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Jerusalem and Modern-Day King Cyrus

From the days of Abraham,  Yerushalayim (Jerusalem in Hebrew) has been the center of the known world.  Malki-Tzedek, the righteous king who has no beginning or end, ruled from this city called “Shalem” meaning ‘complete, safe, and peace’ (Genesis 14:18).  Throughout Biblical history, proven through archaeological digs, Yerushalayim was the center of Israel, the capital where the God of Israel dwells, the I Am.  

“In the courtyards of Adonai’s house, there in your very heart, Yerushalayim. Halleluyah!” (Psalm 116:19).

“Blessed be Adonai out of Tziyon, he who dwells in Yerushalayim! Halleluyah!” (Psalm 135:21).

King Solomon built the first Temple in Yerushalayim.  It was destroyed by the Babylonians.  A second Temple was built in Yerushalayim at the command of the prophet Ezra. This is the one that the Syrians desecrated.  They knew and understood the significance of Yerushalayim and how the Temple was central to the Jewish faith.  It was for this reason the Syrians forced the Jews to offer sacrifices elsewhere; then desecrated the Altar.  Their purpose was to destroy the Jewish faith and assimilate the Jewish people into their idolatrous worship.

Yerushalayim is found 773 times throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, but only 9 times in the Koran.  This is a huge discrepancy between the two major religions, but one that the world refuses to acknowledge.  They would rather the two ideologies assimilate, or better yet, the one with the proven history in Yerushalayim disappear from the nations altogether.

“They say, “Come, let’s wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Isra’el be remembered no more!” (Psalm 83:4).

The Adversary knows that if he can remove Israel as a nation and Yerushalayim as its capital, then he proves to the world there  is no God of Israel.  If he can destroy the Jewish people and their faith, then he really proves to the world, there is no God at all.  Without the Jewish people, he knows there will be no one to welcome the Messiah back into the holy city and Yeshua cannot return to set up his Kingdom.  Satan’s plane, however, has a flaw.

“This is what Adonai says, who gives the sun as light for the day, who ordained the laws for the moon and stars to provide light for the night, who stirs up the sea until its waves roar — Adonai-Tzva’ot is his name: “If these laws leave my presence,” says Adonai, “then the offspring of Isra’el will stop being a nation in my presence forever” (Jeremiah 31:35). 

Unfortunately for Satan, who is ultimately the spiritual force behind chaos and destruction, he will not only lose this battle, he will lose the war.  Though he will continue to use the nations to fight against Yerushalayim and Israel as the ‘father of lies’ and deceptions, his destiny is already determined (Revelation 20:10). 

“Why are the nations in an uproar, the peoples grumbling in vain? The earth’s kings are taking positions, leaders conspiring together, against Adonai and his anointed” (Psalm 2:1-2).

“A prophecy, the word of Adonai concerning Isra’el — here is the message from Adonai, who stretched out the heavens, laid the foundation of the earth and formed the spirit inside human beings: “I will make Yerushalayim a cup that will stagger the surrounding peoples.  Even Judah will be caught up in the siege against Yerushalayim. When that day comes, I will make Yerushalayim a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who try to lift it will hurt themselves,  and all the earth’s nations will be massed against her” (Zechariah 12:1-3).

King Cyrus of Persia was used by God to deliver the Jewish people from their Babylonian captivity.  They returned to Yerushalayim and rebuilt their city and the second Temple.   With the help of a modern-day King Cyrus, Yerushalayim is  acknowledged to be, by the largest nation in the world, the eternal capital of Israel.  This modern-day King Cyrus has also called for the rebuilding of the Temple.  When that happens, the greatest exodus of Jewish people from the nations will follow (Jeremiah 16:14) along with a great apostasy and a false messiah in sitting in the Temple. 

As the return of Messiah Yeshua comes closer with each passing day, the shaking of the nations will escalate, but also will the promises of God to His people.  As the nations of the world continue to stand against Israel and fight over Yerushalayim, more and more Jewish people accept Yeshua as Messiah.  They are being prepared to cry out: “Baruch haba b’shem Adonai” and welcome Messiah back to Yerushalayim (Matthew 23:37-40).

“Adonai is rebuilding Yerushalayim, gathering the dispersed of Isra’el” (Psalm 147:2).

Soon, Yerushalayim will no longer be a city of assimilation and false gods, Greek, Roman, Baha’i, Muslim, and multiple religions.  It will be restored and rededicated to the glory of Yahweh.  All the nations of the world will come to Yerushalayim and worship the God of Israel on the appointed Feast Days.  With Messiah reigning from the Temple, Yerushalayim will finally become the city of our Great King.

“Look at Tziyon, the city of our festivals; your eyes will see Yerushalayim a secure abode, a tent that will not be removed, whose pegs will never be pulled out and whose guy-ropes will not be cut. But there in his splendor Adonai will be with us…” (Isaiah 33:20-21).

