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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Thy Kingdom Come...

We just finished an election here in the U.S. and the vote that defied the polls elected the 7th businessman President, but my faith is not in an elected man, no matter how good his intention to make America great again.

My faith is in The God of Abraham, Isaac and the God of Israel and Yeshua HaMashiach, the Master Torah teacher, the Messiah ben Joseph who is returing as 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 know the good news in spirit and in truth.

In my Scripture studies I found the gospel of the Kingdom, the good news was the teaching and preaching declared by Yeshua and His disciples, yet its misunderstood in some ways.

One mystery of the gospel of The Kingdom is a cry of the Jewish people for the one who will come in the name of The Lord. The Kingdom of God will come hearts are unlocked to that 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
Jesus came to restore the broken covenant between God and mankind, aka heaven and earth.  Due to our sin, God had to divorce us from the physical presence of Elohim Almighty. His plan is to restore His Kingdom on earth defiled by our corruption. The Kingdom of heaven is the promise of God’s restoration and rule coming to earth.

Two thousand years ago, Messiah Yeshua came to teach and explain the heart of God's Word and to provide Himself as suffering servant Son of Man, the Passover lamb that willfully took on the sin of mankind. Our job is to repent, to believe and do God's Word and teach others the truth of the Bible, not man's view of that restoration seen in our traditions or doctrines.

Before Yeshua of Nazareth went to trial, before He willingly gave His life blood on the Passover cross as the redemptive Son of Man in a kinsman redeemer's exchange for sin, before He fulfilled the Father's plan in first fruits resurrection Yeshua summarized our prayer assignment as Jew or not in Matthew 6.
Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
    Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
   on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
   and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
   but deliver us from evil."
This prayer sums up what The Father purposed in Eden at creation and at Mount Sinai.

Delivery from evil is the reason Yeshua told Nicodemus you must be born from above but Nicodemus did not understand:
“Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. 
If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 
No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life." John 3:10-15
In evangelical Christianity, the phrase you must be “born again” to receive eternal life is used to describe the moment people realize that they are a sinner make the choice to accept Jesus as their Savior and pray a sinner's prayer. The term comes from this conversation.

John 3:3 is usually trnslated as saying: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Yet, the Greek reads differently, “Unless someone is born (anōthen) from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  So, what does Jesus describe and being born from above?

Many believe "born again" is a single moment of the discovery of faith. But what did Yeshua say in the end to explain birth from above by the Spirit to Nicodemus?

He said, "For everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

Deeds is a keyword here. It's the Greek word "ergon" meaning an act, deed, thing done. Another keyword is light. What light? Psalm 119:105 tells us:
"NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
Why did king David write this description of God's word and start it with Nun?

Each Hebrew letter has a meaning, the Nun נ means faithfulness.

Faithfulness to God's word. That's what the Psalm is about. In other words, Yeshua gave Nicodemus a Psalm reference that the new life journey of a faithful person chooses to practice the ways of Heaven by turning to the light of the word of God.

It's not just a one time decision, it a way of life journey.

In the Exodus 33 story, Moses asked for God's grace to take the journey back to the Promised Land with them after the golden calf sin of idolatry broke the covenant. Do you remember what Moses said: "let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight."

God agreed: "My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest."

Then God said: “I will also do this thing of which you have spoken; for you have found favor in My sight and I have known you by name.”

That answer was for both requests, go with us and let me know your ways.

God's response was from above and Yeshua expected Nicodemus to know this:
"The LORD descended in the cloud and stood there with him as he called upon the name of the LORD. Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, 'The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.'"
Whoever follows Yeshua as Messiah is to follow in His way, leave the guilt of sin and choose the journey of life to the kingdom of God with His heavenly instruction!

That is why Yeshua questioned Nicodemus “the teacher of Israel” and expected him to understand the point that He was making.

Nicodemus the Pharisee should have understood the “kingdom of God” as a realm from above that is full of compassion and grace, slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness and truth, forgiveness of iniquity, transgression and sin.

From this perspective, the conversation points toward the choice of God's lifestyle as a part of the Kingdom of “the above.” Yeshua then addresses the transgression and sin, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him." John 3:16-17.

Why is this required of Messiah?

In the beginning, Adam was born from God's Spirit when our Creator literally blew life into him and created him in God's image, but he fell from that image in sin and guilt ignoring God's instruction. The Lord God told Isaiah:
“Remember this and stand firm,
recall it to mind, you transgressors,
remember the former things of old;
for I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me,
declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
and I will accomplish all my purpose... Isaiah 46:8-10
The Master Rabbi Yeshua was teaching the Torah teacher Nicodemus the purpose of God's counsel but Nicodemus was confused just like many are today about Messiah's first coming and the Kingdom to come on earth just as it was intended for Adam and Eve. How do we know?
"Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 
Yeshua answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 
No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. John 3:9-15
Despite the sermons your've heard or New York Times best sellers you may have read, the Bible promises that the Kingdom of Heaven is coming back here to our planet and Messiah Yeshua is the promised King that will return to restore earth and resurrect mankind to new life as it was intended in the beginning.

Yeshua is the Son of Man descended from heaven that was lifted up. He is the Son of Man that will rule in the end as described by Daniel:
"But the holy [set apart] of the Highest One [the Son of Man] will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, for all ages to come."Daniel 7:18
When will the see this forever kingdom?

Daniel tells us:
"I kept looking, and that horn was waging war with the saints and overpowering them until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was passed in favor of the saints [bond-servants] of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom. Daniel 7:21-22
The big news if you will that should clear up the confusion of the gospel of The Kingdom to come is that Jerusalem will be the center of the conflict of good and evil before the Kingdom restoration by Messiah where our relationship with Almighty God and our image will be restored back to the beginning in resurrection.

The focus on choice for Almighty God's Kingdom way is the light in the narrative of the Bible and the plan of kingdom restoration began in Yeshua's life, teaching, trial, death and resurrection. As the Son of Man,  He suffered, yet He was resurrected in the glory image of God. He is the Messiah to come and the hope of the Jewish people and others.

The “good news” is that the Jew Jesus, the Son of Man always preached God's redemptive Kingdom way. He will return as Messiah King with the reward of resurrection and good judgment with authority over the earth that Adam unwittingly gave up to haSatan.
“And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.” Revelation 11:18 
“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. Revelation 22:12
The plan shown to Daniel reveals the lovingkindness Torah of our forgiving Father never ended on a Roman execution cross at Golgotha. Instead, God's mystery plan to remove sin revealed a glorious redeemed future as it was in the beginning for mankind. The resurrected redeemer King and High Priest in the order of Melchizedek will return as the “king of righteousness” to the world from the mountain on the throne of David in Jerusalem.

When He does return, the Torah of God will be taught as the covenant Kingdom constitution for all “peoples, nations, and languages.” That's the reason for the season of the millennium.

Remember Abraham? He was God's friend because he did what God asked, he lived out his faith by what he did. This is what Jesus said about dedication to keeping God's Torah of light when He told Nicodemus:
"But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God. John 3:21
In our Creator’s timing and according to His master plan outlined in the Feasts of The Lord, the Kingdom of God will be restored on earth with The Temple of God as its centerpiece. The stones that the Highest One is using to accomplish this right now are His bond-servants in repentance making the right choice to hear God and walk in faith as a friend just like Abraham serving in proper worship under the kingship of Messiah Yeshua.

Yet, this message from above about the light of the Word of God gets lost when you stop at the cross and do not understand the Son of Man's promise in First Fruits resurrection is to walk in the ways of new life in the Spirit. It's time to turn from the theories of a future floating around on an escape cloud of bliss playing a harp and living behind pearly gates guarded by Saint Peter because it's not a gospel kingdom promise found in the Bible.

Matthew 24:14 tells us Jesus said something that is Kingdom dependent on what we do so I am doing it here:
“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."
That kingdom gospel is what Yeshua taught Nicodemus and the end is God's lovingkindness in resurrection, not global destruction.

The Levite John was called to preach repentance to all that would hear the message in preparation to receive the King that would preach about Kingdom from above 2,000 years ago. John the immerser was chosen like Elijah to begin the restoration process of mankind and earth through repentance to return to God's ways. The mikveh or baptism if you will represents resurrection.

In resurrection, Messiah has been given Adam's assignment to have dominion over the earth and the Kingdom of God.

Matthew's account says, "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations" and the words "whole world" are from the Greek word "oikoumenē" and while it can be translated as "whole world" another meaning is hidden according to both Strong's and Thayer's Greek Lexicons. They both give a subtle reference to the Roman Empire.

During Yeshua's day, that empire of iron ruled by dictatorial oppression from Rome's Caesars. The Roman Empire had dominion over the "land" (eretz) of Israel. Today, the oppressive legs of Roman rule have morphed into the divided iron and clay toes of Islam's Shiite and Sunni kingdoms. One of them, the Sunni, enforce an abomination to Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount. Their division is just as Daniel explained to Nebuchadnezzar:
"And as you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom, but some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the soft clay. And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle." Daniel 2:41-42
Not only that, today despite the fact that Israel is the birthplace of Yeshua of Nazareth, He is not known there as the Jewish Messiah, nor is His Torah observance and teaching as the prophet Moses promised like that teaching given to Nicodemus known or understood in Rome or Israel for that matter.

In the writings we call the Gospels, Jesus never taught a need to convert anyone to a new replacement religion, instead He taught and explained the light and heart of Torah that God promised Jeremiah:
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Jeremiah 31:33-34
Yeshua admonished others in Jeremiah's blessing of a pure heart in righteousness and mercy found in the instruction of Moses when He said:
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied."
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy."
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." Matthew 5:6-8
Many miss seeing Moses in Yeshua's teaching as if wearing a veil as Yeshua compared the Torah heart covenant to the seasoning of salt and light by doing the good deeds (mitzvah) of Torah by loving God and others which gives glory to God:
"You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet."
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:13-16
When Yeshua healed the leper, He kept Torah instruction explicitly: "The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,  “This shall be the law of the leprous person for the day of his cleansing. He shall be brought to the priest,  and the priest shall go out of the camp, and the priest shall look." Leviticus 14:1-3

Here's the record:
And Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” Matthew 8:4
Yeshua defined keeping the commandments of God because you want to as the way of life:
And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” Matthew19:17
Yeshua taught the pinnacle of the law and the message of the prophets:
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 22:36-40
Yeshua kept the Sabbath and the festivals of God too, just as the disciples did that followed Him. He even told the Samaritan woman:
“You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.”  John 4:22
Yeshua taught the way of the heart in The Kingdom is to fulfill the Torah not finish it off:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.  
Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:17-19
Yeshua taught the heart of righteousness exceeds man's religion:
"For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:20
The Son of Man's gospel of The Kingdom intertwines truth and spirit. Consider the parable of the tiny mustard seed. He preached, it is not yet seen in the land that the Jewish people are preparing for His return, yet it's time that the Kingdom gospel of the heart to be declared.

Yeshua's Kingdom preaching has been distorted, but that is changing and likely why you are reading about the gospel of the Kingdom that was preached 2,000 years ago.

Just as Daniel was promised, knowledge has increased about God's Torah, its light is being revealed to many hearts as the constitution of The Kingdom of God. Yeshua's words can be plainly read for what they say thanks to the blessing of the printing press by anyone and they can be heard virtually everywhere thanks to technology.

It's time to stand and boldly proclaim, believe and do the gospel of the Kingdom and live in its promise of restoration of the heart. It is time to take hold of the shield of faith and put on the helmet of salvation, time to strap on the sword of truth and buckle up with righteousness because the fearful glory of Heaven is coming again to earth to tabernacle with us.

It's time to prepare hearts, time to explain, understand and believe The Kingdom's gospel promise and declare it just as Yeshua taught Nicodemus from the foundation of the Scriptures.

This past week, I was blessed to hear a wonderful presentation on sharing that gospel and the next day I received this message from a dear friend who "follows" Yeshua and seeks to walk in "the way" of the heart of Messiah's voice in relationship with The Father:
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 and 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 King is coming, yet our theologies complicate our understanding as it it adds or takes away from the promise and purpose of the written Word of God to connect heaven and earth through Messiah. The awe and wonder of the promise of being born from above with the good news of the Kingdom of God is that the hope for the coming of our Messiah King will restore the planet and mankind in resurrection back to the beginning in a bond-servant's heart relationship with God as it was intended from the very beginning.

So, listen up again, Jeremiah gives us the big promise of The Kingdom... personally knowing God:
"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 walked in the perfect walk of The Kingdom bringing the Word of God to life as the heart of Torah living in the flesh. Yeshua lived out God's instruction righteously and He was anointed by God's Spirit as He preached the Gospel of the Kingdom where sin is forgotten. Because of this promise, Yeshua taught others to repent, to return to God's heart. He healed the sick, the crippled and the blind to demonstrate the power of God's Kingdom over mankind's infirmity which is sin.

Because He loves The Father, Yeshua always followed and taught the heart of The Father's Torah teaching and instruction. Because of that, sin's curse which is death, could not hold Him and resurrection, new life was given to Him for mankind's redemption. Without His death, there would be no resurrection, so being born again into The Kingdom would be impossible.

