The Rebuilt Wall of Separation

The Rebuilt Wall of Separation

In the latter part of the first century, the wonderful New Covenant Beginning into which the apostles of Messiah Yeshua had ventured so faithfully began to weaken and disintegrate after a few years. Even after people are regenerated spiritually and filled with the Holy Spirit, they must still contend with their fallen dying flesh. Flesh never changes in nature or desire. It always wants to take and hold supremacy and preeminence at all times and situations. And that caused even the apostle Paul to express this lament:

“I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. For I joyfully concur with the Law of God (Torah) in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.” (Romans 7:21-25)

In the first century the New Covenant’s introduction in Israel was a stunning shock to most of the Israelite people. It jarred their sensibilities to say the least. How much more of a shock then did it prove to be to the sensibilities of the entire Gentile world that was so given to the practice of pagan idolatry? After centuries of sameness, the New Covenant disciples of Yeshua began to give powerful supernatural evidence to the world around them that God had finally begun to fulfill His Messianic promises to Israel through Israel’s apostolic Remnant. And at that point, God began to draw an increasing stream of new Gentile believers into the midst of those Messianic Jews through whom God was acting in the first nine chapters of Acts. God was proclaiming and demonstrating that He had truly made His promised New Covenant with Israel and this small, but constantly growing, company of people was living proof that it was so.

After they received the Gift of the Holy Spirit’s baptism, the disciples began to comply with God’s initiatives by admitting and helping Him to graft those newcomers into Israel’s Spiritual Covenantal Commonwealth. Thus the fulfillment of what God’s Living Word had promised to Abraham so long ago – about him and his family becoming a blessing through which the rest of the families of the earth would be blessed – was now finally and obviously coming to pass!

So, representatives of the Jewish people and others from other non-Jewish people groups of the world, who had been so accustomed to living apart and inhabiting very separate worlds of their own, apart from each other since the days of Abraham, suddenly began to be forged into one new Spirit-filled people. It was a new creation… a new integrated family composed of Jews and Gentiles who were now learning to live as brethren… as one new people! And this awesome new development was utterly unprecedented and nothing short of miraculous! And the surrounding Jews and Gentiles that were unfamiliar with it, and who wanted no part of it for themselves, voiced their outrage and suspicion and hostility to what was happening, often with increasing fury and violence. Nevertheless, Paul articulated what God was doing very well in his letter to the non-Jewish Ephesian disciples:

“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them (the Sin-murdered sons of Adam) we (Jews) too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

“Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called ‘Uncircumcision’ by the so-called ‘Circumcision,’ (the Jews) which is performed in the flesh by human hands— remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus, you, who formerly were far off, have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our Peace, WHO MADE BOTH GROUPS INTO ONE AND BROKE DOWN THE BARRIER OF THE DIVIDING WALL, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, SO THAT IN HIMSELF HE MIGHT MAKE THE TWO INTO ONE NEW MAN, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. (Ephesians 2:1-16 Amplification and emphasis added.)

In the midst of what the God of Israel and the Lord of the universe had begun to do, the Emperor Claudius of Rome, who reigned from 41-54 CE, decided to expel all Jews from Rome. And this act became an enormous disruption and obstacle in the path of this new ongoing union that had begun to take place between believing Jews and non-Jews. As the expulsion of the Jewish people began to be enforced in the city of Rome, the mixed New Covenant Family that had formed there had to split up. Its Jewish members were suddenly forced to leave the city, and so that wonderful union between Jews and non-Jews that marked this New Covenant beginning was torn apart. And that process of ongoing separation and alienation between Jewish and non-Jewish New Covenant believers continued to rip the Church in two, so that by the end of the fourth century, thanks to heretical theologies that arose after Roman legions destroyed Jerusalem and stamped out the temple priesthood and sacrificial system of Israel, after scattering the surviving Jewish people to other parts of the world, that New Covenant union between Jews and Gentiles disappeared once again… almost entirely! And in its place was the newly rebuilt and reinforced Wall of Separation that the world had become so accustomed to having, and seeing, and maintaining rose up once again and took its time-honored place in the fallen world’s status quo.

Even though, by offering His body and spilling of His Life’s Blood on the cross, their Messiah had destroyed the Wall of Separation that once divided Israel from the rest of the world, the union He created between the two groups began to be dismantled. The two groups of brethren pulled apart from each other once more, and began to go their separate ways. And, tragically, that state of affairs remains in vogue even to this very day!

But, once again, we can learn much about what God really wanted and intended to make possible if we go back and ponder what He was doing during those early beginnings of the first century… after Yeshua ascended back into Heaven, and the Holy Spirit began to fulfill the New Covenant promises to Israel. So let’s consider the way things were when the apostles were first getting used to living by faith in their new Post-Ascension Holy Spirit-empowered way of living. The indwelling Spirit of God had begun to empower Jewish believers, who formerly had been repulsed by the anti-Semitic pagans that surrounded them, to undergo a massive change of heart. Now, instead of shunning and doing everything possible to avoid contact with them, they began instead to love, accept, include and care for their fellow non-Jewish Messianic brethren! At that time, the two newly united groups were exploring the depths of what it was like to know their Master only by their connection with Him through the Holy Spirit, and by faith in His promises to be with them at all times. They could no longer see or touch Him the way they were once accustomed to doing.

So this way of abiding with Yeshua was brand new to all, Jew and non-Jew alike! Nevertheless, although the apostles couldn’t see Him any longer, He was making it very obvious to them that He was still there with them, circulating in their midst. He continued to prove to them that His amazing spiritual indwelling Presence was utterly real by the unmistakable Fruit that kept appearing. It was the same kind of Fruit that He had been producing prior to His crucifixion and death! He was still working His wonders before their eyes… through their yielded flesh! And this fruit did not discriminate between the two groups. It became manifest among the non-Jewish disciples, just as much as it was appearing in the midst of the Jewish disciples! And this wonderful Fruit served as the living proof… that the Messiah’s Heavenly Presence and the Holy Spirit’s omnipotent ‘Electrical Power’ were circulating among them and producing their fruit from within them indiscriminately! The Grace of God was causing miraculous supernatural wonders to take place in first century Israel, in the midst of this unified group of disciples, purely by the Authority of the Name of Israel’s resurrected Messiah!

“But when Peter saw this, he replied to the people, “Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this, or why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His servant Jesus, the one whom you delivered and disowned in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him. But you disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, but put to death the Prince of life, the one whom God raised from the dead, a fact to which we are witnesses. And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all! (Acts 3:12-16 Emphasis added.)

From what is revealed in the book of Acts, just consider all of those miraculous world-changing effects that their interactive, faith-based knowledge of Yeshua, in and by the Holy Spirit, was producing among them. And in that context, ponder the shock they must have undergone… when they realized that Almighty God wanted to bring untrained, crude, unclean Gentiles into their New Covenant midst! That is probably impossible for any other generation to fathom. No one else could even begin to feel and experience the depths of the explosion-like after-effects of what began to happen to the Messianic Jewish believers after so many Gentiles suddenly began to enter the picture and invade their space and work their way into the full acceptance of their hearts!

Today we blithely, and ignorantly, scan through the written accounts that Luke left for us, beginning with Acts 10, which chronicle the early New Covenant wonders that began to take place after the Holy Spirit joined Cornelius and his family to Peter and the apostolic governing body! At that point, the Holy Spirit began something brand new, through poor unsuspecting Peter. Father revealed that He was now ready to fulfill the awesome promises He had made to Abraham so long ago… as they were recorded by Moses, in Genesis:

“And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed! (Genesis 12:3 Emphasis added.)

“So then those (Jewish disciples) who were scattered because of the persecution that occurred in connection with Stephen, made their way to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the Word to no one except to Jews alone.

But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who came to Antioch and began speaking to the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord. The news about them reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas off to Antioch. Then when he arrived and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord; for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And considerable numbers were brought to the Lord. And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul; and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.” (Acts 11:19-26 Amplification and emphasis added.)

Just a few years after Yeshua ascended into Heaven and gave to His disciples the awesome Gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit, God started up His tremendous New Covenant ‘Engine!’ Now at last, this revolutionary Covenant that God had promised to make with Israel through prophets like Jeremiah was not only launched in the midst of Israel’s New Covenant Remnant… but now it was moving in all directions and reaching out and invading the vast pagan Gentile world… and winning it over. And the union between the two was beginning to take hold, and take over! And beloved, that had to have been a mixed blessing for the Jewish believers. It was wonderful for them to see God’s Reality and Truth being validated and made manifest before their eyes, but it was also subjecting them to the shock of their lives, due to all of the trouble it began to cause for them with the unbelieving portions of the Jewish community!

This hit Israel like a bolt of lightning out of a clear blue sky! God suddenly told these Messianic Jews to do whatever was necessary… to make room for, and to begin to accept, embrace and merge with – an entire household of Roman Gentiles! It was a household headed by a Roman Centurion stationed in Israel, who was part of the very oppressive and brutal occupation force that the emperors of the Roman Empire deployed throughout the Land of Promise, to keep Rome’s heavy foot firmly on the necks of all the Jews! So naturally, the other unbelieving Jewish people were going to resent, if not detest and hate, these clueless newcomers that were gathering around the apostles. To most Jews, this was tantamount to sacrilege and blasphemy of the worst sort! And any Jews who would dare to engage in such an unheard of novelty would be held in the most profound contempt and disgrace imaginable!

So naturally, at first, when God began to reveal His plans and desires to Peter and the others, they were thunderstruck, dumbfounded and terrified! At first it would have been virtually impossible for them to understand or accept what the Holy Spirit abiding in their hearts was telling them. Why on earth would God require them to accept, embrace and admit such people into His New Covenant that He had made with His chosen people, Israel? The Covenants were for God’s chosen people, not for the pagans that worshipped false gods and loved Sin and rejected and devastated the chosen people of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!

Beloved, this was such an outrageous jolt to the most sacred sensibilities of our apostolic forefathers that it’s impossible for us to really get our minds around all of the implications of what they had to endure and deal with in those days! And this is why the early Jewish believers in Yeshua had such great difficulty understanding what God was saying and how what He was requiring of them could practically and safely be possible for them to do!

“Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those who were circumcised took issue with him, saying, “YOU WENT TO UNCIRCUMCISED MEN AND ATE WITH THEM!!!

“But Peter began speaking and proceeded to explain to them in orderly sequence, saying, “I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, an object coming down like a great sheet lowered by four corners from the sky; and it came right down to me, and when I had fixed my gaze on it and was observing it I saw the four-footed animals of the earth and the wild beasts and the crawling creatures and the birds of the air. I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’ But I said, ‘By no means, Lord, for nothing unholy or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’

But a voice from Heaven answered a second time, ‘WHAT GOD HAS CLEANSED, NO LONGER CONSIDER UNHOLY!’ This happened three times, and everything was drawn back up into the sky. And behold, at that moment three men appeared at the house in which we were staying, having been sent to me from Caesarea. THE SPIRIT TOLD ME TO GO WITH THEM WITHOUT MISGIVINGS. These six (Jewish) brethren also went with me and we entered the man’s house. And he reported to us how he had seen the angel standing in his house, and saying, ‘Send to Joppa and have Simon, who is also called Peter, brought here; and HE WILL SPEAK WORDS TO YOU BY WHICH YOU WILL BE SAVED, YOU AND ALL YOUR HOUSEHOLD.’ AND AS I BEGAN TO SPEAK, THE HOLY SPIRIT FELL UPON THEM JUST AS HE DID UPON US AT THE BEGINNING! And I remembered the Word of the Lord, how He used to say, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ Therefore if God gave to them the same gift as He gave to us also after believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I, that I could stand in God’s way?

When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to Life! (Acts 11:1-18 Emphasis added.)

What Peter’s fellow Jews said after hearing his report was no doubt said hesitantly, and it was admitted with instinctive reluctance. But as we try to understand the position this was putting them into, how could we expect that they would have been totally accepting and believing when they had just experienced the shock of seeing Peter, the leader of the apostles of Israel’s Messiah, violate so outrageously, the commonly held, centuries-long taboos and exclusive separatist traditions of God’s own chosen people? What would they have thought? And what could they say to their own relatives and close friends to try to explain to them what was happening? And what could they possibly say to Israel’s spiritual authorities, the very men who had conspired to do away with Yeshua? Would they not most certainly summon them and demand to know why they were presuming to do such an outlandish thing?

And how were they to deal with the increasing numbers of Gentiles that were surrounding them with such joy and anticipatory expectations? So of course these poor Jewish disciples had to be struggling mightily to find ways to articulate and justify any of their future interactions with those Gentiles as something that they were being commanded to do by Almighty God! Dear ones… that was an impossible situation for those poor disciples to be in. Everything about this went completely against the grain of Israel’s centuries long understanding, mindset and habitual practice! And the apostles and those that followed them were caught in the middle of an enormously powerful social vise!

So is it any wonder that they would struggle mightily to get their minds around what God was doing and requiring of them? We must realize to what depths of anguish they had to agonize over this. We must try to fathom the depths of their inner distress… as they tried to grope around, trying to discover a proper, God-approved way to obey these outrageous alien-sounding commands… and still remain Jews in ‘good standing’ according to their traditional upbringing. Their standing in Israel had already been deeply damaged and compromised when they first began to proclaim throughout Jerusalem that despite His recent execution, Yeshua was the Messiah of Israel and that He had actually risen from the dead! That was bad enough! But now what God was telling them to do was more than poor fallen human flesh could possibly handle! How could they possibly allow pagan Gentiles to become part of their fellowship? And how could they teach such unprepared people who were coming fresh out of rank paganism about what it meant to worship the Almighty Living God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in a way that was proper and in keeping with their God-given Scriptures… but yet understandable to them?

So can you see why these issues have always been way too much for most Jews to swallow, digest and absorb? That’s why I say that the apostles and disciples of Yeshua agonized beyond our ability to comprehend! It’s almost impossible for us to imagine what went on between the Messianic believers and any unbelieving spouses and close family members with whom many of them would have most certainly had to deal! What could they say to their loved ones and friends and spiritual superiors who knew nothing about what had taken place between them and the resurrected Yeshua, and the Holy Spirit? How could these Messianic Jews ever explain away their actions in light of all the antagonism that was aroused in their unbelieving fellow Jews who held centuries-old opinions and followed the ancient standards of God’s chosen people? How could they justify their sudden wholehearted acceptance of Roman pagans… especially since nothing had changed between the Emperor and his legions, and the people of Israel that they were taxing and bullying and oppressing? The Lord had warned them about this. But there was no way they could have fully grasped the implications of what His Words were saying, until it was time for them to actually fly through all of the flack they were going to encounter:

“Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it. He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.” (Matthew 10:34-41)

If you ponder all of this with the seriousness with which they had to experience it… you will begin to see how immensely complicated, historically, traditionally, ethnically and culturally speaking, the commission that God was entrusting to the apostolic New Covenant Community was going to be to obey and fulfill! The Path God set before them was going to be filled with enormously complex issues and danger-filled confrontations for the foreseeable future. And God did not supply them with easy to follow ‘New Covenant Procedural Manuals’ that they could follow. They had no practical ‘how to’ directions to guide them. And there was no one alive, in Israel or beyond, to whom they would be able to consult for advice or direction.

No one had ever seen or experienced anything like this before. So, all the apostles had to rely upon was Almighty God Himself… the indwelling Presence of the Spirit of God… who was forcing them to rely upon and trust only Him. They had no choice, but to learn to trust in and rely upon and interact with… the Living God… just as Adam and Eve, and Noah, and Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses and Joshua and Caleb had been forced to rely upon and interact with Him in the past. Now it was the turn of the apostles to do it. So they struggled mightily to invent, formulate, develop and duplicate the pattern God had given to them, in many different places, with an ever-increasing number of new people. They worked out the new procedures, customs and worship style that would help to establish their future growth and spread of the Gospel’s influence around the world.

In our modern way of expressing things, people might say that the apostles were being forced to ‘fly by the seat of their pants!’ They had to try to figure out what the ‘logistics’ of this unprecedented unification would be and how they could work it out in a way that would obey God and satisfy His requirements, but yet they had to, somehow, someway, keep peace with the Jewish people, and leave the doors open and the welcome mats in place… for the people that they loved and respected most in all the world.

In real life practical terms, this new turn of events presented the first century New Covenant Community with an unsolvable problem and an impossible task. So I ask you to read Acts 10 and beyond with these issues, and those precious disciples in mind. If you do, you will most likely begin to appreciate their awesome accomplishments. Only after you have tried to fathom the enormity of the strife, conflict and confusion they had to endure and plow through… will you begin to grasp and sympathize with some of the depths of intense pressure that automatically engulfed them. And perhaps you’ll also be able to get a feel for what Cornelius and his family, and the other original Gentile believers who dared to join these Messianic Jews, were also going to have to face… as God continued to lead both groups into this unprecedented era of New Covenant unification that God was now requiring of them all.

Ponder these things beloved… in light of the fact that we are part of the disciple generation that has been birthed and deployed throughout the Last Days Era. Consider very seriously that what God began with Peter, James, John and Paul… to fulfill everything that God promised to Israel and required of her in the past… is… very soon… going to be fulfilled and consummated and brought to its Eternal Perfection… by those of us who are following Yeshua and serving the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob at this time of human history! Our faith and our calling to follow God’s Living Word connect us to all of those faithful ones who have gone before us! They will finish what God started to do with them… through us!

So realize, that if that’s what they were up against when all of this was just getting started… what do you suppose we will have to face and deal with in these Last Days… when the invincible Power and Authority of God begins to make the heart changes He promised to make within all fallen human flesh… and He begins to rearrange and reformat and transform all of the people of the Last Day Era… from the inside out! Remember that He will be doing this in the face of the highest point of intensity of rebellion and hate-filled opposition that the powers of Darkness have ever been able to muster and throw against God’s own faithful people!

“But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: “Men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you and give heed to my words. For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only the third hour of the day; but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall be in the Last Days,’ God says, ‘That I will pour forth of My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on My bond slaves, both men and women, I will in those days pour forth of My Spirit and they shall prophesy. And I will grant wonders in the sky above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke. The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the great and glorious day of the Lord shall come. ‘And it shall be that everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved!’” (Acts 2:14-21 Emphasis added.)

Dear one, after you read the book of Acts in this difficult and ‘impossible’ context… perhaps you’ll understand what God was doing to the traditional and habitual lifestyles and comfort zones of the first century Jewish people – and also to those of the Gentile nations that surrounded them. What new ingredients was God adding to His ‘Human Stew’ at that time? And how much difficulty did that introduce into the lives of the apostles and those who sat under their teaching and leadership? What did it cost those who dared to obey what God’s Word was commanding them to do?

Neither the unbelieving Jewish people, nor the pagan God-less Gentile peoples were ready to hear, much less accept, what God was telling the apostles to do about accepting and welcoming and integrating Cornelius and all of the other Gentiles who would follow him into the Faith and Spiritual Commonwealth of Israel! Here is a good example of the friction, tension and antagonism that the mere thought of eliminating the habitual separation of both groups began to generate:

“After we arrived in Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly. And the following day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present. After he had greeted them, he began to relate one by one the things, which God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. And when they heard it they began glorifying God; and they said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed, and they are all zealous for the Law; and they have been told about you, that you are teaching all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs. What, then, is to be done? They will certainly hear that you have come. Therefore do this that we tell you. We have four men who are under a vow; take them and purify yourself along with them, and pay their expenses so that they may shave their heads; and all will know that there is nothing to the things which they have been told about you, but that you yourself also walk orderly, keeping the Law.

But concerning the Gentiles who have believed, we wrote, having decided that they should abstain from meat sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what is strangled and from fornication.”

Then Paul took the (Jewish) men, and the next day, purifying himself along with them, went into the temple giving notice of the completion of the days of purification, until the sacrifice was offered for each one of them.

When the seven days were almost over, the Jews from Asia, upon seeing him in the temple, began to stir up all the crowd and laid hands on him, crying out, “Men of Israel, come to our aid! This is the man who preaches to all men everywhere against our people and the Law and this place; and besides he has even brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.” For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with him, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple. Then all the city was provoked, and the people rushed together, and taking hold of Paul they dragged him out of the temple, and immediately the doors were shut. While they were seeking to kill him, a report came up to the commander of the Roman cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion. At once he took along some soldiers and centurions and ran down to them; and when they saw the commander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. (Acts 21:17-32)

Beloved… the Boot Camp training that each apostle had to undergo was not inflicted upon them to torture them or to make life miserable for them. It was given to prepare them to undergo these tremendous levels of strife and conflict and opposition and separation that God knew the powers of Darkness would stir up against them. Trials and difficulties of this magnitude were utterly common and normal for that apostolic first century generation of disciples! And they have been standard fare for every generation of disciples ever since. Is that not true?

But how much more will the Last Days generation of disciples have to be prepared to face? The first generation had to be prepared to launch the era of the New Covenant union between Jewish and non-Jewish people. But the Last Days generation is going to have to be instrumental in the hand of God to complete and fulfill and bring the entire Unification of these two groups… to its Ultimate Perfection!

I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous. Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their Fulfillment be! But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen and save some of them. For if their rejection is the Reconciliation of the world, what will their Acceptance be but Life from the Dead?” (Romans 11:11-15)

God has promised that the Holy Spirit is going to lead us Last Days disciples against the demonic forces. They and the utmost efforts of the people they afflict and manipulate in this fallen, Sin-loving world will both try to muster against us. Their combined efforts and antagonism will intensify to levels never before seen or experienced by previous generations of believers. We will enter into and take part in the Final Crescendo of worldly conflict, strife and violent combat between the powers of Darkness and the Hosts of Heaven!

But, despite what the demonic powers and the worldly people they manipulate will be doing to try to stop us, God will always require His Word’s apostles and disciples to lead His people in the direction that goes exactly opposite to that taken by this radically independent humanistic world! And so, what happened to the disciples in the early days will certainly be surpassed by what the disciples of the Last Days will have to overcome. It was totally unnatural for first century Jews and Gentiles to see the Holy Spirit communicating, in very specific terms, with a Roman Centurion and his household! And yet, what will be happening in the Last Days will be even more startling and stupendous to those who will witness what God will be doing in our midst when the time for the Final Confrontation arrives.

“So many peoples and mighty nations will come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of the Lord.’ Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘In those days ten men from all the nations will grasp the garment of a Jew, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you!”’” (Zechariah 8:22-23)

In the beginning, Cornelius and Peter responded to God’s Spirit in obedience. Both did as God was instructing them to do. Peter was led to the home of Cornelius and his household… and that’s how the awesome New Covenant unification began. After his arrival, the Holy Spirit moved Peter to begin to proclaim Yeshua and His Resurrection to these people. And then, the Holy Spirit took it from there. He led Cornelius and the others to open their hearts to the Truth Peter shared with them. And so they were able to embrace and accept Yeshua, the risen Lord, and He was able to enter into them and abide with them permanently, and continue to obey and fulfill His Father’s awesome New Covenant Master Plan.

Even before Peter finished speaking, Almighty God began to ignore and bypass the centuries old ‘Wall of Separation’ that had successfully kept His chosen people alienated and separated from the rest of the pagan Gentile world. And instead of separation and alienation… God began to unite the two groups… through their representatives. He united Cornelius with Peter, and through them, He united the two groups they represented. And through a Power that was not at all of this world, God proved that He was equipping and empowering Gentiles to believe and obey the Living Word of God made flesh. This is what God began to do as Peter was proclaiming the Glory of His resurrected Messiah:

“The Word which He (the Almighty Living God of Israel) sent to the sons of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all)— you yourselves know the thing which took place throughout all Judea, starting from Galilee, after the baptism which John proclaimed. You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with Power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. We are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem.

“They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross. God raised Him up on the third day and granted that He become visible, not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God, that is, to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead. Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins!”

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message. All the circumcised believers who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered, “Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?” And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay on for a few days.” (Acts 10:36-48 Emphasis added.)

This initial meeting between the Jewish apostle Peter and the Gentile Cornelius and his family was the beginning… it prefigures the tremendously shocking and unprecedented climax and fulfillment of everything God has ever promised to Israel. The New Covenant was a totally new departure from everything Israel had known in her Sinai Covenant past. Yes, the Exodus from Egypt had started with a mixed company. Yes, even from the beginning, God made sure that Gentiles were grafted into the Root of Israel and left Egypt as part of Israel’s vast throng. But throughout the rest of the world, things remained the same. And it wasn’t long before even that original union, and the religious Sinai Covenant that united Gentiles and Israelites from the start… was forgotten and forsaken. And that strict separation that developed between Israel and the non-Jewish world sank deep roots into the soil of this fallen world.

This standoffish attitude and practice was instilled into Israel’s generations by the traditions that had formed as a result of the separation of Israel from the Gentile world. God commissioned Moses to lead their descendants out of slavery to the Gentiles of the land of Egypt! So at first, God called His people out of the unbelieving Gentile world and its systems… but because He also included Gentiles and joined them to Israel in Sinai’s Blood Covenant, He was telling us that He did not intend to keep the two groups in a state of perpetual separation! Nevertheless, as soon as God freed her from servitude to Gentiles, Israel remained intent on remaining free to be and to live as God’s specially chosen Covenant people. This desire was so strong that she instinctively began to think of herself as being perpetually separated from all Gentiles, in thought and practice from the time Abraham’s children began to invade and take over the Land of Canaan.

And that was the way things remained, until Yeshua came into their midst. But as long as that standoffish mindset and focus remained intact… God’s Ultimate Reunification and Healing and Total Restoration of His beautiful Creation could not be fulfilled and completed!

God knew this would happen. And He allowed it to last for a certain period, for His own good purposes. But He warned Israel that it would be temporary. The day would come, when He would once again take over and unite the entire world and make all things right. So, because of the separatist attitude, mindset and set of traditions that Israel had developed over the centuries, a strong, widely held belief system developed in Israel, because of the way the religious leaders interpreted the Mosaic writings in the Torah. But because of their human error, weakness and rebellion, a major promise that God had made to Abraham continued to remain unfulfilled:

“And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. AND IN YOU ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH WILL BE BLESSED! (Genesis 12:2-3)

So beloved, the Truth is this: As long as Jewish and non-Jewish people continue to insist on remaining strictly separated and isolated from each other, the ultimate blessing promised to all the Gentile families of the earth through the descendants of Abraham cannot be fulfilled. And as long as the Gentile peoples of the world insist on agreeing with this viewpoint and the habitual practices that it requires, they will not stop suspecting and despising and persecuting Israel! And as long as these conditions persist, Israel will not be able to fulfill the role God has given to the Jewish people to be a blessing, on every level, on behalf of the rest of the world! The Final Perfection cannot arrive as long as both groups remain hidden on their respective sides of that damnable wall of partition.

Somehow, somewhere, in order for God to fulfill His promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the ultimate union between their family and the other families of the world will have to take place. And that is why what happened between Peter ,and the other Jewish New Covenant apostles and disciples, and Cornelius and his entire household, were such a significant, tradition-shattering, trouble-making event in first century Israel, which was at that time, under the harsh subjugation of the mighty Roman Empire. And the turmoil that took place then is a foretaste of the incredible shock factor that will overtake the world at the end when everything and everyone that is standing in the way of that Unification Process will finally be fully overcome and removed from the scene, in the midst of catastrophic disasters and shaking of whatever is temporal in this fallen world. Only then, will the Ultimate Fulfillment of God’s Will and Purpose be consummated and brought to its eternal level of God-satisfying Perfection.

So let’s consider more deeply what will have to happen between the way things are now… and the way God says they will be at the End. As things stand now, we still have to deal with that ‘Wall of Partition’ that exists in the minds and hearts of the Jewish people and in the minds and hearts of the rest of the world. So, in light of what God promised to do for the world through Abraham and his family… how did that ‘Wall of Partition’ term originate? It originated because it was part of the architecture of the second temple of Israel that was built by King Herod. Before the Roman legions leveled it in 70 C.E., there was an inner portion of that enormous temple that was called ‘The Sanctuary.’ And there was also an outer portion called ‘The Court of the Gentiles.’ Within the Sanctuary there was the holiest place, a small square enclosure that was called ‘the Holy of holies.’ Only the high priest of Israel was allowed to enter it. He did that once a year when he performed his prescribed ritual service on the Feast of Atonement (Yom Kippur).

Outside of the Holy of holies was the Court of the Priests. There the Levitical priests performed their various duties connected with Israel’s worship of the Lord. And next to the Court of the Priests was the Men’s Court. And beyond the Men’s Court was the Court of the Women. All of these courts were within the massive temple walls and only Jewish people were allowed to enter into them, to perform their assigned respective obligations of temple service and worship.

