When is Yeshua coming back?

I asked Abba this question and got two immediate answers to the question.  The first was that people would be saying, ‘Where is the promise of his coming?”, and the other was, “Will Adonai find faith when he comes again?”

You see, I was asking if Yeshua was ever coming back, as I was feeling as if no progress to his return was being made.

We have had a lot of change in how the Word of G-d goes out, but so much of what is happening because of the Word being preached worldwide is not talked about.  I think it is because it shows how little of G-d we have in the West, and how much our news is slanted to those things that are flashy, confrontative, and ungodly.

We have evil things and ideas mixing within our Western Churches in the highly developed nations.  Praise and the enjoyment of Praise are more important than prayer, and more important than a message that strikes the heart with fear that we are not doing love in a way that Yeshua would recognize.  All ways to reach G-d are being celebrated, because G-d loves us, and understands where we are coming from…right?  It doesn’t seem to matter in the Western Nations that Yeshua said that the only way to G-d was through him.  That sort of thing is unloving, and unfair, and discriminatory.

The idea that homosexuality is considered by G-d to be an abomination also is unloving, unfair and discriminatory, and so gay men and lesbian women are being ordained in many a church, and marriages between same sex couples celebrated without a blink at how strange this would be to a church 50 years ago, much less to Yeshua.

And worshiping other gods?  Well, names that are well known in religions outside of the worship of YHVH, even that of Lucifer, and Astoreth and Kali are being preached from the same pulpits in the churches that have praise rather than prayer and psychologically appropriate readings as opposed to sound teaching from the one book that matters.  But I daresay I should not say so…I might be criticizing someone else’s favorite book, and thus being unkind, unloving, unfair and discriminatory.

That shows that very few people in the Western developed nations will be in faith when Yeshua returns…they are far more likely to be worshipping idols, and enjoying great concerts at their churches.  Of course, they will not be hearing anything that Yeshua has said, or the Prophets before him or what is in the Torah that was given by YHVH

And I suppose they will begin to ask as well, “Where is the promise of his coming, because he isn’t here!”

That and the diminishing amount of faith in the Western developed nations means that Yeshua must be a lot closer to coming that I would ever have guessed…had I not asked Abba what was going on.

There will be fewer and fewer Believers in the Western developed nations, but in less developed nations of the east, and north and south, news of Yeshua is running like wildfire.  And the Jews in Israel are finding Yeshua to be their Mashiach in greatly increasing numbers, while the persecution of their efforts to reach more people in Israel is being condemned, and legislated against, while death threats are made by Rabbinical Jews against Messianic Jews who preach the Gospel to anyone who will hear them.

And thus, the people in developed nations are being led away from Yeshua, and those who wish to find him are dissuaded, and punished, and even killed.

I asked G-d, “Where is the promise of his coming?”  I was frustrated, and tired of all that is being done in the world.  He asked me if there will be faith when Yeshua returns…in the world…in me.

Look and see.  Yeshua will come when it is time…when the last person known by G-d to be open to Yeshua has repented, and come to a saving knowledge of Yeshua.  There are still people who can be reached by those who love Yeshua and talk of him to others, so Yeshua will probably not come today.  Good…it gives us time to reach others.

Will Yeshua come next week?  Perhaps not.  Next year?  I would like that, but there are prophecies outstanding that are to happen before Yeshua comes.

Within the next decade?  That is entirely possible…I hope it is not probablematical, even though I have no taste for G-d’s punishment landing on anyone.  The sand is slipping through the hourglass, and although YHVH Tsava’ot is very patient, and does not think as we do, nor count time and effort and pain in the ways that we are accustomed to considering, his patience with those who seek evil will run out.

Look up, the end is approaching, and our Redemption does draw nigh.  The hour is late, and  ‘the night will soon be here when no one can work.’  John 9:4 (NJB)

What Happened to Christmas?

When I was young, no one was saying anything bad about Christmas…particularly not Christians.  Of course, at the age of 62 I have seen a lot of changes in the so-called holy day.

It’s not holy for most people, first of all…just an excuse to have family over for a feast, and to buy a lot of unnecessary items for the pleasure of getting them.  But it’s not about Yeshua, and never has been.

Once it was about a holy ‘mass’, given in honor of Yeshua’s supposed birthday, which was conveniently mashed together by the Roman and Orthodox churches with other, more pagan celebrations…the Saturnalia, a veritable orgy in honor of the god Saturn, and of course Mithras, who was said to be born on December 25th, and whose representative day has more to do with the Sun and sun worship.

