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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Thy Kingdom Come...

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

My faith is in The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and in Yeshua the Master Torah teacher and doer, the anointed one that came as the bruised Messiah ben Joseph who will return as HaMashiach ben David, the lion of the tribe of Judah, the King and High Priest in the Order of Melchizedek. 

My vote, my choice of allegiance is to do what God placed me on this earth to do the way Yeshua taught others to do each Sabbath in synagogues, at the Temple and along the hillsides and fields of Israel. It's a Royal Priesthood assignment. That assignment is to serve God and to walk and talk Torah, to be Holy and to help others learn God's covenant ways as ambassadors for the risen One, the anointed of God, the Messiah of Israel. 

Part of that assignment is to share the message of thy will be done on Earth as part of the good news besorah gospel in spirit and truth because the Kingdom of God is near and not one jot or title has passed.

We need to seek understanding of the gospel of the Kingdom to come. It's the good news (in Hebrew "besorah") teaching, preaching and instruction declared by Yeshua of Nazareth. 

To start the journey, we must repent. In Hebrew, the word is teshuvah, it's like a living sacrifice, it requires we humble our hearts and turn to God's voice.

In my Scripture studies seeking God's voice, I've realized the gospel of the Kingdom I thought I knew was misunderstood in many ways. I used to think of it as a new religion gospel, but Jesus never said that. 

In fact, the gospel book of Mark says Jesus proclaimed the "Gospel of God":
"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
Think about that, the gospel is the besorah of Elohim God. Paul said the same thing in Romans 1:1-2:
Paul, a servant of Messiah Yeshua, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures...
The gospel of God includes an assignment for a Royal Priesthood and a holy nation that God declared at Sinai, "you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation." (read Exodus 19:5-8). 

It's repeated in Isaiah 55:3-9. To begin to understand the good news gospel of God, we have to know, believe and do what God said was just as Jesus did, always obedient under The Father's teaching and instruction from heaven. 

A part of the gospel of God is this: if we want to walk like a disciple in the dust of Rabbi Yeshua, we need to seek to be set apart - holy. To do that we have to realize the holy nation God seeks relationship with has an assignment because the Royal Priesthood must function in the order of Melchizedek. 

A part of that assignment is to be a beacon of light to a dark world ignoring God's voice. That priestly duty is not in the past, it's not old, it's present and future because Almighty God is still looking for people who want to hear His voice and know Him.

In Romans 1:5-6 Paul wrote about obedience of faith if you are called to belong to Messiah.

I used to think my belief stopped at the cross and resurrection, I did not understand the obedience of faith. 

Some say the Kingdom of God can come at any time with an escape hatch to a cloud in heaven, but Jesus never said that, He spoke of repentance to the obedience of faith and there's a gospel of God reason that Yeshua taught people to pray like a priest: "may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." 

That gospel truth is emphasized front and center in Revelation 5:10:
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.
That reign is righteousness on earth, so my question is, how can one be in a kingdom and a priest to our God without obedience in faith?

Jesus wants to change our heart and mind about this gospel. He said so at the Sermon on the Mount where He connects the word of  God's Torah to the Kingdom of heaven on Earth:
"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law [Torah] until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:17-19
Jesus revealed another mystery of the gospel of the Kingdom of God in the book of Matthew. While in Jerusalem, He declared a requirement to the crowds and His disciples, it's a declaration cry for the inhabitants of Jerusalem today to bless the one who will come in the name of The Lord

The word "name" also means reputation and image, aka doing things in God's Kingdom way.

We need to know that prophecy is headed our way and we can be a part of it. 

Titus started the desolation of Jerusalem with destruction and mass murder in 70 AD. The Jewish people's last stand against Rome was some 2,000 years ago. It was against Rome's leader Hadrian following the last generation of the disciples. After the Bar Kohba revolt ended at Masada in 135AD, Hadrian erased the map and renamed the Promised Land. He called it Syria Palaestina. He tried to destroy the name of the Holy Land. 

Yet, God is faithful, the Jewish people began to return home after the Balfour Declaration established the vision of a restored national homeland for the Jewish people.

Titus and Hadrian's legacies are seen in Hitler's Holocaust of hatred. Today, it remains a clear and present danger in the form of a global goal for a Palestinian State whose radical leaders fund terrorism against Jewish people Hadrian's goal to wipe Israel off the map.

The Yehudim (Jews) that survived some 2,000 years were taken captive to Europe or escaped to areas like Russia, North Africa and corners of the Middle East. A remnant remained hiding away in the Galilee and other areas. Yet, the Jewish people survived and the prophecy from the "Prophet" like Moses proclaims the Kingdom of God will come when hearts are unlocked to this mystery of the good news of God:
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
Who is the he, the one that is blessed? Is it Messiah or is it you a royal priest in obedience

Perhaps the most often untold truth is that Jesus came to teach the Torah and that's why the thy Kingdom come gospel of God is misunderstood. The Torah is infused with the will of the Father to restore the broken covenant between God and mankind that crashed and burned in Eden. Messiah's first trip purpose was to teach God's Torah, not man's to begin the prophetic work to repair the life breach between heaven and earth and between Jew and Gentile, native born and sojourner. Yeshua's first trip was to begin God's work to light for a Royal Priesthood on this planet.  

A part of the gospel story is that faithful Jewish people have remained faithful to the Kingdom Constitution. The Torah teaching of God, the template of the handbook for life in the Kingdom remains the eternal way, the instruction manual for life in the image of our Creator for all children of God. 

We can believe that because heaven and earth have not passed away.

