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Removing the Blinders

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Thy Kingdom Come...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have we reduced His voice to white noise?

I keep catching myself striving to hear from God. Bear with me, I know that He speaks though his Word, for where would I be without that?
I know the heavens declare his glory, day after day they pour forth speech. I praise God for these. I just find myself hungering to hear him MORE! He is Immanuel. God with us. God with me! My ever constant companion. Assuming I were ever quiet, wouldn’t it be reasonable to expect to hear from my companion throughout the day, every day?

I use to think it was some level of spiritual maturity I needed to attain in order to hear His voice in this way. Maybe when I have uncovered every hidden sin and spent X amount of time reading my Bible and praying, then maybe I could hear him speak to me like that. Or, maybe if I would sit in silence for extended periods of times.

While all those things are probably good and even profitable for hearing him, I think I have made this altogether too complex. What if my striving is the very thing keeping me from what I desire? What if instead of me becoming ‘more’ to hear him, I need to become ‘less’.

“Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” 1 Corinthians 8:1

“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3

Oh Lord, I fear the puffing up has clogged up my ears. In my ‘sound doctrine’, have I put into a box what hearing from you is supposed to be like?

I remember when I first moved to California, I was totally taken by the mountains. There was one specific spot where I struggled to keep my eyes on the road at all because of the majesty of the view. Completely breathtaking. Yet, after some time of driving that same stretch day after day, would you believe I forgot the mountains were even there? I didn’t notice them at all. Why?
Did the mountains lose their splendor? Oh, Lord, have I treated you like that mountain?

“He who has ears, let him hear!” Matthew 11:15 & Matthew 13:9

Oh, how that verse pierces me! He has given me all the equipment! I just haven’t been using it. I want to hear you God, how can I open my ears?

“For it was you who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13

Wait a minute! I was created for this! No created thing has to strive to do the very thing it was created for? You created me for relationship with you! This hunger to hear you, is from you! You love me! You designed me! All of me, all of my senses, with relationship with you as priority #1! You are most definitely speaking to me!

You are speaking to me so much, with everything in me and around me. You ARE pouring forth speech. You speak with such generosity, that we have considered it white noise, or ‘my imagination’. Unclog my ears Lord Jesus! Scrub them clean from preconceived notions and lies that I have believed. Cleanse them from the noise of this world and the noise of my striving flesh.

Make me like a child. At peace just to be in my Daddy’s arms. No theology to complicate things... just the love of a Father and his daughter. You do not withhold your life giving words from me. You aren’t holding anything back from me. Thank you! My ears and all of my senses, all of me, look to you. Wide eyed and confident that I was made for this.

This song is playing in my head…

‘May we never lose our wonder! Wide eyed and mystified, may we be just like a child, staring at the beauty of our King!’

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

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

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

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

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

That Kingdom is the good news declared by the disciples.

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

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

One record of this is found in Luke 9:1-6:
"And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics. And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere."
Nowhere in the writings we call the gospels do we see them preaching of the death, burial and resurrection of Messiah before these Spring Feast day events occurred. Nowhere.

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

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

The New Testament record actually tells us that the gospel they proclaimed was preached to the children of Israel in Moses' time:
"Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, "So I declared on oath in my anger, `They shall never enter my rest.'" And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world. For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: "And on the seventh day God rested from all his work." And again in the passage above he says, "They shall never enter my rest." It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience." Hebrews 4:1-6
Believe it or not the “restoration” of God's Kingdom is the good news gospel message, and it is the very gospel that Yeshua preached to all that could hear.

Yeshua's gospel is also about the acceptable year of The Lord, the year of the restoration of the fallen tabernacle. To understand this we have to look back to king David. He was a humble shepherd and an anointed man of God, not elected by the people like Saul. David was anointed in power by the Spirit of living God to be king of Israel:
"So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David." 1Samuel 16:13
When we look at the account of Samuel, we can see a mirror image of John's 'mikveh' ministry at the Jordan River:
"Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3:21-22
It’s hard to fathom, but Jesus did not tell the crowds that followed Him that He came to give away His life on a Passover cross to accomplish His goal to bind the death penalty of willful sin declared at Eden. Yet, John prophetically hinted at this.

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

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

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

"The next day, he saw Yeshua coming to him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" John 1:29

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

Those works are Yeshua's gospel message preached to the masses and that message was that the Kingdom of God was near and that it would be restored as promised a thousand years earlier to David by Nathan the prophet. The foundation of the prophetic promise of the Kingdom of God begins in 1Samuel 24:20 when the man chosen by men, king Saul, tells the shepherd David that he knows he is the one chosen to be king by Almighty God:
“And now, behold, I know that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand.”
Not long after Saul spoke these words, the prophet Nathan declared the word of God to David, it was the same Kingdom promise Yeshua was preaching across Israel to anyone that would hear and believe. It was the same Kingdom gospel message preached in 2Samuel 7:11–16:
“The Lord also declares to you that the Lord will make a house for you. When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish His kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of His kingdom forever... Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever.”
Nathan was not speaking of David. God never breaks a promise. David's earthy kingdom did not last forever.

For a moment, try to imagine if you can, Yeshua declaring the same promise God gave Nathan (in Hebrew meaning "giver") to declare to David's descendant. During the ministry of Jesus, this was the 1,000 year old “forever” promise that everyone, literally anyone living in Israel at that time knew by heart and waited for.

They were all looking for the coming of the son of David, the Messiah King to restore the promised house of David and they all knew this promise as the role of Melech HaMoshiach.

