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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Day of the Lord 2

This is a variety of resources and thoughts on the Day of the Lord.  Looking into this has caused me to repent of missing the mark, of not seeing this and making it clear to others, a day of final judgment is approaching.  I think we sense how much this message will cost and how it will change our day to day life and so we shrink from it.

"How can we pray with such singleness of heart and purpose if our dominant desire is for nothing more than God’s continued blessing on our temporal tranquility?"Reggie Kelly

Compare Isaiah 13:6-11 with Jeremiah 30:4-7 . Isaiah 13 describes the wrath coming on the nations after the time of Jacobs trouble described in Jeremiah 30...both describe pain anguish like a women in travail.... look at romans 2:2-11....tribulation and anguish , upon every soul that does evil, of the Jew first, and also of the gentiles ...julie

“If not cut short, no flesh would survive.” Only grace, only mercy, nothing of us, period! Absolute truth!

“Your kingdom come, Your will be done.”

Suicide, discouragement and despair are tied in to loosing sight of purpose.  The day of the Lord, properly understood, gives us purpose, binds us together in mission, keeps us from growing too strongly attached to this world system, provides the impetus for intercessory prayer and the action of love that naturally follows such prayer.

Isaiah 66:7-9 “All these are the beginning of birth pains.” Jer. 4:31

Everything is working toward God bringing glory out of a resurrection out of the dust.

“knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade men” (2Cor 5:11)

"It will be the exposure of pride in the presence of His meekness, and so on. The brightness of His appearing will be to those in the graves and out of the graves an instant and automatic exposure and condemnation of all that is short of His glory. That is why it is so terrible to suppose that the light and holiness of God condemns only what we would judge as willfully evil. That is pure humanism. No, His unapproachable light condemns all that is short of His glory, which is to say, short of Christ. That’s why any supposed sanctification that presumes to mix anything of man with Christ is self condemned, as short of His glory. The only acceptable righteousness then is the righteousness that is gloriously His alone and nothing of our own, else it is a righteousness that is short of the glory of God.
That is why any supposed personal sanctification that is ‘short’ of His glory is evil, simply because it is a false covering, and thus an affront, as to “climb up some other way” (Jn 10:1). To mix is to destroy. That is why the final unveiling of that unapproachable light will cause all that is outside of Christ to blush in shame and terror and turn in on itself in unmitigated and unbearable self condemnation. The one thing most desired would be the presumed refuge of death, but neither death nor hell can provide sanctuary from His everlasting omnipresence."  Reggie Kelly

"Israel reveals the hearts of men and Jerusalem sifts the nations."  Phil Haney

Prior to the death and destruction of the day of the Lord there will have been amazing, blatant demonstrations of the Lord's power and Satan's lies.  The choice will be stark, clear and black and white.  No one will "fall into it" by accident.

"Day of the Lord" 

Isa 2:12  For the day of the LORD of hosts Shall come upon everything proud and lofty, Upon everything lifted up—And it shall be brought low—

Isa 13:6  Wail, for the day of the LORD is at hand! It will come as destruction from the Almighty.

Isa 13:9  Behold, the day of the LORD comes, Cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, To lay the land desolate; And He will destroy its sinners from it.

Isa 34:8  For it is the day of the LORD's vengeance, The year of recompense for the cause of Zion.

Jer 46:10  For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, A day of vengeance, That He may avenge Himself on His adversaries. The sword shall devour; It shall be satiated and made drunk with their blood; For the Lord GOD of hosts has a sacrifice In the north country by the River Euphrates.

Lam 2:22  "You have invited as to a feast day The terrors that surround me. In the day of the LORD's anger There was no refugee or survivor. Those whom I have borne and brought up My enemies have destroyed.”

Eze 13:5  You have not gone up into the gaps to build a wall for the house of Israel to stand in battle on the day of the LORD.

Eze 30:3  For the day is near, Even the day of the LORD is near; It will be a day of clouds, the time of the Gentiles.
Joe 1:15  Alas for the day! For the day of the LORD is at hand; It shall come as destruction from the Almighty.

