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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Thy Kingdom Come...


We just finished an election here in the U.S. for a new President, but my faith is not in an elected man, no matter how good his intention or promise to restore greatness to America again.

I’m a follower of Yeshua HaMashiach, the humble Torah teacher, Messiah ben Joseph, the coming Messiah ben David, King and High Priest in the Order of Melchizedek, the first and the last, savior, redeemer King of kings and Lord of lords.

So, I want to do what God placed me on this earth to do, to let you and others know the good news that Yeshua, aka Jesus and Abba Father are “one” echad in spirit and truth.

The gospel of the Kingdom, the good news is declared by Yeshua. The Kingdom of God on earth will come when Jewish hearts are unlocked to the gospel:
For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’” Matthew 23:39
One mystery of the gospel is the cry of the Jewish people for the one who comes in the name of The Lord.

The kingdom of heaven is the promise of God’s kingdom coming to earth not the other way around.

Jesus came to restore the broken covenant between mankind and God that divorced us from the physical presence of Elohim Almighty and The Kingdom.

Jesus gave His life like the offering of a lamb on the altar as an atonement exchange for salvation from sin to provide resurrection and restoration of creation as God intended it in Eden. So get real, forget about floating around on a cloud in Heaven, the Kingdom of Heaven is coming back to Earth.

Despite the sermons or New York Times best sellers you may have read, the Bible promises that the Kingdom of Heaven is coming back and Yeshua tells when this will happen. The good news is Eden and our relationship with Almighty God will be restored as it was intended in the beginning.

In the Creator’s timing, and according to His redemption plan, the Kingdom of God will be restored on Earth and the stones He is using to accomplish this are His people. Their faces are the image of God etched in the faith of Abraham and serving in the kingship of Messiah, but the message of The Kingdom can get lost, so its time to turn away from the false hope of floating around on a cloud of bliss playing a harp at the pearly gates, it's not found in the Bible.

Matthew 24:14 tells us Jesus said: “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come."

Here the whole world is the Greek word "oikoumenē" and while it can be translated as the whole world, another meaning is hidden according to Strong's Greek Lexicom and Thayer's Greek Lexicon. It references the Roman Empire.

During Yeshua's day that included the land (eretz) that is called Israel and the Middle East. It was all under Roman rule.

Today, despite the fact that Israel is the birthplace of Yeshua, He is not known there as the Jewish Messiah, nor is His gospel of the Kingdom heard. It has been hidden, but amazingly the Internet has changed that. Knowledge has increased. "But you, Daniel, close up these words, and seal the book, until the time of the end." Daniel 12:4

Yeshua's words can be read by anyone that seeks them and they can be heard.

So it's time to stand alert and boldly proclaim the gospel of the Kingdom, take hold of the shield of faith, put on the helmet of salvation, strap on the sword of truth and buckle up with righteousness because the fearful glory of Heaven is coming. It's time to understand the gospel promise and reflect its razor sharp truth from the Scriptures.

This past week, I was blessed to hear a presentation on sharing the Gospel and the next day I received this message from a dear friend who "follows" Messiah Yeshua:


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.
The wonder of the good news of the Kingdom of God is that this hope for the coming of our King will be soon come to pass. Listen Israel, Jeremiah gives you a promise:
"And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more." Jeremiah 31:34
The humble Yeshua HaMashiach came as the Word of God, the Torah in the flesh to live it out righteously so that He could heal others and overcome the death penalty of sin given in Eden through giving His righteous life as a sin offering for those that believe God in faith just as Abraham did.

Today, like Abraham, you can walk in loving obedience as a friend to God's instruction as we wait for the day HaMashiach will return in His glory as King Messiah to fulfill the appointed Fall Feasts just as He humbly gave His life offering and resurrected in glory at the Spring Feasts in Israel. When He returns He will re-establish the throne of David in Jerusalem but it will be greater. David was king of Israel, Yeshua is King of all creation.

There, in Israel just as the prophet Nathan said, He will rule the Kingdom by the constitution that defines righteousness and instruction, it is called the Torah, the teaching of God.

Listen Israel, Jesus never did away with the Torah like you may have heard from a false witness because it is God's instruction for life in the Kingdom of the God of Israel.

Yeshua never started a new religion, He revealed the meaning of the life of Torah in the flesh and lived a righteous life, teaching all to uphold Torah as the walk of the Kingdom of God.


That Kingdom is the good news declared by the disciples.


What is that Gospel message? One response you may have heard to this question has to do with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, and an individual attains salvation by "putting their faith" in Him. Yes, that is a part of it.

Yet, the disciples preached a gospel message before they ever realized Jesus would give His life as a freewill offering to fulfill the purpose of the Torah. They preached the gospel of the Kingdom throughout the Galilee and In Judea and Samaria long before they knew about the Roman execution cross and before they finally believed the reports of His resurrection during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

One record of this is found in 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 writings we call the gospels do we see them preaching of the death, burial and resurrection of Messiah before these Spring Feast day events occurred. Nowhere.

So what gospel was proclaimed by the disciples? They were preaching "the gospel" of proclaiming the Kingdom of God!!

