But You, Adonai, are enthroned Forever ; Your renown will endure through all generations. You will arise and take pity on Zion, for the time has come to have mercy on her; the time determined has come.
The more I read God’s Word, especially lately, the more I see that every single word applies to either Yeshua’s (Jesus) first coming or second and mostly how they apply to both! His first coming was a determined time and so His second. This appointment He has set is set, immovable and definitive! Signs were placed in the heavens, seasonal changes in the earth indicate that the earth has kept up with His intention; the revealing of things hidden for these two marked off calender days blink like neon signs for those who are looking to Him. I can’t help but get the real sense that every time I look at a clock, I’m looking at Him! To even greater joy and delight, but with no small urgency as well, I hear Him saying, “I’m coming, I’m coming, I’m coming…SOON!”
Adonai is King, robed in Majesty; Adonai is robed, girded with strength; The world is well established; it cannot be moved. Your Throne was established long ago; You have existed forever. Adonai, the deep is raising up, the deep is raising up it’s Voice, the deep is raising it’s crashing waves. More than the sound of rushing waters or the Mighty breakers of the sea, Adonai on High is Mighty. Your Instructions are very sure; holiness befits Your House, Adonai, for all time to come.
Whose work is this? Who has brought it about? He Who called the generations from the beginning, “I, Adonai, Am the First; and I Am the same with those who are Last.” The coastlands have seen and became afraid. The ends of the earth have trembled. They have approached, and now they come.
“You are My witnesses,” says Adonai, “and My servants whom I have chosen, so that you can know and trust Me and understand that I Am He – no god was produced before Me, nor will any be after Me. I, yes, I Am Adonai; I have declared, saved, and proclaimed – not some alien god among you. Therefore, you are My witnesses,” says Adonai, “ I Am God. Since days began, I have been He. No one can deliver from My Hand. When I act, who can reverse it?”
Thus says Adonai, Israel’s King and Redeemer, ADONAI-TZVA’OT (Lord of Heaven’s Army’s ): “I Am the First, and I Am the Last; besides Me there is no God. Who is like Me? Let him speak out! Let him show Me clearly what has been happening since I set up the eternal people; let him foretell future signs and events. Don’t be frightened, don’t be afraid. Didn’t I tell you this long ago? I foretold it and you are My witnesses. Is there any God besides Me? There is no other Rock – I know of none.”
All of Deuteronomy chapters 32 and 33, are 1st and second coming prophesies! I say that with much trepidation, as I really don’t believe there exist a scripture in the entire Bible that isn’t. Yet I will put a few verses of these two chapters here, without specific identification so as to spur you to go and read these in their entirety yourself.
They sacrificed to demons, non-gods, god’s that they had never known, new gods that had come up lately, which your ancestors had not feared. You ignore the Rock who Fathered you, you forget God, who gave you birth.
“I considered putting an end to them, erasing their memory from the human race; but I feared/see (translated יראה – yirah in hebrew meaning – see with anger, to make tremble with fury-) the insolence of their enemy, feared/yirah that their foes would mistakenly think, “We ourselves accomplished this; Adonai had nothing to do with it.”
They are a nation without common sense, utterly lacking in discernment. If they were wise they could figure it out and understand their destiny. After all, how can one chase a thousand and two put ten thousand to rout, unless their Rock sells them to their enemies, unless Adonai hands them over? For our enemies have no rock like our Rock – even they can see that!
“Rather, their vine is from the vine of Sodom, from the fields of Gomorrah – their grapes are poisonous, their clusters are bitter; their wine is snake poison, the cruel venom of vipers. “Isn’t this hidden with Me, sealed in My Storehouses? (See John 15:1-6; Yeshua’s Words here are pointing directly back to this passage!)
When he finished speaking all these words to all of Israel, he said to them, “Take to heart all the words of my testimony against you today, so that you can use them in charging your children to be careful to obey all the words of this Torah. For this is NOT a trivial matter for you; on the contrary, IT IS YOUR LIFE! Through it you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess. (This was current to the times of Moses, but pointing to the future, the crossing over the Jordan representing crossing over from this life to our eternal Life with Him forever).
Yeshurun, there is no one like God riding through the heavens to help you, riding on the clouds in His Majesty. The God of old is a dwelling-place, with everlasting arms beneath. He expelled the enemy before you and He said, “Destroy!” So Israel lives in security; the fountain of Jacob is alone in the land of grain and new wine, where skies drip with dew. Happy are you, Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by Adonai, your Defender helping you and your Sword of Triumph? Your enemies will cringe before you, but you will trample down their high places.” (See again how these words apply to their present application but how they leap through Time to a future of fulfillment in Yeshua, 1st coming AND 2nd! Past, present and future !) This is why it’s so very crucial to study, read, apply, and know Adonai through all His Word!
There are a total of 17 words in Hebrew that are God and attribute Time to His Nature, and His alone!
Here are a few:
✡ ערי – ady – witness, till, until, a time, while, a repetition of time either definite or indefinite.