I don’t object to masses being sung…ritual is always pretty, and can be fun for those in them, and their families, but otherwise remind me of nothing more than a holy parade.  But the Catholic and Orthodox churches take it seriously, and think they honor the Jesus they know, and one hopes the Jewish man we know as Yeshua haMashiach takes what is given in the spirit offered.  It’s certainly beautiful, and tuneful.

And more Reform based Believers sing out carols, and go to church to listen to the never old tale of a babe in a manger…which, when translated into the Hebrew actuality, was probably a Sukkah at the Feast of Tabernacles.  But it’s still a celebration, whenever it is done, of the redeemer we all need being born into human flesh to become our kapparah, and ransom us from the debt load of sin we carry from day to day and month to month, and year to year, with Yeshua standing in the breach for all who trust in him to do so.

And it’s a time to value family, and friends, and community…and if some people light a lot of lights to decorate their homes, and put up a Christmas tree, and put presents under it…well, I grew up with that, and enjoyed it very much.

I don’t have family to celebrate with, although they have a tree and presents, since my family doesn’t acknowledge the ‘reason for the season’!  Christmas and Yeshua’s birth is just a pretty story to them that mostly makes no sense, but that they enjoy in a cultural way.  And so does much of the world, due to Madison Avenue advertising and marketing that make Christmas the yearly splurge for things that people don’t need, but may well enjoy…even if they are in debt the rest of the year.

Strange customs, to trickle out of a once reverent church service, that however wrong in actual birth dates, and even for different gods, was at least correct in wishing to remind everyone of Yeshua.  And so a feast, and gatherings, and song, and even some pleasure at the memory of G-d taking human form in a tabernacle of flesh, in order to right the mess humankind had gotten themselves into is a good idea.

And so, I bake a bit, and make a roast, and sit back to enjoy the one day I listen to Christmas Carols, and watch the newest Nativity movie, and try to recall that celebrations are just celebrations, and to be enjoyed.

One cannot but hope that Yeshua looks down from the Father’s throne, and simply shakes his head a little at our childish behavior, before giving in, and simply deciding to enjoy us celebrating his existence, and his deliberate plan to save us from ourselves.

Christmas trees, masses, feasts and presents aside, it certainly is worthwhile to sing a bit of praise about G-d becoming man for a short time so that we could have the opportunity to know him, and be changed by him to be a little like him one day.  And if we manage to be a little like him on Christmas Day, I feel sure he will overlook anything that seems unnecessary in our celebration of his birth.

Most of all, though, if we can give a gift to someone who doesn’t know Yeshua…the best one would be the knowledge of him, and what he has done for us.

Chag Sameach

What’s Wrong with Harry Potter?

We cannot ever teach the un-Believers around us if we cannot even speak their language.  Learning only Christianese or Yeshivaim hinders anyone’s ability to skim the edges of society.  A thorough understanding and wide knowledge of worldly ways must be taught to our young ones to enable any of them to make a living, and use one’s gifts from G-d to make a difference.

In the end, it is the Parent that decides what their children will know and how they will dress and speak, and even think…at least while they are children, but regimented morality does them little good when they step out into a college environment and run into every kind of attack on their G-dliness, and their careful education as Believers.

Careful parents need to know what to protect their little ones from…not just some of the dangers, but all of the dangers and the best way to do that is to teach them what the Enemy is doing in the secular world, and show them what is wrong with what is around them, and how to discern what is right, and thus stand up against peer pressure.

I once mentioned online at the time they came out that I read all the Harry Potter books and was virtually crucified in virtual reality, but with a firm grounding in mythology and legends of the world, I faced no danger of being lured to witchcraft or sorcery, and I can talk to people about what is wrong in the books.  The stories and characters are great on friendship, and the plot is good against evil, but there is no mention of any G-d in the world of the Harry Potter books…just the odd, unused church used for burials of the non-witches and non-warlocks.

But having read, and enjoyed them and the movies as a 50ish adult, I can also say that Harry Potter actually dies himself in order to save all the good people in his world from all the bad…and has a resurrection, even if it is a magical one, and thus use it to transition to Yeshua, and what Yeshua’s life and death did for mankind.  If a parent doesn’t read what is in the books as a study of possible evil, and find out what to say about them to their children, the child will be lost when exposed as a young adult, because the books and movies are brilliant, enjoyable, and oddly, meant for young people (if worldly ones), and what is not seen as a teen and thoroughly examined and critiqued, will be read or seen in HighSchool or at University with no protection at all, as the books are so well-written they are used in English classes in High School and College.

