, but it requires a decision, a response.
There is an intimate relationship we can have with Him through Messiah Yeshua who gives us the power and inheritance right to become the children of a loving God... when we know Him and love Him. If we know Him, our responsibility is to show those who come in contact with us to see a person with the Spirit of God within, someone who is wise, understanding, full of fortitude, caring, integrity, gracious, merciful, compassionate, long suffering, slow to anger and full of love.
The story of the Bible focuses on the people that went down to Egypt and were brought back up by Almighty God, but the thing is, while it was fairly easy for God to get the people out of Egypt, it was not easy to get Egypt out of people.
What God has given to us by His Spirit, God has intended for the person next to you, that is discipleship and it is a big part of Messiah's "Great Commission" because God is calling us to make disciples and train others. Doing so can be challenging, risky and difficult. It's not easy, there is spiritual opposition and deception.
"And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation." Mark 16:15We have all lived in Egypt as a slave to sin, but it is time to come out of "her" my people.
If you come out, you can know the King of Righteousness and show Him you love Him. If you want to know Him, repent and quit acting like an Egyptian.Walk away from your slavery to sin and self. Accept what God wants to do for you through your High Priest and King Messiah. Throw away your abominations of lust, adultery, divorce, fornication, anger, strife, rage, revenge, envy, resentment, manipulation, listlessness, depression, oppression, sorcery, hatred, greed, lying, violence, pride, dishonor, hatred, contempt, impatience, lust, envy, gluttony, narcissism, immorality and all other false self-centered idols of Egypt.
Accept what God wants you to do for Him. Love God and others including the widow, the fatherless, the poor and the stranger with all of your heart and walk with Him with all of your strength and soul. Serve Him by demonstrating your love to Him as He asks and love others by telling them about the King of your life. Do the chosen work of a servant in God’s Kingdom, accept His instruction, let other people know The Father has sent The Son and that He will return as King in the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes:
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith." Romans 1:16-17Embrace the role of a humble servant of God in the example given to us by the Messiah in how He walked in Torah and in the way He preached "the Gospel" of the Kingdom. When you do, you can have an impact on His return as King to end the abomination of sin on Earth. How can we know? Jesus told us:
"And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." Matthew 24:14This end, "after those days" includes the new covenant promise: "for they will all know Me".
“But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” Jeremiah 31:33-34There is only one deliverer, one Savior, one King to cry out to and the world will not see Him arrive until the walls of Jerusalem hears these words:
The God of Israel, the God Abraham Isaac and Jacob, the God of Moses, the God of Joshua, the God of David knew each of these men. Each man had a personal relationship with the great "I AM".
Throughout Genesis, Abraham called out on El Shaddai. He and his son Isaac and his grandson Jacob were given a covenant promise that is still unfilled today, it is the location of the "forever" Kingdom of God.
God has promised to pour out His Spirit there on the "House of David" and this promise could not be fulfilled until today because the Jewish people had returned to Israel after 2,000 years of exile. But now they have and Zechariah 12:10 gives the a requirement from God's promise:
“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.”The next prophecy in Zechariah points us back to the prophet Nathan. Zechariah 12:11-14 reminds us the promise given to Nathan he delivered to David, it includes Levi and even Shemei from the family of Saul and all families:
“On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be great, like the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. The land will mourn, each clan by itself, with their wives by themselves: the clan of the house of David and their wives, the clan of the house of Nathan and their wives, the clan of the house of Levi and their wives, the clan of Shimei and their wives, and all the rest of the clans and their wives.”What does this mean for you right now?
If you are a "Believer" you must return to understanding and proclaiming the full gospel message.
If you are not, 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 you can ready your lamp for your coming assignment of Kingdom walk.
God is a sovereign God. He is a loving God and He has provided a way to offer you and the world His salvation. You can accept His gospel gift of life in the Kingdom. Consider carefully what your own life consists of, look at it and repent of your sin, ask His forgiveness and accept His gift of love, grace and supplication through Messiah Yeshua. Then follow Him and do as He has done.
If you know you need to get your life right with God, don’t wait for tomorrow, get it right with Him right now!
"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.Today is the time. Preach the gospel always and when necessary use words.
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