Due to the bad choice to ignore God's instruction, entropy and death entered Eden's Kingdom of God realm on earth, but at the same time sin was set loose, God revealed that He had a plan is to redeem mankind from our fallen state and restore His Kingdom on earth defiled by the choice to believe a lie from a thief that comes to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. 

The Kingdom of heaven assignment was given for Messiah to suffer, yet crush the head of the serpent. It is the first promise of Almighty God. Within moments of confession of their sin, our Creator gave His plan outline to repair the breach. It was given in Genesis 3:15 some 6,000 years ago to the deceiver:
"I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel."
Four thousand years later, Messiah Yeshua, the son of Abraham and son of David born in the pain of childbirth, walked across Israel as "the prophet" promised by Moses in Deuteronomy 18:15-18. He proclaimed, taught and explained the heart of God's voice. Yeshua arrived on the scene just as Genesis 3:15 promised, as the bruised, suffering servant Son of Man. He is the day four light of the world that crushed the head of the serpent's death plan in resurrection. And, just as Matthew 1 declares, He is the shoot, the branch of David promised in Isaiah 11:1-2
"There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.  And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD."
Yeshua is the Passover lamb that willfully took on death for mankind's sin that began in Eden and He is the High Priest in the Order of Melchizedek (see Psalm 2:6-8; Psalm 110:4 and Hebrews 5:5-10).

The good news Jesus declared is our heavenly assignment to repent and do life God's way.

A part of that image of God assignment starts with loving God and others as God loves us Jesus as taught in John 14:15. But there's more, our assignment is to teach others, disciple them in God's ways. If you choose to be a member of that Royal Priesthood, that means teaching the light of the Bible across the planet from God's Torah perspective, not a new religion doctrine. 

Because men like Marcion, Ignatius, Martyr, Melito, Tertullian, Augustine, Chrysostom and Constantine among a thousand others misled the Greco Roman church, minds and hearts were led astray into new replacement theology lie. Many forgot the Bible's holy outline for the Royal Priesthood detailed in Leviticus. The sanctification and holiness described there are how we to speak, act, and walk following the ways of our High Priest. 

Today, the lies are being forgotten, a remnant people are returning to the Torah recognizing the message of Isaiah 43:27, Ezekiel 20:4 and Lamentation 5:7. That means the promise of a latter day restoration is now a reality and you can do it.

Isaiah 11:3-16 begins with the storyline of the return trip of The High Priest. The events that unroll in the scroll from that point on up to Isaiah 35 give us some of the details. Isaiah 35:10 sums up a Jubilee event:
"And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away."
Before Yeshua of Nazareth went to His Roman trial, before He was bruised and willingly gave His life blood on the Passover cross as the redemptive Son of Man, one Sabbath day in a synagogue, there He revealed the good news of God's Jubilee plan declared to Isaiah on His first trip. 

You can read all about it in Luke 4:16-20:
"And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, 
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." 
And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him."
Shortly after that, Yeshua taught people how to pray and participate in God's Jubilee of favor to come. As the Spirit of the LORD rested on him, in the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, in the Spirit of counsel and might, with the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD, Yeshua summarized our Kingdom of God prayer assignment in Matthew 6:
Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
    Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
   on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
   and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
   but deliver us from evil."
It's not hard to read, but many miss it, that prayer sums up what The Father purposed in Eden at creation... heaven on earth, not the other way around! Yet religious doctrine has gotten in the way because we have inherited some lies (see Jeremiah 16:19).

Repentance is the Kingdom start on the road of the Royal Priesthood, always has been, always will be. 

Almost 2,000 years ago, a member of the Sanhedrin by the name of Nicodemus wanted to know the gospel truth. Yeshua told Nicodemus you must be born from above, but despite his life's work as a top Torah teacher, Nicodemus did not yet understand the Torah's promise:
“Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. 
If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 
No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life." John 3:10-15
In evangelical Christianity, the phrase you must be “born again” to receive eternal life comes from the conversation with Nicodemus.

John 3:3 is usually translated as: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Yet, the Greek manuscripts read a bit differently, “Unless someone is born (anōthen) from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  

So, what did Jesus mean when He said born from above?

Many think of being "born again" as the flash moment of "belief" in Jesus as the resurrected Son of God. With that spontaneous moment, many sermons describe a gospel that says believe, confess and pray a sinner's prayer to be born again in grace. 

That's a sermon's that often concludes that belief pardons one from guilt of all sins past and future. The issue with that spontaneous belief is a Bible basic. Demons believed in Jesus, you can read about that in two fearful and mind bending accounts described in Matthew 8:28-34 and Mark 1:23-28. 

God sent His Son Yeshua to be the redeeming life offering for sin that is turned away from. We must believe that. Unlike the demons, we must repent and turn away from sin back to God in faith. That faith includes the respond in love to what The Lord has said and done. Repentance reveals an inward change of our heart to learn to do things God's way, to know The LORD... 

That's what Jeremiah wrote about:
"For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law [Torah] within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Jeremiah 31:33-34
If we want to know The LORD we must realize that The LORD's teaching and instruction revealed to Moses was given to an assembly that had been saved. That Torah was not given to people shackled in slavery in Egypt, which represents sin and the realm of deception and death. The covenant was given as a constitution manual for every saved soul to learn how to walk in relationship in the righteous image of Almighty God.

The disciple James provides a sobering commentary on the fact that salvation is a gift and holiness is learned. It's the same pattern in Exodus. Some sermons, not all tend to ignore the process, but the message must be understood to grasp the good news gospel of knowing our Holy God. Therefore, understanding the Exodus pattern is critical to the believer's learning process in a believer’s walk, as following Jesus is a matter of walking in holiness.

