1 Thessalonians 4:1-4
I solemnly charge you before God and the Messiah Yeshua, who will judge the living and the dead when He appears and established the Kingdom: proclaim the Word! Be on hand with it whether the time seems right or not. Convict, censure and exhort with unfailing patience and with teaching. For the time is coming when people will not have patience for sound teaching, but will cater to their passions and gather around themselves teachers who say whatever their ears itch to hear. Yes, they will stop listening to the Truth, but will turn aside to follow myths.
It’s nearing the end of Passover 2017/5777. Signs have been given, whether people are true followers of Yeshua or not, everyone knows something is at the cusp of real trouble. I saw an article today that said that this month more than any time in history the words World War III have been googled in uncharted numbers. For those who are True Followers of Yeshua the Messiah, a certain veil has been lifted, and the challenge is a balance between humility and revelation. For with revelation (knowledge) come the risk of pride and deception! The single most important endeavor one can make right now is to seek and search as for priceless treasure Who is Yeshua? For we are in the Great deception, the time of a falling away, and it’s target is those who think they know – a) their Bibles and b) The One who wrote it.
You see, the deception is aimed at humanity as a whole, but it’s intensity via great persecution is targeted for those who have been found by The Truth, but having drank a little and not immersed themselves into it, can be led astray by the distortion of the Word of God, and just like in the garden at the beginning, asked: “Did God really say?” The enemies tactic never changes but does, can, and will intensify. His pattern is to replicate (as this is all he can do) everything God has done, will do, and is doing. At least as he sees it, which is far from the truth/reality we’ve been given the ability to see with through the power of the Spirit of God living within us as a result of Yeshua being our Master. As we read in countless scriptures, the most well known replication will be to destroy His (Gods) Image in mankind. I’ll not put all the Scriptures here, for part of the Truth becoming and being solidified in each soul is their own seeking, searching and finding on their own. It’s what Paul was saying when he admonished Timothy to study to show himself approved unto God. If one fails to do this, no excuses, they will be decieved. This time of deception is now aimed primarily at the Believer! Common sense alone knows that one need not waste effort trying to deceive the already deceived; Atheist, Agnostic, Catholic, Mormon, Muslim, Buddhist and the like. So common sense alone also shows that the last remaining objective is to twist and distort so subtlety and slowly and thoroughly the Word of God that points to Salvation – Yeshua, that little by little and finally quite thoroughly the Christian/True Followers of Yeshua will fall away – be deceived.
Here is a Truth, which is not worded in sequence and exactly as I will write it, but can be found in the Word of God. God does nothing on accident or without express and solid purpose. The first 66 Books of the Word of God were written in Hebrew, to a Hebrew nation by a God who chose to reveal Himself through the Hebrew people, in that language. Yeshua, His Son, was brought into that same nation, with that same language, cutting His human teeth on those same Books, complete with Torah, Tanakh, Writings, the Laws, Feast, all of it. Yeshua, Himself, said He did not come to take away all that but to COMPLETE, FILL IT UP, FULFILL IT. Yeshua, is the Whole Word of God. He celebrated the Feast that God commanded His people to keep, not because of the people, but because (look it up) they are God’s feast! There is a reason He went out of His way to make sure we did not confuse Who’s Feast they are and Why He wanted them perpetually observed.
The enemy would counterfeit them, try to change them, just like he does everything God does.
Scripture stating Who really has authority.
…in these words: “Blessed be the Name of God from eternity past to eternity future! For wisdom and power are His alone; He brings the changes of seasons and times; He installs ands deposed kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those with discernment. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what lies in darkness; and Light dwells with Him.
Here is where God’s Word warns what the Antichrist will do.
He (antichrist) will speak words against the Most High and try to exhaust the Holy ones of the Most High. He will attempt to alter the seasons and law; and the holy ones will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time.
Please don’t be distracted by the reference to time, times and half a time here. Instead focus on the words being replicated between the two references. Timelines are not the focus here. Where the craftiness of our enemy is, so that we may be discerning! Truly, if we are full of God’s wisdom and discernment, timelines won’t be a primary concern for anyone. Since we are living to be in fellowship with Yeshua all the time. The end doesn’t really change anything, except where we must be diligent and fight the good fight with the real enemy of our souls, not human flesh but the spirit of deception and deceiver himself.