Yeshua experienced trial and tribulation for the highest purpose, and He overcame the death penalty of sin that mankind brought on himself in Eden by offering His righteous life as a redemptive exchange for the iniquity of sin.

Yeshua lives!

Those that believe the Gospel of the Kingdom get to follow God in faith as a friend of God like Abraham. Today, you too can walk in loving obedience as a child of God and you can prepare others for the day Melek HaMashiach will return. Rest assured, He is coming in resurrection glory as King Messiah to fulfill the appointed Fall Feasts just as He filled the meaning of the Spring Feasts in Jerusalem two millennia ago.

When He returns, Yeshua will restore the fallen tent of David and establish His throne in Jerusalem, yet His work will be greater that David's.

David was the first anointed king of Israel, Yeshua is the anointed Messiah King of all creation, all nations.

There, in Israel just as the prophet Nathan said, a son will build a house for God (2 Samuel 7:10-17). That house today is made of livings stones... The Son of God will rule by the constitution that defines a heart of righteousness, it is called the Torah, the eternal Kingdom teaching of God.

It's true. Moses recorded the way of life in The Kingdom of God but it takes a willing heart, a choice must be made.

Listen up, Nathan spoke about God's promise in Messiah when he said: "I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me."

Yeshua never turned against His Father's ways, Yeshua did not do away with the Torah like you may have heard, He did the opposite because it is The Father's instruction for life in the House of the God of Israel. Righteous children native born or adopted obey The Father in love. That's the very definition of a bond-servant.

It's hard to grasp due to many misguided religious sermons, but Yeshua of Nazareth never started a new religion.

Believe it or not, Yeshua never read a New Testament or attended Sunday school either. His custom was was to read and teach on the Sabbath (see Luke 4:16 for the proof). Yeshua revealed the meaning of living the life of Torah in the heart while teaching "the way" of life in the Kingdom of God. To understand this requires the Sermon on the Mount. We must be pure in heart, we must hunger and thirst for righteousness. We must be meek and peacemakers full of salt and light. "You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matthew 5:48)

This Kingdom gospel was declared by Jewish disciples.

Have you heard the Gospel message they proclaimed?

One response to this question is that they preached the death and resurrection of Jesus as the Gospel that was preached, another is that a person can receive salvation by "putting their faith" in Jesus, raising a hand and reciting a short prayer. Hold onto your pew, those are steps in the right direction, but it's not the Kingdom Gospel they heard and preached under Jesus.

How do we know?

We know because the disciples preached the gospel message of The Kingdom before they ever realized Jesus would give His life as a freewill offering to defeat the sting of death from sin as promised from the beginning in Genesis 3:15.

The disciples preached the gospel of The Kingdom before they witnessed the Passover cross or saw Yeshua in glory after His First Fruits resurrection.

The gospel they heard preached throughout the Galilee and in Judea and Samaria was preached before Peter turned his back in fear denying his Yeshua in the darkness of His Passover trial. The disciples heard the gospel preached long before they received the outpouring of the Spirit of God on Shavuot to empower them to declare the good news in all the languages of the nations that were there.

One record of the Gospel preaching of the kingdom of God 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 Jewish writings of the disciples now called the Gospels, do we see a disciple preaching the gospel of the death, burial and resurrection of Messiah before the divine events occurred.

Read the accounts for yourself and consider what that means:
  • What gospel was preached to Abraham? (Galatians 3:8)
  • What gospel did John the Baptist preach before meeting Yeshua at the river? (Luke 3:18, Luke 16:16)
  • What gospel did Yeshua preach while He walked through the Galilee, Samaria and what gospel did He teach at The Temple? (Matthew 4:23, Mark 1:14, Luke 20:1)
  • What gospel did the disciples preach in Samaria? (Acts 8:25)
  • What gospel were the disciples sent out to preach? (Luke 9:6)
  • What gospel was taught to the Jew first then to the Gentiles? (Romans 1:16)
  • What gospel is the great commission assignment? (Matthew 24:14, Mark 13:10, Mark 16:15)
Yeshua started his teaching with the word "repent" and "the gospel of God" proclaiming the Kingdom!!
From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 3:17 
Now after John had been taken into custody, Yeshua came into Galilee, preaching 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
Repent does not just mean expressing regret or sorrow for sin in a short one time prayer. It means turn back, turn around, live it out as you return to God's ways. The Hebrew word for repent is teshuva and it is a process. This gospel requirement was not a "new message." The gospel that Yeshua of Nazareth taught began with the same message that the prophet Ezekiel declared:
Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations. Ezekiel 14:6 
Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Ezekiel 18:30 
The gospel Yeshua declared was that the Kingdom was at hand.

At the same time Yeshua confirmed the Torah's connection to the Gospel:
“The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail.” Luke 16:16-17
A manuscript from the Newer Testament record from the Jews that followed Yeshua confirms that the gospel they proclaimed was preached to the children of Israel and the companion sojourners with them in Moses' time, but the leaders of Israel rebelled and grumbled against Moses and Aaron, all that is except two witnesses: Joshua and Caleb. (See Numbers 13:1-33 and Numbers 14:1-44):
"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, "repentance" and the “restoration” of God's Kingdom as it was intended from the beginning is the good news gospel message that was preached to all that could hear and believe.

Yeshua's gospel is about the restoration of the fallen tabernacle of David. To understand this, we must look back to the life and times of king David. First, he was a humble shepherd and an anointed man of God, he was a king not elected by the people like Saul, but he was chosen by God to be anointed in power by the Spirit of God to be king:
"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 this critical account from the book of Samuel, we can see it is a mirror image of John's "mikveh" duty like Samuel's at the Jordan River anointing in 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 reveal to the crowds that heard Him preach after that day that He came to give His life on a Passover cross to accomplish God's goal to bind the death penalty of willful sin declared at Eden. In fact He did not tell them He was the Messiah. Instead, Yeshua waited on the Spirit of God to reveal this and He only told His closest disciples privately of the mystery of God's plan of redemption only days before He went up to Jerusalem before Passover to give His life as the Son of Man kinsman redeemer for mankind.

Not only that, hold onto your hat, but you need to know that Jesus is the Jew is the one that chose Hanukkah, the feast of "dedication" to reveal the Father's promise of eternal life in resurrection to the crowds:
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
You read it, John wrote: "It was the Feast of Hanukkah at Yerushalayim. It was winter, and Yeshua was walking in the temple, in Shlomo's porch. " John 10:22

Have you ever considered in most years in December, the Torah portion Miketz falls right within the eight days of Hanukkah and the Hebrew meaning for Miketz is: "at the end." The Genesis 41:1-44:17 parshah tells of Joseph’s interpretation of Pharaoh’s dreams of seven years of good times followed by seven years of famine. When Parshah Miketz coincides with the first Sabbath of Hanukkah, the haftarah that is read is Zechariah 2:14–4:7. When Parshah Miketz coincides with the second Sabbath of Hanukkah the haftarah is 1 Kings 7:40–50.

The haftarah of Zechariah 2:14–4:7 includes the vision of Joshua (Yehoshua) the High Priest:
And the angel of the LORD solemnly assured Joshua, “Thus says the LORD of hosts: If you will walk in my ways and keep my charge, then you shall rule my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you the right of access among those who are standing here. Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, you and your friends who sit before you, for they are men who are a sign: behold, I will bring my servant the Branch. Zechariah 3:6-8
When Parshah Miketz coincides with the second Sabbath of Hanukkah, the haftarah portion read is 1 Kings 7:40–50. It tells us:
"So Solomon made all the vessels that were in the house of the LORD: the golden altar, the golden table for the bread of the Presence, the lampstands of pure gold, five on the south side and five on the north, before the inner sanctuary; the flowers, the lamps, and the tongs, of gold; the cups, snuffers, basins, dishes for incense, and fire pans, of pure gold; and the sockets of gold, for the doors of the innermost part of the house, the Most Holy Place, and for the doors of the nave of the temple. 1 Kings 7:48–50
While walking in Solomon's porch and answering questions during the Hanukkah dedication. We need to see it is about the the lamp stands of pure gold representing God's Spirit outpouring and about the end of the age near His second coming. Yeahua revealed that the dark time of seven years of famine and the reason for Hanukkah. Will the darkness of Antiochus Epiphanes repeat before He returns?

Hanukkah starts on the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month and it is a big deal in the Kingdom to come... especially when you realize Haggai wrote these words hundred of years before the days of the Maccabees and Syrian ruler Antiochus IV unleashed his horrific, murderous persecution of the Jews and his desecration of The Temple. Haggai's prophecy was written a month after the word of the LORD came to the prophet Zechariah with God's call: "Return to me, says the LORD of hosts, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts." This was spoken in the 9th Biblical month, that's Kislev, usually December on our calendar
"Consider from this day onward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month. Since the day that the foundation of the LORD’s temple was laid, consider: 
Is the seed yet in the barn? Indeed, the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have yielded nothing. But from this day on I will bless you.” 
The word of the LORD came a second time to Haggai on the twenty-fourth day of the month, “Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I am about to shake the heavens and the earth, and to overthrow the throne of kingdoms
I am about to destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the nations, and overthrow the chariots and their riders." Haggai 2:18-22
We should all thank God we can now see the gospel account of John (John 10:22) reveals Hanukkah.

As we have seen, another John known as John the immerser was the mikveh man, aka "John the Baptist" and he went by the Hebrew name Yochanan. He preached the repentance message given to Zechariah and tied it to Isaiah Isaiah 40:3.

John was not a Baptist, he was a Levite and at the place that Israel ended the exodus and entered the promised land at the Jordan River, Yochanan the Levite declared the lamb of God offering acceptable as he prophesied of Yeshua's purpose as a redeemer before the Passover trial of the lamb of God was to be revealed 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 fulfilled his priestly responsibility as he was rightfully declaring the lamb that Abraham had promised in place of his son Issac as an acceptable sacrifice.

Abraham told Isaac, God will provide himself... the lamb:
"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's living water mikveh immersion, Yochanan acted in authority as a Levite priest declaring the acceptable offering God would provide that Abraham promised. Simply put, the prophetic words of Yochanan about Yeshua were spoken in keeping Abraham's prophecy given to his son Issac and Yeshua's response was "Allow it now, for this is the fitting way for us to fulfill all righteousness."

Like Moses at the Red Sea, Yeshua entered His ministry of teaching and instruction with a mikveh. 

When Yeshua was at the Jordan River, before the immersion, despite His cousin John's objection, He told John the son of the Levite Zechariah something and important well worth repeating:
"Allow it now, for this is the fitting way for us to fulfill all righteousness."
Those words "for us" connect that immersion to the righteous requirement for two witnesses found in God's Word. 

There's no question, preparation for the destination of the Kingdom of God is Yeshua's gospel message preached to the masses and that good news starts with the command to repent, a righteous requirement declared to Zechariah a month before Haggai's promise was given about Hanukkah. This good news is the same gospel that was promised a thousand years earlier to David by Saul.

Do you know about that gospel promise?

The foundation of the prophetic promise of Messiah and the coming Kingdom of God is revealed in 1Samuel 24:20 when the man chosen by men, king Saul, told the shepherd David "behold" because he knew David was 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 to David, the prophet Nathan also declared the prophetic word of God to David. It was the same picture of the Kingdom gospel promise Yeshua was preaching all across Israel to anyone that would hear and believe it.

The power of this message is amazing -- people were healed in faith by Yeshua's touch and His words. Here is Yeshua's Kingdom gospel that was prophesied 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 and God never breaks a promise. David's earthy kingdom did not last forever because the Kingdom of God throne is for Messiah, the netzer or branch of David. His name is Yeshua.

For a moment, try to imagine if you can, Yeshua walking through the Galilee declaring the same promise God gave Nathan (in Hebrew meaning "giver") to declare David's descendant given in the line of Judah.

During the gospel ministry of Jesus, Nathan's prophecy was in the limelight as the 1,500 year old “forever” promise that everyone, literally anyone living in Israel at that time knew by heart and waited for. The Jews were doing the right thing, looking for the coming of the son of David, the anointed Messiah King to restore The Kingdom of God and they all knew this promise was to fulfilled by Melech HaMoshiach.

Luke records the Spirit of God anointed Yeshua to preach this 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 Isaiah had been given by God to proclaim was beginning. The prophecy Nathan gave 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 on 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, like us 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..."

Most in Israel today still "forget" that king David's descendant must first suffer then sit at the right hand of God before He would rule as King on Earth, 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 that rejected God's ways is none other than Melech HaMoshiach, King Messiah Yeshua in the line of David, and many still forget the prophetic words given in Isaiah 49 and Isaiah 53.

They forget that ashes and sackcloth are required first for His life to make a sin offering for our guilt in transgression. They forget He must first bear our iniquities, then give us peace and healing and guidance as the Torah shepherd King before the big 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 at that time focused on the promise of the Messiah King only, not the narrow way to the Kingdom that requires suffering, a blood offering to cover sin and resurrection to glory and restoration of life as it was in Eden.