“Many peoples will go and say, “Come, let’s go up to the mountain of Adonai, to the house of the God of Ya‘akov! He will teach us about his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” For out of Tziyon will go forth Torah, the word of Adonai from Yerushalayim” (Isaiah 2:3).

Psalm 48

Great is Yahweh  and greatly to be praised,

in the city of our God, his holy mountain,

beautiful in its elevation, the joy of all the earth,

Mount Tziyon, in the far north, the city of the great king.

In its citadels God has been revealed as a strong defense.

For the kings met by agreement;

together they advanced.

They saw and were filled with consternation;

terrified, they took to flight.

Trembling took hold of them,

pains like those of a woman in labor,

as when the wind out of the east wrecks the “Tarshish” ships.

We heard it, and now we see for ourselves

in the city of Yahweh-Tzva’ot, in the city of our God.

May God establish it forever. (Selah)

God, within your temple we meditate on your grace.

God, your praise, like your name, extends to the ends of the earth.

Your right hand is filled with righteousness.

Let Mount Tziyon rejoice, let the daughters of Y’hudah be glad,

because of your judgment [on the enemy].

Walk through Tziyon, go all around it;

count how many towers it has.

Note its ramparts, pass through its citadels,

so that you can tell generations to come

that such is God, our God forever;

he will guide us eternally.”

©2017 Tentstake Ministries

My Biblical Candidate

Israel and the Nations

Balaam learned through a donkey that no one curses Israel.  My candidate loves Israel. 

“When they [Israel] lie down they crouch like a lion, or like a lioness — who dares to rouse it? Blessed be all who bless you [Israel]!  Cursed be all who curse you [Israel] !”  (Numbers 24:9)

On Murdering Babies

The greatest war on women is making them believe their bodies are little crematoriums and the unborn have no value.  My candidate is all about life and life abundantly.

“The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah,“When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.”  The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live…. So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. And because the midwives feared God they were given families of their own” (Exodus 1:15-16).

Health Care

There are many alternatives to disease maintenance in this country and forced ‘health care’ should include being able to make personal health decisions and being affordable.  My candidate is THE Healer.

“Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases …” (Psalm 103-2-3).

“Worship Yahweh your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span” (Exodus 23:25-26).

“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil [frankincense, cedarwood, cyprus, hyssop, myrrh) in the name of the LORD” (James 5:14).

Social Programs

Certain segments of the population need help.  My candidate tells me who to support.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (James 1:27).

Immigration

There are those in every country who want to join it or destroy it.  My candidate knows the motive of everyone’s heart.  

“But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.  Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me” (Ruth 1:16-17). 

“I am going to bring foreigners against you, the most ruthless of nations; they will draw their swords against your beauty and wisdom and pierce your shining splendor (Ezekiel 28:7).

Economics

Those who work hard deserve their money; those who don’t, need incentive to work.  My candidate promises rewards.

“Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, but the one who gathers by labor increases it” (Proverbs 13:11).

“He who is guarantor for a stranger will surely suffer for it, but he who hates being a guarantor is secure” (Proverbs 11:15)

“For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,”  and “The worker deserves his wages” (1 Timothy 5:18, Luke 10:7).

Taxes

Taxes are part of this world’s system.  My candidate understands that his kingdom is not of this world.

“Show me he coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius,  and he [Yeshua] asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”

“Caesar’s,” they replied.

Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s” (Matthew 22:19-21).

Leadership

Winners and losers are all part of a divine plan.  My candidate’s time is coming.

“First of all, then, I counsel that petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for all human beings, including kings and all in positions of prominence; so that we may lead quiet and peaceful lives, being godly and upright in everything. This is what God, our Deliverer, regards as good; this is what meets his approval” (1 Timothy 2:1-3).

“If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand” (Mark 3:25).

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God” (Romans 13:1). 

The Kingdom

“For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord [Yeshua] will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-3).

“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:25-28).

“[The Seventh Trumpet ] The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 11:15).

The King

King Yeshua and His Kingdom is what I hope for and expect soon.

“On his [Yeshua’s]  robe and on his thigh he has this name written: King of Kings and lord of lords.

“A King will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice” (Isaiah 32:1).

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.10 And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”  (Revelation 7:9-10).

And now, if only … 

People would understand that Yeshua came not to condemn the world, but to save the world through himself, then there would be no racism, bigotry, hatred, anger, bitterness and there could be ONE world religion where Truth and Justice really do exist.

Once, on being asked …  when the kingdom of God would come, Yeshua replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:20-21). 