You may be asking why I’m talking about these Feast and emphasize Yeshua’s birthing heritage. Put very simply, if you take Yeshua out of this context, you won’t know Him as needed to not be decieved. Also, the end times are cloaked and wrapped in His Appointed times/Feasts. How can anyone be on time for an appointment if they have been deceived into thinking the appointments have been canceled? This is a serious question, I am pressed by the Spirit to bring these questions to anyone who is searching for The Truth. The Scriptures necessary to bring you to the Truth are all right there, with the Spirit of Truth to guide you into all Truth. I can not convince one soul, I can only point to Yeshua, His Whole Word, and His Spirit to say, “That is the Way, walk thee therefore in it.” It’s the only Authority we’ve been given and indeed our call. Not mine, all followers of Yeshua!
Because Yeshua is a Hebrew, we must eliminate all images that seek to disillusion Who He is. Removing all Roman garb from His clothing, all Roman symbolism from His nature. He kept to His roots for a reason! He sent Paul, who was first and foremost among his people, at the time, versed and full of knowledge of those roots, to teach the gentiles of those Ways and Who Yeshua is. God does nothing on accident.
If we think about it, it’s no different from us. If one tries to teach someone about me, but puts my life inside a context of India, with that language and that perception, I will be unknown. Why? Because America is different, it’s language, customs and traditions shape those who grow up there, it’s also diverse and needs context. I’m American and the context of who I am has been shaped by God in that heritage. Some of which is founded on the same principles of His Kingdom, but much that has been distorted. A person born into a Spanish culture, has a richness and depth that mine does not. Remember, God is the One who diversified the nation’s, He does nothing on accident. But His purpose is that all nations, all tongues, all His creation is to come to Him, His likeness, His Kingdom; which He began at the beginning. GENESIS all the way through to Revelation, nothing added, nothing taken away. It’s not a matter our perspectives, it’s a matter of His! Yeshua was clear, He is the Way, no one else gives that access, no one, from any other heritage. It’s a narrow way, because it’s exclusive. It’s not any way, any god, any belief, any perspective. What is the need for discernment, if that is the case? Why would Yeshua speak with such authority about this subject if there is any other way?
Please don’t misunderstand the point here. I’m not saying that those who don’t know Yeshua from the Hebraic perspective are unsaved. I’m saying that there are processes to relationship. When we meet someone, we get their name, then we learn our commonalities, then we learn each other’s principles, then we learn about background – what made us who we are, what shaped our person, who was influential to our life…weaknesses/strengths, etc. There is more to Yeshua! More and more still, beyond His Hebraic roots even! Why stop at such a way station as reading the gospels and new Testament and reading other men’s perspectives? Dive into the Word, take IT as far is it can take you. He promised if we seek Him, He will make Himself found! Don’t seek your Pastors perspective on this, SEEK for yourself to know the Truth, then you shall stand firm in what God, Himself had established in you, no deception will fool you! No sleep will fall upon your eyes to lull you away. Don’t take my word for it, don’t take anyone else’s word as the final Word! Trust ONLY The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Yahweh, Elohim, El Shaddi, Salvation, God with US, Emmanuel, Yeshua the Messiah, Son of the Living God, The Word, The Way, The Truth, The Life, First and Last, The Redeemer, The Passover Lamb, Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world! Trust Him, only Him, and nothing but Him; so help you, God!
I will leave you with His Word, may He pull you into it, and lead you deeper into it, to know Him, and be awakened.
Those who act wickedly against the Covenant he (the Antichrist) will corrupt with his blandishments, but the people who know their God will stand firm and prevail. Those among the people who have discernment will cause the rest of the people to understand what is happening; nevertheless, for a while they will fall victim to the sword, fire, exile, and pillage. When they stumble, they will receive a little help, although many who join them will be insincere. Even some of those with discernment will stumble, so that some of them will be refined, purified and cleansed FOR AN END YET TO COME AT THE DESIGNATED TIME.
Another angel, a third one, followed them and said in a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and it’s image and receives the mark on his forehead or on his hand, he will indeed drink the wine of God’s fury poured undiluted into the cup of His Rage. He will be tormented by fire and sulfur before the holy angels and before the Lamb, and the smoke from their tormenting goes up forever and ever. They have no rest, day or night, those who worship the beast and it’s image and those who receive the mark of its name.” This is when perseverance is needed on the part of God’s people, those who observe His commandments and exercise Yeshua’s faithfulness.