Beyond the walls of the temple proper, there were steps descending to an enormous lower outer court, which was called ‘The Court of the Gentiles.’ This outer area was open to all Jews and also to any Gentiles who observed the proper decorum and who wished to pray to Israel’s God, or to offer prescribed sacrificial gifts to Him. And about halfway down the stairs that descended from the wall to the Court of the Women and led down to the surrounding Court of the Gentiles, there was a marble screen, a wall about four and a half feet high that served as a partition that kept the Jewish and Gentile sections of the temple separated from each other. And placed at intervals along that wall of partition, were signs in Latin and Greek warning Gentiles that they were not to pass beyond that boundary point, under pain of death.

So this physical temple wall became a tangible symbol of the strict spiritual, mental and emotional separation that Jews and Gentiles had always observed in relation to each other throughout the centuries. And this reality is what became such a sensitive and volatile source of trouble for all of the first century Messianic Jews who began to proclaim that Yeshua of Nazareth was the long-awaited Messiah of Israel, and that even though He had been crucified and executed… Almighty God had raised Him from the dead… and thus God was ready to save and accept all peoples, Jews and Gentiles alike, and make them into His one New Covenant Nation of priests and prophets and kings… under the Absolute Authority of God’s Living Word, the King of kings and Lord of lords!

Most of Israel could not stand to consider this because they remained completely devoted to and stuck within the confines of the Mosaic Covenant of Sinai. They were not at all prepared to accept any mention that Yeshua or His apostles and disciples made, concerning the Resurrection or the New Covenant, or the Fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham concerning the inclusion and grafting in of the Gentiles into Israel’s spiritual Commonwealth. They assumed that the Covenant of Sinai was the ultimate in Perfection… the very last Word that would come to us from God. They became convinced that it covered everything they would ever need in the future. And this is why the apostles ran into so much conflict and trouble with Israel’s religious authorities after Yeshua had ascended back into Heaven.

In the example cited above concerning what happened to Paul, if the occupying Roman military had not intervened at that point, that mob of religious Jewish zealots would have torn Paul apart limb from limb, because of the false accusations that some of them had made against him. They accused him of having taken a Gentile past the Wall of Partition, into the inner sanctum that was reserved only for Jews. That was an offense that first century Jews considered just cause to kill any Gentile and God-less Jew, who would dare violate their time-honored prohibition against the mingling of the two groups within the confines of God’s holy temple.

This deeply embedded attitude and mindset was what the apostles had to contend with constantly… and that same issue is exactly what causes most of Israel to hold the Messianic Jews of today in such contempt. To their fellow Jews who do not accept Yeshua as their Messiah, the believing Jews are considered to be renegades and traitors that are no longer worthy to be considered to be true Jews. Nevertheless, the Messianic believers persist in proclaiming Yeshua to be Israel’s resurrected Messiah-King, and they continue to welcome and include Gentiles who share their belief and trust in Yeshua, as God’s Living redemptive Word, who has won the freedom and salvation of the entire human race. And it is in the volatile context of all this, that Paul once wrote these words, concerning the Torah of Moses, to Gentile disciples of the first century:

“Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. (So after that happens) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for (after the New Covenant makes you one with Yeshua) you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ (Israel’s risen Messiah), then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise! (Galatians 3:24-29 Amplification and emphasis added.)

And in his letter to the Roman congregation, Paul was warning all New Covenant non-Jewish disciples against rebuilding that wall that our Messiah’s death destroyed by entertaining attitudes and lifestyles that would perpetuate the ancient animosity and separatism and sense of opposition. And these are the issues to which we are referring in our meditations when we use the term ‘The Wall of Partition’ or ‘The Wall of Separation.’ That wall no longer exists physically, but it can still be used as a symbol of the attitudes of separation and the heartfelt desire that non-believing Jews and Gentiles, whether they may be believers, or not, continue to use to justify the perpetuation of that centuries-long attitude of alienation and lifestyle of separation. The wall that was once in the Temple of Herod was destroyed when the Temple was leveled. But it was rebuilt and continues to stand in the minds and hearts of many Jews, and many Gentiles… even among those who claim to be under the teaching of Israel’s Messiah and His apostles.

So to many Jewish people, this claim of Yeshua’s resurrection is incredibly offensive to unbelieving Jews, not to mention the rest of the world that was pagan and carnal and given to the worship of false man-made gods. Nevertheless, Yeshua’s apostles and disciples remained adamant in their claims. And they continued to teach not only that Yeshua has arisen from the dead, but that they had personally seen Him and had eaten with Him! And they continued to insist that He is the Living creative Word of Almighty God who was commissioned by His Father to become flesh to serve as Israel’s Messiah King and Lord of all Creation! They were claiming that Yeshua was living within them and among them and that He was Israel’s Eternal High Priest, representing all of the first Adam’s fallen children… all of mankind, Jews and Gentiles alike, in God’s New Covenant that God had made with Israel. And they claimed that whoever believed in Yeshua in light of His claims and promises, and who obeyed His words, whether they are Jewish or Gentile, will be spiritually regenerated, cleansed of all Sin, freed from the clutches of the powers of Darkness, and grafted into the New Covenant spiritual Commonwealth of Israel, and share in the Resurrection Life of God’s Living Word! This is what the apostle Paul articulated with these words:

“Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands— remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the Commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the Covenants of Promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you (Gentile believers), who formerly were far off, have been brought near by the Blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into One New Man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both IN ONE BODY to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. (Ephesians 2:11-16 Emphasis added.)

So the apostolic teaching claimed that there should no longer be any separation between Messianic Jewish disciples, and non-Jewish disciples. They taught that all of Adam’s offspring, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, had to be baptized into their Messiah’s Death, so that they could also be regenerated by the Holy Spirit and made into brand new spiritual creations. And they taught that after that happened they were, therefore, all sons of God and members of His New Covenant Family. Hence the apostles were proclaiming that by His atoning death, Yeshua had destroyed the Wall of Partition forever… and therefore Israel and the rest of the world were now forced to repent of their former attitudes and practices… and allow the Word of God to forge the two groups into one new Resurrection Man!

This has been a stumbling block to most of the Jewish people, especially to the spiritual elite ruling class that was in authority in spiritual temple matters and who resided in Judea and especially around Jerusalem. They could not conceive of Gentiles ever being allowed to receive equal status before God with the chosen Jewish people. And this was a great cause of the murderous rage and bitter strife between members of the Sanhedrin and the apostles that was described in the Book of Acts and the writings of Josephus. They simply could not grasp the fact that Israel’s true Messiah would teach the things that Yeshua had boldly come to proclaim in their midst, prior to His execution:

“Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

“Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

“Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony. If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.” (John 3:1-15)

And this issue has been equally unpalatable and unacceptable to myriads of Gentiles, including many who called themselves ‘Christians.’ They too became outraged and overwhelmed with murderous fury at the thought of what the New Covenant promises of God were really saying and requiring both groups to do. Neither side wanted to repent of that Wall. Instead of allowing it to be destroyed by Yeshua’s Death, they cooperated with each other in rebuilding it and maintaining it so that they could continue to remain separated from one another.

Over and over, the centuries of intervening history have proven that Christendom is just as adamant about maintaining this animosity and hostility and separation between the two groups as the unbelieving anti-Yeshua Jewish people have been. But beloved, in the end, it will not be Jewish Tradition, or Christian Tradition that will have the last word. It will be Almighty God who will have the First Word, and, the Last Word!

And this is why I urge us all to fall down before God… in total submission and humility… so that we may all beg forgiveness for our Rebellion and Sin and Habitual Disobedience to God’s Living and written Word. It’s not enough to take the Hebrew section of the Scriptures to the exclusion of the New Testament apostolic Scriptures… nor is it enough to take only the New Testament to the exclusion of the Torah and the Tanach sections of Scripture. All men are required to embrace the entire Bible… both Testaments… just the way God revealed them through His Eternal and Unchanging Word. For we cannot truly understand and interpret the New Covenant unless we see that it is the Original Covenant… completely restored and fulfilled!

And that is why I urge you to join me in anticipating and cooperating with this major upheaval that God has warned us is sure to come:

“Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you; and I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” (Genesis 12:1-3)

“Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘It will yet be that peoples will come, even the inhabitants of many cities. The inhabitants of one will go to another, saying, “Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts; I will also go.” So many peoples and mighty nations will come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of the Lord.’ Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘In those days ten men from all the nations will grasp the garment of a Jew, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”’” (Zechariah 8:20-23)

“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. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ (Matthew 25:31-40)

“And a lawyer (of the religious Jewish oral traditions) stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? (The Torah of Moses) How does it read to you?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.” But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Jesus replied and said, “A (Jewish) man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. And by chance a (Jewish) priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a (Jewish) Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a (non-Jewish) Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’ Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.” (Luke 10:25-37)

So it is utter fallacy to see Judaism and Christianity as two separate religions, just as it is absurd to consider the subterranean root system to be totally separated from the tree that grows out of it on the earth’s surface. The family of the first Adam can only be restored and reintegrated and reinstated before God… when it is grafted into the Family of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob… and Israel. The human race was one in the Beginning… and it will become one once again… at the End. And the Living Word of God became flesh to destroy all division and strife and Sin. He is the Word that revealed all of this to us… and who created and sustains, and redeemed all of us. And it is only through Him that we can all be spiritually regenerated, reconciled to God, and fully restored to our true, God-given Humanity… as one… in God!

 

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The End of the Story Will Be Gloriously Shocking

The End of the Story Will Be Gloriously Shocking

Beloved Family, as I write this in the late summer of 2017, we are about to enter into the Biblical season of the Fall Feasts that God commanded His chosen Blood Covenant people to celebrate with Him… the Feast of Trumpets… the Day of Atonement… and the Feast of Tabernacles… And it is my belief, and that of many others, that when Father sends His beloved Son to Earth again… He will fulfill the only feast that has not yet been fulfilled: the Feast of Tabernacles or ‘Sukkot.’ And that is what we see prophesied in the book of Revelation:

“Then I saw a new Heaven and a new Earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, made ready as a Bride adorned for her Husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying,

“Behold, the Tabernacle (Succah) of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

“And He who sits on the Throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the Water of Life without cost. He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son!” (Revelation 21:1-7)

I believe that this Fulfillment is coming in the near future. This is what FMM is all about. It is also my belief that we in FMM have been given the task of helping those who have ears to hear what God is saying, and the hearts to respond to His call for us to prepare ourselves… to become full participants in all that God will be revealing and fulfilling here on Earth during that awesome approaching End Time season. So, as always, I urge you to pray… for all of us.

Yes, it’s true, the FMM Family is growing in numbers, and hopefully, we’re also growing in the knowledge of our Redeemer and His Way and His Truth. Many new people are joining us through the Internet and through the booklets that the members of our Family in Africa continue to translate, print and distribute. The booklets are making their way into every continent and into many countries and cultures. So the weak, tiny little FMM ‘infant’ that was birthed in the ‘womb’ of my home congregation in 2011, is spreading and maturing beautifully, and steadily.

I also sense that we’re about to enter into a new stage of development. A deep intuition tells me we will soon see tangible signs of progression – a new stage in our development –  a season of increasing fruitfulness that we’ll begin to see emerging around us. I do not yet know in detail what that will look like… but I ask you to pray … so we’ll be ready to receive and embody whatever Father will tell His Son to be and to do to us… in us… and through us. We are truly small and weak in ourselves… but we’ve been joined to Someone who is Overwhelmingly Great, Deep and Eternally Far-Reaching in Influence and Scope… He will make all the difference in our outcomes. To Him be Glory and Praise and Worship Forever!

But although my focus has been on the Last Days and the development of that ultimate generation of New Covenant disciples, I also can’t help thinking about the way it was in the beginning of the New Covenant Era in the first century. I say that because the Beginning is what is going to be Fulfilled at the End of the New Covenant Process. So let’s learn what we can from the way it was for our apostolic forbearers in those days.

At that time, God’s chosen people had to endure the agonizing, heartbreaking disaster of what the emperor of Rome and his army did to Israel in 70 C.E. How could we possibly even imagine what that must have been like for all of Israel and for all of the first century Jewish disciples of Yeshua? Even if we only consider the task God entrusted to their faithful obedience to spread the Gospel throughout the whole world, that would have been, in itself, stupendously difficult and personally very costly for them. But then, when we consider all that was heaped on top of that… the trauma, upheaval, confusion and uncertainty that were created by Jerusalem’s destruction and the scattering of the Jewish people, our poor minds are at a total loss… unable to comprehend or even begin to imagine the devastation, confusion and uncertainties they had to endure. Truly, their situation required the supernatural, miraculous Power of God to sustain and provide for them and to protect, prolong and propagate the Message that God had entrusted to their care. How could we even envision the monumental responsibilities and challenges they had to face and work through?

And of course, those fledgling New Covenant believers also had to endure the scorn and violent opposition of the pagan Gentile world. In addition, they had to contend with the continuous rejection and contempt that the hurting, frightened, hyper-suspicious, unbelieving Jewish people heaped upon them.

The destruction of Judaism’s infrastructure, their sacred temple, and its system of worship by the emperor’s fears, insecurities and contempt, drove the people of Israel to become deeply suspicious and defensive. And so the stupefying shock and confusion and uncertainty forced upon all of Israel by Rome’s invasion got in the way of them being open to hear about the Gospel of Yeshua that was so strange and alien to their habitual ways of seeing and thinking and living.

So very few among us can even come close to understanding what they went through; nor have most of us ever come close to experiencing the level of hardship and difficulty they were forced to endure. But, even though it’s very hard for us to comprehend and understand what the launching of the New Covenant Era was like… it will no doubt be even harder for us, at this time, to imagine how much deeper and vaster and more difficult the Last Days Tribulation Era will be like, when the awesome Return of our Resurrected Messiah is actually at hand!

And when the Dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the Woman who gave birth to the male Child. But the two wings of the Great Eagle were given to the Woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the Serpent. And the Serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, so that he might cause her to be swept away with the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and drank up the river, which the Dragon poured out of his mouth. So the Dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children (Jews and Gentiles), who (serve and obey God together, to) keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.(Revelation 12:13-17 Amplification and emphasis added.)

So, in the first century, God had a very definite and necessary reason for allowing all that was going on, to engulf His chosen New Covenant Remnant. Their hardship and the apparent hopelessness of their situations provided the perfect backdrop against which to display the Glory of the unbreakable Blood Covenant Bond that God had sent His Living Word to create and establish with Israel and with the rest of the repentant Gentile world.

God’s New Covenant Israel is the ‘object lesson’ for the entire human race! Her failure to honor and fulfill her responsibilities in the Covenant of Sinai, and the total agonizing Deuteronomy 28 devastation to which her violation of that Covenant made her liable, proved to be the perfect ‘backdrop’ against which God was able to display His Eternal, Airtight Blood Covenant Faithfulness to the Revelations and Commandments and Promises that He had made to His chosen people through His Living and written Word!

That failure was no shock to God. He knew that would happen. But that is what He used to drive home His Eternal Reality and Word-centered Truth! And this is why He continues to highlight His beloved Son and continually draws our attention to Him. He is teaching us all what we must learn and experience from and with our Messiah… and the experiences the Covenant requires us to share with Him… if He’s going to be able to cover and redeem and save and regenerate us by the Power and Authority of Almighty God!

And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “ALL AUTHORITY has been given to Me in Heaven and on Earth! Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, even to the End of the Age! (Matthew 28:18-20)

“Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for (My) Power is perfected in (your) weakness!

“Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the Power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong! (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)

So, yes, Israel failed. But the Truth was that she couldn’t help but fail to honor and fulfill her responsibility to honor God and observe her part of the Covenant of Sinai. Her Sin-corruption and mortality made it impossible for her to function in God’s Eternal Life and Righteousness. Her utter bankruptcy and state of living death were the very reasons why God entered into an Eternal Blood Covenant Bond with her! She was to be the ultimate demonstration, ‘The Lesson’ that God had to teach to the entire world and force the entire fallen race of the children of Adam to realize and comprehend! He used that spectacular, heartbreaking failure of God’s special, highly blessed chosen people, and all of the turbulence and uncertainty that was sweeping all across the Roman Empire to engulf them… to highlight His Eternal Faithfulness to His Covenants and to those to whom He had joined Himself in those Covenants!

So no matter how Israel may have failed… no matter what disasters may continue to befall her… Almighty God remains the same… True… Steadfast… Faithful… Dependable… Reliable and Trustworthy to an Infinite Extent! He is ever faithful to His chosen one. No matter what… Israel is thus able to continue to trust and rely upon Him… because GOD ALWAYS KEEPS HIS COVENANT PROMISES, NO MATTER WHAT!

The same is true for all the rest of the human race. He never stops trying to reach out to  reconcile with those that are His enemies. He keeps trying to get through to them to save them while there is still time for them to repent and turn to Him. This is what God is teaching to the world through the example of His chosen people. Regardless of how terrible and disastrous the state of affairs may be on Earth, all of that serves to highlight the Perfection of God’s ways as He regards us and provides everything we will ever need to fulfill His will and His Plan… from His vantage point upon His Throne in Heaven. By using the flaky, treacherous and uncertain ways of Jewish and non-Jewish men, Father reveals the Glory of His Covenant Trustworthiness. He is assuring us that no matter how Sin-loving and rebellious the children of Adam become, no matter how fickle, treacherous and changeable they prove themselves to be, God will never change in the way He regards His intended human image and likeness! He is with us… and He is for us… and He stands by us… all the time, in any circumstance, no matter what!

This is why He sent His Living Word to serve as Israel’s Covenant Passover Lamb and Kinsman Redeemer. Sin-corrupted humans violate their vows, oaths and covenants repeatedly. But the Covenant Loyalty and Lovingkindness that God swore to bestow upon His chosen ones… is proven, by and through Messiah Yeshua… to be airtight and everlastingly reliable. We see this repeatedly affirmed from what He instructed His prophets, like Hosea, to continue to reveal:

“I will punish her for the days of the Baals when she used to offer sacrifices to them and adorn herself with her earrings and jewelry, and follow her lovers, so that she forgot Me,” declares the Lord.

“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, bring her into the wilderness and speak kindly to her. Then I will give her vineyards from there, and the valley of Achor as a door of hope. And she will sing there as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.” (Hosea 2:13-15)

“Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God. “Speak kindly to Jerusalem; and call out to her, that her warfare has ended, that her iniquity has been removed, that she has received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.

“A voice is calling, “Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness; make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. Let every valley be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; and let the rough ground become a plain, and the rugged terrain a broad valley; THEN the Glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all flesh will see it together; for the mouth (Living Word) of the Lord has spoken!” (Isaiah 40:1-5 Amplification and emphasis added.)

In other articles that discuss God’s chosen people and their awesome Covenant relationship with God, we picture our Messiah Yeshua, and His betrothed future Bride, Israel, as being ‘the two ends of God’s Blood Covenant Staff.’ The staff symbolizes the marital union that God created between Himself and His people when He sent His Living Word to propose and enter into His Covenant with His chosen Jewish and Non-Jewish people.

Historically, ever since Yeshua appeared on Earth in the first century, the majority of Israel’s people have remained distant and at odds with Yeshua. They’ve insisted on remaining as far apart from Him as they could possibly get! Nevertheless, when you look at that situation through the lenses of God’s eternal Covenant and the unbreakable bond He created between His people and His Living Word, we have no choice but to see them as one unit, regardless of the current temporary circumstances that have existed throughout history to this very day! At this point in the Journey, Israel’s resurrected Messiah abides with His Father in the Eternal, Heavenly Dimension of the Kingdom of Heaven. So, thanks to His Word, God’s end of God’s Blood Covenant Staff is in direct touch with Almighty God’s Eternal Infinite Perfection, as it exists in the changelessness of His Eternal Glory!

But at the other end of that Staff, Israel keeps struggling and suffering here on Earth, in the dimension of time and space. And so the Covenant Staff abides simultaneously in Heaven and Earth and in Eternity, and time and space. The Eternal Covenant Bond unites those two vastly diverse dimensions; and thus God is demonstrating that NOTHING will ever be able to force Him and His Covenant people apart from each other!

So, through the union of God’s Living Word (who serves as Israel’s Passover Lamb and High Priest and Covenant Representative Messiah,) and the people of Israel, who are still making their Exodus Journey through this demon-possessed temporal world called Earth, God remains eternally joined to His own. This is what the Holy Spirit revealed in the Torah, in Genesis 28:10-17, when He used the image of the ‘Ladder’ that was connecting Heaven to Earth, and vice versa. The Ladder was a prophetic revelation of God’s Living Word that would one day surely come to rescue Israel and restore her completely… acting as her Messiah. And this is what God’s Living Word was promising to Jacob… and His natural and spiritual descendants… through these awesome words:

“He (Jacob) had a dream, and behold, a Ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to Heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants. Your descendants will also be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.

Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place (the Land of Israel), and I did not know it.” He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the House of God, and this is the Gate of Heaven.” (Genesis 28:12-17)

So, beloved friends, I remain in perpetual awe and wonder as I ponder these things. And I’m forced to keep trying to fathom the meaning and significance of the awesome relationship between God and the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob… and any others who would dare to allow God’s Word to graft them into the Root of Salvation that comes out of this everlasting Covenant Bond that God has created for His Word and His Word’s future Bride, the Remnant of Israel. God tells us that the marvelous Wedding Feast that is waiting for Israel in Eternity after these Last Days of the first Earth have run their course, contain Eternal Realities that are filled with Joy, Peace, Rest and Consummation that no human mind can even imagine at this time! Almighty God is preparing His Eternal ‘Honeymoon’ that awaits His beloved Son and His Bride, when they finally become totally one with each other, in Spirit and in Truth!

Their union may not appear to be so beautifully perfect at this present time, but beloved, I urge you to ask God to show you, by His Holy Spirit, what their union will it be like after God’s redemptive handiwork has finally run its course, and the Finished Product that God has in mind, which He is in the process of fashioning even now, is finally ready to be gloriously displayed in its Eternal Consummated State!

 “Then I passed by you and saw you, and behold, you were at the time for love; so I spread My skirt over you and covered your nakedness. I also swore to you and entered into a Covenant with you so that you became Mine,” declares the Lord God. “Then I bathed you with water, washed off your blood from you and anointed you with oil. I also clothed you with embroidered cloth and put sandals of porpoise skin on your feet; and I wrapped you with fine linen and covered you with silk. I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your hands and a necklace around your neck. I also put a ring in your nostril, earrings in your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your dress was of fine linen, silk and embroidered cloth. You ate fine flour, honey and oil; so you were exceedingly beautiful and advanced to Royalty. Then your fame went forth among the nations on account of your Beauty, for it was Perfect because of My Splendor which I bestowed on you,” declares the Lord God.(Ezekiel 16:8-14 Emphasis added.)

So in light of that glorious Finish to this story, I ask you to consider the utter disaster and desolation that Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, and the legions of Rome inflicted on Israel, when they destroyed Israel’s two temples and scattered her people all across the known world. I ask you to ponder how much more influence Israel was able to exert upon the rest of the Sin-adoring world, as a result of that dispersion! The world did not destroy and absorb and annihilate Israel by those dispersions… it was Israel… by the Power and Authority of God… that continues to change and absorb the world… until what began as ‘Egypt’ in Scriptural terms, finally transforms completely into God’s New Israel!

So ponder the meaning underlying the invasions of those other nations that have successively overrun the Land of Promise throughout human history. On the surface… it seems as if the Gentiles keep stamping out God’s chosen people. But is that true? Has it happened? Has Israel disappeared? Have her enemies ever succeeded in wiping her off the face of the Earth? Or is it her enemies who continue to run out of fuel… and stop dead in their tracks… and disappear from the face of the Earth? What has happened to Babylon and the ancient Persians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans? What has happened to any of the other invaders and so-called ‘conquerors’ of Israel? Has Israel disappeared? Have her people died out? Or does she continue to fulfill the ancient promises that God made to Abraham so many centuries ago?

“And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3)

And we see God’s faithfulness to Abraham’s son, Isaac:

“Then Isaac dug again the wells of water which had been dug in the days of his father Abraham, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham; and he gave them the same names which his father had given them. But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of flowing water, the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with the herdsmen of Isaac, saying, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek, because they contended with him.

“Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over it too, so he named it Sitnah. He moved away from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he named it Rehoboth, for he said, “At last the Lord has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land.” Then he went up from there to Beersheba. The Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you, and multiply your descendants, for the sake of My servant Abraham.”

“So he built an altar there and called upon the name of the Lord, and pitched his tent there; and there, Isaac’s servants dug a well.” (Genesis 26:18-25)

And we see God doing the same thing on behalf of Isaac’s son, Jacob:

“And behold, the Lord stood above it (the Ladder Jacob saw in his dream) and said, “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants. Your descendants will also be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” (Genesis 28:13-15 Amplification added.)

Despite what Israel’s cruel, selfish neighbors tried to do to destroy her… they continued to fail… and eventually they disappeared from the picture. Instead of them succeeding in their plots and schemes against Israel, God continued to unpack and reveal His plan to use Israel to bless the children of Adam in all parts of the world. So, in light of that fact, I ask you to consider the carnage and heartache inflicted by Israel’s enemies in succeeding generations. For example, consider the Crusaders and the Inquisition of Roman Catholicism, and the Holocaust of Hitler and the incessant Muslim threats that continue to afflict Israel to this very day. Consider that spine-chilling date… that part of the year called ‘Tisha B’Av’ (the ninth day of the month of Av), upon which so many anti-Israel atrocities have taken place throughout history.

Beloved, what are we to make of all of that? What purpose does God have in permitting all of that devastation to keep happening to His people generation after generation? Based on what I’ve seen in God’s written Word, I can’t help but see these tragedies as confirmations of that awesome Blood Covenant Bond that has made God’s Living Word and Israel to be one Entity, just the way a man and wife, past, present and future, become one entity after they’re married to each other. The Bride is sharing everything that pertains to her Husband, who is the Redeemer of the entire Spectrum of Creation. Thus, the Husband, through this Covenant Bond, becomes one with everything that pertains to His Bride! So whatever has befallen Israel throughout the centuries, and regardless of what still lies ahead of her… all of that is living proof that the Bride who is betrothed to God’s Living Word, is in the process of being prepared for the awesome day when her Bridegroom will return for her… to take her to the Eternal Home that He has prepared for them to inhabit forever. At that time, all of Creation will see that they have always been… utterly one… at all times and in all things… for the Salvation of all of Creation!

This awesome Finished Reality has already been created in the Eternal Mind and Heart, Will and Kingdom of Almighty God! It was established from Eternity… from the very first moment that God spoke His Word and began to create matter, time and space… and all of His unspeakably beautiful Creation… and its past, present and future!

“Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work, which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work, which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. (Genesis 2:1-3 Emphasis added.)

“Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself. Now then, if you will indeed obey My Voice and keep My Covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation.’ These are the words (concerning what God has already created and established in Eternity) that you shall speak to the sons of Israel.”

So Moses came and called the elders of the people, and set before them all these words which the Lord had commanded him. All the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken (through the Eternal Perfection and Completion of God’s Living Word, our Covenant Friend,) we will do!” And Moses brought back the words of the people to the Lord.” (Exodus 19:3-8 Amplification and emphasis added.)

God’s Word proposed this Blood Covenant betrothal union to Israel; and Israel accepted it and said, ‘Yes!’ So, when I regard Israel, as she goes through the roller coaster of historical ups and downs, and when I see the dawn of the arrival of the Last Days Era taking place… I can’t help but think that the day of the Wedding and the Full Consummation of their Union is drawing ever closer… and, now, it is very, very near. And when that day finally arrives, the Bride (who will be made up of a Remnant of Jewish and Non-Jewish disciples) will finally complete the arduous preparations needed for her to be properly and fittingly ready to receive the Husband to whom she has been betrothed for a long time. Finally, God’s True Israel will be ready to join herself to Him and their Marriage Union will begin and their Oneness will be total and complete and Eternally Perfect!

So from this, we can better understand why Israel’s purifying earthly tribulations had to take place. For the Bride to be utterly united to this Awesome Husband, in Spirit and in Truth, she has to share in His redemptive sufferings! So, throughout human history, she has been following Him into and sharing with Him, what His Father sent Him to Earth to be and to do!

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds.” (Matthew 16:24-27)

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.” (John 12:24-26)

Israel has been sharing in her Husband’s sufferings and in His Death since her beginning. First she came out of God’s Living Word… and then God’s Living Word came out of her… and now, from their union with each other… the Salvation and Redemption and Full Restoration of Creation will come out of their Covenant Union. So that is why our Messiah has had to experience the depths of desolation and devastation of His Bride… and of the rest of the human race! He invaded the Realms of Darkness and broke the hold and the power that the Demonic Rebellion and the sentence of Death held over all the children of Adam. And His Bride, Israel, has had to be with Him at His side, sharing all that was His to endure.