This Gospel was not a "new message" from the "New Testament" it didn't even exist when they were proclaiming the kingdom of God. In an amazing way, the gospel that the disciples, the talmidim of Yeshua proclaimed is everything the Torah and the Prophets point toward and that gospel is the ultimate role of Messiah.

The New Testament record actually tells us that the gospel they proclaimed 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 4:1-6
Believe it or not the “restoration” of God's Kingdom is the good news gospel message, and it is the very gospel that Yeshua preached to all that could hear.

Yeshua's gospel is also about the acceptable year of The Lord, the year of the restoration of the fallen tabernacle. To understand this we have to look back to king David. He was a humble shepherd and an anointed man of God, not elected by the people like Saul. David was anointed in power by the Spirit of living God to be 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 16:13
When we look at the account of Samuel, we can 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 3:21-22
It’s hard to fathom, but Jesus did not tell the crowds that followed Him that He came to give away His life on a Passover cross to accomplish His goal to bind the death penalty of willful sin declared at Eden. Yet, John prophetically hinted at this.

Instead, Yeshua waited to reveal this and told His disciples privately of the cross only days before He went up to Jerusalem before the Passover day of glory to begin His work of restoration as a kinsman redeemer. To the crowds, the Jew Jesus chose Hanukkah, the feast of dedication to reveal His purpose:

It was the Feast of Hanukkah at Yerushalayim. It was winter, and Yeshua was walking in the temple, in Shlomo's porch. 
The Yehudim therefore came around him and said to him, "How long will you hold us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly." Yeshua answered them, "I told you, and you don't believe. The works that I do in my Father's name, these testify about me. But you don't believe, because you are not of my sheep, as I told you. 
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give eternal life to them. They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one." John 10:22-30 HNV

Another John, John the immerser, aka "John the Baptist" actually went by the name Yochanan. He was a Levite, not a Baptist and he understood what this meant years before that day in Jerusalem:

"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 1:29

When he did this, Yochanan the Levite was declaring the foreshadowing of the lamb that Abraham had promised to his son Issac, God will provide himself:
"Abraham said, "God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son." So they both went together." Genesis 22:8
That day at the Jordan River immersion, Yochanan the Levite declared Yeshua to be a worthy offering for the works of Yeshua done in The Father's name.

Those works are Yeshua's gospel message preached to the masses and that message was that the Kingdom of God was near and that it would be restored as promised a thousand years earlier to David by Nathan the prophet. The foundation of the prophetic promise of the Kingdom of God begins in 1Samuel 24:20 when the man 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 these words, the prophet Nathan declared the word of God to David, it was the same Kingdom promise Yeshua was preaching across Israel to anyone that would hear and believe. It was the same Kingdom gospel message preached 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.”
Nathan was not speaking of David. God never breaks a promise. David's earthy kingdom did not last forever.

For a moment, try to imagine if you can, Yeshua declaring the same promise God gave Nathan (in Hebrew meaning "giver") to declare to David's descendant. 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 King to restore the promised house of David and they all knew this promise as the role of Melech HaMoshiach.

Luke records the Spirit of God anointed Yeshua to preach this very 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 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 many of them forgot the storyline...

Before he was to serve as king, David was a shepherd, so Messiah must be too!

"I will raise up your offspring after you..."

Some of Israel also "forgot" that king David's descendant must first sit at the right hand of God before He would rule as King, but David knew this because he wrote a song about 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 110:1-2,5-6
The 'one' everyone waited for to do away with evil and judge the nations was none other than Melech HaMoshiach, King Messiah Yeshua in the line of David, and some also forgot the prophetic words given in Isaiah 49 and Isaiah 53.

They forgot that ashes and sackcloth are required for His life to make an offering for our guilt. They forgot He must first bear our iniquity, then give us peace and healing and guidance as a Torah shepherd before the end time battle of good and evil:
"But he was pierced for our transgressions;
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."
Like many Jewish people today, the Jewish men we call the disciples focused only on the promise of the Messiah King, not the narrow way to the Kingdom that requires suffering, a blood offering and resurrection to glory and restoration as it was in Eden.

Yet, despite forgetful, hardened hearts, The Lord has a gospel plan for the House of Israel and those that will sojourn with them in the coming days:
“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 33:14–16
The 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 Abba Father:
“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" many can't see while 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.”

“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.”
Mark 1:14 recounts that this Kingdom preaching began after John (the Baptist) was arrested:
“Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
The gospel, the good news that heals is to believe that the Kingdom of God is "at hand" and the Kingdom of heaven is the promise of God’s kingdom returning to earth -- so repent and be healed now.

Years before Yeshua's arrest by the Idumaean called Herod, whose father was an Edomite descendant of Esau, John’s priestly Levite message in the wilderness was aways simple: 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 durng the ultimate week of Unleavened Bread.

Yeshua's death and third day resurrection in glory paved the way for the Spirit of God to indwell those that believe this just as the Spirit of God indwelled king David.