Yet, despite forgetful hearts and minds, The Lord has a gospel plan for the House of Israel and all those that will sojourn with them as companions:
“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 many 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 haven't seen 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 can heal 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 His good creation on 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 and turn back to God’s ways and His instruction.

This preaching from the prophet John came before Jesus ever revealed the mystery of His mission for the cross during the ultimate week of Unleavened Bread. Yeshua's death and third day resurrection in glory that week paved the way for the Spirit of God to indwell those that believe this just as the Spirit of God indwelled king David.

It was only after the third day, the great day of Shavuot, that Yeshua-Jesus gave the ultimate assignment to His disciples and 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 of the Kingdom of God from earth and the end of Satan’s authority in death on this planet. The restoration of the Kingdom of God in resurrection is coming with Yeshua, the Melech HaMoshiach who is returning from the right hand of God as the anointed King on the appointed Fall Feast day in the acceptable year of the Lord.

That day is coming. Get ready.

This promise is summed up in the narrative hinting about the Azazel goat of Yom Kippur by none other than Yeshua the Jew:
“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 nations still 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 redeeming 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. There's a resurrection plan ahead.

For now, we get to do as He did and walk in God's instruction 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 how to live in "The Kingdom" to come that Nathan declared to David.

The Bible's storyline of that gospel is amazing and it requires a difficult, but joyful journey of study and understanding of these promises in the root of the faith of the Messiah that is seen with the covenant promise of faith given Abraham of the Promised Land as the focal point of the Kingdom. The gospel is a blessing given for all nations.

If you have visited this website before now, 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 declare if the end of evil is to come in our time. The focus of the Word of God in on the whole gospel of the restoration of God's Kingdom on earth and it is the message that 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 will be restored.

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

Like the Shoah, the gospel started after an illegal, unwarranted arrest of the innocent:
"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 believe Messiah Yeshua whether you be Jew or now-Jew. Repent and make Him your King and High Priest over your life so that your can walk in His righteousness and in the lovingkindness of Almighty God. With the Holy Spirit as your helper, you can walk in the way and know the Father through Messiah and understand the Torah He taught.

But, if you see the truth and walk away from it or ignore it, or consider it old and done away with, hung on the cross, you will extinguish the fire of the Spirit of God's grace and lovingkindness. After all, if the Torah is done away with why is Jesus interceding on behalf of believers as the Great High Priest?

This is plainly declared in Hebrews 2:17, Hebrews 4:14-15, Hebrews 5:5, Hebrews 5:10, Hebrews 6:20, Hebrews 7:26, Hebrews 8:1 and Hebrews 9:11.

Yeshua's ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His intercession on behalf of believers as their Great High Priest is filling the Torah up with meaning, it does not do away with it.

Believers that believe God and know Yeshua as Messiah, but don’t know Him as High Priest must open their eyes to the gospel of the Kingdom way. So repent and walk in the Kingdom way taught by Yeshua in John 5:14 and John 8:10... "Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” “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 (aka Kepha) gives us 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

It takes a heart of repentance to 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 and turn back to the Bible, all of it.

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." 1 John 3:7-8
The destruction of the works of the devil is a part of the gospel promise to come in God's Kingdom. The works of the devil have no place in 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 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 Yeshua. 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 His ways our life, that is a big part of repentance.

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

God's word is truth, it is not abolished. He is eternal life and the way of life is 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, a righteousness by faith action. 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 ya'll.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Ezekiel Sequence

Today, the nations of our planet seek to divide the Promised Land into two states for "peace." One called Israel, the other a Palestinian State. 

That's a plan.

The United Nations will undoubtably make division a key discussion point in the up coming 2016 General Assembly meetings this autumn in New York City.

At the UN, the Jewish-Arab debate engaged almost 70 years ago in 1947, but the truth is a Palestinian State did not exist at that time nor before.

In my Scripture studies I found the truth, there is no Jewish occupation.

In fact, the Palestinians as they are called today, did not exist in 1947 either, the entire world including the League of Nation ambassadors called them... Arabs. Arabs are from Arabia.

U.N. Resolution 181 never mentioned a people group now known as "Palestinians." 

Take a look at the resolution for yourself, there's no need to take my word for it. The resolution refers to the 1917 Balfour Declaration, the Territory of Palestine and The Palestinian Mandate: which dealt with the Ottoman Turk's conquest of the land renamed by Rome as an insult some 1,800 years earlier:
"Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have agreed, for the purpose of giving effect to the provisions of Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations, to entrust to a Mandatory selected by the said Powers the administration of the territory of Palestine, which formerly belonged to the Turkish Empire, within such boundaries as may be fixed by them; and 
Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have also agreed that the Mandatory should be responsible for putting into effect the declaration originally made on November 2nd, 1917, by the Government of His Britannic Majesty, and adopted by the said Powers, in favor of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that nothing should be done which might prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country..."
The Romans occupied Judaea. The "state of confusion" about the so-called Palestinian territory we have today began with the Roman occupation of God's land grant when the Romans invented the term "Palastina" in the 2nd century to mark their reign and intrusion into the Promised Land. Their Latin claim morphed into English as the word "Palestine."

That name "Palastina" was adopted by the Romans to usurp when the rightful heritage of the Jewish people destroyed and dispersed into today's Europe by Emperor Titus. Professor Lewis got it right:
"From the end of the Jewish state in antiquity to the beginning of British rule, the area now designated by the name Palestine was not a country and had no frontiers, only administrative boundaries . . . ." Professor Bernard Lewis, Commentary Magazine, January 1975 
The Romans invented the name purposefully. They sought to hide the Biblical truth about Judea and Samaria and they put a new label on a Roman occupation map in a feeble attempt to wipe out the heritage of God's land promise to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. 

The Romans attacked Jerusalem in 70AD and destroyed the Temple. Attacks continue today, but the map of the Roman Empire has been replaced by public rhetoric at a podium in the U.N. building and in the media.

Long before the Arab attack against Israel began in May 1948 when the surrounding Arab forces invaded and attempted to finish Hitler's Holocaust after the evacuation of British armed forces, a prophetic sequence was written to record the visions of a great prophet some 2,600 years earlier.

The Ezekiel scroll is date stamped describing the day of each vision and they provide a chronologic view of latter day events that are unfolding in the mountains and valleys of Israel today. 

Ezekiel does not state that the prophecies are sequential or chronologic, he doesn't have to, the scroll only unrolls on way. The “latter day” prophecies revealed in Ezekiel 38-39 is seen by many Christians as describing events which will occur in the time immediately preceding the Messianic Age (aka the Millennium). But what if they are in the describing the end of that 1,000 year Sabbath. 

What if those chapters reflect the same events described in Revelation 20?

When we compare the Ezekiel prophecies to their parallels revealed in the Book of Revelation, we see there is a sequence that explains the mystery "release" of evil at the end of the Messianic Age. That is described in Revelation 20 that ties to the Gog Magog war described in Ezekiel 38 and Ezekiel 39.

It seems strange that the Gog Magog sequence found in Revelation is rejected. I have a simple question, why don't people believe Revelation 20 is a second witness to the Ezekiel sequence?
"And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea." Revelation 20:7-8  
Ezekiel was a Jewish prophet, but come to think of it, all the prophetic books of the Bible were written by Jewish men including the visions of John the Jew (aka Yochanan). He penned Revelation. 

"Yĕchezqe'l" aka Ezekiel יחזקאל is a Hebrew name that means: "God strengthens." His scroll provides the headlines back to future from the day King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon ransacked Jerusalem. 

In Nebuchadnezzar's day, despite valiant effort, no one could stand up to stop the horrific destruction of Jerusalem, but Ezekiel reveals a different story in the end and a similar battle, but there is a difference.

The Lord will defend His people in His land.

Nebuchadnezzar's attack came from Babylon circa 587 BC and we must not forget what happened in the exact same spot on the same day 657 years later when Rome's Titus and his local Legions attacked Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple for a second time, both on the 9th of Av as they battled the Jewish people and defeated them, but in Ezra and Nehemiah's day they returned.

That 9th of Av destruction leads to a question, could the final Gog Magog war begin on the same date?

In Titus' day, the Legions led by the Romans thrust the survivors of the Jewish-Roman wars out of their homeland into a 1,900 year diaspora among the nations that ended after Hitler's tribulation Holocaust of World War II.

Today, Ezekiel's scroll continues to proclaim a latter day sequence to the events that "the word of The Lord" showed the prophet while Jerusalem lay in ruins under Nebuchadnezzar's rule.

Ezekiel, like Daniel and Jeremiah paid close attention to God's calendar by recording the dates of their visions as "the word of the Lord" came to reveal details of end-time sequence of events to these prophets. You can use see the time stamps their writings, but unlike Jeremiah and Daniel, the sequence in the Ezekiel scroll looks to be in order. 

You can see the time stamps in the eternal promises beginning with the fifth year of Jewish king Jehoiachin's exile to Babylon.

Ezekiel's first vision occurred seven years before King Nebuchadnezzar's armies finished their destructive chaos against the people of the house of Judah. If you are wondering why we should pay attention to the time stamps given by Ezekiel, the reason is simple:

They are important because Elohim God proclaims Ezekiel's visions as a "sign" (Hebrew... "mowpheth") so that everyone can know our Abba Father's plan for the future redemption of all Israel.

The majority of Ezekiel’s prophecies have not yet come to fruition. We all know every road has signs so that you can know where you are if you want to reach your destination. Ezekiel's writings are reserved as signposts for the days to come for a reason... so you will know that Almighty God is Y-H-V-H, The Lord of Hosts:
"Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done shall you do: and when this cometh, you shall know that I [am] Adonai YHVH." ... "In that day shall your mouth be opened to him which is escaped, and thou shalt speak, and be no more dumb: and thou shalt be a sign unto them; and they shall know that I [am] YHVH." Ezekiel 24:24 and Ezekiel 24:27
Before this heavenly declaration was made, if we read Ezekiel 12, we can see that the word of The LORD tells Ezekiel that the words He gave the prophet to record are road signs for the future, not for the generation or time that the prophet lived. God promises Ezekiel they will happen --- in the future called the latter days of the last generation:
Again the word of The LORD came to me, saying, Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he sees is for many days to come, and he prophesies of times that are far off.

Therefore tell them, Thus says the Lord GOD: There shall none of my words be deferred any more, but the word which I shall speak shall be performed, says the Lord GOD. Ezekiel 12:26-28
Ezekiel was told that God's good verdict of judgment is for Jerusalem, the Promised Land and its people that one day will be performed. 

This bold statement ties directly to Revelation 10:1-7 when there should be delay no longer as the seventh trumpet sounds. John describes a messenger (angel) from Heaven that has a little book which was open. That book is sweet as honey but was made bitter. Have you ever considered, the scroll may be the scroll of Ezekiel?

Revelation 10:7 describes the future days of mystery given to the prophet Ezekiel and other prophets:
"But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets."
If you not have read the book of Revelation or Daniel, you must if you want to understand Ezekiel's vision.

You can read their words for yourself and you will discover that a final seventh trumpet will be blown. That promise is in Revelation 11:15 as the messenger of God sent to John declares that the "kingdoms of this world" will become "The Kingdom of God and Messiah."

Both books declare that the world will see great tribulation in the battle to overcome evil on the planet to turn people back in repentance to the God of Israel. The focus is on Messiah and His defense of Israel as the Lion of the tribe of Judah.

Tribulation is the time of mystery that Ezekiel writes about and the prophet, like Daniel, records important details on the conflicts of kingdoms and a final attack in the end days that will end with these words: Blessed is He that comes in The name of The LORD:

"Baruch haba b'Shem Adonai."

Take note, because it's critical... we need to see something important, the word "kingdom" used in Revelation 11 is the Greek word "basileia" - it means "territory."

Have you ever noticed that the land areas claimed today by the Palestinian Authority (PA) are mistakenly called an occupied "territory"?

Today, the world's headlines tend to blame all Middle East conflicts on this so-called "occupied territory." Yet, that territory is not occupied by the Jewish people, it is their home and the deed to that land is the Bible, the Word of God becuase it is His land to grant.

Every other day it seems, we hear of random terror attacks on innocent Jewish people including rocket attacks from Gaza as well as stabbings, murder, rock throwing and car rammings by Palestinian jihadists that are brainwashed to seek martyrdom with 72 virgins in a Qur'anic paradise while the PA pays their families a pension to reward their death work.

Let's take a turn from the horror of the headlines and the lies of the Koran and its hadiths to the truth of Scripture.

In Ezekiel 13, God speaks to the men of Israel that see visions of peace for Jerusalem “when there is no peace.” That provides a blueprint for today's headlines about Israel:
"To wit, the prophets of Israel which prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and which see visions of peace for her, and there is no peace, saith the Lord GOD."
Later, Almighty God tells Ezekiel (in chapter 35) that at the latter time of punishment, The Lord will stand against the descendants of Esau (Mount Seir). As you might see, this calamity mirrors historic events that through time have horrifically led to European church expulsions and Russian pogroms against the Jewish people, yet all the while, many faithful Jewish people have remained committed to the Bible as the Word of God.

That fact shows the insanity of anti-Semitism and replacement theology.