Joe 2:1  Blow the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; For the day of the LORD is coming, For it is at hand:

Joe 2:11  The LORD gives voice before His army, For His camp is very great; For strong is the One who executes His word. For the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; Who can endure it?

Joe 2:31  The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.

Joe 3:14  Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

Amo 5:18  Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! For what good is the day of the LORD to you? It will be darkness, and not light.

Amo 5:20  Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light? Is it not very dark, with no brightness in it?

Oba 1:15  "For the day of the LORD upon all the nations is near; As you have done, it shall be done to you; Your reprisal shall return upon your own head.

Zep 1:7  Be silent in the presence of the Lord GOD; For the day of the LORD is at hand, For the LORD has prepared a sacrifice; He has invited His guests.

Zep 1:8  "And it shall be, In the day of the LORD's sacrifice, That I will punish the princes and the king's children, And all such as are clothed with foreign apparel.

Zep 1:14  The great day of the LORD is near; It is near and hastens quickly. The noise of the day of the LORD is bitter; There the mighty men shall cry out.

Zep 1:18  Neither their silver nor their gold Shall be able to deliver them In the day of the LORD's wrath; But the whole land shall be devoured By the fire of His jealousy, For He will make speedy riddance Of all those who dwell in the land.

Zep 2:2  Before the decree is issued, Or the day passes like chaff, Before the LORD's fierce anger comes upon you, Before the day of the LORD's anger comes upon you!

Zep 2:3  Seek the LORD, all you meek of the earth, Who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden In the day of the LORD's anger.

Zec 14:1  Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, And your spoil will be divided in your midst.

Mal 4:5  Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.


1Co 5:5  deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

2Co 1:14  (as also you have understood us in part), that we are your boast as you also are ours, in the day of the Lord Jesus.

1Th 5:2  For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.

2Pe 3:10  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.

  The day of the Lord does not come upon the saints of God as a thief in the night, they have been watching, preparing, praying and witnessing with their very lives if necessary.  The day of the Lord, does come as a thief on the unbelieving because they have watched the two witnesses be killed and are in the process of a 3 day celebration with gift exchange when everything completely changes and the final hour of cleansing of the earth begins.

A day when the wrongs will be made right. Comfort for those going through persecution.

Isaiah 19:19-24

And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.

In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people,

For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;
Philippian 1:6,10 and 2:16

2Pe 3:12
Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
Rev 16:14
For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?Matt 7:22

on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.

who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

[ The Return of Christ ] “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light,

Peter saying “this is that” referencing Day of the Lord scriptures, but it is obvious that the “this” that started to break out that day is a down payment, for the fullness yet to come of the great and terrible day of the Lord.

“Pentecost is the feast of first-fruits, and it is the pre-millennial view that what has come at Pentecost through the revelation of the mystery of the gospel is the “first-fruits” of the salvation that will yet come to the penitent remnant of Israel who survive the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jer 30:7 with Dan 12:1; Mt 24:21)”

“During the interim period God is hiding His face from the apostate nation, while a remnant (including gentiles in fulfillment of Deut 32:21) will know the secret and instruct many (Isa 8:14-15, 16-17; 29:11; Dan 9:24; 11:33; 12:4, 9-10). But this state of general apostasy and exile of the elect nation (Ro 11:29) is never forever. It is only UNTIL the restoration of Israel at the post-tribulational day of the Lord (Isa 66:6; Mic 5:3; Hos 5:15-6:2; Ezek 39:22-29 etc et al.).”

