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Revelation Chapter 14 – The New Song and The Harvest

“Then I looked, and there was the Lamb standing on Mount Tziyon; and with him were 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads” (Revelation 14:1).

Yochanan looked and saw the Lamb standing on Mount Tziyon. In ancient times, this mountain was the highest point in Jerusalem; today it is the mountain south of the Armenian Quarter of the Old City. The word Tziyon occurs 161 times in the Complete Jewish Bible and means ‘signpost’ or ‘monument.’

King David attacked the Jebusites in Jerusalem and captured the fortress of Tziyon and it became the City of David (2 Samuel 5:6-7). Tziyon in Jerusalem became a possession of Isra’el and King David put up the Tent for the Ark of the Covenant on the mountain next to his palace. Because of the continual worship at the Tent of David, Mount Tziyon became the spiritual center for the world.

Eventually the name Tziyon became synonymous the city of Jerusalem from where the Torah would be proclaimed along with the Word of Adonai (Isaiah 2:3, Micah 4:2) and the vision of the eternal Promised Land and the New Jerusalem (Hebrews 11:10).

“On the contrary, you have come to Mount Tziyon, that is, the city of the living God, heavenly Yerushalayim; to myriads of angels in festive assembly; to a community of the firstborn whose names have been recorded in heaven; to a Judge who is God of everyone; to spirits of righteous people who have been brought to the goal;  to the mediator of a new covenant, Yeshua…” (Hebrews 12:21-24).

Hebrew Word Pictures

צ Tzade – A Fishhook means ‘draw near.’

י Yod – A Closed Hand means ‘finished work.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

ן Nun – A Fish means ‘life.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for tziyon: draw near to the finished work binding life.

Standing on Mount Tziyon were 144,000 men: 12,000 from each of the 12 Tribes of Isra’el. They have the Lamb’s name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. The promise given to those in the congregation of Philadelphia who persevered and won the victory are given the name of Yeshua and Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh. They never disowned the name of Yeshua even when attacked by false Jews. These overcomers will be kept from the time of trial that will test the earth. They have been ‘sealed’ by Adonai.

The Hebrew word for ‘forehead’ is metzak. Some Scriptures suggest ‘forehead’ is symbolic of being stubborn; however, an ornament of pure gold was fastened to Aharon’s turban as a ‘seal’ (Exodus 28:36-38). This ‘seal’ protected the High Priest from the guilt of the people of Isra’el when he accepted their gifts.

As part of the Shema, Isra’el is told to love Adonai with all their heart, mind and soul, and to teach the commandments to their children. As a ‘sign,’ they are to tie them on their hands and bind them on their forehead (Deuteronomy 6:8-9). This command has become literally exemplified by many Orthodox Jews who tie straps on their arms and hands and bind little black boxes to their foreheads. This is a reminder that the commandments protect the thoughts of the mind and are obeyed by the action of the hands.

Yeshua’s name and the name of his Father written on the ‘forehead’ is a sealing of protection, and proof that these 144,000 obey the commandments and their minds are protected from the evils of the world.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Forehead – Metzak

מ Mem – Water and means ‘chaos’ or ‘mighty.’

צ Tzade – A Fishhook means ‘draw near.’

ח Chet – A Fence and means ‘protect.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for metzak: mighty draw near protection.

 “I heard a sound from heaven like the sound of rushing waters and like the sound of pealing thunder; the sound I heard was also like that of harpists playing on their harps. They were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living beings and the elders, and no one could learn the song except the 144,000 who have been ransomed from the world. These are the ones who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins; they follow the Lamb wherever he goes; they have been ransomed from among humanity as firstfruits for God and the Lamb; on their lips no lie was found — they are without defect” (Revelation 14:2-5).

This group of men, B’nei Isra’el were first ‘sealed’ in Revelation chapter 7. They have remained physically and spiritually pure. They follow Yeshua wherever he goes. They are given harps that when played sound like rushing waters and pealing thunder. They sing a new song that only they can learn, and sing before the four living beings and the 24 elders. They are the firstfruits of those who have been ransomed from the world. Like the Lamb, they are without defect.

The phsat or literal interpretation of being a virgin is not being defiled by a woman. The remez or ‘shadow’ of this condition alludes to spiritual purity. These men of Isra’el have never defiled themselves with other religions or religious practices, including Christian. They remained faithful to the Shema, the Torah and the Prophets. They are true Jews with new covenant, circumcised hearts who receive the praise of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh (Romans 2:29).

The prophecy speaks of a new song that only could be sung by those redeemed from the world. The ‘new song’ is spontaneous because they are the only ones who have had victory had over the beast, the dragon, and the false prophet. It is a new victory song because this war had never been fought before by humans, and it will never be fought again (Matthew 24:21).

The ‘new song’ is first mentioned in Revelation chapter 5, but is being sung around the throne in heaven: “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals; because you were slaughtered; at the cost of blood you ransomed for God persons from every tribe, language, people and nation. You made them into a kingdom for God to rule, cohanim to serve him; and they will rule over the earth” (Revelation 5:10). In Revelation chapter 14, the new song is being sung on Mount Tziyon, the mountain of Adonai where those who come out of the Great Tribulation will worship King Yeshua who holds the scepter of promise to Judah and King David (Psalm 2:6, Psalm 110:2). At this time, Mount Tziyon will be called the mountain of the Holy One and Jerusalem will be known as the city of Truth (Isaiah 2:3, Michah 4:2).

