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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'. 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 worshipped.
● 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 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. We now seek decay in our law as our so-called modern culture returns to the pagan roots of Sodom which believes the Bible teaches nothing for family values in the 21st century. The heart of Sodom ignores 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, not man's evolving culture, society and traditions. We must keep what remains not turn away from from it.

We can only do that through repentance. This fast day is not just for the Jewish people. It is for everyone that is called. After all, only Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) gives the ultimate power to transform tragedy into joy. But 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 the way out:
"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.

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 and church that is rooted in legalized murder.

In 1973, the Court ruled 7–2 in Roe v. Wade that murder by abortion is legal. Almost immediately after that decision, the social stain and disgrace of divorce began to fade away in America, sex out of wedlock became a norm and the consequences for our society have become horrific as the the Court's majority vote against God's instruction and teaching has been cast once again. The five votes from Ginsberg, Sotomayor, Kagan, Breyer and Kennedy make room for a tidal wave of religious persecution across the our nation against those who hold the proper Biblical view of marriage.

The four salty dissenting votes must be noted. They were cast by Justice Roberts, Justice Scalia, Justice Alito and Justice Thomas.

Our nation has lost her immorality once again to the temporary chair of the dark victor and it is the fault of the sleeping and silent Sardis "like" majority that Jesus loves, yet sternly warns.

This anti-torah, lawless majority court ruling aligns perfectly with another warning of Jesus. This one was given to the Pharisees:
"So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness (Torahlessness)." Matthew 23:28
A 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 just as abortion has. Further, it will prove to be a huge blow to Christianity and open the pit of persecution and the legalization of even greater perversions. 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. 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 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.

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.

Today is the time. We all need to get our lives right with God, don’t wait for tomorrow, get it right with Him now. The good news 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
Meanwhile, 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 interesting to see that verse since many reports came out of Israel last week that ISIS, a Balak nation with their sights on Jerusalem, have been encroaching on Israel firing rockets from the Sinai and 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 might 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 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

Here's a list of ten IDF Commanders with names right out of the Bible:
- Benjamin
- Ram
- Shlomo
- Yaakov
- Daniel
- Mordechai
- Yoel
- Yohanan
- Hoshea
- Eli
Israel will do valiantly but we need to wake up and keep the things that remain.

The things that remain are the Torah.

Update: July 13, 2015: If you were perhaps thinking my comments and warning on ISIS don't fit in to this message... think again, The Hill reports from Jerusalem: ISIS has threatening words for Christian Jerusalem
"Since Friday, June 27, leaflets have appeared in and around Arab East Jerusalem, signed by the Islamic State. On July 3, Israeli television Channel One reported on a leaflet that read:

The Armed Forces of the Decisive Swords will purify the Islamic neighborhoods of Christians so that on Eid al[-]Fitr, these neighborhoods will be completely clean. We will start in the neighborhood of Beit Hanina and move on to Shuafat and then all the neighborhoods of the Old City of Jerusalem and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We say to the Christian unbelievers, you must leave immediately so that you will not be slaughtered like lambs with the dawning of Eid al[-]Fitr.

The pamphlets were signed "The Islamic State, Emirate of Jerusalem."

Eid al-Fitr is the last day of holy month of Ramadan, the joyous breaking of the Muslim fast. On the Gregorian calendar, Eid begins at sunset on Thursday, July 16.

It is no secret that the Islamic State, or ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) has had its eye on Jerusalem, the third holiest city in the Islamic faith after Mecca and Medina. ISIS often legitimizes its atrocities and attracts followers by promising to "liberate" Jerusalem. For example, the Islamic State in the Sinai, responsible for the bloody attacks on July 1 that killed dozens of Egyptians, released a propaganda video of a captured Egyptian soldier, later executed, saying: "They want to liberate Jerusalem, and soldiers like me are preventing them. I am a soldier that prevents them from liberating Jerusalem because we [Egypt] support Israel."

The leaflets in Jerusalem similarly accused Christians of serving as agents of Israel and the West, spreading evil by encouraging Muslims to become more secular. The leaflets also charged that the Christians have violated the Pact of Umar, made over 1,000 years ago after Muslims conquered the Holy Land. The pact forbade Christians from displaying crosses on churches, chanting prayers in a loud voice when a Muslim is present, proselytizing, erecting new monasteries or repairing churches when they fall into ruin.

The Islamic State in Gaza has also recently accused Hamas of being too lenient in enforcing Islamic law. In fact, the Islamic State in Gaza is so irate that it has now sworn to overthrow Hamas.

But, just to be clear, the Islamic State cells that plan to attack Jerusalem's Christians are coming not from Gaza or the Sinai. No. The cells are coming from the West Bank. The route specified by the leaflet proceeds from north to south, not south to north. To reach Beit Hanina, the cells would need to pass first through the Qalandia checkpoint. They would then proceed south to Shuafat, pass another checkpoint, and from there go on to the Old City of Jerusalem where they would eventually run into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

I know. It's confusing."
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 His Kingdom path. 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.