Today, many nations seek to divide the Promised Land for peace, others like Iran declare their goal to wipe Israel off the map.

So-called world leaders make excuses veiled in a disguise they call the Israel-Palestinian Conflict.

However, when you step back and look around the Middle East today, you can see the real conflict comes from radicals like those that kidnapped American hostages in Iran for 444 days from November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981. Today, Iranian radicals are led by the rule of Khamenei and his reach extends to Syria under the subordinate Hamas that fires rockets like arrows at Israel. 

Further west, there's Turkey under the iron fist of Erdogan who resembles an Ottoman Sultan, yet it seems no one knows what he stands for other than protecting his own power base.

It's time to take a look at the evidence in the Bible because prophecy is God's voice of history written in advance to show the world the God of Israel is sovereign. There is good news in the prophetic headlines of Ezekiel's watchman scroll. It describes what the prophet was shown, and it is a vision of the future.

The Ezekiel sequence is scary because it describes suffering, oppression, war and tribulation but it does not stop there, greater than all of that is its promise of redemption and restoration.

It describes the blessing of peace that will not come from dividing God's land, but from a renewed covenant restoration of God's promise to Abraham and King David. A big part of the promise of restoration will be the restoration of Jew and former Gentile, one new man both adopted in Messiah just as the apostle Paul declares in Romans 11.

Paul was not writing about a new promise. He was simply repeating the promise from the prophets.

Despite political plans, peace will not come with a Palestinian State land plan nor from the diplomatic process of a "United Nations" against Israel no matter how noble the words "peace and security" may sound. 

Peace will never come from a people called Mt. Seir or from Gog and Magog either.

Did you know the word "Seir" means "hairy" and that fact should raise an eyebrow when you think back to Jacob's story when following his mother's advice and supposedly disguised himself from his father Isaac, pretending to be "hairy" like his twin brother Esau (see Genesis 27).

Genesis 36:7-8 explains Esau's choice: "For their possessions were too great for them to dwell together; the land where they stayed could not support them because of their livestock. So Esau (that is, Edom) settled in the hill country of Seir. This is the account of Esau, the father of the Edomites, in the hill country of Seir.…

The sequence of Ezekiel's end-time calamity that leads to restoration zeros in with the timeline of events in the scroll as it unrolls in Ezekiel chapters 35-39. The scroll reveals tribulation events followed by the promise of blessings to follow that are seen in chapter 40.

The prophetic stage of Ezekiel's sequence is before us. The timeline we are in today is revealed in Ezekiel 33 when the prophet learns that the occupiers of the land will be front and center with a global focus on overturning Abraham's covenant:
"The word of the LORD came to me: 'Son of man, the inhabitants of these waste places in the land of Israel keep saying, ‘Abraham was only one man, yet he got possession of the land; but we are many; the land is surely given us to possess.'" Ezekiel 33:23-24
Aren't those the agitated words of today's Palestinian leaders?

This is why there will be no lasting peace deal, some Palestinians, like Esau want the birthright, but they forget that Esau gave it away for a cup of soup.

But there will be peace, it comes from the promise of The LORD’s covenant for peace not the UN:
“I will make with them a covenant of peace and banish wild beasts from the land, so that they may dwell securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods.  
And I will make them and the places all around my hill a blessing, and I will send down the showers in their season; they shall be showers of blessing. And the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield its increase, and they shall be secure in their land.  
And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I break the bars of their yoke, and deliver them from the hand of those who enslaved them. They shall no more be a prey to the nations, nor shall the beasts of the land devour them. They shall dwell securely, and none shall make them afraid.  
And I will provide for them renowned plantations so that they shall no more be consumed with hunger in the land, and no longer suffer the reproach of the nations. And they shall know that I am the LORD their God with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are my people, declares the Lord GOD.   
And you are my sheep, human sheep of my pasture, and I am your God, declares the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel 34:25-31
The reproach of the nations against Israel Ezekiel describes change dramatically in chapters 40-48 because we get to read of another promise that is declared at the end of the book of Revelation in chapter 21 and 22. It's the same promise given as Ezekiel's scroll unrolls after a period of grave tribulation also described in Daniel 12, Zechariah 14, Haggai 2, Zephaniah 3, Micah 6, Obadiah 1 and Amos 8.

Malachi 1-4 provides the executive summary of tribulation and restoration.

The visions recorded in Ezekiel are seen with a slightly different perspective than that of Amos 9, Micah 7, Haggai 2, Hosea 14, Habakkuk 2,  Malachi 4, Joel 3, Isaiah 66 and Revelation 20:11-15.

Ezekiel gives us minute details reiterated by the prophets about the Tabernacle "dwelling place" of Heaven on Earth, New Jerusalem and the promise of "My sanctuary in their midst forever" declared in Ezekiel 37:26.

Believe it or not, the prophetic restoration promises of all prophets tie back to The Lord's Prayer:

"Thy Kingdom come thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven."

That's because in the end, it's not about a cloud in Heaven, its about Heaven coming to Earth, God tabernacling with mankind, just as it was in the beginning at the garden.

This last page in Revelation is not the end,
it is the new beginning.

Eden's tabernacle peace promise is revealed in Revelation 21:3...
"And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God."
This is the same picture given to Moses at Mount Sinai as he records the instructions for the Tabernacle. 

God will be living among His people again one day. That's His redemption plan.

The book of Revelation is full of big picture themes and graphic images as well as images that tie many details of Ezekiel's sequence together.

Revelation links to the visions of Daniel as well as those given Ezekiel. So much so, we might imagine that the Apostle John was given his vision at the Isle of Pathmos after reading the scrolls of Ezekiel and Daniel. John was given an amazing revelation while fasting and praying over the words he had just read in the scrolls of his Jewish peers.

There is something very important to know whether you are a Bible student or not. You need to know  - Almighty God is serious when He promises that He declares ALL things to the prophets (read Amos 3:7).

God said that for a reason.

So, it is not up to me to worry about interpretations of theories or opinions that do not tie to the prophets of the Bible.

God's declaration to Amos that you just read is the reason we must study the words of the prophets of the Bible, no matter how difficult they may be. The disciple Kepha (aka Peter) reiterated just how critical this is. Check it out in 2Peter 1:20-21 as the disciple exhorts everyone to rely on the writings of prophets:
"But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God."
Our Creator God tells us through the prophet Isaiah's pen that the Almighty God of Israel declared the end from the beginning (read Isaiah 46:8-11). That means reading and studying the front of the Bible is key and it starts with the creation week. That fact is critical if we are to ever understand the restoration in the end.

That fact is critical if we are to ever understand the restoration.

At least two promises must be considered to understand the Ezekiel sequence:

1. God declares all things to the prophets and
2. He declares the end from the beginning.

The creation week portrays the timeline of mankind, so before we look further into the Ezekiel sequence, consider what has happened over the past few years.

Just five years ago, the unrest that we now know as the "Arab Spring" included a focus on ancient Egypt and if we paid attention, it starkly reminded us of the Bible verses that speak of seven nations living in and around ancient Israel.

The Bible declares that the ancient nations of 1) Hittites, 2) Girgashites, 3) Amorites, 4) Canaanites, 5) Perizzites, 6) Hivites, and the 7) Jebusites were seven nations more numerous and mightier than Israel. This is shown to us Deuteronomy 7 and by a glance at any map today, the nations of people surrounding Israel are Muslim people groups and each of them are more numerous and seemingly mightier than tiny Israel.

The uprising of radical Islamists within a combination of government and religious powers in Muslim countries in 2011 was mistaken by the "Western" media as an uprising of people seeking democracy. The Arab Spring was thought to be a good thing by many western political prognosticators including Obama, but they were wrong. How do we know?

The world stage is a witness to the horrors just north of the land of promise in Syria.

The headlines are full of the news of wandering Syrians, refugees from the terrible conflict that began three weeks before Passover 2011. Horrifically, in the Syrian uncivil war, some 400,000 or more men, women and children have been killed to date, and 4.8 million Syrians have been scattered around the globe like an anti-thesis to the ten tribes of Israel that the Assyrian armies attacked and scattered beginning in 721 BC.

The Bible tells us the idolatry infested ten tribes of the Northern Kingdom, often called "Ephraim" disappeared when the Assyrian armies invaded, captured and deported the Israelites of the northern kingdom that had separated themselves from Judah in the south.

At the time, the ten tribes were collectively called "Ephraim" because that family was the largest of northern Israel.

Believe it or not, the division started with a civil war that divided Judah in the south and Israel in the north. Their disputes divided the kingdom united under king David. The northern kingdom under Jeroboam and the southern kingdom under Rehoboam separated in 931 BC and it stated with a tax dispute.

The northern kingdom's Assyrian assault began in 721 B.C. during the reign of King Hoshea (2 Kings 17). Those who survived the onslaught disappeared into exile among the nations and they are still known today as the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel.

The first invasion came from Assyria's king Tiglath-Pileser. The second under Shalmaneser V and Sargon in 722 B.C. Samaria fell at that time as well. After the northern kingdom of Israel was assimilated by Assyria, eventually the southern kingdom fell to Babylon's attack and Daniel was forced to leave Jerusalem with everyone else or face certain death.

Incredibly today, in an eerily similar way, many Syrian people are now scattered in diaspora to the same places the ten tribes of Israel were assimilated into.  Millions have fled grave tribulation wandering on their way, scattered on a global scale among the nations and some fear that terrorist radicals are embedded among the Syrian immigrants.

All the while, the UN focuses its efforts to condemn and divide Israel.

Syria... what goes around comes around. The end that was declared from the beginning is real because we are living in Biblical times, a time called the latter days by the prophets of God.

The prophet Joel declares:
"For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations and have divided up my land, and have cast lots for my people..." - Joel 3:1-3
Devastation continues everyday in Syria and the plight of Syrian refugees, the so-called migrants will be on the world's stage for years to come.

I'm not quite sure why the press calls them "migrants." That's really confusing. In most any dictionary, migrants are defined as crop workers who "voluntarily move" from place to place to do seasonal harvest work. The Syrian refugees are not crop workers, many are Christians and their move is an escape from hell.

They are on the run because their homes, schools, churches and cities have been destroyed in grave tribulation for crying out loud!

What goes around comes around. The fact is the first refugee exodus from Syria began during the end of the reign of the Ottoman Empire that ended at the conclusion of what we call the first World War... WWI.

At that time, nearly one million Syrians arrived in the United States and more than 90% of them were Christians. Others fled to Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Canada and Australia. Before that first exodus, 25% of the Syrian population was Christian. Not so today.

When the current assault on the people of Syria began, about 10% were Christian. Damascus, Homs and Aleppo had been the focus of Christianity in the region thanks to the amazing ministry of the disciple Peter. You remember him, he delivered the sermon at Shavuot (Pentecost) after the Holy Spirit descended right on time fifty days after the resurrection of Yeshua.

Years later, Peter's assignment to preach the gospel of The Kingdom was included Damascus. The Syrian Christians learned of the Jewish Messiah from Peter but today his legacy is being wiped out by radical jihadists!

Syria's conflict will continue to be front and center for awhile and someone at the UN will continue to  blame Israel for all radical Muslim unrest in the Middle East as they always do. Syria will be a major topic of debate by world leaders at the UN's 71st General Assembly in September, later this year. I'm no prophet, believe me, the UN agenda is posted online for anyone to see. The general debate on Syria is titled: "Summit for Refugees and Migrants."

The Arab Spring uprisings were the will of the people all right, but it was not democracy they sought, it was division and the seed of rebellion sowed by ancient descendants that rejected the God of Israel. No militant rebel in Syria or Northern Iraq seeks democracy, they seek a radical Caliphate and the rule of Sharia as Sunni fight the Shiite in the Levant.

Joshua 11:1-5 records that many of the hostile nations were defeated by Israel's armies under Joshua's (Yehoshua's) military leadership. Long ago, the radicals were called Canaanites, Amorites as well as Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites and Hivites. These nations are named in Deuteronomy 7:1 but Joshua 11:19 clearly tells us Israel's armies did not destroy them all.

The Hivites of Gibeon were spared and the Girgashites disappeared in the Bible, so we know at least five of the seven fell in antiquity including the leader of them all, King Jabin of Hazor. 

Jabin means "whom God observes" as in the popular saying: "know your enemy."

When modern Israel was established in 1948, the enemies of Israel were known as The Arab League or more formally, the League of Arab States. These seven point us back to the days of Joshua. The Arab League was founded in Egypt in 1945 by 1) Egypt, 2) Iraq, 3) Lebanon, 4) Saudi Arabia, 5) Syria, 6) Yemen and 7) Transjordan (renamed Jordan, as of 1950).

The founding Arab League nations were established by the Protocols of Alexandria, and like a Biblical blueprint, four leaders of these seven nations have now fallen from power. As noted, the western media called the Islamic Awakening an Arab Spring, and it has changed the power structure of four of these Arab nations... yet thousands of years ago, Biblical prophecy declared "five will fall." So one remains.

The question is who?  