Go ahead, read James 2:14-26 and other witnesses:
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." 2 Timothy 3:16

"Here is the endurance of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." Revelation 14:12 

"Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." Revelation 22:14 
Revelation's words are powerful. Endurance (ὑπομονή) is sustaining, steadfast perseverance. The King James Bible renders the Greek in Revelation 14:12 as patience, but that olde English translation does not quite convey the heart of the message of sustaining steadfast endurance, aka choosing to keep in the life way inheritance of God's voice.

It's important to dig into what Yeshua really said to Nicodemus to understand birth from above by the Spirit of God so that that we may receive the blessing right to the tree of life:
"No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven--the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him." John 3:13-15 NIV
Yeshua was explaining the gift of eternal life (the tree of life) is faith in action, evidenced by His deed at the cross.

Unlike the belief of demons, the belief of a redeemed soul includes holy, steadfast endurance after belief. Without holiness, no one will see God-Elohim's face. That's the straight patht the New Testament declares:
Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:12-14
As the book of James and the letter to Timothy also explain in Hebrew thought, one who believes in the redeeming work of Messiah... lives life in blessing like Messiah. 

The Bible and the book of Revelation reveals that blessing includes doing the commandments of God. The word son the disciple John goes on to say that if you hear the calling of God, it's up to you to answer the call to believe, and do life God's way. We can't read John 3:16 our of context we have to keep reading to John 3:21: 
"“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 
And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 
For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 
But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” John 3:16-21  
Works that are not carried out in God are evil (πονηρός) and point back to our bad nature and dark condition. Evil casts the shadow of degeneracy from the light of God's virtues described to Moses in Exodus 34:6-7. Figuratively, evil is the way of death and disease of body mind and soul that results from ignoring God's voice, just las it was in the beginning.

Practicing truth and faith in good, righteous deeds only starts with belief. Practice a learning process tha continues on with living life God's way in the Kingdom faith outlined in the Torah and taught by Jesus about the ways of The God of Israel. 

Nicodemus was learning what the Torah teaches about returning to God in repentance. It brings The Father's mercy and grace in forgiveness with blessings and the Tree of Life promise of resurrection. Good deeds are light of the world proof of repentance. The priesthood must function in the order of Melchizedek.

In the Greek manuscripts of John, works or deeds come from the Greek word "ergon" (ἔργον) meaning an act, deed, thing done. What we do that is set apart by God as holy and right shines a bright light on God's word, His truth. It's no wonder that "light" is a big time keyword in the Bible. 

What is that light? Psalm 119:105 gives us the answer, it's God's word:
"NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
King David is tying God's word to how we walk, how we live life in His image. Have you ever wondered why David wrote this description of God's word and start it with the letter Nun? 

The reason it that each Hebrew letter has an important embedded meaning. The letter "Nun" נ represents "faithfulness." David mentions feet and path. The truth in the word of God shows us the way to faithful restoration to Father God and others is given in God's word, His voice of instruction. 

The first step on the path to the Kingdom of God starts with teshuva (repentance) but the relationship does not end there, it's the beginning. That's what this Psalm is teaching. That's what Yeshua taught.

Yeshua gave Nicodemus a Psalm 119 lesson, that the new life journey of a faithful person that chooses to live in the ways of Heaven is outlined by God's word. 

Don't forget, even demons believe. Belief alone is not a stop sign on the Emmaus road to new life. The way to the Kingdom of God continues by walking in the truth and light of the word of God and choosing to do so because we love The LORD.

The journey is not just a one time decision, it's a daily life choice, a Royal Priesthood journey when we choose to follow the High Priest and King Yeshua. 

Belief is not just a mental state but an action word, a word of God lifestyle that is grounded in acts of righteous obedience in holiness. Being set apart (holy) is Yeshua’s life, death and resurrection demonstration. If we are to follow in His footsteps in the Royal Priesthood (1 Peter 2:7-12) we choose to walk in holy set apart ways.

This gospel is a very old message, Moses outlined it in the sermons we now call the book of Deuteronomy. The Prophets zero in on it and they outline the problems of not walking in the way of the word of God. None of them were false prophets.

No wonder Yeshua shouted "repent!" He proclaimed that door to kingdom living over again for righteous reason, He was declaring the prophecy of Isaiah 1:27:
"Zion shall be redeemed by justice, and those in her who repent, by righteousness."
Repentance engages redemption's justice. God responds to repentance and forgives in mercy and grace when we repent and turn back to walk in the light of God's righteousness. Almighty God's mercy and redemption is available to everyone. Our righteous response is to turn back and keep the path of a righteous walk of Royal Priesthood. 

Yeshua proved His stature as the High Priest King by walking in sinless life and He was born again in resurrection as the first born on the appointed day of First Fruits. Eternal live and resurrection can be yours too!

Yeshua knew that Almighty God gave Solomon great wisdom that's never changed. It too is a part of the gospel with a promise from the God of Israel to every humble God fearer and it's the same gospel Yeshua taught when He said repent because God described His plan to Solomon:
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2Chronicles 7:14 
That land promise is not old and done away with, it syncs perfectly with the Luke 11:1-4 teaching of Lord's Prayer: "your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

God's forgiveness is granted by His justice as a response to our repentance by turning from our ways to God's ways. Repentance is the call of truth that requires we do something and humbly reexamine ourselves, pray, turn away from sin and turn to God in teshuvah to walk in the light and truth of God's Kingdom ways. 

Bottomline, believing in Jesus does not stop with a sinner's prayer, believing includes following.

The Bible is the proof, Almighty God makes a big promise to forgive sin but relationship is a two way street. How do you want to respond? 

Repentant faith continues with faith in action, not just a belief.

Do you understand that it is the Jewish people that brought the Messiah into the world? 