“At that time, whoever calls on the name of Adonai will be saved. For in Mount Tziyon and Yerushalayim there will be those who escape, as Adonai has promised; among the survivors will be those whom Adonai has called” (Joel 3:5).

“Next I saw another angel flying in mid-heaven with everlasting Good News to proclaim to those living on the earth — to every nation, tribe, language and people. In a loud voice he said, “Fear God, give him glory, for the hour has come when he will pass judgment! Worship the One who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water!” (Revelation 14:6-7).

Yochanan sees a messenger flying in the mid-heaven proclaiming the message of respentance and salvation to those living on the earth: to every nation, tribe, language, and people. For those who have asked about the Aborigines in the remotest part of the earth, here’s the answer. Everyone will hear the message of repentance. The messenger tells everyone to worship Adonai, the Creator who made heaven and earth, the seas and springs of water.

Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh is compassionate and desires that all men come to a full knowledge of the Truth. When judgment comes, He wants all nations to know that it is His judgment and that they can be saved (1 Timothy 2:4).

“Another angel, a second one, followed, saying, “She has fallen! She has fallen! Bavel the Great! She made all the nations drink the wine of God’s fury caused by her whoring!” (Revelation 14:8).

A second messenger follows saying that Bablyon the Great has fallen. Babylon the Great is great global city comprised of all the nations that embrace the false gods and religions of the world (Leviticus 20:6). She is called the ‘Mother of Whores and Great Obsenities’ –– she is the bride of the Adversary. Her spiritual rebellion draws people away from Adonai and provokes Him to anger, to make them drink the wine of his fury.

The religious system of Babylon goes back to the one religion anti-Elohim pre-flood Babel. More than witchcraft, sorcery, and spiritual idolatry, Babylon, the Mother of Whores, is responsible for the slaughter billions of people on earth from the beginning of time until the judgment; Babylon the Whore is the root of all religious wars against the people of Adonai.

“Another angel, a third one, followed them and said in a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its 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 its image and those who receive the mark of its name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

Those who worship the beast’s image and receive the ‘beast’s mark’ on their forehead or hand will also drink the undiluted wine of Elohim’s fury. The Greek word for ‘mark’ is charagma and means ‘stamp or impression’ like an image impressed upon a coin. It is a undeniable ‘mark’ that proves the identification of its owner and determines their eternal destination. Like the ‘beast’ and the false prophet, they will be tormented in the ‘lake of burning fire and sulfur.’ The smoke will go up before the angels and Yeshua, and their torment is eternal. These people will have no rest day or night if they worship the beast, its image, and receive the ‘mark.’

“This is when perseverance is needed on the part of God’s people, those who observe his commands and exercise Yeshua’s faithfulness” (Revelation 14:12).

This all-important verse reveals the identity of Adonai’s people: they observe His commandments and have a testimony of Yeshua. This is the witness of two for being a saint, set-apart for Elohim. The Holy Ones wholeheartedly understand the message of repentance and a return to Adonai through faith and obedience.

Those who do not put their faith in Yeshua are not called Holy Ones. These could be Jewish people who obey the commandments, but reject Yeshua because of anti-missionaries and the stigma attached to a Jesus who doesn’t keep Torah. Those who do not obey Torah are not called Holy Ones either. These could be Christians who have a testimony of Yeshua, but reject obeying the Torah commandments. The preaching of a Torah-less gospel is called the ‘spirit of lawlessness’ that is at work deceiving even before the ‘man of lawlessness’ is revealed (2 Thessalonians 2:7 Romans 2:7-9).

The Greek word for ‘perseverance’ is hupomone and means ‘remaining behind.’ Those who remain behind are the wheat and not the tares. The tares, the godless, the faithless, and the lawless, are planted by the evil one. They will be gathered together and thrown into the fire. Those who are ‘left behind’ are the wheat that will be gathered into Yeshua’s barn. The Holy Ones are ‘sealed’ by Adonai through their testimony of Yeshua and their obedience to Torah and gathered to Yeshua (Matthew 13:29-30).

“Next I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write: ‘How blessed are the dead who die united with the Lord, from now on!’ ‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘now they may rest from their efforts, for the things they have accomplished follow along with them’” (Revelation 14:13).

The ‘voice’ in heaven speaks to Yochanan. The Hebrew word devar is used for ‘voice’ which means ‘word’ like Devar Elohim or Word of God. Devar (word) is used with katab (write) directing toward something important. This devar holds a blessing for those who die united with Yeshua from this point forward.

These will be the ‘left behind’ martyrs. When they die for their faith, they will rest from the efforts “for the things they have accomplished follow along with them.” The word for ‘rest’ in Hebrew means ‘to lie down and relax.’ These martyrs have a faith they expressed by their deeds and actions which followed them (Psalm 85:14, Ephesians 2:10).

“Then I looked, and there before me was a white cloud. Sitting on the cloud was someone like a Son of Man with a gold crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.  Another angel came out of the Temple and shouted to the one sitting on the cloud, “Start using your sickle to reap, because the time to reap has come — the earth’s harvest is ripe!”  The one sitting on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested” (Revelation 14:13-16).