This prophecy of the "fall of five" is seen in Revelation 17:10 and it certainly appears that the end time prophetic events are coming together before our eyes and headlines. History is important if we are to understand prophecy, becuase its history in advance. Don't forget, immediately after Israel declared itself an independent state following Hitler's Holocaust, the armies of five, yes five Arab League nations: 1) Egypt, 2) Jordan, 3) Syria, 4) Lebanon, and 5) Iraq attacked Israel without any provocation.

Yet, just before their attack on the new tiny newborn state, many thousands of Arab people ran from their homes and deserted the Promised Land. All of this sounds like a storyline right out of the book of Joshua doesn't it?

For Bible students, today's devastation of Syria might point you to the prophetic words of Revelation 17:9-11 but it may be another. The US was attacked by Al-Qaeda terrorists. They emanated on 9/11 out of Afghanistan in 2001.

Is that nation still in play? I don't know. The thing is The U.S. forces have not withdrawn. When Obama pulled the troops out of Iraq a couple of years ago, chaos ensured from radical ISIS. Chaos will happen in Afghanistan too if we pull out. The reason is simple, ISIS is an offshoot of al Qaeda which is an offshoot of the Taliban of Afghanistan. They are waiting on the failure of an Obama-like administration to pull American troop presence. When that happens, we'll all read more horrors in the headlines about ISIS, perhaps in some other morphed form.

For now, it is well worth knowing that four of seven "kings," the rulers of the original Muslim states that attacked Israel "have fallen" since December 13, 2003. I don't think that's a coincidence and perhaps there is a link to the Ezekiel sequence.

Perhaps it began the day Saddam Hussein was captured. He was found hiding in a six-foot hole in the ground outside his childhood home of Tikrit, a two and 1/2 hour drive north of Baghdad. Eight years later, on October 20, 2011, Libya's Muammar Gaddafi was found in the same way, hiding in a drainage pipe outside Sirte, Libya near his childhood home in the deserts of Tripolitania.

So, if we are paying attention, what does the picture riddle of Revelation say?
"Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits, and they are seven kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while. The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction". Revelation 17:9-11
Consider this... following the execution of Iraq's Dictator Hussein, not only did Libya's Dictator Gaddafi fall, so did Tunisia's Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Ben Ali was followed by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and then Yemen's Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Right now, Ben Ali still lives, but in hiding. He fled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the western gateway to Mecca. Amazingly, in 2008 Ben Ali predicted the fall of Egypt, the take over of the Muslim Brotherhood and the revolt in Syria that may show us the one that must remain a little while in this prophecy. Is the remaining one Bashar Assad who leads the fights of destruction in Syria?

The Jerusalem Post reported an amazing story back in December of 2010 about Ben Ali: 'Tunisian premier predicts Muslim Brotherhood takeover'
By Herb Keinon Last Updated: 12/08/2010 14:28 - The moderate Arab states' fear of Iran and Islamic radicalism continued to pour forth from documents released by WikiLeaks Tuesday night, with the Tunisian President predicting in a conversation with a senior US diplomat two years ago that the Muslim Brotherhood would take over Egypt sooner or later. According to a cable written on March 3, 2008 by Robert Godec, the U.S. ambassador in Tunisia, Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali told Assistant Secretary of State David Welch that "Tunisia was happy it was part of the Maghreb, and not part of Levant or Gulf."

The dispatch said Ben Ali "opined that the situation in Egypt is 'explosive,' adding that sooner or later the Muslim Brotherhood would take over. He added that Yemen and Saudi Arabia are also facing real problems. Overall, the region is 'explosive.'" Ben Ali said that Syria was a source of concern in the region, since it is "acting for Iran, and the later is fueling regional problems." Ben Ali, according to the dispatch, said "he 'does not trust' the Shia."
For now it appears now that Syria's President Bashar al-Assad may be the next to fall from power... yet the prophecy also says: "one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while." Is that the Taliban? Perhaps. They have waiting since we invaded Afghanistan in late 2001, when we invaded Afghanistan and toppled the Taliban government with the goal to dismantle al-Qaeda.

Astonishingly, some two thousand years after it was written, Revelation 17:10 tells us plainly that five of seven end-time leaders must fall and an eight that was one of the seven which was and is not will go on to destruction. Yes, you read that correctly and it remained a mystery for nearly 2,000 years.

Is it possible that the prophecy of Revelation 17 and today's Middle East Muslim nations are linked?

It seems so. There may be another link. It's between the ancient nations that opposed Joshua with the modern armies that attacked Israel in 1948 as the tiny nation state fought back the Arab League troops to retain their Promised Land.

Israel successfully defended itself again in 1967 during the Six Day War and in fact by many miracles gained more of the promised land grant given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Today, about two-thirds of the original land grant remains in the future. The land promised to Israel is found in Genesis 15:18 and Ezekiel 48:1-29. It extends from the river of Egypt to the great River Euphrates first named as the fourth river flowing of Eden.

If the fifth king to fall is Assad, at the end of the day what will be left of Syria?

Isaiah has something to say about that. Isaiah calls it forsaken and a ruinous heap. This is described in Isaiah 17 and there's more commentary about that in The Oracle of Damascus.

Unless there is another, perhaps Afghanistan, Mr. Assad may be the fifth dictator of the 'original' 1948 Arab League to fall from power through Muslim violence. Don't forget: Syria is one the nations including Egypt, Syria and Jordan that fought against Israel in 1967. Consider too, Israel has strong peace treaties with Jordan and Egypt, but not Syria to the north.

Egypt and Jordan represent the fulfillment of prophecy as these Arab nations remain committed to peace with Israel and others will follow as they fear and oppose the Shia of Iran. Egypt's peace treaty was signed just before the Spring Feasts of 1979 and Moab, rather 'Jordan's' treaty was signed in 1994 just after the Fall Feasts that year.

God's word is incredible, its prophetic words point toward these treaties.

They are found near the end of the Torah scroll in the portion known worldwide to the Jewish people as Ki Tetze "When You Go Forth" (Deuteronomy 21:10 - 25:19). There in Deuteronomy, as plain as day, we can read about nations that God says will be at peace with Israel:
“Do not despise an Edomite, for the Edomites are related to you. Do not despise an Egyptian, because you resided as foreigners in their country.” Deuteronomy 23:7
Who should believe this report remains true today and that the words written so long ago should still stand even today?

Yeshua of Nazareth, that's who.
“Think not that I am come to destroy the Torah, or the Prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Torah, till all be fulfilled.” Matthew 5:17-18
The scrolls of the prophets are unrolling, so let's look again at what's happened since the Arab Spring began.

As it stands now, the world has witnessed the fall of four modern Arab League leaders: 1) Iraq's (Saddam Hussein), 2) Tunisia's (Zine El Abidine Ben Ali), 3) Egypt's (Hosni Mubarak) and 4) Yemen's (Ali Abdullah Saleh). Each has fallen from power right before our eyes as they were stripped of their post World War II autocratic rule and dictatorial power given to them by France and Britain's withdrawals.

If these four men: Saddam Hussein, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Hosni Mubarak and Ali Abdullah Saleh are indeed four of the seven "kings" noted in the book of Revelation, then one of the seven today is 'the' government which was (in power)... will come back into power... yet go on to destruction by the sword in the valley of decision.

This means that the aggressive side of Islam that feigned death at the end of World War I with the fall of the Ottoman Turk Empire will rise up again and go on to destruction and Israel may be the tip of the spear.

These prophecies look like a re-run of the fall of King Jabin of Hazor described in Joshua 11. Today's Jabin whoever he is on the world stage, may very well rise from the chaos of this "Islamic Awakening" in an attempt to unify the people nations of the Mideast.

We are seeing the Bible's prophecies repeat as the Arab League seeks a Palestinian State and Israel may unwittingly negotiate new treaties to divide its people for peace like Jacob did long ago:
"Then Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming with his 400 men. So he divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and his two servant wives." Genesis 33:1
The Bible is focused on the lands of the Middle East and Jerusalem is the fulcrum point of Scripture and the planet.

With that as the given, let's consider the goals of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council's charter. The 1981 GCC founding charter states (underlines mine for emphasis):
"Being fully aware of the ties of special relations, common characteristics and similar systems founded on the creed of Islam which bind them; and Desiring to effect coordination, cooperation and integration between them in all fields; and, Having the conviction that coordination, cooperation, and integration between them serve the sublime objectives of the Arab Nation; and, In pursuit of the goal of strengthening cooperation and reinforcement of the links between them; and In an endeavor to complement efforts already begun in all essential areas that concern their peoples and realize their hopes for a better future on the path to unity of their States; and In conformity with the Charter of the League of Arab States which calls for the realization of closer relations and stronger bonds; and In order to channel their efforts to reinforce and serve Arab and Islamic causes, Have agreed as follows: click here to continue reading the Arab States GCC charter...
We must keep our eyes wide open as watchmen over Jerusalem and Israel, and there is much more to consider about the objectives of the radical Islam. There is more to prepare our hearts and the hearts of others for - as we pray about events in the sea of the Mideast nations that have allowed Islamic radicals to move from persecuting Christians to trying to destroy Israel in the end as many in the 'west" rely on a rapture ride not found in Scripture even as Al-Qaeda attacked the United States.

So what is next?

The stage has been set for monumental events within the Islamic lands surrounding Israel that will impact the Promised Land and the world.

I think the prophet Ezekiel gives us 'the sequence' of the final events.

In the beginning of his scroll, Ezekiel gives a wake up call about events described in Matthew 24:21; 2 Thessalonians 1:6 and in Revelation 7:14 just before the coming 1,000 year Messianic "day." The difficulties of the birth pangs are not validated in Christian rapture sermons. Like the entire Bible, the origin is Jewish and they come from Biblical prophecies like those first found in Deuteronomy 4:30. 

This one is noted By J. Immanuel Schochet as the Ikvot Meshicha: The Time Immediately Before Mashiach:

"The time appointed by G‑d for the Messianic redemption is a closely guarded secret.1 Nonetheless, we are offered many hints to recognize its proximity: when certain conditions come about, await the imminent coming of Mashiach.

Most of these conditions are quite disturbing, clearly displaying a situation of the very “bottom of the pit.”2 One major source describes the world-condition in those days as follows: increase in insolence and impudence; oppressing inflation; unbridled irresponsibility on the part of authorities; centers of learning will turn into bawdy houses; wars; many destitutes begging, with none to pity them; wisdom shall be putrid; the pious shall be despised; truth will be abandoned; the young will insult the old; family-breakup with mutual recriminations; impudent leadership.3

Other sources add: lack of scholars; succession of troubles and evil decrees; famines; mutual denunciations; epidemics of terrible diseases; poverty and scarcity; cursing and blaspheming; international confrontations nations provoking and fighting each other.4 In short, it will be a time of suffering that will make it look as if G‑d were asleep. These are the birthpangs of Mashiach, bearable only in anticipation of the bliss that follows them.

“When you see a generation ever dwindling, hope for him… when you see a generation overwhelmed by many troubles as by a river, await him.”5 “When you see nations fighting each other, look toward the feet of Mashiach."6
  1. Pesachim 54b; Midrash Tehilim 9:2. See Zohar Chadash, Bereishit, 8a.
  2. Midrash Tehilim 45:3. See Ma’amarei Admur Hazaken-Ethalech, p. 103f.; and Besha’ah Shehik-dimu-5672, vol. I:p. 551; relating this to the principle (Midrash Tehilim 22:4; Zohar II:46a) that the darkest moments of the night are immediately before daybreak. Cf. Zohar I:170a. For this analogy see also the comment of R. Elijah, the Vilna Gaon, cited in Even Shelemah, ch. 11:5.
  3. Sotah 49b.
  4. Sanhedrin 97a; Shir Rabba 2:29.
  5. Sanhedrin 98a.
  6. Bereishit Rabba 42:4. Note Pesikta Rabaty 37:2 (ed. Friedmann, ch. 36)!
The prophet Joel records God's words and they are a wake up call about the key issue for an hour of trial. Its about dividing Israel, and that's one reason America has a big problem:
“In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will put them on trial for what they did to My inheritance, My people Israel, because they scattered My people among the nations and divided up My land" Joel 3:1-2.
The scene that Ezekiel records tie in with the words of Joel as well as Zechariah.

They each address the events of a vision of trouble "in that day." The overriding message is the fact that Almighty God has never given up on the Jewish people, they have not been replaced by another dispensation and Jerusalem remains the apple of God's eye. 

This is clear if you keep read what the prophet saw recorded in Ezekiel 40. You'll even notice a gate and you'll see Messiah the prince in Ezekiel 44-48 as well as the 12 gates of YHWH-shammah, The promise of Messiah is the praised son of the right hand and that blessing can be found in the names of the tribes of Israel:
  • Reuben "behold a son"
  • Judah "praised"
  • Levi "joined to"
  • Joseph "Yehovah has added"
  • Benjamin "son of the right hand"
  • Dan "a judge"
  • Simeon "heard"
  • Issachar "there is recompense"
  • Zebulun "exalted"
  • Gad "a troop"
  • Asher "happy"
  • Naphtali "wrestling"
The modern nation of Israel is wrestling with Messiah right now, but it is the old land of new covenant promise and any division of the Promised Land by the nations will bring on trouble before Messiah's "millennium" the Messianic Era of rest when Zechariah's and Isaiah's words will ring true:
"And it shall come to pass that every one that is left of all nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship...and to keep the feast of tabernacles..." Zechariah 14:16
"It shall come to pass that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord." Isaiah 66:23
Isaiah 46:10 tells us God will make known the end - from the beginning.

