This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God


THE REVELATION / GOD IS REAL

The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Psalm 19:2

The Bible was written and Christ came that we might know the only true God. From Genesis to the book called “Revelation” the Bible is a book 📚 that reveals. It reveals the important things of life we need to know, but the primary purpose is to reveal YHWH or the Almighty, whom the Jews called Most High God. We can know God and know He is real.

Galatians 4:8 tells us there were people who did not know God prior to Christ coming:

However at that time, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods. 

This was never God’s plan. In the garden He walked and talked with Adam and Eve. After the fall, He made Himself known. Genesis 6:13 tells us that God spoke to Noah. We know He spoke in a way that erased doubt because Noah spent 120 years building the ark. ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY YEARS suggest Noah believed God and KNEW God.

Abraham and his sons knew and believed God. The prophets knew and believed. The Psalmist knew. God spoke through the prophets prior to the coming of Messiah. Today He speaks through His Son.  (Hebrews 1:1-2)

Many verses tell us we can know.

“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3 

For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding…Colossians 1:9

…that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself…Colossians 2:2

Ephesians 1:18 I pray that the perception of your mind may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength.

Knowing God

YHWH REIGNS FOREVER

Not only can we know, we can live forever in His kingdom. Numerous verses tell us that God will reign as King forever. 

The LORD sat as King at the flood; Yes, the LORD sits as King forever. Psalm 29:10

…for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you. 2 Peter 1:11

CHRIST CAME THAT WE MIGHT LIVE

God, in His great love, sent His only Son that we might live forever. He is revealed through His written word, the Bible, and the Living Word, Jesus Christ Messiah.

16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the bright Morning Star.”

17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” Let the one who hears say, “Come!” And let the one who is thirsty come, and the one who desires the water of life drink freely. Revelation 22

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Why only the Father knows the hour of Christ return…


WHAT ONLY THE FATHER KNOWS

In Matthew 24, when asked about when He would return Jesus replied:

36 No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

Some people think this means the Son was inferior to the Father or that this was something only God would know and they use this verse as an excuse to refuse to worship Christ. 

WHY JESUS DID NOT KNOW!

Matthew 25:6 At midnight the cry went out: ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’

The Hebrews held the marriage ceremony as a sacred rite. There were steps to be followed. Neither the bride nor the bridegroom knew the exact day or hour the bridegroom would arrive. It was the father of the groom who would give the final approval for the marriage to begin and only he knew when.

Christ is the husband or bridegroom of His church. He will return for her and just as the Jewish Father determined the hour and the day, so God the Father will determine when the Son will come for His bride. It doesn’t denote inferiority on the part of Christ, but rather relationship. Christ is the Groom and this actually proves He is a member of the Godhead or God in the flesh.

THE MATAN

Just as a Jewish groom returns home to prepare a place for his bride, John 14 tells us that Jesus explained to his disciples that He was returning to heaven to prepare a place for them. He also promised a “Matan” or gift. Custom holds that the bridegroom gives a gift to his bride as a pledge of His love. Christ gift is His Holy Spirit.

3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and welcome you into My presence, so that you also may be where I am. 4You know the way to the place where I am going.”…16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you do know Him, for He abides with you and He will be in you.

CHRIST -THE BRIDEGROOM

Jewish Wedding Customs and the Bride of Messiah

One last question needs to be raised – who is the bride of Yeshua?

From the passage in Hosea (2:19-20) it is clear that Israel is the Bride of God.
Yet the Newer Covenant Scriptures tell us that the “church” is the bride of Messiah.

Revelation 21: 16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever— 17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you do know Him, for He abides with you and He will be in you.

Does God have two brides? Is He a polygamist? No!
Or, is it possible as some have suggested, God divorced one bride – Israel, to marry another – the church? That cannot be – for God has told us He hates divorce (Mal 2:16) and Jeremiah affirms God’s everlasting covenant with the physical people Israel (Jer 31:35-37). This too is affirmed by Paul in (Rom 9-11).
The best solution then is – to affirm the fact that God has always had one bride – His chosen people Israel. This has been enlarged to include those grafted in to Israel (Rom 11:17) , the gentile believers.

CHRIST SPEAKS TO HIS BRIDE

John 15:11 I have told you these things so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.

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Solomon’s unselfish prayer…


James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

SOLOMON WORSHIPS THE LORD

Prior to God’s appearing to Solomon, Solomon worshiped the LORD.