Clouds are found throughout Scripture. Adonai put his bow in the cloud, He followed the Israelites in a cloud, He rides a swift cloud on His way to Egypt (Isaiah 19:1). The glory of yod-hey-vav-hey departed the Temple and left Jerusalem in a cloud over the Mount of Olives (Ezekiel 10). Adonai makes the clouds His chariot and He rides on the wings of the wind (Psalm 104:3). Clouds not only represent the presence of Adonai, but they are also a mode of transportation (Deuteronomy 33:26).

The Greek word for ‘cloud’ is nephele and means a literal ‘cloud.’   According to Vines Expository Dictionary of Greek and Hebrew, the cloud is ‘a definitely-shaped cloud’.  Nephele comes from the word nephos with a symbolic meaning of ‘a dense multitude or throng.’  A nephele is a large physical cloud comprised of masses of clouds that covers the heavens.  

The Hebrew word for ‘cloud’ is anan and means ‘cloud mass’.  Jeremiah describes the anan, “You have covered yourself with a ‘cloud’ so thick …” (Lamentations 3:44). It is used for the presence of Adonai and His ‘cloud’ sukkah over Israel –– His ‘sign of divine protection.’ The ‘cloud’  served as a barrier to hide the fullness of Adonai’s holiness and glory while giving Israel  divine protection from the Egyptians as well as the Red Sea itself.

The Hebrew word for ‘before me’ is hineni and means ‘here I am’ in the spiritual sense of being ready to do the will of Elohim. Avraham responded to El Shaddai with Hineni when he was asked to take his only son to Mount Moriah. Hineni suggests ‘the cloud’ is prepared to do the will of Elohim. There is a ‘cloud’ of witnesses that has been resurrected and are ready to do the will of Adonai.

Sitting on the cloud was someone like the Son of Man. Daniel had a vision: “I kept watching the night visions, when I saw, coming with the clouds of heaven, someone like a son of man” (Daniel 7:13). This ‘son of man’ was led into the presence of ‘Ancient of Days’ and given a scepter, glory, and an eternal Kingdom. Daniel saw Yeshua coming with the clouds; however, at this time the Son of Man is sitting on the cloud (Matthew 24:30).

The Son of Man wears a crown symbolizing his power and authority. As the King of Kings, Yeshua will wear many crowns on his head representing the many victories he had over the nations’ kings (Revelation 19:12). He wears a crown showing his power and authority to harvest the earth bringing many into the Kingdom (John 4:35).

A messenger comes out of the Temple and tells the Son of Man that the time has come to reap for the harvest is ripe. Some do not believe the person sitting on the cloud is Yeshua because he doesn’t take orders from angels; however the messenger came out of the Temple after having received the order from Yeshua’s Father. As the Son of Man, he waits for his Father’s command to claim his Bride; he must also wait for Adonai’s ‘specific time’ for judgment (Lamentations 1:15).

Yeshua holds a sickle in his hand. A sickle is a reaping-hook with a curved blade used for harvesting crops. The prophet Joel writes, ‘swing the sickle for the harvest is ripe, the winepress is full, the vats are overflowing –– wickedness is great” (Joel 3:13).

Lamentations says there is a ‘specific time’ or ‘appointed time’ for Adonai’s judgment. The Hebrew word used is mo’ed and refers to the Feasts of Adonai. Each of the ‘appointed times’ follow an agricultural cycle. There is the planting of the seed that must fall to the ground and die (John 12:24). There is a firstfruits spring harvest offered Feast of Firstfuits (1 Corinthians 15:20). There is a later firstfuits harvest offered on Feast of Weeks (Acts 3:41). The fall harvest of grapes put into a winepress was known as the final harvest or the ingathering celebrated on the Feast of Tabernacles.

“Another angel came out of the Temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle.  Then out from the altar went yet another angel, who was in charge of the fire; and he called in a loud voice to the one with the sharp sickle, “Use your sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth’s vine, because they are ripe!”  The angel swung his sickle down onto the earth, gathered the earth’s grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s fury.  The winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress as high as the horses’ bridles for two hundred miles!” (Revelation 14:17-20).

One angel comes out of the Temple with a sickle while another from the Altar manages the fire. Together the sickles are swung down onto the earth to gather the clusters of grapes that are ripe for the fury of Elohim. The prophet Isaiah says that the ‘arm’ of Elohim brings forth salvation –– Yeshua. (Isaiah 63:3-6).

Outside the city of Jerusalem, the winepress was trodden and symbolizes the blood that will be shed at the time of judgement. Blood flowed for 200 miles; it will be as ‘high as the horses’ bridle.’ The distance between Jerusalem and Cairo, Egypt to the south is 263 miles, between Jerusalem and Damascus, Syria to the north is 222 miles, and Jerusalem and Ammon, Jordan to the east is 160 miles. Taken literally, the whole Middle East, the war zone from Damascus to Ammon to Cairo will be one large lake filled with blood.

This website actually tried to figure out how many people must die to fill the land with so much blood and came up with between 15,000 and 30,000 people which seems too few. Another interpretation could be that the swinging of the angelic sickles is so violent that blood will be splattered everywhere even up to the horses’ bridle.

Using the measurement of a horse’s bridle suggests the armies will be riding horses. In today’s technology of fighter jets and tanks, it seems odd that there will be mounted armies. Yet, there are five countries that still use horses in their military, and a few of them could be part of this war: India has the last fully-operational mounted cavalry; Jordan uses camels to guard their borders with Syria and Iraq; and the United Nationsuses horses in desert areas like Iran and Iraq.