In this way, all people must make their Yom Kippur choice: accept the living Word of God and sacrifice offering of Messiah. Repent and accept His splattered blood offering. 

Since Eden, God has always given each of us a choice, and His love, His desire is that you choose Messiah as the way to the Tree of Life and the water of God's Word that nourishes eternal life.

When people study Ezekiel today, we always hear something about the Gog-Magog war.

This end time battle is always a big part of most any discussion about Ezekiel or end-times. Usually, the dialogue points to an end of days battle scene before the return of Jesus and the culprit are ofter said to be Russia or China.

Here's the thing about the timing of God-Magog. There is a second witness to the sequence of Ezekiel 38-39 and it's found in Revelation 20. John's vision provides a very specific time line for the God Magog war that everyone seems to ignore:
"When the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison, and will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together for the war; the number of them is like the sand of the seashore. 
And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them.  And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever." Revelation 20:7-10
When paired with the book of Revelation, the battle of Gog from Magog that Ezekiel describes in great detail is the final battle not the first. John writes that it is after the thousand year millennium Sabbath. 

Revelation declares haSatan will be loosed "for a little season until the thousand years should be fulfilled."

This Revelation time stamp in the Ezekiel sequence places Gog from Magog at the end of the line in the "final" conflict of good and evil, not in the beginning of tribulation. It will come to a conclusion with fire from heaven at the end of the thousand years. This is not my timeline, it is described in Revelation as haSatan will be released to test the hearts of mankind for the last time.

There has to be a reason. I believe that our Heavenly Father desires to give everyone the opportunity to "choose" Him.

What we see in Revelation is the Ezekiel option to make the right choice in the end just as it was given in the beginning, after all, the Bible is about choice: good or evil, light or darkness.

Revelation sums it up:
I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. 
The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.  Revelation 21:22-27
Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 
There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever. 
And he said to me, “These words are faithful and true”; and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent His angel to show to His bond-servants the things which must soon take place. 
“And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book.” Revelation 22:1-7
The Gog-Magog battle is a big part of the loosening at the end of the millennium day, when haSatan’s deceived hordes led by Gog will come against the Promised Land and its allies. And just when the situation seems impossible... God's glory will consume them like the priests of Baal in Elijah's day because of their fatal choice to join the final rebellion against God. The good news is all people that call out to God for salvation will receive it.

At the end of the Messianic Era and the Gog-Magog war, the Great White Throne final Yom Kippur judgment will be in court and the good news is that evil will be banished - forever. The Revelation scroll sums up the courtroom scene:
“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.” Revelation 20:11-13
Halleluyah and amen, all glory to God!

The final sequence of Ezekiel chapters 40-46 describes the place where this will happen and Ezekiel gives us a virtual tour of New Jerusalem syncing with the angel's words in Revelation 11 as he measures the city to be lit by the Glory of God promised in Revelation 22 and Ezekiel 43.

If we look at the scroll of Isaiah we can see another witness to this day:
"In that day the branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and glory of the survivors of Israel. And he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, every one who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem, when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of judgment and by a spirit of burning. 
Then the LORD will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory there will be a canopy and a pavilion. It will be for a shade by day from the heat, and for a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain." Isaiah 4:2-6
Ezekiel describes a great calamity before the restoration of the Davidic Kingdom under King Messiah that was promised to Miriam (Mary) by Gabriel. He called those in the Kingdom, the house of Jacob.

The reason, the house of Jacob is a big deal in the Bible. The family, or household designation appears 148 times in 30 verses in the ESV Bible translation, 164 times in 33 verses in the KJV and 143 times in 30 verses in the NASB translation.

It's the explicit promise and favor given to Mary aka Miriam in Luke's narrative to Theophilus in which Luke wrote an historic description of the life, death, and resurrection of Messiah Yeshua. Luke's stated intention was to give Theophilus an account of the “things he had been taught” that were indeed true and trustworthy.

The house of Jacob references throughout the Bible are tied to the promise given to Miriam about what was about to begin because she was chosen by Almighty God in the line of Sarah, yet Mary would be different, overcome by the Spirit of God her son would be the promised Messiah King.

The message was delivered to Miriam as a gift from heaven delivered by Gabriel so that she would understand and not be afraid or give up on her betrothed fiancé Joseph:
"And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.

And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Yeshua.

He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”” Luke 1:28-33
We must remember that the Bible is intended to be understood as a whole and Mary knew the whole story of Scripture is focused on the house of Jacob and the Kingdom of God. A devout young Jewess, she must have known what Gabriel meant when he gave that promise of the house of Jacob and the Kingdom to comfort her because she knew the suffering servant prophecy given in Isaiah 53.

The prophecy found in Isaiah 53 would be distressful to any mother. It describes the rejection, suffering and sacrifice of our humble and loving Messiah:
He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face, He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. Isaiah 53:3-6
As obvious as it may be to Christians that this prophecy describes Messiah’s sufferings, Judaism has rejected this interpretation of Isaiah 53. Rabbinic Judaism holds that this prophecy is a historic description of the Jewish people in their suffering at the hands of the nations. Sadly, the reason is due to a church that has persecuted Jewish people for thousands of years.

In many ways, Isiah 53 reflects on Israel, but The Zohar, a Jewish commentary on the Torah and the Prophets has this to say about Isaiah 53:
When the Messiah hears of the great suffering of Israel in their dispersion, and of the wicked amongst them who seek not to know their Master, he weeps aloud on account of those wicked amongst them, as it is written: “But he was wounded because of our transgression, he was crushed because of our iniquities”. The souls then return to their place. The Messiah, on his part, enters a certain Hall in the Garden of Eden, called the Hall of the Afflicted. There he calls for all the diseases and pains and sufferings of Israel, bidding them settle on himself, which they do. And were it not that he thus eases the burden from Israel, taking it on himself, no one could endure the sufferings meted out to Israel in expiation on account of their neglect of the Torah. So Scripture says; “Surely our diseases he did bear”... The Zohar, Soncino Press (vol.4, pp.220-221)
When Miriam heard the message, she knew the twelve sons of Jacob that left Egypt with them to follow The Lord was the angel's reference of the house of Jacob.

Jacob's twelve sons were Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph and Benjamin. They received a land inheritance with the exception of Joseph, whose two sons Manasseh and Ephraim were adopted into the house of Jacob.

Joseph, although the most favored of his father Jacob was not provided an allotment of the Promised Land of Israel, the two adopted sons Manasseh and Ephraim, were given a double portion of Joseph's inheritance. 

Eventually, the portions of David's kingdom became divided. This is shown in the books of Kings.

The Northern Kingdom became known as "Ephraim" and the Southern Kingdom became known as "Judah." They differed both politically and religiously. Judah held on to Jerusalem and the Torah, Ephraim did not, he turned his back on both choosing Shechem as the capital of the northern kingdom while mixing worship with "two calves of gold, and saying: "It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold your gods, O Israel, which brought you up out of the land of Egypt."

Israel has never been reunited since the split after Solomon's death and this is a spiritual picture, a Biblical blueprint. In the same way, since the death and resurrection of Yeshua, a 2,000 year old religious split over the identity of Messiah has divided Christianity and Judaism, yet we both worship the same God of Israel whether in church or synagogue.

Years after Solomon, the Northern Kingdom was attacked by the Assyrians. This a spiritual picture too, a Biblical blueprint given for the end days recorded in Ezekiel.

Upon their captivity by Assyria, Ephraim was assimilated and intermingled into the nations of the world and they became sojourners. The intermarriage of the Assyrians and the descendants who remained in Northern Israel were known as Samaritans. Now you know the history of the Samaritan woman. When some of Ephraim returned, brought back by Shalmaneser, they established a temple at Mount Gerizim located on the south side of Shechem. 

Solomon's son Jeroboam expanded the ancient Danite altar at Tel Dan and built another at Bethel. Judges 18:29-30 tells us: "And they named the city Dan, after the name of Dan their ancestor, who was born to Israel; but the name of the city was Laish at the first. And the people of Dan set up the carved image for themselves, and Jonathan the son of Gershom, son of Moses, and his sons were priests to the tribe of the Danites until the day of the captivity of the land."

The Danite pagan altar at Tel Dan became a template for a "new religion" he led at Shechem. 

Apparently, the tribe of Dan in leading Israel into mixed worship is a problem so big that they are not listed among the 12 tribes in the book of Revelation. Perhaps because they represent those unwilling to come out of worship mixed with false idols.

Clearly new religion is a problem, and worship in spirit and truth is the solution.

We know because it is stated in John 4:19–24, when Jesus speaks to the Samaritan woman. During their conversation, she contrasts the schism of Samaritan worship at Mount Gerizim against Jewish worship at Mount Moriah and Jesus provides her the solution:
“The woman said to him, ‘Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.’

Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”” John 4:19–26
The Jews and the Samaritans that claimed to be Israelites from Ephraim and Manasseh never really got along with each other, and the same has been true for the past two thousand years as the church split from the synagogue, but praise God those days are ending for a remnant seeking spirit and truth.

Jesus' meeting with the Samaritan woman at the well of Jacob was a restoration picture, a Biblical blueprint given to us about the restoration of spirit and truth (John 4:4-42) occurring today. By the way, it is the longest one-on-one exchange ever recorded by any of the Gospel writers for good reason.

An even longer story is Joseph's in Genesis. The account tells of how he was rejected by and separated from his brothers. If you think about it, this foreshadows the dividing of the nation of Israel into Northern Kingdom and Southern Kingdom.

But God always uses tough times for good purpose. Joseph's family revival with His brothers foreshadows the unification of the whole house of Jacob in the end of days that has just begun. Ezekiel was told to lay on his side, this foreshadows the timeline of the judgment of the Northern Kingdom. The suffering of Ezekiel foreshadows the suffering of the Messiah too.

Did you know Orthodox Jews pray three times a day for the ingathering of the lost exiles of Israel?

When you realize  the significance of that the prayer for the lost tribes, the importance for today is astounding. The Sabbath Millennium or Messianic era known as the Day of The Lord is the time that Messiah will gather the exiles, the lost sheep and restore them to Judah as one flock in the Kingdom. 

How do we know?

Jesus said so as He spoke to His Jewish disciples:
"And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd." John 10:16
The "day of the Lord" is a Sabbath picture of the seventh day, a foreshadowing of the 1,000-year Messianic Age of the re-united Kingdom to come in the 7,000-year redemptive plan of the Almighty God of Israel.

What does all this have to do with Gabriel and Mary?

A lot. The big promise given Miriam (Mary) is about the Messiah (Mashiach) Yeshua. He will return to the earth at His second coming as King Messiah, known in Judaism as Messiah ben David. He is the "star that comes out of Jacob" (Numbers 24:17) and the "bright and morning star" (Revelation 22:16). He will again teach and explain the Torah from the Temple in Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:2-3) but this time not as a Rabbi, but as King.

The hidden story that Gabriel did not reveal to Miriam is about the timeline of the last generation to come before The Kingdom of the Sabbath Millennium called Olam Ha-Ba. Gabriel did not mention the last generation of the second coming. Like Daniel's message from Michael, Gabriel's message to Mary was sealed, unspoken and reserved for the last generation.

According to Jewish tradition, the Messianic Age or "yamei hamashiach" will a time of global peace and harmony, an era free of strife and hardship, and one focused on the Creator. Christians believe the same. The key difference is that Jewish tradition says it will be the Messiah's first visit.

Jewish tradition also states each day in creation represents 1,000 years in the timeline of mankind. This is based in large part upon connecting Psalm 90:4 to the six days of creation:

"For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night."

The traditional Jewish view of each day of creation representing 1,000 years of time for each day is also expressed in the New Testament. Its found in 2 Peter 3:8-10, where the Jewish disciple writes:
"But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up."
Ezekiel describes the restoration of the boundaries of the Promised Land that tie directly to the land grant noted in Numbers 34:1-12.

Ezekiel even points out "the mindset" that opposes Almighty God, its the same marking on the forehead shown again in Revelation 7:1-8.

God used a census in the first Exodus and He will again.

Measuring is a big part of the Ezekiel sequence. It begins with the measuring rod of the Temple in Ezekiel 40 and the portion of the land for inheritance in Ezekiel 48.

Everyone that is familiar with the exodus account has read about the census of Israel, but few Christians seem to think about the last census as being the same. Interestingly, today the nation state of Israel contains a remnant number of Yeshua believers scattered in many congregations across the land. Many say there are more Jewish believers worldwide today than there are Hassidic Jews. Some even say there are perhaps 30-40,000 Jewish followers of Messiah Yeshua in the Promised Land right now that remain fully Jewish.

With an outpouring of the Spirit of God described in Ezekiel 37, could we soon see many more, perhaps even the census of 144,000 described in Revelation 7:4 and Revelation 14:1?