Luke records the Spirit of God anointed Yeshua to preach this very gospel:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord." Luke 4:18-19

Try to imagine the scene on a hillside in Galilee…

The "forever" promise of the acceptable year of the Lord the prophet Nathan had been given by God to proclaim to David was "near" to the ears and hearts of those that were afflicted by Roman occupation and rule.

For years and throughout the generations since king David, the Jewish people had held to the prophetic promise given by Nathan and they waited for the good news of King Messiah spoken of so long ago, but many of them forgot the storyline...

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

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

Some of Israel also "forgot" that king David's descendant must first sit at the right hand of God before He would rule as King, but David knew this because he wrote a song about it:
“Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet. The Lord will stretch forth your strong scepter from Zion, saying, ‘Rule in the midst of Your enemies’... The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath. He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth." Psalm 110:1-2,5-6
The 'one' everyone waited for to do away with evil and judge the nations was none other than Melech HaMoshiach, King Messiah Yeshua in the line of David, and some also forgot the prophetic words given in Isaiah 49 and Isaiah 53.

They forgot that ashes and sackcloth are required for His life to make an offering for our guilt. They forgot He must first bear our iniquity, then give us peace and healing and guidance as a Torah shepherd before the end time battle of good and evil:
"But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all."
Like many Jewish people today, the Jewish men we call the disciples focused only on the promise of the Messiah King, not the narrow way to the Kingdom that requires suffering, a blood offering and resurrection to glory and restoration as it was in Eden.

Yet, despite forgetful, hardened hearts, The Lord has a gospel plan for the House of Israel and those that will sojourn with them in the coming days:
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’" Jeremiah 33:14–16
The coming of "the" King was known by everyone that gathered to hear the words of Yeshua because they knew David’s prayer of thanksgiving for the forever promise from Abba Father:
“Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you, O Lord GOD, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.”
This is the "gospel" many can't see while reading Matthew 4:23 and 9:35:
“And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.”

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

Years before Yeshua's arrest by the Idumaean called Herod, whose father was an Edomite descendant of Esau, John’s priestly Levite message in the wilderness was aways simple: repent, repent, turn back to God’s ways and His instruction. All of this preaching from the prophet John came before Jesus ever revealed the mystery of His mission for the cross durng the ultimate week of Unleavened Bread.

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

After the third day, the great day of Shavuot, Yeshua-Jesus gave the ultimate assignment to His disciples with a great promise:
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
The "end" promised is not the end of the world as so many proclaim from a pulpit. It is the end of the divorce, the end of the exile f the Kingdom from Earth and the end of Satan’s authority in death on this planet. The restoration of the Kingdom of God is with Yeshua, the Melech HaMoshiach returning as the anointed King on the appointed Fall Feast day in the acceptable year of the Lord. It will occur.

This is summed up in the narrative hinting at the Azazel goat of Yom Kippur by Yeshua:
“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." Matthew 25:31-34
Many do not recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, embassies abound in Tel Aviv, yet one day Jerusalem will be the Kingdom capital city of the world as it was intended from the beginning. All nations will go there to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles and worship the King of Kings as promised in Zechariah 14:16-19.

So, the gospel message of the Kingdom we need to tell others about is not limited to Yeshua's atoning work at Passover, His Unleavened life and death, His raising up in glory resurrection on First Fruits, His going up to the right hand of The Father and His gifting of the Spirit on Shavuot. His work of restoration does not end there.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Believers that know God and Yeshua as Messiah, but if don’t know Him as King open your eyes to the plain gospel obedience of the Kingdom as shown below. So repent and walk in the Kingdom ways taught by Yeshua in John 5:14 and John 8:10... "Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”"
"If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace?" Hebrews 10:26-29
The Jewish disciple Peter (Kepha) gives a warning as a witness to the words of Yeshua: "For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God? 1 Peter 4:17

In a relationship of repentance, we can understand the gospel of Yeshua and choose to receive the promise of resurrection into eternal life in the Kingdom of God. So, if you love God, walk the way Yeshua walked in righteousness, be a disciple and do what He did in God's service.

The Jewish disciple John (Yochanan) taught the simple reason we all need to return to a walk of righteousness:
"Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." 1John 3:7-8
The destruction of the works of the devil is a part of the gospel message of God's Kingdom. The gospel preaches resurrection life in the Kingdom as a gift from God for those who by faith believe in Him through the words of Yeshua, sanctified in the truth of Scripture so that the world may know that Yeshua was sent by The Father. In that way, we may know the Father in Him.

This is the critical message of the "Priestly" prayer of Jesus. You can read it in John 17 as "the lamb of God" humbly prepared for His trial and scourging before the Passover cross:
“When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said,

"Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. "I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.

Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.

While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. "I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them." John 17:1-26
No one has known the Father like the Son, and the Son of God reveals the Father to those He chooses, so we must "seek" Messiah. Repent now and get to know Him. Knowing Him as Messiah King is the goal, not just knowledge of a cross. We must make Him the King of our life that is a big part of repentance.

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

He is eternal life and the way, the truth and the life to know the Father. Yeshua was not just praying for His disciples to know the truth of God's Word, He was also praying for you and me. It is important to look at His words as He prays:
“I do not pray that you should take them out of the world but that you should keep them from the evil one.”
We are to be a lamp of light sanctified in the truth, we are to repent to be set apart in His Torah walk for everyone to see and we are to shine brightly teaching and building disciples.