With the release of Adonai’s fury, He destroys many nations and pours their lifeblood onto the earth.

Revelation 15 – Song of Moshe

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Iniquity – Hebrew: Avon

עוון

The Hebrew word avon means ‘guilt.’

According to the New American Standard Bible, iniquity is found 192 times in the Hebrew Scriptures; guilt 172 time in the Complete Jewish Bible. It is iniquity in the heart that causes sinful behavior. After King David sinned with Bat Sheva, he was so grieved with his guilt and the iniquity in his heart that he asked Adonai not to take His Holy Spirit from him. Yeshua taught that lust (iniquity in the heart) births the sin of adultery; anger (iniquity in the heart) births the sin of murder. There is double punishment for iniquity that not only includes guilt, but also the punishment that comes from being guilty.

“Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity [guilt] And cleanse me from my sin” (Psalm 51:2).

“You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity [guilt] of the fathers on the children, and on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me …” (Deuteronomy 5:9).

“We all, like sheep, went astray; we turned, each one, to his own way; yet Adonai laid on him the guilt [iniquity] of all of us” (Isaiah 53:6).

“But he repays them as their guilt [iniquity] deserves; he will cut them off with their own evil; Adonai our God will cut them off” (Psalm 94:23).

Hebrew Word Pictures

א Ayin – An Eye and means ‘see’ or ‘understand.’

ו Vav – A Nail and means ‘binding.’

ו Vav – A Nail and means ‘binding.’

ן Nun – A Fish and means ‘life.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for avon: understand the binding bondage in life.

In Greek, the word for iniquity is anomia, the same word for ‘lawless’ or without the commands of God. The commands of God are found in Torah, the first five books of the Bible.

“Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you! you taught in our streets!’ and he will tell you, ‘I don’t know where you’re from. Get away from me, all you workers of wickedness [anomia, lawlessness]!’ You will cry and grind your teeth when you see Avraham, Yitz’chak, Ya‘akov and all the prophets inside the Kingdom of God, but yourselves thrown outside. (Luke 13:27) Complete Jewish Bible

“And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity [lawless]; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell” (James 3:6) New American Standard Version

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The Deception of Kneeling

“For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. Then that lawless one will be revealed …” (2 Thessalonians 2:7).

I have been reading and researching articles sent to me by family and friends. As I put the information together, a prophetic picture became much clearer with all of the events happening today. This prophetic puzzle includes the Beast in Revelation and the mystery of ‘lawlessness’ that is becoming less of a mystery every day in the streets of America and around the world.

Over the past few years I have come to realize that Black Lives Matter (BLM) is nothing more than a renewal of the Black Panther movement, a black supremacist ideology that became well-known in the 1960s. According to what I read in encyclopedia.com, my beliefs were substantiated. BLM is part of the new Black Panther black supremacist movement along with the Nation of Islam (NOI). Both groups have leaders who are Islamic and both include hatred for the Jewish people and Isra’el – anti-semitism. Reading the article were many names that I recognized not just from the past, but also from the present.

I honestly believe that the Beast, the world religious system in Revelation, will be Islam. The word Islam literally means ‘submission’ and that ‘submission’ is to Allah. Islam is derived from the Arabic word for ‘peace’ and thus implies it is a religion of ‘peace and tolerance.’ Unfortunately, the Koran, Islam’s holy book, doesn’t promote peace or tolerance with anyone who does not ‘submit’ to Allah.

How does submission to Allah look? It is done with lying prostrate on the ground at the sound of the call on a mosque. But, it all begins with kneeling. The most famous recent ‘kneeler’ is Colin Kaepurnick. Many believe he was kneeling to protest racism, but few realize he had also converted to Islam because his girlfriend, Nessa Diab, is an Egyptian Muslim and supported Black Lives Matter. Now we have chaos going on in streets in the United States and people of all races kneeling before their ‘captors’ in the guise of being first, against racism, and second against police brutality (also another tenet of NOI and the new Black Panthers.

“Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy [falling away] comes first, and the man of lawlessness [anti-christ] is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).

Please note that according to Scripture a ‘falling away’ must come first. Apostasy is ‘the abandonment of a religious (and even political) belief.’ Thus, the ‘falling away’ from an honest Biblical faith and a free republic based on life and liberty for all must occur before the anti-christ, the ‘man of lawlessness’ is publicly revealed. He is the ‘son of destruction’ (and we are seeing a lot of destruction) whose father is haSatan who masquerades as an angel of light (enlightenment?) and comes only to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10). Hs goal will be to exalt himself and become an object of worship. The process he uses will be a false peace and submission to his will.

“All the king’s servants who were at the king’s gate bowed down and paid homage to Haman; for so the king had commanded concerning him. But Mordecai neither bowed down nor paid homage” (Esther 3:2).

Another article I read was written by some rabbis in the Breaking Israel News. These rabbis discuss bowing to men over God. There are instances in Scripture where men bowed to each other – Abraham to his guests and Moshe to his father-in-law – but it was not a sign of submission but mutual respect. The bowing that was required by Haman was in submission to his authority, an authority that included hatred for the Jewish people. Mordecai understood the difference as did Esther who only bowed before the King’s scepter, but never bowed before a man who required her ‘homage’ or ‘feudal allegiance.’