Thus we see a depth of meaning in all of those disasters and expulsions and persecutions that have dotted Israel’s history to this point. Nothing is being overlooked in her preparation; everything about her will be purified and reconfigured to Perfection so that when Her Bridegroom does return to Earth to summon her and take her Home with Him, she will be completely ready to leave everything of the past behind… and then she will move into the Eternal Glory of His Resurrection Triumph with Him. That Glory will be their Home… the Abode He has been preparing for her, ever since she accepted His marriage proposal and became His betrothed. After their Eternal Union is consummated, Israel will enter into the Fullness of what God has always had in mind for her:

“Get yourself up on a high mountain, O Zion, bearer of Good News, lift up your voice mightily, O Jerusalem, bearer of Good News; lift it up, do not fear. Say to the cities of Judah, HERE IS YOUR GOD!”

Behold, the Lord God will come with might, with His Arm ruling for Him. Behold, His Reward is with Him and His Recompense before Him. Like a Shepherd He will tend His flock, in His Arm He will gather the lambs and carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.” (Isaiah 40:9-11)

“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, THAT WHERE I AM, THERE YOU MAY BE ALSO. And you know the way where I am going.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, I am The Way, and The Truth, and The Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me!” (John 14:1-6)

That blessed Eternal Oneness with Yeshua is the Bride’s intended Abode and Wedding Garment and Future Glory. God’s True Israel is not a created place or thing. It is being ‘In Messiah,’ in this Eternal Blood Covenant Union sense. God Himself is Israel’s Eternal Home and Inheritance and Destiny. The Reward is not a created thing; but a Perfect Eternal Person… the Creator Himself!

“After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not fear, Abram, I am a Shield to you; your Reward shall be very great! (Genesis 15:1 Emphasis added.)

So, the beginning of Israel’s story can be understood at one end of that Covenant Staff, and the end of her story will be seen at the other end of that Covenant Staff, in all of its Eternal Wonder and History-Resolving Magnificence. The End is emerging out from the same Matrix from which the Beginning appeared. This is God’s Eternal Covenant between the Husband and the Bride: the two ends of God’s Covenant Staff, God’s Living Word, and Israel His Bride… joined to each other by the unwavering, everlasting Lovingkindness of Almighty God! If you consider one end of that Covenant Staff, you must also include and consider the other end, for they are always one Staff. So, in the end, everything that Israel lost and has had to suffer, will be fully purified and completely restored… and nothing but the Eternal Fulfillment of the Husband and His Bride will remain.

Rabbi Jonathan Kahn, in His recently published book, ‘The Book of Mysteries,’ describes that final fulfillment process in a unique and insightful way. He describes what we’re discussing, as it appeared on the Earth when the New Covenant was first beginning. It came out of Jerusalem and spread to the rest of the world. It has been emerging from the days of the apostles… to what it will finally become by the End… when we reach the Finale of the Last Days drama:

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The Return of the Prototype

It was at the beginning of the age,” said the teacher, “that the new covenant faith was in its original and most natural state.”

“And what was its original and most natural state?”

“Revolutionary,” he said, “set against the status quo of the world… underground, miraculous, countercultural, distinct, radical, powerful, overcoming, and world-changing… And it was also something else.”

“What?”

“Jewish. What the world knows as Christianity, in its original and prototypical form, is a Jewish faith. But something happened in those first centuries. The more embedded and established the faith became in the mainstream of Western civilization, the more it lost its original and natural identity. What was a countercultural faith became a cultural faith, what was a radical faith became an established faith, what was a revolutionary faith became the faith of the status quo… and what was Jewish faith became a non-Jewish faith. As the faith became joined to a non-Jewish Western culture… its Jewish disciples, messengers, and apostles began to disappear.” He paused at that point as if to delineate a change.

“But now we’ve come to the other side of the phenomenon. We are now witnessing the separation, the dislodging, and the disestablishing of the faith from Western civilization.

“That’s not a good thing,” I said.

“And yet, in one sense it is. The reverse of the phenomenon means that the faith will return to its original and natural state. From a cultural faith to a countercultural faith, from an established faith to a radical one, and from a faith of the status quo to a revolutionary faith.”

“But then there must be one more transformation,” I said. “The faith must change from its non-Jewish identity and form and return to its original Jewish form and identity.”

“Yes,” said the teacher, “and we might also expect the return of Jewish disciples. So notice what this reveals. The more established and of the world this faith becomes, the weaker its spiritual power. But the more separate from the world it becomes, the greater its spiritual power. Apply this to your life. Disentangle yourself from all compromise, from worldliness, and from the status quo. And you will grow stronger in spiritual power. Remember, this faith, in its truest and natural form, is always radical and revolutionary. Live your life accordingly.

The Mission: Divest yourself today from worldly attachments, that you might gain spiritual power. Exchange a comfortable walk for a revolutionary one.

Zechariah 8:3-8; Matthew 23:37-39; Acts 2:16-18, 39; Romans 11

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Dear ones, I believe, from what I see in God’s written Word, and also from what I see developing in modern societies around the globe that the current humanistic status quo has already begun to ‘morph’ and change in its configurations at various levels. It is feeling threatened on several levels, and its anxiety and fear is arousing it to unprecedented levels of anger and animosity. Nevertheless, Scripture tells us that its days are numbered. And at the end, it will collapse completely and forever.

So the status quo with its time-honored priorities and values and systems will disappear, and what remains will transform into new configurations that will be revolutionary and, by current standards, countercultural. And we will see that what was Original, in God’s Plan, is even now being quietly and progressively restored to its original pristine Heavenly Identity and Character. God is restoring the Faith… back to what it was when He first gave it to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And that Restoration will be completed to Perfection, through the New Covenant that the original Jewish apostles of Yeshua were commissioned to teach and spread in the first century. And by the End, what God was saying in the Beginning, will be fully manifest and His Name and His Word will be fully validated and vindicated!

The disciples of the Last Days will see it reemerging in its restored state because God will, by His Holy Spirit, arouse and empower them to fulfill it and manifest it to Creation in all of its pristine Beauty and Glory. This will come about as soon as the fullness of the Gentiles has come in and the repentant people of Israel embrace and identify with their risen Messiah. That will take place after the age of spreading the Gospel across the earth to the Gentile peoples has run its God-appointed course. At that time, the Faith that the Gentile peoples naturally and inevitably began to morph and alter into their own image and likeness as they strove to understand it and make it their own, will be once again restored to its original Biblical, Israelite identity configurations. And the faith of the Gentiles, which throughout history became more and more alien and unrecognizable to the sons of Israel will, by Power of the Holy Spirit, regain its original Israelite appearance. And, finally, everything in God’s restored Creation will be seen and known, just as it has always been in the Eternal Mind and Heart and intentional Will of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Yes, once the salvation of the Gentiles is complete, the Gospel will regain its original Biblical configurations. Thus it will become recognizable once again, to the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! Finally, the veil will be lifted from their eyes and they’ll be able to recognize their long-lost Brother, Yeshua, just like Jacob’s sons were finally able to recognize Joseph, the brother they had once rejected and sentenced to death.

“Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away. But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

But we (the New Covenant Remnant of Israel) all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the Glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to Glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:12-18)

The day came for Joseph’s brothers, when Joseph no longer appeared to them to be a hostile, mistrusted, alien Gentile oppressor. On the contrary, now they could suddenly see Him as their long-lost brother! And they wept with joy and relief as they embraced each other, and a tremendously healing reconciliation took place in their midst.

So too will it be when Yeshua is finally seen to be the long-awaited Messiah by His Jewish brethren. After centuries of having been clothed by His Gentile believers, in a variety of non-Biblical Gentile disguises, our Messiah will appear once again, in the Full Glory of His original Biblical Revelation. He will be seen wearing the apparel of the Son of God – the Son of Abraham and of David. He will be recognized as the Eternal Messiah King of Israel! And then the Wedding Feast will have been fully prepared and the Ultimate Reunion between Him and His Jewish and non-Jewish Covenant Blood brothers will begin to take place:

“From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience, so these also now have been disobedient, that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy. For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.

“Oh, the depth of the Riches both of the Wisdom and Knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His Judgments and unfathomable His Ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to him again? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the Glory forever. Amen.” (Romans 11:28-36)

 “For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

For this reason He is the Mediator of a New Covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the Eternal Inheritance.” (Hebrews 9:13-15)

Beloved… at last… the end of that Gauntlet of Tribulation through which the Bridegroom and His Beloved have had to pass for centuries… is finally coming into view! And this is why our preparations to be joined to Him in Spirit and in Truth must become increasingly more penetrating and purifying, honest, authentic and thoroughly beautifying. The Holy Spirit will go after every alien speck of self-life that remains in each one of us. Nothing that is unworthy of the Infinite Righteousness of our Lord will be allowed to remain. Time is running out for this process and its completion. And this is why the Fires of Purification are becoming hotter and more frequent and all-consuming and omnipresent:

“This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we receive a Kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a Consuming Fire!” (Hebrews 12:27-28)

Beloved, God isn’t shaking up the created universe to torture and devastate His creatures! He’s shaking everything to cleanse, purify and perfectly restore His own image and likeness! He is overcoming and removing all demonic evil with His boundless, everlasting Good! He’s blasting away every lie with His Eternal Truth! He’s cancelling out every thought, word and deed that was, or still is, evil and destructive, with His airtight, ever-reliable Blood Covenant Love. In other words, God is here to bring us out of whatever is dead… and finally, He’s leading His own into His beloved Son’s Eternal Resurrection Life! And that, as we shall all see, will be a very Good End… which, at the same time, will be an utterly Glorious, Everlasting Beginning!

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The Gospel of Righteousness

The Gospel of Righteousness

Yeshua (Jesus), the Son of Man, was, and always will actually be, the eternal, Living Creative Word, of the one and only Living God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! Yes, it’s true; the Perfect, Infinite Word of God became flesh and lived among us! But He was, and is, much, much more than a man. But, to fulfill the task His Father entrusted to Him, He had to choose to abase Himself willingly, and descend to our level of being and operating. So, when He was acting, as our Covenant Representative in His human form, He limited Himself to experiencing our limitations. Thus He lived by faith, the way we must do. He did everything on our level, as a man. And in that form, He routed Sin and Death and triumphed over the powers of Darkness… and opened the Way for us to share in His total Freedom and Eternal Triumph and Wellbeing:

Have this attitude in yourselves, which also was in Messiah Yeshua, Who, though existing in the form of God, did not consider being equal to God a thing to be grasped.  But He emptied Himself—taking on the form of a slave, becoming the likeness of men and being found in appearance as a man. He humbled Himself—becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

“For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him The Name that is above every name, that at the Name of Yeshua every knee should bow, in Heaven and on the earth and under the earth, and every tongue profess that Yeshua the Messiah is Lord—to the Glory of God the Father.  

“Therefore, my loved ones, just as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence—work out your salvation with fear and trembling. For the One working in you is God—both to will and to work for His good pleasure! (Philippians 2:5-13 TLV.  Amplification and emphasis added.)

Scripture is telling us, that Yeshua lived the only human life that was always in perfect alignment with God’s Perfect Nature! Regardless of the form in which God’s living Word appears, He is God’s Perfect Eternal Image and Likeness! And so, God Himself sent His own living Word to fill in all of our ‘blank spaces’. He became one with us, taking on our nature, to save us all from our corporate and individual state of Sin and to restore and recover to Himself, those of us who will serve as His personal human image and likeness. In this awesome, utterly unique Blood Covenant way, Almighty God, through His Living Word, is able to become one with us, and is thereby able to fill in all of our human emptiness and inadequacies and cover us all and supply whatever we, in our abysmal corporate and personal spiritual bankruptcy, could never supply for ourselves!

Since He is the Living Word that proceeds from the Heart of God, Yeshua is Absolute Righteousness, Holiness and Perfection, regardless of the form in which God ‘speaks’ His Word to us. The Word is revealed to us… so we can know God, and His Nature, and our own situation in relation to God’s Divine Perfection. This is why the real Gospel, as it is actually revealed in Scripture, is not essentially about man. It is all about God and His Perfection and Glory as revealed through His Living Word… to and through the Word’s New Covenant Jewish and non-Jewish disciples.

This means that the Gospel is not essentially about us, because we were created to be God’s image and likeness! In other words, it’s not about the reflection; it’s about the One that originates and emits what we humans are to reflect back to God… His Eternal Living Word! The Word is our Originator and Creator; and we are intended to be His human image and likeness… designed and created to reflect and embody all that He is and what He does! So the Gospel is about God restoring His human image and likeness to Himself.

But now, thanks to Sin, we who are supposed to be God’s image and likeness, are born in a state of radical independence from God! That is a state of ‘living death!’ It is totally unacceptable to God. He is the perfect Source of Life; and we are born dead in Sin. So it is impossible for the living dead who are separated from God to, at the same time, be God’s image and likeness. It won’t work for such people to try to establish diplomatic relations with their alienated Source. They’ll never be able to interact with God as ‘equals’ or ‘peers’, nor will they be equipped to be accurate and authentic reflections of Him, while maintaining their radical independence from Him. To assume that it’s about fallen, Sin-corrupted man being nice enough to ask God into ‘his life’ is metaphysical absurdity! So what pertains to God and His perfect nature is what He designed and intended for us to reflect back to Him and to share with each other (See Deuteronomy 6:4-9: Leviticus 19:33; Matthew 22:35-40; 1 Corinthians 13).

The Exchanged Life

This means that we are saved – not when we religiously try to alter or reconfigure or ‘improve’ the ways of our original radically independent impulses, passions, urges and instincts, and then try to establish religious diplomatic relations with our Creator. It’s not about saving, fixing or improving my life.’  People that are born dead in Sin have no life! So the true Gospel is about us… admitting our true fallen, Sin-corrupted state, and forsaking our radically independent rebellious existence altogether. It’s about actually exchanging our original Sin-corrupted independent mortal existence, that natural state of Sin-corrupted humanity, that we like to call ‘my life’… for the Sin-less, perfectly righteous, eternal, Spirit-transmitted Resurrection Life and perfect humanity of God’s living Word, Yeshua.

Apart from the Word, who is our Creator, we can’t even exist, much less overcome our Sin state and bestow righteousness upon ourselves! God’s Word must be our Righteousness for we, who are created reflections of His Father’s will, can never have any life or righteousness of our own. Only He can be true Peace, Righteousness, Joy and Union with the Father to us. We only are what He makes us to be, and we only have what He imparts to us! So, apart from Him, we can be and do nothing! (See Matthew 10:32-39; John 15)

MISGUIDED HUMAN PRIORITIES

Righteousness…peace…and joy; those are qualities that radically independent humans crave. But they want to receive them according to their own preferences. They always want to reverse that God-established order. Our natural independent instinct is to try to get joy and peace for ourselves first (as if they were gift packages that come separate and are independent of God). And we want them as soon as possible. And only then…maybe…we’ll be willing to consider the righteousness part…at some later time in the indistinct future.

Nevertheless, Scripture reveals that God requires us to be one with His living Word (Son) first, so that His perfect Righteousness can appear within us and manifest itself through us…even in this life! And once that righteousness requirement is truly taken care of, God promises that we will be fully at peace with Him and with ourselves. And therefore, we will be happy and fulfilled…in that order…righteousness first, and then… peace with God and the joy that comes from being in proper relationship with Him.

A TRAGICALLY FALSE PARADIGM

Modern ‘homemade’ Gospels highlight how much God loves and wants to bless people. That is true; He does love us. But should we appeal to the natural, humanistic, self-centered viewpoints and assumptions of fallen man with such an unbiblical approach? Will we not be giving them a totally false first impression if we present it in that way?

Jesus loves you so much, so why don’t you just ask Him to come into your life? That is such a dangerous, potentially misleading approach. First it is not at all Biblical; and second, it equates salvation with the idea of ‘self-improvement.’ How can you ‘improve’ something that is already dead? This ignorance causes people to assume that because God loves them so much, then, they must be okay as they are! But it’s not merely a matter of focusing on ourselves and changing what we do and how we do it. It goes much deeper than what we do. It goes all the way down to what we are… and what Sin has done to mangle our original, inherited human nature!

“Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God!”

“Nicodemus *said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:3-8 Emphasis added.)

Exposing a Common False Gospel

We dare not mislead people into assuming that God is here to come into their lives to help them amend and improve the same ‘lives’ they currently have. That will force them to assume that Christianity is a ‘better’ or ‘new and improved’ version of the same old life they started with. That is a totally self-centered, demonically twisted, false gospel. It is false because it requires no immediate repentance and no exodus from our original identity, priorities, ties and lifestyle in this fallen world and its self-adoring, humanistic system. The real Gospel is not about changing ‘my life;’ it’s about forsaking my life entirely and exchanging it for the Resurrection Life, the perfect Humanity, of our risen Lord! Notice what the real Gospel is demanding from the first moment of its proclamation:

“But when he (John the Immerser) saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, ‘You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance; and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father’; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham. The axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. (Matthew 3:7-12 Amplification and emphasis added.)

” Then Yeshua said to His disciples, “If anyone wants to follow after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it! (Matthew 16:24-25 TLV Emphasis added.)

So the real Gospel isn’t about self-improvement. It’s about death to our state of living death… followed by: receiving and sharing in and reflecting out… our Messiah’s totally righteous, eternal Resurrection Life. So true Salvation begins once the death of ‘my life’ has actually taken place and has been replaced by the resurrected, Spirit-imparted Life of the Lord Yeshua. God gives us a true participation in His Son’s Resurrection Life, in exchange for the existence with which we first began! Most people do not understand this because this is not the way the Gospel is usually presented.

The fact is: as long as we’re sinners, even if we strive to be supremely religious, like Nicodemas, our Sin-corrupted nature drives us to be selfish, self-centered, rebellious, manipulative, controlling, predatory and self-destructive (See Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; John 2:23-25; Romans 3, 7) How can such gross disfigurement and enmity with God ever pass as His true image and likeness? No, this is not what God’s Word revealed. This is what our original nature assumes. We naturally think, act, react and interact out of a natural, perverted, self-glorifying soulish, earthly kind of ‘love.’

The danger with talking to English-speaking people about ‘love’ , is that they automatically assume that God’s love for them is the same kind of self-seeking, ‘tit for tat’ kind of love, a ‘let’s make a deal’ type of arrangement that is so common in the world’s system and so natural to all fallen, forever-needy, human flesh. But God’s love is completely complete and all-sufficient in itself. Therefore, it is utterly pure and selfless! But to us, such selfless love is completely supernatural and beyond our reach. It is of a completely different order and dimension than anything we encounter from our fellow creatures! God’s nature is Perfect…and Perfection never has any need to change. Only what is imperfect has to change…in order to transform into the Creator’s image and likeness! So God’s Love flows out from His Perfect Nature… the Nature that needs nothing because it is already Complete. And so God’s Love overflows eternally in order to share His Infinite Abundance with all that He has created!

“I know every bird of the mountains. Everything moving in the field is Mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you—for the world is Mine and all it contains!” (Psalm 50:11-12)

God’s Love is Unlike Any Other

So God’s level of love is never to be compared with our ever-needy, natural lust for self-glorification, pleasure, material and social gain, and worldly praise and adulation. God’s ‘wave length’ is immeasurably other than the wave-length sinners naturally occupy. The world system operates in a ‘let’s make a deal’ mode. But God doesn’t make deals with Sin-full worldly flesh, no matter how religious or cosmetically appealing it may appear to our eyes (See Genesis 4:4-8). God says that to be a friend to the world and its system is to be His enemy by default! (James 4:3-4) So we have to depend on God for our re-creation or regeneration just as much as we have to depend on Him for our original creation and ongoing daily sustenance. We are not originators…we are only reflectors of the Originator. And so, as long as we try to be ‘as God,’ God will demand that we ‘repent, and declare total bankruptcy, instead of continually  assuming that we will be able to fix ourselves and ‘improve.’

God’s love is Infinitely Perfect, Just, Holy and Righteous! He is intent on delivering and saving sinners from themselves and from the world and its man-centered religious systems and ‘business deal’ kinds of ‘love.’ Notice that Yeshua and His apostles didn’t preach about God’s love in public. They focused on God’s awesome holiness, righteous judgment and just punishment against Sin and our need to repent of what we are, compared to Him. They highlighted the eternal requirements of God’s changeless holy, perfect nature and sinful man’s need to be saved from the fatal wounding and disfigurement the Serpent and Sin caused in our human essence.

According to one well-respected Bible teacher, David Pawson, to whom I am indebted for his Biblical research and the following insights, there are 35,000 verses in the Bible. Only about 1,000 mention God’s Love. In Genesis – there is no mention of it. In Exodus, there’s one verse. In Leviticus – no mention. In Numbers – no mention. In Deuteronomy – one paragraph. In Joshua – no mention. In Judges – no mention. In Isaiah – one verse. In Jeremiah – one verse. Hosea, a minor prophet does discuss God’s love.

In Matthew, Mark, Luke and Acts – we see no emphasis on God’s love for man. And despite the great popularity of John 3:16, that verse is not articulating the heart or essential core of the Gospel of Salvation. What Yeshua was really stressing to Nicodemas is found in the verses that came immediately after verse 16. We will examine them a little later.

Pop religion talks in ‘New Agey’ terms about the ‘unconditional’ love of God. It speaks of His love in a Universalism sense. But if God’s love is really ‘unconditional’ in the way many Hellenized, humanistic Western people assume, the Gospel of Salvation is based on man’s current needs and their satisfaction, rather than being based on God’s perfect, righteous nature. In the pop Gospel there is no need for God to judge us, nor is there a need to consider Sin and what it is or eternal separation from God in what Scripture calls Hell. But of course Yeshua warned us about Hell more than anyone else in the Bible! Therefore, God, in His Perfection, according to the perfect standards of righteousness that flow out of His perfect, changeless nature as revealed in the Bible, is most definitely telling us that our salvation is based on certain conditions and requirements that must be met, and so therefore, God is most definitely ‘Judgmental!’

David Pawson points out that in Greek there are 4 words for love:

  1. Epithumeo – Addictive, lustful kind of love.
  2. Eros – love of attraction as in male/female attraction.
  3. Phileo – love of affection, the love of friends and brothers.
  4. Agapeo – selfless love that gets into action on behalf of the beloved…it acts out of compassion, regardless of cost, to meet the present need of another. Agape is the word used for God’s love and it always acts in accord with God’s perfect righteousness. It is perfectly truthful and just in nature and never changes. It is Righteousness that loves and always produces an increase of righteousness.

But English only has one word: ‘love.’ That’s confusing. The idea of love can be grossly cheapened and blurred by such verbal poverty. In our culture, people ‘love’ their spouses and children. But they also ‘love’ their mistresses, boyfriends, dogs, cats, peanut butter, hockey, football and skateboarding. They love certain TV shows and hobbies. They love blondes, brunettes, redheads, cars, pizza, action movies, etc., etc. And, oh yes, they love God too. But what exactly does all that mean? What are we to understand about God when people tell us that He loves us so much that all we have to do to be saved once and for all, is to say a ‘Sinner’s Prayer’ or entertain warm, fuzzy, snuggly thoughts, or be a ‘nice person?’ Is that the perfect righteous love of a holy, perfect, righteous God? Or is it the ‘look the other way’ permissiveness you get from lazy or corrupt law enforcement officials or ‘anything goes’ doting grandmothers?

Yeshua didn’t talk about God’s love in public. Perhaps this was in keeping with what He told His disciples in Matthew 7:6: “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces!” (See also Jeremiah 17:9-10; John 2:23-25)

Although He did not speak of God’s Love in public proclamations of the Gospel, Yeshua did teach His disciples about God’s love in private. Scripture emphasizes God’s command to love and forgive each other, out of love for Him. We are to give to others the same love we first received from the Lord who loved and forgave us (Cf. Luke 6:20-49). But such supernatural love is beyond the reach of fallen human flesh. Natural, self-adoring humans, because of their self-focus and innate selfishness and treachery and fickleness, cannot be trusted! Therefore, they are basically unlovable because they are selfishly inconsiderate, and desire wickedness. They are changeable and predatory and manipulative and controlling by nature. So, not only are they unlovable in themselves, but they are incapable of giving the supernatural love that is natural to Almighty God.

God, through His beloved Son, is even willing to die on behalf of such people, even when they are His virulent enemies! He freely offered Himself for their sake, in order to save them from themselves! But we cannot, and will not receive this awesome Love… unless God first softens our hearts and empowers us to repent of our innate Self-life. So let’s ponder once again this awesome warning that our Lord gave to His disciples:

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25 Emphasis added.)

God’s Love can only come into us after we’ve submitted to the initiatives and Authority of God’s Word. And once we submit, He takes us across the infinite chasm that separates us from the Kingdom of God. He takes us to the Resurrection side of the Cross and gives us the right to abide there with our Messiah! Such perfect love is not natural to fallen, Sin-adoring flesh! So, when that love is seen to be clearly coming out of us, it is an unmistakable sign that God Himself is living and working from within us! God’s selfless kind of love is the Fruit of true supernatural Salvation and Regeneration! It is the Fruit that proves we have a brand new life and Heavenly nature now operating within us. God’s Love is the manifest proof that must be flowing out of us. It is the necessary evidence that proves conclusively that the Spirit of God is free to transmit the perfect Humanity of our risen Messiah into us and through us!

So Salvation and the love it makes possible, are not for sinners! They are for those who have repented of their original state and have allowed themselves to be joined to the atoning death of our Messiah. We must first die in and with God’s living Word made flesh, and be raised up with Him. And only after that, can the nature, character and disposition of God’s Living Word be free to operate within us and prove that we are no longer radically independent agents, but are now one with God, and serving as His image and likeness.

God’s perfect, self-less love is not natural to sinners. To them it is always supernatural and beyond their reach. They must first repent of being decapitated from their true Head, the living Word of God! Then once they’re truly attached to Him… His Life’s Perfect Righteousness is then free to flow into them and produce its awesome Fruit!

So what should we tell the world about God?

Scripture emphasizes God’s Perfection and Righteous Holiness. The good news focuses on the righteousness that flows out of God’s perfect changeless nature. When we see God’s Righteousness, and realize that everything He does must be according to the Perfection of His nature, we have a right view of God and, therefore, we also get a right view of ourselves and our true Sin-corrupted condition. We see what the real issue is between God and us… and what has to be done about it: “He who has found his (decapitated, radically independent) life will lose it, and he who has lost his (decapitated) life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39 Amplification and emphasis added.)

Genesis 2:17“…but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die! (So we are all conceived and born into a state of living death. That is the decapitated nature we inherit from the First Adam.)

Genesis 6:5-8 “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. The LORD said, ‘I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.’ But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.”

Romans 1:16-19“…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 in it the Righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘But the righteous man shall live by faith.’ For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the Truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.” (Emphasis added.)

Romans 3:9-18“…for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under Sin; as it is written, ‘There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one! Their throat is an open grave, with their tongues they keep deceiving, the poison of asps is under their lips, whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; their feet are swift to shed blood, destruction and misery are in their paths, and the path of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.’” (Emphasis added)

Everything God does is PERFECT, TRUE and RIGHT! The negative side of that is: God cannot do anything imperfect, false or wrong. He is absolute Perfection. Perfection never changes; imperfection must change. God will never deceive, betray or break a promise or violate His Nature, or go back on His Word, or betray His own Perfect Standards. He never misleads, cheats or cuts corners. His Perfect Holiness never winks at or ignores Sin. He must deal with every speck of it…out of His Perfection! But what God never does…all fallen humans do regularly!

So the difference between God’s nature and our fallen nature reveals the real issue of the Gospel – the issue is our true bankrupt state before our holy and perfectly righteous God. What chance do we have when we know God does everything according to His perfect nature…which includes having to deal with us out of His perfect Justice, all-seeing flawless Knowledge and His unchanging Truth and the infinite Holiness of His perfectly perfect laws and standards? What could we possibly do or manipulate that would enable us to raise ourselves up to such humanly impossible heights and standards? The very fact that our original nature is conceived in Adam’s Sin-corruption and is dead to God and utterly imperfect, condemns us immediately!

When we know the real Truth, we’re better able to understand and deal with questions people ask, such as, ‘Why did my child have to die?

We can deal with such issues from a deeper, wiser, level that takes our inherent mortality into account. I say this because when we know what the real issues are in the sight of God’s Truth and Reality, the real question becomes: ‘Since we are already born in a dying state, thanks to Sin, what can we do to escape our inevitable fate of  disintegration, destruction, death and decomposition?’

When people are hurting and suffering because they suffer horrendous losses, they can’t help but feel rage and outrage. They know instinctively that we were not made for this. We were not designed to be suffering, losing victims of random circumstances and the evil intentions of other creatures. We were made for Life… Eternal Life… and Everlasting Joy and Fulfillment and Wellbeing! So, when we are deprived of those things, we are outraged and shocked and we know that something is dreadfully wrong. And when humans grieve and express outrage, that is perfectly understandable.

But it doesn’t help at all when we view what is happening to us from the perspectives given by a completely false paradigm! When we are caught up in that, we are not able to see Reality as it truly is; nor are we able to ask the right questions! The question is not, “Why does God cause, or allow bad things to happen to good people?” The question is, “Why do bad things happen to people who have been corrupted by Sin and who have death already at work within them, from the moment they are conceived?” That is the real question!