And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place. Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. 1 Kings 3:4

SOLOMON HAS A DREAM

While at Gibeon, Solomon dreamed and in his dream the Lord God appeared and spoke to him. God asked Solomon a question that most of us would like to be asked. The LORD asked:

“Ask what I shall You?” 1 Kings 3:5

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SOLOMON’S PRAYER

If God appeared to me and asked me this, I wonder what I would ask. Imagine the possibilities; Yet Solomon immediately thought of what God had already done for him and for his father, David. Here is Solomon’s prayer:

 “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. 7 And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. 9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” 1 Kings 3 

GOD RESPONDS

God spoke to Solomon in a dream. We might not fully comprehend God’s appearing in this way, but it was YHWH and Solomon fully comprehended that he was dealing with God.. When God makes Himself known, a person knows.  In His answer to Solomon, we learn of God’s care and love:

10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12 behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. 13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. 14 And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.” 2 Kings 3″

ON THE SUBJECT OF PRAYER

Our requests can please or displease God. Solomon’s experience teaches us that when we are grateful and we trust and obey, God may give us more than we ask or expect.

On the subject, Paul wrote:

20 Now to Him who is able to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3

 

 

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King Hezekiah prays when sick…


James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

OUR PAST AFFECTS OUR FUTURE 

Earlier we learned that King Hezekiah followed the LORD YHWH. He obeyed the LORD, and when trouble came the LORD showed up to help him. At some point, during his reign, Isaiah sent a message to the king of  a different type of trouble. 

HEZEKIAH’S MESSAGE FROM THE LORD

The message was clear…

“Thus says the LORD, ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die; you shall not recover.’ 2 Kings 20:1b

HEZEKIAH’S PRAYER

I find it comforting to know that Hezekiah did not actually mention his ailment or death sentence to the LORD.  Hezekiah knew the LORD personally and understood that He knows all things including the desires of our hearts. God knows the desires of our hearts and what we need even before we ask. The fact that God answered the prayer verifies this truth. 

2 Kings 20:2 Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, saying, 3 “Now, O LORD, please remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.  

 ANSWERED PRAYER

God answered through His faithful servant and prophet, Isaiah.

I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD, 6 and I will add fifteen years to your life. I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city for my own sake and for my servant David’s sake.” 7 And Isaiah said, “Bring a cake of figs. And let them take and lay it on the boil, that he may recover.” 2 Kings 20

GOD CARES

While it may sometimes seem that people do not receive earthly healing or have years added to their lifespan as Hezekiah did, God always hears, cares, and does what is best for His own. He does add years to our lives. He cares about our tears and desires. He will direct our lives when we delight in Him.

Psalms 58: 8 You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?

Psalms 37:3 Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.…

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Hezekiah’s prayer for protection from a king who blasphemed YHWH


WHO WAS HEZEKIAH?

Hezekiah was a king of Judah and the son of Ahaz. Hezekiah has a great testimony because the Bible says that Hezekiah trusted in YHWH, the God of Israel and did not turn from following Him, but kept the commands of the LORD and Moses. Of him it is written that

…not one of the kings of Judah was like him, either before or after him. 2 Kings 18:5

Hezekiah had the poles to the pagan god Asherah removed. He even broke down the bronze snake that Moses had placed on a pole because some people had begun to offer incense to it. He followed Yahweh with his whole heart.

HEZEKIAH’S REIGN

He reigned in Jerusalem 29 years. He was 25 when he began to reign, so at the end of this time, he was 54 years of age.

HEZEKIAH’S PROBLEM

Early on during his reign, Assyria was a problem to Hezekiah. The Bible tells us that Hezekiah refused to serve the King of Assyria.  Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up against Samaria and after three years, captured it and carried away Israelites captive. Sennacherib king of Assyria also came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and took them. Hezekiah attempted to pay off the Assyrian King. Hezekiah gave him all the silver that was found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king’s house. He even stripped the gold from the doors of the temple of the Lord and from the doorposts to send to Assyria. Hezekiah later repented of this but not before the Assyrian king sent Tartan and Rabsaris and Rabshakeh from Lachish to king Hezekiah to mock him and to mock the Lord God, YHWH. 

The words of Rabshakeh were threatening:

2 Kings 18:28 Then the commander stood and called out in Hebrew, “Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria! 29 This is what the king says: Do not let Hezekiah deceive you. He cannot deliver you from my hand. 30 Do not let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the Lord when he says, ‘The Lord will surely deliver us; this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.’

This is what the king of Assyria says: Make peace with me and come out to me…33 Has the god of any nation ever delivered his land from the hand of the king of Assyria? 34 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena and Ivvah? Have they rescued Samaria from my hand? 35 Who of all the gods of these countries has been able to save his land from me? How then can the Lord deliver Jerusalem from my hand?”