✡ ועד – w’ad – the only Son eternal, the Word eternal, advancing time, destination, target
✡ שנה – shanah – corresponding time period for a different planet, a year representing one revolution of earth around the sun, two, a repeating of the first or what was before, repeat, do something a second time, in the sense of changing seasons, again, generation.
✡ עלם – ulam – My Name is ancient, hide – obscured from sight, covered, unknown, ancient – as time hidden from the present.
✡ חלד – kheled – this world, this life, age, a passing through space or time.
✡ עולם – olam – a distant time in the past or future, ever lasting, of old, perpetual, evermore, never, time, ancient, world, always, long.
✡ זמן – zaman – inevitable passing of events, measurement of quantity, time set aside, appoint, duration of time, 1st, Last, sleep, connected.
Hopefully by now you can see, or rather perceive; that Time is not what we possess. That our days are numbered, before we came into physical reality here on earth, we were a true reality in Heaven. That we have been appointed for the specific time we are in, to stand out, speak, witness, repeat, point to, and live as if Time can count everything we think, say, do and stretch us out into eternity with what our witness says. Adonai is the Author of all things, He alone has seen every event long before they happened. Yet those who have gone before us, their lives are still speaking for Him or speaking for the destruction of His enemy. Either way our witness will shout out to eternity! This is why we don’t allow the stupid inclination of the enemy suggest we grow lazy, and resent Time. To see it as some small thing, not the miraculous gift we’ve been given; focused on what this world has to offer and growing ubtuse to the One who has destined our purpose to His glory! He deserves it! Insane thinking that says Life with Him will be boring compared to here and now in this, completely devoid of fulness, of all good things we have had but a small taste of here! So much better will things/Life be with Him should we choose Him! And not just choose to say we believe He exist, even the devils do that! No! We choose to pull everything, all thoughts, and therefore actions, all we are, all we desire into His instructions and Ways, that mark us NOW, as His!
“Look, God is exalted in His Strength; who is a Teacher like Him? Who ever prescribed His course for Him? Who ever said, ‘What You are doing is wrong’? Remember, rather, to magnify His Work, of which many have sung. Everyone has seen it, but humans see it only from a distance. Look! God is Great! Beyond what we can know; the number of His years is uncountable.
I’ve mentioned in this blog before that it would be best if when reading the Psalms, that in most cases when the Psalms speaks of enemies to remember the psalmist is usually referring to those powers, and principalities of the air, the one who is seeking to devour, the enemy of God and his minions. For we are not at war with flesh and blood! Even when we encounter other human beings that persecute us, these are under the power of God’s enemy, tortured souls, hence Yeshua’s instruction to LOVE our enemies, do GOOD to them! The power of Yeshua in our obedient action to do this, not religiously, but because He’s proven such power, such worthiness for us to give up “our rights” in exchange for the right to see Him face to face, really Live a real Life with Him, this is using our Time (talents) wisely. This is the power to save! We were all His enemy once. This is staying awake! Yes, indeed, it surly will mean suffering ridicule and coming soon, severe persecution to do so. The worst of the worst we may be spared, but not all of it dear fellow sheep! This kind of suffering is what shall mark us as His! Him, who came and suffered far more than anyone ever has since our ever will, Him who did this in vast measure, so we could identify in small measure with Him. Shall we count it an honor to whatever degree such things must happen? Knowing that He shall shield and guide us, be present with us, as He was with Daniel in the Lions den, Shadrach, Mishach, and Abednego in the fiery furnance. Shall we doubt Him now or ever – after so long a history of proving Himself true, right, and truly God?
To be awake, is to be on Time! On Time each minute for each appointment He has for us each day, and on Time for THE DAY we shall meet Him in the cloud, changed instantly into the Glory of His likeness in full! Awaken O Bride of The King of Israel, of Heaven and earth! Rise like the deep, rise up and become a mighty wave of the Image we are made in – Yeshua Hamashiach, Salvation is His Name! He comes! He comes again soon! Rise up to meet Him!
In the days gone by, God spoke in many and varied ways to the fathers through the prophets. But now, in the acharit-hayamim (end of days), He has spoken to us through His Son, to whom He was given ownership of everything and through whom He created the universe. This Son, is the radiance of the Sh’khinah (Manifest glory of God present with men), the very expression of God’s essence (image), upholding all that exists by His powerful Word; and after He had, through Himself, made purification for sins, He sat down at the Right Hand of HaG’dulah BaM’romim (the Greatness on High).
I, Yeshua, have sent My angel to give you this testimony for the Messianic Communities. I AM the Root and Offspring of David, the Bright Morning Star. The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears say, “Come!” And let anyone who is thirsty come – let anyone who wishes, take the water of Life free of charge.
🔯 May the Grace of the Lord Yeshua be with all!🔯
The Church of God, meaning the Flock residing in the Pasture of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah, in fellowship with and service to Him, was meant to teach, encourage, arm, strengthen and reflect ALL The Shepherd has to offer His Sheep. The Truth. Yet absolutely none of these relevant issues for that Flock are being taught through the lens of Truth and thus able to withstand in the light of those who will happily educate them from without.