This is the place where BLM has the country and parts of the world today. Though they want to make it appear as though people are joining them in their fight against racism and police brutality, there is an underlying SPIRITUAL purpose – to make everyone no matter what race SUBMIT to THEIR authority. And, what authority is that? Ultimately, it is to Islam (the Beast), to Allah (the false prophet), and Islamic Law or Sharia (what will bring false peace). It is quite fascinating how many young people who are anti-religion and have been raised without an understanding of the Creator of the Universe are so easily submitting to a religion of ‘peace’ while being ‘silenced’ with their mask-wearing faces.

Of course there are those who will never submit to Islam and bow before any ‘man of lawlessness.’ For now, there is some liberty in doing so, but the day will come when standing as Mordecai did will no longer be tolerated. It may be that those who refuse will either be taken captive or murdered.

Another friend posted some information on the idea being circulated about replacing police forces with a ‘Committee of Public Safety.’ First, it sounds like average people will regulate safety which could become vigilante and very dangerous.

Example, another interesting piece of news has to do with Elmer Fudd. There is a remake of this cartoon and it no longer has Elmer with a gun. He will either wield a machete or an axe (scythe) neither of which have any regulations for use. In other words, guns which have so many regulations for buying and selling will be replaced with murderous weapons that anyone can get and use at a local hardware store. Vigilantism.

There was another era, however, when a ‘Committee of Public Safety’ was introduced into society. It was in France – a country now with a very large Muslim population.

According to history.com: “On July 27, 1793, Robespierre was elected to the Committee of Public Safety, which was formed in April to protect France against its enemies, foreign and domestic, and to oversee the government. Under his leadership, the committee came to exercise virtual dictatorial control over the French government.” Please note it was a DICTATORSHIP. “Robespierre encouraged the execution, mostly by guillotine, of more than 17,000 enemies of the Revolution. The day after his arrest, Robespierre and 21 of his followers were guillotined before a cheering mob in the Place de la Revolution in Paris.

The guillotine was used to destroy enemies of the Revolution. In former president Barak Obama’s Town Hall talk last week he encouraged protests as an example of the American Revolution without discouraging the violence. He was ultimately inciting a revolution that includes terrorism. Please understand that Barak Obama is a Muslim whether or not he is public about his faith. Louis Farrakhan was and still may be Obama’s spiritual mentor and he is the leader of the Nation of Islam (NOI). Even if Obama rejects this man as his spiritual leader, he was raised Muslim. I have known several Muslims who say they know without a doubt that Obama is a Muslim because that was how he was raised.

“And with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.  For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12).

Each piece of the prophetic puzzle begins to come together with BLM and its foundation along with submission by kneeling to Allah as a false prophet. With police departments being defunded and abolished (and what that really means) and the idea of creating Committees of Public safety, this world may be looking at global beheadings! Is that so far-fetched? Could Islam be the conduit for beheadings?

“Then I saw thrones, and those seated on them received authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for testifying about Yeshua and proclaiming the Word of God …” (Revelation 20:4).

All prophecy revolves are Isra’el. Until 1948 there was no Isra’el. Until 1967 Isra’el had no control over Jerusalem. In 2018 the United States recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Isra’el. So though there have been upheavals and revolutions and wars raging among countries and civil wars among peoples as prophesied by Yeshua in Matthew 24, there was not a nation of Isra’el until our generation. What is happening on a global scale has also not ever happened before even in the World Wars, again occurring without a nation of Isra’el.

In the past few years, a growing hatred has developed against the Jewish people. I had a Jewish friend comment the other day that he doesn’t know how suddenly anti-semitism became part of this massive racist revolt against the police. Not only has there been a resurgence of anti-semitism with neo-Nazis, but within the tenets of BLM and NOI and the new Black Panthers, Jews are also the targets of their intolerance and hatred. Why?Because everything that is happening has to do with the return of Messiah Yeshua and his return to Jerusalem. Without an Isra’el, without a Jerusalem, and without the Jews crying out for his return, ‘the man of lawlessness’ has nothing to worry about. But as the prophetic picture is put in place, his fury, his anger rises and he takes control of all those who also hate and despise the nation of Isra’el. In turn, those ideologies are now out in the open so to speak and are causing the masses to sumbit.

As Yeshua’s return draws closer, several things will happen and I don’t claim to know what order. The ‘man of lawlessness’ will become a public figure. He will promise peace to a chaotic world and the world will ‘bend the knee’ quickly.

There will be those who stand against this ‘man of lawlessness’ and will most likely ‘lose their heads’ while those who have fallen into the ‘great apostasy’ celebrate their deaths as a victory for removing the God of Isra’el, His people, and His Torah from the earth. They will willingly take the ‘mark of the Beast’ because they have already submitted to its leader.

According to Hosea 11:10, the people of Adonai, the Jewish people along with those who love Isra’el will come to the Land of Isra’el from the west trembling when they hear the ‘roar of the Lion of Judah.’ Yeshua will have had enough and he will call his people home in order to judge ‘the man’ and his followers.

There is so much more about endtimes in the book of Revelation and about how this all plays out with the ‘man of lawlessness’ and his global control. Of course, there will always be scoffers and mockers and deniers to the Truth because they have succumbed to the lies.

