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Friday, April 19, 2019

The Privilege of Injustice - Art Katz

"God Himself has produced the distress, He employs man, but it is there to compel us to God."

This is a message of the very Life of God.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V4_VRUa5bw

Thursday, April 18, 2019

His Son, and His corporate son

Listen to this...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLDGVl8D5UU


Consider this...


A beautiful gathering of broken screw-ups takes place every Tuesday night near my house.  We call it a Bible Study, because "a gathering of broken screw-ups" is a little too real for most people.


We looked at Romans chapter 9-11 recently and especially focused on the partial blindness of the Jewish people clearly stated in Romans 11:25.


It was brought home to my heart in a way that I am incapable of expressing, how near and dear this is to the heart of God. 


His love ripped the veil of pride that separates the very limited value of education from the eternal value of His revelation.


His faithful, unchanging love revealed to one of us, the deep cost that His chosen people, the Jew, have endured during this age long time of partial imposed blindness.


His faithful, unchanging love brought with that revelation the deep appreciation of His grace, that comes with seeing the price paid by His son, and His chosen people.


Selah


and


Amen

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Ephesians 5 the Profound Mystery of Marriage

All the stuff  I used as we tried to be open before the Lord as to the profound mystery of the Messiah and His community and the marriage relationship in Ephesians 5.

Do you see how we’re not talking about control today? No! We’re talking about the very opposite of control. We’re talking humility, selflessness, putting others first, all leading to beautiful unity in all our relationships. Who is our role model? Jesus, who put us first. Try putting some submission in your relationships. Watch for opportunities to yield this week, as an act of worship to the One who yielded for you.

Under the heading “Be filled with the Spirit” which should be our ultimate goal as individuals and as a body, Paul lists (1) Speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.
          1. Making melody in your heart to God
          2. Gratitude
          3. Submit to one another in the fear of the Messiah
A) in marriage
B) children
              1. slaves/masters

2 Tim. 3:12,13 “If we endure, we will also reign with Him;
If we deny Him, He will also deny us;
If we are faithless, He remains faithful,
for He cannot deny Himself.”

Eve not “ex nihilio” but made from Adam's rib.

Mistreating your wife is mistreating yourself because of the unity.

If you voluntarily submit to the curse you take away its power to bring death.

Submit (wife) your will given to another
Love (husband) your very life given to another

Men , be the first to apologize, pursue, cherish,
Focus on your role

the husband is not given any permission to make a wife submit
she is asked to voluntarily submit and if she doesn't oh well, that
is between her and God

our deepest joy is found in sacrifice

When people see how the husband acts, they are to see the Messiah very high calling



You and I are not the point of marriage







Bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh, literally my bone was removed and used, compare this to, we are partakers of the divine nature! Be amazed, stand in silent awe of the majesty of these words.

 loving possession. He said, "She is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh." He felt she was his own and belonged solely to him. Of anything there might be in the Garden, Adam was but owner in the second degree. But when he saw her, he felt she was all his own. By bonds and ties which did not admit of dispute, his bone and his flesh was she. Now, Beloved, at this moment let this thought dance through your soul—you belong to Jesus— altogether you belong to Jesus! Let not your love go forth to earthly things, so soiled and dim, but send it all away, up to Him to whom you belong—yes, send it all to Him. “ Spurgeon

              1. There is between you and your Lord a similarity of Nature and an intimate relationship! You have a mysterious extraction from Him and He has a loving possession of you—and a vital union with you. Come, now, we must only have a few minutes to catch some of the juice that will flow out of these clusters of Eshcol while we tread them for a moment, just to show what the wines of the kingdom are like.”CHS
              2. The husband is not to demand submission from the wife. She is to offer it freely and lovingly. This submission is to her “own husbandonly! Women are not subservient to men. They are equals, even in the home. But, God has invested leadership in the husband and he will be held responsible for the home. He will give an account for his actions as the head of the home when he stands before Jesus.
              3. Alan carr
Helper is a word used for God's help numerous times. Eve has a high calling.
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Our help H5828 is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.”

Malachi 2:15 TLV
15 Did the One not make her with a remnant of Ruach?
Then what is the One seeking?
Offspring of God!
So protect your spirit—
do not betray the wife of your youth.

NKJV different
15 But did He not make them one,
Having a remnant of the Spirit?
And why one?
He seeks godly offspring.
Therefore take heed to your spirit,
And let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth.