I list them, but, it’s up to you, as His Sheep to seek out the answers to these things in the Book you say holds them all. The Bible taught and teaches about every one of these things, and because God created all things, He addressed them before any of them existed or were addressed by anyone else. This is a call out to Pastors, leaders, and ALL those who go to church to learn of and get to know God…why are these issues not answered from the churches? It begins with each of us individually first…yet the responsibility to feed the Sheep is no small thing for those of us who must teach. We are all teachers, if parents then we must teach our children, if aunts,uncles, grandparents, sisters, brothers, neighbors…if we don’t know what God says about all these things – how can we possibly engage those around us? For to not know the truth about them is to be deceived, we live in the age of deception. And the lack of addressing these things had led us to dangerous territory. We send our children to schools who tell them they can decide not to be girls or boys! Obviously noone in the world hesitates about their “readiness” for such complex issues. This is happening in grade school!
I’ve done much study on all these subjects. My study has proven God to be The Way, The Truth, and The Life. Solidifying my walk with Him and earning that unshakable trust in Him that is the foundation of this life and all I encounter in it.
The church may fail to do its job, but God – The Most High God, Adonai, Yahweh, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, I Am that I Am, El Shaddi, First and Last, The Righteous One, The Holy One of Israel, The Great Shepherd, Father in Heaven, The Son of God, Yeshua Hamashiach, God with US, Salvation, Holy Spirit, Ruach HaKodesh, The Comforter, Healer, Redeemer, HE does not, has not, and will not fail to equip, arm, strengthen, give answers, and show The Way if we seek Him.
All these things have infiltrated every single thing we live with, our education, our politics, our morals, our way of living, perspectives; they effect everything, our jobs, homes, entertainment, CHILDREN, thoughts, actions. Again, how can these topics be so neglected in the House of Adonai?
There are those who have answered the call to ‘feed His sheep’, yet sadly they are few and ridiculed and slandered because they ‘fear not what can kill the body, but fear instead the One who can kill the soul’. Put differently, they are Joshua’s, who see the Giants and fear them not because he KNOWS His God and that He is Bigger and will arm and strengthen those who walk fearlessly out and proclaim “The God of Israel is just and true, a shield to those that serve and love Him with all their hearts, minds and souls; and testify to His truth wherever lies are lurking.”
The issues are:
☡ The forces of darkness, that we are commanded to arm ourselves for.
This stuff is REAL and discernment must be taught for the People of God to stand, especially to/for our children!
☡ Fake News AND Real News
*** Not so unknown ☝this author.
Seems to me the Body of Messiah should have the fiercest investigators and reporters! Yet we cower? Why?
Here is what The Word of God has promised.
1 John 2:26-27
I have written you these things about the people who are trying to deceive you. As for you, the Messianic anointing you received from the Father remains in you, so that you have no need for anyone to teach you about all things, and is true, not counterfeit, so, just as He taught you, remain united with Him.
I will instruct and teach you in this way that you are to go; I will give you counsel; My eyes will be watching you.
**All of Ezekiel chapter 34!**
Jeremiah 50:6; 23:10-11; 16:21
My people have been lost sheep. My shepherds made them go astray, turning them loose in the mountains. As they wandered from mountain to hill, they lost track of where their home is.
For the land is full of adulterers; because of a curse the land is in mourning – the desert pastures have died up. Their course is evil, their power misused. Both the prophets and Cohen (priest) are godless; In my own House I find their wickedness, says Adonai.
Therefore, I will make them know, once and for all I will make them know My power and My might. Then they will know that My name is Adonai.
Isaiah 54:13, 16-17
All your children will be taught by Adonai; your children will have great peace.
It is I who created the craftsman who blows on the coals and forges weapons suited to their purpose; I also created the destroyer to work havoc. No weapon made will prevail against you.
Come close to Me, ands listen to this: Since the beginning I have not spoken in secret, since the time things began to be I have been there; and now Adonai Elohim has sent me His Spirit.
Thus says Adonai, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am Adonai, your God, who teaches you for your own good, who guides you in the path you should take.
If we truly believe that The Word of the Living God has provided us with the answers to all things, then the learning house of worship to that Living God would send out swords from their midst, ready to discern and stand against the wolves in sheep’s clothing and armed with the Words of Truth to help open the eyes of those who are lost around us. Our fruits would be dropping off ripe and ready!
Do not fear! My fellow sheep, seek the truth in these matters, the Lord God will show up and teach, He will assure you and give courage! Did He not say over and over, “Don’t be afraid, for I will be with you! Be strong, have courage!” Our children are suffering the most due to this gaping hole in our armor, who will answer the call to remain faithful to God with them, as we ‘walk on the way, while sitting, while lying down, walking, coming and going’.? Who will teach them to interpret the world they live in?