Jesus prays, I do not pray for these alone but also for those who will believe in Me, He focuses on what is critical for eternal life that is possible when we know Him, not know about Him. And, He wants us to walk as he walked no matter what we call ourselves. Isaiah declares:
""One will say, 'I belong to the LORD'; another will call himself by the name of Jacob; still another will write on his hand, 'The LORD's' and will take the name Israel."

Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god." Isaiah 44:5-6
The prayer Yeshua has prayed is for all people to repent and return to God to seek only His face as the first and the last, the King of 'all' Israel.

Eternal life is the gift of righteous faith,
it's the good news of "knowing" King Yeshua

Paul includes righteousness as a part of the gospel he preached to the Gentiles, a righteousness by faith. He quotes the Lord's words given to the prophet Habakkuk 2:4 “The righteous will live by faith." Many stop reading there, but Paul gives a dire warning... if we hold the truth of the gospel yet live in ungodliness and unrighteousness:
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness." Romans 1:18
Jesus is the worthy lamb of God because He walked in the righteousness of Torah, all of it. Today, we call this sinless life.

The world does not know the Father sent His son on this righteous Torah mission or they choose to not believe it thinking He came to do away with Torah. But He came to fill it with meaning. Paul's warning is if you consider yourself a Believer, yet your think Jesus annulled the law so that you can ignore it, you do not know the Gospel of the Kingdom. This is not to say, we can be saved by our attempt at righteousness, eternal life is a gift from the mercy and grace of God only through the Yeshua. Since the beginning, He alone has walked sinless in the righteousness of Torah.

There are a lot of people in the body of Christ who know "about" Jesus but many do not truly know Yeshua.

Jesus warns His disciples about the dilemma Paul taught of. Jesus' words are found in Matthew 7:21-23:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’.

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

The weighty matter of the Torah is faith and mercy. Yeshua taught that. Take a close look at Matthew chapter 5 and ask, do you believe The Lord?
"Blessed [are] the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God." Matthew 5:7-8
He also taught that we are to disciple others about repentance and the Torah [instruction of God] and He ties this teaching directly to the coming Kingdom of Heaven. In fact, just as He is teaching on mercy and grace, He says this about the teaching and instruction of the words of the Torah... if you do them and teach them you will be called "GREAT" in the Kingdom. Take another look at Matthew chapter 5 where Jesus is teaching us to teach about righteousness:
"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I do not come to destroy, but to fulfill (with meaning). For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all (law and prophets) be fulfilled.

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:17-19
Praise God not one jot or tittle has passed and that Jesus always upheld the Torah perfectly or He would not be able to fulfill the promise from the beginning:
“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall crush your head, and you shall bruise his heel” Genesis 3:15
Do you believe The Lord?

Remember, the story of a man's faith in action begins in Genesis with Abraham as does righteousness. Can you see that these go hand in hand if you believe The Lord?
"And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness." Genesis 15:6
Take a look at the genealogy of Mary and Jesus given in Matthew. It begins with Abraham for a big reason.

When He comes as Melech HaMoshiach, will King Messiah find us "in faith" like righteous Abraham who looked forward to the Messiah? John 8:56 tells us:
"Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad."
Or, will Yeshua arrive and find us neglecting a walk of righteousness, ignoring mercy and faith looking for oil?

Take a look at the parable prophecy of the ten virgins that Jesus taught in Matthew 25. Remember the five foolish ones? The oil they were missing was the Spirit of God in the righteous life of faith and mercy. In neglect, they missed the opportunity, so we must not. Can you imagine hearing the King of the Universe saying, I never knew you, we never had a personal relationship?

Is that to say we should not concern ourselves with keeping the Sabbath of The Lord or His redemption plan shown in the foreshadow of His Feast Days? Heaven forbid.

Does that mean we should not distinguish from heathy "clean" foods from unclean things that are not good for our bodies? No, these are the healthy ways of Yeshua's walk, yet they are not more important than our relationship with The Father through Yeshua the High Priest King Messiah.

There's plenty of commentary on these matters throughout this website because of the gospel words and walk of Jesus that many may have misunderstood.

In Matthew 5, during His famous "Sermon on the Mount," Jesus broadcasts to the world... keep God’s instruction with our heart and our walk of love and teach others how to do the same. That is discipleship, that is how we demonstrate our love to God and to others.

The thing we forget is that God’s grace is provided because we have been deceived. Yeshua provides a covering, an atonement for our breaking of God's law (Torah) through the life blood of Messiah. When we repent and make Yeshua the Lord of our life each day, that forgiveness is God’s eternal mercy and love for us in action. God's law is Yeshua's command tey are one, in unity - they are echad.

Our response is keeping Yeshua commandments as we get to live out the Word of God to the best of our ability before the Kingdom comes because when we see the truth, we need to walk in it. Yeshua speaks plainly and simply about this love for Him:
"If you love me, keep my commandments." John 14:15
How much do you love Him? Show Him and others. Repent.

The good news is that Yeshua came that we might have life, and the Kingdom Gospel that He preached across the Holy land of Israel is a huge part of our faith. It is the good news of the Gospel of the "whole" Bible that is the "forever" promise that Father God gave Nathan to deliver to David... it is about the Kingdom and the Kingdom ways shown to us in the Torah and the Kingdom teaching of Messiah that is a part of the "Great Commission."

How much do you love Him, do you want to declare the gospel and teach others to repent and demonstrate love to Almighty God by walking in His ways?