The Truth is this: none of us is equipped to answer such ‘Why did this have to happen’ types of questions with comprehensive accuracy and precision! Fallen humans are not equipped, mentally or educationally, to be able to know and understand the enormous array of causes and factors that are involved in the multiple layers of Creation and how they are connected to each other and how one thing affects everything else in the universe. That is much too big and vast and deep of a subject for us to comprehend and explain adequately. In fact, unless we know the True Gospel, we do not have a clue about the powers of Darkness and how maliciously they have torn into the human race and have managed to steal our birthright and mangle our human nature beyond recognition!

So, if we don’t even know what we are, and what our true state actually is… we certainly are in no shape to be able to fathom the complexity that exists in just one microscopic amoeba! There are in excess of two trillion separate things going on in each one of them per second! How much more then is going on in creatures that are much more complex and that we can actually see and touch and hear?

So obviously we can’t know all the awesome interconnected workings of the vast universe and all the interactive laws and workings of Creation’s echelons. We can only know a tiny part of all that is involved in the interconnected workings of every level and stratum of Creation. But God is operating out of His Infinite Omniscience! Therefore, His ways are most definitely not our ways, nor are His thoughts our thoughts. So, the truth is, we are incapable of explaining the vastness of a cosmos, most of which we can’t even perceive, much less understand and explain it in ways that would make sense to our Sin-corrupted, highly limited perceptions and thought patterns! That truly is a task that only Almighty God would be capable of doing.

But God has revealed that His nature and character are perfect; and that our original nature is Sin-corrupted and mortal (that is, fleeting and temporary). So we can rest in the assurance that whatever He does in anything… even if it is incomprehensible to us in our highly-limited current state… whatever He does and allows, is always going to be perfectly and eternally RIGHT, GOOD and JUST!  This is because His nature is unique. God never does anything wrong, evil, wicked or malicious. He loves what He has created, and will never do anything to harm it or put it at a disadvantage! He means it nothing but GOOD! Therefore, we can know for sure that He is not the originator of any evil whatsoever! Sin is the culprit. Rebellion and disobedience to God’s Living Word is at fault. And, no matter how much damage that has done to us, and no matter how persistently the powers of Darkness try to defame our Creator, we can know that He means to do nothing but the very best for us. He always acts out of His changeless, perfect, righteous Love nature. Everything about Him is always – PERFECTION! (Cf. Deuteronomy 32:4; Leviticus 22:21; 1 Chronicles 29:18-19; Romans 12:21; Matthew 5:43-48.)

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it!” (Isaiah 55:8-11)

Beloved, God is telling us with heart-piercing clarity that He will never depend upon us to fulfill His will or His Plan and purposes for ourselves, or for anything else! He’s telling us that He relies only on His own Perfect Living Word to do whatever must be done on our behalf and thus, the Word will be sent to act in our stead… and to cover our shameful nakedness in a way that will be utterly, eternally PERFECT!

God’s Perfection overcomes our limited, temporary evil with His Infinite, Changeless and Perfect Good! This is always true, even when we can’t figure it out or comprehend or explain it to ourselves. So, if God created us to be His image and likeness, we are designed and intended to enjoy God’s Eternal Perfection with Him, and to reflect it back out to whatever is around us, at all times! With God, this is a changeless fact, an eternal requirement!

Therefore, we can know from what has been revealed to us in God’s written Word, that Sin is the thing that kills and devastates everything! Sin killed us from the moment that our first parents severed themselves from their union with the Living Word of God. The Word created and sustained them. So when they rejected Him and chose to follow the lies of the Serpent… the entire human race died with them!

So… God is not the one who kills us or our children, or any one of us! God is the Source of all Life! It was His desire and idea to bring us all into being in the first place! He doesn’t end life; He is the one that gives life its birth and sustenance! So it is egregiously wrong and unjust to accuse Him of being the cause of the destruction, decay and death that afflicts His beloved Creation. It is the Sin of free-willed demonic and human creatures that is the cause of all of this! Because of the Sin of our first parents and the children that came from their union, we and our children were conceived and born in the state of Adam’s Sin. Therefore, we’re  already ‘born dead’! And God is the one who sent His Living Word to take our Death and Destruction upon Himself… so that He could free us from all of that… and restore His Eternal Life and Wellbeing to us in exchange!

So if you want to know who is to blame for the evil that is devastating our world, blame the real culprit. God is not to blame! The one truly responsible for hurting, maiming, robbing and killing human beings… is the Serpent, the Father of Lies. He, and all of the creatures that he has managed to deceive and entrance and manipulate with his lies, is the real enemy and he is to blame for devastating and breaking human hearts!

The Changeless Laws of Creation

We live in a moral universe that is not indifferent to right and wrong. It operates according to God’s nature and His laws of Creation. That’s why when Jesus prayed, He didn’t say ‘Loving Father’; He said ‘Righteous Father’ (John 17:25). We get a completely different outlook when we see God this way. Nothing can compare to Him. And yet, He created us to be His image and likeness! So because God warns us that we have fallen far below the ‘image and likeness of God’ standard, He must also warn us that the changeless laws of Creation that govern His universe will catch up with all of us, sooner or later. Why is that? It’s because God is perfectly righteous, holy and pure and perfectly just. He must judge and punish every speck of what is evil and unrighteous…every thought, word and deed, action, reaction and interaction. He must deal with all of it.

It is obviously clear to us that the laws of physics that our Creator established are never going to deviate or change. And the same is true of His moral laws. They too remain ever constant. It matters not if some of God’s creatures choose to disagree with the laws that govern gravity or entropy or electricity! Those laws will remain in effect nevertheless! They apply equally to one and all, without exception. And it matters not if we like or want God’s Word  to govern us, or not; God will have the last Word nevertheless, because His Truth will always remain in effect!

So too is it with God’s moral laws. Every speck of what is sinful and wrong must and will be punished and barred from God’s Righteous, Perfect Presence! No one will be able to ‘get away with’ anything! Every sin of omission or commission must and will be atoned for and made right, in one way or another! God is perfect and He must judge according to His Perfection. And our offenses, even the most minute particle, must be dealt with and redeemed PERECTLY! So, either we, in our abysmal personal bankruptcy and inability will choose to try to answer to God for our own transgressions and imperfections… or… we will abide under the Covering that God provided for us. The one who is here to cover us is  our Messiah, Yeshua, the Perfect, Sin-less, Lamb of God. If you put your faith, hope and trust in Him,  Yeshua will be your Perfect Justification and Redemption in the sight of God… and you will most certainly pass His Judgment! But if you dare to try to stand before God on your own merits… you will not stand a chance of passing!

Whatever God does is done in and from His Perfect Wisdom, Eternal Truth and Infinite Justice! And that is why only our Messiah, God’s living Word made flesh, has the Righteous Authority and Ability to recreate and restore us. Only He can remove all Sin and stain and impurity from us. And He already has done whatever will be necessary to accomplish this for each one of us. It is finished! He has already made all things right in the sight of God in our name! And all that remains now, is for each of us to believe, trust, embrace and submit to… HIM, so He can apply to us personally, the wonders of what He has already accomplished!

But apart from Him, we are exposed and shown to be morally broken and spiritually bankrupt and unable to atone or escape guilt and condemnation under God’s perfect Law. So if we do not come to God’s beloved Son, the Word, to be our Covering… we will not be redeemed, and the Law will automatically expose our shameful nakedness and condemn us! And this is why our fallen flesh NEVER has anything to boast, crow or strut about. People may deny that God exists, or that what He says is true. But they are not the creators or lords of the universe. Therefore no creature ever has any authoritative ‘right’ to ‘edit’ what our Creator says or to try to change His Reality and Truth around to mean what they want them to mean or to change into what they would do and say and choose, if it were possible for them to take His place. No creature will ever take the place of Almighty God! This is what He has revealed in His written Word…

“Present your case,” the Lord says. “Bring forward your strong arguments,” the King of Jacob says. Let them bring forth and declare to us what is going to take place; as for the former events, declare what they were, that we may consider them and know their outcome. Or announce to us what is coming; declare the things that are going to come afterward, that we may know that you are gods; indeed, do good or evil, that we may anxiously look about us and fear together.

“Behold, you are of no account, and your work amounts to nothing; he who chooses you is an abomination!” (Isaiah 41:21-24 Emphasis added.)

BUT NOW COMES THE GOOD NEWS!

Because God is utterly Perfect…by that reason He is also Perfectly Gracious, Merciful and Tenderly Compassionate! If He only dealt with us as we deserve, none of us would have a chance! But in His Perfect Wisdom and Mercy…He knew our past, present and future before we were created! He knew that Sin would render us spiritually bankrupt, mortal and helpless. He knew our limitations and inability. So, even before Creation happened, it was always in His mind and heart to overcome our evil with His Infinite Good!

Therefore, He commissioned His perfect, eternal living Word…Yeshua, to become one of us so He could act as our Covenant Representative, Kinsman Redeemer, Perfect atoning Sacrifice and Eternal High Priest. God’s Blood Covenant pattern enables God to deal with Yeshua as if He were us, with perfect legality, Truth and Justice. Yeshua lived and interacted with His Father – in our name – as ‘The Son of Man.’

And because He willingly identified and became one with us, to represent us, God did not spare His own beloved Son. He judged Him and dealt with all of our Sin that He took upon Himself. Thus this is how God covers our ‘nakedness.’ He deals with all of our Sin completely, according to His perfect Justice, through our perfectly righteous, holy, Sin-less Substitute sacrificial Sacrifice, Yeshua, The Perfect Lamb of God. He identified with us, so completely, that He was able to represent us perfectly on the Cross.  So His atoning death was also our corporate execution. He embraced Death in our name! Thus He Perfectly satisfied God’s Perfect Justice! So, once we believe and accept Him as our Covenant Representative and submit to His terms, our state of living death, and the Sin, guilt and condemnation that came with it, all dies with our Messiah! His Death takes all of that away from us and thus there’s nothing left of our original state and fallen nature for the coils of the Serpent to continue to legally dominate and crush in us and keep squeezing us to death. The death of our Sin and its penalty of living Death, sets us free  entirely. And then God can begin to reveal and impart Yeshua’s perfect obedience, faith, love, compassion and righteous human nature from within those of us  who put our faith and trust in Him and what He did on our behalf.

By the end of this fallen world’s allotted course, this Salvation/Redemption/Restoration process will be complete. God will have created for the redeemed a brand new Sin-free Heaven and Earth and new, glorified, Sin-less, eternal bodies for His own…and there will be absolutely no evil, temptation, unrighteousness, decay or death attached to us from then on. We will live and operate in our new glorified bodies in God’s Perfection and Righteousness forever. We will once again be God’s true, perfect, image and likeness. That’s the Good News of the true Gospel as God has revealed it to us in Scripture.

But sadly, Sin-full people continue to disrespect God; they ‘refashion’ or ‘morph’ His Word and its revealed Truth and Reality to suit themselves. They choose the pleasures of Sin over God’s standards of Righteousness. They give in to demonic allurements to live radically independent lives and pursue alternative agendas. They ignore and reject God and His Word…and continue to do as they think best. Such people back away and keep God at a distance. They choose to remain in the Darkness that comes when you are ‘decapitated’ from God’s Word. They think the Darkness will prevent their deeds from being exposed. So they gravitate to texts like John 3:16. But they avoid like the plague, the real Gospel that the prophets and the Messiah and His apostles proclaimed. As we said earlier, we will go beyond John 3:16 to see what the real issue of the  real Gospel is all about:

John 3:17-21“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the Darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the Truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God!” (Emphasis added.)

To Whom Are We Comparing Ourselves?

Worldly people remain ‘Head-less’ and do not believe they need redemption. They compare themselves to each other. Each one considers himself to be ‘a good person’ – better than most. Therefore, they see no need for a personal Redeemer.

But God compares all of us to Himself and His perfect standards! And that exposes and devastates us all…just as Isaiah and Saul of Tarsus and the Apostle John were devastated when they received a glimpse of His Presence (Cf. Isaiah 6; Acts 9; Revelation 1). As soon as the Living Word of God appeared to them, they saw the Truth of His perfect selfless love – The Lamb as slain…and how far above and beyond us His Love Nature and Standards of Righteousness really are. The Truth about God’s Perfect Love is His Perfect Righteousness; and it exposes our sinful self-adoring corruption and devastates and destroys our delusions of self-righteous ‘goodness and sufficiency’.

But the Truth concerning all of this also sets us free! It disentangles us from all the satanic deceptions that separate us from God and drive us to take matters into our own hands. When we see the Truth, we’re freed from our slavery to self-deception and are then forced to declare spiritual bankruptcy. Then we can cry out to God for His Mercy. And then, He is legally free to impart Yeshua’s Perfect Righteousness to us and saves us, according to His eternal Blood Covenant pattern.

That can’t happen unless we hear the Truth, truthfully. The Truth must pierce and penetrate our granite-hard hearts with the realization that in Adam, we all died! In that dead state into which we are all conceived, we have no righteousness in ourselves, nor can we achieve it by anything we do, or try to stop doing, by our dead, ‘decapitated,’ soulish, self-driven works and efforts.

One Source for True Righteousness

Only God, through His Gospel, as it is applied to us through our child-like faith, can be our Righteousness. Only He can impart His Life, Righteousness, Purity, Perfection and Rest to all men. And He does it in and through Yeshua, our True Head. That’s why we must exchange our worldly Sin-corrupted, independent, living death life for the eternal Life of God’s holy living Word. The Word made flesh is our only Salvation and Covering and Righteousness. What our religious human efforts to keep the Law cannot do…The living Word of God did! We can’t make ourselves or others to be good; but God can; and He has…through His Son and His Finished Work of Redemption. He transforms repentant people into His image and likeness, always and only on His terms. And this is what God yearns to apply to each one of us and continually calls to each human heart to come to Him, while there is still time for them to repent and be saved.

Deep inside, we all wish we were better persons. We regret what we’ve done and wish we would have done what we failed to do. We want to be good but we know we’re far from perfect. That’s why we need to hear the real Gospel, the Good News about true Righteousness. By God’s perfect mercy, WE CAN BE GOOD! Because He will give us HIS Goodness… when we come to Him just as we are… ON HIS TERMS! What He gives us in Christ, when we put all of our faith, hope and trust in Him and His Perfect Finished Work, will most definitely cover us and we will most certainly pass the awesome Judgment of the living God!

It’s easier to preach this Gospel to people in moral gutters and dens of iniquity than it is in many synagogues, mosques, ashrams, churches and highly-intellectualized academic settings. Why is that true? It’s true because sinners readily admit they’re sinners and that they desperately need a Savior to come to their rescue and cover their nakedness.

But self-righteous, ego-centric intellectual and religious people, on the other hand, labor under demonic delusions of self-righteousness. They judge themselves to be better than most. Therefore they conclude they’re able to become ‘good enough’ and achieve some kind of ‘special status’, because of their natural origins or personal accomplishments or because they belong to certain religious organizations, or because of the theologies with which they agree, or because of the assumed value of the religious works they do. But they do not know the living God as He really is. Instead, they put faith in the false gods of humanism and false religion and ethnic superiority or their religious creeds and rituals and man-made organizations and traditions into which they are born or enrolled. Others put faith in some decision they once made, or a prayer for salvation they decided to say. In that case, they put faith in something created…something they decided to do.

God as He Really Is – Not as We Think He Is

But when anyone receives a glimpse of God as He really is, they are instantly stunned senseless and they instinctively fall before Him and humbly beg for mercy. And then… God covers their shameful nakedness with His Son’s Robe of Righteousness and gives them His eternal Life – thanks to the infinite Perfection of what His living Word has already DONE! That’s when God begins to transform them into disciples (images and likenesses) of His living Word, Yeshua our Messiah.

Superficial evangelism says: “God loves you so much that all He requires you to do is say this prayer and you’ll be saved.” That beloved, is pure delusion! It is a lie that omits the deep, heartfelt repentance and lifestyle changes and the disciple-level transformation of life that God actually requires. You can see this if you ponder what God said through Jeremiah in chapter 17:5-10 and Luke 18:9-34. And you also see it in the parable of the Wedding Feast and the man who refused to put on the wedding garment and was cast out into the Darkness (See Matthew 22:11-14).

Many people say the ‘Sinner’s Prayer’, assuming they don’t have to change their Sin-loving lifestyles or begin to take God’s revelations, commandments and promises seriously. Instead, they indulge in magical thinking that tells them that the prayer they said that one time in the past, is all it takes to save them and make everything right between them and their Holy Righteous God. Therefore, after they’ve said that prayer, which is more like a magical incantation, they think they can afford to remain negligent and sloppy in their attitudes toward God and the Law (Torah) which clearly reveal His perfect standards of Righteousness. Scripture warns that such people are in for a huge shock. The day will come when they will hear the Lord say to them,

“Depart from Me you who practice Lawlessness.(Torah-lessness) I never knew you!” (Matthew 7:21-23 Emphasis added.)

Unless we’re spiritually regenerated or ‘born again’ as new creations, we will not become partakers of God’s Righteousness. And if we do not share His Righteousness and live in obedience to His Word, we will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven! (John 3:5)

“Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith; to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the Glory forever. Amen.” (Romans 16:25-27 Emphasis added.)

In theological terms, God imputes righteousness to us if we enter by the narrow gate of exclusive faith in Yeshua and His Perfect Finished Work. And then, after we enter the gate, He must also actually impart His righteousness into us as the Holy Spirit leads us along the narrow path of obeying and embodying Yeshua’s indwelling presence by living as one with Him and from Him from that point forward.

Then, the Spirit of God can empower us to obey God’s holy commandments (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:25-27). We are required to follow Yeshua and receive from His Holy Spirit what is impossible to us… step by step along the narrow path throughout the rest of our lives on Earth (Matthew 7:13-29; Deuteronomy 28; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 3:1-4).

As we allow Yeshua to live His perfect Life in and through us, the Holy Spirit trains, disciplines and teaches us to work out (express) the Righteousness of our Master’s Life in us. His Life transforms our thoughts, words, actions, reactions and interactions with other people (Philippians 2:12-13). This is the true, authentic disciple life that He desires and requires us to embody. Disciples must demonstrate the unchanging fact that all flesh must hear and obey what the living Word of the living God says to the Sin-murdered children of Adam and is here, ready to supply whatever they lack, for them!

God requires us all to embody Yeshua His beloved Son. And if we do that, God can prove, through our obedient flesh, that He has truly raised His Son from the dead and that Yeshua is now present, operating in righteousness from within the flesh of those whom He has saved. And His Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Goodness and Self Control will then be seen to be operating within us by the obvious proof of His supernatural Fruit that we suddenly begin to bear in His Name. Such supernatural righteousness is the evidence that the risen One lives in us and is, even now, able to produce His fruit in and through our lives.

Everything man-made, no matter how ‘spiritual’ or ‘religious’ it appears, is a cheap, soulish, man-made counterfeit substitute! But to live in and from Yeshua’s Holy Spirit is Almighty God’s authentic, Spirit-given Eternal Life.

“You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved. (Matthew 10:22 Emphasis added)

So beloved, remember this:

Nothing bad that we have done can keep us away from God’s salvation. But nothing ‘good’ that we may try to do, will be able to get us into it!

Only our Perfect God can meet His Perfect Standards Perfectly! And He must be free to do it in our name. (Cf. the Pharisee and the Publican in Luke18:9-17). God must do it all, from start to finish. And He has done it.

This is The Good News that I believe Scripture equips us to proclaim – not only through our words, but most importantly through visible fruit in our personal lives and relationships amid this demon-possessed world. Only this proof…the manifestation of Yeshua’s supernatural Fruit coming through our flesh… can convince unbelievers that we actually are living ‘branches’ of God’s New Covenant ‘Vine,’ and that He truly is risen from the dead and alive within us (Cf. John 15; 1 Corinthians 15:12-19; Galatians 5:16-25)!

So according to what Scripture really says about New Covenant disciple life, Salvation is not a matter of good or bad behavior, or ignorance vs. education, or being correct vs. being incorrect. It is a matter of who lives in you? Is it the First Adam, or is it the Last Adam? Are you decapitated and dead? Or are you ALIVE – with the Life of the risen Lord of Glory?

This is the life or death issue about us that God, in His perfection, must – and will – deal with when the time for our individual and corporate Judgment finally arrives!

“And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven!” (Matthew 18:2-4 Emphasis added.)

 

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Letter from Timothy August 2017

The ship that Paul rode to go to Rome encountered a storm. “Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta. The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold. Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, ‘This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.’ But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god. There was an estate nearby that belonged to Publius, the chief official of the island. He welcomed us to his home and showed us generous hospitality for three days. His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him. When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured. They honored us in many ways; and when we were ready to sail, they furnished us with the supplies we needed (Acts 28:1-10).

Therefore, they treated Paul very kindly and went up to him and were cured of their diseases. God had changed the hearts of the barbarous people by protecting Paul and fulfilled the glorification of God.

Why did this hardship come upon Paul? Why did God allow such hardship to His child who received salvation, a servant of God who lives for the good news when those who are not children of God live without any problems?

The Bible says: “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus (Yeshua Messiah) shall suffer persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12.

Like this, Satan hates the work that we saved people do. It wouldn’t be a problem to Satan if we didn’t preach the good news or serve God and just followed the flesh. But Satan will never stay still when we preach the good news and fulfill the will of God. He puts us into despair by giving us many problems and difficulties.

However, God will reveal His power inside of us and uncover His glory when we look up to Him and do not fall into despair but instead think, “God will work inside of us!”

Satan creates darkness, pain, and disappointment in our hearts. Regardless of our pain or if you are now in conditions to be disappointed, there is no reason for us to be discouraged if God is alive among us. God reverses the dark, disappointing, and difficult situations made by Satan into His glorifying works. That’s why I wish that you will have hope and faith when a difficult and hard situation occurs, and you will think, “Now, God will work for me!”

Brother, Timothy

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God Reveals Himself through His Word

God Reveals Himself through His Word

Whenever I ponder the following text, I begin to feel overwhelmed… completely submerged and swept off of my mental feet. What the Holy Spirit says about God’s incarnate, resurrected Living Word is way too much for my poor mind to grasp! This text has embedded within it the endless vastness and significance and the Silence that Absolute, Eternal Perfection elicits from any onlooker. I am reduced to that when I try to fathom the depths of His Presence and the Eternal Perfection of the One who is the Infinite Source of all Life. He is the one and only Source; and there is no other:

“God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed Heir of All Things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the Radiance of His Glory and the Exact Representation of His Nature, and upholds all things by the Word of His Power!

“When He had made Purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they. For to which of the angels did He ever say,

You are My Son, today I have begotten You”?

“And again,

I will be a Father to Him and He shall be a Son to Me”? And when He again brings the Firstborn into the world, He says, “And let all the angels of God WORSHIP HIM! (Hebrews 1:1-6 Emphasis added.)

Beloved, the letter to the Hebrews was written to those who had been among the original group of All-Jewish believers in Yeshua. In the beginning, they had defied and contradicted the very strong negative public opinion and peer pressure that most of the Jewish people were exerting as they kept defying and rejecting Yeshua and all of His claims. Most of us could not possibly fathom or sense the depths of personal pain that those original New Covenant believers had to endure… what it cost them to ‘drop everything’ and follow their Messiah into the brand new territory of the New Covenant that God had made with the House of Israel and the House of Judah.

God chose those original Jewish apostles and disciples to lead the rest of Israel… and the whole world… into the awesome, inconceivable Reality-Shift Transition, that Scripture calls, ‘The New Covenant.’ God’s incarnate Son had come to demonstrate for Israel that the time had come for God’s chosen people to allow Him to bring it and its marvels to them, so that He could lead them further… beyond the Covenant of Sinai… and into the awesome Post-Resurrection and Ascension, New Covenant Fulfillment and Restoration of all of Creation!

That was what God’s Son, The Word, had begun to do with them and through them. And now, these Israelite followers of Yeshua were having second thoughts. They were wavering in their faith, and were on the verge of forsaking their Messiah so they could go back to their original Covenant of Sinai ‘comfort zone.’

Beloved, the New Covenant that God has begun to bring into effect is so mysterious… so DEEP… in Significance and Meaning for God’s Eternal Purposes… I fear that no generation of believers since the first century CE has yet been able to begin to fathom and ingest and truly embody the Reality that it makes possible. We hear and read what the apostolic writers were saying and teaching in those days… but I’m convinced that we have not yet been pierced and transfixed to the very core of our being by the Truth and Reality that underlie those words… not to the degree that our Heavenly Father desires. I believe we still fall far short of the full understanding and realization that He intends for us to have. So, we still do not know God and His Word and Spirit, as He truly is. We have not yet begun to plumb the Magnitude and the Endless Depths of what God’s Fullness truly IS. We’ve not grasped the piercing, crushing overwhelming impact of all that the Perfect Love of God has already done on our behalf… through His beloved Son, The Word.

This letter was written to those wavering Jewish disciples soon after God had sent His Son to Earth… in human flesh… to institute and launch the New Covenant apostolic era of Israel’s faithful Remnant. It clearly announces to Israel, as well as to the rest of the world, that, now that we’ve learned what God requires of all fallen human flesh through the instruction of the Covenant of Sinai, and after we’ve seen Israel fail continually to meet God’s Standards… God is now taking us all into the New Covenant Era in which He Himself will serve as our Eternal Covenant Representative and Champion through the work of His Living Word! The Word, appearing on Earth as Yeshua of Nazareth, has personally  fulfilled every speck of what God’s Perfect Nature has revealed about itself and what His Standards require of us – and promise to us –  in our name and on our behalf.

In the New Covenant, God has covered us perfectly, with His own Righteousness… and His Living Word has already done all of the necessary work as our Eternal Blood Covenant Representative and Messiah and  High Priest!

Those wavering Jewish disciples had, for some reason, still not been able to grasp the magnitude of what God had done to them, and in them. They were unable to grasp and absorb the Reality of who Yeshua is, and the Magnitude of what His Death and Resurrection mean… and then to appropriate it to themselves.

“Concerning Him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the Word of Righteousness, for he is an infant.” (Hebrews 5:11-13 Emphasis added.)

They still did not know Yeshua, despite the pains God had taken to reveal Him to them! They didn’t realize that God had sent His Living Word into their midst to bless and include them in this awesome New Covenant Era… so that He could remove the guilt and condemnation from them that comes from their failure to comply with the requirements of the Covenant of Sinai, to the degree that God’s Perfection requires! Thus they failed to understand the enormous privilege, honor and blessing God had given to them by entrusting into their care this awesome proclamation of His Son and what He has done for the world. In the past, there had been many things that captivated the attention and devotion of Israel. The marvelous history of God’s dealings with the children of Israel, and Israel’s continued miraculous, supernatural survival and continued existence, proved beyond the shadow of any doubt that God had blessed them and was with them and is always faithful to them… despite her failures. But this had caused many in the Jewish world to become proud and arrogant and contemptuous of the other peoples of the earth who still wallowed in pagan uncleanness.

But now… through this awesome letter, God stripped away all those false delusions and misconceptions from them. Now He was rubbing their faces in the Reality and Truth that His Living Word is Supreme over everything in the universe that is created… even Israel herself, and even the Jewish world that had emerged out of the Sinai Covenant, with all of its deeply embedded customs and religious traditions! Now He was stating New Covenant Fulfillment Reality… introducing the Reality that will prevail and remain Supreme and Preeminent for all of Eternity. Now He was pointing the way to them that would lead into the Era of the Last Days Fulfillment. YESHUA MUST INCREASE… until everything that has been created by Yeshua, correspondingly decreases!

Now it is the appointed Time for the awesome Final Era… when the Living Word of God will enjoy Supreme, Absolute Authority over all things… and now, Father is in the process of removing all opposition and resistance to His Living Word’s Total Enthronement! Now God’s Living Word is about to become THE ALL… in all things, at all times, for everyone and everything else!

“He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an Administration suitable to the Fullness of the times, that is, the Summing Up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him also we have obtained an Inheritance, having been predestined according to His Purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the End that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, would be to the Praise of His Glory!

In Him, you also, after listening to the Message of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of Promise, who is given as a Pledge of our Inheritance, with a view to the Redemption of God’s own Possession, to the Praise of His Glory! (Ephesians 1:9-14 Emphasis added.)

Dear ones, this is the message and the Reality and the emphasis that I believe Father has commissioned the FMM Family to embrace, absorb, practice, embody and demonstrate to whoever happens to be around us. This is the Last Days Testimony of all of the Lord’s disciples who wear His uniform and are engaged in His active service. But now, going through the motions and donning religious disguises while our hearts and souls remain filled with worldly things that blot out the image of Yeshua and drown out the voice of God, will no longer be allowed in those Last Days disciples! Father will not permit us to merely try to ‘say our Message.’ We can’t just mouth nice things about The Fulfillment. Now it is time to demonstrate it… by the supernatural manifestations of its Truth in our flesh and circumstances and interactions with the people around us! It is time for disciples to become God’s ‘living proof’ – the actual living demonstrations of the coming Reality of this Awesome Fulfillment!