The same holds true for all worldly knowledge.  The Simpsons are crass cartoons to me, but they have humor and social comment that forms the basis of much general conversation at work, as do other popular shows.  Knowing the latest movies, even though one only reads the reviews and story content can let our young people not look like troglodytes from the 1800’s, prior to Darwin.

Darwin must be thoroughly explained as well, and the proper use of language, and why the world uses vulgar and blasphemous talk that is offensive.  Ammunition must be given to our children to fight the ideas of atheism and socialism and communism…and if parents do not give them Godly ideas to fight the world’s ideas, we must get the help of the those that know such things…from our communities, from the retired persons who know up from down, and why the Kingdom of G-d is upside down from the world, and have the time and inclination to teach a little worldly wisdom.

You can train up a child in right ways, but only in a Christian based world will that hold until they run the gamut in public schools and universities, and be able to walk and talk their witness in front of others, rather than bible-thump people they meet.

Alas…the world can no longer be termed ‘Christendom’ anymore, anywhere, and a child is not completely protected by the mere teaching of Biblical things unless they stay at home forever.  The Armor of G-d includes knowledge of Scripture in the imaging of the Sword of the Spirit, but it doesn’t hurt to have some brass knuckles and a baseball bat to aid in the more worldly battles.

 

What is the Oil of the Wise Maidens?

Most Believers are anxiously awaiting the return of Yeshua, and see the events around us pointing strongly to a very near time.  For some, it is the extreme desire to get out of the world and be at rest, to no longer fighting all the evil around us. I am one those of those someone’s.

I delight in living on this planet, in its beauty, and changeableness, never from one day to the next being quite the same.  I love meeting people, and talking about Abba, and all of the Scriptures, of Yeshua and what he has done for us, and what will be coming soon.  However, many of the people I meet are less than interested in what I am interested in, and some are downright opposed to it.  This lessens my enjoyment of this life.  I also am growing older, and suffer from many difficulties and pains due to many ills, and thus long for the new body we are promised, but despite my problems and my aching body, I enjoy my life, and what Abba has provided for me.  Thus I plead daily with Abba to send Yeshua soon.  I want to go Home.

It is not given to us to know exactly when Yeshua is to come, although there are still prophecies that are as yet to be fulfilled for that return.  Many Scriptures are somewhat difficult to understand, and for me, one of the more peculiar symbols in Scripture is a description of how we are to be in these days leading up to the Day of Jacob’s Trouble.  The symbology that perplexes me is is that of the ‘oil’ in the lamps of the Wise Maidens in the Parable of the Ten Virgins.  Just what kind of ‘oil’ is in the lamps of those who are admitted to the Bridal Chamber to be with the Bridegroom?

On a superficial level, one thinks, well, the five Foolish Bridesmaids must not actually be infilled with the Ruach haKodesh, or must have grieved the Ruach haKodesh away.  Yet that cannot be so, or why are they invited to be Bridesmaids?  And if Foolish, why are they invited at all?  Why is their oil insufficient to the moment?

I have determined that the ‘oil’ in the lamp is a clear reference to a quality we must have, and actions we must perform, but it is not so easy to explain my gut knowledge of what is needed to be known of the Beidegroom.  The oil in the parable is not a reference to the residence of the Ruach haKodesh within us, although that indwelling is necessary for Believers to do anything that could be acceptable to G-d.  The Holy Spirit enables us, teaches us, and leads us.  But evidence of what we are to be and do is not so plainly spelled out to us modern readers of this Parable.

In searching for information, I looked to the Scriptural text surrounding the Parable.

Matthew 25:1-13 (CJB)
1  “The Kingdom of Heaven at that time will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom.
2  Five of them were foolish and five were sensible.
3  The foolish ones took lamps with them but no oil,
4  whereas the others took flasks of oil with their lamps..
5  Now the bridegroom was late, so they all went to sleep.
6  It was the middle of the night when the cry rang out, ‘The bridegroom is here! Go out to meet him!’
7  The girls all woke up and prepared their lamps for lighting.
8  The foolish ones said to the sensible ones, ‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’
9  ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both you and us. Go to the oil dealers and buy some for yourselves.’
10  But as they were going off to buy, the bridegroom came. Those who were ready went with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut.
11  Later, the other bridesmaids came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they cried, ‘Let us in!’
12  But he answered, ‘Indeed! I tell you, I don’t know you!’
13  So stay alert, because you know neither the day nor the hour.