That fact cannot be forgotten. Matthew 1 gives the record. Not only that, the faith of the Jewish people brought the Bible to the world and after grave tribulation from Hitler's horrors, they have brought healing back to the land promise given Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that was empty and void for nearly 2,000 years. 

The Jewish people are proof that the Kingdom of God is near and the Jewish people are preparing it for Messiah's return whether they think it is the first trip or the second!

The ways of God are not new. The good news gospel of the Kingdom of God isn't new. The path remains the same: repent, turn away from sin and fearfully turn back to God. That's not a new religion, it's not a religion.

Yeshua of Nazareth added weight to the Bible's urgent gospel message because "the Kingdom of God is near." Our responsibility is to choose to make the first move and that choice begins with repentance and then walk in God's Kingdom ways. 

The more that message and choice is proclaimed around the globe, the closer the Kingdom of Heaven led by Messiah Yeshua is to returning the light of God's word to this dark earth.

Do you really know the Exodus 33 mercy lesson as Yeshua did? 

Moses asked for God's forgiveness and to continue on the journey back to the Promised Land with the assembly of the sons of Jacob and the sojourners with them after they sinned and broke their covenant with God. That lesson on God's character is seen just after the pagan golden calf idolatry broke the covenant everyone had all just agreed to. 

Do you remember what Moses asked of The Lord? 

"Let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight."

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

There from that cloud of fire on the mountaintop, Almighty God said: “I will also do this thing of which you have spoken; for you have found favor in My sight and I have known you by name.”

The answer was for both requests, go with us - and let me know your ways so I may know you. The Father of Heaven then outlined His Kingdom ways and His desire for us as redeemed children of God. 

The gospel started at that mountaintop and Moses wrote everything he heard.

God's mountaintop response to Moses with His teaching and instruction was from above and Yeshua admonished Nicodemus about that because he should have known the Torah's compassion promise that will come with the new birth of resurrection life in the ultimate gift of forgiveness for mankind's iniquity, transgression and sin:
"The LORD descended in the cloud and stood there with him as he called upon the name of the LORD. 
Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, 
'The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.'"
Bottomline, when we repent and follow the same sinless way Yeshua walked anointed by the Holy Spirit following God's ways, we get to follow in the footsteps of Messiah. 

Being a child of God begins with repentance followed by God's forgiveness of the guilt of sin and our choice to walk in the journey of life to the kingdom of God following our mediator, Messiah Yeshua. 

Just like He taught Nicodemus, the path to being born again in resurrection is revealed in The Father's character because He is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin!

I pray that helps explain why Yeshua questioned Nicodemus “the teacher of Israel” and expected him to understand the grace that the Torah declares. Remember the question in John 3:10: “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? 

Nicodemus was a highly educated Pharisee, a Torah teacher and a member of the Sanhedrin, he should have understood the “kingdom of God” as the realm from above that God is full of compassion and grace, slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness and truth, forgiveness of iniquity, transgression and sin. Yet, Nicodemus had let religious views distort God's plan.

That conversation points to God's eternal life promise to come from “above.” 

In the book of John, Yeshua addressed how God chose to deal with transgression and sin: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him." John 3:16-17.

Why saved through Messiah as the only begotten Son?

Adam was the first, but he broke his relationship, everyone else has since except Yeshua. It was Israel's choice to disregard God's covenant at Sinai so they needed an intercessor. Moses gives us the big picture.

Rewind for a moment and you'll see that after they agreed to God's covenant, they were too afraid to hear God's voice so they requested an intercessor to declare God's word to them.

The intercessory plan for redemption started in the beginning. Adam was the first born from God's Spirit when our Creator literally blew life into him and created mankind in God's image, but Eve made the decision to darken that image by believing a lie and ignoring God's instruction and Adam followed along. 

Some 3,600 year's later, The Lord God told Isaiah the prophet:
“Remember this and stand firm,
recall it to mind, you transgressors,
remember the former things of old;
for I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me,
declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
and I will accomplish all my purpose... Isaiah 46:8-10
The Master Rabbi Yeshua taught Nicodemus a Torah teacher of Israel the goal of God's counsel declared in Genesis 3:15, but Nicodemus struggled to see the light just like many other's that are blind to Messiah's first coming to properly teach Torah about the Kingdom of heaven on earth as it was intended for Adam and Eve. 

Until Yeshua, how God would fulfill His purpose was a mystery that remains even today. The plan was declared in Genesis 3:15 and Yeshua eventually revealed the bruised heel to Nicodemus. The proof is in John 19:39. 

Before that day...
"Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 
Yeshua answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 
No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. John 3:9-15
Despite some sermons many of us have heard, or New York Times best sellers you may have read, the Bible promises that the Kingdom of Heaven is coming back to our planet. There's not an escape hatch and Messiah Yeshua is the promised King that will return to rule from Jerusalem by God's Kingdom constitution and establish Zion. 

His High Priest role is to restore mankind to life in righteous relationship with our Creator. That goal will be complete when the head of the serpent is crushed just as it was stated in the beginning when God revealed the outline of His plan.

Whether you believe it or not, Yeshua is the Son of Man descended from heaven, the prophet like Moses that was lifted up just like the snake Moses put on a stake to save Israel and the sojourners with them. Yeshua was bruised and beaten for our transgressions, yet He is the living Son of Man raised in the eternal life promise of resurrection. He will rule as King forever as promised to David and to Daniel some 500 years later:
"But the holy [set apart] of the Highest One [the Son of Man] will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, for all ages to come."Daniel 7:18
We all want to know, when will we see this forever kingdom and the end of the age of sin and death? That's the same question the disciples asked Yeshua. His answer was that Daniel told us it will be after a time of grave trouble and Yeshua backed up that end of age of sin prophecy in Matthew 24 and Mark 13:
"I kept looking, and that horn was waging war with the saints and overpowering them until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was passed in favor of the saints [bond-servants] of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom. Daniel 7:21-22
Jerusalem is the location that will clear up all the confusion of the gospel of The Kingdom to come. 