There are so many resources available, YouTube has great followers of God, who have done their homework and searched the Scriptures, documentaries and all sorts of information. Our resources will dry up soon in this capacity, as everyday the censorship online dwindles them. For those who don’t know, the UN now oversees the Internet here in the United States, no longer is it protected by the amendments of free speech. I, myself, have watched too many things disappear in recent months. Use the resources while they are still avaliable. I’ll be happy to recommend to any who ask for reliable resources.
🔯 May the Truth be your guard and shield, May you hear the Voice of the Shepherd and fear not! May His promises protect you and be found faithful to lead and guide you into His righteousness and strength! Grace and peace, in the Name of Yeshua, and for His Namesake! 🔯
Psalms 39:4-5; 90:11-12; 31:14-15
Make me grasp, Adonai, what my end must be, what it means that my days are numbered; let me know what a transient creature I am. You have made my days like handsbreaths; for You the length of my life is like nothing.
Who grasps the power of Your anger and wrath to the degree that the fear due You should inspire? So teach us to count our days so that we will become wise.
But I, trust in You, Adonai; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in Your Hand; rescue me from my enemies power, from those who persecute me.
Lazybones! How long will you lie there in bed? When will you get up from your sleep? “I’ll just lie here a bit, rest a little longer, just fold my hands for a little more sleep” – and poverty comes matching in on you, scarcity hits you like an invading soldier. (Thief during war).
So we’re back to; what could be causing a state of sleepiness in us. Time is a funny thing, the more we get, the less we value it. I know for myself, time alone isn’t the only thing that seems to dim with abundance. Yet lets take a good look at what caused the people to miss the coming Messiah the first time. First among these would apply to their state of mind right at the time He had entered their midst. Time can weaken resolve, commitment, passion and alertness. We know this in its very basic nature, when we are up for 18-20 hours of a day, the time seems to weaken us as it ticks by. We get tired. I’m pretty sure it’s not needed to explain how impatience grows thick, like a blanket with warmth to compell the eyes to shut. The people of that day were asleep in waiting, Time wasn’t doing its job to their liking.
This drowsiness made them susceptible to deception and hence they forgot where they were to look for Him. Coupled with this deception came delusion that suggested that time was now something they had possession of to do with as they pleased. It’s almost as if, when time stretches out across our hopes, we ‘pay it back’ by giving up. Strange, huh? It’s the ‘cutting off ones nose to kill a flea’. This generation and those since the Messiah’s cloud ride back to Heaven fits right in with those that waited thousands of years for His first promised appearing. God’s not fast enough for us most of the time. That is, until He acts, and then we’re begging to catch up! His first coming fulfilled four of the seven practice rehearsal appointments (Feast) that we have been commanded to keep, in quick order. One day there were seven, ninety days later there were three! God got alot done in short order! They were reeling. At least those who woke up enough to know who Yeshua was before He went back, leaving us with the promise of His return.
It begs more questions:
Is time given to us to spend as we please? (Yeshua’s parable of the investments) Can impatience really make one completely clueless to what’s really going on around us?
Let’s be fair. The Tanakh did not have all these words strung together all in one sequence for them to see.
I will send you, Yeshua Ben Yoseph, Ben Yahweh, and you will want to reject Him, but don’t! He will heal the sick, raise the dead, and be given power to forgive sins before He will willing go to the Cross as the sacrifice Lamb for the whole world, you will kill Him, and I shall raise Him back up in three days time. He will then be found again among you, and give you My last Words before He comes back to My Right Hand in victory to prepare all things for the time I will send Him back to the Wedding for which you are being prepared for and those who will come after you. To vindicate My chosen Ones and end the Tyranny of the Evil ones!”
Nope, this string of words won’t be found all in one book or passage. Yet, they are all there. Spread out like a bridge of Love from Heaven to earth. It took all the Time that made up the Tanakh to get them down just so.
We tend to forget that God’s enemy is watching too. God is smarter, but He’s not Thor the egotistical god that needs to prove He’s God and better than the deciever. Crafty is this enemy, yes, no doubt. So God will out-craft him! And indeed! The deceiver was surprised at His coming the first Time. Sadly he (the enemy) worked hard to make sure no one would wake up in time to see Him. For way too many, Yeshua’s attempt to rouse them was as rejected as He was. So did this surprise God? Nope. Time is God and God is Time. All He is, was and ever shall be, do, say, think, is Him! I Am that I Am! In other words, if He isn’t, then there isn’t anything! His plans and ways are perfect, unlike any kind of perfect we can conceive. Though when you know Him, you begin to see, as through a mirror dimly, but still it’s enough for make us trust Him if we seek Him, without ceasing. His second coming will follow the same pattern as the first. He will be on Time and His enemy will be shocked again, with no pigs left to escape into.