BUT, there is always a BUT. Yeshua is coming in the clouds and every eye will see him and every knee will bow to His Name and with the breath of His mouth He will slay the ‘man of lawlessness’ and destroy his global kingdom by the glory of His return.

Until then, keep your discerning eyes open and do not fall into the Great Deception. Keep following current events as they unfold and fill in the missing puzzle pieces.

Bo Mashiach. Come Messiah.

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What’s Wrong in Galatia?

“They stirred up the people, as well as the elders and the Torah-teachers; so they came and arrested him and led him before the Sanhedrin. There they set up false witnesses who said, “This man never stops speaking against this holy place and against the Torah…” (Acts 6:12-14).

Whenever we share our faith walk with gentile believers and say that we keep the Biblical Sabbath, celebrate the Feasts of the LORD, and eat according to God’s instructions in Leviticus, we are always referred to the book of Galatians and warned about legalism and Judaizing. What is it about Judaizing, legalism, and the so-called ‘Galatian error’ that incites people to react defensively toward a gentile believer who desires to obey God’s commands out of a heart of love, commitment, and devotion?

The Word is Compel

“Those who want to make a good impression outwardly are trying to compel you to be circumcised.  They only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Messiah. They want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your flesh” (Galatians 6:12-14).

According to Paul, new gentile believers were being compelled to undergo outward flesh circumcision as a requirement to live out their faith in Yeshua. This happened because some Messianic Jews were fearful of being persecuted by non-believing Jews for accepting Yeshua as Messiah.

The ‘Galatian error’ had nothing to do with faith obedience to the commands of God, it had nothing to do with the Sabbath, the Feasts of the LORD or dietary regulations. The ‘Galatian error’ was about a ‘written code’ that inhibited the gentile’s freedom to obey Torah and enjoy the blessings, promises, and covenants they now had access to as part of the ‘Commonwealth of Israel’ through faith in Messiah.

‘Circumcision’ and ‘Uncircumcision’

“Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commands is what counts” (1 Corinthians 7:19).   

When studying Paul’s teachings, and especially Galatians, it is important to understand the terminology he uses when referring to Jews and gentiles. Many times his ‘circumcision’ verses are taught with an ‘anti-circumcision’ viewpoint with the belief that if gentiles become circumcised, they are obligated to obey God’s commands. This is not how Paul used the terms ‘circumcision’ and ‘uncircumcision.’

Paul’s letter to the Corinthians has nothing to do with the act of circumcising the flesh. He uses ‘circumcision to compare two different groups of people: the Jews who he called ‘the circumcision’ and the gentiles who he called ‘the uncircumcision.’ Putting his words in their proper context and terminology, Paul is saying that it doesn’t matter if you are a ‘circumcised’ Jew or an ‘uncircumcised’ gentile, what matters is keeping God’s commandments. It can be reasoned from this understanding that Paul never taught a gospel that encouraged disobedience to Torah, but believed that both the ‘circumcised’ Jew and the ‘uncircumcised’ gentile have the same responsibility of keeping God’s commandments which include Sabbath, the Feasts of the LORD, and dietary regulations.

“Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation.” 

Paul uses the same terminology in Galatians. He states that being a ‘circumcised’ Jew or ‘uncircumcised’ gentile means nothing; what matters is becoming a new creation.  He wants all of the Galatians (and those who read Galatians) to understand that neither our outward flesh condition nor our DNA has anything to do with our justification before God. All of us, ‘circumcised’ or ‘uncircumcised’ need to be born again to enter the Kingdom of God; everyone, Jew and gentile needs to become a new creation in Messiah (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Redemption to Sonship

“But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive full rights of sons” (Galatians 4:4).

Yeshua, who was fully God, humbled Himself and came down to earth as a human being.  He  was born into the world of the ‘law of sin and death’ just like every other human born of a woman.   He lived under the laws of human nature being tempted to sin; however, he remained sinless because his Father was not the Adversary, but the Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh. He never broke any of His Father’s commands in Torah.  He lived them perfectly and taught them correctly to his disciples. Because he was completely righteous and without sin, his death was sufficient payment to redeem all mankind, ‘circumcised’ and ‘uncircumcised’ from the ‘law of sin and death’ and give them the hope of eternal life as sons and daughters of God.

“You are all sons of God through faith in Messiah Yeshua, for all of you who were immersed into Messiah have clothed yourself with Messiah.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Messiah Yeshua.  If you belong to Messiah, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 5:26-29).

Each of us live under the ‘law of sin and death’ until we are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.    No one in Galatia or anywhere else at any other time was ever justified by laws –– man’s or God’s.   As redeemed sons and daughters of God, there is no spiritual difference between ‘circumcised’ or ‘uncircumcised,’ Jew or gentile, male or female, slave or free.   When we put our faith in Yeshua, we become Abraham’s seed and heirs to the promise.

Zealous for ‘the law’

“For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it.  I was advancing Judaism beyond many Jews of my own age and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers” (Galatians 1:13-14).

Paul admits that before he met Yeshua, he persecuted new Jewish believers regarding Judaism and the traditions of the elders that he called ‘the law.’ If anyone lived contrary to the ‘traditions of Judaism,’ they were persecuted and even put to death by his authority. Until his experience on the road to Damascus, Paul was the greatest persecutor of Messianic Jewish followers of Yeshua because he believed they would no longer adhere to traditional Judaism and its religious system. Acts 7:54-60 records him front and center at the stoning of Stephen, receiving the coats of the witnesses at his feet.