Two thousand years ago, many people across Israel heard and saw Yeshua in person and many were healed. The gospel accounts of Matthew and Mark tell us many witnessed Him preach "the gospel of the Kingdom", but others never knew Him because they did not recognize the time of His visitation as the humble shepherd servant of Isaiah 53 that redemption required just as David was a shepherd and Moses was as well for 40 years in Midian before God called them to lead.

God knew that He could trust David to fight for Him. He knew Moses would intercede on behalf of Israel when they gave up on The Lord and wanted to go back to Egypt. Moses told The Father, if you want to blot them out, blot me out and in the same way, Jesus said, Father if it were possible let this cup pass for me. Nevertheless, not my will but your will be done.

Yeshua knew that The Father's will was that He fulfill the humble lamb of God prophecy given by Abraham to Isaac. Like Isaac, He would willingly lay down his life in obedience to His Father. That is the heart the very heart of the Torah given for Moses to record and teach. Just look at Exodus 34:5-9:
“The LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” And Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped. And he said, “If now I have found favor in your sight, O Lord, please let the Lord go in the midst of us, for it is a stiff-necked people, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance.”
Our Heavenly Father is merciful, full of grace, love and compassion, if you repent He will accept your heart. It takes no special knowledge to know that, but it requires a decision, a response. Repent and return to God's ways.

There is an intimate relationship we can have with Him through Messiah Yeshua who gives us the power and inheritance right to become the children of a loving God... when we know Him and love Him. If we know Him, our responsibility is to show those who come in contact with us to see a person with the Spirit of God within, someone who is wise, understanding, full of fortitude, caring, integrity, gracious, merciful, compassionate, long suffering, slow to anger and full of love.

The story of the Bible focuses on the people that went down to Egypt and were brought back up by Almighty God, but the thing is, while it was fairly easy for God to get the people out of Egypt, it was not easy to get Egypt out of people.

What God has given to us by His Spirit, God has intended for the person next to you, that is discipleship and it is a big part of Messiah's "Great Commission" because God is calling us to make disciples and train others. Doing so can be challenging, risky and difficult. It's not easy, there is spiritual opposition and deception.
"And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation." Mark 16:15
We have all lived in Egypt as a slave to sin, but it is time to come out of "her" my people. Repent.

If you repent you come out, you can know the King of Righteousness and show Him you love Him. If you want to know Him, repent and quit acting like an Egyptian.Walk away from your slavery to sin and self. Accept what God wants to do for you empowered through your High Priest and King Messiah. Repent. Throw away your abominations of lust, adultery, divorce, fornication, anger, strife, rage, revenge, envy, resentment, manipulation, listlessness, depression, oppression, sorcery, hatred, greed, lying, violence, pride, dishonor, hatred, contempt, impatience, lust, envy, gluttony, narcissism, immorality and all other false self-centered idols of Egypt.

Repent and believe in the Kingdom. Accept what God wants you to do for Him. Love God and others including the widow, the fatherless, the poor and the stranger with all of your heart and walk with Him with all of your strength and soul. Serve Him by demonstrating your love to Him as He asks and love others by telling them about the King of your life. Do the chosen work of a servant in God’s Kingdom, believe, repent and accept His instruction each day, let other people know The Father has sent The Son and that He will return as King in the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes and repents:
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith." Romans 1:16-17
Repent. Embrace the role of a humble servant of God in the example given to us by the Messiah in how He walked in Torah and in the way He preached "the Gospel" of the Kingdom. When you do, you can have an impact on His return as King to end the abomination of sin on Earth. How can we know? Jesus told us:
"And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." Matthew 24:14
This end, "after those days" includes the new covenant promise: "for they will all know Me".
“But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” Jeremiah 31:33-34
There is only one deliverer, one Savior, one King to cry out to and the world will not see Him arrive until the walls of Jerusalem hears these words:

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

The God of Israel, the God Abraham Isaac and Jacob, the God of Moses, the God of Joshua, the God of David knew each of these men. Each man had a personal relationship with the great "I AM".

Throughout Genesis, Abraham called out on El Shaddai. He and his son Isaac and his grandson Jacob were given a covenant promise that is still unfilled today, it is the location of the "forever" Kingdom of God.

God has promised to pour out His Spirit there on the "House of David" and this promise could not be fulfilled until today because the Jewish people had returned to Israel after 2,000 years of exile. But now they have and Zechariah 12:10 gives the a requirement from God's promise:
“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.”
The next prophecy in Zechariah points us back to the prophet Nathan. Zechariah 12:11-14 reminds us the promise given to Nathan he delivered to David, it includes Levi and even Shemei from the family of Saul and all families:
“On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be great, like the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. The land will mourn, each clan by itself, with their wives by themselves: the clan of the house of David and their wives, the clan of the house of Nathan and their wives, the clan of the house of Levi and their wives, the clan of Shimei and their wives, and all the rest of the clans and their wives.”
What does this mean for you right now?

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

God is a sovereign God. He is a loving God and He has provided a way to offer you and the world His salvation. You can accept His gospel gift of life in the Kingdom. Consider carefully what your own life consists of, look at it and repent of your sin, ask His forgiveness and accept His gift of love, grace and supplication through Messiah Yeshua. Then follow Him and do as He has done.

If you know you need to get your life right with God, don’t wait for tomorrow, get it right with Him right now and grab the robe of Messiah!
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." John 3:16-17
Today is the time, repent walk the walk, preach the gospel always and when necessary use words.


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 the plan of man.