This is superficially a very plain Parable with what appear to be obvious symbols in it, but it is not definitive about what oil it is that the Wise Virgins have in their lamps, and that the Foolish Virgins did not bring with them to refill their lamps.  So there must be a meaning obscured by the text…symbolism in the words that must be present but we not aware of, but was common knowledge in the days that Yeshua walked the earth.  This lack of clarity is offset by the fact that no one in this time searching out the information about the meaning of oil is entirely deficient in knowledge of this tale.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins is a favorite one in many churches and synagogues. Indeed, I have heard this parable again and again, and I know that we must somehow be like the Wise Maidens to be accepted of the Bridegroom.  Most people I have listened on this subject believe that being ‘Born Again’ makes us one of the Wise, and that the “oil’ is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  Others state that simply Believing in Yeshua makes us the Wise Maiden with the right kind and quantity of oil, and that the Foolish Virgins are just not in a relationship with Yeshua.  But it is never quite explained in a way I have understood clearly, and since we approach the day that the Bridegroom we are waiting for is to appear, I want to be sure I know what it is I am to know and do.

We are told frequently that oil often represents the annointing of the Holy Spirit, or even is the Ruach himself…but that is not something we can give to another person simply because they request it, and whatever the ‘oil’ is, it must be an item that can be purchased.  We also know that the Five Maidens who came well supplied with oil are called wise, or common sensible.

Wisdom is not for sale, but knowledge is, and one thing is obvious in the parable…the Foolish Maidens were unprepared for the coming of the Bridegroom in that they had oil that burnt out quickly, or that was unsuitable in some way, and sputtered out on being lit, and did not bring additional oil against the long wait for the Bridegroom.  Wisdom and Common Sense certainly references a kind of knowledge that is used to prepare for future needs. We can buy information and schooling, and practice whatever that information leads us to in understanding.  But knowledge is not sufficient in itself to be a provision for the future.  Action based on knowledge must be taken to lay-up that provision against future need…indeed the action is the price that we pay for the ‘oil’ we are storing up against the future.

How to get Oil

In the time this Parable was first taught by Yeshua, anything that was needed to live was grown or produced by individual effort.  If you needed oil, particularly for a lamp that was to burn cleanly, you needed olives.  Produing a grove of olive trees is not something quickly or easily done, and waiting for an olive tree to mature from a newly rooted slip from an existing olive tree requires time, patience, and attentive care for the sapling.

After some three to five years, a healthy slip will grow into a young tree that will bear fruit on the previous year’s new growth, and during that time, the sapling requires diligent care.  In a dry area where Olives are happy to grow, their roots seeking deep in the earth to find the water from long past rains, a sapling must be coddled a little, and fed nutrients from composted materials that have been soaked in water to release the minerals the young tree needs.  In time, the tree will fruit, and both food and oil can be obtained from its fruit.

Certainly, a person can go to the oil sellers and buy oil already pressed, but they must purchase that oil with the fruits of their labor in another endeavor, or with the fruits of their families labors…but that kind of oil is not the source of the light that Believers are to burn.

Proverbs 6:20-23 (KJV)
20  My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
21  Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.
22  When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
23  For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

Believers are to shed light as a natural fruit of their actions.  We are to be an example, and walk in righteousness to the best of our ability.  Believers in Yeshua’s day were enjoined by Yeshua, and by every other person with any understanding to act in righteousness.  Obedience to the declared commandment to love G-d and to love one another, and all the commandments that derive from these two great summaries of the Torah is a given in the daily walk of any Disciple of Yeshua.

Burning Oil Creates Visibility.

Another point we must notice is the sheer practical fact that the ‘oil’ in the lamps that the maidens carry are to light the way of the Bridegroom, since he will be coming unexpectedly, and late in the evening.  Yet, knowing that we are to give the Bridegroom light to see by is an unsettling idea. Why would Yeshua, as a Bridegroom, need to see us to recognize us?  Are we not in him, and him in us?

Matthew 5:14-16 The Scriptures

“You are the light of the world. It is impossible for a city to be hidden on a mountain.
“Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it shines to all those in the house.
“Let your light so shine before men, so that they see your good works and praise your Father who is in the heavens.

Next in the parable is the fact that the Bridegroom comes too soon for the unprepared,  Foolish Maidens, and they are shut out of the Bridal Chamber…presumably the Kingdom of G-d.  The foolish ones when they have purchased their oil, and come back to the Bridal chamber then pound on the door, and beg for admittance, but the Bridegroom refuses, and tellingly says, “I don’t know you.”  If they were chosen Bridesmaids, they should have been familiar to the Bridegroom, or at least recognizable in some way…not complete strangers.  The foolish ones have lamps, and now have oil, but are not known to the Bridegroom.  Why?