There were important details in the Tanakh to get done prior to His Hand of action coming in swiftly as it did then. Sadly, too many are not taught that the beginning contains the end and the end the beginning. There are signs people grossly miss by not seeing the Bible as a Complete Book. There are over 500 “old testament” references in Revelation alone! This is why people lose heart waiting, the deceiver has put to sleep a vital part of seeing God work exactly as He promised, and His Timing is as precise as the entire Word of God reveals! Yet again, there are vital things that have been at work by God all this Time. As we walk with Him faithfully, we stop being self absorbed about our time and stay true to Time, Himself! The only one being left out on the plan and timing is the enemy! God is busy protecting us! Making sure all that can be awakened will be, making sure the Bride is worthy of Him, making sure all have had a chance to go to the dress rehearsals that remain to be prepared for the Wedding. This is all that is left to do. Oh, sure there is the reckoning to the enemy and his hordes, to those who persecuted and will persecute the Bride. But! We are the apple of His eye! As He is to be ours! Nothing is delayed, nothing is being left out. His victory is sure and our delight in Him is not unfounded! We must not allow ourselves to fall asleep. This action He has placed in our choosing.
1 Corinthians 3:18
Let no one fool himself.
Awake! Awake! Zion! Clothe yourself with your strength! (Our strength is His Voice!) Daniel 10:17-19 – For how can this servant of my Lord speak with my lord, when my strength and breath have failed me? Then, again, someone who looked human touched me and revived me. He said, “You man so greatly loved, don’t be afraid. Shalom (peace) to you; and be strong, yes, truly strong.” His speaking to me strengthened me, and I said, “My Lord keep speaking; because you’ve given me strength.”
…Get up, sleeper! Arise from the dead, and the Messiah will shine on you!
It’s our choice to fall asleep, and our choice to wake up. We only feel trapped by weariness when we have fallen behind and not kept up to hear our Shepherds Voice which keeps the deception from having access to our ability to see.
Let me clarify here. There is s difference between a righteous fatigue and a willful “nap”.The former does not steal our ability to remain steadfast. The latter does, and can cause such delusion so as to make one think they are awake when they are not. This is why we need the body to reflect to the eyes that they are closed. Put into the simplist literal terms. When we are not at attention, we bump into things and it hurts, the part of the body that took the blow, sends the cry to the eyes to…Pay Attention! Wake up! Unnecessary pain, does that. Unwarranted pain is different (persecution).
Exhortation in the Body of Messiah must renew it’s STRENGTH in Him! Full of love, but without hesitation to give a good tap to wake those who are falling asleep. We are all, each one of us, the little second and minute marks of God’s Timepiece where He has us. We must not be put to sleep because we want to be 15 seconds earlier or 25 seconds faster when it’s the Last Hour! Every second is full of such meaning! Full of so much of Him! Let’s not miss it!
The concept of God being Time itself may seem a bit odd. In part 3, we’ll dig deeper into this. Until then, search for Him yourself…you’ll find Time to be very different as you do.
🔯 May the Grace of Adonai cover you, may the Mercy of Adonai motivate you, may the Truth be the light that fails you not, may the Way be the joy of your hours, and may the Love of Yeshua woo, awaken and move you in all you do🔯
1 Thessalonians 5:4-11
But you, brothers, are not in the dark, so that the Day should take you by surprise like a thief; for you are people who belong to the light, who belong to the Day. We don’t belong to the night or to the darkness, so let us not be asleep, like the rest are; on the contrary, let us stay alert and sober. People who sleep, sleep in the dark; and people who get drunk, get drunk in the dark. But since we belong to the Day, let us stay sober, putting on trust and love as a breastplate and the hope of being delivered as a helmet. For God has NOT intended that we should experience His fury, but that we should gain deliverance through our Lord Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah, who died on our behalf so that whether we are alive or dead, we may live along with Him. Therefore, encourage each other, and build each other up – just as you are doing.
I started this thread WSGD NEWES when the blog started. It’s an acronym for W ise as S erpents G entle as D oves N-ewes the last part obviously refers to us, the Sheep of Yeshua’s pasture.There have been few political platform-like posts under this thread. I have yet to read where Yeshua went into the political arena with the exception of when He was forced to just before His death. Since we are to follow after Him, I believe our focus is to stay informed, vote, take responsibility where He has given us those, speak to the brethren to weigh important issues that politics effect the body. Yet, to be consumed with that area I believe can become a dangerous path. There’s a reason our Saviour stayed away, not explained, and I’m all for trusting without any. Yet there is an area that falls outside “normal” church based issues. Societal influence is a big one, and our Shepherd strode into this area with fearlessness. This can involve some politics, as they tend to shape society in invasive ways. My prayer is that He will give me the words for such topics as they can easily consume us, who are waiting His return to become outraged and embittered. Causing a destructive thing called divisiveness in our spirits. A blame game is always running in the background of this life, I don’t wish to become integrated into it, nor encourage others to either. So here, again I state my intentions and leave this at His feet for the reception of it.
I was on YouTube the other day watching a series on Hebrew language and an Ad popped into the middle. Not the kind I could skip after a few seconds. It was a happy go lucky type infomercial that showed a person pouring Coke a Cola on to a very rusty pan, using a ball of tinfoil, proceeded to scrub it off. It worked. We are all supposed to be like “Oh cool!”, right? With the happy music’s and dramatic souffle it portrayed, I’ll admit 15 years ago, my brain might have actually thought “Wow”, and tried it. I will say, it’s likely the best use for that soda yet! What stuck me this time…millions of people DRINK this stuff every day, sometimes as their only source of liquid! The next thought I had was to ask the Lord, “are people really so asleep that this Ad doesn’t run the risk of ruining the soda industry?” His answer. “Yes.”