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

At the UN, the Jewish-Arab conflict engaged almost 70 years ago in 1947, but the truth is, a Palestinian State did not exist at that time nor before. So, there is no Jewish occupation, in fact the Palestinians as they are called today, did not exist as a state in 1947, the entire world called them Arabs.

U.N. Resolution 181 never mentions a people called the "Palestinians" either, take a look at the resolution for yourself, there's no need to take my word for it.

The UN resolution called for the division independent 'Arab' and 'Jewish' states.

Today's demand for the division of a Palestinian State is a prophetic key that many miss. After all, the word "Palestine" has caused confusion in peoples minds for 70 years.

This state of confusion actually began when the Romans invented the term "Palestine" in the 2nd century. The Romans invented the name Palestine to replace Judea and Samaria when they used a map to wipe out the heritage of God's land promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The same thing is occurring today, but the Roman Empire has been replaced with the UN.

Long before the fArab attack against Israel began in May 1948 after the evacuation of British armed forces, some 2,600 years earlier a prophetic series of scrolls were written to record the visions of Ezekiel. The scrolls are date stamped, describing the day of each vision and they describe a sequence of latter day events that will unfold in the mountains of Israel before lasting peace will come once and for all from the decree of Heaven, not the UN.

There is one way to the fulfillment of that covenant of peace. That is when Jerusalem, perhaps the Sanhedrin calls out to the "One" that comes in the name of The Lord! Baruch haba b'Shem Adonai!
For I say unto you, You shall not see me henceforth, till you shall say,
"Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord." 
The sequence of events that leads up to this declaration was penned by a Jewish prophet, but come to think of it all Biblical prophets were Jewish.

'Yĕchezqe'l' aka Ezekiel יחזקאל whose name means: "God strengthens" provides the planet the headline story back to future from the day when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon ransacked Jerusalem.

That was circa 587BC reminding us of what happened in the exact same spot some 657 years later when Rome's Titus and his local Legions attacked Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple for a secnd time while thrusting the Jewish survivors out of their homeland into a 1,878 year-long global diaspora.

Today, 1,946 years later, Ezekiel continues to faithfully record what The Lord showed him.

Ezekiel, like Daniel paid close attention to time and he recorded the dates of his visions as "the word of the Lord" came to him. In fact, you can use the time stamps in the Ezekiel scroll for yourself to sequence their promises beginning with the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's exile to Babylon.

That first vision occurred seven years before King Nebuchadnezzar had finished his destructive chaos against Jerusalem and the Jewish people.

If you are wondering why we should focus on the time stamps given by Ezekiel, the reason is simple. They are important to know because Elohim God proclaims Ezekiel as a "sign" (Hebrew for "mowpheth") so that we can all know our Abba Father's plan for the future.

After all, the majority of Ezekiel’s prophecies have not yet come to fruition. We all know every road has signposts so that you can know where you are and Ezekiel is reserved as a signpost for the days to come for a reason... so you will know that Almighty God is Y-H-V-H:
"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 that heavenly declaration, if we read Ezekiel 12, we can see the word of The LORD tells Ezekiel that the words He gave Ezekiel are for the future, not for the day and time the prophet lived and God promises they will happen:
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 is told that God's good verdict of judgment on Jerusalem and the Promised Land will one day not be deferred any more. This bold statement ties directly to Revelation 10:1-7 where we again read that there “should be delay no longer” just as the seventh trumpet sounds.

Revelation 10:7 describes the future days of mystery given to Ezekiel:
"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, you should. You will discover that the seventh trumpet will be blown. You can find this occurs in Revelation 11:15 as the messenger to John declares that the "kingdoms of this world" will become The Kingdom of God and Messiah.

That is the day of mystery that Ezekiel ultimately writes about and the prophet, like Daniel gives us many important details on the conflicts of kingdoms in the end days that will end with these words:

"Baruch haba b'Shem Adonai."

Take note, this is critical... the word kingdom used in Revelation 11 is the Greek word "basileia" and it means "territory." Have you ever noticed that the land areas claimed by the Palestinians are mistakenly called occupied "territory"?

Today, the world's headlines blame all Middle East conflicts on this so-called occupied "territory."

And everyday it seems, we hear of random terror and attacks on the Jewish people including rocket attacks as well as stabbings, murder, rock throwing and car rammings by Palestinian terror jihadists that seek martyrdom with 72 virgins in a Qur'anic paradise while the PA pays their families a monthly pension to reward their evil.

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

In Ezekiel 13, God implicates the men of Israel that speak of their visions of peace for Jerusalem “when there is no peace”:
"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 time of punishment, The Lord will stand against the descendants of Esau (Mount Seir). As you might see, this calamity mirrors those that through time have horrifically led to European expulsions and Russian pogroms against the Jewish people, yet they have remained committed to the Word of God.

That alone shows the insanity of anti-Semitism.

Today, many nations still seek to divide the land for peace. These so-called leaders make an excuse veiled in a disguise of truth called the Israel-Palestinian Conflict.

Just look at the evidence, it is in history and in the Bible, yet the good news in the prophetic headlines of Ezekiel's scroll describe that the prophet is told to declare the future promise of restoration and the blessing of peace that will not come from dividing God's land but that will come with a renewed covenant. It will come from the restoration of Jew and Gentile.

This peace will not come as men have planned with the dividing diplomatic process of the 'United Nations' against Israel no matter how noble the words 'peace and security' may sound.

Peace will never prevail from the people of Mt. Seir.