When we look toward the end of the Ezekiel scroll, we can see that the prophet describes fruit trees on the banks of water flowing from the Temple. These are like the trees of Eden that were "good for food" and they are the same trees and fruit by the pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb described in Revelation 22.

Some believe the Ezekiel 37 words of resurrection are only symbolic, perhaps a metaphor much like David Ben-Gurion spoke of when Israel was reborn in 1948. After the Holocaust… the Shoah, Ben-Gurion became Israel's first Prime Minister and he made this bold statement on May 14, 1948: 

"Ezekiel 37 has been fulfilled, and the nation Israel is hearing the footsteps of the Messiah."

Ben-Gurion was correct, we are hearing the footsteps of Messiah, but Ezekiel 37 was not fulfilled in 1948, but its fulfillment started. We can know this in the Ezekiel sequence because the name of our Creator is not yet known by all, there is still idol confusion among the nations, but that day will end.

The ultimate promise of resurrection, redemption and restoration described in Ezekiel 37 is very real. It will come to pass. When we look into Ezekiel 37 we can see the resurrection described is the first at the beginning of the millennium that will occur at the return of Messiah.

Billy Graham once said: “Many people do not understand the fundamental truths about mankind’s eternal destinations and that each person has in a free will choice to make concerning the most critical matter of life — where they will spend eternity after death.” 

In Revelation, John writes of events following resurrection to physical life that Ezekiel points toward. The first resurrection is described in Revelation 20:4-6. Importantly, Yeshua of Nazareth speaks plainly of a second resurrection before the final Yom Kippur judgment described in John 5:24-29 when He states:
"Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man.

Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment."
Ezekiel, like the Apostle John, describes what he 'saw' as the heavens opened, and Ezekiel records a vision of God's glory with four living creatures around the throne of El Shaddai. This throne was also seen by Daniel (see Daniel 7:9) and these four creatures are described by John as a witness of them in his vision at Pathmos (read Revelation 4:6-9 and Revelation 5:6-14).

There's much speculation about resurrection, so much so, many Christians no longer use the word resurrection confusing its reality promise with a theory called the pre-trib rapture. 

In the same way, there is much deception on what many think of as the end days thinking of them as an end of world disaster, the end of the world if you will, when in fact, the end is a new beginning. Needless to say, there is a lot of confusion about the sequence of Ezekiel too, but God is not the author of confusion. He is the God of order.

El Shaddai says He has declared everything to the prophets, so why all the confusion about Gog and Magog?

Is it a mystery or is it the work of the deceiver with the goal to confuse us in deception and reject Revelation 20:7-9?

The important message God gives us is to study the prophets. Messiah advises us to ask the Spirit of God to be our head professor. 

If you will study God's word, take note to look at the order and sequence of Ezekiel. Study chapters 36-39, it spans a millennium and it describes events leading up to judgment at the end of the Sabbath of Messiah.

The Ezekiel 35 sequence begins with a remnant of Esau called Mount Seir.
Moreover, the word of YHVH came to me saying, “Son of man, set your face against Mount Seir, and prophesy against it and say to it, Thus says The Lord YHVH, Behold, I am against you, Mount Seir, And I will stretch out My hand against you And make you a desolation and a waste."

“I will lay waste your cities and you will become a desolation. Then you will know that I am YHVH."

"Because you have had everlasting enmity and have delivered the sons of Israel to the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, at the time of the punishment of the end, therefore as I live,” 'declares The Lord YHVH', “I will give you over to bloodshed, and bloodshed will pursue you; since you have not hated bloodshed, therefore bloodshed will pursue you.

I will make Mount Seir a waste and a desolation and I will cut off from it the one who passes through and returns. I will fill its mountains with its slain; on your hills and in your valleys and in all your ravines those slain by the sword will fall. I will make you an everlasting desolation and your cities will not be inhabited. Then you will know that I am YHVH."
After division - God's Judgment.
“Because you have said, ‘These two nations and these two lands will be mine, and we will possess them,’ although YHVH was there, therefore as I live,” declares The Lord YHVH, “I will deal with you according to your anger and according to your envy which you showed because of your hatred against them; so I will make Myself known among them when I judge you."
The Mountains of Israel Will Become Desolate.
"Then you will know that I, YHVH, have heard all your revilings which you have spoken against the mountains of Israel saying, ‘They are laid desolate; they are given to us for food.’ And you have spoken arrogantly against Me and have multiplied your words against Me; I have heard it.” 'Thus says The Lord YHVH', “As all the earth rejoices, I will make you a desolation. As you rejoiced over the inheritance of the house of Israel because it was desolate, so I will do to you. You will be a desolation, O Mount Seir, and all Edom, all of it. Then they will know that I am YHVH.” Ezekiel 35:1-15
Guess what... today's 'West Bank' (Judaea) claimed as a prey by the Palestinians is full of mountains, hills and valleys!
“And you, son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say, ‘O mountains of Israel, hear the word of YHVH'. 'Thus says The Lord YHVH', “Because the enemy has spoken against you, ‘Aha!’ and, ‘The everlasting heights have become our possession,’ therefore prophesy and say, ‘Thus says The Lord YHVH', “For good reason they have made you desolate and crushed you from every side, that you would become a possession of the rest of the nations and you have been taken up in the talk and the whispering of the people.”

Therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of The Lord YHVH."

'Thus says The Lord YHVH' "to the mountains and to the hills, to the ravines and to the valleys, to the desolate wastes and to the forsaken cities which have become a prey and a derision to the rest of the nations which are round about," 'therefore thus says The Lord YHVH', “Surely in the fire of My jealousy I have spoken against the rest of the nations, and against all Edom, who appropriated My land for themselves as a possession with wholehearted joy and with scorn of soul, to drive it out for a prey.”

"Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel and say to the mountains and to the hills, to the ravines and to the valleys", 'Thus says The Lord YHVH', "Behold, I have spoken in My jealousy and in My wrath because you have endured the insults of the nations."
After the Division, Restoration will Come from God.
'Therefore thus says The Lord YHVH', "I have sworn that surely the nations which are around you will themselves endure their insults. But you, O mountains of Israel, you will put forth your branches and bear your fruit for My people Israel; for they will soon come".
After the Desolation, "all Israel" will return and that has begun.
"For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you will be cultivated and sown. I will multiply men on you, all the house of Israel, all of it; and the cities will be inhabited and the waste places will be rebuilt. I will multiply on you man and beast; and they will increase and be fruitful; and I will cause you to be inhabited as you were formerly and will treat you better than at the first. Thus you will know that I am YHVH."

"Yes, I will cause men — My people Israel — to walk on you and possess you, so that you will become their inheritance and never again bereave them of children."
God Warns Esau that You will Never Bereave Israel Again.
“Thus says The Lord YHVH', "Because they say to you, You are a devourer of men and have bereaved your nation of children, therefore you will no longer devour men and no longer bereave your nation of children," 'declares The Lord YHVH'. “I will not let you hear insults from the nations anymore, nor will you bear disgrace from the peoples any longer, nor will you cause your nation to stumble any longer,” 'declares The Lord YHVH.’
God Recalls the Sins of Ancient Northern Israel and their Scattering.
Then the word of YHVH came to me saying, “Son of man, when the house of Israel was living in their own land, they defiled it by their ways and their deeds; their way before Me was like the uncleanness of a woman in her impurity. Therefore I poured out My wrath on them for the blood which they had shed on the land, because they had defiled it with their idols. Also I scattered them among the nations and they were dispersed throughout the lands.

According to their ways and their deeds I judged them. When they came to the nations where they went, they profaned My holy name, because it was said of them, ‘These are the people of YHVH; yet they have come out of His land.’ But I had concern for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations where they went." Ezekiel 36:1-21
God Will Act for the Holiness of His Name’s Sake.
“Therefore say to the house of Israel", ‘Thus says The Lord YHVH', “It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went. I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst.

Then the nations will know that I am YHVH,” 'declares The Lord YHVH', “when I prove Myself holy among you in their sight.

For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.
God Promises a New Covenant.
Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.

You will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers; so you will be My people, and I will be your God. Moreover, I will save you from all your uncleanness; and I will call for the grain and multiply it, and I will not bring a famine on you.

I will multiply the fruit of the tree and the produce of the field, so that you will not receive again the disgrace of famine among the nations.

Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and your abominations. I am not doing this for your sake,” 'declares The Lord YHVH', “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel!”

‘Thus says The Lord YHVH', “On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will cause the cities to be inhabited, and the waste places will be rebuilt. The desolate land will be cultivated instead of being a desolation in the sight of everyone who passes by. They will say, ‘This desolate land has become like the garden of Eden; and the waste, desolate and ruined cities are fortified and inhabited.’"
In just three short years, Israel will celebrate 70 years of land restoration. In that timeline, cities have been inhabited and waste places have been rebuilt. The land has been cultivated like Eden in many areas by the Jewish people and ruined cities are again being inhabited.

If we will just read Ezekiel 36 and Ezekiel 37 we can see this picture as the prophet describes the physical restoration of the Jewish people back to their ancient homeland of Judea and Samaria and the transformation of Israel that Ezekiel and virtually every other prophet including Moses wrote of this promise. We are seeing the promises before our eyes.

Israel became a nation during the Omer Count (day 20) to Shavuot on May 14, 1948 when David Ben Gurion declared independence. 

Does that day have a connection to the end of the 70 years in Babylon and the promise Almighty God gave to Zechariah to declare to the world? Yes.
Therefore thus says the LORD, “I will return to Jerusalem with compassion; My house will be built in it,” declares the LORD of hosts, “and a measuring line will be stretched over Jerusalem.” Zechariah 1:16
We can all read what God has promised and the details of what is to come out of this is revealed by Ezekiel: "For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols."

What does this mean. I believe it points to the events of 1967, when the time of the Gentiles saw the beginning of its final chapter when Jerusalem was retaken. 

According to Fausset's Bible Dictionary, "The times of the Gentiles" began with Judah's depression and captivity under Nebuchadnezzar, to whom God delegated the world empire (Jeremiah 27:6-7), from whence Jeremiah's counsel to the Jews to submit to hint was true patriotism, not cowardice. Jerusalem has more or less been ever since "trodden down of the Gentiles," and shall be so "until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled" (Luke 21:24). Then shall the times of Israel begin with a glory eclipsing her past glory. "All Israel shall be saved." 

That historic Six Day War means...

Is it time for the water of God's Spirit to be poured out again on Jerusalem.
“Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when the city will be rebuilt for the LORD from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate. The measuring line will go out farther straight ahead to the hill Gareb; then it will turn to Goah. And the whole valley of the dead bodies and of the ashes, and all the fields as far as the brook Kidron, to the corner of the Horse Gate toward the east, shall be holy to the LORD; it will not be plucked up or overthrown anymore forever.” Jeremiah 31:38-40  
The location near the Temple Mount, the Valley of ben Hinnom (Gehenna) are where the bones of murdered children were laid... "the scene of idolatrous practices in the days of Ahaz (2 Chronicles 28:3) and of Manasseh, who "made his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom."

Those were dark days, the filthiness was murder and abortion for Molech the idol that destroys life, but...

All the World will Know YHVH the life giver.
"Then the nations that are left round about you will know that I, YHVH, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted that which was desolate; I, YHVH, have spoken and will do it.”

'Thus says The Lord YHVH', “This also I will let the house of Israel ask Me to do for them: I will increase their men like a flock. Like the flock for sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem during her appointed feasts, so will the waste cities be filled with flocks of men. Then they will know that I am YHVH.” Ezekiel 36:22-37
The Vision of Dry Bones - tells us Israel will know Redemption. 
'The hand of YHVH was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of YHVH and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones. He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry. He said to me':

“Son of man, can these bones live?” 'And I answered', “O Lord GOD, You know.” 'Again He said to me', “Prophesy over these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of YHVH.’ Thus says The Lord YHVH to these bones, "Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life. I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am YHVH.”

So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, and flesh grew and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them.

Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says The Lord YHVH', Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.”

So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.
The Vision is Explained – Restoration and Resurrection - Heaven on Earth.
Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the 'whole house' of Israel; behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them", ‘Thus says The Lord YHVH', “Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel.

Then you will know that I am YHVH, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, YHVH, have spoken and done it,” declares YHVH.
Reunion of Two Sticks: Judah and Ephraim of the House of Joseph His Companions.
The word of YHVH came again to me saying, “And you, son of man, take for yourself one stick and write on it, ‘For Judah and for the sons of Israel, his companions’; then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and all the house of Israel, his companions.’

Then join them for yourself one to another into one stick, that they may become one in your hand.

When the sons of your people speak to you saying", ‘Will you not declare to us what you mean by these?’ say to them, ‘Thus says The Lord YHVH', “Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will put them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand. The sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes."
One New Man in the Land, United on the Mountains of Israel with One King.
Say to them, ‘Thus says The Lord YHVH', “Behold, I will take the sons of Israel from among the nations where they have gone, and I will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king will be king for all of them; and they will no longer be two nations and no longer be divided into two kingdoms.