I begin to understand. I once was a Pepsi fan. Coke was too sweet for me. Puh, not by much, last time I sipped on a Pepsi (about 4 years ago) I nearly puked due to the sweetness after having cut it out of my life for only 3 months. Needless to say I don’t miss it, and neither does my brain and body. Yet to paint this picture accurately I may confess that for years and years I stand guilty for this being my primary source of liquid refreshment. I don’t have tons of pictures of myself over the years, but those that exist, nearly all of them I have a Pepsi in my hand. So let me be clear, this isn’t a dietary shame campaign! I knew Pepsi was bad for me, I even knew to the degree that I researched it’s effects and still drank it, with emphasis, I was asleep! The light of Truth did not change my actions, and I still bear the consequences as a result, though God’s grace has been beyond accounting still more.
So my thinking here is, this is just a technique Ad for rust removal that if one is awake it will give them pause (that’s what our conscience does, it pushes the pause button) at least a little, to say, “Wow, I drink that! If it will eat rust, what must it do to my body?” Yet, statically the numbers show that most won’t even give it a second thought!
The verse above immediately came to my mind. Notice it says, ‘so let us not be asleep, like the rest are…’. This is not the time to think judgemental about the phrasing, ‘us and them ie: the rest’. As Paul is not being such, he’s stating a fact of his days. Ironically it applies to our own with a factor multiplied by a factor of at least 10. His generation didn’t have the bombardment of years of Ads with subliminal messages and ‘sleeping potion juju’ ours does. The more something gets accepted the more asleep people become. Which for us sheep of the Pasture of Messiah, it raises serious questions. Questions that if ignored, or excused away, could put us to sleep at a very critical time. This series will address some, if not all, of these kinds of questions.
It’s worth noting here, that the sleep indicated in the verse above is not talking about the kind we do at the end of our day to rest our bodies in preparation for the next day. Nor is the Day being spoken of as in the 12-16 hour course of sunlight in a 24 hour period. Nor is the drunkenness shown here talking about the mere consumption of alcohol. I have known more people who drink as much in the daylight hours as they do at night. I’m sure Paul did too. To be drunk means to be impaired in our judgement/discernment/assessment faculties. This is what this means. It’s also worth noting…that the fury being referred to here in this passage is REAL. It’s God’s and it’s coming, it’s His rightful time to judge. He doesn’t want us to come under the effects of it, He’s given a way out. But neither will He impair or invade anyone’s decision to do so. He has done more, sent more help and waited far longer than anyone could even try to imagine themselves being in His shoes with the lot of us. The Day of His fury will be the ultimate indication that anyone who could be awakened has been awakened and the time has arrived. There can also be no doubt based on our ability to see 7000 years as hardly impatient nor unmerciful. We wouldn’t last 7 days with the horror He has seen in us. Which is why we fall asleep. We don’t see how it’s His very person we abuse and insult when we sin. Most simply don’t know Him well enough to understand the depth of that last statement. It’s incredibly sad and its worth any effort on our part to ‘pat the cheeks’ of those around us to arouse from their sleep to teach. Otherwise we are as guilty as they. Truth has not been given to us to cherish as a possession in a hope chest in our hearts. He has been given to hold out freely, and let Him direct it as He wills.
Besides all this, you know at what point of history we stand; so it is high time for you to rouse yourselves from sleep: for the final Deliverance is nearer than when we first came to trust. The night is almost over, the Day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and arm ourselves with weapons of light. Let us live properly, as people do in the daytime – not partying and getting drunk, not engaging in sexual immorality and other excesses, not quarreling and being jealous. Instead, clothe yourselves with the Lord Yeshua the Messiah; and don’t waste your time thinking about how to provide for the sinful desires of your old nature.
Notice how both scriptures refer to the same things. Also note that articles of ‘clothing’ are referred to in both passages. Let me also point out that though the obvious sins mentioned here are…well…the obvious ones. There is an aspect of each that can be done without doing the obvious thing. Example: engaging in sexual immorality. This covers a very very broad scope in our day and age. There is a sleeping pill assortment of this very thing. (Of all of them) I’ll just ask the questions, God can take it from there.
Do you watch any TV or movies, videos, games or computer sites where sexually is included to any degree?
Don’t follow the path of the wicked or walk on the way of evil doers. Avoid it, don’t go on it, turn away from it, and pass on. For they can’t sleep if they haven’t done evil, they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone fall.
1 Thessalonians 5:21-22
But do test everything – hold onto what is good, but keep away from EVERY form of evil.