Take note, this word "Seir" means "hairy" and that should raise an eyebrow when you think back to Jacob. The reason, he sought to disguise himself from Isaac, pretending to be "hairy" like his twin brother Esau (see Genesis 27).

The sequence of Ezekiel's end-time calamity that leads to restoration zeros in with the timeline of events in the scroll that unrolls to Ezekiel chapter 35 and the scroll reveals difficulty all the way through chapter 39.

The modern stage of the prophecy is before us, it begins in Ezekiel 33, when the prophet learns that the city of Jerusalem will be front and center and the end will be a time that the shepherds of Israel agree to unwittingly to break Abraham's covenant and "divide" the land for peace.

There will be judgment because of man's reliance on good coming from evil (see Ezekiel 34:1-10).

The scene Ezekiel describes changes dramatically in chapters 40-48 as if we are reading another promise.

This one is repeated in Revelation 20:11-15. Ezekiel gives us many of the details reiterated in Revelation including the blessed tabernacle, the "dwelling place" of Heaven on Earth, New Jerusalem and the promise of "My sanctuary in their midst forever" promised in Ezekiel 37:26.

These prophetic promises all tie directly 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 trip to Heaven, its about Heaven coming to Earth, God with mankind, just as it began in Eden in the beginning.

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

This is shown 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 image shown at Mount Sinai by the Tabernacle. In it we see God living among people.

The book of Revelation is full of graphic images and references that tie the big picture themes of the Bible together. Revelation links to the visions given Ezekiel, so much so, we might imagine that the Apostle John was given his vision at the Isle of Pathmos after reading the scroll of Ezekiel just as Daniel was given an amazing revelation while fasting and praying over the words he had just read in the scroll of Jeremiah.

This is important, if you are a Bible student or not, you need to know something - that Almighty God promises that He declares all things to the prophets (read Amos 3:7). So, it is not for you or I to worry about blind interpretations of theory or opinion that do not tie to the prophets of the Bible. God's declaration to Amos is the reason we are to study the words of the prophets of Scripture, no matter how difficult they may seem.

The disciple Kepha (aka Peter) reiterated just how critical this study is in 2Peter 1:20-21 as he exhorts all readers 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 and scroll that Almighty God has declared the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). That means the studying the Bible from the front of the book is critical to understanding the end.

Two promises must be considered to understand 
the Ezekiel sequence.

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

Before we look deeper in the words of Ezekiel, 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 reminds 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, all nations of people in and around 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 the surrounding Muslim countries was mistaken by the "West" as an uprising of people seeking democracy. The Arab Spring was thought to be a good thing by western prognosticators, but they were wrong.

The world is a witness to the horrors just north of the land of promise. 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 civil war some 400,000 or more Syrian 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 around the globe beginning in 722 BC.

The Bible tells us the ten tribes of the Northern Kingdom, often called "Ephraim" disappeared when the Assyrian armies invaded, captured and deported the Israelites. At the time, they were called "Ephraim" because that family tribe was the largest of northern Israel.

Believe it or not, division started with a civil war that divided Judah in the south and Israel in the north. Their disputes divided the Kingdom. The Northern Kingdom under Jeroboam and the Southern Kingdom under Rehoboam separated in 931 BC.

The Northern kingdom's Assyrian assault began in 721 B.C. during the reign of King Hoshea (2 Kings 17). Those who survived the onslaughts disappeared into exile 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 invasion came 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 attacks and Daniel was forced to leave with everyone else or face certain death.

Incredibly today, in a similar manner, many Syrian people are now in diaspora to the same places the ten tribes of Israel were scattered to. Millions have fled grave Syrian tribulation wandering on their way, scattered on a global scale among the nations and in judgment too as the world fears 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.

The prophet Joel says:
"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 the Syrian refugees, the so-called migrants will be front and center 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.

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 first refugee exodus from Syria began during the end of the reign of the Ottoman Empire that ended with the conclusion of 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 exodus, 25% of the Syrian population was Christian.

When the current assault on the people of Syria began, about 10% were Christian and 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 fifty days after the resurrection of Yeshua.

Years later, his assignment to preach the gospel of The Kingdom was fulfilled in Damascus. The Syrian Christians learned of Messiah from Peter!

Syria's conflict will continue to be front and center and someone at the UN will continue to seek to blame Israel for radical Muslim unrest in the Middle East as they always do. Syria will continue to be the 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 dark seed of rebellion. No militant rebel in Syria or Northern Iraq seeks democracy, they seek a radical Caliphate and the rule of Sharia in the Levant with an ultimate goal to wipe Israel off the map.

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

The Hivites of Gibeon were spared and the Girgashites weren't mentioned again in the Bible, so we know 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 were 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. Five years ago, the western media called the Islamic Awakening the Arab Spring which has changed the power structure of four of these Arab nations... yet thousands of years ago, Biblical prophecy declared "five will fall".

So, the question is: are the "five will fall" prophecy tied to the collapse of Mid East leadership after the modern nation of Israel was re-established?

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. We can't forget that immediately after Israel declared itself an independent state following the 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 whatsoever.

Yet, just before the attack on the new tiny remnant 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 should point you to the prophetic words of Revelation 17:9-11...

And if we are to have wisdom, it is well worth considering that four of the seven "kings", the rulers of the original Arab League States "have fallen" since December 13, 2003. That was the day Saddam Hussein was captured as 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. Not only that, on October 20, 2011, Lybia's Muammar Gaddafi was found hiding in a drainage pipe outside Sirte, Libya.