Gentile Conversion through ‘Circumcision’

Before Yeshua’s death and resurrection, the only way for a gentile God-fearer like Cornelius to join the ‘Commonwealth of Israel’ was to convert to Judaism. This was done through a conversion process that included circumcision of the flesh. Though circumcision was initially given as a covenant ‘sign’ to Abraham, over the centuries circumcision had become an outward show of following Judaism and all of its man-made traditions, yokes, and burdens.

In the Temple, a ’wall of partition’ separated the people of Israel from the gentiles.  Though a God-fearing gentile could come to Solomon’s Colonnade to pray, they could never enter the Temple area unless they had legally converted to Judaism through the ritual of flesh circumcision.  It was this ‘wall of partition,’ this ‘law of hostility’ to become legally Jewish that Yeshua destroyed on the cross.

The problem in Galatia was not that Messianic gentiles were being forced to obey the commandments of God, but that non-Messianic Jews wanted Messianic gentiles to convert to Judaism.   Paul made it very clear that Messianic gentiles did not have to  convert to Judaism to live out their faith in Yeshua. 

In fact, Paul taught that all followers of Yeshua needed to remain in the spiritual condition they were in when they were saved.  If they were ‘uncircumcised,’ they were to remain as gentiles with a calling to make the Jew envious for Yeshua.  If they were ‘circumcised,’  they were to remain as Jews with the calling to be a light to the nations. It is the witness of Jew and gentile worshiping the God of Israel in unity that becomes the full testimony of Yeshua.

“Circumcision has value if you observe the law [of Judaism], but if you break the law [of Judaism], you have become as though you had not been circumcised” (Romans 2:25).

Paul states that ‘circumcision’ to become legally Jewish has no value because it is completely dependent on observing Judaism and its traditions.  A ritual circumcision does not necessarily have its foundation in faith, but in the importance of the traditions of the elders; the traditions of men.  These traditions and rules are easily broken, and then it is as if the gentile is no longer a convert to Judaism.

Paul understands this entire process more than anyone because he had been a Judaizer and believed gentiles needed to convert to Judaism. Moreover, he learned through personal experience that being legally Jewish, of which he has the most extensive credentials, is not as valuable as faith in Yeshua.  It is faith in Yeshua that gives all believers –– ‘circumcised’ or ‘uncircumcised’ –– not only freedom from the ‘law of sin and death,’ but also the burdensome laws of Judaism.

Titus and Timothy

Enter Titus. Titus was a Greek believer, a gentile. He did not feel compelled to be circumcised. He was quite content to remain in his gentile condition, but it created some problems within the Jewish congregation that needed to be addressed.

“This matter arose because some false brothers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Messiah Yeshua and to make us slaves” (Galatians 2:4). 

Notice Paul doesn’t say Jewish believers in Messiah are creating the problems, but rather ‘false brothers’ who had infiltrated the body of believers in Jerusalem.  In Jerusalem ‘false brothers’ would either be Jews who had rejected the Messiah and were Judaizing the new gentile believers, Jewish men who bore ‘false witness’ to the Messiah. The purpose of these ‘false brothers’ was to infiltrate the Body of Messiah and compel the Messianic gentiles to convert to Judaism through ritual circumcision.

Titus was the test case.   Though he personally did not feel the need to be circumcised, he was still being compelled to become legally Jewish.  If Paul allowed him to be circumcised and become legally Jewish, then the whole message of salvation by faith for gentiles would have been nullified. It would have changed justification by faith in Yeshua to works of the flesh –– heritage or conversion.  The gospel to the nations with which God entrusted Paul would have ended abruptly.

But what about Timothy?   He was circumcised.

Timothy had a Greek father and a Jewish mother. His mother and grandmother raised him with the Hebrew Scriptures and he understood his Jewish heritage. For him to be circumcised was not an issue of conversion to be ‘legally Jewish’ because he was already ‘legally Jewish’ through his birth mother.   Furthermore,  Paul was going to take Timothy with him on missionary journeys to places where there were unbelieving Jews. Being an uncircumcised Jew would have been a huge a stumbling block for those Jews to hear and receive the message of salvation in  the Jewish Messiah.

Did Titus not keep God’s Torah while Timothy did? Of course not. Paul has already answered this question: “Circumcision [being Timothy] is nothing and uncircumcision [being Titus] is nothing. Keeping God’s commands is what counts” (1 Corinthians 7:19).  For Titus to believe that he had a different set of commandments than Timothy or did not have to obey God’s commandments like Timothy would have amounted to not only ignorance, but also gentile arrogance.

Foolish and ‘Bewitched

“You foolish Galatians!  Who has betwitched you?” (Galatians 3:1).

I cannot count how many times this verse has been quoted to correct us and our walk of faith. It would be funny, if it wasn’t so sad.  We have met and known people who sincerely  believe that obedience to God’s Torah is foolish, and we are somehow being led astray by a “bewitching spirit” and have ‘fallen from grace.’