For God’s grace, which brings deliverance, has appeared to all people. It teaches us to renounce (flee, run away from) godlessness and worldly pleasures, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives now, in this age; while continuing to expect the blessed fulfilment of our certain hope, which is the appearing of the Sh’khinah (Divine Presence, the manifest glory of God present with men) of our great God and the appearing of our Deliverer, Yeshua the Messiah.
1 Peter 2:11-12
Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and temporary residents not to give in to the desires of your old nature, which keep warring against you; but to live such good lives among the pagans that even though they now speak against you as evil doers, they will, as a result of seeing your good actions (and not seeing you do bad ones), give glory to God on the Day of His coming.
Notice every single one of these warnings comes with the same language of the Day, the times we are in, if they said it then, and if we’ve been awake, we must know that the sands in the hour glass are now down to their final trickle. They don’t give licence, no room for fudging. Sex is meant to be PRIVATE no matter how it’s done. We are guilty of playing it out into the disgusting thing it has become when we allow it to weasel it’s way in because it’s ‘not as bad as most…sites, shows’…etc. We weaken our children’s shield if they watch us compromise. Much more we are responsible, in other words, we will stand before Him for what they are exposed to. In our presence or out of it. It’s our job to teach, lead, and guide them. First by example, then by teaching. We can’t gouge their eyes out, but we can teach those eyes to water at the things that defile humanity and the great Name of the Lord of their life. It’s never too late, and time is short!
Again, I’ve had to do my share of repenting in this department. Sadly, it came after my kids were grown and into their own lives. They can’t see my repentance now. It grieves me as I can see how it’s weakened their shield and that of my grandchildren. To say I’m sorry and pray everyday for each of them is an understatement, but they likely read this and think I’m a bit of a hypocrite. Because they can’t see my repentance. They know I’ve changed, they have been asked for forgiveness, but the effects of my sleep at the times they needed me awake the most, they now rest in the same Hands I was. Which is my hope! Adonai got through to me, I must now trust He loves them more than I.What I’m doing now, both how I live and writing this blog is fulfilling God’s desire for me. His grace will cover the rest.
For those who have children, living at home right now, how do you engage in the battle for their hearts and minds?
For those, who like me, have children now grown and grandchildren, what can you now do to flee from the sleeping pill exceptions you make? To wake up, rouse yourself? And how can you begin to repent to all those you’ve effected with drowsiness?
These questions remain between you and the God who asks them. For, be certain, it is not I who does. As you have read, I’m unqualified to ask. These kinds of questions always belong to the God who created all people, all things. The God who is coming to pour out the fury of those who have willfully chosen to turn away from Him and have influenced others, young or old, to do the same. You must settle your accounts with Him.
I am praying for His grace and mercy to prevail for you, as it has for me. I am also confident of His power to work in each of us. There is no hope beyond Him. This hope is the only Truth there is. May our eyes be opened to see it, ears be opened to hear it and hearts be broken to fall into His hands of such a great grace and mercy, loving-kindness and tenderness to not only mend our own but those of our loved ones. And in time!
Part 2 – coming soon.
🔯 May the grace and peace of Yeshua the Messiah be with you, cover you, and bring you exceeding joy 🔯
I’ve just spent days looking everywhere for some depiction of Yeshua (Jesus) in such a posture to His people. Surely, when He cried out,
“Yerushalayim! (Jerusalem) Yerushalayim! You kill the prophets! You stone those who are sent to you! How often I wanted to gather your children, just like a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but you refused! Look! God is abandoning your house to you, leaving it desolate. For I tell you, from now on, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the Name of Adonai’,” (Matt. 23:37-39)
Surely, He had tears in His eyes, His whole body shaking with the passion of a God who has been pleading with His people for thousands of years! Look at Samwise Gamgee’s face!
Do you remember? Do you remember how deep the feeling went through you watching this scene? “Don’t let go,” (passionate plea), then fiercely…”Don’t you let go!” This scene pales in comparison to Yeshua at the moment He said those words above. Listen here:
Yes, the correct translation of this verse uses the word plead, not contend, not argue. Plead! In hebrew the word is like strive defined as: the responsibility of the master is to strive for the survival and protection of the house. This is exactly what Yeshua’s Words are reflecting in Matthew.
For those who are not profoundly aware of the significance of this let me paint the picture.
God is pleading! The God who made the universe, everything we’ve ever seen, touched, smelt, tasted, known, observed. Everything macrobiotic, microscopic, and so big you can’t stick it under a scope. Powerful enough to split a sea, and the ground is instantly dry. Powerful enough to raise the dead, heal the worst illness, but more profoundly make a broken heart whole! (Nothing and noone has ever, nor will ever be able to do this but Him) The One who made the fastest, and most brilliant computer in all creation: your brain! No matter how hard we try, we will never ever be able to come close to it, and all these geniuses trying – know it, they do. This God, is pleading, striving for the survival and protection of a people that have more a history of rejecting Him than not! This should send us all to our knees in awe alone, much less total and complete repentance. There is no human on earth (Save Yeshua) who has ever displayed the patience He does, the forgiveness, the grace, the mercy, the loving-kindness, and faithfulness. We could live forever in this state we are in now, trying as hard as we could and never even scratch the surface of the depth of these things about God. Yes! Even enabled by the covering of Yeshua’s blood, indwelt by His Spirit, we have no mark upon the history of all these in God! As we all know, it’s only because of Him we can scratch at it in the first place. Let this sink in dear brothers and sisters! Try to multiply the scene from Lord of the Rings by a billion, then see and hear Yeshua saying to you.
