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A ‘Word,’ Reminder and a Pause

Since I was very young, I pray myself to sleep. It is during those prayer times that God speaks to me – sometimes reminding me to pray for people I haven’t thought of in years or bringing to light something He has to tell me personally. Several nights ago was no different.

I am grateful to have been born in this country. It really is different from all others and offers those who live here not only God-given liberties, but the freedom to achieve personal goals whether its raising a family or pursing a career. It is a country where many fight to come to and live because there isn’t oppression and war. It is a wonderful country.

However, the other night my heavenly Father had to correct me for a wrong focus. He said, “You fight harder for this kingdom than for Mine.” He then reminded me that when Yeshua went into the wilderness he refused Satan’s offer to receive all the kingdoms of the world in their glory – including the United States of America.

“Once more, the Adversary took him up to the summit of a very high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in all their glory, and said to him, “All this I will give you if you will bow down and worship me.” “Away with you, Satan!” Yeshua told him, “For the Tanakh says, ‘Worship Adonai your God, and serve only him’” (Matthew 4:8-10).

He was right. I had been spending more time allowing the things of this world be my focus rather than the coming Kingdom. Though we live in this world, we are not to be of this world. We are not to conform to the ways of this world, but have a transformation through the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2).

What is happening in this world is multi-faceted as we experience the demise not just of one kingdom, but the entire world. The battle between good and evil rages everyday. Good is being called evil and evil is being called good (Isaiah 5:20). While upright people fight for good, I always ponder the idea that good and evil are both fruit from the same Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and that tree brought sin and death into this world.  Though at one time, perhaps, fighting to keep this Tree ‘alive,’ had some value, today it no longer does. The battle between good and evil will continue to escalate and those in the Kingdom must focus on the Tree of Life in order to offer hope of deliverance to the hopeless and fearful in these Biblically prophetic days.

“Yeshua replied: “Watch out! Don’t let anyone fool you [deceive you]! For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah!’ and they will lead many astray.  You will hear the noise of wars nearby and the news of wars far off; see to it that you don’t become frightened. Such things must happen, but the end is yet to come.  For peoples will fight each other, nations will fight each other, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various parts of the world; all this is but the beginning of the ‘birth-pains.’ 

At that time you will be arrested and handed over to be punished and put to death, and all peoples will hate you because of me. At that time many will be trapped into betraying and hating each other, many false prophets will appear and fool [deceive] many people; and many people’s love will grow cold…. But whoever holds out till the end will be delivered. And this Good News about the Kingdom will be announced throughout the whole world as a witness to all the Goyim [nations]. It is then that the end will come” (Matthew 24:4;14).

This world as we know it is going to end. Yeshua is returning and his return comes closer with every birth pang until the great push of deliverance into His Kingdom.  These birth pains actually started in the beginning when Adam and Eve sinned (Romans 8:22) and the entire heavens and earth groan for redemption from the wages of sin – death.

The Kingdom is not about ‘dying and going to heaven,’ the Kingdom of Heaven is going to be here on earth. All Biblical prophecies center on Israel and Jerusalem. This is why before the generation of 1948, no end time Bible prophecies could come to pass because there was no State of Israel.  In 1967, the Israelis regained control of Jerusalem.   The wars and rumors of war in the Middle East are the continuing battles between the brothers Isaac and Ishmael, and Jacob and Esau. We live in prophetic times, times that include great destruction of the world we know.

When the Kingdom of Messiah comes, those who have entered his Kingdom, who have been ‘born again’ into that Kingdom WILL FIT IN!  Until His Kingdom comes, we will never fit into this world, nor should we ever try to fit in. This should be an exciting thought for the righteous as we watch this world crumble around us. The righteous will no longer be the outcasts moaning and groaning about ‘what is coming on this world’, but will be the ones who FIT IN! They (we) will become the leaders serving a King who loves us and who will rule and reign with complete justice through his Father’s commandments.  His rule will include an iron scepter for who continue to refuse his Kingship.  However, at some point in time,

“… that in honor of the name given Yeshua, every knee will bow — in heaven, on earth and under the earth — and every tongue will acknowledge that Yeshua the Messiah is Adonai — to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10:11).