I believe that the telling phrase in the parable is not the lamps, nor the oil, but the fact that the Bridegroom does not know the foolish Bridesmaids.  He does not recognize them, because they are not shedding light that can identify them as his.  We know that Yeshua is all seeing in his G-dly nature through the Ruach haKodesh, but the Bridegroom in the Parable is a term of simplification…stripping away Yeshua from the Bridegroom, and leaving a man who is not able to see who the Foolish Bridesmaids are, despite the light shining from the burning of the oil they finally have in their lamps.  It is more truly a kind of ‘forbidden fire’.

Lighting a lamp with oil in it is a seemingly simple action, but ‘light’ has a meaning of its own in Scripture.  Believers are to be a light to others, who know less than they do, or have never heard of Yeshua, but ‘light’ is a term that also represents how we act as servants of G-d.  Consequently, having knowledge is not sufficient in itself…a wise Bridesmaid must do something to provide that light.  The actions must also provide a ‘good’ light, not cast a ungly, distorting glare.

Earlier in Matthew, we have a moment when a lack of knowledge and a lack of right action producing fruit will cause people who appear to be followers of Yeshua to be instead refused entrance to the Kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 7:19-23 (CJB)
19  Any tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown in the fire!
20  So you will recognize them by their fruit.
21  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, only those who do what my Father in heaven wants.
22  On that Day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord! Didn’t we prophesy in your name? Didn’t we expel demons in your name? Didn’t we perform many miracles in your name?’
23  Then I will tell them to their faces, ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!’

Believers in Yeshua are branches that grow from the Olive Tree Root that is Yeshua.  Those branches that do not produce fruit from which oil can be pressed cannot be anything but dry withered limbs to be cut from the tree, and tossed into the fire.  The question then remains, what produces the right kind of oil?

We have foolishness and wisdom as two types of Believer, for people can believe wholeheartedly in Yeshua, and even feel attached to him, yet not ever know him, nor be known of him, because they do nothing that he wants…nothing to produce the fruit from which oil is pressed, and later lit, giving evidence of who they are.  One can by one’s rebelliousness against G-d be in constant, deliberate, or careless disobedience to him, even when projecting an appearance of G-dly behavior and action, and be walking in constant, unrepentant unrighteousness.

Knowledge is not enough, and understanding is not enough.  We have heard from the very first day of our understanding of Yeshua as our Saviour that we are to trust him, lean on him, and obey him.  If we do not do that, we are workers of lawlessness who do not do what Yeshua’s Father in heaven wants.  Without obedience, without some action to reflect our having heard what Yeshua taught, we can produce no fruit by which to be recognized, and have no oil of our own, separate from the Ruach haKodesh, that we can light a lamp from, and shine.

It is not enough to be dressed for the Bridal occasion, and attend the ceremony.  We are sinners, and we have no true righteousness of our own…only the attempt to obtain it by obedience, and by seeking to know the Bridegroom, so that when he comes, he will recognize us as one of his own.

It is not enough to have oil to burn, but that we have pure, virgin olive oil that we have produced from our own labor as part of the Olive Tree to help light the world.  We have to prepare in advance for the time soon to come, to lay up oil from our own attempts to obey G-d, and to produce the fruits of righteousness.

We will be known by our fruit in the darkness of the night Yeshua returns in.  Little or great, we must have some ability to burn brightly to show him as he returns that we have been preparing all this time for his arrival, and that we have heard what his desires are.  We are to walk in righteousness and produce fruit.  That is the ‘oil’ that will burn brightly enough for us to be recognized no matter how dark it gets.

Why is There a Messianic Kingdom?

This is a topic I have been studying for decades, and something that I look forward to greatly, when Yeshua returns, and a promise is kept to Abraham.

When Yeshua died, and was resurrected, the time of the Gentiles effectively began…a two thousand year period of the spreading of the gospel of the Kingdom to Jew and Gentile alike, as represented in the New Testament by the two days Yeshua spent with the Samaritans, teaching the Gospel of the Kingdom to Gentiles.

But when Yeshua returns, the economy of G-d reverts to a Mosaic Covenant rule under Yeshua, and Temple Law.  The Ruach haKodesh will not work in the same way as he has in the past two thousand years, but reverts to working through the High Priest, King Yeshua…because this is a time in which Yeshua rules the planet with a Rod of Iron, under the Mosaic Law and a Temple Economy.  In other words, salvation for the mortal beings that survive to walk into the Messianic Kingdom in human form is not by trust in Yeshua, and Yeshua’s work on the Cross, but through the Temple Economy of Law, with a perfect High Priest to teach exactly what G-d wants of the Jews, and any of the Nations that survive the AntiChrist.