1 Timothy 4:1-2
The Spirit expressly states that in the acharit-hayamim (latter times) some people will apostatize from the faith by paying attention to deceiving spirits taught by demons. Such teachings come from the hypocrisy of liars whose own consciences have been burned, as if with a red-hot branding iron.
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way. For the Day will not come until after the Apostasy has come and the man who separates himself from Torah has been revealed, the one destined for doom. He will oppose himself to everything that people call a god or make an object of worship; He will put himself above them all, so that he will sit in the Temple of God and proclaim that he himself is God.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17
Don’t you know that you people are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? So that if anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you yourselves are that temple.
✡ May grace and shalom be yours in full measure, as you come to a full knowledge of God and Yeshua our Lord. ✡
Yeshua answered, “I Am the Bread which is Life! Whoever comes to Me will never go hungry, and whoever trusts in Me will never be thirsty.”
Yeshua spoke to them again: “I Am the Light of the World; whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness but will have the Light which gives Life.”
John 10:7, 9, 11, 27-28, 30
So Yeshua said to them again, “Yes, indeed! I tell you that I Am the Gate for the Sheep.”
I Am the Gate; if someone enters through Me, he will be safe and will go in and out and find pasture.
I Am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the Sheep.
My sheep listen to My Voice, I recognize them, they follow Me, and I give them eternal Life. They will absolutely never be destroyed, and no one will snatch them from My hand.
I and The Father are One.
Yeshua said to her, “I AM the Resurrection and the Life! Whoever trusts in Me will live, even if he dies…
Yeshua said, “I AM the Way – and the Truth and the Life: no one comes to the Father except through Me.
John 15:1, 5
I Am the Real Vine, and My Father is the Gardner.
I AM the Vine and you are the branches. Those who stay united with Me, and I with them, are the ones who bear much fruit; because apart from Me you can’t do anything.
My Kingship does not derive it’s authority from this world’s order of things. If it did, My men would have fought to keep Me from being arrested by the Judeans. But My Kingship does not come from here. “So then,” Pilate said to Him, “You are a King after all.” Yeshua answered, “You say I AM a King. The reason I have been born, the reason I have come into the world, is to bear witness to the Truth. Everyone who belongs to the Truth listens to Me.” Pilate asked Him, “What is Truth?”
As we can see, Yeshua (Jesus) made very clear statements about who He IS. He announces His identity. He then puts forth the question: “Who do you say that I Am?” This question is still ringing and echoing from His mouth and won’t stop until The Day when He abrupts the flow with “I know you. You are Mine. Or I never knew you, away from Me.” Testimony after testimony of those whose mouths confessed and announced Who Yeshua IS, and their lives that spoke as loud as their mouths continue to sound along the fabric of time, united with His declaration of who He IS. Along with the Father whose declaration can not be more clear, “and the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) came down on Him in the form of a dove; a Voice came from Heaven, “You are My Son, whom I Love; I AM well pleased with You.” (Luke 3:22) and again, Then a cloud enveloped them; and a Voice came out of the cloud, “This is My Son, whom I love. Listen to Him!” (Mark 9:7) To be initially roused from the dead, born again, one must be given eyes to see Yeshua, acknowledge His Authority as God and Savior, and begin to truly live. To be kept awake, made ready to live with Him forever, He must be the First and the Last, Beginning and End and the only Authority one consults and yields to until that Shofar shall blow on The Day, where He comes to bring His Bride Home. So it is very simple, to stay awake, one only needs to confess Yeshua is Lord, then do as He did, nothing more and nothing less and we are assured to be ready for anything – anything as He acts on His Will to bring about His Plan, beginning, middle and end.
Are we awake? Let’s take our “temperature” and see. With only one thing Yeshua said and did, acted upon and or against. Let’s see if we are asleep or awake.
You have heard that our fathers were told, ‘eye for eye and tooth for tooth’. But I tell you do NOT stand up against someone who does you wrong. On the contrary, if someone hits you on the right cheek, let him hit you on the left cheek too! And if a soldier forces you to carry his pack one mile, carry it for two! When someone asks you for something, give it to him, when someone wants to borrow something from you, lend it to him. You have heard that our fathers were told, ‘Love your neighbor – and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, LOVE YOUR ENEMIES! Pray for those who persecute you!