Adam out of his rib – Eve literally they are one and whole together

Jesus out of His side the life blood of our salvation flowed and since His name means Salvation is of God we complete Him (though He is lacking nothing) by being the object of His salvation.

Colossians 1:24 we are His hands and feet and we display His heart to the world through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Do not try to prove you are better than others.

"Do not try to prove you are better than others." Philippians 2:3a  WE

"Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves]."   Philippians 2:3 AMPC

Sadly my tendency to want to prove that I am better than you carried over into my life following the Messiah.

But now, by His grace, He has pointed it out, so soon and very soon, by His Spirit it will be defeated.

I wonder if the challenge is to see that the body, believers working together is indeed better than any one follower of the Lord.

I wonder if the call is to truly see the body and your place in it, and to completely and totally give up the unworthy ends of self-exaltation.

I wonder if the most prevalent idol of all is self.

Thank you Lord, when You reveal sin, we repent, You forgive and You begin the process of replacing the tree of the knowledge of good and evil with the tree of life.

I rest in You, I trust in You.


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Lamentations, Oh Lord We Are Not Ready

"Because of thirst the infant’s tongue
    sticks to the roof of its mouth;
the children beg for bread,
    but no one gives it to them."
 Lamentation 4:4  


It does not say there is no bread, but it does say "no one gives it to them."


"With their own hands compassionate women
    have cooked their own children,
who became their food
    when my people were destroyed."

Lamentations 4:10


How can we even comprehend this? 
Lamentations, starts with "How?".
That is the question through out the
book.


Oh Lord, help us, enable us, to pour out
the entire contents of our alabaster box of
mercy on those around us, especially the next
generation.  Help us to freely give.  Help
us to travail for the proper preparation
to be given them.  Because Lamentations
is about to be replayed.  Oh Lord, we
are not ready!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Loving, Willing, Joyful Surrender

Get to know how faithful He is.
Surround yourself with people whose story is, "He found me in a pit and pulled me out."
Trust His love.
Cry out for His mercy.
Surrender willingly.
Surrender joyfully.
Surrender to love.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Keep Your Eyes on ME

Beautiful, eternal, timeless, ultimate truth, demonstrated by my daughter at our dining room table.


She had just gotten a baby guinea pig, named Augustus, she was holding him at the dining room table and he was very nervous because our old cat Sheba was circling the area, thinking the guinea pig looked a lot like, fresh lunch! 


Patience, my daughter, held the guinea pigs face very close to her face and said,


"Look directly at me, focus on my face, don't look at the cat!"


There is our solution, our scriptural, very simple, but very high and very effective calling.  Fix your eyes on Jesus and in beholding Yeshua you will be changed into His image, don't waste any time looking at the enemy and his schemes.  Lord You said, "Seek My face."  We respond, "Your face Lord we will seek."


Ever.


Always.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

I Can't fill in the blank, You can!

Couldn't fall asleep today, despite the fact that I was very tired and typically I drift right off to sleep.  Many needs were on my mind and I have no resources to meet them.


This is the place of faith.


This is a very uncomfortable place.  A place that feels like, you aren't much of a man, you can't provide for your families needs, you are falling short etc., etc.


Looking forward to the day when the accuser of the brethren is cast down, but for now, I will agree with my accuser on the Way.


Yep, I sure can't provide for my family, yep I sure am at the end of my resources, yes indeed eeeee
I can't (fill in the blank) but my faithful loving Father can, and He loves it when I realize the on going reality of my emptiness and the contrast of His abundant life.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Don't Be So Hard on Them

Rachel, David, Ezekiel, Aaron, Moses, Judah, as the day had some time for just relaxing and discussing different Bible characters, the thought has come to me, "Don't be so hard on them." 

Some of them their lives were prophetic, they were being weighed down with meaning and events that were overwhelming from any perspective.

Some of them had their worst day ever preserved for all time, to be dissected and analyzed.

Basically just give them the same mercy He gives you.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Stillness and Simplicity

Given the opportunity to talk to about 15 men of God at a nearby prison, God seemed to lead a very simple time of sharing.  

Guys it says in Col. 3:12 that you are "chosen by God, set apart as holy by God, and beloved of God".

Make sure that is the tape that is playing in your head,
"I am chosen, holy and beloved."


Now that you know that add to that there is coming a day called the day of the Lord, when God will execute true justice and everything that is wrong will be made right.  We are moving toward that day and nothing can stop it.  Psalm 2 and Psalm 110 the Psalms most quoted by the Apostles were both very much centered on the kingdom of God and the Day of the Lord.  It is a very strong encouragement to hearts that are not seeing justice or righteousness in any of the systems of our day.