One reason for this is YHVH’s promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, that the children of the Patriarchs would have a time in the full extent of the promised land, where they would live safely under their own laws, sit under their own vines, eating the produce of the land, and be able to live as G-d desired them to originally.  It is the perfect spiritual picture of a Shabbat…the 7th day of YHVH’s prophetic economy.

But the Messianic Kingdom has other purposes.  For those in Yeshua, whether Jew or Gentile, and saved in Yeshua prior to his appearing in power to clean up the mess the AntiChrist makes, it is a time of great joy, and reward, based on how we have walked our walk under Yeshua’s guidance, for we are used to help run the Kingdom in the ways that Yeshua decides is most valuable to him, and is directly connected to how we act now.

Some people expecting to rule a city or a nation for Yeshua might end up working at the DMV, or as a Traffic Cop, or a School Teacher or a Street Sweeper…what ever will be best for our growth, while those with great ministry gifts of music, and song, will be used world wide to praise the king, and bring rejoicing, and those of a scholarly bent will be sent to study and learn and write about what pleases G-d for the benefit of all of us.  Just imagine being the Chef for the Royal table, or a maker of fine wine for the King!  Those that paint, and sew and create designs will be set to beautifying all things, and life will be marvelous in so many ways that are entirely human.

The Parable of the Talents is a good picture of what is planned for those that stay faithful to Yeshua no matter what happens in this time of the Day of Jacob’s Trouble.  If we are given a gift by the Ruach haKodesh, and do not use it to further our spiritual growth, and to assist other Believers in their walk, it is going to get us tossed into outer darkness, a place far from Yeshua, and the eventual coming of the New Jerusalem at the end of the Messianic Kingdom.

Rebellious disobedience to YHVH is always punished, even if you think you are saved, and that Yeshua’s blood bought grace covers your indifference to his desires.  Remember the 10 Virgins, only 5 of whom have oil?  These 5 Virgins that enter into the Bridal Chamber of the Groom are those that seek to allow the Ruach haKodesh to change them and work in them to the glory of G-d.  Those that drift away from the Holy Spirit, and the Narrow Way,  are those that are left begging to enter into the Kingdom with Yeshua, and being told by the Bridegroom, “I never knew you.”

However, if we do our poor human best to do what is good with the gifts we are given, well, that is then rewarded.  Not everyone will be given cities to rule, but all of us will be used to make sure Yeshua’s kingdom is law abiding, even if the people in Israel and the Nations do not like living under the Temple laws, and having all civil law and governmental regulation decided by Yeshua, and enforced by us, the Tsaddikim…the Righteous Ones in Yeshua who are resurrected into a Yeshua-like body.

It is also described in the prophecies that people will disobey Yeshua during the Millennial Kingdom, and will consequently be punished by lack of rain, and the consequent famine for not keeping the Spring and Fall Feast days that celebrate Yeshua’s entire ministry on this planet.  But many who are not Jews will come to see that Yeshua is not only King of Kings, but Immanuel…Elohim in human form, and not to be disobeyed, but loved with all their strength and talent and will.  They will become G-d Fearers, and Proselytes into Messianic Judaism, and be considered righteous according to their walk under the Temple Sacrificial System, just as the Israelites of the past have been.

I wish heartily that I could live in that economy now, where Believers that have been resurrected into their perfected form become the government, teachers, policemen, and law courts…at least from the law abiding part of it, but I hold my salvation dear, and will not repine over my part in the Messianic Kingdom being one of many Believers working for Yeshua in whatever way he desires.

Then, at the end of the Messianic thousand year rule, the Adversary is released once again to work against Yeshua, and test the population in the world.  Once again, there will be a rebellion against G-d, and the disobedient people who do not want to live in a law abiding society, and instead only want to do as they please, rather than act in the ways that G-d desires and trust in him, will gather against Yeshua in an attempt to overthrow him.