Did Yeshua do what He told us to do? Some could say He stood up for Himself when arguing with the various people and leaders. Yet it should be noted, He never defended Himself. Only His Father. When Peter tried to fight for Him at His arrest, He rebuked Peter, healed immediately the injured soldier and offered NO resistance when taken into custody. He never raised a hand in defence or retaliation when struck, spit on, insulted, abused, flogged, and beaten. Not one time. The only fighting He spoke of was spiritual, He would not, and could not be drawn into the physical world of violence. He never spoke of our “right” to bear arms, to free speech, or fair treatment by mankind. Only where it resided with us, to give these rights to others, but not to claim them for ourselves. Let’s now go see if Peter learned from his mistake on the Mount of Olives where Yeshua was arrested.
1 Peter 2:19-25
For it is grace when someone, because he is mindful of God, bears up under pain of undeserved punishment. For what credit is there for bearing up under a beating you deserve for doing something wrong? But if you bear up under punishment, even though you have done what is right, God looks on it with favor. Indeed, this is what you were called to: because the Messiah too suffered, on your behalf, leaving an example so that you should follow in His steps. He committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His lips. When He was insulted, He didn’t retaliate with insults; When He suffered, He didn’t threaten, BUT HANDED THEM OVER TO Him (the Father) who judges justly. He Himself bore our sins in His body on the stake, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness – by His wounds you were healed. For you used to be like sheep gone astray, but now you have turned to the Shepherd, who watches over you.
1 Peter 3:8-9
Finally, all of you, be one in mind and feeling; love as brothers; and be compassionate and humble-minded, not repaying evil with evil or insult with insult, but, on the contrary, with blessing. For it is to this you have been called, so that you may receive a blessing.
One could say the entire book of 1 Peter is dedicated to this subject alone, to be awake, one must not only read it, but put it into action.
Now, we who live in America will find this reflection of Yeshua, the following of Him in this way to be rather difficult. Arguments have been made, reciting the old Testiment and examples of David (who by the way did not retaliate to Saul), and the many times God instructed His people to fight and destroy entire nations. From my own study and time spent in prayer asking for wisdom I came away with the final Word being Yeshua’s as Authority. Adonai said, ‘behold I make all things new’ – Yeshua said the same. To lay down our arms and weapons now, may seem ludicrous, but it shall prove our trust in our Defender more. The Truth – we have nothing to lose here folks! Another argument is to stand in defence of our loved ones. This one is hard, and as I did, you must seek out the will of God for yourself, measure it with the backdrop of scripture and do as He leads. Yet, again, Who is it that You say that He is? Is He your Defender, is He your loved ones Defender? Do you believe as He did, and trust in Him (the Father) for justice? Is who you say He is the same as all those scriptures above where He, Himself defines who He IS? These are hard questions. The days ahead, especially, do not bode well for those who follow Yeshua and stand for His Way, His Truth, and His Life. Persecution is sure to come to us all before The Day. Who will you decide to say that He is?
To be asleep on this one issue, any one issue, that He has sent forth His Word to clearly instruct us with, we risk a deeper sleep to settle one upon another.
As for me and my house, I will serve the Lord, follow in His footsteps and trust everything about and concerning me to His care. As I do so He arms me for war with altogether different weapons of warfare. I am continually at His feet in learning of them, and how to use them. The first, learn the Truth, and let it set you free, then live it! The second, speak the truth, let Him deal with the offense of it. Third, hold fast to the Truth all the way to the end. He comes soon, and His justice is with Him! Focus!
🔯 In Your grace, hear our voice; Adonai, in keeping with Your justice, revive us. The pursuers of carnality are getting close; those distancing themselves from Your Word. Your are close by, Adonai, and all your Instructions are Truth. Plead our cause, and rescue us; in keeping with Your Promise, revive us. Salvation (Yeshua) is far from the wicked, because they don’t seek Your Teaching. Great is Your compassion, Adonai, in keeping with Your rulings, revive us! Although our persecutors and foes are many, let us not turn away from Your instruction. The main thing about Your Word is that it is true; and all Your rulings last forever. May our courage give glory to Your Name, Yeshua our Messiah, and may You continue to keep us sheltered under Your protection as long as we may shine Your Light into a dark world. Shalom to you all in the Name of Yeshua the Messiah 🔯
Arise, shine, Jerusalem, for your Light has come, the glory of ADONAI has risen over you. For although darkness covers the earth and thick darkness the peoples; on you ADONAI will rise; over you will be seen His glory. Nations will go towards your Light and kings toward your shining splendor. Raise your eyes and look around: they are all assembling and coming to you; your sons are coming from far off, your daughters being carried on their nurses hips. Then you will see and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with delight;
This series is challenging. It renders much to realism and in these days, rude awaking at times. The depth of the sea of deception – overwhelming. Almost daring one to dive in with a sense of hopelessness. At least that’s what the enemy of souls would like to see us do. With his putrid suggestion that Truth is scarey, inconvenient and lacking joy, I stand against that in the Name of Yeshua, Truth is our Lord, where no fear abides, no sacrifice is thought of as too much, and joy rings out of the rocks, air, all things for Him! I thought it would be fitting for the battle to bring Truth to shine upon the “doom and gloom” team.