The Meeting in the Wilderness
“Again, the issue is the mystery. If we believe that God has ordained that the Jew should be moved to jealousy by what he sees in the church (Ro 11:11), then certainly the church has a ways to go. If we are not pre-tribulational, then it follows that the church will be here in the capacity of witness and friend to Israel in the day of their greatest national calamity. Rev 12 speaks of the woman being fed in the wilderness. You might interpret that as angels, or God, but we believe it refers to those who will know the prophecy and the time, and will be prepared to receive and succor the Jews in the hour of their flight from ‘sudden destruction’.
To be sure, that is an inference; but it follows from our conviction that God has ordained that Israel and the church meet in the wilderness of flight and persecution, to receive refuge, succor, and decisive prophetic instruction from a church that foresaw the evil and made ready.
The conversation that takes place in that wilderness and the demonstration of the church’s love to risk its life in costly identification with the despised nation will be used of God to prepare and soften Israel for the gospel to break upon their understanding in the same way that Saul’s exposure to Stephen’s witness played a role in preparing him for his encounter on the Damascus road.
Also, if you take the pre-day of the Lord context of Isa 28, as signifying an eschatological “covenant with death and hell”, that causes Israel to rest in a deadly false security, then you can see that this action is greatly protested by those who bring a witness of prophetic warning against this ill-fated presumption (in the context of a defense of the mystery of the gospel, “here a little and there a little”). The context shows that this protest of Israel’s decision to trust in man is also the gospel (“the rest and the refreshing whereby the weary is caused to rest”).
But notice that this prophetic warning comes to Israel by voices that are rejected and dismissed, particularly because it comes to them from a people of another tongue. This is an idiom used in other places to refer to gentiles. In other passages, such as Isa 35:4, we see the presence of a prophetic voice in the wilderness that aims to encourage the hope of the devastated nation that the time of their deliverance is near at hand.
Simply put, the church is the prophetic voice that has the key of interpretation. The godly remnant will employ the prophetic scriptures to point Israel to the savior. Prophecy is God’s final ‘dynamite’ that will prevail over Jewish unbelief. The church is the prophetic priestly intercessor that God uses in the travail of bringing Israel to birth after the time of unequaled judgment (Isa 66:8), in the same way that He used Paul to travail till Christ be formed in his Galatians.” Reggie Kelly

Day of hope

Mat 7:22_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________”the restoration of the nation as a distinctly Jewish nation (Dan 2:44). Simply put, if there is no millennium, there can be no literal fulfillment of the vast amount of prophecy that depicts a glorious future for benighted and beleaguered Israel after the unequaled tribulation at the coming day of the Lord, which the New Testament equates with the time of Christs return “
“We need to see this mystery, not only for Israel but for ourselves. When God’s elect are exposed through disobedience to “the yoke of a cruel one” (Jer 30:14), it is then they learn how easy His yoke is by comparison, and so flee back under the refuge of the covenant, which only the believer has in Christ.

To understand this hidden principle is to escape much that might otherwise offend and threaten the collapse of faith. We must know for Israel and for ourselves what Jesus understood when He said to Pilate: “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above.” Where God’s true elect are concerned, this could as well be said of Satan as of Pilate (Ro 8:28).

If a prophet of Habakkuk’s spiritual stature could be mystified and offended by God’s use of evil, what can be expected for the latent humanism that so deeply pervades most of Christendom when Israel will be betrayed not only by the nations, but once more by institutional Christendom as well?”
“Therefore, we must not faint when our human sensibilities will be overwhelmed. The reason is clear: Just as God ‘got His man’ on the Damascus road, He will get His nation, regardless! He does not spare in His pursuit (Jacob’s trouble; Jer 30:7; Dan 12:1Mt 24:21-22; compare also Deut 32:36 with Dan 12:7; also Gal 1:15-16 with Ps 102:13; 110:3).

The church must come to understand what Israel will learn in the crucible of Jacob’s trouble, namely, He will not spare to bring all the way down just so that He might raise His afflicted all the way up to sit in heavenly places in Christ, to behold His beauty forever! It will be worth it all.

It is so important that we do not get caught up in endless comparisons of things that are at best relative. It is our prophetic calling to see beyond the veil to that glorious heart and wisdom that does not spare to sacrifice the thing that is momentary for a far greater weight of glory. We must see this for Israel and for ourselves. The judgment may seem by every human measurement and reckoning to be excessive, but the eye of faith knows it is not, and chooses to justify God rather than man. “Blessed be the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me” (Mt 11:6).”