“A voice is calling,Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness; make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. Let every valley be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; and let the rough ground become a plain, and the rugged terrain a broad valley; THEN the Glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all flesh will see it together; for the mouth (Word) of the Lord has spoken.”

A voice says, “Call out.” Then He answered, “What shall I call out?” “All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God stands forever.”

Get yourself up on a high mountain, O Zion, bearer of Good News, lift up your voice mightily, O Jerusalem, bearer of good news; lift it up, do not fear. Say to the cities of Judah, HERE IS YOUR GOD!”

Behold, the Lord God will come with Might, With His Arm (Living Word) ruling for Him. Behold, His Reward is with Him and His Recompense before Him. Like a Shepherd He will tend His flock, in His arm He will gather the lambs and carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes!” (Isaiah 40:3-11 Amplification and emphasis added.)

Beloved, it will not be enough for us to try to preach, pontificate, dogmatize or argue in the presence of unbelieving people. No matter how logical or clever our remarks and intellectual gimmicks may be… that will never convince this current, demon-possessed world to bow before Yeshua and His Truth. No, this is not a message that any of us will be able to cram down anyone’s throat. In the Last Days, our job will not be to argue, debate, criticize or demean people who refuse to believe. God forbid that we should descend to that worldly carnal level of operation in the performance of our task. Isn’t our world already overburdened with that kind of animosity, strife and conflict? Do we not have more than enough already of bitter adversaries that do everything in their power to decimate and tear to pieces and utterly destroy their opposition?

No! We have a Message that is not at all of this fallen world! Our Message is ALIVE AND DIVINE! Our Message is a PERSON… who is Living, Real and dynamically Present. And He is here to actively reveal His Eternal Fruit… the Fruit that flows out of Heaven, from the Inexhaustible Treasury of His Perfect Finished Work! The Last Days issues will not be about us, or the people who oppose us. Everything will shift, radically and profoundly! And thereafter, everything will be about the Glorious Living Word of the Living God… and the Perfection and All Sufficiency of what our God has already DONE… THROUGH HIM!

The Resurrected Messiah of Israel is the one who abides within His Spirit-empowered disciples. And He is here to reveal and prove to the entire universe that He truly does contain, within Himself, the Fullness of the Power and Majesty and Authority of Almighty God! Yes, Yeshua is the actual Living Word of God made flesh. He is our Message! And He will be here in us and among us… TO SPEAK FOR HIMSELF!

“And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of (natural human) wisdom, BUT IN THE DEMONSTRATION OF THE SPIRIT AND OF POWER, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the POWER OF GOD! (1 Corinthians 2:1-5 Emphasis added.)

In the past, we all did some of that arguing and debating that still goes on incessantly. But when we did that, as we now well know, we ourselves were still deceived! We may have been eminently religious, but we had no idea of just how clueless we still were! We knew tons of things ABOUT the Lord… but very few of us actually KNEW HIM, AND INTERACTED WITH HIM, AND EMBODIED HIM… AS HE REALLY IS! So all we could do was to talk and blow smoke… while the world continued to yawn and nod off to sleep.

And He also spoke a parable to them: “A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit? A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye. For there is no good tree which produces bad fruit, nor, on the other hand, a bad tree which produces good fruit. For each tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a briar bush. The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart. Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? (Luke 6:39-46)

So what has the Lord been telling us all this time, beloved? Was He not reminding us to remember always, the lesson He taught us through the examples of Cain and Abel? In Genesis 4 He revealed to us what Father will accept from us and what He will not accept. Abel offered to God exactly what God asks of us… a sacrificial lamb… the perfectly Sin-less sacrificial life of a blood covenant substitute representative. In other words, Abel was following the pattern given to him by God’s Living Word… Yeshua! But Cain was not following the Word of God. He was trusting in his own fallen understanding and living a radically independent, externally religious, living dead existence! Abel offered the slain sacrificial lamb to God, in the place of his own personal Sin-corrupted fleshy makeup and activities. But Cain offered what he thought God would like… the best he personally had to offer… and God, in His Perfect Righteousness, turned His back on that abomination. And He always will.

This was the pattern that God had already revealed to fallen Adam and Eve, who in their desperation and shame, tried to cover their Sin-full nakedness and do what they could to make themselves more presentable to each other, and to God. They decided to gather and use fig leaves of their own design behind which they might hide. But God rejected that false covering. Instead, through His Living Word, He covered them Himself, using the skins of innocent animals that had given their lives to take their place before God. Those substitutes that had no Sin, made a substitute covering on their behalf.

This was the issue in the story of Cain and Abel. And in telling us this, God is revealing His Blood Covenant Pattern, the Pattern He uses with us throughout all of Scripture: Everything must be done for us, not by our own efforts, but by the Finished Work of God’s own Living Word, for He is the Eternal Lamb of God! God will only accept from us, what He has first given to us through His Word. So, when we rest in Yeshua, and offer Him and His Perfect Finished Works of Creation and Redemption to God… we are putting 100% of our faith, hope and trust in Yeshua, our Eternal Covenant Representative! And we are drawing everything we need, from His Perfect Finished Works of Creation and Redemption. And because we do that, God is totally satisfied and pleased with us.

But He will not accept anything that comes from our own Sin-corrupted, Death-ridden fallen flesh, no matter how ‘religious’ or ‘theologically correct’ or ‘spiritual’ we may try to make it appear before God and Man. God sees through all of that phony emptiness. He knows it well – it is the radically independent self-life of the Serpent! T. Austin-Sparks puts this truth quite well in several of his writings. Here’s one example taken from His free online book entitled, ‘Spiritual Fruitfulness’:

“Fruitfulness is related to the Word of God. What are the properties of that Word? “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” These are not abstract elements. What is said about the Word is said about the Lord Jesus – He is “a life-giving spirit”. The Word is Christ mediated to the life. Fruitfulness is a matter of Christ, as Spirit and Life finding increase in us through the Word, so that He becomes Spirit and Life to us, and through us to others. It is Christ living in us, expressing Himself through us. It is the increase of the living Christ.

“Various things are said in relation to this. Even this may be in different measures and degrees; the hundred-fold, sixty, thirty. The hundred-fold is where Christ is all and in all. But there may be sixty-fold, very good; thirty-fold, good, but the Lord would have it a hundred-fold! How can that be? What leads to the hundred-fold? What leads to fruitfulness, or the increase of the Lord as Spirit and Life? That brings us again to the seed sown.”

And here’s a second example; it’s taken from his daily devotionals for July 22nd. (If you wish, you can subscribe to his devotionals from his website: Austin Sparks.net):

“The Jewish leaders began harassing Jesus for breaking the Sabbath rules. But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.” (John 5:16-17 NLT)

“A true knowledge of the Lord Jesus will reverse a good many of our ideas, and a good many of our procedures. A true knowledge of Christ and union with Christ, with all that that means, will make us begin to follow an entirely new direction  from that in which we were originally accustomed to go. Then we shall be governed by this one consideration: it is not what we would do for the Lord, but what the Lord would do through us. That is alone to rule. It is a very testing way. You can hardly believe, unless you have been the same way, how often and intensely and bitterly the enemy fights and tempts you to come down on to a lower position, and to take up things again for God and launch big schemes, enter upon big undertakings, set up some thing on the earth that can be seen, because all those who are governed by that standard of things seen, have said: “You see, you are doing nothing! Show us what you are doing! You cannot show us anything for it all!”

“Satan does work on that line. To the flesh that is not easy, to go on with God and have nothing to show for it, never to be able to have the work written up in the papers, to publish no reports, nor statistics, and yet to know in your heart of hearts that, although it is hidden, something is going on, and that you cannot do otherwise than you are doing; that is far from being a path of ease to the flesh.

“It is a testing way, but, blessed be God, if we do endure the testing and go on patiently with Him, in His time, when that flesh has been finally laid low; when the voice of natural ambition is no longer sounding and having influence, and we are now utterly at the place where if things are not going to be of the Lord then there is not going to be anything at all, then the Lord has a free way, and He is able to indicate that all the time something has been going on. He shows how He has been at work, and how that in time there will be manifested a work of God, a work that shall have such a large percentage of spiritual value and meaning in it that you are very glad, after all, that you walked with God and not with men, in the work of God.”

This is what God’s Living Word teaches us about the Absolute Perfection and All Sufficiency of God’s Finished Work of Creation and Redemption. We see it brought up throughout the entire Torah of Moses! He taught this to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; and they finally learned the lesson. And this is why Abraham didn’t think that he had arrived, just because he was able to move his family to the physical land of Canaan, to which God had promised to lead him. Abraham knew that there had to be much more to God’s Promise than that! In those days, and throughout all of human history, to this very day, the physical land, special as God’s blessing and activity has made it, is, nevertheless, a created, Sin-corrupted place that is being continually contaminated by sinful men! But that’s not the full extent of what God had promised to give to His people in the Torah! Scripture tells us that at the End, everything, even Israel and its capital city Jerusalem, will become brand new. What is old will be replaced by a brand New Reality that is 100% directly from God! It will descend to us from the Perfection of His Eternal Realm!

Then I saw a New Heaven and a New Earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.  And I saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, made ready as a Bride adorned for her Husband.

 And I heard a loud voice from the Throne, saying, “Behold, the Tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; THE FIRST THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY! (Revelation 21:1-4)

And somehow, Abraham came to know this. He knew that what God had in store for him was going to be an eternal Heavenly Reality that would not fall short of the Presence and Reality and Truth and Fullness that can only be found within the Living Word of God Himself! And Yeshua said to His disciples, to make sure they understood what Abraham understood:

 “…I am The Way, and The Truth, and The Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me! (John 14:6 Emphasis added.)

So, as far as Father is concerned, nothing short of the Fruit that only our resurrected Lord can produce in us and through us will do. Therefore, the same should be true of us. From now on, we cannot afford to fall for what is counterfeit and fraudulent! As long as we remain deceived, we will continue to idolize created things, and endow them with the highest level of priority in our own estimation. But beloved, not even Israel, and not even the written Word, and our limited and often flawed ability to understand it, can legitimately be placed above the Authority and All-Sufficient Infinity and Perfection of the Living Word of God! And that is exactly what the recipients of the letter to the Hebrews were in great danger of doing!

But the Lord was taking great pains to remind them once again: You MUST cling to My Son, and to Him alone! Be worthy children of My friend Abraham! Learn from his example! Let go of every one of your false created idols! NOTHING that I have created, not even My beloved Israel and her broken Covenant of Sinai, will ever be able to serve as a substitute for My Living Word and My New Covenant which He fulfills!

That’s why Yeshua emphasized to His Jewish contemporaries that it isn’t enough to have a bunch of Scriptures ABOUT God’s Living Word. It isn’t enough to belong to created organizations or movements or theologies or religious rituals that somehow, someway PERTAIN to God and His Word. Beloved… WE MUST HAVE HIM… THE LIVING WORD HIMSELF!

“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have Eternal Life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have Life! (John 5:39; See also Deuteronomy 18:15-19; and Isaiah 53)

“I do not receive glory from men; but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves. I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him. How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the Glory that is from the one and only God?

“Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me! But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My Words?” (John 5:39-47 Emphasis added.)

The written Word reveals and announces Yeshua, the Living Word of God, and what He will be doing on behalf of helpless, spiritually bankrupt Israel. Israel is the demonstration model for the whole world… the model of human living death and helplessness, being transformed into resurrected, regenerated eternal sons of Almighty God! But the Living Word of God is, in Himself, the True Fulfillment of all of this. He is the True Land of Promise! Yeshua is our Perfect Fulfillment and Consummation before the Father. Whatever we were created to be and to do and to have from our Heavenly Father… comes to us IN YESHUA! It is all IN HIM! And that is why all of us must make our Exodus from our miserable existence of Sin-murdered radical independence… to Eternal Life IN HIM AND FROM HIM! And this is why our hearts will never be able to rest until they rest IN HIM! He must become our Indwelling LIFE… the only LIFE that is able to produce the FRUIT that Almighty God will be able to accept and enjoy and share with His Creation. And beloved, in the Last Days… He will have to be The Message that we, and everything about us, will be proclaiming to the world… loud and clear… in living supernatural Color!

“At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.

“Yes, Father, for this Way was well-pleasing in Your sight. All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I WILL GIVE YOU REST! Take My Yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will (finally, at long last) find REST for your souls! For My Yoke is easy (for those who rest) and My Burden is light (for those who rest).” (Matthew 11:25-30 Amplification and emphasis added.)

The ‘hundred-fold’ yield that Yeshua spoke of in Matthew 13 comes about in a person’s experience when our Messiah, God’s Living Word, has become ‘All in all’ to a person. God doesn’t want us to try to ‘share the load’ with His beloved Son! He doesn’t want us to try to help Him out as best we can. God told us that Sin has killed us! That means we’re dead even before we start out! And the dead can do no work! The dead, in their personal bankruptcy, can only REST in peace! The dead MUST wait for and depend upon Another… one who truly is ALIVE… one who has already done all of the necessary Work of pleasing and satisfying God in our Name! And that is why Yeshua said: “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life, and no one comes to the Father but through Me!

When Yeshua finally becomes our one and only Lord and Source for all things in our estimation, then… He is our Lord 100% of the time… in 100% of each situation, need, challenge, event and interaction, THEN, 100% of the fruit yield that comes up in us and all around us is genuinely derived from His Finished Work. It is part of the overflow from His Perfect Eternal Accomplishment! And in that case, we can know God’s Living Word as He REALLY IS! And we can know that Father will be 100% satisfied and pleased with what we offer to Him. Then it can be said that we have truly transformed into the faithful and accurate image and likeness of the one who is the Perfect Image and Likeness of the Father. Only this level of Perfection will please and gratify our Heavenly Father. And this is what Paul was expressing in this passage of Ephesians:

“Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of Darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things, which are done by them in secret. But all things become visible when they are exposed by the Light (the Perfect Presence of Yeshua, God’s Living Creative Word, as He abides in and works through the crucified flesh of His disciple), for everything that becomes visible (in such a yielded disciple) is (Yeshua’s indwelling) Light. For this reason it says,

“Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine (or any other created thing or person to whom you might look for your personal satisfaction and well being), for that is dissipation, but be filled (continually fill yourself) with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things (because God has already provided all things for you) in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; and be subject to one another in the fear (awe and the grateful respect) of Christ.” (Ephesians 5:11-21 Amplification added.)

And this is what our Master was teaching His disciples to grasp and to do:

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much (of My Perfect) FRUIT, and so PROVE TO BE MY DISCIPLES! (John 15:4-8 Amplification and emphasis added.)

The Lord is warning us: He must train and equip us to be able to make the critical transition from self-life to Messiah-Life. We must be living demonstrations of the difference between the Life of Israel’s Messiah… which, by the Power of the Gift of the Holy Spirit, is meant to flow into us and back out, like rivers of Living Water from deep within us, as opposed to empty, corrupted useless spasms and twitches that can be seen coming from the world’s unbelieving, rebellious, living dead children of Adam. Because they’re dead and empty, and they have no real faith in the one true God, they endlessly strive to suck life and well being out from the created temporary, Sin-corrupted things and people and death-ridden resources that we encounter in this fallen world. They idolize creatures, including themselves. And they feel driven to try to ‘be somebody’ or to ‘get someplace’ by trying to appear ‘religious’ and by trying to ‘do spiritual things.’ Those are the acts of living dead people who are bankrupt, needy, empty and hopelessly self-centered at all times. And, unfortunately for them, the created things to which they look and upon which they place their hopes and expectations, are just as dry and dead and empty and temporary as they are!

So people who do not know God, as He really is, are always empty and dead. And whatever comes out of them is also empty and dead. It’s as if they are then forced to develop ‘intake tubes’ that they keep trying to insert into the created things that they believe will be able to meet their needs. But disciples who know God’s Living Word, as He really is, know that all things are contained in Him. So they seek to know Him and to follow Him at all times. And because the risen Lord can abide with them from within… He is able to supply them with whatever Father sends Him to be and do for them. Thus they can continue to draw everything they need from Him, instead of looking to the systems of this fallen world. And because they already have Everything that matters, they stop looking to this fallen world for anything. And the Lord was referring to this when He prayed to His Father on our behalf, shortly before the time came for Him to go to the Cross:

 “I have given them Your Word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the Truth; Your Word is Truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in Truth.” (John 17:14-19)

So, as the Last Days disciples learn to live and act as one with the Infinitely Perfect God, they will have no need to look to the created things that are around them for life, sustenance and well being and satisfaction. The indwelling Presence and Life of God’s Living Word is always consummating and completing them. Yeshua is that Word; and He was sent by the Father to be Everything for His own. The Power of God’s Life and Holy Spirit equips and supplies us with everything necessary. Thus disciples who are ‘always God-filled’ develop ‘overflow tubes’ instead of ‘intake tubes.. They have no more need to try to get what they think they need from dead empty sources. They always fill themselves from the Inexhaustible Reservoir of the indwelling Presence of Almighty God! God’s Life-giving Fullness causes them to overflow with His Abundance! And the Abundant Fruit that God is to them, transforms them into givers, rather than takers. They become part of God’s Solution, as opposed to those empty needy unbelieving problem people that remain empty and ravenous and addictive.

So beloved… ask yourself: do you know God as He really is? If you do, then you too know that He is always with you and in you to supply whatever you will ever need to fulfill your God-given identity, purpose and destiny. And you are able to understand that you already have Everything! Then you’ll be able to understand what Yeshua was saying to His terrified disciples when they were all in a boat during that awful, life-threatening storm:

“And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!”He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” (Matthew 8:25-27)

If you live as one with Yeshua, then you’re a true, Peace-filled, resting, Spirit-empowered disciple. And you also know what Abraham, Isaac and Jacob learned so long ago, after God’s Living Word called them out of their former places in this fallen world. As He kept revealing His Word to them, these men learned to look to and follow the Word. After He revealed Himself to them, they were spoiled for all the empty fraudulent enticements that this fallen world has to offer. None of that was able to capture their attention and focus. They could see through all of the demonic lies that enshrouded this world in Darkness. So nothing that this world had to offer was able to continue to tempt or gratify them any longer. That is why they persevered and overcame. The were able to finish their Exodus because they kept following the Word of God… away from whatever was created… and into the Uncreated Reality and Truth that can only be found in God and His Word and Holy Spirit. That is the Land of Promise that God’s Perfect Finished Work has waiting for us. This is the Fulfillment of the New Covenant that we have been called to embody and demonstrate in the Arena of Testimony:

“By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he lived as an alien in the (physical, tangible) land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same Promise, for he was looking for the City (which can only be found in God Himself) which has (spiritual, uncreated, eternal) Foundations, whose Architect and Builder is God!  (Hebrews 11:8-10)

When we finally come to know God the way our spiritual forefathers knew Him, we know that we’ll never be able to stop our Exodus Journey prematurely. We’ll know that whatever we see and encounter along the way is not what we’re made for, and not the Destination for which we have been designed and created. All of this created, temporary stuff is not the True Israel, the Real Land of God’s Promise. And so we keep going, following our Master. And we won’t stop until He tells us to stop!

So, because we realize that He’ll never tell us to stop following Him, we do not ever reach a point in the Journey where we can begin to assume that ‘we’ve arrived.’ Nor do we assume that ‘we know everything and have nothing more to learn.’ We don’t dare stop our Exodus or dare to cut it short! No, we keep on going and moving toward what God’s Word is still leading us into. We won’t stop learning and growing and proceeding until our Commander says: ‘Here we are! WELCOME HOME!”

So we keep going because we know there’s much more waiting for us up ahead that God wants to reveal to us. He will continue to unpack and unpack more and more of  the endless, Infinite, Inexhaustible Riches of the New Covenant Fulfillment… which can only be found in the Living Person of God’s Infinitely Perfect, Eternally Inexhaustible Living Word!

This is what God was endeavoring to begin to teach to first century Israel. And this is what the apostles were striving to continue to communicate… first to their own Jewish brethren… and then also to all of the families of the earth:

He is the Image of the Invisible God, the Firstborn of all Creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the Heavens and on Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also Head of the Body, the Church (the New Covenant Israel and Covenant Family of God); and He is the Beginning, the Firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have First Place in Everything!

For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the Fullness (of God) to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile (redeem and restore) all things to Himself, having made Peace through the Blood of His Cross; through Him, I say, whether things on Earth or things in Heaven!” (Colossians 1:15-20 Amplification and emphasis added.)

The Letter to the Hebrews was warning the first century Israelites who felt tempted to cave in under all the peer pressure and contempt that was being heaped upon them by hostile Gentiles and also by their unbelieving Jewish families and relatives, and former associates and spiritual leaders, to forsake Yeshua and His disciples, and come back to their former ways. So God was warning them to wake up and stop wavering, and to come back to their first love… back to the point when Yeshua first revealed Himself to them and pierced their hearts with His overwhelming Truth and Reality. God was telling them to stand and hold their newly received New Covenant Ground… and to resist the temptation of the Serpent that was doing his utmost to halt their Exodus and drag them back to the ways of ‘Self-life Egypt’ once again. They were to remember the promises that God had made to those Israelites that were striving so religiously to make the Covenant of Sinai work, and who thought that was all they needed. So the letter to the Hebrews reminded them about what the Torah, and prophets like Jeremiah, had said about God’s All-Sufficient Grace and of what the New Covenant promises had revealed about the difference between trying to earn and achieve salvation by working for it… and learning to live in a way that proved, by their Spirit-empowered and God-given righteousness, that they were truly already saved! So the Jewish writer of this letter said to his fellow Israelite disciples:

“Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His Rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it. For indeed we have had Good News preached to us, just as they (the first Exodus generation of Israelites) also; but the Word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.

For we who have believed enter that Rest, just as He has said, “As I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My Rest,” although His works were finished from the foundation of the world. For He has said somewhere (in Genesis) concerning the seventh day: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; and again in this passage, “They shall not enter My rest.” (Hebrews 4:1-5)

So God was reminding these wavering Israelites of the awesome Fulfillment of the Covenant of Sinai that was still waiting for them up ahead… IN YESHUA… in the New Covenant!

 “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the (Sinai) covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord. “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 (My Living Torah) within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people (once My Living Torah, the risen Messiah Yeshua begins to live in them and be their Covenant Fulfillment by the Holy Spirit).  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 31:31-34 Amplification added.)

The people that received this letter did not know it then, but in truth, the Lord was preparing them for the disaster that was about to sweep over all of Israel in a few short years… the total destruction of their beloved country, and of their long-revered Covenant of Sinai and its temple sacrifices and all of the ways and traditions and lifestyles with which they had identified and to which they weren’t able to stop clinging. The day was coming soon when the Roman legions would destroy all of that, and the surviving Israelites, regardless of what persuasion they embraced, would be barred from the physical Land of Promise… and, like it or not, they would have to resume their Exodus Journey once more… wandering all across the earth, waiting for God to show them what was next.

And then it happened. In 70 A.D., the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob demonstrated most graphically and painfully, that Israel’s current Covenant of Sinai attitudes and mindset left much to be desired. Stopping there was not what God intended. The Truth was that Israel’s journey was not over; they had not ‘arrived.’ They did not know everything nor did they have ‘all the answers.’ There was still more to their Journey and discovery of the Fullness of God that they had to experience and explore and absorb. So it was not time for Israel to stop her Exodus or to allow herself to become arrogant and self-righteous. There was still much more that God wanted her to see, and to learn about their awesome Almighty Creator… because there was still more God had to teach the rest of the fallen human race… through Israel! And so this is why Yeshua went to such great pains to explain things to His disciples before His death and resurrection!

“These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling. They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God. These things they will do because they have not known the Father or Me. But these things I have spoken to you, so that when their hour comes, you may remember that I told you of them. These things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.

“But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning Sin and Righteousness and Judgment; concerning Sin, because they do not believe in Me; and concerning Righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; and concerning Judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

“I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the Truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me (His Living Word), for HE WILL TAKE OF MINE and will disclose it to you! All things that the Father has are Mine; THEREFORE, I said that HE TAKES OF MINE AND WILL DISCLOSE IT TO YOU! (That is, Father will prove to you by His Holy Spirit, that I am His Living Word… the Living Fulfillment of everything God said to Israel in the written Torah. I am the Living Torah! So don’t stop now… CONTINUE TO FOLLOW ME INTO THE TOTAL FULFILLMENT THAT AWAITS ALL OF ISRAEL IN THE FUTURE!)

“A little while, and you will no longer see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me.” Some of His disciples then said to one another, “What is this thing He is telling us, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’; and, because I go to the Father’?” So they were saying, “What is this that He says, ‘A little while’? We do not know what He is talking about!”

Jesus knew that they wished to question Him, and He said to them, “Are you deliberating together about this, that I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me, and again a little while, and you will see Me? Truly, truly, I say to you, that YOU WILL WEEP AND LAMENT, but the world will rejoice; YOU WILL GRIEVE, but your grief will be turned into joy. Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the world. Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you!

In that day you will not question Me about anything! Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My Name (that is, when I am actually free to live in you and you are free to live as one with Me), He will give it to you. Until now you have asked for nothing in My Name; ask (when you learn to walk in the New Covenant Spirit-filled way then you will speak in My Name) and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.

“These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; an hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but will (be able to abide within you, so that I can always speak to you and) tell you plainly of the Father. IN THAT DAY you will ask in My Name, and I do not say to you that I will request of the Father on your behalf; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father (you and I will become as one. You will all be one New Man – in Me)! (John 16:1-27 Amplification and emphasis added.)

Beloved, the first century Israelites, including the disciples, were just like all the generations before them had been. They too had been stuck in the Sinai Covenant that had failed. But it was not producing the fruit that God intended to see coming out of His people! That’s because His people were not yet privy to the kind of Spirit-filled and Spirit-empowered Life that Yeshua Himself had been living before them. He came to demonstrate the Spirit-filled Life before them, to show them what they were still missing! But He fully intended to make it possible for them to have it… after they became willing to follow Him into God’s New Covenant and the awesome ETERNAL REST that God gives to His people through that awesome Covenant!

“ Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes IN ME, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:37-39)

But now… Yeshua has been glorified! And now… we have been filled with God’s own Spirit! And now, because of the New Covenant which Yeshua opened up to us all by His Death and Resurrection, those who believe His claims and obediently act upon His promises… are able to move beyond the confines of the Covenant of Sinai and all of its self-striving, religious traditions and failures. Now we are free to follow our risen Lord deeper and deeper into God’s New Covenant Territory! Now He Himself is able to be for us, from within us… everything we could never be in and for ourselves as long as we try to live according to the Sinai Covenant.

Now we are equipped by the Holy Spirit to learn to ‘PROVE’ that God’s Word is living and working within us by the Fruit He can produce in us and through us. Now we can continue and finish our Exodus… following our Messiah… into the Fullness of the Perfect Fulfillment and Eternal Perfect Rest that the PERFECTION of Almighty God has made possible for us to share. And now that we’re one with God’s own Living Word, we can absorb and enjoy and demonstrate the Righteous Fruit-producing Life of God that is within Him… FOREVER!

This is the most awesome Revelation and state of Well Being imaginable – God Himself is with us, right now, to impart Himself to us! He is here to be our Righteousness! That’s why He has chosen us to be part of His own special ‘priestly nation’ as active members of His New Covenant Royal Priesthood. This is why, in order to be able to reflect and embody His Glory and All-Sufficient Fullness with accurate precision, we must get to know Him by the most intimate and personal interactive experience possible. We must personally experience for ourselves just how Great, Good, Powerful, Capable and Faithful our Almighty God truly is!

So… here is the catch:

The only way that such awesome prevailing knowledge and intimacy can be achieved… is by being able to know Him from within the depths of human desperation! Only those who have truly been crucified with their Messiah, will be able to experience what it means to share in the Glory of His Resurrection!

To know how Real and True and overwhelmingly Good and Sufficient our Creator is, we will have to know the difference between what He is, and what we are by nature, through gut-wrenching experiences! We’ll have to experience the most dreadful, frightening and dire depths of human need, and danger, and hopeless desperation! It is only when we’re experiencing that profoundly intense level of helplessness and imminent Death (the kinds of things that the world will be experiencing in the Last Days, when the supreme levels of ‘wilderness-level’ experiences will be sweeping over the whole earth)… only then will we truly get to know the Greatness and All Sufficient Abundance that is ours now that we are one with Almighty God!

Disaster-level events will be the fitting ‘backdrop and platform’ from which we will be called upon to give our Last Days Testimony. People around us will have to know for sure that, in natural terms, all is lost and there is no earthly hope or possibility whatever remaining to any of us. And, when we all know for sure that there is no way we will be able to survive and come through the pressures that the wilderness is imposing on us from every side, then God will ACT… in and through His Word’s disciples! And the Holy Spirit will demonstrate just how truly Magnificent and Joyous our God actually is… as He works and validates the Word of God from within our yielded crucified flesh!

“Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are The Whole House of Israel; behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off!’

“Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to LIFE, and I will place you on your own Land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken and done it,” declares the Lord.’” (Ezekiel 37:11-14)

“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. FOR YOU DIED and (from now on) your life is hidden with Christ in God! When Christ, who is our LIFE, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in (His) Glory!” (Colossians 3:1-4)

And this is why the Holy Spirit can make such blessed and glorified disciples say, in Spirit and in Truth:

“I love You, O Lord, my Strength.” The Lord is my Rock and my Fortress and my Deliverer, my God, my Rock, in whom I take refuge; my Shield and the Horn of my Salvation, my Stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.

The cords of death encompassed me, and the torrents of ungodliness terrified me. The cords of Sheol surrounded me; the snares of Death confronted me. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His Temple, and my cry for help before Him came into His ears.

Then the earth shook and quaked; and the foundations of the mountains were trembling and were shaken, because He was angry. Smoke went up out of His nostrils, and Fire from His mouth devoured; coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down with thick darkness under His feet. He rode upon a cherub and flew; and He sped upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness His hiding place, His canopy around Him, Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies. From the Brightness before Him passed His thick clouds, hailstones and coals of fire!

“The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High uttered His voice, hailstones and coals of fire. He sent out His arrows, and scattered them, and lightning flashes in abundance, and routed them. Then the channels of water appeared, and the foundations of the world were laid bare at Your rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the  reath of Your nostrils.

He sent from on high, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me, FOR THEY WERE TOO MIGHTY FOR ME! They confronted me in the day of my calamity, BUT THE LORD WAS MY STAY! He brought me forth also into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me (Psalm 18:1-19 Emphasis added.)

God is our Refuge and Strength, a very Present Help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.

“There is a River whose streams make glad the City of God, the holy dwelling places of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He raised His voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.

“Come, behold the works of the Lord, who has wrought desolations in the earth. He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariots with fire.

CEASE STRIVING AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD! I WILL BE EXALTED among the nations, I WILL BE EXALTED in the earth.” The Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Stronghold! (Psalm 46 Emphasis added.)

Beloved, it is only at such dire, hopelessly desperate levels of wilderness experience that God is able to prove Himself to us at this supremely supernatural and utterly comforting and reassuring level! There’s no other way we could know Him as He really and truly is! Only when we know His airtight, Absolute Trustworthiness, are we able to respond in kind, with airtight, absolute trust and joy and peace and rest. God revealed this to Israel during the time when He parted the sea to deliver them from the thundering chariots of the pharaoh of Egypt… and He revealed this as He sustained them in the wilderness for forty years and brought them through the many tragedies that overtook them throughout the centuries leading up to the destruction of the first temple and the total devastation of Jerusalem and the second temple in 70 A.D.

And He did the same afterward, as He kept them going through every persecution, pogrom, massacre and expulsion that afflicted His people. All that time, even leading up to and through the Holocaust  – and even now, in the light of all the enemies and dangers that surround them in the present day… God is proving to Israel and to the world that He truly is God and He truly is with His people… and He truly will fulfill every promise He has ever made to them. But Israel cannot know the Greatness of her awesome God at these supernatural depths if she fails to recognize and follow the Living Word! And she can’t embody the Final Fulfillment God wants her to have, as long as things remain pleasant and comfortable and everything seems to be going her way! At such times, all fallen flesh, including Israelite flesh, invariably begins to assume once again that the good successful times are coming because of what we are and what we are able to do to get such wonderful results.

So God will have to sweep all of that delusion away, once and for all. And that will happen when we’re all about to reach the end of our Exodus Journey. The veil will only be completely lifted from our eyes when we pass the brink of total disaster and destruction and death! Every created thing we thought we could not do without will be wrenched from our clutches. And we will all, Jew and Gentile alike, feel the loss of all temporal things and resources deeply… and Death will loom over us and overwhelm and take us over completely. Then, we finally reach the Zero Point of all human wits and abilities and resources, and THEN… it will be possible for us to know the Living God, the Airtight, Infinitely Trustworthy One… as he really and truly is!

“Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7)

We will know Him as He really is, as soon as we know in the marrow of our bones, that we are but dust before God. That’s when we will reach the Zero Point of our abilities and devices… and enter into the Fullness of the Death that our Messiah first had to experience on our behalf. Then, we will know ourselves as we really are! And then… we will finally see the Dawn of the Resurrection Life and Power of Almighty God approaching to save and enfold the earthly Body of His beloved crucified Son… those still-living members, who have, by faith, learned to become one with Him… AS HE REALLY IS!

 “Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me WITH ALL YOUR HEART! (THEN) I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.’ (Jeremiah 29:12-14)

According to God’s written Word, that’s what it will take for Israel, and those who are truly grafted into her Olive Tree, before we all experience the New Covenant Fullness of God’s Promises. Then we will see and feel the actual Truth of our God’s Greatness and Goodness and Infinite Faithfulness to us. That depth of Awareness and Experience will bring us into the full experience of God’s Supernatural Love and Reassurance and Overwhelming Joy and Relief and Confidence that knowing and experiencing God and His Faithful Lovingkindness are able to bestow upon us. We can only know the Glory of His Light and what it means to have God be our Life and Joy and Peace, at the point of Total Crucifixion, Total Death and Total Darkness! That is the Point through which we must all pass, before we can encounter the Resurrection Point. And at that point, God takes over totally and He throttles and engulfs and totally blots out the Darkness and Death that had us by the throat… and sets us FOREVER FREE from our demonic enemies and their malevolent schemes… by His Saving Grace!

Only after He has brought us back from the death of our radically independent self-life rebellion and turned our created resources back to dust, can we know the maximum experience of the total weakness, bankruptcy and mortality and dependence that all Creation is… apart from God. When we truly get to know from that experience what we really are in ourselves… THEN we can know Almighty God as He really is, in Himself and we will truly appreciate the Magnitude of what God sent His Living Word to be and to do for us… from the very beginning!

“The Lord God (through His Living Word) made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them. (Genesis 3:21 Emphasis added.)

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Letter from Timothy July 2016

God says to us, “I will defend you. I will be your lawyer. I will plead your case…” (Jeremiah 51:36)

Has someone judged you, or hurt you? Don’t be discouraged by this. God has you in the palm of His hand. He promised that He will help you! He knows how to turn that battle into your blessing. He wants to be your defender! Hallelujah!

Let God’s Word teach you how to let things bounce off of you. You don’t have to defend yourself. You have a Defender. The Almighty High God said He will settle your cases. Live with more freedom, joy and peace as you let God fight your battles and trust Him to protect your reputation against every unfair word. May you live a blessed life!

Brother, Timothy

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The Life that Cannot be Extinguished

The Life That Cannot Be Extinguished

“So am I allotted months of vanity, and nights of trouble are appointed me. When I lie down I say, ‘When shall I arise?’ But the night continues, and I am continually tossing until dawn. My flesh is clothed with worms and a crust of dirt, my skin hardens and runs.” (Job 7:3-5)

Beloved Family… texts like the one above are troubling, to say the least. I think it’s safe to say that none of us would derive much joy or pleasure from studying and pondering them. They are expressing the dismal failure and frustrations and weaknesses and debility that our mortal state of being and our Sin-corruption impose upon us. But it is precisely texts like these that have a direct bearing on the absolute and eternal Glory that belongs to our Messiah, and, through Him, also to those of us who are called to follow and abide with Him.

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in the Glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds.” (Matthew 16:24-27)

Beloved, the Lord is offering those who will follow Him a Treasure that nothing in all of Creation can kill, steal, stop or replace. In ourselves, we are broken and bankrupt and we have death at work within us. But when we forsake that and stop trusting in it and put all of our faith, hope and trust in what the Lord Himself is pledged to be for us, we are endowed with Him and all of the Glory and Divine Fullness that is in Him. And so, because we know that fact by faith in God’s Word… let me ask you a question: from all that you know of our Lord Yeshua, which of the two following texts describe His exalted, magnificent Glory most aptly?

He is the Image of the Invisible God, the Firstborn of all Creation. For by Him, all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also Head of the Body, the Church; and He is the Beginning, the Firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have First Place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the Fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on Earth or things in Heaven.” (Colossians 1:15-20 Emphasis added.)

Compare what Paul said in the text above, to the description Israel’s prophet, Isaiah gave to his fellow Israelites, as he described the Messiah that most of them, to this day, still refuse to accept and claim as their own:

“Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. (Isaiah 53:1-3 Emphasis added.)

Beloved, before you give your answer I must warn you that it’s a trick question. The Truth is that there is no difference between those two texts. They are both descriptions of the very same Glory, Magnificence and Superlative Excellence of our awesome Lord. The very same awesome Lord is being viewed from two different perspectives. But in either case, God’s Eternal Glory that is in His Changeless Nature is being proclaimed!

His Glory is manifested and is able to shine forth the way it does, precisely because He was willing to go into the depths of Hell’s deepest pits of Darkness for our sake. And precisely because He did that and succeeded… He overcame the powers of Darkness and destroyed their hold over us and dismantled all of their toxic, nefarious works. By allowing Himself to be debased to such depths… He saved us from eternal Doom! So perhaps we’ll be able to see this Reality with greater clarity if we ponder this other text that the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write:

 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant (slave), and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. FOR THIS REASON ALSO, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the Name which is above every name, so that at the Name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in Heaven and on Earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the Glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:3-11 Amplification and emphasis added.)

Scripture is revealing that the Perfect Selfless ‘Chesed’ or ‘Agape’ Love’ of God has demonstrated its unique Supreme Greatness through what He sent His own Word to do for us. The Living Word of God was willing to allow Himself to be taken to the uttermost depths of personal agony in order to reconcile us to God and restore us to total union with our true God-given identity, purpose and destiny! He went to these lengths to reclaim and restore His own beloved image and likeness! Therefore, the Greatness of His Supreme Glory is revealed… by the profound Agony to which He willingly subjected Himself purely for our sake! In other words, to know how high God’s Glory goes… we must look at the profound depths to which He was willing to lower Himself to rescue us from ourselves and to free us from the clutches of the Father of Lies.

“Thus says the Lord, “The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness—Israel, when it went to find its rest.” The Lord appeared to him (Israel) from afar, saying, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with Lovingkindness. Again I will build you and you will be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel! Again you will take up your tambourines, and go forth to the dances of the merrymakers.” (Jeremiah 31:2-4 Amplification and emphasis added.)

So the Truth is that at the same time that you see Yeshua at His most desolate, weakest, most disgraced and abandoned low point… you are getting Divine Revelation that is expressing the Supreme, Insuperable Glory, Power, Majesty and Grandeur of His Infinite Love Nature!

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to Your Name, O Most High; to declare Your Lovingkindness in the morning and Your Faithfulness by night, with the ten-stringed lute and with the harp, with resounding music upon the lyre. For You, O Lord, have made me glad by what You have done, I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands. How great are Your works, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep. A senseless man has no knowledge, nor does a stupid man understand this:

That when the wicked (powers of Darkness have) sprouted up like grass and all who did iniquity flourished, it was only that they might be destroyed forevermore. But You, O Lord, are on high forever. For, behold, Your enemies, O Lord, for, behold, Your enemies will perish all who do iniquity will be scattered!” (Psalm 92:1-9)

At first glance, we might be tempted to assume that only texts that graphically describe Yeshua at His uttermost level of Power, Glory and Praiseworthiness can accurately depict His Eternal Majesty and Triumph. But we must also realize that Father’s purpose for incarnating and sending His Living Word to Earth was so that He could serve as our Atoning, Redeeming Sacrificial Lamb and Blood Covenant Covering and Champion. So when we view Him in that light, we realize that He came specifically to serve as our Blood Covenant Representative Scapegoat before Almighty God. He was sent to be the Covering that Father chose to place between us, and His infinitely Perfect and Righteous Wrath against our Rebellion and Sin.

 “I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished! Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division; for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law!” (Luke 12:49-53)

So, when we see His coming in this light, we realize that Yeshua came to save those of us that would be ready to admit our true state and repent of it. He came to be our Protective Covenant Shield… our Substitute Atoning Sacrifice! So while He lived and operated on Earth… His role was not that of Almighty God… but rather… He came to live AS IF HE WERE US! He allowed His Father to deal with Him while He represented each one of us!

This is the entire point of God’s Blood Covenant Pattern that He uses in dealing with our fallen humanity! Our disgrace, shame, rejection, pain and agony and just punishment had to be laid upon Him, so that, by acting as our Scapegoat, He could set us free from what was rightfully coming to us! So when we consider our Messiah in that light, we see that Yeshua came to live and act in our name. And that gives us a completely different picture of Him and what He means to us! He came to take what was coming to all of us upon Himself. He came to protect and save us. He stepped in front of us and took the full impact of the deadly projectile that was aimed directly at our hearts! Thus His work was to exchange lives and track records with us.

Beloved, this was the only way He could legally and justly set us free from what Sin had made of us! He had to exchange what is His, for what rightfully belonged to us. He had to be covered with our corruption and wickedness and bear the brunt of the curses that Sin heaped upon our mutilated, condemned human nature… to shield and deliver us from eternal perdition. And so, that terrible punishment and agony that He willingly suffered, is what enables and gives us the legal right to share in His Perfectly Righteous, Eternal Life. His Perfect Righteousness and Absolute Holiness can now be ours… in the sight of Almighty God. This is what our Messiah gives to any of us who are wise and truthful and humble enough to come under His Protective Covering.

 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. Behold, your house is being left to you desolate! For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’” (Matthew 23:37-39 Emphasis added.)

So when we consider the awesome Blood Covenant Exchange He made with us, then the following passage shows our Messiah at His Greatest level of Glory. And it enables us to regard Him at the absolute Zenith of the True, Ultimate, Eternal Authority that belongs to the living Word of God made flesh:

“Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” And some of those who were standing there, when they heard it, began saying, “This man is calling for Elijah.” Immediately one of them ran, and taking a sponge, he filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and gave Him a drink. But the rest of them said, “Let us see whether Elijah will come to save Him.” And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.  And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many. Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” (Matthew 27:45-54)

The Lord’s horrible Abasement is the purest, clearest expression of our Messiah’s Perfect Divine Love that He and the Father and the Holy Spirit have expressed on our behalf. Yeshua is, in Himself, the Living creative Word of God. In other words, He is the Eternal Source of all Life. But although He is Life, He willingly took our living Death and all of its punishment upon Himself. That is the depth to which He identified with us and become one with our mutilated state of being. He identified Himself with us, so that we could legally be placed in Him… and then, in our name, He could embrace and fully experience the full brunt of the punishment, desolation and abandonment to which our Rebellion and Sin against God had made us liable. Thus He drank the cup of our Iniquity to the dregs and absorbed into Himself, God’s Righteous Judgment and Punishment against our Sin. And this is how He set us free from Sin, and Guilt, and from the Curses that follow Sin and the Eternal Death that all enemies of God deserve. He gladly embraced the experience of our Death Sentence… allowing our Fate to overtake Him completely. And as He was being totally drained and exhausted and overcome with sorrow and grief and helplessness, He took all of that off of us and set us free.

THAT IS WHAT IS WHAT IT TOOK FOR GOD TO SAVE US FROM OURSELVES… AND TO RESTORE US TO OUR TRUE STATUS AS ALMIGHTY GOD’S SONS AND HEIRS!

Only if and when our beloved Messiah reached that awful Zero Point through His agonizing suffering, was He legally able to cancel out our condemned, accursed state of being and deny Satan any legal claim that he formerly had upon us. And only after that, was He free to bestow upon us His Perfect Righteousness and Acceptability before God. And because that utter Abasement is what it took to cancel out our debt, that Zero Point is what displays, embodies and proclaims God’s Highest, Most Exalted and Magnificent Peak Level of Spiritual Authority and Merciful Excellence. For in His awesome act of Self-Surrender, our beloved Messiah made it possible for all of Creation to be Redeemed, Regenerated and fully Restored so that it could even surpass the original glory that God had bestowed upon it in the beginning. This is the Purest Expression and Manifestation of our God’s Eternal Glory… His Perfect Love Nature… that made it possible for Him to share the Glory that is His Alone, with those He has created and redeemed. And now, He is in the process of restoring us fully and empowering us to be completely ready and able to love and cherish our awesome God for all of Eternity, just as He deserves! This was the meaning of what Yeshua was endeavoring to explain to Nicodemas, who was a member of Israel’s Sanhedrin, about who He is and why He was here in our midst:

Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony. If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into Heaven, but He who descended from Heaven: the Son of Man. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life. 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. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the Darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the Truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God! (John 3:10-21 Emphasis added.)

So I believe that our Lord and Master, in His role as our Covenant Representative and Kinsman Redeemer (in Hebrew the term is: Goel), revealed the Peak of His manifest Eternal Glory, as soon as He hit the zero point on the Cross… the point where He poured Himself out to the last drop of His precious, Sin-less, utterly Righteous Human Life’s Blood before His Heavenly Father on the Altar of Atonement. That was the purest and most clear expression of the self-less Love that only Almighty God is capable of having and giving. And that is the Love His Word is showering upon us and inviting us to receive for ourselves when He picks us out of the crowd and says: “FOLLOW ME!”

So I ask you… in light of this awesome Atonement… wasn’t our Messiah primarily describing Himself, when He uttered these words?

When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. 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. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in Heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:1-12)

Yes… as our Covenant Representative, He was the Primary One being described in these words. He did all of these things as one of us, so that even though we are personally bankrupt, we could receive the credit and full reward for what only He was able to accomplish through His Perfectly Sin-less, Spirit-empowered Humanity. He identified with us so perfectly that His Father was able to deal with Him as if He was all of us. He took on our guilt and condemnation to such a profound level in His Father’s estimation, that there was no difference between Him and us. And that is why, if we believe and trust Him, and follow in His steps when He summons us to do so… Father will put His own Spirit into us… and the Spirit will enable what is in God’s Living Word to become alive and active within us. This is what the Lord came to make possible for us to share with Him in the New Covenant. At first, He was the only Human that had the Holy Spirit of God within Him in such Fullness. But now, because of His Perfect Finished Work of Redemption, that same level of Spirit-filled Eternal Life is also available to us! And when we believe and identify with Yeshua as much as He has identified with us, we too will be Spirit-filled and God will be able to regard us with the same full acceptance and everlasting Love that He bestows upon His Beloved Son!

Beloved, becoming one with Messiah Yeshua is more than enough to cancel out our debt to God and have it redeemed and paid in full! When we join our former radically independent self to Him in His atoning Death, Death swallows up what we started out to be. And that independent self was the property of then Serpent. But when it dies with and in Yeshua, our spirits are set free. And the risen Messiah can then abide and work within those spirits and become our new and eternal Life! And it is into His awesome Eternal Glory that Our Messiah summons us to follow and join Him… to identify with and become one with Him in all that He is, just as deeply as He identified with us and what we were. And… if we do identify with Him to that extent, we will also become one with Him in His Glorious Resurrection Life for all of Eternity… just as He became one with us in our abject earthly misery!

So now, this is our challenge: to learn to identify with Yeshua to the same extent and depth in which He first identified with us. We are to see ourselves as being one with Him so much… that whatever happened to Him… is what also happened to us. What our Representative did, we did! When He lived, we lived. When He loved, served and obeyed His Father to Perfection, we loved, served and obeyed our Father to perfection. When He was tortured and debased and executed on the Cross, we went through that very same experience with Him… and when He died… WE DIED… along with the Sin, Corruption, Curses and Death Sentence that were rightfully ours! All of that died with Him… and that is why we are set free forevermore… to live in Him and from Him and by Him… for the Eternal Glory of Almighty God! This is the awesome Gift God has given to us… He gave Himself!

It is this awesome Blood Covenant Bond… the New Covenant ‘Blood Brother Identification’ that God requires all of mankind to have with His Son. Our Messiah is our Guarantee of being saved and filled with the Spirit of God! He is the Covenant that binds us to God and makes us to be one with Him! Yeshua is the Authority that makes it possible for us to be filled with our Heavenly Father’s Holy Spirit and… to be regenerated and made into brand new creations and sons of God. It is because we are one with the Lamb of God that we can receive a full share in the Resurrection Life and Glory of our wonderful Resurrected Messiah!

“But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves. I have given them Your Word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the Truth; Your Word is Truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth. I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even 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 sent Me! (John 17:13-21 Emphasis added.)

When we can see how deeply Yeshua eternally identifies with us, we can embrace and enter into that awesome New Covenant identification that unifies us with Him, and with the Father who sent Him to us for this purpose. Yeshua is the Gift from God with whom we can now identify and be as one. Once we are joined to Him in the fellowship of His sufferings, we can also rightfully identify with Him in the fellowship of His glorious Resurrection and Eternal Inheritance. And, to make sure we will be able to enter into His Glory, to operate at such a sublime level of Faith, God gives us His Holy Spirit to abide within us, to empower us with Yeshua’s Resurrection Authority and Power, so that we can operate out of the same Perfect Faith, Hope and Trust that was in our Messiah, all the days that He walked the Earth as our Representative. It is this Resurrection Power that enables us to walk faithfully with Him in the fellowship of His sufferings.

So it’s utterly necessary for us to develop this deep level of identification and union with our Messiah. We must see no separation between Him and us. We must see ourselves as being just as one with Him, as He had to see Himself being one with us. His faith and obedience to God is ours. His suffering and death are ours. And His Resurrection Glory is also going to be ours, spirit, soul and body… as soon as the process of our ongoing Redemption has run its complete course. And this is another reason why Father is subjecting us to our Last Days Disciple Boot Camp Training regimen at this present time. And this is what Paul was alluding to so often, in the letters he wrote to his contemporary fellow disciples:

“Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead… Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the Word of God, but by the manifestation of Truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our Gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the Light of the Gospel of the Glory of Christ, who is the Image of God.

For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond servants (slaves) for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of Darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the Knowledge of the Glory of God in the Face of Christ!

But we have this Treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing Greatness of the Power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the Life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the Life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but Life in you.

But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed, therefore I spoke,” we also believe, therefore we also speak, knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace, which is spreading to more and more people, may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the Glory of God.

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of Glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal! (2 Corinthians 1:9; 4)

But because we are, by our original fallen nature, so self-centered and self-reliant, and because our worldly Humanistic upbringing and culture have so conditioned us to always think of ourselves as being radically independent and self-sufficient, we do not see ourselves as being bankrupt and desperately in need of someone to redeem and cover and stand in for us in order to save us. Instead we think of ourselves as being ‘pretty good’… and, even though we know that we sin and continually misfire and suffer temporary setbacks, we insist that we are still in possession of some kind of ‘divine spark’ and that we have great value in ourselves. But when we do that, we separate ourselves from Yeshua, instead of learning to identify with and live as one with Him and from Him; and we end up with nothing but our condemned original state of Sin.

So instead of depending on Him, humanistic people keep assuming that all they need is a little ‘touching up’ here and there… some form of self-improvement education and training… and perhaps also… a little help from God. Thus they remain geared to think that, despite the reality and truth of their Sin and mortality, they still have some form of ‘goodness’ and ‘God-likeness’ within that is worth keeping, worth educating, and worth improving and polishing up and relying upon, for future use. The assumption is that the so-called ‘God-like part’ of us does not need to be forsaken and done away with. So they remain convinced that the following indictment of God does not apply to them.

“For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; and all of us wither like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. There is no one who calls on Your Name, who arouses himself to take hold of You; for You have hidden Your face from us and have delivered us into the power of our iniquities.” (Isaiah 64:6-7)

A dear brother of blessed memory, T. Austin-Sparks, had a deep understanding of these issues. His website (Austin-Sparks.net) offers daily devotionals taken from his writings, to which people may subscribe. In one of those devotionals, he described our great neediness before God like this:

“We shall not be able to raise ourselves any more than we can crucify ourselves, but we must recognize that the Lord’s dealings with us are with that in view. In order to display the power of His resurrection, He will very often have to take the attitude toward us of letting things get well beyond all human power to remedy or save, of allowing things to go so far that there is no other power in all the universe that can do anything whatever to save the situation. He will allow death, disintegration to work, so that nothing, nothing in the universe is of any avail, except the power of His resurrection.

“We shall come to the place where Abraham came, who became the great type of faith which moved right into resurrection: “He considered his own body now as good as dead” (Romans 4:19). That is the phrase used by the apostle about Abraham: “as good as dead.” And Paul came into that: “We had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:9). Whatever else men may be able to do in the realm of creation, they stop short when death has actually taken place; they can do no more. Resurrection is God’s act, and God’s alone. Men can do very many things when they have got life, but when there is no life it is only God who can do anything. And God will allow His Church and its members oft-times to get into such situations as are altogether beyond human help, in order that He may give the display, which is His own display, in which no man has any place to glory.”

Beloved, Scripture tells us this same thing in many different ways. Nevertheless, we still struggle and fail to grasp the full impact of what God is revealing. We may understand that only God’s Living Word is able to know and understand and contain the Fullness of the Revelation that Father wants to give us. And we may also admit that only God’s Living Word had the Authority necessary to impose God’s commandments upon us. But we struggle to understand this additional eternal fact:

Only God’s Living Word made flesh has the ability and authority to fully obey and satisfy God’s commandments and fulfill all of His revelations and promises. Only by the Living Word’s Authority and the Holy Spirit’s Power, can the fulfillment of God’s revelation and commandments and promises become Reality for us. And that is why God’s Living Word must be able to abide in and live from within us, by the Power of God’s own Spirit! When His Life is truly ours… the perfect ‘track record’ of His Life is also ours!

In the Beginning, when God’s Word began to create all that is, we did not even exist! But all was created nevertheless… past, present and future. And only after that did God create Man. He intended for all of us to enjoy what He had already provided. And so He tells us, again and again, that His Word’s Perfect Works are finished, and have been utterly completed and fulfilled to Perfection. That is why He commands us to enter into His Rest! And so the comments of T. Austin-Sparks regarding this, continue:

“I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. (Ephesians 3:16 NLT)

“The strength of the Lord’s people is none other than the strength of the Holy Spirit in the inward man. Right at the very center of the being, deeper than thought or reason, deeper than emotion or feeling, deeper than all that which comprises the more outward man which, under given circumstances, may prove weak and incapable of standing up to the situation. In the variations of our soul life, the changes of our moods, our ideas, our attitudes, our feelings, our minds; deeper down there is that strength which does not let us go. That is the true nature of spirituality. It is not the tremendously forceful conviction of our intellects or the mighty power of our wills. When these cannot stand up to conditions of intense spiritual antagonism, opposition or perplexity, there is that more inward thing, right in the inward man, which is of God – the Holy Spirit: “Strengthened with might by His Spirit into the inward man.

“Test that out and the result is that when the mind is bewildered by the perplexity of a situation, and the arguments are all in the direction that a mistake has been made, a wrong course has been taken, everything is false – when all the feelings are churned up, disturbed, anxious, fearful, or when there are no feelings at all, they are simply petrified by the position – when circumstances are all arguing in the opposite direction of that which we, in the purest moments of our fellowship with God determined upon. The world around us – and very closely around us, even within the sphere of our own natural life, our own soul life – is an inexplicable mystery. Then spirituality is proved by that inward strength which abides: that standing when you cannot go forward; that holding when you can do nothing; that remaining when all the forces are seeking to sweep you off your feet. That represents a measure of spirituality. That is the true nature of the child of God.

“The opposite is to be carried away by argument, reasoning, appearance, circumstance, and all such things. That proves a lack of true spirituality. In a sentence, true spirituality is not to live on the outside; it is to live with God right down deep in the inner part of your own being, where He, the Spirit, is. (Emphasis added.)

This is speaking about that supernatural inner Resource that God Himself becomes for His own Covenant People. It is the Spirit-imparted Life of our Messiah… deposited deep within our spirits. God puts His Perfect Living Word into us by His Holy Spirit… but although this Treasure is in us… it is never ‘of us’ or ‘from us.’  It is always the Gift of God… displaying God’s Righteousness and Lovingkindness from the midst of our utterly bankrupt fallen flesh. And this is what I believe our Lord was getting at when He said these words to His disciples on the night before He died:

“I am The True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser. Every branch in Me, that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the Word, which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am The Vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

If anyone does not abide in Me (by Faith in My Perfect Presence he remains radically independent, and thus), he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you so that My Joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” (John 15:1-11 Emphasis added.)

Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU, FOR POWER IS PERFECTED IN WEAKNESS!

“Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the Power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong! (2 Corinthians 12:7-10 Emphasis added.)