Being awake means beauty – joy – hope – gladness – being awestruck – delighted – full of desire for the end to come, in the Spirit of the Living God, the end of all suffering, evil, death, dispair, discouragement, disillusionment, deception, fear, pain, heartache, loneliness, depression, disease, sickness, fatique, failure, cheat, lies, theft, adultery, unfaithfulness, betrayal, misunderstanding, and the list into depravity goes on. NO MORE! The end, Justice rendered, vengeance against the evil one and the atrocities he has done to each soul, to the earth, to God’s own heart, finished!
I think where so many often get lost in the ‘end-ness’ of it all, is that they don’t go and see what the end will look like from the forward motion of that moment into the next. Grant it, there is some mystery that we can’t know. What will this new heaven and new Earth look like? Biblical descriptions are inviting but still hard to conceive. The old earth has permanently tattooed it’s image in our minds. After all it holds breath taking beauty, wonder and bounty. God made it after all, how could it not? Yet even God’s attempt to show us a little makes it difficult to picture.
For, look! I create a new heavens and new earth; past things will not be remembered, they will no longer come to mind. So be glad and rejoice forever in what I Am creating; for look, I Am making Jerusalem a joy and her people a delight.
If we are honest we are not sure we don’t want to remember all things in the past. There are things here that hold much delight and goodness that we pray God will never erase. It begs the question, if we take the Scripture to mean exactly what it says: “would I gladly exchange all I’ve ever known, for this new thing to come?”
My sister and I were talking the other night about the sun and moon being gone forever. How we’d miss them. Will God really eliminate everything from all we’ve known? I don’t think He minds that we discuss such things, and even appreciates that we see the incredible beauty of all He has made that we experience in this life. For be sure, as my sister and I talked we gave no one the glory for beauty of any kind but God. So this pleases Him, this I know. Yet there is put forth a question that we must be willing to answer in favor of this great exchange of the now and what’s been, for all He shall do in a future we can’t see. Knowing that everything – everything will be totally and completely different than we’ve ever known. At least in the physical sense. Spiritually, the goodness of God will only be multiplied by some number that man kind can’t comprehend.
No one has ever heard, no ear perceived, no eye seen any God but You. You work for him who waits for You.
Let’s go to Revelation between chapter 21-22 and take a narrated look at what we’ve been given as a glimpse of just the new city we shall live in.
Holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God. It has His Sh’khinah (Manifest glory of God) so brilliant like a priceless jewel, a crystal-clear diamond. High walls, 12 gates with 12 angels with the inscription of the 12 tribes names from Israel. 3 gates east, 3 gates north, 3 gates south, 3 gates west. The walls built of 12 foundation stones with the names of the 12 emissaries of the Lamb. The city is then measured, square, 1500 miles in all directions. The wall 216 feet. (That’s taller than the World Trade Center) The wall made of diamond and the city pure gold that looks like pure glass. The foundations of the city are decorated with all kinds of precious stones, 1st – diamond, 2nd – sapphire, 3rd – chalcedony, 4th – emerald, 5th – sardonyx, 6th – carnelian, 7th – chrysolite, 8th – beryl, 9th – topaz, 10th – chrysoprase, 11th – turquoise, 12th – amethyst. The 12 gates are each one big pearl. The city main street pure gold, again like pure glass. The God of Heaven’s armies and Yeshua (Jesus) is the Temple.The city needs no sun or moon because God’s glory gives it Light, the Lamp is Yeshua. The nation’s walk by in its light the kings of the earth bring their splendor to it. The gates will never close, they stay open because night and day no longer exist. The honor and splendor of the nation’s will be brought into it. Nothing impure will enter it, no one who does shameful things or lies, the only ones who enter it are those whose names are written in the Lambs Book of Life. Then there is a river of the water of Life, sparkling like crystal flowing from the throne of God and the Lamb (Yeshua). Between the main street and river is the Tree of Life, producing 12 fruits, one each month, and it’s leaves are for healing the nation’s, no more curses. The throne of God and the Lamb will be in the city and His servants will worship Him, we will see His face and His name will be on our foreheads. Again it tells us that night and day, sun nor moon, are no longer needed because God Himself will shine on us and we will reign as kings forever and ever.