  “Let the reader understand,” i.e., understand what Daniel wrote) is critical in three vital areas:
1) Our protection from unequaled deception (Mt 24:4, 11, 24; Mk 13:23; 2Thes 2:3).
2) Our readiness to follow where God is taking the church corporately through the constraining influence of these specifically timed events.
3) Our ability to understand the true essence of what is at stake in terms of what these events reveal, but most importantly to apprehend with all saints the full weight of glory that God has invested in this eschatological vision (Isa 28:12; Dan 9:24; 12:9-10; Hab 2:2-3; Ro 11:25-36; Rev 10:7).

It all begins with our obedience to simply ‘do’ what Jesus said. Jesus had a wise and glorious strategy in this simple but vital instruction. When we go to Daniel in search of that particular event (the abomination of desolation; Mt 24:15), we find it specifically mentioned in Dan 8:11-14; 9:27; 11:31; 12:11. Jesus well knew that the prayerful inquirer would not only find the mentioned event and sufficient evidence of its nature, but also the other signal events that lead up to the abomination (Dan 11:23-31) and those that following after (Dan 11:31-45).
The Lord also knew that our identification of the abomination and its relation to other prophesied events would bring into view the mysterious gap separating Messiah’s two comings to Israel (Dan 9:24-27), and the pre-determined time frame of the last seven years (Daniel’s last or seventieth week; Dan 9:27), which is ordained to bring in the Antichrist and the finishing of the mystery of iniquity (Dan 8:11; 9:27; 11:31-37; 12:11; 2Thes 2:4, 7-8). Jesus knew that our locating the time and nature of the abomination of desolation would constitute THE key that would bring into clarity and alignment all other prophecy leading to the climactic fulfillment of the covenant in the day of the Lord.
He knew the use the Father had intended to make of this specifically revealed pre-determined time frame to depose Satan (Dan 12:1 with Rev 12:7-14), and to crowd the church to its final fullness (Dan 11:32-33; 12:10; Eph 4:13; Rev 12:10-11), and Israel to the place of repentance by the removal of their power (Lev 26:19; Deut 32:36; Dan 12:7; the “set time” to favor Zion; Ps 102:13 w/ 110:3; Ezek 39:22). Thus finishing the mystery that brings the age to its predestined consummation (Rev 10:7). So much is invested in this simple exercise of following the Lord’s instruction to read Daniel in search of this event, which to neglect will surely prove very costly if not fatal (Mk 13:22).”

 “The goal of Jacob’s trouble is to bring the Jew to an end of His own power. It is significant that this is precisely the place where Jesus is revealed to the Jewish heart, namely, at the end of power (“when He sees that their power is gone …” compare Deut 32:36 with Dan 12:7). This is because the strength of the veil that is over the Jewish heart, and indeed over every natural heart, stands in what scripture calls, “the pride of your power” (Lev 26:19). It is what Paul calls, “confidence in the flesh” (2Cor 1:9; Phil 3:3-4). When this is taken away, so is the veil in the revelation of the face of Jesus Christ (2Cor 3:18; 4:6). “

“just as I believe that Stephen’s testimony and martyrdom had a preparatory influence for the predestined event of Paul’s revelation of Christ on Damascus road”


Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Day of the Lord

Our little Bible Study was recorded this week.
By the grace of God we were able to start to
look at this vast subject with implications for
every moment and the eternal life that God

Update video

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Dirt...Lamb...Behold His love

Jesus the imperishable seed, touched by the living water of the Holy Spirit flowing through us, with God the Father shining His Light, what is our part? 

Just be dirt!

We need a safe place in the midst of temptations and slings and arrows and subtle wiles of the enemy leading to pride, bitterness, etc.

That safe place is looking with gratitude at the amazing, sacrificial love of our Messiah. 
 (Christ and Him crucified.)  Start out there, stay there, and when you wander, repent and return there.

We follow the Lamb.  He has a servant heart, lovingly goes lower still, willingly lays down all His rights for love sake.