” Your name! Your name! You kill the teachers! You reject those sent to you! (Family, friends, neighbors, and yes, even those crazies on the corner of the street holding those signs) How I want to gather you and your children, just as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but you are refusing! Look! I’m about to abandon this place I’ve made for you to live (house), it will be destroyed. For I tell you, unless you learn the full meaning of “Blessed is He that comes in the Name of Adonai”- you will never see Me!”
(Adapted to fit our culture today and times we live in now. Then it was prophetically said just prior to His death and resurrection, now the chances are running out – completely! He won’t be riding thru the city on a donkey to display the opportunity for forgiveness. This time, He’ll be coming on the steed of war to judge! And His judgement will be more accurate than anything the world has ever known!)
It might help you to know that the exact same type of pleading was done by God in these verses.
What is revealed is God’s anger from Heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people who in their wickedness KEEP SUPPRESSING THE TRUTH; because what is known about God is plain to them, since God has made it plain to them. For ever since the creation of the universe His invisible qualities – both His eternal power and His divine nature – have been clearly seen, because they can be understood from what He has made. Therefore, they have no excuse; because, although they know who God is, they do not glorify Him as God or thank Him. On the contrary they have become futile in their thinking; and their undiscerning hearts have become darkened. (Because He does not LIVE THERE) Claiming to be wise, they have become fools! In fact, they have exchanged the glory of the immortal God for mere images, like a mortal human being, or like birds, animals, reptiles (things those empty images make, like computers, sciences that make it OK to be without conscience, without love, selfish)!
Dare not believe for an instance that these words are not coming straight from a pleading God. Paul wrote them, his heart united with Yeshua to enable him, just like Jeremiah in the verse above, or Matthew, but only a God, pleading, reaching out, far extended, would put these words together to point to the way out even as He points out the way of futility! Think of the fact that these words were written over two thousand years ago, with the urgency and passion they contain. How so, now, do you think His countenance is in these last days?
Think of our children, as they rebel, do we not plead for them to get their thinking right, at the first? And as they continue and we watch, do we not reduce our posture to abandon all pride and BEG! PLEAD! Plead with them to heed the road ahead? Do we think we reflect some inkling of good we possess to do this? No, it is the image of Him we’ve all been made in; that desperation for our children’s good; that can’t help but be reflected in us. If you do not beg and plead with your children to turn and go in that good way, you may want to look into the dullness your heart has become suppressed with. I am sick of the posture of the world today that suggest that we are fools to shout ‘fire in the house!’ in order that some may not be burned alive; if this is called good in any way, it is a lie!
Proverbs, chapter 4, the whole thing is one big long plea of God to His people! Think of Him on His knees, as it were, hands held out in supplication, tears running down His face, no less God because of it, but more God!
Exodus 23:13; 21-22
Pay attention to everything I have said to you; do not invoke the Names of other Gods or even let them be heard crossing your lips.
Pay attention to him (Moses), listen to what he says and do not rebel against him; because he will not forgive any wrong doing of yours, since My Name resides in him. But if you listen to what he says and do everything I TELL YOU then I will be an enemy to your enemies and foe to your foe.
Same thing here, same pleading nature, not finger pointing, condemning, shaming is He. Begging, pleading that we see His goodness, understand He instructs according to His nature, His design. Who do we build our house in security with? The One who designed the house or the builders? Are you deceived in believing that because the builders seem to be the ones building that they can be trusted without blue prints? God has the blue prints to all things, when He is good enough to bend down and show us them, are we not fools if we decide to just chance things another way? Notice the time frame of this scripture…from the beginning He’s been trying, pleading, forgiving, trying again, pleading, warning, forgiving, trying again, warning, pleading, forgiving……you begin to see I pray.
He sees how easily we become distracted and lost, like sheep. He’s looking down, hand stretched out, pleading – even though we’ve toiled to get this evil thing off our neck, to destroy it, yet upon the cusp of victory we’ve changed our minds, then fought for the right to do so, went over the edge, tempted to just let go…
“Don’t you let go….hold on! Take My hand!”
This Mighty God is saying to you now, pleading…though He could just let you fall as a consequence to your own choice to ignore Him, no, the One True God, the Only God, He is tearfully, bloody with you from the travels, grasping to save you. Yeshua the Messiah.
Take His hand, don’t let go!
🔯 May the grace and peace that comes only through the Messiah, Yeshua, be yours in full measure. He is able to catch you and keep you from falling, may the Spirit of Truth open your eyes and ears to Him. And teach you what it means to say, “Blessed is He that has come, and is coming, in the Name of Adonai!” 🕎🔯