So here we see the depiction given, no one has ever seen such a thing. Some of those jewels I have no idea what they look like. I’ve never seen gold that looks like pure glass. I’ve seen a glimpse of God’s glory, and when I look at the sun I’m aware that His face would indeed kill me now in this body. The moon is a wonder to behold. I’m not sure I understand the squareness of the city, but I’ll not waste a second arguing it’s logic. The height of the city much less the walls compare to nothing this earth has to offer. Sounds very secure, and indestructible. The things that are easiest, I think for everyone, to delight in is where no lies, shame, curses will ever come in. That God Himself and Yeshua will hold the city in their Light and protection. That instead of some building made by man we will enter into God Himself to worship! That is both mind blowing and exciting!
So who, honestly, wouldn’t want to be awake to see this? Well as always it’s not the good things people tend to fall asleep to, but the hard and unsightly, uncomfortable and inconvenient things that tends to close the eyes. So this, too, begs the same question. Would one rather be blind to all or see all? It’s a difficult choice. Feelings will close the eyes, as they are stuck on temporal things. The here and now and semi-future one desires to plan for themselves is preferable to a future that almost everything around us seems to say is a lie. The world is dark and ugly, full of wicked and treacherous deeds and acts, war, and things that most have no desire to understand in the way of evil. On the other hand, because God has yet to withdraw His presence completely, there is love, kindness, compassion, good deeds, beauty. To think of it all is hard, makes the choice very simple yet not in the least easy. To forsake all that can be had here for the incredible nothing but good later. What does this look like?
Isaiah chapters 60-66 are a good description in such detail, I strongly recommend you read it. As you do, it will make those choices seem trivial.
No more will the sun be your Light by day, nor the moonlight shine on you; instead Adonai will be your Light forever and your God your glory. No longer will your sun go down; your moon will no longer wane; for Adonai will be your Light forever; your days of mourning will end. All your people will be righteous and they will inherit the land forever; they will be the Branch I planted, My handiwork, in which I take pride. The smallest will grow to a thousand, the weakest will become a mighty nation. I, Adonai, when the right time comes, will QUICKLY bring it about.
I will rejoice in Jerusalem and take joy in My people. The sound of weeping will no longer be heard in it, no longer the sound of crying. No more babies will die in infancy, no more will an old man die short of his days – he who dies at a hundred will be thought young, and at less than a hundred thought cursed. They will build houses and live in them, they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They will not build and others live there, they will not plant and others eat; for the days of My people will be like the days of a tree, and My chosen Ones will themselves enjoy the use of what they make. They will not toil in vain or raise children to be destroyed, for they are the seed blessed by Adonai; and their offspring with them. Before they call, I will answer; while they are still speaking, I will hear. The wolf and the lamb will feed together, the lion eat straw like an ox (but the serpent – it’s food will be dust). They will not hurt or destroy anywhere on My Holy Mountain.
Your heart will rejoice at the sight, your bodies will flourish like newly sprouted grass. It will be known that the hand of Adonai is with His servants; but with His enemies, His fury.
I think it’s helpful to remember that God caused Adam to go into a deep sleep, and when Adam woke up, his eyes beheld the gift God made of him. Sometimes the Lord dulls our senses, blinds, to keep us out of His way, so that what He’s bringing about can be done without delay and without our “help”. These days call for full alert, not just to the deceitfulness of the world we live in, but to the delight of who He is and what He’s doing to keep His promises! To be awake to all is to have the goodness of God be felt more! I see the truth, hard and cut, my heart grieves much over those who don’t, but so, too, is my joy increased! The chemsprayed sky is still His, and beautiful! The love I share with my loved ones, and feel for all my fellow man is felt down to my toes and given in increasing beauty. The delight in trees, grass, creatures, laughter, rain, wind, snow, sunshine, moonlight, star gazing, sunsets, sunrises – give me Life and take my breath away! The touch of Sam, my husband, his hand in mine, is eternal, and here gives strength and courage, but for the coming Kingdom, the increase of its joy and promise of the future beyond reckoning. The joys of friendship and brother and sisterhood is yet more to be cherished. Being awake does not take away from any good thing God has made here and now, but makes its that much more miraculous and cherished. Being awake, is the only hope of the future. Being awake will delight the eyes of those whose eyes are steadfast on the Lord, His ways, His plans. Being asleep is death.