Happily, I am becoming more simple as I get older.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Resting and Trusting and Staying

Resting in the completed work of salvation that Yeshua accomplished.

Trusting that His path is good, no matter how it looks or feels.

Staying with the people God has you with, loving and staying.

Staying allows time to pass, and since we are all in process, staying
allows us to see the hand of God doing His good work in the lives
around us. 

As I get older, I see that the years are a preparation, a school to
let you know it is okay to ask for help.  Being vulnerable and broken
allows in so much love and wisdom from others.  I need you, and that
is okay, that is in fact how He designed us.

We are in need of mercy, and He is willing to dispense unending mercy.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

I wish...

I wish every follower of the Messiah would set aside time to listen to this and allow the Lord to speak to them of this "chief distinction in the heavenly kingdom." 
He that is least among you all shall be great. 
Whoever will be chief among you will be your servant. 
The lowliest is the nearest to God.  He that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 
For whoever exalts himself shall be abased and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
 If I then the Lord and Master have washed your feet, you should also wash one another's feet. 
I am among you as He that serves. 

Only got 2 minutes then go to 1:47:03 and listen for 2 minutes.

Humility by Andrew Murray

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Greed/Covetousness Not So Fast

Continuing through Ephesians 5 Paul mentions greed/covetousness twice and puts it on equal footing with sexual immorality.  In other places in the scripture (1 Thes. and 2 Peter) this same Greek word is spoken of as tainting the motive of ministry.  Money and ministry do not mix. 
It is such a privilege to be light and to be in union with the Messiah, that we must not be distracted by acquiring things.  Our culture is geared to drive us in this direction, but the life of Messiah will resist it if we let Him have control.
Lastly for this study the power of speaking words of life to others and to ourselves was emphasized.  The giving of thanks keeps us from sinking into self-pity, it realigns us with the truth and the goodness of God.
I am truly grateful for all of the people who come out to our Bible Study, each one brings a portion and the whole is therefore a reflection of His heart.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Ephesians 4 (and a smidgen of 5)

It is so key, as we begin to look at the "walk it out" part of Ephesians that we remember the tremendous effort Paul gave to lay out very clearly our identity in the Messiah.  Only when we know the height, width, depth, breadth of His love for us can we proceed from that place of ultimate rest and trust to walking out love.
Paul assumed the communities that he was writing to would be living in close fellowship, rubbing up against each other daily which would require humility and patience and a putting up with each other.  Maintaining unity in the one Body in each locality was the high calling that he expected of them, verses 4-6.  There is no expectation in the Bible for separate groups meeting in separate buildings that I can see, repentance is needed.  This one body in each locality would be gifted with apostles, prophets, shepherds, teachers and evangelists.  This close knit community with functioning gifts of the Spirit is the soil in which true followers of the Messiah are grown.  They are not blown about by every wind of teaching.  The speak into each others life and the growth process of the believer continues.  The laying aside of corruption that is called for is really only possible in this soil, on our own, falling and drifting away is almost guaranteed. 
Be angry and yet do not sin.  The anger is directed toward sin and the spiritual powers that bring death and destruction.  Anger directed towards people almost always has its root in self-centered thinking that is disappointed that other people are not centering their thoughts and actions on my happiness.  Since self and pride are the favorite area's Satan moves in, wallowing in anger directed at people opens the door for him to come in.  From there like a snowball rolling down hill he will encourage bitterness then outbursts of rage, then a consistent anger, then open quarreling, then intentionally speaking to hurt someone (slander) then actually working in tandem with the one who has come to steal, kill and destroy by acting with malice toward another person or group. 
The solution that is meant to bring us back to our Messiah is to remember His tenderhearted, quickly forgiving, sacrificial love for us who he calls in 5:1 dearly loved children.  Our prayer for each other is to spend time in the arms of our Father, as much time as it takes, to come to the revelation that we are right now, dearly loved children, with a tenderhearted Father and a Holy Spirit who we can grieve if we forget our high calling and instead of being a touch point for people to see the love of God we begin to bring harm to the people He loves.