Jerusalem was chosen by God. Jerusalem is the center of the conflict of good and the evil that opposes God's authority. The Old City is already a cup of reeling because Jerusalem is where our relationship with Almighty God will be restored back to the beginning.

The deceiver hates it, so does most of the U.N. There are more condemnations against Israel from the U.N. Assembly than any other country, and many more will come in the days ahead.

But we have a choice to choose Almighty God's Kingdom ways and will for our lives if we repent and believe Yeshua-Jesus. His is the light shining throughout the narrative of the Bible both old and new and the Kingdom's latter day restoration is coming into full gear with Yeshua's life, teaching, trial, death and resurrection. His faith is coming back full circle from the pits of anti-semitism and replacement theology for a remnant. 

As a Jew and the Son of Man,  He suffered, yet He was resurrected, born again in new life so it time to take a look at the resurrection of Israel and the Jewish people. 

Did you know Yeshua is the Messiah to come declared in the daily Amidah prayers of faithful Jewish people that stand and pray: ""I believe with complete faith in the coming of Moshiach. And though he may tarry, I shall wait anticipating his arrival each day."

Do you stand with them?

The “good news” is that the Jew some call Jesus, is the Son of Man and that Moshiach. There aren't two Messiahs and recognizing Him in repentance is Kingdom of Heaven key to God's redemption. When He is called on by Jerusalem, He will return as Messiah King with the authority over the earth that Adam unwittingly gave up but the reality is there will be a battle for those that now seek to destroy the eretz land of Israel:
“And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.” Revelation 11:18 
“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. Revelation 22:12
The unchanging word of God reveals His lovingkindness in the Torah of our forgiving Father that thank God was never done away with on a Roman execution cross at Golgotha. Instead, God's mystery gospel plan revealed in the Torah is to remove sin with a glorious redeemed future from beginning to end. The resurrected redeemer King and High Priest in the order of Melchizedek will return as the “king of righteousness” to govern the world from the holy mountain on the throne of David in Jerusalem.

When He does, the Torah of God will be His covenant Kingdom constitution that will be taught to all “peoples, nations, and languages” and that teaching is the reason for the season of the millennium.

Do you remember Abraham? 

He was God's friend because he did what God asked without hesitation. Abraham lived out his faith by what he did. Had he never stepped out of the Ur of the Chaldees, you would have never heard of him. That faith in action is what Jesus was teaching Nicodemus about when He said:
"But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God. John 3:21
In our Creator’s timing and according to His master plan outlined in the Feasts of The Lord, the Kingdom of God will be restored on earth with Jerusalem as its Sukkot centerpiece. The stones that the Highest One is using to accomplish the New Jerusalem are His bond-servants walking in repentance and making the right choice as the children of God to hear God's voice and walk in faith as a friend under the teaching of the Messiah of Israel.

Yet, this gospel message from above about living in the light of the Word of God can get lost when you stop at the cross and do not understand the Son of Man in His First Fruits resurrection desires we all walk in the ways of new life empowered by the Spirit of God. 

It's time to repent from replacement theology and religious theories of a future floating around on an escape cloud of bliss playing a harp or living in a mansion behind pearly gates guarded by Saint Peter. That's not the gospel kingdom promise found anywhere in the Bible Yeshua taught.

Matthew 24:14 tells us Jesus said that is Kingdom dependent on what we need to do, so I am doing it here:
“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come."
The Kingdom gospel is what Yeshua taught Nicodemus and the end is not global destruction, it's the end of the age of sin and rebellion against God's voice that will come with a grave price for those that continue to reject God's voice.

Two thousand years ago, a Levite named John was born to preach repentance to all that would hear the priestly call in preparation to receive the humble Messiah that would teach Torah as the Kingdom ways from above. John the immerser (aka baptist) was chosen from the womb like Elijah to begin the restoration process of mankind through repentance to return to God's ways. 

The mikveh or baptism if you will that John was chosen for at the Jordan River is a picture of resurrection because Yeshua was given Adam's original assignment to have dominion over the earth in the Kingdom of God.

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

During Yeshua's day, that evil empire of iron ruled people and land by dictatorial oppression from Rome's Caesars that started in 60BC. The Roman Empire included dominion over the "land" (eretz) of Israel after Pompey aka Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus marched into Jerusalem. He became famous as a Roman General.

Today, the oppressive bronze legs of Roman rule have morphed into the divided iron and clay toes of Islam's Shiite and Sunni Islamic kingdom with U.N. backing that has committed their own resolutions to constantly condemn Israel as the Sunni, enforce an abomination to Jewish prayer atop the Temple Mount. 

Their religious goal is to rule it as their Noble Sanctuary just as Daniel explained the meaning of Nebuchadnezzar's nightmare to the ruler of Babylon:
"And as you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom, but some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the soft clay. And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle." Daniel 2:41-42
Not only that, despite the fact that Israel is the birthplace of Yeshua of Nazareth, today He is not widely known there as the Jewish Messiah, nor is His Torah observance and teaching like the prophet promised to Moses known to the majority of Christianity that believes Jesus tuned His back on the Jewish people and started a new religion as He upended the Sabbaths of The LORD. Even some Palestinians say he was a Palestinian born in Bethlehem and not a Jew.

But the teaching given to Nicodemus can not be forgotten.