THAT POINT when every knee will bow will NEVER happen in this world in any of this world’s kingdoms, including Isra’el. There has to be a changing of this world’s kings and kingdoms in order to establish the Kingdom of God in a restored Isra’el and Jerusalem on this earth. That transformation must come through demise and destruction of this world’s kingdoms.

The Wuhan virus is part of the revelation of the Adversary’s control of this world. It is the evidence of the difference between God’s creation which is healing daily as people ‘stay home’ and man’s which is bringing sickness. The Wuhan virus was created by men in a laboratory in China. It is the epitome of what evil men create for the ‘good of mankind’ when given complete freedom to rule this world in unrighteousness. They create death and destruction. They create vaccines to depopulate the earth. They find ways to remove those humans they deem less than essential – the poor, the innocent, and everyone in between not like them. These are the same men and women in Revelation who hide in the cracks of rocks in the days of God’s judgment and refuse to repent from the ‘works of their hands’ (Revelation 9:20-21).

Why are people messing with bat virus’ in the first place? I understand dog virus’ because we have pet dogs.  But bats?  Eating bats?  They are unclean animals that are not to be eaten, but are consumed along with pig, bear, and a multitude of others creatures sold in the Wuhan market. Denying God brought disease first to a city, then a province and ultimately the consequences filtered throughout the world. It is obvious that the sin of eating forbidden animals continues to plague the world and leavens the whole batch of dough even in Christiandom.

On the fourth day in Genesis 1, God created birds and fish.  According to God, bats are birds and these birds have brought death to the nations (not as great as expected, but death.  According to Wikipedia, bats symbolize darkness, death, witchcraft, and malevolence. This reveals volumes about what is happening with this virus.  God allowed man to create something that embodies his sinful soul as well as revealing the spiritual battle going on in this world. God always reveals His plans to His prophets (Amos 3:7). With spiritual eyes, it is easy to see the darkness and depravity of people’s minds, the focus on death and everything related to death, the witchcraft of manipulating entire nations and the evil demonic intentions that leaders and those steeped in wealth desire to put upon the nations.   Of course, this is all done under the guise of benevolence and a twisted sense of love and caring.

We are now counting the days of the omer, the time between the memorial of Yeshua’s Resurrection on Feast of Firstfruits and the memorial of the giving of the Spirit or Ruach of God. Passover has passed and like the first Passover, God had His people remain in their homes with their families discussing His deliverance. It was His ‘appointed time’ to remain in our family “Goshens,” meaning a time to ‘draw near.’ For His people celebrating the memorial of Yeshua’s last seder, it was a time of focusing on the coming Kingdom, remembering that Yeshua would not drink of the fruit of the vine again until that time when he is no longer a priest interceding in the heavenly throne room, but returns King and Bridegroom celebrating his Wedding Feast.

For those not attending the rehearsal dinner, it is time for self-introspection and repentance for judgment begins with the family of God. It is past time to remove the leaven of false teachings and ideologies of pagan gods that have torn multitudes from the Biblical foundation of what God deems true faith. It is time for foreigners, like the Egyptians, to embrace not just the blood of Messiah, but the Kingdom rules of Messiah. Yeshua said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life,” and that included how we are to live, walk, breathe, and worship.

In these end times, Yeshua says there will be many false prophets and people will need discernment. A true prophet, like the prophets of old, will preach repentance like they did for Israel. However, in these days, repentance is not only called for Israel, a country that allows multiple religions within their borders and false god worship within Jerusalem, it is needed for the entire world. God’s people are scattered throughout the nations and everyday these nations fall deeper into sin and darkness. Every true prophet must preach a message of repentance and turning back to God – the same message of Yeshua’s after he left the wilderness – or consider them false.

With regards for prophecies and ‘new covenant people,’ they need to always be speaking the Truth from the Word of God, not just ‘words of God.’  Their words must be of encouragement to build up and strengthen the Body of Messiah. On the day of Shavuot in Acts 2 the prophet Joel was quoted regarding the last days about dreams and visions, thus never negate them, but question and search out the Word of Truth in each of them, including this one.  Unless there is a call to repentance such as that which ‘cut the hearts’ of those who hear the call, don’t listen to the prophecy.