🔯 May God gird you with strength, make your way straight, make your feet swift and sure-footed as a deer, may He enable you to stand on His high places, training your hands for war until your arms can bend a bow of bronze, may He give you His shield, which is Salvation (Yeshua), may His right hand hold you up, His humility make you great, lengthening the steps you take without the turning of your ankles. May you find joy and delight in His Word, His presence and may it increase with each passing day. May His Truth be the grace you receive and His compassion the driving force to live into it. May you bless others as He blesses you, and may we all encourage and lift each other up until The Day, when we shall watch His justice deliver, once and for all, His people from the land of slavery. Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah 🔯
John 17:17 (The only recorded prayer of Yeshua, specifically for us, just before He was arrested. All of chapter 17.)
Set them apart for holiness by means of the Truth, Your Word is Truth.
I can’t think of anything that human beings feel more insulted by than the suggestion that they are deceived. Meaning they are not right, either in their thinking, actions or conclusions. To not be right, means to be wrong. In regards to who is God, there is no grey area. One is either right, or erroneously wrong; either by deception or out-right rejection. Satan is the prime example of the latter, his followers (demons, minions) as well. Most human beings fall into the former. Not all, but most. If this is truth, what does that say about 90% of humanity since the creation of the world? We know that Eve was the first, Adam the second. These two are clearly written of in this context. (Gen. 3) Yet if one reads the whole of God’s Word (The Truth, Bible) the pattern clearly points to how a first thought, knowing right from wrong, gets made in error to the deception of all that follow. The head of every lie is demonic. The head of all Truth is of God. The life that follows lies, is one of deception. The Life that follows God is one of Truth.
You belong to your father, Satan, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. From the start he was a murderer, he has never stood by the Truth, because there is no Truth in him. When he tells a lie, he is speaking in character; because he is a liar – indeed the inventor of the Lie! But as for Me, because I tell the Truth you don’t believe Me. Which one of you can show Me where I’m wrong? If I’m telling the Truth, why don’t you believe Me? Whoever belongs to God listens to what God says; the reason you don’t listen is that you don’t belong to God.
There are those who are deceived as a result of the teachers who raised them, never having had the Truth to give them. Purely deceived.
There are those who have been given Truth, and rejected it. Usually this rejection comes from their own lack of truly seeking to know the Truth. Excuses, and often pain that distorts the mind to blame God lures them into deceptions abyss. Peer pressure adds fuel to the fire. Love of what little good this world has to offer becomes it’s kindling. The center of one’s comforts and convenience become idols that they are not even aware they’ve errected. Every thought flows from self out and lands on the self ultimately. It’s preservation, protection, comfort, desires, perspectives and beliefs. There are very “good” people who fall into this category. After all it makes us feel good to be good. The definition of good becomes the ultimate deception.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who change darkness into light and light into darkness, who change bitter into sweet and sweet into bitter.
I believe the last category of human deception is one who has possibly went through all these stages, and somewhere opened their souls up to the enemy of God, thus leading ultimately to the worst kind of decieved, crossing over to rejector and collaborator with the enemy. No longer having the ability to perceive the Truth at all or ever again, thus becoming supremely lost.
The reason God took it upon Himself to reach down towards us, to teach us about Himself and how He made us and all things was because; He knew we needed to know the Truth in order not to be deceived. Having done all He could to show us the way, out of love, He left the choice up to us. This is why the responsibility now lays upon us to not be decieved. There is no blame to be heard in heaven. No excuses will find themselves pure. No one will be an exception.
But be careful not to let yourselves be seduced, so that you turn aside, serving other gods and worshiping them.
He is relying on ashes! A deceived heart has led him astray; so that now he won’t save himself, he just won’t say “This thing in my hand is a fraud!”
Let him not rely on futile methods, thereby deceiving himself, for what he will receive in exchange will be only futility.
Yeshua replied: ” Watch out! Don’t let anyone fool you!