The reason that this is allowed, is to show all of mankind from throughout history, and all of the Angels, that without G-d helping us, we can do nothing worthwhile, nothing of value, and nothing at all well or righteously.  We were given free-will so that we are able to choose freely our fate, but Abba wants us to choose him, by acting in the ways he desires.  This final gift of choice is given as the final statement on salvation being a gift from Abba, and not something that can be earned.  Rewards can be striven for, but are only given if the talents you were given are used in the right frame of mind…to please Yeshua, and show our love, not merely for the reward to be gained.  It is the same with keeping the commandments in the Scriptures to the best of our ability…we do not seek Abba’s hand and only his blessing according to our dessert…if we tried that, we would have earned nothing, for we are completely without righteousness except in Yeshua.

At the end of the thousand year reign, there is a very short rebellion, for the Adversary and those he has provoked to disobedience are stopped at once, and the day of the White Throne Judgement is finally at hand.  All the dead from all times are resurrected, and judged for what they did on the planet…basically, for how well they loved what they knew and understood of G-d and how well they loved one another, no matter if they were born in a place far from Israel, or even before Israel existed as a society, for many people will have walked well in their limited knowledge of Abba’s desires, and Yeshua will judge accordingly.  Death and Sheol, along with the Adversary and his friends and followers are tossed into the Lake of Fire, because our time in this version of Earth is over at last.

Yeshua then hands back control of the earth to the Father, and the planet is remade so that man and YHVH Tsava’ot can exist in the same physical universe, with all those who pass into the new creation living as the Children of G-d according to what Yeshua deems our inheritance.  We will be back in Eden, but this time there will be no serpent; we will be immortal beings; and Abba will teach us himself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do All Religions Lead to God?

Guest Post

By Eitan Bar   

Why Keep Shabbat? I’M Not A Jew!

I’m not a Jew either, at least in a proved, brought up as a Jew way…there are however two grandmothers of hidden background that I am investigating, and of course I am an ‘Israelite’ of the grafted-in sort…at least an ‘Israelite’ in spirit, and in full knowledge that the land promises and the promise of the Millennial Kingdom to the Jews stand intact, if unfulfilled at present.  I have tossed out all of the Pagan influences of the Christian Church, since I have never belonged to one.  I seek to walk a little bit more like a 1st Century Nazarene.  I keep a Saturday Shabbat, from Sunset on Friday evening, to Sunset on Saturday Evening.  And I enjoy it a lot.

I didn’t at first, as I struggled to follow the gentle suggestion of the Ruach ha Kodesh that I ‘consider keeping the Sabbath’.  It took me three years just to become aware of the original daily plan of the Creator, YHVH.  I missed more sunsets the first few years than I managed to even notice!  But I kept pursuing the idea.

And one day, I found that sunset had become important to me everyday.  In fact, I frequently ask myself, “Is today preparation for Shabbat?” as the sun dips in the west, because it is a wonderful thing to keep Shabbat as G-d ordained…in the beginning.

Genesis 2:2-3 (CJB)
2  On the seventh day God was finished with his work which he had made, so he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3  God blessed the seventh day and separated it as holy; because on that day God rested from all his work which he had created, so that it itself could produce.

 

Shabbat celebrates G-d finishing creation for us to use and enjoy.  And as we are a holy people, we should at least honor those things that G-d sets apart as holy, not to mention setting ourselves apart to be holy, and kept blameless.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-23 (CJB)
16  Always be joyful.
17  Pray regularly.
18  In everything give thanks, for this is what God wants from you who are united with the Messiah Yeshua.
19  Don’t quench the Spirit,
20  don’t despise inspired messages.
21  But do test everything — hold onto what is good,
22  but keep away from every form of evil.
23  May the God of shalom make you completely holy — may your entire spirit, soul and body be kept blameless for the coming of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah.

Keeping Shabbat is not a Jewish thing; it is a G-d thing, and the easiest way of stepping back from the world.

How to keep Shabbat:

Well, the Bible gives specific rules…that were given to the Israelites and the Gentiles when they came out of Egypt, before the Torah was given…before there were any ‘Commandments’.

Exodus 16:23 (CJB)
23  He told them, “This is what Adonai has said: ‘Tomorrow is a holy Shabbat for Adonai. Bake what you want to bake; boil what you want to boil; and whatever is left over, set aside and keep for the morning.’”

 

Exodus 16:25 (CJB)
25  Moshe said, “Today, eat that; because today is a Shabbat for Adonai — today you won’t find it in the field.

Exodus 16:26 (CJB)
26  Gather it six days, but the seventh day is the Shabbat — on that day there won’t be any.”

Exodus 16:29 (CJB)
29  Look, Adonai has given you the Shabbat. This is why he is providing bread for two days on the sixth day. Each of you, stay where you are; no one is to leave his place on the seventh day.”

