“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!”
Is the government already resting upon His shoulders? Isaiah 9:6
Jewish born apostle John said, “He who believes in the Son [Jesus] has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
John 3:36 (NASB) [ ] Added for clarity.
To you my Jewish brothers and sisters around the world and our Orthodox Jewish brothers and sisters, notice that a lawful aspect exists in Christ Jesus in that obedience to the things God the Father taught through Jesus, are required for eternal life. The Christian church as a whole has not fully grasped this yet. Noticing that these teachings are a simplified version of the Law is important from a practical standpoint and good news from another.
Remember Isaiah said, “For thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said, “In repentance and rest you will be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength.” But you were not willing, ..” Isaiah 30:15 (NASB)
What did your forefathers not repent of? Why could they not rest, (observe and keep Shabbat?) Were they chiding instead of quiet toward God as they were with Moses at Massah and Meribah, tempting the Lord? (Exodus 17:7) Did their trust in God wane even after Ruth, Samuel and David’s declarations of trust? (Ruth 2:12, 2 Sam 22:3, PS 2:12, 4:5)
Jesus by God’s inspiration also preached repentance, rest, quietness of spirit and trust is your strength. God has not changed. He is asking us to change. The restoration of all things occurs and is determined in the revelation of God’s Words through Christ and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Christians must re-focus on the Words of Christ! We have wandered away. As a nation we are running away it seems.
David said in Psalm 2:12 (KJV)
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
Jewish born Peter (Cephas) said to fellow Jews in Acts 3:17-23 (NASB)
17 “And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also.
18 “But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.
19 “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;
20 and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you,
21 whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.
22 “Moses said, ‘THE LORD GOD WILL RAISE UP FOR YOU A PROPHET LIKE ME FROM YOUR BRETHREN; TO HIM YOU SHALL GIVE HEED to everything He says to you. 23 ‘And it will be that every soul that does not heed that prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’ (Deuteronomy 18:15 NASB)
How much more does this apply to we who call ourselves Christians but are so in name only! To my Christian family world-wide I say, I beg them in these blogs, become followers heeding the commandments given by this Son of God, this Son of Man who has shown us by example so we might know our capability in Him; so we might accept Him as a Lord that does not ask of us more than He would do Himself. I appeal to you Jewish friends just as fervently, knowing also the advantage that might serve you in the revealing of the Messiah Christ Jesus.
Jesus taught, uplifting the Law of Moses, the prophets and the Psalms, knowing that their speaking of Him would give credence to who He was especially after His resurrection. He simply did not give credit to some earlier Rabbi, as was the practice. Instead, Jesus stated that the Father had told Him what to speak, interpreting the scriptures for us on a heart level. Jesus does not even take credit for that which touched people’s hearts dramatically! Would you expect anything less from Messiah or for God to do anything less for the Messiah in speaking to Him directly?
“And he [Jesus] said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” Luke 24:44-47 (KJV) [ ] Added for clarity.
This is pretty bold stuff, unless you are the real thing! To these followers, His return from death was the final deal maker. The world we live in has been changed dramatically by these followers of Christ. Your world included. The revelation empowered their determination, even unto death.
Native son John the Baptist, son of Zechariah priest of the Temple, taught a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, as did Jesus. Somehow the Christian church, which I am a part of, has gotten away from the responsibility of actual “repentance” from sinful behavior, for forgiveness of sins.
My bible says Jesus died for my sins “previously committed.” Romans 3:25. My previous sins were cleansed upon my reconciliation to God through the death sacrifice of Jesus and by my asking Him to be Lord and savior. Any of my sins, after that experience, must then be covered by my actual repentance and the grace (forgiveness) I grant others.
Jesus said, “But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” Matthew 6:15 (NASB) Forgiveness is not automatic from God, in Christ. Again we hear Father God and Yom Kippur in the teachings of Jesus.
Yes God actually wants us to turn away (repent) from sins that separate us from Him eternally. Now we are talking actual responsibility on our part! Don’t we honor that anyway, in life?
These daily sins would be anything not allowed in heaven. Is there anger, bitterness, hatred, in heaven? Use your imagination. Anything dealing with relationships and living a life of reconciliation toward others forever must be learned here. As we forgive others or seek forgiveness, He forgives us. Yes this sounds like Yom Kippur! Instead of once a year, Jesus commands a daily walk of heart-felt vigilance to forgive or ask forgiveness of others, reconciling relationships as quickly as possible.
As we practice this, more and more we require absolution less and less. Our forgiving others is more frequent and necessary. It is even more critical to eternal life but also becomes easier and easier as we keep things in an eternal perspective for their sake and ours.
We who had great sins have been forgiven much so we love much! If one feels he has little or no sin to be forgiven, he loves (God) little. (Luke 7:47 KJV, NKJV, NASB) The context of this verse indicates a love for Christ and therefore God the Father, as Jesus was recognized by the Jewish woman as the Messiah.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (KJV) Here we see One, who is truly all, Who is truly One. For any of this verse to be true it all must be true. The Messiah had to be born as a child. We know Jesus was.