After the third day, the great day of Shavuot, 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 end of the world as so many proclaim from a pulpit. It is the end of the divorce, the end of the exile f the Kingdom from Earth and the end of Satan’s authority in death on this planet. The restoration of the Kingdom of God is with Yeshua, the Melech HaMoshiach returning as the anointed King on the appointed Fall Feast day in the acceptable year of the Lord. It will occur.

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 25:31-34
Many 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 need to tell others about is not limited to 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. His work of restoration does not end there.

For now, we get to do as He did and proclaim the forever promise of the restoration of the "Kingdom" that Jesus preached and taught to everyone.

His "Gospel" is the same "good news" any believer in the gospel can proclaim to the whole world now as we make disciples to teach others of the gospel good news of "The Kingdom" to come that Nathan declared to David would come to Earth.

The Bible's storyline of that gospel is amazing and it provides a joyful journey of study of these promises whether that be in a study of the root of the faith of the Messiah that began with the covenant promise of faith given Abraham of the Promised Land of the Kingdom. It is a blessing for all nations.

If you have been here before at this website, you know most of the messages here are devoted to point to the Word of God as it points to Messiah and His Kingdom to come.

Messiah's gospel message of the promised restoration of the Kingdom is the one lesson we must all know and understand. The focus of the Word of God in on the whole gospel of the restoration of His Kingdom and it is the message that only begins with Jesus loves me, Jesus loves you.

So love Him back as your King, repent and believe the good news that the Kingdom of God that will be restored.

It's that simple, return to God's ways Israel and He will return to you. Turn your life around and open your Bible it shows you how to live in The Kingdom.

Like the Shoah, the story started after an arrest:
"Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel." Mark 1:14-15 ESV 
The Creator of the universe and this world wants you to respond to Yeshua whether you be Jew or now-Jew. Repent and make Him your King and High Priest over your life so that your can seek the walk of His righteousness in the kindness of Almighty God. With the Holy Spirit as your helper, you can walk the walk and know the Father through Messiah.

Yet, if you see the truth of His righteousness and walk away from it or ignore it, or even consider it done away with, hung on the cross, you extinguish the fire of the Spirit of His grace and lovingkindness.

Believers that know God and Yeshua as Messiah, but if don’t know Him as King open your eyes to the plain gospel obedience of the Kingdom as shown below. So repent and walk in the Kingdom ways taught by Yeshua in John 5:14 and John 8:10... "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 10:26-29
The Jewish disciple Peter (Kepha) gives a warning as a witness to the words 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 understand the gospel of Yeshua and choose to receive the promise of resurrection into eternal life in the Kingdom of God. So, if you love God, walk the way Yeshua walked in righteousness, be a disciple and do what He did in God's service.

The Jewish disciple John (Yochanan) taught the simple reason we all need to return to a 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 3:7-8
The destruction of the works of the devil is a part of the gospel message of God's Kingdom. The gospel preaches resurrection life in the Kingdom as a gift from God for those who by faith believe in Him through the words of Yeshua, sanctified in the truth of Scripture so that the world may know that Yeshua was sent by The Father. In that way, we may know the Father in Him.

This is the critical message of the "Priestly" 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,

"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
No one has known the Father like the Son, and the Son of God reveals the Father to those He chooses, so we must "seek" Messiah. Repent now and get to know Him. Knowing Him as Messiah King is the goal, not just knowledge of a cross. We must make Him the King of our life that is a big part of repentance.

Remember the prayer... "Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth."

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 also 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 repent 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."

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
The prayer Yeshua has prayed is for all people to repent and return to God to seek only His face as the first and the last, the King of 'all' Israel.


Eternal life is the gift of righteous faith,
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 1:18
Jesus is the worthy lamb of God because He walked in the righteousness of Torah, all of it. Today, we call this 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.’.

“I never knew you.”
If we hold the truth in faith, yet we think it's OK to walk in deliberate unrighteousness aka sin then we have a big problem... Jesus will say "I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of Torahlessness.

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 5:7-8
He also taught that we are to disciple others about repentance and the Torah [instruction of God] and He ties this teaching directly to the coming 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.

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
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:
“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 3:15
Do 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 15:6
Take 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 King Messiah.

There's plenty of 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 14:15
How much do you love Him? Show Him and others. Repent.

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 to repent and demonstrate love to Almighty God by walking in His ways?

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, if you repent He will accept your heart. It takes no special knowledge to know that, but it requires a decision, a response. Repent and return to God's ways.

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 16:15
We have all lived in Egypt as a slave to sin, but it is time to come out of "her" my people. Repent.

If you repent 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 empowered through your High Priest and King Messiah. Repent. 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.

Repent and believe in the Kingdom. 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, believe, repent and accept His instruction each day, 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 and repents:
"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 1:16-17
Repent. Embrace 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 24:14
This 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 31:33-34
There 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:


“Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord”


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 which includes living as Yeshua lived just as he told the adulterous woman:
"She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more." John 8:11 
If you are not living in repentance, return to God's covenant, return to hear and do His word and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path declared by Messiah Yeshua so that you can ready your lamp for your coming assignment of Kingdom walk right now.

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 and grab the robe of Messiah!
"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
Today is the time, repent walk the walk, preach the gospel always and when necessary use words.

Shalom.