Exodus 20:8 (CJB)
8 “Remember the day, Shabbat, to set it apart for God.

Exodus 20:10 (CJB)
10  but the seventh day is a Shabbat for Adonai your God. On it, you are not to do any kind of work — not you, your son or your daughter, not your male or female slave, not your livestock, and not the foreigner staying with you inside the gates to your property.

Exodus 20:11 (CJB)
11  For in six days, Adonai made heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. This is why Adonai blessed the day, Shabbat, and separated it for himself.

So, you are to gather and prepare food ahead of Shabbat, enough for two days…Friday and Saturday, and then rest.  Just rest.  At home…you know, kick back?

That is all that Shabbat is…an enjoyment of all that G-d created.

Yes, there are rules you can keep to make Shabbat special…if you happen to be Jewish, and have those traditions, but I am speaking to Gentiles.  If you want to organize your Sabbath, that’s fine…I am not going to judge you on how you keep Shabbat.  Technically, you can keep it by deliberately disregarding it…as the military, police, fire department, and hospital people do.  So, if you do not like relaxing and being with your family and friends, go and do for others.  Visit the sick, the old, the indigent, and take food with you for them.

Play music, make merry and laugh…is it so difficult to disregard all the rules that the Orthodox Jews made for their lives?

Well, actually, it is.  In the back of our minds, we have what we have read in the five books of Moshe, and if we are intent on becoming separated unto G-d, we will also have read what other people do on Shabbat, like Rabinnical Jews, particularly as we begin to consider keeping it.  The Orthodox Jews have made rules on their rules and to me, life a misery on Shabbat, and if you want to work that hard at resting, I won’t stop you, but it’s not anywhere commanded in the Scriptures.

All one needs to do is look at the idea of rest, and then try to do that…don’t work, don’t buy and sell, don’t carry heavy burdens, don’t make a fire from scratch…don’t do those things that are part of your customary work…whatever that is.

Truck drivers shouldn’t drive a truck.  Housewives should put their feet up, and nibble on cold chicken, and cookies.  Children should play, and not go to school.  And yes, one should keep in mind that the day is set aside to G-d, and not just to relaxation…so praise G-d in song, and read a few nice things from the Scriptures, and then take a nap.  And then gather together again, and celebrate Shabbat, for it is supposed to be the most marvelous day of the week…a holiday…a set apart day.

Go to the synagogue or church if you can find one teaching on Friday evening or on Saturday…take communion at home if you can’t.

Make it up as you go along, and as the Ruach ha Kadosh leads you.

Is Shabbat that EASY?

Actually, it is.  If you read the scriptures in Exodus that discuss Shabbat, or do a study on the word, you will find very little is forbidden and less is mandated.

I like the last three verses of the Study of the word Shabbat in particular, as they tell people what to do, and not do as Believers in Yeshua.

1 Corinthians 16:2 (CJB)
2  Every week, on Motza’ei-Shabbat, each of you should set some money aside, according to his resources, and save it up; so that when I come I won’t have to do fundraising.

Colossians 2:16 (CJB)
16  So don’t let anyone pass judgment on you in connection with eating and drinking, or in regard to a Jewish festival or Rosh-Hodesh or Shabbat.

Hebrews 4:9 (CJB)
9  So there remains a Shabbat-keeping for God’s people.

Yes, I know that Hebrews was written to the Hebrews, but are we not G-d’s people too?  And if so, why are we not keeping Shabbat in order to please G-d?  Oh, you don’t want to stop going to church?  Church has nothing to do with G-d’s Sabbath.  Church is church, and you go if you like as often as you like…it is not a Shabbat activity, even if you have come to think that it is.

It was the Catholic Church that deliberately changed the keeping of the seventh day each week to the eighth…very anti-Christ like of them. When the Reformation began, no one dared change it back…the rules were very strictly kept by good Christians, and you could get in trouble if you didn’t go to Church on Sunday.  And a whole set of rules grew up around keeping Sunday…even though it is about sun worship, and not worshipping the Son.

So, keeping a Saturday Sabbath might set you apart from the rest of the world?  Yes, well, that is the purpose of it…to make you separate and different from those infidels out there…you know. all those pagans that do not know and value Yeshua?  And those that have not read their Bible enough to know how much G-d appreciates those who keep his Sabbath…well, I don’t want to tell Yeshua when he comes that the Sabbath he demonstrated to be free from unnecessary restrictions was completely avoided by me.

Consider carefully whether to keep the Sabbath on Saturday, in the way that G-d mandated, to please him, and no other, because there is no other reason to keep Shabbat.