1 Corinthians 3:18
Let no one fool himself. If someone among you thinks he is wise by this world’s standards, let him become foolish so that he may become really wise.
I Corinthians 6:9
Don’t you know that unrighteous people will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t delude yourselves…
Don’t delude yourselves: no one makes a fool of God! A person reaps what he sows.
2 Timothy 3:12-13
And indeed, all who want to live a godly life united with the Messiah Yeshua will be persecuted, while evil people and imposters will go from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived themselves.
James 1:22; 26
Don’t deceive yourselves by only hearing what the Words says, but do it!
Anyone who thinks he is religiously observant but does not control his tongue is deceiving himself, and his observance counts for nothing.
1 Peter 2:1
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice, of all deceit, hypocrisy, and envy, and of all the ways there are of speaking against people.
1 John 1:8
If we claim not to have sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the Truth in not in us.
1 John 5:21
Children, guard yourselves against false gods!
But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most pure trust, and pray in union with the Holy Spirit. Thus, keeping yourselves in God’s love, as you wait for our Lord Yeshua the Messiah to give you mercy that leads to eternal life.
Right here is where so many controversies have arisen. If it’s up to us, then we must be able to save ourselves! As all lies, there is a spot of Truth in such statements. In that there is nothing apart from God we can do to keep ourselves from being deceived. The “keys to the Kingdom” so to speak is that the Holy Spirit has now taken the reins of our hearts, minds and souls; us having entered in to the covenant of God, covered by the Blood of Yeshua, and dying daily, as He did, to ourselves, rising daily, as He did, to the works of the Spirit now living within us. Anyone with this Truth written on their foreheads, hearts and souls understands that our part to serve God, because He IS God, has nothing to do with our “self-guided” efforts, but lands wholly on the grace of God that gives us His mind, His Spirit to carry out His will. It is a deceived heart that debates this issue. One attempting to elude the responsibility of our every word, action, thought – our lives saying “Yeshua is the Son of the Living God, He died, rose again, and conquered all other gods in His human flesh with the power of the obedience to His Father; the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, I Am that I Am, Yeshua, The Way, The Truth, The Life!” Every bit of all we are and have should scream the Truth of what our mouths say we believe, because God is God. Only unconvinced people say they believe with their mouth but do nothing to train their flesh to acknowledge the Truth. And if unconvinced, God says He, Himself, will convince them if they seek Him. So no excuses are made as provision to one who places themselves in the position to be decieved.
We’ve been given a Living active Word, that transcends time, making itself trustworthy for the present, past, and future all at the same time, to lead, guide and protect His child. Protect them from the Deceiver. Who will relentlessly attempt to do just that, with the perfection of his craft, until we take our last breath in this mortal body. To top that off, Yeshua was sent to pay the debt of our mishaps in attempts to actively live what we say we believe with our actions. The Spirit was given to activate the ability to carry out the fruits of the Spirit we then possess as we claim His Mastery and Kingship over our lives. He continues to speak to us, and have relationship with us, as in the garden, and promises to return to bring us back to completion – whole of mind, body and spirit, His Image in us perfected. Anything short of this, is deception, and we are made to know that it is and capable to turning away from it, rejecting the deception instead of the Truth. Thus, remaining awake! Lamps full of oil and ready to meet the Groom! Watchful, wakeful, alert, ready and helping others to be the same, knowing the time and season of His return – ready. Holding Him high as the only Truth, Way and Life, with honor in all circumstances no matter what it costs us.
If He is God, why would anything less be acceptable?
Are you taking responsibility to remain awake, or awaken in these last days? God is keeping His part of the deal, you and I must keep ours. Being susceptible to deceit, is a reality we must be ready to see and address with immediacy. If we stay insulted by the thought that we are deceived, we will be deceived far greater with each day, and run the risk of remaining so until the Day, when it will be too late to take responsibility to turn to God ever again.
These are the days we live in, he who has ears, let him hear…
🔯 May we raise our eyes to the hills, from where our help comes from; our help comes from Adonai, the Maker of Heaven and Earth. He will not let our foot slip – our Guardian is not asleep. No, our Guardian of Israel never slumbers or sleeps. Adonai is our Guardian, at our right hand Adonai provides us with shade – the sun can’t strike us during the day or even the moon at night. Adonai will guard us against all harm; He will guard our life. Adonai will guard our coming and going from now on and forever! 🔯