©November 2016 Tentstake Ministries

I Can Only Imagine Unity of Faith

Several weeks ago I had a discussion with my son about gentile believers going to the synagogue to hear God’s Word so they can be a light for Yeshua.  His question was, “What would a small synagogue of 50 think of 1000s upon 1000s of Christians standing outside asking to hear God’s Word?  Wouldn’t they want to know why?  Wouldn’t that be a great opportunity to share Yeshua with his brothers and sisters?”  What a thought!  Our denominational ideologies have not only divided us from each other, but our churches keep us out of the very place God-fearers used to go: the synagogue.  

Today I woke up with the song, “I Can Only Imagine” going through my head.  I thought of the conversation with my son and ‘changed’ the words to show what ‘unity of faith and actions’ could accomplish in this world.  

Imagine Unity of Faith

I can only imagine what it could be like if all who have been called out of darkness into light would gather together at a Passover seder centered on the Light.

I can only imagine what it could be like if all who have been set free from sin and death would throw out the lump of leaven and learn the Truth from the Sinless One. 

I can only imagine what it could be like if  all who cry out,  ‘He is Risen’ would wave a Firstfruits offering to their risen High Priest.

I can only imagine what it could be like if all those who speak in tongues would seek the Spirit of Truth and declare Yeshua to the nations.

I can only imagine what it could be like if all who blissfully preach being removed from this earth would blow a shofar with their Savior’s family and invite him to return to this earth.

I can only imagine what it could be like if those who judged Israel and the Jewish people for killing their Savior prayed for Israel’s national atonement so that all Israel would be saved.

I can only imagine what it could be like if all those who believed they are part of a temple built of living stones would live in a temporary dwelling for eight days to proclaim the coming Temple of King Yeshua.

I can only imagine what it would be like if every God-fearer who called on the name of the LORD gathered outside their community synagogue on the Sabbath day wanting to hear the teachings and commandments of the LORD that come not from Rome or the Vatican, but from Mt. Tzion and Jerusalem.     

I believe Yeshua’s brothers and sisters would ask about salvation, the Father would hear the shofars, the earth would shake and the dead would rise from their graves, there would be a Passover like none before and Hebrew would become the common language.

But, I can only imagine because seders and lumps of leaven been replaced with a Friday called ‘good’.  Firstfruits have been traded for Istar’s pork roast.  Tongues have turned the nations into people possessed with familiar spirits. Shofars aren’t found in churches, Israel remains lost and boycotted, and the promised Kingdom that everyone hopes for lingers longer. 

I can only imagine what it will be like when the High Priest rules and reigns from Jerusalem with his royal priesthood, when all nations come to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles and every man will invite his neighbor to sit under his own vine and fig tree,  when the Bridegroom sits with His Bride at the Wedding Feast of the Lamb with countless guests from every nation, tribe and tongue,  when the Sabbath is eternal and Yahweh dwells with mankind forever in the New Jerusalem.

©April 2016 Tent Stake Ministries 

Your Vote, the Declaration of Independence, US Constitution

 

Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence

There is another election coming up and people across the country are wondering who should be put in the office of the President of the United States.  Convictions range from someone who is progressively liberal to staunch conservative to even libertarian with views of free will for everyone.  Yet, very few people mention the founding documents of this country, why we declared our independence and wrote a constitution to protect our citizens from enduring tyranny (under an absolute ruler) or oligarchy (being ruled by a small group of people).  Everyone in the United States of America has multiple freedoms granted to them by the historical and living documents that were the foundation of this country and, it seems most Americans don’t know what those freedoms are and what they involve in their personal life whether its paying taxes, health care plans, border control, firearms, or scanners  at the airports.  Most young people have never even read the documents and have no idea what rights they have and what rights they are giving up.

 

Constitution

Constitution of the United States

Here are links to the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights.  Before you vote this year, read them, study them, teach them to your friends and family and know what it means when an elected official takes the oath of office that they ‘will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States against enemies foreign (far away) and domestic (in this country).’  Vote wisely regarding the foundation of our country and why it took delegates from the original Colonies months to create the Constitution that is like none other in the world. Vote not according to personal whims, moral bents, political games and rhetoric.  These all change with each generation.   Vote for statesmen who will keep America the land of the free and the home of the brave – those who were brave enough to fight for freedom from obsessive government and are still brave enough to continue to fight for the life of this country from obsessive government.  Vote for a man, a woman, a white, a black, or an Hispanic, but don’t allow public opinion to make any election about bigotry, racism, or sexism, but for a person who will uphold and defend the rights granted to you in the Constitution.

Bill of Rights

Bill of Rights

You don’t have to wear a soldier’s uniform to have the courage to stand against those who daily step over their limited-government boundaries and threaten your freedoms, but you do have to know who the foreign or domestic enemy is.  You do have to vote for those who would be willing to die to protect this country from anyone who would try to destroy it from within or without.  An election is not about what the president wants and does through executive orders, the congress decides in bills too big to read, or the judges legislate out of their jurisdiction, but what We the People as a Constitutional Republic need to return to according to the simplicity of our being endowed with inalienable rights bestowed upon us by our Creator: the Right to Life, the Right to Liberty (the quality or state of being free from physical, arbitrary and despotic control), and the Pursuit (securing or attaining a personal quest or goal) of Happiness.   None of these are to given to us by government.