And my time of sharing was complete.

God is making me more and more simple.  Thank you God.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Tone of Voice or My Problem with the Bible

Before you pick up your Bible, there is something very important that you need, something that will make all the difference in the words that you read.
A revelation of the heart of God and the tone of voice behind the words!
When the prodigal son thought about returning home the conversation he had in his head was that he would bargain for the place of a servant, just to have his basic needs provided for in exchange for his working the fields.  The tone of voice he thought would respond to his return home was way, way, way off.

The prodigal son didn't get to fully finish his prepared speech, he was met with a Father's heart who ran to him, who had been looking down the road for him. The father was so busy showering him with hugs and tear stained kisses that he could not have told you what one word of that speech was.
Immediate and total restoration occurred because gathering in, total restoration, forgiveness and love are the heart of God. 

Come Home!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Humility (lower still)


     Do we gladly glory in weakness?   Do we take pleasure in injuries, necessities, distresses?  Do we regard reproof (just or unjust) and correction as an opportunity to prove how Jesus is all to us with no care of our own honor or the humiliation?  Oh to be so free of self that we are lost in the thought that Jesus is all.  We take pleasure in the things that bring us low, because low is where the protection of God is, low is where the glory of God is, low is where the anointing of God is.  True worship comes from a heart that is low, that understands that ultimately, “the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.”
 
       Andrew Murray's audio book continues to bless me.  "Humility"

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Trials Redeemed into Precious Stones

.I wonder if the beautiful precious stones in the wall of the Holy City will be made up of the times in our life when we went under a trial with trust and faith in God alone. I wonder if for all eternity there will be a precious stone of remembrance sparkling and telling the story of a broken, confused, seemingly forsaken child, who cried out from the depth of very real pain, "Carry me Daddy, carry me!"

Isaiah 54:12  "Moreover, I will make your battlements of rubies,
And your gates of crystal,
And your entire wall of precious stones"


1 Cor. 3:12,13 "Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work."

1 Chron. 29:8 "Whoever possessed precious stones gave them to the treasury of the house of the LORD, in care of Jehiel the Gershonite."

1 Kings 10:2 "So she came to Jerusalem with a very large retinue, with camels carrying spices and very much gold and precious stones. When she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was in her heart."

 Psalm 116:15 "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants."  The "precious" in this verse is the same word as the one used for the precious stones, so it seems right
that in our dying daily God sees a precious stone that He chooses to remember!

 These thoughts were inspired by a section of the book, "To Trace a Rising Sun" by Stephanie Quick I am very grateful for the body, for a faithful wife, for amazing friends and for costly mercy from my Brother!  I am grateful for a kind and gentle God who would bend down to consider as very precious the times of darkness, the times of crushing and the times of purifying fire.



Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Isaiah 63:9

In every English translation available at biblegateway.com


Let the truth of His love wash over you again and again, until it is all there is!!