This, beloved Family, is the Glory that Yeshua came into our midst to embody, to teach, and to fulfill on our behalf. He went first… into the depths of our utter weakness and inability and helplessness… by embracing the Zero Point of our Death. He paid the full price of our Ransom! And by doing that, He took all guilt, shame and condemnation away from us. And… because He was Sin-less and Innocent and Perfectly Righteous in Himself, the Serpent could not get any legal hold on Him. Satan had no right or authority to keep His own Creator locked in the death grip of his Sin. So He had to let our Messiah go free… and our Heavenly Father restored His beloved Son to His rightful Divine Status and Eternal Life… Resurrection Life – the Life that, by His Authority over all things in Creation, He was sent to be for all the rest of us! He suffered the loss of everything to effect our full Redemption. And now, as we follow Him along the same path, we must experience the loss of all that pertains to our fallen nature… so that His Atonement may be applied to us… and what is unworthy of God within us can be stripped away and totally replaced by what can only come to us from God’s own Living Word.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.

“In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the Glory of His Grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have Redemption through His Blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the Riches of His Grace, which He lavished on us.

“In all Wisdom and Insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an Administration suitable to the Fullness of the Times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the Heavens and things on the Earth…” (Ephesians 1:3-10)

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In the Most Awesome Presence of All

In the Most Awesome Presence of All

Beloved Family… I’d like to draw attention to a vitally important element – a telling indicator that reveals whether a person is a genuine disciple of God’s Living and written Word, or merely a pretender. This is something that we will all struggle with. But sooner or later, if we want to fulfill our calling, we’ll have to wholeheartedly move into the fullness of this element. So what is this telltale indicator? It is a deeply embedded, habitual, wholehearted attitude of total awe and respect for God that moves us to give total submission to His Living and written Word. For example, ponder the level of wholehearted respect and compliance required by the following commands that God gave to His chosen people:

“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might! These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.(Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Emphasis added.)

“Thus says the Lord, “Heaven is My Throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest? For My hand made all these things, thus all these things came into being,” declares the Lord. But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My Word!” (Isaiah 66:1-2)

For people who live in modern Western societies like ours, this level of awe filled respect is extremely difficult even to understand, much less to accept and do. Israel has always struggled with this. And according to Scripture, they failed to comply and meet God’s awesome standards. This is because all of mankind, Jew and non-Jew alike, is trapped for the time being in mortally wounded, weak and perpetually needy fallen flesh. Thus, compared to Almighty God’s Infinitely complete Nature and His Perfect Standards of Righteousness, Justice and Truth, even when we’re at our best, we all fall far, far short of His mark.

But fallen flesh that is born, raised in and conditioned by the humanism embedded within Western Hellenistic culture has an even greater handicap! We have been deeply influenced and affected by the arrogant views of Humanism, a religion in its own right, which, by nature, is the worship and adoration of radically independent Self. Humanists claim that Man’s human perspectives, ideas, opinions, passions and desires are to be placed in the ultimate position of supremacy, far above any other consideration, to the exclusion of any other god! So our modern culture conditions us, for the most part, to unconsciously and automatically rate ourselves as being preeminently superior and special beings. Humanism’s main dogma is this: ‘Man is the measure of all things.’ Thus they reserve for themselves the supreme level of importance. They place themselves and their personal interests and feelings even above God and whatever He has revealed and commanded. So such people are born, bred, conditioned and hard-wired, to think and act as gods unto themselves.

Humanistic people automatically assume that nothing could be of higher importance than Man. In other words,  Man is the supreme center of everything… and the human intellect is the ultimate judge and assessor of all things. That’s one reason why we place so much emphasis on ‘democratic principles’ and on ‘getting a good education.’ Those things give us an elevated level of status and importance in our society that assures us of being able to occupy the ‘highest places’ and upper echelons of power and wealth.

But, at the heart of this mentality there lurks an infection that Almighty God judges to be totally unacceptable… the cancer of radically independent pride and arrogant self-worship. If you look closely, you’ll see that the symptoms of this cancer are becoming increasingly blatant in our era, no matter where you look. It oozes out of the elite of every social class and profession and occupational category. It is  the prime motivation for most heads of state and politicians at every level. It is rampant within the arts and entertainment world, and has infested the communications media and the halls of academia. It’s even embedded within organized religions and it is at work even at the lowest, most impoverished and deprived levels of modern society!

Even when such people deign to acknowledge the God of the Bible, the concept they entertain of the Supreme Being depicts Him as being a Genie-like Servant… attending to the needs of Man, or an angry tyrant that is ever ready to thwart humanity’s expectations and best interests. The prayers of such people often consist of ‘to do lists’ that they place before their deity, assuming it is his or her sole duty to please and gratify and fulfill their desires. Thus even in their religious pursuits, they assume the role of masters who are always in the lead and their gods are expected to be the servants that must do their bidding.

Most of us would not dare to admit this in public… but our attitudes and unconscious postures and the way in which we react to what happens to us, and around us, gives us away. Here are some examples of that ‘It’s up to me to decide everything’ kind of attitude that creeps into the way we think and react to things:

“How could I be expected to believe and worship an all-powerful God that allows horrible, brutal outrages to happen to innocent people?”

“God… can’t you see what is being done to me? How can you remain silent and allow this to happen? When are you going to do something about this?”

“I know this is one of the commandments… but I also know that if God is really God, He would be the first to understand and agree with me and fully understand why I must choose to disregard this commandment and why it does not apply to me in this case.”

Many of us think and act in similar ways. We assume that because we possess such a special level of innate worth and importance, we have a right to be treated in a special way, and be given enormous latitude and consideration because we are so special. And, because we place ourselves in such a lofty position, we assume that God shares our viewpoint and agrees with whatever we may choose to think, judge and operate. But nothing could be further from the Truth! I ask you to ponder what God actually says to us:

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

“Thus says the Lord, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the Lord. For he will be like a bush in the desert and will not see when prosperity comes, but will live in stony wastes in the wilderness, a land of salt without inhabitant!

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.

“The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give to each man according to his ways, according to the results of his deeds.” (Jeremiah 17:5-10)

“See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from Heaven. And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.” This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we receive a Kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a Consuming Fire.” (Hebrews 12:25-29 Emphasis added.)

 “For, “All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls off, but THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER!”  And this is the Word which was preached to you.” (1 Peter 1:24-25 Emphasis added.)

 “Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” (Matthew 24:34-36 Emphasis added.)

Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:46-49)

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. (Romans 12:1-3)

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on The Rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on The Rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:24-27)

One of the things that struck me in my younger years after I began to be much more serious concerning God’s written Word and its importance was the enormous difference that exists between the mentality of our Western Greek Humanistic perspectives, attitudes and assumptions, as compared to the Semitic perspectives and attitudes revealed in the Scriptures of God’s chosen Hebrew people. An enormous chasm of difference separates those two worlds and mentalities. Only when we begin to see that difference are we able to see more of God’s true meaning concerning what He tells us about Himself and His ways, and what He says about us.

God deliberately chose to reveal Himself and His nature and His ways, through the Middle Eastern family that descended from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And, because He chose the Hebrew language and culture and Middle Eastern milieu through which to reveal Himself instead of choosing our Western type of humanistic culture and democratic mentality, we must face this sobering reality: we Western people who are imbued with the humanistic ways of modern times, are hobbled by an enormous cultural handicap when it comes to understanding what God is really saying to us!

Beloved, once we begin to see how different those two mentalities and cultures are, we’ll also begin to feel the impact and significance of knowing that we’re at a disadvantage. God chose to reveal Himself through a culture that is enormously different from everything we know and with which we are familiar. And when we see that, we’ll begin to understand what God is really conveying to us in His Word. Then we will see the human race in a much different, more accurate light. We’ll see how far removed most Western Hellenized peoples are from realizing their true spiritual state. And our true position in relation to the Eternal Standards of God’s Righteous Nature will open our eyes to the real meaning underlying God’s command to REPENT!

God knew in advance that all future generations would be influenced and ‘hard wired’ by the global influence of the Serpent and how he gets humans to mistrust, doubt and rebel against God’s Word. Hellenism and the thinking that it spawns totally ignores and bypasses the God of the Bible. And so it gives rise to  all the false perspectives and teachings of so many of the world’s false man-invented religions and philosophies. God knew how far removed from His ways the worldly ways and attitudes of democratic thinking and modern society’s Man-centered, relativistic perspectives would be. He knew that our self-adoring thought patterns would twist us into the very opposite of His own image and likeness. And, knowing all of that, instead of choosing a culture and mentality that would be similar to, and compatible with, the prevailing mindset of the twenty first century Western world, He deliberately chose the cultural milieu of the ancient Eastern Hebraic world, with its attitudes, viewpoints, nuances of meaning and priorities and mannerisms that are so different from everything we know and uphold. This is how God chose reveal Himself and His ways, to us. And this will prove to be of enormous significance to all flesh… now that this fallen world is entering the Era of the Last Days… and approaching God’s Final Judgment!

One major difference between the culture of the ancient Middle East and Western twenty first century Humanism is in the way those two cultures view and react to Authority, whether it is God’s Authority or the authority that is entrusted to human world rulers and leaders of societies. Let me offer one example for your consideration. I believe that if we ponder it, we’ll be able to better see the vast difference between how God views His Authority over all of His Creation, as opposed to the way we understand authority, including God’s, and how we assume it may apply, or not apply, to us.

“But realize this, that in the Last Days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these!” (2 Timothy:1-5)

Years ago, I saw a movie about the medieval Italian explorer, Marco Polo. He accompanied his father and uncle, who were wealthy merchants in Italy, on an arduous expedition to China. Marco’s father and uncle had been to that region before, and they had established a rapport with the great Kublai Khan, who established the Yuan Dynasty and ruled over vast portions of China, Korea and Mongolia in the 13th Century. The movie depicted the period after Marco had grown to be a young man. At that time, when his father and uncle decided to return to China, they took Marco with them.

I vividly remember two incidents portrayed in that movie. I assume their content came from the journal of his travels that Marco Polo left for posterity. The first incident took place when their expedition had entered the outskirts of the Great Khan’s Empire. They set up camp one evening and retired for the night. But early the next morning, when they awoke and stepped outside their tents, they saw that they were completely surrounded, by a fierce-looking contingent of Oriental cavalrymen who had silently encircled their encampment while they slept. As the Europeans casually emerged from their tents, they were stunned to see that this host had surrounded them and were now sitting quietly on their mounts, glaring at them. At that moment, it appeared as if this poor band of travelers was hopelessly doomed. But then something amazing happened.

Marco’s father stepped forward and approached the apparent leader of the cavalrymen. He took out a leather pouch that was hidden in his tunic and took from it a black stone that was shaped like a modern day cell phone. Some Chinese characters had been cut into the stone. And when he handed it to the leader of those troops, the man read the words and instantly, the expression on his face transformed… from fierce suspicion and deadly intent… to humble compliance, respect and deference! This was because that stone was a token of safe passage that Kublai Khan had given to Marco’s father during his first trip to China. It ensured that whenever he was within the borders of the Great Khan’s Empire, all he had to do was show that object to whoever he encountered, and the authority behind that stone was just as if the Khan himself was physically present! And the same degree of deference that those men would have given to the Khan had he been before them in person, was the same deference, protection and service they bestowed upon this party of traders… for the sake of the Khan.

So, the Polos had a military escort that took them safely all the way to the city where the Great Kublai Khan resided. The token of safe passage the Khan gave to Marco’s father was a symbol of the Khan’s absolute authority and the total respectful obedience that the people of that region were expected and compelled to render to their Khan. And beloved, that is the same kind of culture and mentality that God chose through which to reveal Himself, and His Authority, to the human race! So this provides a view and understanding of the Magnitude and Majesty and Absolute Supreme, Reverent Awe that is due to Almighty God throughout all of Creation! And it tells us of the Absolute Authority of the Living and written Word of our Awesome God and Lord. It also gives clear indication of the reverence and respect that is due to the human emissaries and messengers that God has chosen to serve as the bearers of His Living and written Word!

“Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself. Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My Covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel.” (Exodus 19:3-6 Emphasis added.)

 “But you are a Chosen Race, a Royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation, a People for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of Darkness into His marvelous Light; for you once were not a people, but now you are The People of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.  Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the Day of Visitation!” (1 Peter 2:9-12 Emphasis added.)

And the second incident from that movie I’d like to share took place after the Polos were brought to the city of the Khan and had already passed through the gates of the vast compound that surrounded his enormous palace. The visitors were told to wait at the base of the long flight of stone steps that led up to the palace doors. Then, an elegantly attired palace official descended to where they were waiting. He told them, in their language, that he would escort them into the Great Khan’s presence. But first he had to prepare and show them how they must behave whenever they were before the presence of the Great Khan. This is what he said:

“After we enter the palace, I will take you to the inner chamber where the Great Khan will see you. But… when I lead you through the doors into his chamber, you must, from that point onward, KEEP YOUR EYES FIXED ON THE FLOOR! DO NOT LOOK UP! DO NOT LOOK ON THE GREAT KHAN’S FACE! If you dare to do that, you will be IMMEDIATELY EXECUTED!”

Beloved friends… I relate these movie depictions because they help to underline the enormous difference between the awe, respect and deference that the Eastern mentality entertains toward authority, as opposed to the sloppy attitudes and antagonistic mindsets that we modern Westerners entertain in our hearts toward anything or anyone that dares to presume to be above us. By comparison, people of our modern Western societies are incredibly lax and clueless in their attitudes and behaviors. We know very little about manners and decorum and discipline and respectful civility. We tend to be arrogant, rebellious, self-adoring and we demean others, even our legitimate authorities. So, compared to the way we normally think, act and react, God’s ways truly are not our ways, nor are His thoughts, our thoughts. And if we do not realize this vast difference… we will be in for a most jarring and devastating SHOCK when our Resurrected Messiah returns to the Earth!

With this in mind, just imagine what the atmosphere must have been when Moses and Aaron had to face the Pharaoh of Egypt, or what it was like when Daniel and the other young Jewish men had to face Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. And consider what it must have been like for Paul, when he was taken before Nero, the emperor of the Roman Empire. The men of God that are mentioned in the Bible had to deal with the very same mentality and electrifyingly dangerous atmosphere that surrounded the Polos when they were taken into the presence of the great Kublai Khan!

So I ask you to ponder the difference between that, and what we see taking place so often today. How would those ancient potentates have reacted to the behavior and public remarks that people of today so frequently and arrogantly put forth in public when they speak, or joke about, or put down those who exercise legitimate authority over them? The difference between those ancient exalted potentates and how they demanded to be regarded and treated, as opposed to the way many modern people behave and speak and act toward their presidents, prime ministers, and exalted government officials would be like the difference between night and day, wouldn’t it? People of today would be instantly hunted down and slaughtered by the forces of those ancient rulers… if they dared to do and say in their hearing, what they so readily and commonly do and say in the view and the hearing of those that currently hold authority over them!

Think of the attacks that so many protesting mobs heap upon modern day leaders and authorities that are responsible for the effective running of our societies. Consider the often vile, crude, foul-mouthed protests and grossly disrespectful signs, placards and chants that people shout concerning their heads of state and other governing authorities. Think about the rebellious, disrespectful things people write in newspapers or on the Internet, or what they do and say on TV talk shows, and throughout the world of so-called ‘entertainment.’ What do you think would happen to anyone that would have dared to speak and behave like that within the realms of those ancient rulers we read about in Scripture? What would have happened to anyone of that time, had they behaved against Kublai Khan, the way many moderns behave toward their presidents, prime ministers, and other heads of state… not to mention the way they think, act, react and interact in the very Presence of Almighty God?

It was in the dangerous, tension-filled presence of such kinds of exalted Far Eastern and Middle Eastern supremacy that prophets such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Daniel, Isaiah, Jeremiah and all of the others who served God were forced to operate. Their God-given commissions required them to speak out against some of the most powerful, cruel and barbarically destructive potentates of world history! God’s people were entrusted with the task of speaking to such men in the Name of their Almighty Living God! And their knowledge of their God was so great that they did not fear, nor were they impressed by any earthly potentate they encountered! They only feared and served One… the True, Living God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – the Supreme Lord of all lords that the rest of the world consistently refuses to see or recognize or heed!

 “The Lord said to Moses, “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.” Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your Glory!” And He said, “I Myself will make all My Goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the Name of the Lord before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.”

But He said, “You cannot see My Face, for no man can see Me and live!” Then the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand there on the rock; and it will come about, while My Glory is passing by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by. Then I will take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My Face shall not be seen! (Exodus 33:17-23 Emphasis added.)

“At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (Matthew 11:25-30 Emphasis added.)

The worldly idols, super stars and wielders of the highest levels of worldly fame, authority and power are not willing to hear or heed anything the true Living God has to say. They care nothing of Him nor will they acknowledge Him or His True, Eternal and Absolute Authority over all of Creation. But yet, instead of squashing those people like bugs, or torturing and depriving them of life… the one True Living God of the Universe continues to maintain them in existence. He mercifully provides for them and patiently continues to reach out to them in any way possible to win their hearts… while there is still time for them to repent… and still time for Him to cleanse, regenerate and transform them into His own image and likeness!

But most of the people of this world remain spiritually blind and deaf to their own Creator. Thus they rebel against, or worse, totally ignore His Living Word and Holy Spirit. So the rebellion of this fallen world continues to this day. And that is what the disciples of the Last Days must face and deal with. Now… in this Last Days Era… just as God has warned, people are becoming increasingly virulent and hard-hearted. And that is the kind of world that you and I, beloved Family, are going to have to deal with and reach out to.

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. FOR IT IS NOT YOU WHO SPEAK, BUT IT IS THE SPIRIT OF YOUR FATHER WHO SPEAKS IN YOU!”  (Matthew 10:16-20 Emphasis added.)

Beloved, ponder the words I underlined above… in the light of that ‘token of safe passage’ that Marco Polo’s father showed to the leader of that mounted unit of the Khan’s cavalry. That token was speaking the words of the Great Khan himself! And that military leader recognized this, and he and his troops reacted accordingly. So, from Father’s standpoint, this is how emissaries of God’s Word are to be viewed and accepted and treated as well. Father is telling us that He’s sending His people into this fallen demon-possessed world to speak His Word to everyone that is around them! He’s telling us that when we obey God and speak forth His Word as commanded, the Absolute Authority of Almighty God’s Word will be backing us on every level! And that is why we are not to be afraid of this world, not even of those who occupy the highest, most exalted positions. We are to act respectfully, but we are to deliver our message truly, accurately and faithfully, no matter what opposition we encounter and regardless of what the consequences may be. Beloved, eternal salvation is at stake. And there is no consideration in the universe that is more important than that in the sight of God!

“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. You will be hated by all because of My Name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.” (Matthew 10:16-22)

“And afterward Moses and Aaron came and said to Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Let My people go that they may celebrate a feast to Me in the wilderness.’” But Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and besides, I will not let Israel go.” Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please, let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God, otherwise He will fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword! (Exodus 5:1-3 Emphasis added.)

“Then Nebuchadnezzar in rage and anger gave orders to bring Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego; then these men were brought before the king. Nebuchadnezzar responded and said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? Now if you are ready, at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery and bagpipe and all kinds of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, very well. But if you do not worship, you will immediately be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire; and what god is there who can deliver you out of my hands?

Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up. (Daniel 3:13-18 Emphasis added.)

Beloved friends, this is the kind of pressure we’ll be up against as the Last Days reach their Ultimate Crescendo of violent upheaval and turbulence. The ultimate level of pressure will be exerted upon the generation of the disciples who will be called upon to serve and testify to the Lord as the Last Days reach their conclusion. The pressures they will have to face and endure will be more intense than anything any previous generation has had to deal with in the past. And that’s why we must allow the Holy Spirit to equip and prepare us for what lies ahead… to the fullest possible extent.

But that preparation process cannot and will not take place, nor will it be fully complete in us… UNLESS… we are able to know our awesome God and Lord as He really is. We must come to know Him in advance, before our times of testing overtake us. We must know Him so intimately and personally and experientially that the knowledge of Him will be so great and so vast and intense that we will hardly be aware of anything or anyone else. The Glory of God must become so real to us, and in us, that He and He alone will be what will fill the entire scope of our mental viewing screens. And everything else, any person or thing or circumstance that is created, will be blotted out and removed from before His ever-increasing Advance!

“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your Name in all the earth, who have displayed Your Splendor above the Heavens! From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established Strength because of Your adversaries, to make the enemy and the revengeful cease. When I consider Your Heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; what is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him?” (Psalm 8:1-4)

“In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said,

“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord  of Hosts,

The whole Earth is filled with His Glory.”

“And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts!” (Isaiah 6:1-5)

“Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a Light from Heaven flashed around him; and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do.” The men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. (Acts 9:1-9 Emphasis added.)

When people truly know our God as He really is… they will from that point onward stand in awe of Him and Him alone. The apostle Paul is a perfect example of that Truth. Once he came to know the Lord personally and intimately at such proximity, nothing was ever able to take his attention away from His glorious Lord and Master. Yeshua’s Greatness, Majesty, Glory and Absolute Authority blazed continually in Paul’s heart from that time forward. The Light of the risen Messiah shone so brightly in his heart that everything else paled into insignificance!

So will it be for us, once we too come to know Him like that. And then, despite what may be going on all around us in this fallen world, regardless of what the fallen flesh of unbelieving, spiritually blind people may try to do to terrorize, extort, pressure and intimidate us… those of us who know the Lord at the level of disciples, like Stephen and Paul and so many others, will be able to stand and hold our God-given Covenant Ground. And, even though the world around us gnashes its teeth and tries to cover its ears, we will continue to proclaim the Truth that God has revealed to us through His Word and His Holy Spirit. And because we will continue to proclaim and radiate the One who abides within us, God will continue to speak His Living Word to them, through us.

“You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your fathers did. Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who had previously announced the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become; you who received the Law as ordained by angels, and yet did not keep it.”

“Now when they heard this, they were cut to the quick, and they began gnashing their teeth at him. But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into Heaven and saw the Glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; and he said, “Behold, I see the Heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.

“But they cried out with a loud voice, and covered their ears and rushed at him with one impulse. When they had driven him out of the city, they began stoning him; and the witnesses laid aside their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul. They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” Having said this, he fell asleep. (Acts 7:51-60 Emphasis added.)

Beloved, can you see how important the message was that the writer of the letter to the Hebrews sent to his fellow disciples during the violent, tumultuous first century days in which they were called to serve the Lord? Can you see why he said these words to them?

“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, FIXING OUR EYES ON JESUS, THE AUTHOR AND PERFECTER OF FAITH, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the Throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3 Emphasis added.)

No, the disciples of the Last Days will not grow weary; nor will they lose heart. They will persevere and overcome. And the Lord will pick up His Spirit-filled Blood Covenant friends and place them by His side, as He shares the Throne of Almighty God with His Heavenly Father. And from then on, they too will be filled with His Spirit, and they will be so as one with Him, as He is one with His Father! And God and His people will all be one with each other, in the Resurrection Glory of their Messiah!

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the Corner Stone, in whom the whole Building, being fitted together, is growing into a Holy Temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a Dwelling of God in the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22 Emphasis added.)

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Letter from Timothy June 2017

We all have days when we are attacked from all sides! If anyone was ever having a bad day, it was David! He had returned to Ziklag with his men only to find that the Amalekites had burned their city and taken their wives, sons and daughters captive. What an awful calamity! To make matters worse, his men were turning against him, blaming him for the great loss, and wanting to storm him.

David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God! Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelek, “Bring me the ephod.” Abiathar brought it to him, and David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.” 1 Samuel 30:6-8

If you are facing a great battle, the best thing you can do is to pull back. But David took a step back and encouraged himself in prayer, thus casting himself and his fortunes on the God who, years before, had chosen him to be “His anointed.” To get an answer from Him, he called the priest to bring an ephod, a symbol of worship, to receive direction from the Lord. When he heard the Word of the Lord, “Thou shalt recover all,” he had the power he needed to pursue his enemies.

Often we are living in the battle, facing the challenges, wringing our hands and fighting in our own strength. What we need to do is pull back, wait upon the Lord, rest in Him and be led forth with peace by the Holy Spirit of God. Finally, you will go forth in his power and recover all! David, with the help of his God on whose mercy he had thrown himself, obtained his brilliant success over Amalek, and restored his prestige not only among his own immediate followers, but through all the cities and villages of Southern Canaan.

Brother Timothy

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Open Access to God’s Wavelength Frequency

Open Access to God’s Wavelength Frequency

“Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will My Word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it! (Isaiah 55:6-11 Emphasis added.)

So beloved, isn’t our Heavenly Father revealing that only He can know the enormity and complexity of His own infinite Mind? Isn’t He telling us that only He knows what is in His mind and heart and purposes? Isn’t He letting us know that… unless He makes it possible for us to do it… there’s nothing we can do, in and of ourselves, to gain access to His wavelength and frequency?

Yes, He’s telling us, clearly and unmistakably, that there’s only one way we can become one with Almighty God’s mind and heart and purposes. And that Way is not a thing… it is an uncreated Person! It is the Living Word of Almighty God Himself! He is the only Way!

“Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.

“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I AM THE WAY, and the TRUTH, and the LIFE; NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER BUT THROUGH ME! (John 14:1-6 Emphasis added.)

Do you hunger to know Ultimate Truth and be able to get in touch with Ultimate Reality? Do you truly desire to know the one true, Living God? If you do… pay attention: Father is revealing the Way, the only Way, by which we can connect with His Personal Frequency. You must become one with His Son! All of God’s Infinite Fullness is contained in, and given to, us through a Person… through the Person of God’s Living Word… Messiah Yeshua! So, the only way we can have access to the Almighty Living God, and to connect personally with Him, is to become wholehearted in our personal response to God’s Living and written Word Yeshua, by the Power of God’s Holy Spirit.

“Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I AM the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of Life.” (John 8:12 Emphasis added.)

Our wholehearted submission to God’s Word and to His wholehearted initiatives on our behalf creates personal union and direct personal communication between us. This is another way of saying that we’re compatible with God’s Living Word, and His revelations, commandments and promises… when we agree and submit to God’s terms! Our wholehearted obedient receptivity to His Son, the Living Word, is the essential characteristic of God’s special, chosen priestly people in the Torah. The Word revealed Himself to them in a variety of ways. And He revealed Himself to the New Covenant disciples, as Rabbi Yeshua of Nazareth. So there were many forms by which God revealed His one and only Son, the Living Word.

And this Living Word who was made flesh, is the one we Last Days disciples are required to embody during the Last Days Fulfillment Era. Everything that God revealed, commanded and promised to Israel in the Torah in the past… is about to be completely fulfilled in our Last Days Era!

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 5:5-10)

When Yeshua is free to be what He is, and do what He does, in us and through us… then beloved, we are the wholehearted, authentic embodiment of the same Spirit-empowered Life that our Messiah lived while He was on Earth. This is what is being revealed in the Scriptures about how God will fully transform and restore the fallen human race by the end of our Exodus process. The commandments God gave to Israel to pass along to the rest of the human race were revealing God’s Perfect Standards of Righteousness and Truth to us. And, because they were given in a commandment format, they tell us what God requires of all humans who are to be His image and likeness. But in addition to that, the commandments are a prophetic revelation of what God’s Living Word will be and do when He appears on Earth as one of us, serving as our Covenant Representative and Champion.

So not only does God’s Living Word reveal God’s commandments… but He is here to fulfill them to Perfection… for us… but also… in us and through us. God is telling us that His New Covenant Remnant of Israel, both Jews and non-Jews alike, when their Messiah lives and works from within them, will join Him in serving as living proof, actual tangible living demonstrations of what God’s New Covenant was always intended to do. And this is how God will fully restore and fulfill the entire human race! God was revealing this from the very beginning, when He expressed His ways and His requirements to the children of Israel through the Covenant of Sinai. He revealed to them what He required of all human beings… but, whether they realized it at the time or not, God was also revealing what their still to come Messiah was going to be and do in our midst, for our sake. He is, and always will be, the only one in whom all of this can be – and actually has been – fulfilled. God has done it. And He can now reveal the Truth of His Finished Work of Redemption to the world… through the yielded flesh of His Messiah’s disciples! The Authority of His Word, and the Power of His Holy Spirit will do all of this!

Therefore, God requires us to become a people that are just as wholeheartedly sincere and perfect as He is! And Yeshua is The Way in whom and by whom this is going to be done. Because of the way our Perfect God is, there can be no internal reservations, no holding anything back, no double-mindedness in those who will serve as His image and likeness. And so, at the end of this Journey, when we have been fulfilled completely… our lives will be a perfect mirror image representation of the perfect Human Life Yeshua lived when He was among us. He rendered wholehearted, 100% obedience, devotion and faithfulness to His Father while He lived among us. He was the revelation of what the Spirit-filled, Human Image and Likeness of our Perfect God naturally is and does! Yeshua demonstrated that to us in human terms, during His days on Earth. He was the prophetic revelation of what God was in the process of doing with all the rest of us who will allow Yeshua to represent them and rule over them. First, He lived the perfect human life in our name and in our place while we were bankrupt and incapable. But after the restoration process is complete, He will render perfect service and devotion to His Heavenly Father, in our name, as our Blood Covenant Representative, Head and Life… from within us! So we will be His Eternal Perfect Embodiment in the Presence and in the sight of, Almighty God.