Justification for sin comes through Yeshua’s atonement on the cross and by faith in Him alone. There is no argument there.  To compel someone to become legally Jewish through circumcision is most definitely a foolish error when it comes to the message of justification.  However, anyone who loves the God of Israel and desires to obey His commandments is neither ‘bewitched’ nor foolish. They are not compelling anyone to legally convert to Judaism.  In fact, it is quite the opposite. They are sharing a fuller message of salvation that includes sanctification. Yeshua Himself said, “If you love me, you will obey my commands” (John 14:15).

The Zeal of the Judaizer

“Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good.  What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may be zealous for them” (Galatians 5:17). 

The unbelieving Jews, the Judaizers, only wanted gentile believers to “mutilate their flesh” so they could boast about them.   They liked the idea of multitudes following them and their rules.  It boosted their egos making them feel important and in control of this new movement of God.   They wanted to be able to say, “Look how many gentiles are converting to Judaism!”  Simply put, this was the ‘Galatian error’ in Paul’s day –– forced gentile conversion to Judaism.

It is highly probable the Messianic Jews didn’t really know what to do with the number of gentiles coming to faith in Yeshua. Though the Council in Jerusalem outlined the responsibility of a gentile turning to God, there was no guarantee that the pagan ways of the nations wouldn’t infiltrate and destroy the Messianic faith that was just out of the womb.  Messianic Jews like Paul were well aware that Yeshua didn’t preach the kingdom of Judaism, but they also didn’t want to lose their Jewish identity and Biblical heritage.  In their defense, after 2000 years of gentile infiltration, councils denouncing everything Jewish about faith in the Jewish Messiah, and the melding of pagan gods with Biblical holy days, there was some merit to their concerns and struggles.

In the first century, there were more Jewish believers than gentile.  Gentiles who came to faith in Messiah grafted into the ‘Commonwealth of Israel‘ and became part of the ‘Olive Tree of Israel.’    They met in synagogues on the Sabbath and were taught Torah (Acts 15:21).   They took on a Biblically Jewish identity while retaining their unique calling as gentiles to make the Jew envious. They tried to live out their new faith celebrating the Feasts of the LORD and eating according to God’s instructions. Read in this cultural context Colossians 2:16 takes on a whole new perspective.

“Therefore do not let anyone (Jew)  judge you (gentiles) by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Messiah.”

When the Temple was destroyed in 70 CE, the nation of Israel was scattered all over the world.  Jerusalem was no longer central to Judaism, the Jewish people, and the Messianic faith. The Jewish congregation of believers led by James was no longer the example of faith (1 Thessalonians 2:14).

As the centuries passed and the number of gentile believers increased,  there was a loss of identity with Jerusalem and Rome took its place.  The Torah no longer came out of Zion nor the Word of God from Jerusalem, but from Rome and the Popes. Anti-circumcision and anti-Jewish doctrines crept into the church and edicts from councils like Nicaea and Laodicea made it illegal for  believers in Yeshua to follow anything that appeared ‘Jewish’ including the Feasts of the LORD, Sabbath, circumcision, and Levitical dietary regulations. 

Unfortunately for the growing Body of Messiah,  everything in the Bible looked ‘Jewish’ because God had  entrusted His Torah to the Jewish people to guard and protect.  As Rome took the place of Jerusalem, the Pope spoke in the place of God, and the Hebrew Scriptures were translated into Latin, gentile believers easily fell into Roman religious practices against warnings by Paul in his letter to the Romans (chapters 9-14). Jewish believers either converted to Roman Christianity or died.  Then, of course, came the Crusades, the Inquisitions, and the Holocaust Nazis that just murdered Jews because they believed them to be ‘Christ killers.’

The Modern ‘Galatian Error’

Judaizing is a non-issue today as Christians are no longer part of the Messianic Jewish community.   They do not attend synagogues for teaching and instruction as did the first-century gentiles.  They are not confronted by ‘false brothers’ who compel them to be circumcised and convert to Judaism. The Christian church no longer teaches Torah or the Prophets as the foundation of the spiritual Temple, let alone as an outline for living a life of obedience.  In fact, most Biblical truths that were taught by Yeshua and lived out by the apostles and first-century believers have been eliminated to the point that neither Paul, the apostles, nor Yeshua would recognize the Body of Messiah today.

The modern ‘Galatian error’ has become a gentile code that compels Jews to follow the pagan ways of the nations embedded in Christian theology. Jews who come to faith in Jesus Christ ‘legally convert’ through baptism and confirmation into one of hundreds of Christian denominations. Christiandom discourages anything remotely Jewish and their Jewish converts attend church on Sunday, celebrate pagan holidays that are prohibited by the God in the Scriptures, and eat the flesh of swine.  In these murky waters, many of the ‘circumcised’ have lost their Jewish identity, and their call to be a light to the nations has been snuffed out. 

Something definitely has “bewitched” the church and it is not a Messianic gentile obeying God’s Torah; it’s a distortion of Paul’s teachings (2 Peter 3:16). This distortion has paralyzed the ‘uncircumcised’ from walking in the commandments of God. The ‘circumcised’ Jew and ‘uncircumcised’ gentile still remain separated. No one Judaizes and compels gentiles to become ‘legally Jewish’ through circumcision. The ‘Galatian error’ has become the anti-semitic catch phrase for arrogance over first-century Messianic Jews who dared to allow the ‘uncircumcised’ to enter the ‘Commonwealth of Israel’ through faith in the Jewish Messiah.

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