Like a Rabbi’s yoke of beliefs, is the government already upon Messiah’s shoulders? Jesus said, “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30 (KJV) Or as is commonly believed, is the government yet to be upon the Messiah’s shoulders? Or is it both? Jesus (the Messiah?) certainly expects to be king over us. To a follower’s faith, Jesus is king now, even though He is not here physically. In that case He does not have to return. He already is king and leading us. All we must do is die honorably.
As true followers, should Messiah’s return be delayed, by our eventual dying we will ascend to God and the Son. However, in order to rescue Jerusalem and the Israeli remnant as foretold by the prophets and Christ, those who have come to trust and believe in Him, Jesus must return. He must return for this to happen. To reign for a thousand years, for the world government to be upon His shoulders, Jesus the Messiah must return.
Significantly, Jesus returns as the Son of Man. To return as the Son of Man, the Messiah must have already been a man who died, having ascended to heaven previously as the Son of Man so that He can descend to earth again in the same form.
Jesus said, “He who endures to the end shall be saved;…” (Matthew 24:14) True followers will start to prepare now to guard with great diligence the love of God shed abroad in their hearts. (Romans 5:5)
“This” enduring love IS the good news of the kingdom! (Matthew 24:14 NASB) It is required of us because it personifies kingdom inhabitants. We must embrace this transformational characteristic of Christ as we obey His commandments. (Matt 5-6-7)
Oh dear Jewish friends, God has not changed. He has delivered His clarified laws, His Ways, Truths and Life through Messiah Jesus. Father God, in His love and patience, is trying to make this easier for us while insisting on certain beneficial heart conditions in those who will enter the kingdom by those same qualities.
The times we see, the aggression apparent, indicates it is time for serious thinking on our part, Christians and Jews alike. Jesus said, “Even so, you too, when you see these things happening, recognize that He is near, right at the door.” Mark 13:29 (NASB)
Israel has been in a constant state of military preparedness almost since 1948. How much more are we to be prepared in heart for God to return as He takes vengeance upon our oppressors? In preparing, let there be no vengeance in our hearts. No anger or bitterness, no unforgiveness. Our wounded spirits, even our deaths, are His focus as He wreaks havoc upon His enemies, those who harmed His children. This is His battle as foretold.
For not a hair on our heads to be harmed, we must be in Him, and He in us. Our souls, our minds, wills and emotions, must be permeated, even saturated, with His Ways, Truth and Life. I am not saying we will not be killed. I am saying in Messiah Jesus, we shall endure to live eternally with a body like His, ruling and reigning on earth for the first thousand years.
Jesus said, “But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, and you will be hated by all because of My name. “Yet not a hair of your head will perish. “By your endurance you will gain your lives.” Luke 21:16-19 (NASB)
Once known as Saul of Tarsus, Paul was a Pharisee of Pharisee’s in his time. Paul described Jesus as the expressed image of God in some of His letters. Colossians 1:15, 2 Corinthians 4:4.
The Christian church world-wide loves and supports you. Do not look at America right now. We are under internal attack but this too is apparently God’s will. His Word will be accomplished. Darkness will have its hour.
Look to God. Ask Him about Jesus. Look to Messianic churches or your Christian neighbors. We are preparing inwardly first. You can only gain by considering what you read here. Remember, traditions harm Christianity. Traditions can harm you also. There is a final course change before entering the harbor. This is where we are at doctrinally. The destination is the same!
The Messiah will have a government upon His shoulders. Do you think Jesus is competition to the Messiah? Would God bless the message of Jesus as He has if there were to be someone else to come? What other Message might there be; love, joy, grace, compassion, understanding, mercy, forgiveness, servant leadership, knowledge, wisdom, counsel, strength? Not that we cannot learn more.
What additional understanding would a different Messiah bring? God is exalted by Jesus, revered by Jesus, deferred to by Jesus, submitted to by Jesus, worshiped by Jesus.
Only the anti-Christ is yet to appear as false Christ’s or as the man of desolation.
Darkness will come fully when the church world-wide preaches the message of “enduring love,” to be saved. This message assures the Father that His children are prepared to survive this onslaught while awaiting the return of Messiah Jesus and our rescue. In this time they might kill us but we will not die eternally. From practice now, like Christ, we will have forgiven and interceded for them, for they know not what they do.
Barring true revelation, they are going to hell forever. In God, and the Spirit of Christ, we can not judge or wish hell on anyone. It will disqualify us for heaven and eternal life. Our love (toward all others) cannot be allowed to grow cold for any reason. Yes…this is hard. It was hard for Christ. His reward is our reward. We must trust in that, with courage.
Complete your final stage. Be a Jewish person that has met their Messiah. Jesus was a Jew. Just as the prophecies said, “The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear.” Deuteronomy 18:15 (NKJV)
Times are growing dark. Israel needs wisdom. The great revealing of the Lord to Israel is near if not upon you now. If you feel afflicted by Him, run to Him in repentance. He will receive you and comfort you. He is your God and He has His Ways. We all must submit to them and be joyful in Him.
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