As the end times come quickly upon us, there will be more and more false prophets with the tickling words of prophetic counsel and crazy dreamers.  HaSatan will be given power to deceive even the elect ‘if it were possible’ so those of the Kingdom must be have their ears tuned to the Spirit of God and His Word – Spirit and Truth.   As the apostle John commands all of us, “test the spirits.’ 

One of the spirits that is now being unleashed worldwide is fear. The spirit of fear does not come from God. He gives us power, love and a sound mind. If you are feeling powerless, unloved, and confused by the changing tide of information daily, those are the fruits of being controlled by the ‘spirit of fear.’ Stop eating it.

Fear is not faith- based and those who consider themselves followers of Messiah who allow fear to control their lives and actions are not living by the faith that is ‘being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see’ (Hebrews 11:1).  God gives us the power of His Spirit, the ability to love and forgive, and a sound mind that must be grounded in the Word of God.

I have a relationship with the Creator of the Universe through Yeshua, I have been born again into his Kingdom, and I have been imparted the very powerful life-giving breath of God, the same breath that leads me into all Truth, including the Truth about the future.   Though I am a human being and much of what happens on a daily basis can be frightening and very overwhelming. I am also a spiritual person who knows Yeshua has ‘overcome the world.’   I know from personal experience the pain of childbirth and how the contractions grow closer together and more intense, sometimes making it difficult to take a breath before the next one comes. This is what we are experiencing and will continue to experience. All world leaders are part of the divine plan of God though they may each stand on a different side of good and evil, but not life.  Ultimately there will be a one world government, religion and economy.  It is prophesied and the events proclaimed in Revelation will come closer and closer together until it will become difficult to breathe.  Perhaps that is the symbolism of this serious lung infection and the need for ventilators!

“The word of Adonai came to me: “Human being, speak to your people; say to them, ‘Suppose I bring the sword on a country, and the people of that country take one of their men and appoint him their watchman. Now if, upon seeing the sword coming against that country, he blows the shofar and warns the people; then, if the sword comes and takes away someone who heard the sound of the shofar but paid no attention to it, the responsibility for that person’s death will be his own — he heard the shofar but paid no attention, so the responsibility for his death is his own; whereas if he had paid attention, he would have saved his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the shofar, so that the people are not warned; and then the sword comes and takes any one of them, that one is indeed taken away in his guilt, but I will hold the watchman responsible for his death” (Ezekiel 33:1-6).

There are many today, like me, who can see what is coming. I know what the prophets say, I know what Yeshua taught. I sincerely believed it was my responsibility to warn ‘my friends’ on social media about what is coming to this world and to wake up and be aware. Blow the shofar symbolically. Unfortunately, I saw more and more friends and family I care about falling further into deception and rejecting anything contrary to the world’s rhetoric that might wobble their little box of false security. Instead they put their hope in the leaders of this world’s governments, the economy and stimulus checks, and false religious systems that praise and honor false gods. I knew I needed a break, but I also know the words in Ezekiel.

I asked the LORD about the verse in Ezekiel because I didn’t want to be the watchman who would be held responsible for the deaths of individuals because I kept silent. His response to my prayer was that judgment is at hand. He is laying the groundwork for more to come. He is judging the nations as he did Egypt and even the church as he does Israel for all of the abominations they have done willingly and pridefully in His face, rejecting His commandments, rejecting His love. Because it is His judgment, the blood will be on His hands.

For this reason, I must take a pause. I will no longer fight and debate to keep this worldly kingdom alive, no matter how wonderful it was and should be under the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I don’t fit into this kingdom and I never will. I am a stranger in this world, a sojourner, and a living testimony to Yeshua and His coming Kingdom. I want the coming Kingdom more than a ‘let’s get back to normal’ life no matter the cost. I believe there is heavenly manna and living water from the rock if I need it. I desire the coming world King whose name is Yeshua and who will reign in Jerusalem. And, on his hands is blood, the blood of his atonement for anyone who still seeks to be delivered from this dying world before the complete wrath of God wreaks havoc over the ruler of the powers and principalities of the air that control this fallen world.

“Seek Adonai while he is available, call on him while he is still nearby. Let the wicked person abandon his way and the evil person his thoughts; let him return to Adonai, and he will have mercy on him; let him return to our God, for he will freely forgive” (Isaiah 55:6-7).

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