–Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Mt 6:33)
—Great Commission (Mt 28:18-20)
–till end of age
–fullness of Gentiles towards Israel’s salvation
—“Lord’s Prayer” (Mt 6:9-15)
–actually prayer for disciples and family
–sanctification of God the Father’s name (3rd Commandment)
–anticipation and expectation of coming Kingdom of God to Earth over Israel and the nations
–seeking first God’s Kingdom and His righteousness
–not to worry about most basic of human needs: food, clothing, covering
–serving God, not mammon
–fear of God to shun evil
–living faith and trust in YHVH that He – and we – will prevail, overcome over evil
–God’s plan, not ours; God’s righteous paths in His grace and mercy, not our own sense of righteousness and judgment; God’s work – believe in Jesus – not our works
—Yeshua’s intercessory prayer for us, not for the world (Jn 17:9, 15-26)
–Jesus now seated at the right hand of the Father (Eph 1:20-21)
–the day is still to come for Him to stand as a Lamb, even though a Lion (Rev 5:4-6)
–love and unity in the truth as proof of who Jesus/Yeshua is, and of the Father’s love for us in Him
–Local believers and congregations/churches to care for each other for Messiah and the gospel’s sake
God has something far better in mind than what any nation or government could ever accomplish. He will even make peace with and among the animals, for example. (Is 11:6-9; Hos 2:18 Eng 20 Heb); Ezek 34:25-28)
We are called and sent out to be ambassadors of Christ, of another King, of another Kingdom.
Let us do all we can to give people, at the least, to respect – and even to fear — the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, so that they might find mercy when the wrath of God is poured out on those who refuse to repent from evil and to turn to that which is good.
I just did a quick count-down and count-up and came to this conclusion on this fourth day of Hanukkah: if Jesus died in 30 AD (which is 40 years before the Temple’s destruction; mentioned in the Babylonian Talmud, Yoma 39b, and also referred to in the Jerusalem Talmud; see http://www3.telus.net/public/kstam/en/temple/details/evidence.htm ), and was 33 1/2 yrs old (having begun His 3 1/2 yr public ministry when He was about 30 years old, then He was born in Dec., 5 B.C., by my reckoning. https://www.streamsinthenegev.com/school-of-fish/conception-and-birth-of-john-the-baptiser-and-jesus-the-messiah/ (If He were born in 2 B.C., because of Herod dying in 1 BC instead of in 4 BC before Passover, then His death would have been in 33 AD, which reduces the forty years from the rent veil till the Temple’s destruction). The magi from the East could have seen His star up to a couple of years before they actually arrived in Bethlehem, Israel.
Yeshua, as the Passover Lamb, began His last week (Passion Week) in Jerusalem on Sunday, the first day of the week (the day after the Sabbath), which would have been the 10th day of the first month (Nisan) leading up to the Passover. He was “examined” until the 14th of the month (Ex 12), and was found without spot or blemish by the people, by the Jewish rulers (they needed false witnesses in order to “make” Him guilty and condemn Him), and by Pilate and Herod. He was crucified and died on the afternoon of the 14th of the month, Thursday. This also fulfills the prophecy connected with Jonah, that Jesus would be in the heart of the Earth for three days and three nights, rising early on the first day of the week as the first-fruits from among the dead, the day after the Sabbath.
“Good Friday” would have been a Sabbath as being the first full day of Passover (Lev 23); and I believe it is called Good Friday because believers — after the fact (and the Holy Spirit from the beginning) — would have come to understand that what took place the day before was actually the greatest victory of all ages and the essence of the Good News and the New Covenant: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, and to bury our sins with Him, fulfilling the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread at the appointed time of the 15th day of the first month! HalleluYah!
The Hebrew/Jewish/Messianic roots of New Testament faith are found in the Word of God given to and through Israel.
Mt 11:12-13 And from the days of John the Baptiser until now the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the Law prophesied until John.
Lk 16:16 The Law and the Prophets were until John. Since that time the Kingdom of God is preached, and everyone is pressing into it.
Yeshua said that the Holy Spirit would lead us into all truth, and explain the things which He taught; which, He also said, are not always easy to understand at first.