In the manuscripts we now call the Gospels, Jesus never taught of converting anyone to a new replacement religion. Instead, He taught and explained the heart of the same Torah that God had given to Moses and promised to Jeremiah about the restoration of the heart of Ephraim and Judah:
I have heard Ephraim grieving, 'You have disciplined me, and I was disciplined, like an untrained calf; bring me back that I may be restored, for you are the LORD my God. For after I had turned away, I relented, and after I was instructed, I struck my thigh; I was ashamed, and I was confounded, because I bore the disgrace of my youth.' 
Is Ephraim my dear son? Is he my darling child? For as often as I speak against him, I do remember him still. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him, declares the LORD."  Jeremiah 31:18-20  
Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: "Once more they shall use these words in the land of Judah and in its cities, when I restore their fortunes: "'The LORD bless you, O habitation of righteousness, O holy hill!' Jeremiah 31:23
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. 
And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 
And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Jeremiah 31:33-34
Yeshua admonished righteousness and mercy found in the instruction of Moses when He said:
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied."
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy."
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." Matthew 5:6-8
Thinking the Sermon on the Mount was a new teaching, many miss the echo of Moses in Yeshua's words. It's as if people have been wearing a veil and can't see Yeshua in the Torah heart of the seasoning salt He taught or the light of doing the good deeds (mitzvah) of Torah by showing God's heart in healing others. 

The truth is mitzvah (good deeds) gives salt and light glory back to God:
"You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet."
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:13-16
When Yeshua healed a leper, you need to know He kept the Torah's instruction explicitly: "The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,  “This shall be the law of the leprous person for the day of his cleansing. He shall be brought to the priest,  and the priest shall go out of the camp, and the priest shall look." Leviticus 14:1-3

Here's the record:
And Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” Matthew 8:4
Yeshua did not do away with the Torah, He did it. He focused others on keeping the commandments of God because it's the righteous "life" choice:
And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. 
If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” Matthew19:17
Yeshua taught the pinnacle of the Torah with a focus on the prophets:
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 
On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 22:36-40
An observant Jew to the written Torah, Yeshua kept it. That includes keeping the Sabbath and thank God He kept the festivals of The LORD. Have you read what He told the Samaritan woman?
“You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.”  John 4:22
Yeshua is the Jewish name for Jesus that means salvation and He taught the way of the heart in The Kingdom is to fulfill the whole Tanach (Hebrew Bible) with meaning, not finish it off at a cross:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.  
Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:17-19
Yeshua taught the heart of Torah righteousness is more important that religious tradition:
"For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:20
The Son of Man's gospel of The Kingdom intertwines God's truth and spirit about The Kingdom. 

Consider the parable of the tiny mustard seed Yeshua preached. It is not yet seen in the land that the Jewish people whether they know it or not are preparing the land for His return, yet in its time the Kingdom gospel of Messiah Yeshua will be declared.

Like I said, Yeshua's Kingdom preaching has been distorted and we have inherited some lies, but the light will shine in the darkness. Perhaps that is why you are here reading about the gospel of the Kingdom that was preached 2,000 years ago.

Just as Daniel was promised, knowledge has increased and it's about God's Torah, its light is being revealed to many as the constitution of The Kingdom of God. 

Today, Yeshua's words can be read by anyone for what they say thanks to the blessing of the printing press and they can be heard virtually everywhere now thanks to technology.

The Torah of God connects heaven to earth, always has always will. After all the Torah is the written record of the voice of the Sovereign Creator of the Universe. Being a citizen of the Kingdom of God makes you and I accountable to the King. 

It's time to stand and boldly proclaim, repent and live like you're a child of God citizen of the Kingdom. It is time to take hold of the shield of faith and put on the helmet of salvation. It's time to strap on the sword of truth and buckle up with righteousness because the fearful glory of Heaven is coming again to earth to tabernacle with us.

It's time to prepare hearts to understand and believe The Kingdom gospel promise and declare it just as Yeshua taught Nicodemus from the foundation of the so-called old Hebrew Scriptures.

This past week, I was blessed to hear a wonderful presentation on sharing that gospel and the next day I received this message from a dear friend who "follows" Yeshua and seeks to walk in "the way" of the Messiah's voice in relationship with The Father:
Have we reduced His voice to white noise?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This song is playing in my head…

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

May it be so."
This loving King is coming, yet our theologies do complicate our understanding as it it adds or takes away from the promise and purpose of the written Word of God to connect heaven and earth through King Messiah. 

The awe and wonder of the promise of being born from above with the good news of the Kingdom of God is that the hope for the coming of our Messiah King to restore the planet and mankind in resurrection back to the beginning in a bond-servant's Father son, Father daughter relationship with God as it was intended from the beginning.

So, listen up again, Jeremiah gives us the big promise of The Kingdom... knowing God:
"And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more." Jeremiah 31:34
The good news is humble Yeshua HaMashiach walked in the perfect walk of The Kingdom bringing the Word of God to life as the heart of Torah living in the flesh. Yeshua lived out God's instruction righteously and He was anointed by God's Spirit as He preached the Gospel of the Kingdom where sin is forgotten. Because of the Kingdom promise, Yeshua taught others to repent, to return to God's heart. 

Because He loves The Father, Yeshua always followed and taught the heart of The Father's Torah teaching and instruction. Because of sin's curse which is death, the grave could not hold Him and resurrection, new life was given to Him for mankind's redemption. 

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

Yeshua lives!

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

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

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

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

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

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

The simple gospel may be hard to grasp due to some misguided religious sermons about a new religion, but Yeshua of Nazareth never started a new religion.

Believe it or not, Yeshua never read a New Testament or attended Sunday school either. 