So now that this wholehearted obedience and service have been given to God in our name, and since it has been totally accepted by the Father, Yeshua’s Resurrection and the elevation to the Highest Place in Heaven of this Perfect Man, God is letting us know that there’s nothing is left to stand between us and our Creator! Yeshua has made us to be one with God, in a corporate, blood covenant sense. Even though, at this point, we’re still in the process of being fulfilled, we are nevertheless assured that the Fullness of what Yeshua is to us, is already ours! And so, by the Holy Spirit’s impartation, when we receive Yeshua’s indwelling Presence… we receive and embody the same Perfect New Covenant obedience that Yeshua rendered… through the Power of the indwelling Holy Spirit who has been given to us for that very purpose!

So, even now, because we are one with Yeshua, we no longer need to search for alternatives. We need not consider other ways by which to navigate and determine the direction of our future. When we give ourselves wholeheartedly to Yeshua, our future course and ultimate Destiny are already determined and settled. After that, whatever we may do in the future is only to be done by, in, and from the Perfect Humanity of Yeshua. As soon as we give ourselves to Him and make way for Him to continue to live His Perfect Life in us and through us, we are completely complete! And so the Holy Spirit lives and works in us to prove to all of Creation that this is so and that God’s Word is absolutely True and Credible.

Because we are equipped to embody Yeshua’s Resurrection Presence, we can give living testimony that proves that we’re actually one with God’s Living Word. And now, since Yeshua is one with His Father, through Him, we have a direct connection to Father’s mind, will, and eternal plan and purpose.

“Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest? For My hand made all these things, thus all these things came into being,” declares the Lord. But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My Word!(Isaiah 66:1-2 Emphasis added.)

“… Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well pleasing in Your sight. All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:25-30)

So can you see the kind of focus and devotion and obedient expectation Father requires us to place upon His Son? We’re intended to be His image and likeness! But we can only do that IF we willingly, wholeheartedly surrender ourselves and our entire future to His indwelling Presence and Authority. If we do that, He will equip and empower us to embrace, absorb, reflect and embody the very same viewpoint and attitude toward His Father that He Himself entertains! And, in that case, our union with our Perfect God will enable us to partake of and reflect His Perfection. Only in that way, will we be able to meet and satisfy God’s Perfect Standard of Righteousness! That’s why only God’s Word can be the Door through which we can enter God’s Throne Room and approach and be at home with His infinitely Transcendent Presence!

“Jesus said to him, “I am The Way, and The Truth, and The Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me! If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.” (John 14:6-7 Emphasis added.)

So disciples of that caliber always abide in and enjoy the fullness of the Rest and total Joy and Contentment that flows out of the Eternal Perfection of their Messiah. They are the ones that are able to rejoice ALWAYS, in Him, and because of Him, without ever stopping! We can enjoy that endless Joy after we finally realize, and know with certainty, that in the Eternal Heavenly Realms, God has already done everything necessary to make it possible for Him to make us one with everything He is. This is because of the knowledge that the Work of God is Finished. Everything was done perfectly by His Living creative Word. And now, God’s Perfect Finished works of Creation and Redemption can be revealed in and through us. And Creation can be absolutely Perfect, Complete and fully Consummated, thanks to the Perfect Finished Work of God’s awesome Living Word.

Therefore, everything God has done is eternally FINISHED, and PERFECT, and PRESENT to us! There’s nothing left to stand between us and the benefits the New Covenant makes available to all. Now we can rest with God in the Fullness of His Eternal Sabbath Peace, knowing that there will never be any need for us to feel anxiety, dread or any kind of fear or sense of lack. God blesses His own and is ready to fill them with – EVERYTHING THAT HE IS!

That is why we can rejoice in the Lord AT ALL TIMES AND IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES AND SITUATIONS! Do you see what this wholehearted acceptance of Yeshua enables us to do and enjoy? Despite what many other people still believe and assume, we no longer have to wait upon God to be or do anything more than what He already is and has done! We can welcome, embrace and enjoy His Absolute Fullness even now! He is our Daily Bread that gives Himself to us continuously… even as we still live in this space and time dimension. And thus we also know that what He is able to impart to us now, progressively in space and time, will be ours ENTIRELY once we enter His Eternal Dimension! We receive this Treasure in progressive stages because we live in time. So God imparts it to us at the moment when we actually need it. But in Eternal Reality… it is already fully present and available to us in its entirety.

So God has never held anything back from us. He gave all of Himself to us from all of Eternity. This was true from the very first moment of the existence of the created Universe! So we have no excuse to hold any part of ourselves from God. Nor do we have to wait for anything else to happen before we can enjoy our total oneness with Him. God has done and given everything we need. So, He is waiting for us to come to Him to receive the full benefit of that, as much of it as we wish to receive, just as we need it!

So the secret is not in trying to find ways to coax God to give more of Himself to us. The secret is in understanding the profound depths of the Wisdom of the Cross. The Cross, once we join our Master in His Death… strips away from us all of the Serpent’s lies and delusions and deceptive snares. It frees us from demonic Darkness and Delusion and our former bondage to Sin, and the Flesh and the legal hold that the powers of Darkness once held over us. God has brought us back into His Truth and Reality. And now we are able to give ourselves completely to God, as a result of knowing how truly Great and All Sufficient He and His Perfect Finished Works are!

When we can know God like that, we ‘see the Light’ and finally stop pulling away and distancing ourselves from Him. We no longer shrink back in doubt and fear and suspicion, doubting His Word and suspecting His motives… INSTEAD… we freely surrender ourselves to His care and let go of everything else. And then God rushes into our hearts… and our situations and circumstances and needs… like a Flood! And He fills us with His Perfect Covenant Love and Faithfulness. And He’ll deal with every one of our cares, concerns and needs, from the infinite Treasury of Grace that He is ready to transmit into this dimension from His Infinite Treasury in Eternity!

So, can you see what the problem was between God and his chosen people Israel, throughout the centuries of their sometimes stormy and heart-breaking relationship? What was lacking in most Israelites is what is lacking in the whole pagan world! They didn’t come to know Him as He really is! And because of that dismal ignorance, they could not trust Him and surrender to His initiatives on their behalf. And so their children who came after them paid the price of their unbelief.

“Then Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of one hundred and ten. And they buried him in the territory of his inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash. All that generation also were gathered to their fathers; and there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel. (Joshua 2:8-10)

“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is Good and Acceptable and Perfect!

“For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.” (Romans 12:1-3)

People who know the Word as He truly is, know this for certain: Regardless of how things may look, sound and feel to their fallen, Sin-damaged, subjective perceptions and feelings… at any given moment in this temporary dimension of space and time, God’s Living Word never fails. The Truth concerning the perfect extent to which everything has already been handled and resolved by God in His Eternal Perfection, always stands. God and His Finished Works of Creation and Redemption are Perfect in every way, and on every level. So His Infinite Eternal Perfection never flutters or fluctuates. God’s Perfection is Eternally Present, Active, Stable, Reliable and we can rest in the certain knowledge that He has already given Himself to us! Now, it’s our move.

This lets us know that each present emergency and crisis and problem we will face now, here in time and space, already has its eternal resolution and perfect fulfillment in place. All of it is IN YESHUA… IN GOD’S LIVING WORD! All of that is contained in the Fullness of the Word… and the Word is waiting for us to come to Him to receive it from Him through the Holy Spirit. We need only come to God, in the Name of His Word… and then He will give of Himself to us. And we can have every confidence in His Perfect Presence and abide in the joy that comes from knowing that Yeshua Himself is the All-Sufficient, Perfect ‘Daily Bread’ that our Heavenly Father is feeding to us at all times. So now when anyone is still living in desperation and desolation and neediness… it’s due to their ignorance, their lack of knowledge and understanding of God and who He is and what He has already done for them. But because they do not know Him, they fail to turn to Him and learn to operate on His terms. It isn’t that He has turned His back on them; it’s that they continue to put our faith hope and trust in our false, self-devised, non-existent gods!

Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart! You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up! (Deuteronomy 6:4-7 Emphasis added.)

And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him! (Matthew 6:7-8 Emphasis added.)

“At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. ALL THINGS have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you Rest. Take My Yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find Rest for your souls. For My Yoke is easy and My burden is light! (Matthew 11:25-30 Emphasis added.)

Beloved, we are intended and created to serve as our Father’s image and likeness! But Yeshua is the only one who, by His Perfect Nature, is truly qualified to do that! So if that Perfection is ever to be attributed to us, God’s Living Word MUST be free to abide and live and work from within our yielded, crucified flesh… so that He may impart to us what can only be received from Him! And it is for this interaction with our Messiah that we were called and commissioned to become one with Him. We’re being trained and equipped to live as one with Him, and to receive everything from Him! And once we’re well trained, we’re able to embody Him to whatever and whoever may happen to be around us! And He is free to please and obey His Father to Perfection, before their eyes… through our experiences and interactions and reactions to whatever is going on around us!

“John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from Heaven. You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent ahead of Him.’ He who has the Bride is the Bridegroom; but the friend of the Bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the Bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made full. He must increase, but I must decrease! He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth. He who comes from Heaven is above all. What He has seen and heard, of that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony.

“He who has received His testimony has set his seal to this, that God is true. For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for He gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand. He who believes in the Son has Eternal Life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see Life, but the wrath of God abides on him. (John 3:27-36 Emphasis added.)

So dear one, learn from and partake of the Eternal Well Being and Fullness of Almighty God! There is never a time when our Creator is taken aback or has cause to be upset, anxious or worried about anything! He abides eternally in His own Perfect Fullness! He does not have bad days or less than perfect ‘moods.’ There is no problem in existence that He would ever feel compelled to worry about or ‘wrestle with.’ He abides always and only in Perfect Eternal Triumph. In His Realm, everything is done and finished and Perfect. So, only Eternal Peace and Joy and Glorious Contentment abide in His Presence… forever! And you are now equipped to abide in His Presence so that His Presence can transform you into His image and likeness!

Therefore, we who are commissioned to serve as His human image and likeness are naturally required to reflect and embody His Word… to abide with Him in this Glorious New Covenant Realm… by Faith in His Revealed Truth. And when we do, we too will embody Yeshua’s Fullness and reflect His eternal Peace and Rest in God into this suffering, grieving, desperately needy world:

“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in Glory! (Colossians 3:1-4 Emphasis added.)

Can you see it dear ones? Our ability to rest and rejoice ALWAYS must not depend on whether or not we happen to be experiencing good and favorable circumstances in this fallen world! Even the best of times and the highest stations and most fulfilling moments that this world is able to give are as fleeting and temporary as mist. And the same is true of the worst experiences we will ever encounter. Even when earthly conditions are at their very worst… and even when our senses show us nothing but darkness and desperate, seemingly hopeless outlooks… we can still abide in the Perfect Presence of our God and abide with Him in the Highest Realms… with our resurrected Lord and Master… BY THE GIFT OF FAITH THAT WILL SUPPLY US WITH TOTAL REASSURANCE AND TRIUMPH… THANKS TO OUR SPIRIT-GIVEN ABILITY TO ABIDE IN OUR GOD’S ETERNAL PERFECTION.

Father has already revealed to us in His written Word that we can afford to believe, accept and rest upon His Eternal Fullness and Well Being… at all times… and even now! But the Fullness and the Eternal Peace we’re commissioned to reflect and embody within ourselves cannot be found in this fallen world’s dimension of time and space. Nothing that is created can duplicate or supply us with this! The Fullness and Perfection we are to embody can only come to us from our Eternal God’s Perfect Nature and Infinitely Authoritative Word, and Holy Spirit-imparted indwelling Presence! His Supreme, Infinite Fullness and Perfection can only come when we know Him according to what He has already revealed to us about Himself through His Living and written Word! This is how our Messiah and Redeemer has made it possible for us to abide in Eternity with God… regardless of our current, innate earthly limitations, and regardless of any other created consideration that may or may not be taking place throughout the various lower realms of God’s Creation! Even while we travel through the temporalities and mist-like issues and priorities of this fallen world, we can enjoy the Fullness of Eternity that God is to us within our heart of hearts!

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished on us. In all Wisdom and Insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the Fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth (Ephesians 1:3-10 Emphasis added.)

Our ability to abide with God in His Eternal Fullness… despite what does and does not seem to be happening here on Earth… is a supernatural gift that only comes to us from God Himself! It comes only when we give all of ourselves to our Master… then we can experience what we need from the ever-present Reality that He has given all of Himself to us! Then, we’re truly connected to Him, on His terms, and can receive His Fullness from Him, by Almighty God’s Heavenly Eternal Wavelength Frequency!

For us to have and maintain this awesome access to God’s heart, we must be trained to renew and update our brains and minds so that we can begin to live by undivided, wholehearted faith In God’s Perfection… and not by our earthly sight or touch or natural perceptions or feelings. We must be trained to know and rest upon God’s revealed Truth… that comes to us through and from His Word. So we must be mentally and emotionally and neurologically equipped to rest and rely upon God’s Word… and to depend on His Perfect, changeless Nature and the All-Sufficient Grace that is already entirely ours, thanks to the Perfection and Fullness of His Finished Work!

Whatever has a defect, you shall not offer, for it will not be accepted for you. When a man offers a sacrifice of peace offerings to the Lord to fulfill a special vow or for a freewill offering, of the herd or of the flock, it must be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no defect in it! Those that are blind or fractured or maimed or having a running sore or eczema or scabs, you shall not offer to the Lord, nor make of them an offering by fire on the altar to the Lord. (Leviticus 22:20-22 Emphasis added.)

“You are to keep My statutes. You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together.” (Leviticus 19:19)

“Open the gates, that the righteous nation may enter, the one that remains faithful. The steadfast of mind You will keep in PERFECT Peace, because he trusts in You (as You really are). Trust in the Lord (as He really is) forever, for in God the Lord, we have an Everlasting Rock! (Isaiah 26:2-4 Emphasis added.)

Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight. Consider too, that this nation is Your people.” And He said, “My Presence shall go with you, and I will give you REST! (Exodus 33:13-14 Emphasis added.)

The supernatural ability to transcend our natural level of perceiving and feeling in this world that true faith in God gives us also gives us access to the ability to abide in Yeshua’s wholehearted trust in God. And He is what gives us access to that wonderful Spirit-imparted Wavelength Frequency through which God connects us to His Eternal Truth and Reality and Rest. A good example of this is contained in the following text that tells us about a time when Israel was being attacked by a coalition of enemy invaders. Jehoshaphat, the king of Israel at that time, did not have the ability to repel such a vast host. He simply did not know what to do. Nevertheless… he did have the Wisdom given to him by the Holy Spirit to turn to God… in faith… faith in God’s Word… faith in the awesome Revelation and Promises that God had given to Israel through His Living and written Word. And so, Israel’s king and his people were able to connect with God’s Eternal Perfection… and Perfect Peace, Rest and Joy:

“Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord before the new court, and (reflecting back to God what God had revealed to Israel through His Word) he said, “O Lord, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not Ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and Might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You. Did You not, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and give it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? They have lived in it, and have built You a sanctuary there for Your name, saying, ‘Should evil come upon us, the sword, or judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You (for Your Name is in this house) and cry to You in our distress, and You will hear and deliver us.’ Now behold, the sons of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir, whom You did not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt (they turned aside from them and did not destroy them), see how they are rewarding us by coming to drive us out from Your possession which You have given us as an inheritance.

O our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, BUT OUR EYES ARE ON YOU!” All Judah was standing before the Lord, with their infants, their wives and their children.” (2 Chronicles 20:5-13 Emphasis added.)

To all appearances presented by their fallen physical and mental faculties and perceptions, Israel seemed to be utterly doomed. There was no natural, physical way open for them by which to escape certain death. But nevertheless, thanks to their God-given faith in God’s Word, the beleaguered Israelites remained firmly, supernaturally, connected to Almighty God’s Perfection… through His Perfect Word. And, through His Word… God supernaturally gave them exactly what they needed at that critical time. He fed them the ‘Daily Bread’ that, from all of Eternity, He had already prepared for them to receive at that precise moment in the dimension of space and time. It had always been there, waiting for them to come to Him to receive it, since before the foundation of the world! And so they came to God to receive it… and He gave it to them… exactly as promised.

And when the Holy Spirit transmitted what was True in God’s Eternal Realm, what God had already provided for them, in time and space, it was right on time! It came into the hearts and minds of those prophetic Israelites that had God-given access to His Wavelength Frequency. And through their prophetic gifts, they encouraged, strengthened and reinforced the resolve of the frightened brethren that were around them:

“Then in the midst of the assembly the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, the Levite of the sons of Asaph; and he said, “Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.

“Tomorrow go down against them. Behold, they will come up by the ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the valley in front of the wilderness of Jeruel. You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the Lord is with you.

“Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the Lord, worshiping the Lord. The Levites, from the sons of the Kohathites and of the sons of the Korahites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel, with a very loud voice.

They rose early in the morning and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa; and when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, put your trust in the Lord your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed.” When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His Lovingkindness is everlasting.

WHEN THEY BEGAN SINGING AND PRAISING, the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were routed. For the sons of Ammon and Moab rose up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir destroying them completely; and when they had finished with the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another.

When Judah came to the lookout of the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude, and behold, they were corpses lying on the ground, and no one had escaped. When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take their spoil, they found much among them, including goods, garments and valuable things which they took for themselves, more than they could carry. And they were three days taking the spoil because there was so much.” (2 Chronicles 14-25)

Now beloved, in light of what you have just read in God’s written Word, concerning the All-Sufficiency of His Perfect Living Word… coming into Israel’s earthly circumstances through the airtight faith of His people… ponder one more, at a deeper level, the text with which we began this article:

Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will My Word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it! (Isaiah 55:6-11 Emphasis added.)

Beloved… do you see the crucial link that God is revealing to us in these texts? I mentioned before, the only way by which we can connect with His Personal Frequency… is to become perfectly compatible with His Living Word, ON HIS WORD’S TERMS! So when you encounter God’s written Word that reveals His Living Word… and when His Holy Spirit presents some part of it to you… give yourself to Him, and open your heart to His revealed initiatives, wholeheartedly, completely, WITHOUT ANY RESERVATION WHATSOEVER! Stop depending on cheap counterfeit substitutes that you devise for yourself from your fallen, Sin-corrupted imagination or self-adoring aspirations and desires.

You may not be able to adequately understand or hear or feel or define or describe what the terms of God’s Word entail… but it’s not about how brilliant and sharp your fallen intellect may or may not be. It’s about your heart and will… and whether or not you are willing to give all of yourself to your Eternally Perfect and All Sufficient Lord and Master and Redeemer. Entrust yourself to Him, the way infants entrust themselves to the arms of their mothers! Those infant/mother interactions are the way by which God’s Living Word comes to us and seeks to interact with us! They are the same terms by which Messiah Yeshua responded to His Heavenly Father when He walked the earth. Just as the Son interacts with the Father’s Spirit… so too must His disciples interact with the Father’s Spirit:

“Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.” (John 5:19)

I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. (John 5:30)

Beloved, those are God’s terms. We must realize that if we want the Living Word of God to give us access to our Heavenly Father’s Wavelength Frequency… we must be willing and able to be perfectly compatible with those terms. We must become one with Yeshua and His never-ending Father-embodying, obedient purpose. We must realize and remember at all times, that He was sent to us ONLY FOR THIS PURPOSE: To fulfill His Father’s will and plans… TO PERFECTION… nothing more and nothing less!

If you and I are willing to embrace that revelation and allow the Word to live and act and abide within us, to obey His Father on this basis… He will gladly share with us the access that He always has to our Father’s heart and mind and will and purposes. And not only will He share it with us because of our acceptance and cooperation with His Agenda, He will be able to transmit His awesome supernatural Fruit through it… into time and space… into us… and through us… and for us… to His Father’s Eternal Glory and Praise!

“I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.” (John 15:1-2)

Beloved do you see it? Do you see what the issue is between God and His Word’s disciples? This is what our Boot Camp training and ‘pruning’ are all about! God is pruning every speck of arrogant, stubborn, worldly, radically independent self-life out of us… so that we can know and have unhindered, unobstructed union with God and His Fullness forever! This is why we are being trained and disciplined and prepared to be as one with our Master. Everything that remains in us that deviates and is incompatible with Him and His Perfect Obedience to the will and Plan of the Heavenly Father who sent Him to us, must be crucified and removed… until all that remains in us is the Life and Love Activity of our Father’s Resurrected Word! Then we too can become what our Messiah called His true disciples… ‘The Light of the World!’

“Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me (and is one with My Father-obeying terms), the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in My Name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My Name, I will do it. If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. (John 14:10-15 Amplification and emphasis added.)

Dear one… this is how God plans to restore us to His image and likeness! This is how we’re being delivered from the horrendous disfiguring and lethal damage that the lies and deceptions of the Serpent inflicted on the entire human race! The Lord is restoring us to who and what we were truly designed and created to be! He is elevating us… bringing us up from the enormous depths to which the entire race has fallen… and raising us up… back to where we truly belong… back to being the image and likeness of Almighty God!

“You are the (reflecting bearers of My) Light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your Light (that My indwelling Presence imparts to you) shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in Heaven!

“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill! For truly I say to you, until Heaven and Earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall (refuse to accept Me on My terms, and he shall) be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them (interacts with Me on My Father-obeying terms), he shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees (who refuse to recognize and accept Me on My terms), you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven!” (Matthew 5:14-20 Amplification added.)

Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on The Rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.

“But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great!” (Luke 6:46-49 Emphasis added.)

“So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the Truth, and the Truth will make you free! (John 8:31-32 Emphasis added.)

Beloved, if we are fully given to God’s Living and written Word, then we have no reservations or hesitations when it comes to resting, trusting, expecting and rejoicing in Him. That level of wholeheartedness gives us full access to our Heavenly Father’s Wavelength Frequency… so we can remain in constant touch with His Eternal Kingdom… and know how things really and truly are with God and in God. In His Realm… Everything is Finished… Done… Perfectly Complete and in its Proper Place! This is what the Word of God was revealing to us about His Perfect Finished Works of Creation and Redemption, in Genesis!

“Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work, which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. (Genesis 2:1-3)

So Yeshua, God’s Perfect Living Word, was made to take on our flesh, and become one of us. And God sent Him to Earth, to live in our midst, so that He could reveal Himself… and share His Eternal Fullness with us. He revealed His terms to His New Covenant Israelite disciples… and through them… to the rest of the world. And He began to reveal the fact that He, God’s Living Word, in all of His Fullness and Perfection, is the Lord of God’s Eternal Sabbath. He has already done all of the necessary work. It is full, and complete and Perfect. And God has it waiting for us all in Eternity. Now, all we have to do is receive His Word, on His terms. Then, by abiding in Him, we can be connected to the Fullness of God’s Perfection… by becoming partakers in His Word’s Perfect Spirit-imparted Resurrection Life… and sharing in receiving credit for His Perfect Finished Work of Creation and Atonement and Redemption. This is how God will completely Restore the human race, and the beautiful Creation that He entrusted to their care.

Because the Work has been done to such Perfection and Complete Fullness… God’s Word has been sent to Earth… to lavishly give away the Fruit and all the Benefits of what He has done on behalf of this suffering, languishing, demon-possessed world. And He dispenses all of that… through the obedient faith of His New Covenant Israelite disciples! This is what He was teaching to His first century disciples, and demonstrated for them, in those early years. And this is what they finally learned to allow His risen indwelling Presence to continue to do, through them:

“And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.” Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel. I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven; but the sons of the Kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed that very moment!” (Matthew 8:5-13)

Through the faith of a Gentile Roman centurion, Yeshua drove these truths home to His Jewish disciples, showing them the difference between the imperfect perceptions and faith of most of His contemporary Jewish first century brethren, and the level of faith that He is endeavoring to instill into His own… to get them ready to demonstrate and display the New Covenant Fulfillment… to the rest of Israel… and to the entire Gentile world:

“Now it happened that He was passing through some grain fields on a Sabbath; and His disciples were picking the heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands, and eating the grain. But some of the Pharisees said, “Why do you do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” And Jesus answering them said, “Have you not even read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him, how he entered the house of God, and took and ate the consecrated bread which is not lawful for any to eat except the priests alone, and gave it to his companions?” And He was saying to them, The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath!”

“On another Sabbath He entered the synagogue and was teaching; and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees were watching Him closely to see if He healed on the Sabbath, so that they might find reason to accuse Him. But He knew what they were thinking, and He said to the man with the withered hand, “Get up and come forward!” And he got up and came forward. And Jesus said to them, “I ask you: is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to destroy it?” After looking around at them all, He said to him, “Stretch out your hand!” And he did so; and his hand was restored. But they themselves were filled with rage, and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.” (Luke 6:1-11)

The following is what Peter was instructed and commissioned to proclaim to the Roman centurion Cornelius, and his entire household… and to demonstrate through them… to the rest of the world in Acts 10:

“Opening his mouth, Peter said: “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him. The Word, which He sent to the sons of Israel, preaching Peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all) – you yourselves know the thing, which took place throughout all Judea, starting from Galilee, after the baptism which John proclaimed. You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with Power, and how He went about doing good and healing all, who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

We are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross. GOD RAISED HIM UP ON THE THIRD DAY and granted that He become visible, not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God, that is, TO US WHO ATE AND DRANK WITH HIM AFTER HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD!

“And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead. Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.

“While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message. All the circumcised (Jewish) believers who came with Peter were amazed, because the Gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered, “Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?” And he ordered them to be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ (Messiah Yeshua). Then they asked him to stay on for a few days.” (Acts 10:34-48 Amplification added.)

Beloved, can you see the Beauty and Glory and Fullness of what God was now revealing to Israel and to all the rest of the world during this enormously important and strategic point of the New Covenant Revelation that He was entrusting to the disciples of Yeshua? He was proclaiming the Resurrection of Israel’s Messiah… because that was proof to the world that Everything has already been Done! All the necessary Work is Finished! Through Peter, the Holy Spirit was proclaiming that this is the Era of Fullness and Completion. He was telling these Gentiles through this New Covenant disciple of the risen Lord, that because God’s Living Word had done all of the necessary Work… all that remains now for God’s Chosen Jewish and non-Jewish People is to rejoice, celebrate, and share the Goodness and Glory and Abundance of Almighty God with everyone who might be in need of knowing Him and learning about His ways! This is the Treasure which the airtight faith that a disciple has in our Airtight God is able to usher into this fallen world!

This is what the Sadducees, including the high priest and the other unbelieving spiritual leaders of Israel among the Pharisees, Scribes and Essenes, had not yet been able to grasp. They were still stuck in the partial and incomplete perspectives and mindset of the Covenant of Sinai. They still had not been able to take in the Glory and Fullness of the New Covenant Era that God promised to initiate through Israel’s prophets, and that He had already sent His Word to launch and impart in the first century:

“For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God. Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.

“For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him greater works than these, so that you will marvel. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives Life to whom He wishes. For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son, so that all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My Word, and believes Him who sent Me, has Eternal Life, and does not come into Judgment, but has passed out of Death into Life! (John 5:18-24 Emphasis added.)

Israel’s rejection of what He was sent to give to them grieved Yeshua’s heart in those days. And this is what He expressed to His disciples with these words, shortly before His crucifixion, death and Resurrection:

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. Behold, your house is being left to you desolate! For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’” (Matthew 23:37-39)

He was continually warning His Israelite brethren (most of whom, even to this day, are still not able to recognize and accept Him) that there is a vast difference between God’s Sinai Covenant, the Covenant He made with them through Moses… and the New Covenant that God was so anxious to make with them through His Living Word made flesh, Yeshua of Nazareth:

“You have sent to John (The Immerser), and he has testified to the truth. But the testimony, which I receive, is not from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. He was the lamp that was burning and was shining and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. But the testimony which I have is greater than the testimony of John; for the works which the Father has given Me to accomplish — the very works that I do — testify about Me, that the Father has sent Me. And the Father who sent Me, He has testified of Me.

“You have neither heard His voice at any time nor seen His form. You do not have His word abiding in you, for you do not believe Him whom He sent. You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life. I do not receive glory from men; but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves. I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him. How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?

“Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses (through whom My Father gave you His written Word), you would believe Me (for I am His Living Word that revealed Himself to Moses), for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My Words? (John 5:33-47 Amplification and emphasis added.)

But although the human race continues to exhibit and demonstrate its spiritual bankruptcy and the fact that Death is always at work within it… nevertheless, God has already done everything necessary to bring the dead into His Eternal Life. So Yeshua continues to search and call out for everyone and anyone who will hear His voice… and come running into His arms. And they will be the ones that He will impart to and connect with… Almighty God’s unique, Personal, ‘Wavelength Frequency’!

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