So, just what does the 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... following the execution of Iraq's Dictator Hussein, Libya's Dictator Muammar Gaddafi fell as did Tunisia's Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Yemen's Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Ben Ali lives. 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, Bashar Assad who leads destruction in Syria.

The Jerusalem Post reported the amazing story back in December of 2010: '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."
It appears now that Syria's President Bashar al-Assad will most certainly be the next to fall from power... Not only that, the prophecy says: "one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while".

Astonishingly, two thousand years after it was written, Revelation 17:10 tells us plainly that five of seven end time leaders will fall. Yes, you read that correctly: five will fall and following his father Hafez al-Assad Presidency of Syria from 1971 to 2000, Bashar al-Assad has remained a little while. The reason he has remained is based to a large degree by the support he has received from Russia and Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The Ayatollah has not only supplied weapons and military support from the Islamic Republic to Syria, he has also supported Iranian efforts for uprisings of evil in Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen.

Is it possible that the prophecy of Revelation 17 and today's Arab League nations are somehow linked? It seems so, yet there may be another link between the ancient nations that opposed Joshua to the modern armies that attacked Israel in 1948 as the tiny nation state fought back the Arab League troops to retain their land. Israel successfully defended itself again in 1967 during the Six Day War and in fact gained much more of the promised land grant given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Now, it now appears that Syria will eventually be the fifth Arab League nation to fall as President Bashar al-Assad battles five years into the grievous Syrian conflict that has shattered that country where Paul's eyes were opened. Assad has been kept in place in large degree by Iran who supports Lebanon’s Hezbollah, as well as Russia while half of the civilian population has been uprooted and displaced as hundreds of thousands of families have been slaughtered. At the end of the day, what will be left of Syria? Forsaken and a ruinous heap just as Isaiah 17 describes in The Oracle of Damascus.

Unless there is another, Assad's will be the fifth dictatorial Muslim government of the 'original' Arab League to fall from power through extreme violence and consider this: Syria is one the three nations (Egypt, Syria and Jordan) that fought against Israel in 1967. Remember too, Israel has peace treaties with Jordan and Egypt, not Syria.

Egypt and Jordan represent the fulfillment of prophecy as these two Arab nations remain committed to peace with Israel. 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 peace 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 two 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 could believe the report, that the words written so long ago would stand 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
This is important, the prophetic scrolls are unrolling, so lets look again at what has happened since the Arab Spring began.

As it stands today, the world has witnessed the fall of four 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.

Syria's Bashar al-Assad will soon be on the threshold of losing his power and Alewite government rule as Sunni rebel warriors that oppose the Shiites have morphed in the rebels opposing the Alawite 'king.' Incredibly, Russia and Iran are in the middle of the conflict supporting President Bashar al-Assad's Syrian Ba'athist government in the Syrian civil war with Turkey has become a bitter foe in the East since the start of Syrian civil war.

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 Islam itself that feigned death at the end of World War I with the fall of the Ottoman Turk Empire will rise up again. These prophecies look much 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 and nations of the Mideast.

We are seeing the Bible's prophecies repeat as the Arab League seeks Palestinian land and Israel may unwittingly negotiate to divide its people for peace. If so, why?
"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.

With that known, 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 there is much more to consider, there is more to prepare our hearts and the hearts of others for - as we pray about these powerful events in the sea of the Mideast nations that have allowed Islamic radicals to move from persecuting Christians to trying to destroy Israel in horrific tribulation as many in the 'west" rely on a rapture ride not found in Scripture.

So what is next?

The stage has been set division, for monumental trouble within the Mid East lands surrounding Israel that will impact the Promised Land and ultimately the world.

The prophet Ezekiel gives us 'the sequence' if you will of the final events.

In the beginning of his scroll, Ezekiel gives a wake up call about the sequence of calamities 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 do not originate in Christian sources quoted from Matthew, Paul or John. Like the entire Bible, the source is Jewish and they come from Biblical prophecies like those first found in Deuteronomy 4:30 and are 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 trial, dividing Israel:
“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 scenes that Ezekiel records tie with the words of Joel as well as Zechariah.

They each address the events of the 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 in another dispensation and Jerusalem remains the apple of God's eye. This is clear If you keep reading what the prophet saw in Ezekiel 40, you'll even notice a gate and you'll see Messiah the prince in Ezekiel 44-48 and the 12 gates of YHWH-shammah that declare the promise of Messiah the praised son of the right hand and the blessing for the troop of Israel from the wrestling match of Jacob:
  • 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"
Israel is the land of His covenant land promise and any division of the Promised Land by the nations will bring on another phase of trouble before Messiah's promised "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
The sequence given by Ezekiel indicates this will all occur 'before' the final battle of Gog from Magog. That looks to be the time when Revelation declares haSatan will be loosed "for a little season until the thousand years should be fulfilled."

Ezekiel places Gog front and center in the "final" conflict of good and evil, not the beginning.

Toward the end of the thousand years described in Revelation, haSatan will be released just as it was in Eden to deceive the hearts of mankind one last time. The reason, our Heavenly Father always gives everyone the opportunity to choose and make the right choice in the end just as He did in the beginning, after all the Bible is about choice: good or evil.

Isaiah 46:10 tells us God will make known the end from the beginning.

In this way, all people can make their final Yom Kippur choice: accept the living Word of God by life in Messiah and place their sin on Him or reject His splattered blood.