His custom was was to read and teach on the Sabbath (see Luke 4:16 for the proof). Yeshua revealed the meaning of living the life of Torah in the heart while teaching "the way" of life in the Kingdom of God. To understand this requires the Sermon on the Mount. We must be pure in heart, we must hunger and thirst for righteousness. We must be meek and peacemakers full of salt and light. "You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matthew 5:48)

This Kingdom gospel was declared by Jewish disciples.

Have you heard the real Gospel message they proclaimed?

One response to this question is that they preached the death and resurrection of Jesus as the Gospel that was preached, another is that a person can receive salvation by "putting their faith" in Jesus, raising a hand and reciting a prayer. 

Hold onto your pew, those are righteous, but it's not the Kingdom gospel message they heard preached by Yeshua - Jesus.

How do we know?

We know because the disciples preached the gospel of The Kingdom before they ever realized Jesus would actually give up His life as a freewill offering to defeat the sting of death from sin as promised from the beginning in Genesis 3:15. If we read their accounts, the disciples preached the gospel of The Kingdom before they witnessed the Passover trial or crucifixion, and they preached the gospel before they saw Yeshua appear with them in glory after His First Fruits resurrection. 

If you recall the accounts, the disciples did not understand what was going on, nor did they trust n the power of born again resurrection by God's power from heaven.

So what gospel were they preaching?

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

One record of the Gospel preaching of the kingdom of God is found in Luke 9:1-6:
"And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. 
And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics. And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” 
And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere."
Nowhere in the Jewish writings of the disciples now call the gospels, do we find an account of any of the disciples preaching to the crowds about a Passover trial, a cross or three days of death in a grave followed by a First Fruits resurrection occurred.

Read Matthew, Mark, Luke or John for yourself and consider what that means:
  • What gospel did John the Baptist preach? (Luke 3:18, Luke 16:16)
  • What gospel did Yeshua preach while He walked through the Galilee, Samaria and what gospel did He teach at Jerusalem at The Temple? (Matthew 4:23, Mark 1:14, Luke 20:1)
  • What gospel were the disciples sent out to preach? (Luke 9:6)
  • What gospel is the great commission assignment? (Matthew 24:14, Mark 13:10, Mark 16:15)
Yeshua started his teaching with the word "repent" and "the gospel of God" proclaiming the Kingdom!!
From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 3:17 
Now after John had been taken into custody, Yeshua came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel. Mark 1:14-15
Repent does not just mean expressing regret for sin in a short one time prayer. It also means turn back, turn around, live and return to God's ways. The Hebrew word for repent is "teshuva" and it's a process. This gospel was not a "new message." 

Its true, the gospel that Yeshua of Nazareth began with the same message that the prophet Ezekiel declared:
Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations. Ezekiel 14:6 
Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Ezekiel 18:30 
The gospel Yeshua also declared that the Kingdom of God was at hand and at the same time Yeshua confirmed the Torah's connection to The Gospel:
“The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail.” Luke 16:16-17
A manuscript from the Newer Testament record from the Jews that followed Yeshua confirms that the gospel they proclaimed was preached to the children of Israel and the companion sojourners with them in Moses' time, but the leaders of Israel rebelled and grumbled against Moses and Aaron, all that is except two witnesses: Joshua and Caleb. (See Numbers 13:1-33 and Numbers 14:1-44):
"Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, "So I declared on oath in my anger, `They shall never enter my rest.'" And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world. For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: "And on the seventh day God rested from all his work." And again in the passage above he says, "They shall never enter my rest." It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience." Hebrews 4:1-6
Believe it or not, "repentance" and the “restoration” of God's Kingdom as it was intended from the beginning is the good news gospel message that was preached to all that could hear and believe.

Consider the gospel preached to Abraham, it's noted in Galatians 3:8. Yeshua's gospel is includes the restoration of the fallen tabernacle of David. To understand this, we must look back to the life and times of king David. First, he was a humble shepherd and an anointed man of God, he was a king not elected by the people like Saul, but he was chosen by God to be anointed in power by the Spirit of God to be king:
"So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David." 1Samuel 16:13
When we look at this critical account from the book of Samuel, we can see it is a mirror image of John's "mikveh" duty like Samuel's at the Jordan River anointing in at the Jordan River:
"Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3:21-22
It’s hard to fathom, but Jesus did not reveal to the crowds that heard Him preach after that day that He came to give His life on a Passover cross to accomplish God's goal to bind the death penalty of willful sin declared at Eden. In fact He did not tell them He was the Messiah. Instead, Yeshua waited on the Spirit of God to reveal this and He only told His closest disciples privately of the mystery of God's plan of redemption only days before He went up to Jerusalem before Passover to give His life as the Son of Man kinsman redeemer for mankind.

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

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

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

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

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

John was not a Baptist, he was a Levite and at the place that Israel ended the exodus and entered the promised land at the Jordan River, Yochanan the Levite declared the lamb of God offering acceptable as he prophesied of Yeshua's purpose as a redeemer before the Passover trial of the lamb of God was to be revealed in Jerusalem:
"The next day, he saw Yeshua coming to him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" John 1:29
When he did this, Yochanan the Levite fulfilled his priestly responsibility as he was rightfully declaring the lamb that Abraham had promised in place of his son Issac as an acceptable sacrifice.

Abraham told Isaac, God will provide himself... the lamb:
"Abraham said, "God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son." So they both went together." Genesis 22:8
That day at the Jordan River's living water mikveh immersion, Yochanan acted in authority as a Levite priest declaring the acceptable offering God would provide that Abraham promised. Simply put, the prophetic words of Yochanan about Yeshua were spoken in keeping Abraham's prophecy given to his son Issac and Yeshua's response was "Allow it now, for this is the fitting way for us to fulfill all righteousness."