Do you hear what the Lord is saying here in these passages? The Kingdom of GOD is being preached now, and violent, forceful people are attempting to take what belongs to Jesus. All of the Law and the Prophets spoke of Yeshua/Jesus. John the Baptiser was sent by God to prepare the way for Yeshua. Continue reading “ARE BELIEVERS TO TAKE THE KINGDOM OF GOD BY VIOLENCE/FORCE? – Part 2”
There are a number of passages in the Bible which are sources of controversy and even of division within the Body of Messiah: Israel, Yeshua/Jesus, the Bible itself, baptism, the Lord’s Supper, certain gifts of the Holy Spirit, the rapture of believers, and more. The wisdom of God is far above ours, and the devil is smart enough to know how to sow confusion into everything. It is for us, in the fear of the Lord, to seek true knowledge, understanding, and wisdom, so as to know our Father in Heaven better, and to be faithful as His sons and daughters in our lives and testimonies of our faith in Jesus. The Holy Spirit is given us to lead us into all truth once we have come to believe that Jesus and the Bible is the truth.
I speak much about the fact that God has a plan, and that we need to see things and to make decisions in the light of His purposes. We have spoken of prayers and intercessions, and how that the Lord is working to bring us more into His way so that we would pray more intelligently in accord with the name of Jesus, having confidence, then, that God will not only hear, but answer. There is a sense that a breakthrough is necessary soon by the Holy Spirit to move us on together, not only as one local congregation, but also within our personal and family lives, and the Body of Christ nationally and globally. The true gospel of the true Jesus needs to be preached and heard, and believers need to press on to the fullness of Messiah. Continue reading “ARE BELIEVERS TO TAKE THE KINGDOM OF GOD BY VIOLENCE/FORCE? – Part 1”
Tit 1:1-3 truth according to godliness
It is by personal faith in YHVH God and His Word that we are saved and brought into a vital union and fellowship with the Father and the Son. Natural birth and culture may give privileges and honor, but do not guarantee acceptance. Many are called but few are chosen. There are many good things in all religions and cultures; there are many things held in common between them; for there is one true God, who by His Spirit works in the world among all people whom He created in His image. Yeshua/Jesus alone has the words of eternal life. Continue reading “THE FAITH IN MESSIAH YESHUA DIFFERENT FROM ALL OTHERS”
I went to a website of someone who had written a book I had found very interesting and enlightening, and was shocked to see that he had left the faith, and was even defending his fall as ‘being set free’. Not only does he forsake the God of the Bible – whom before he had praised – but also denies that there is any God at all! In this truly is the Scripture fulfilled, “Professing to be wise, they became fools. . .” (Rom 1:22)
This man gave two primary reasons why he decided that he no longer believed in the God of the Bible – both the O.T. and the N.T.: because God required that the Israelis kill all men, women, children, and animals under certain conditions (Dt 20:16). His complaint was not only in the killing itself, but that God told them to do it rather than doing it Himself: why should God have His own people take vengeance in such a way?! The second reason why this man apostasized is that he claims that, despite promises of Jesus, God does not really answer prayers for even believers.
Many people have written this man on his blog, trying to reason with him, but he has defended his position and attacked as blind faith and foolish those who would believe in such a God.
DO YOU LOVE GOD? DO YOU LOVE JESUS? Continue reading “DO YOU LOVE JESUS?”
The sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross was the fulfillment of all the sacrifices: sin, transgression (guilt), peace, etc. His death in history fulfilled what God had already ‘done’ before time: the Lamb was slain from the foundation of the world (Rev 13:8) Therefore, all of the sacrifices given to Israel in the Torah were based upon that eternally ‘efficacious’ once-for-all sacrifice to be. Continue reading “THE FEASTS OF YHVH AND THE FINAL HARVEST”
–The Law is good, if used lawfully.
–It is for sinners
–No need for law until there is enough transgressions to warrant it to maintain order and promote the general welfare
–e.g., increasing traffic safety regulations and automobile safety features
–It is useful when having to subdue evil or the causing of hurt to another.
–e.g., speaking in unacceptable way that needlessly hurt or offend or panic other people Continue reading “Under Law Contrasted to Under Grace: As a Candle to the Sun”
Eph 5:30-32; Gen 2:20b-24 This is a great mystery (raz) (see also 1Tim 3:16), but I speak concerning Christ and the Church: for we are members of His body – of His flesh and of His bones
–If we grasp the high calling of the marriage relationship, it can transform our whole attitude towards our own marriages – towards our wife or our husband. Continue reading “A GREAT MYSTERY: MESSIAH AND THE CHURCH”
Acts 28:17-29 . . .I have done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers. . .I have nothing of which to accuse my nation. . .[but] because of the hope of Israel I am bound [as a prisoner].
Acts 23:6 concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!
Acts 24:14-15; Dan 12:2 . . .according to the Way, which they call a cult, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets. I have hope in God, which they also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.
Acts 26:6-8, 21-23 . . .judged for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers. . . .our twelve tribes hope to attain. . . .for this hope’s sake. . .I am accused by the Jews. Continue reading “BECAUSE OF THE HOPE OF ISRAEL”