In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the angel of His presence saved them; in His love and in His pity He redeemed them, and He bore them, and carried them all the days of old.
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.
In all their distress He was distressed, And the angel of His presence saved them, In His love and in His compassion He redeemed them; And He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the Angel of His presence saved them; in His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.
In all their suffering, he suffered, and the angel of his presence saved them. He redeemed them because of his love and compassion; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of the past.
During all their distress, God also was distressed, so a messenger who served him saved them. In love and mercy God redeemed them, lifting and carrying them throughout earlier times.
In all their troubles he was troubled; then the Angel of His Presence saved them; in his love and pity he redeemed them. He had lifted them up and carried them throughout the days of old.
It troubled the Lord to see them in trouble, and his angel saved them. The Lord was truly merciful, so he rescued his people. He took them in his arms and carried them all those years.
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the Angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bore them and carried them all the days of old.
In all their affliction he was not troubled, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love, and in his mercy he redeemed them, and he carried them and lifted them up all the days of old.
The people had many troubles, but he was not against them. He loved them and felt sorry for them, so he saved them. He sent his special angel to save them. He picked them up and carried them, just as he did long ago.
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
When they ·suffered [were distressed/afflicted], he ·suffered [was distressed/afflicted] also. ·He sent his own angel to save them [L The angel/messenger of his presence/face saved them; Ex. 14:19]. Because of his love and kindness, he saved them. ·Since long ago [L All the days of old] he has ·picked [lifted] them up and carried them [Deut. 32:10–12].
In all their troubles he was troubled, and the Angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his mercy he redeemed them, and he bare them and carried them always continually.
In all their troubles he was troubled, and he was the Messenger who saved them. In his love and compassion he reclaimed them. He always held them and carried them in the past.
from all their suffering. It was not an angel, but the Lord himself who saved them. In his love and compassion he rescued them. He had always taken care of them in the past,
In all their suffering, He suffered, and the Angel of His Presence saved them. He redeemed them because of His love and compassion; He lifted them up and carried them all the days of the past.
When they suffered, he suffered also. He sent his own angel to save them. Because of his love and kindness, the Lord saved them. Since long ago he has picked them up and carried them.
In all their distress he wasn’t distressed, but the angel of his presence saved them; in his acts of love and in his acts of pity he redeemed them; he carried them and lifted them up all the days of old.
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the Angel of his face saved them: with his love and with his clemency he redeemed them; and he bore them and carried them all the days of the age.
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.
In all their distress, there was no distress, and the messenger of his presence saved them, in his love and compassion he himself redeemed them, and he lifted them up, and he supported them all the days of old.
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and he personally saved them. In his love and pity he redeemed them and lifted them up and carried them through all the years.
I’ll make a list of God’s gracious dealings, all the things God has done that need praising, All the generous bounties of God, his great goodness to the family of Israel— Compassion lavished, love extravagant. He said, “Without question these are my people, children who would never betray me.” So he became their Savior. In all their troubles, he was troubled, too. He didn’t send someone else to help them. He did it himself, in person. Out of his own love and pity he redeemed them. He rescued them and carried them along for a long, long time.
In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the angel of His presence saved them; in His love and in His mercy He redeemed them; and He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.
In all their troubles he was troubled, and he was the Messenger who saved them. In his love and compassion he reclaimed them. He always held them and carried them in the past.
in their every affliction. It was not an envoy or a messenger, but his presence that saved them. Because of his love and pity the Lord redeemed them, Lifting them up and carrying them all the days of old.
In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the angel of His presence saved them; In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them, And He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.
When they suffered, he suffered also. He sent his own angel to save them. Because of his love and kindness, he saved them. Since long ago he has picked them up and carried them.
Through all that they suffered, he suffered too. The messenger sent from his very presence delivered them. In his love and mercy he protected them; he lifted them up and carried them throughout ancient times.
When they suffered, he suffered with them. He sent his angel to save them. He set them free because he is loving and kind. He lifted them up and carried them. He did it again and again in days long ago.
In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the Angel of His Presence saved them; In His love and in His pity He redeemed them; And He bore them and carried them All the days of old.
He suffered with them in all their troubles, and the angel of the Lord saved them. In His loving-kindness He paid the price and made them free. He lifted them up and carried them all the days of long ago.
In all their suffering he also suffered, and he personally rescued them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years.
in all their distress. It was no messenger or angel but his presence that saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
in all their distress. It was no messenger or angel but his presence that saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
in all their distress. It was no messenger or angel but his presence that saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
in all their distress. It was no messenger or angel but his presence that saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
In all their tzoros He was afflicted, and the malach of His presence saved them; in His ahavah and in His mercy He redeemed them; and He lifted them up, and carried them kol y’mei olam.
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
In all their affliction He was afflicted. So the angel of His presence saved them. In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them, then He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.
And when they suffered, God suffered too; And the messenger of His presence acted to save them. Out of enduring love, compassion, and concern, God Himself rescued them. Through all those years long ago, God picked them up and carried them through.
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and in his pity he redeemed them. He bore them, and carried them all the days of old.
in all the tribulation of them. It was set in tribulation, and the angel of his face saved them. In his love and in his forgiveness he again-bought them, and he bare them, and raised them in all [the] days of the world. (in all their trials and tribulation. For he was set in tribulation with them, and it was not the angel sent from him, but he himself who saved them. In his love and in his forgiveness he redeemed, or he rescued, them, and he carried them, and he raised them up in all the days of the world.)
In all their distress [He is] no adversary, And the messenger of His presence saved them, In His love and in His pity He redeemed them, And He doth lift them up, And beareth them all the days of old.

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 mysteryofisrael.org



"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.

Act 2:20  THE SUN SHALL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS, AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD, BEFORE THE COMING OF THE GREAT AND AWESOME 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
gives.


Update video


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt0PtyrID6E&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0rFKqBMKuiCdpKcgGbI8Xm8gnMj5OZQNCAVYgwilnED0xhJCjnnnDWl9Y