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

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

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

Do you know about that gospel promise?

The foundation of the prophetic promise of Messiah and the coming Kingdom of God is revealed in 1Samuel 24:20 when the man chosen by men, king Saul, told the shepherd David "behold" because he knew David was the one chosen to be king by Almighty God:
“And now, behold, I know that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand.”
Not long after Saul spoke these words to David, the prophet Nathan also declared the prophetic word of God to David. It was the same picture of the Kingdom gospel promise Yeshua was preaching all across Israel to anyone that would hear and believe it.

The power of this message is amazing -- people were healed in faith by Yeshua's touch and His words. Here is Yeshua's Kingdom gospel that was prophesied in 2Samuel 7:11–16:
“The Lord also declares to you that the Lord will make a house for you. When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish His kingdom. 
He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of His kingdom forever... Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever.
Nathan was not speaking of David and God never breaks a promise. David's earthy kingdom did not last forever because the Kingdom of God throne is for Messiah, the netzer or branch of David. His name is Yeshua.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Years before Yeshua's arrest by the Idumaean called Herod, whose father was an Edomite descendant of Esau, John’s priestly Levite message in the wilderness was aways simple: repent and turn back to God’s ways and His instruction.

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

Yeshua’s unleavened minchah bread of life offering redeemed, renewed, and restored the Lord's Covenant given at Mount Sinai. That's the good news. Yeshua's offering created the way for redeemed people to be sanctified as a Royal Priesthood to be a holy people. His Passover memorial is our reminder to keep our Covenant with God holy. Hebrews 8:8-10 quoting Jeremiah 31:31-34 link to John 5:46-47 "For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?” 

The Royal Priesthood points us back to Leviticus 6:17-18:
“It [minchah bread] shall not be baked with leaven. I have given it as their portion of my food offerings. It is a thing most holy, like the sin offering and the guilt offering... Whatever touches them shall become holy.”
It was after the third day, the great day of Shavuot, the same day the Torah Covenant at Mount Sinai was spoken that Yeshua-Jesus gave the Royal Priesthood  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 of the Kingdom of God from earth and the end of Satan’s authority in death on this planet. The restoration of the Kingdom of God in resurrection is coming with Yeshua, the Melech HaMoshiach who is returning from the right hand of God as the anointed King on the appointed Fall Feast day in the acceptable year of the Lord.

That day is coming. Get ready.

This promise is summed up in the narrative hinting about the Azazel goat of Yom Kippur by none other than Yeshua the Jew:
“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." Matthew 25:31-34
Many nations still do not recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, embassies abound in Tel Aviv, yet one day Jerusalem will be the Kingdom capital city of the world as it was intended from the beginning. All nations will go there to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles and worship the King of Kings as promised in Zechariah 14:16-19.

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

His work of restoration does not end there. There's a resurrection plan ahead.

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

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

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

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

Messiah's gospel message of the promised restoration of the Kingdom is the one lesson we must all know and declare if the end of evil is to come in our time. The focus of the Word of God in on the whole gospel of the restoration of God's Kingdom on earth and it is the message that begins with Jesus loves me, Jesus loves you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It takes a heart of repentance to understand the gospel of Yeshua and choose to receive the promise of resurrection into eternal life in the Kingdom of God. So, if you love God, walk the way Yeshua walked in righteousness, be a disciple and do what He did in God's service and turn back to the Bible, all of it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Repent and believe in the Kingdom. Accept what God wants you to do for Him. Love God and others including the widow, the fatherless, the poor and the stranger with all of your heart and walk with Him with all of your strength and soul. Serve Him by demonstrating your love to Him as He asks and love others by telling them about the King of your life. Do the chosen work of a servant in God’s Kingdom, believe, repent and accept His instruction each day, let other people know The Father has sent The Son and that He will return as King in the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes and repents:
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith." Romans 1:16-17
Repent. Embrace the role of a humble servant of God in the example given to us by the Messiah in how He walked in Torah and in the way He preached "the Gospel" of the Kingdom. When you do, you can have an impact on His return as King to end the abomination of sin on Earth. How can we know? Jesus told us:
"And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." Matthew 24:14
This end, "after those days" includes the new covenant promise: "for they will all know Me".
“But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law [Torah] 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 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 carries that title for a reason. He is the God of Moses, the God of Joshua and the God of David. Each man had a personal relationship with the great "I AM." Both the Jewish people and Christians know this. 

The relationship of Christian and Jew I being restored today. Jews in Jerusalem are beginning to call evangelical Christians blessed that love Israel and the Jewish people that come in the name of The Lord and reject replacement theology.

Not only that, the place He chose to place His name is Jerusalem, it is the headquarters 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 have just returned to Israel after nearly 2,000 years of exile and condemnation by many people that called themselves Christians. But now, the house of Judah has returned and Zechariah 12:10 gives the a prophecy:
“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.”
It will be like the tears shed when Joseph wept when he and his brothers were restored. The next prophecy in Zechariah points us back to the prophet Nathan. Zechariah 12:11-14 reminds us the promise given to Nathan that he delivered to David, it includes Levi and even Shemei from the family of Saul and all other 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?

Consider a prayer: Please, God, guide me as to what I should do.
If you call yourself a "Believer" you must return to understand the full gospel message. It's about restoration. It also 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 use your lamp for your assignment in the Kingdom right now. As you do, consider taking the hold of a Jew (Zechariah 8:23) and study the same commandments Jesus the Jew taught and lived out (John 14:15).

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 now. To start, 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 the Messiah of Israel 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 too!
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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

Shalom ya'll.