They will no longer defile themselves with their idols, or with their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. And they will be My people, and I will be their God."
Messiah’s Everlasting Kingdom under The Covenant of Peace.
“My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd; and they will walk in My ordinances and keep My statutes and observe them.

They will live on the land that I gave to Jacob My servant, in which your fathers lived; and they will live on it, they, and their sons and their sons’ sons, forever; and David My servant will be their prince forever. I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will place them and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in their midst forever.

My dwelling place also will be with them; and I will be their God, and they will be My people. And the nations will know that I am YHVH who sanctifies Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forever.” Ezekiel 37:1-28
Gog of Magog Will Come in The End of the Millennium  shown in Revelation 20:7-10.
And the word of YHVH came to me saying, “Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him and say", ‘Thus says The Lord YHVH, “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal.

I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them splendidly attired, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them wielding swords; Persia, Ethiopia and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer with all its troops; Beth-togarmah from the remote parts of the north with all its troops—many peoples with you. 
Be prepared, and prepare yourself, you and all your companies that are assembled about you, and be a guard for them."
The Summoning - In the Latter Years.
"After many days you will be summoned; in the latter years you will come into the land that is restored from the sword, whose inhabitants have been gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel which had been a continual waste; but its people were brought out from the nations, and they are living securely, all of them."
Invasion – The Final Battle.
"You will go up, you will come like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land, you and all your troops, and many peoples with you.”

‘Thus says The Lord YHVH', “It will come about on that day, that thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil plan, and you will say, ‘I will go up against the land of unwalled villages. I will go against those who are at rest, that live securely, all of them living without walls and having no bars or gates, to capture spoil and to seize plunder, to turn your hand against the waste places which are now inhabited, and against the people who are gathered from the nations, who have acquired cattle and goods, who live at the center of the world.’

"Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish with all its villages will say to you, ‘Have you come to capture spoil? Have you assembled your company to seize plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to capture great spoil?’”
In the Last Days - The Armies of Gog will Attack.... and Lose the Final Battle.
“Therefore prophesy, son of man, and say to Gog, ‘Thus says The Lord YHVH, “On that day when My people Israel are living securely, will you not know it?

You will come from your place out of the remote parts of the north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great assembly and a mighty army; and you will come up against My people Israel like a cloud to cover the land. It shall come about in the last days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me when I am sanctified through you before their eyes, O Gog.”

‘Thus says The Lord YHVH', “Are you the one of whom I spoke in former days through My servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied in those days for many years that I would bring you against them?"
The Wrath of God Starts with the Revelation 16:18 earthquake from God's presence.
"It will come about on that day, when Gog comes against the land of Israel,” 'declares The Lord YHVH', “that My fury will mount up in My anger. In My zeal and in My blazing wrath I declare that on that day there will surely be a great earthquake in the land of Israel.

The fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all the creeping things that creep on the earth, and all the men who are on the face of the earth will shake at My presence; the mountains also will be thrown down, the steep pathways will collapse and every wall will fall to the ground."
Revelation's Judgment Sword, Pestilence and Hail will be seen.
"I will call for a sword against him on all My mountains,” 'declares The Lord YHVH'. “Every man’s sword will be against his brother. With pestilence and with blood I will enter into judgment with him; and I will rain on him and on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, a torrential rain, with hailstones, fire and brimstone. I will magnify Myself, sanctify Myself, and make Myself known in the sight of many nations; and they will know that I am YHVH.” Ezekiel 38:1-23
And huge hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, *came down from heaven upon men; and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, because its plague was extremely severe. Revelation 16:21
What happens next?

Ezekiel 39 tells us about The Spirit outpouring will overwhelm:
“Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob and have mercy on the whole house of Israel, and I will be jealous for my holy name.  
They shall forget their shame and all the treachery they have practiced against me, when they dwell securely in their land with none to make them afraid, when I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them from their enemies’ lands, and through them have vindicated my holiness in the sight of many nations.  
Then they shall know that I am the LORD their God, because I sent them into exile among the nations and then assembled them into their own land. I will leave none of them remaining among the nations anymore. And I will not hide my face anymore from them, when I pour out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, declares the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel 39:25-29
Invaders will be Destroyed on the Mountains of Israel.
“"And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog and say", ‘Thus says The Lord YHVH', “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal; and I will turn you around, drive you on, take you up from the remotest parts of the north and bring you against the mountains of Israel."

"I will strike your bow from your left hand and dash down your arrows from your right hand. You will fall on the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops and the peoples who are with you; I will give you as food to every kind of predatory bird and beast of the field. You will fall on the open field; for it is I who have spoken,” 'declares The Lord YHVH'. “And I will send fire upon Magog and those who inhabit the coastlands in safety; and they will know that I am YHVH."

“My holy name I will make known in the midst of My people Israel; and I will not let My holy name be profaned anymore. And the nations will know that I am YHVH, the Holy One in Israel. Behold, it is coming and it shall be done,” 'declares The Lord YHVH'. "That is the day of which I have spoken."
Seven Years of Firewood from the Weapons of Plunder.
“Then those who inhabit the cities of Israel will go out and make fires with the weapons and burn them, both shields and bucklers, bows and arrows, war clubs and spears, and for seven years they will make fires of them. They will not take wood from the field or gather firewood from the forests, for they will make fires with the weapons; and they will take the spoil of those who despoiled them and seize the plunder of those who plundered them,” 'declares The Lord YHVH'.
Armageddon's Seven Month Burial Cleansing in The End.
“On that day I will give Gog a burial ground there in Israel, the valley of those who pass by east of the sea, and it will block off those who would pass by. So they will bury Gog there with all his horde, and they will call it the valley of Hamon-gog.

For seven months the house of Israel will be burying them in order to cleanse the land. Even all the people of the land will bury them; and it will be to their renown on the day that I glorify Myself,” 'declares The Lord YHVH'.

“They will set apart men who will constantly pass through the land, burying those who were passing through, even those left on the surface of the ground, in order to cleanse it. At the end of seven months they will make a search. As those who pass through the land pass through and anyone sees a man’s bone, then he will set up a marker by it until the buriers have buried it in the valley of Hamon-gog. And even the name of the city will be Hamonah. So they will cleanse the land.”
Scavengers will be Assembled for The Men of War.
"As for you, son of man, 'thus says The Lord YHVH', Speak to every kind of bird and to every beast of the field, “Assemble and come, gather from every side to My sacrifice which I am going to sacrifice for you, as a great sacrifice on the mountains of Israel, that you may eat flesh and drink blood.

You will eat the flesh of mighty men and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, as though they were rams, lambs, goats and bulls, all of them fatlings of Bashan. So you will eat fat until you are glutted, and drink blood until you are drunk, from My sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you. You will be glutted at My table with horses and charioteers, with mighty men and all the men of war,” 'declares The Lord'".
Glory Judgment - The Summary of the Prophecies of the Scrolls.
"And I will set My glory among the nations; and all the nations will see My judgment which I have executed and My hand which I have laid on them. And the house of Israel will know that I am YHVH their God from that day onward.

The nations will know that the house of Israel went into exile for their iniquity because they acted treacherously against Me, and I hid My face from them; so I gave them into the hand of their adversaries, and all of them fell by the sword. According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions I dealt with them, and I hid My face from them.”
Calamity, Restoration and Spirit Outpouring.
'Therefore thus says The Lord YHVH', “Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name. They will forget their disgrace and all their treachery which they perpetrated against Me, when they live securely on their own land with no one to make them afraid.

When I bring them back from the peoples and gather them from the lands of their enemies, then I shall be sanctified through them in the sight of the many nations. Then they will know that I am YHVH their God because I made them go into exile among the nations, and then gathered them again to their own land; and I will leave none of them there any longer.

I will not hide My face from them any longer, for I will have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,” 'declares The Lord YHVH'. Ezekiel 39:1-29
The sequence of the scroll tells us a dark day of calamity is coming for those that oppose Israel, a time of tribulation and desolation in the mountains of Israel when the forced division of the Promised Land for peace sought today by the nations will meet its end.

This calamity of this division began in 1947 with the U.N. Partition Plan. Resolution 181 included a Special International Regime for the City of Jerusalem and the resolution was accepted by the Jewish people but rejected by the Arabs.

This short video shows the truth of the Palestinians and the PLO that was founded in 1964, not before:

What does this all mean?

Simple. It means no matter what your views on the Ezekiel sequence may be, or your belief of whether Messiah came to suffer for you, it is now time to turn to Messiah Yeshua before He returns as King.

When Yeshua said your "house" will be desolate in Matthew 23:38, He was referencing Ezekiel 35:15. 

The word "house" used in Matthew is from the Greek "oikos" which means "the place where one has fixed his residence, one's settled abode.'"Today, many call the West Bank, the settled abode, aka the "settlements"

Yeshua words are a prophecy people of Israel, an attempt at division will come for the settlements of Judea and Samaria and a battle will arise.

Now is the time to call out for your Jewish Messiah. Repent and return to God's ancient promise of both suffering Messiah and King. Yeshua is both Messiah ben Joseph and Messiah ben David.

Believe the Bible, repent and return to hear God's word on this declared to the prophets and walk in the faith of the Kingdom ways of Torah so that you can ready your lamp before the calamity Ezekiel describes.

God is a sovereign God. He is a loving God and He has provided the way to offer you His salvation and redemption through HaMoshiach. You can accept His gift of life today. Yeshua mentions the parable of the figs in Luke 21 as a sign of His coming. Why?

Jeremiah 24 gives the answer to the question raised in Luke 21, the good figs will know Messiah.

Then the word of the LORD came to me: “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Like these good figs, so I will regard as good the exiles from Judah, whom I have sent away from this place to the land of the Chaldeans.

I will set my eyes on them for good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up, and not tear them down; I will plant them, and not pluck them up.

I will give them a heart to know that I am the LORD, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart. Jeremiah 24:4-7

Consider Isaiah 53 very carefully, sure it points to your calamities, but look at it closely, it is about the Messiah from the tribe of Judah. It is not about a people wounded for the world's transgressions in the end, its about Messiah. Isaiah plainly says so:
"Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."
Judah you were stricken and afflicted by men, many of them Christians, so forgive us.

No one is healed by your suffering but we can all be by the affliction of the Son of God. Turn back, repent, accept God's gift of love through Messiah Yeshua now. He is the suffering servant and the King of Kings, that's the mystery. Suffering comes before redemption. Egypt and the Exodus are the lesson.

Today is the time, listen to Ben-Gurion: "the nation Israel is hearing the footsteps of the Messiah." 

The world will see your Messiah when you declare:
"Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord'. Psalm 118:26
Yeshua came in the name of The Lord and He validated this Psalm when He said:
"For I say unto you, You shall not see me henceforth, until you shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord." Matthew 23:39
You can say it, "Baruch haba b'Shem Adonai."

America, consider this too: Are we the daughter of Babylon?

This we know, some in America have turned against prayer, the ten commandment, the Bible and in many ways the Jewish people. We have even legalized Molech's child murder with abortion and a declared a Sodom and Gomorrah's marriage in our Supreme Court. Time is short. Wake Up!

Jeremiah says:
“Thus says the LORD of hosts:
Behold, disaster is going forth
from nation to nation,
and a great tempest is stirring
from the farthest parts of the earth! Jeremiah 25:32
This we do know, the God of Israel made a promise to Abraham in Genesis 12:3 that cannot be broken. Yeshua from the House of David wants to bless you:

"And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed."

Zechariah 12:3 declares:
"And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it."
Because of this warning, we have to remember the inspired words of David in Psalm 121:4: "Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep." And in Psalm 122:6: "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee."

May the Lord pour out His Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) and unite all our hearts in our love for Zion bringing redemption, restoration and reconciliation to the whole house of Jacob, both natural born and adopted because of our shared love for The God of Israel and His Messiah.

Whether Jew or not, we all need to get our life right with our Creator, don’t wait for tomorrow, repent and follow Messiah Yeshua now! He bore your grief and sin for your healing, for your redemption and the restoration. Declare it:
"I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin". Psalm 38:17

"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
We are fast approaching the third day since these words were penned in the book called Matthew some 2,000 years ago.

Moses gave the world a prophecy when he recorded the words of The Almighty at Mt. Sinai:
"Have them wash their clothes and be ready by the third day, because on that day The Lord will come down… in the sight of all people…. Only when the yovel sounds a long blast may they go up."
The reason that Messiah Yeshua did not bring world peace two days ago (two thousand years) is because The Father wants to save the whole world. He is giving us all as much time as He can but:
After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will raise us up,
that we may live before him. Hosea 6:2
I pray we will all be able to come together and say these words to the coming Priest King in Jerusalem:
“My father was a wandering Syrian. He went down to Egypt with a few people and lived there. There he became a great, powerful, and populous nation.

But the Egyptians mistreated and afflicted us, and forced us to do hard labor. So we called out to The Lord, the God of our fathers, and the LORD heard our cry and saw our misery, hardship, and oppression.

Then the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, with terrifying power, and with signs and wonders. He led us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey.

Now I have now brought the first of the land’s produce that You, LORD, have given me.
Shalom ya'll.