As a believer in Messiah Yeshua, it is always difficult for me at this time.  Though many in the country see Conservatives as ‘Christian,’ many conservative views aren’t Biblical.   Libertarians, though they want Americans to be able to exercise personal freedom, we have strayed so far from an understanding of  self-control that true self-governing will be more destructive than productive.  Liberals have finally attained the culmination of the progressive agenda set in motion from the early 1900s and Roosevelt and Wilson, but our country doesn’t have the economics with which to sustain their social agenda. Everyone in political power, no matter which branch of government, is corrupted by sin and lawlessness.

The Bible says that “When words are many, sin is not lacking” (Proverbs 10:19) and politicians speak many meaningless words to entice citizens to vote for them. They go on television shows making the voting process a popularity contest while their lawless behavior is ignored or rationalized.  Governments instituted by men, even our ‘more perfect union’ can never be ‘divine’ and will always be full of sin.  Evil is evil and, in our world today, evil is considered good and good evil.  Isaiah warned about these days to come in the world; we are in them.  I see that my choice of leadership is between the ‘lesser of two evils’ and I can’t in good conscience vote like that.

“Therefore we are ambassadors of the Messiah; in effect, God is making his appeal through us. What we do is appeal on behalf of the Messiah, “Be reconciled to God!  God made this sinless man be a sin offering on our behalf, so that in union with him we might fully share in God’s righteousness” (2 Corinthians 5:20-21).

My faith in the God of Israel puts me in a different position than an average American citizen who looks at the world through a non-faith political eye.  The Scriptures call me an ‘ambassador for the Messiah’.   This makes me, according to the dictionary, an accredited diplomat sent by a country  as its official representative to a foreign country.”  I am to be a diplomat from a foreign kingdom to the one I live in.  I have been placed in this country for God’s purpose – to show forth Messiah to those around me.  And, I need to seriously consider that when voting and not vote for political agendas, but for how the message of redemption can reverberate through this dying country.

Everyone is to obey the governing authorities. For there is no authority that is not from God, and the existing authorities have been placed where they are by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authorities is resisting what God has instituted; and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves” (Romans 13:1-2). 

Diplomats don’t generally vote, yet I am to ‘obey the governing authorities” (Romans 13).  God put me in this country and I have been given the right to vote.    This doesn’t change my citizenship from the Kingdom of Heaven (Philippians 2:20), it’s just that I have been given the the right represent the Messiah and his message of deliverance when I do vote – maybe even just by posting this little blog.  (In some countries, there is no right to vote; in others it is required that you vote.)

“Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Messiah Yeshua.  No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer” (2 Timothy 2:3-4).  

I have used this verse many times as the reason why I do not vote.   Soldiers do not worry about civilian affairs, but obey their commanding officer.  Being an ambassador from another ‘kingdom’, my commanding officer is Yeshua.  I am to try to please him.  Yet, His Kingdom is being built here and now for the world to come.   While being an ambassador, I am also soldier and there will be suffering when trying to live in this civil world.

Because we live in a sinful, fallen world, there will NEVER be a King, President, Leader who will restore righteousness, fairness, honesty, integrity, justice and whatever else we’re seeking until Messiah returns.  Anyone who claims to be able to do such a thing deceives himself and everyone else who believes him.   Even when Messiah returns, some of mankind’s political and economic ideals of ‘equality’ won’t be realized because each person will be rewarded according to what they have done (Revelation 22:12).  When Yeshua was temped in the wilderness, he didn’t bow down for any kingdoms of this world inclusive of the United States because his kingdom is ‘not of this world’ (John 18:36). Until that kingdom comes, we are to be ambassadors of his Kingdom and fight for that Kingdom as a soldier with Yeshua as our commanding officer, taking orders from him and the Word of God.

Finally, I am to pray for my leaders.  Romans 13  states that God put them in their positions and whoever resists them resists Him.  It is not my desire to resist Him.   His plan is ultimately to bring restoration of all things and that can’t happen through voting a man into a government office.  Until this world decays into such evil that only He can restore it, we need to live according to God’s commands and that includes ‘obey the governing authorities’.  Until then, Paul’s words to Timothy should be how we approach the coming elections and the future of the country in which we are ambassadors.

“First of all, then, I counsel that petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for all human beings, including kings and all in positions of prominence; so that we may lead quiet and peaceful lives, being godly and upright in everything. This is what God, our Deliverer, regards as good; this is what meets his approval” (1 Timothy 2:1-4).

©January 2016 Tent Stake Ministries

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