Since Eden, God has shown He always gives each person a choice, and His desire is that we all choose the way to the Tree of Life and the water of God's Word that nourishes eternal life.

So, it appears the Gog-Magog storyline is a 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 just when the situation seems impossible... a glory fire will consume them because of the their fatal choice to join the final purposeful rebellion against God, His Messiah and the people that call out to Him for salvation.

The Great White Throne final Yom Kippur judgment will be at hand and the good news is that all that is evil will be put on the head of the scape goat and banished forever. The scroll of Revelation sums it up:
“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 New Jerusalem!

Ezekiel chapters 38-46 describe the scene of Prince Messiah and Ezekiel gives us a virtual tour of the measurements of Messiah's work in building the Temple in Jerusalem just as the same angel in Revelation 11 is told to measure the city to be lit by the Glory of God promised in Revelation 22:5.

From the scroll of Isaiah we can see:
"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 the calamity before the resurrection and the family reunion of Judah and Israel as well as the restoration of the Davidic Kingdom under King Messiah. This is after the resurrection in Ezekiel 37: "And the nations will know that I am the LORD who sanctifies Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forever."

The prophet describes the restoration of the boundaries of the Promised Land that ties directly to the land gran described in Numbers 34:1-12 as well as the twelve (12) gates of New Jerusalem first shown in Ezekiel 48:30-35 that is described again in the witness of Revelation 21.

Ezekiel even points out "the mindset" that opposes Almighty God, its the same marking on the forehead shown again in Revelation 7:1-8 just prior to the great tribulation of God and Magog.

Interestingly, today the nation state of Israel contains a remnant number of Messianic believers scattered in many congregations across the land. Many say there are more Messianic Jews worldwide than there are Hassidic Jews. Some even say there are over perhaps 30,000 Jewish followers of Messiah Yeshua in the Promised Land today.

Could it be that soon there will be many more, could they be 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 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, a metaphor much like David Ben-Gurion spoke of. After the Holocaust… the Shoah, Ben-Gurion became Israel's first Prime Minister and he this bold statement on May 14, 1948. He said:
"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 it began. We can know this by the words of Ezekiel because the name of our Creator is not known by all, there is still much confusion among the nations, but that day is ending.

The ultimate promise of resurrection and restoration described by Ezekiel 37 is real. 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.” He was right.

In Revelation, John writes of events following the resurrection to physical life that Ezekiel describes in the first resurrection at the beginning of the millennium noted in Revelation 20:4-6.

Most importantly, Yeshua of Nazareth speaks plainly of the second resurrection before the final Yom Kippur judgment 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 that he 'saw' as the heavens opened, and he records a vision of God's glory and the four living creatures around the battle throne of El Shaddai. The throne was also seen by Daniel (see Daniel 7:9) and these four creatures are also described by John as the final witness in his vision at Pathmos (read Revelation 4:6-9 and Revelation 5:6-14).

There's much of confusion about resurrection, so much so, many Christians no longer use the word confusing reality with a theory. In the same way, there is much deception on what many think of as the end days thinking it is the end of the world when in fact, the end is a new beginning and so there is confusion about the sequence of Ezekiel, 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? Its the work of the deceiver, so time to study the prophets and ask the Spirit of God to be your teacher, not others.

If you do studyGod's word, take note that its important to look at the orderly sequence of Ezekiel. Study chapters 36-39, it spans a millennium and it describes the events leading up to judgment at the end of that Sabbath time of Messiah:

The 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... the 'West Bank' (Judaea) 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
"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, His Spirit and Salvation for the Jewish People
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.’"
All the World will Know YHVH
"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
Vision of Dry Bones - Israel will know their Savior and Ephraim will Return!
'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 Explained – Resurrection and 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 the House of Joseph
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 Millennium 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
Time Will Pass - Then Gog Will Come in The End as 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 of The Millennium - The Armies of Gog Attack
“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
"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
"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
Invaders 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 at 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 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 YHVH'".
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 day of calamity is coming, a time of tribulation and desolation in the mountains of Israel following the division of the Promised Land for peace sought today by the nations. As noted, this calamity of 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 Jews 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 Ezekiel may be, it is now time to turn to Messiah Yeshua before He returns.

He said your "house" will be desolate. The word "house" used here from the Greek "oikos" which means 'the place where one has fixed his residence, one's settled abode.' Today, we call the West Bank, the settled abode, aka the 'settlements'.

People of Israel, an attempt at division will come for the settlements of Judea and Samaria. Now is the time to call out for your Messiah. Repent and return to God's promise of Messiah. He is both Messiah ben Joseph and Messiah ben David. Return to hear God's word on this declared to the prophets and continue to walk in the faith of the Kingdom ways of Torah so that you can ready your lamp before the calamity.

God is a sovereign God. He is a loving God and He has provided you a way to offer you His salvation through your Moshiach. You can accept His gift of life today. 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 in the end, its about Messiah. It plainly says:
"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 man, many of them Christians, so forgive us. No one is healed by your suffering. Turn back, repent, accept God's gift of love through Messiah Yeshua now. He is both the suffering servant and the King of Kings.

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
"Baruch haba b'Shem Adonai."

Whether Jew or Gentile, you need to get your life right with your Creator, don’t wait for tomorrow, get with Messiah Yeshua now! He bore your grief and sin for your healing, for your redemption, for 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 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 YHVH will come down… in the sight of all people…. Only when the yovel sounds a long blast may they go up."
And many among us I pray will be able to come 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 Yahovah, 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.