HEZEKIAH’S RESPONSE

Hezekiah put on sackcloth and tore his clothes. He went to the temple and sought out the LORD’s prophet, Isaiah, to seek advice. Isaiah responded by sending a letter to Hezekiah telling him he did not need to be afraid because the king of Assyria had blasphemed the LORD, who had heard the blasphemy of the king and his attendants. The LORD answered:

2 Chronicles 19:7 I am about to put a spirit in him, and he will hear a rumor and return to his own land where I will cause him to fall by the sword.’ 

Hezekiah believed the words from the LORD that Isaiah sent.

2 Kings 19:14 Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the LORD and spread it before the LORD.

HEZEKIAH’S PRAYER

2 Kings 19:15 And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD and said: “O LORD, the God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. 16 Incline your ear, O LORD, and hear; open your eyes, O LORD, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God. 17 Truly, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands 18 and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. Therefore they were destroyed. 19 So now, O LORD our God, save us, please, from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, O LORD, are God alone.”

GOD’S RESPONSE

The LORD God heard Hezekiah’s prayer and answered. He told Isaiah to send Hezekiah a message to tell him that his prayers had been heard and what the LORD would do.

2 Kings 19:35 That night the angel of the LORD went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians. When the people got up the next morning — there were all the dead bodies! 36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and left. He returned home and lived in Nineveh.

 

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Ezra’s prayer of confession


WHAT IS CONFESSION

There are two types of confessions taught in the Bible – confession of our sins and a confession of our faith. Simply stated, confession is a written or oral acknowledgement. In the case of sin, it is a recognition and acknowledgement of guilt. 

Confession of faith, however, is a public declaration that we are placing our faith either in a Person or a creed.

The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works. Saint Augustine

WHO IS TO CONFESS

Everyone!

 …for it is written,
“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall confess to God.” Romans 14:11

…and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:11

TO WHOM DO WE CONFESS

Paul answered this question, and as we have learned from all biblical prayers, confession must be made to God:

“As surely as I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow before Me; every tongue will confess to God.  Romans 14:11

EZRA’S PRAYER

  “O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift my face to you, my God, for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has mounted up to the heavens. 7 From the days of our fathers to this day we have been in great guilt. And for our iniquities we, our kings, and our priests have been given into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, to plundering, and to utter shame, as it is today. 8 But now for a brief moment favor has been shown by the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant and to give us a secure hold within his holy place, that our God may brighten our eyes and grant us a little reviving in our slavery. 9 For we are slaves. Yet our God has not forsaken us in our slavery, but has extended to us his steadfast love before the kings of Persia, to grant us some reviving to set up the house of our God, to repair its ruins, and to give us protection in Judea and Jerusalem.

10“And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? For we have forsaken your commandments, 11 which you commanded by your servants the prophets, saying, ‘The land that you are entering, to take possession of it, is a land impure with the impurity of the peoples of the lands, with their abominations that have filled it from end to end with their uncleanness. 12 Therefore do not give your daughters to their sons, neither take their daughters for your sons, and never seek their peace or prosperity, that you may be strong and eat the good of the land and leave it for an inheritance to your children forever.’ 13And after all that has come upon us for our evil deeds and for our great guilt, seeing that you, our God, have punished us less than our iniquities deserved and have given us such a remnant as this, 14 shall we break your commandments again and intermarry with the peoples who practice these abominations? Would you not be angry with us until you consumed us, so that there should be no remnant, nor any to escape? 15 O LORD, the God of Israel, you are just, for we are left a remnant that has escaped, as it is today. Behold, we are before you in our guilt, for none can stand before you because of this.” Ezra 9

HOW EZRA’S PRAYER AFFECTED OTHERS

Ezra’s confession certainly had an effect on the people of his time:

While Ezra prayed and made confession, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, a very great assembly of men, women, and children, gathered to him out of Israel, for the people wept bitterly. Ezra 1o:02

Confession was followed by an awareness of sin, repentance, and a change in behavior:

2 And Shecaniah the son of Jehiel, of the sons of Elam, addressed Ezra: “We have broken faith with our God… 6 Then Ezra withdrew from before the house of God and went to the chamber of Jehohanan the son of Eliashib, where he spent the night, neither eating bread nor drinking water, for he was mourning over the faithlessness of the exiles. 7 And a proclamation was made throughout Judah and Jerusalem to all the returned exiles that they should assemble at Jerusalem, 8and that if anyone did not come within three days, by order of the officials and the elders all his property should be forfeited, and he himself banned from the congregation of the exiles. Ezra 10

HOW CONFESSION IMPROVES OUR LIVES TODAY 

Confession has an eternal effect on our lives:

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

 The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. Revelation 3:5

 

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Praying as Jehoshaphat prayed…Jehoshaphat’s Prayer for Deliverance


JEHOSHAPHAT’S STANDING BEFORE GOD

Jehoshaphat was king of Judah from 872-848 BC. He ruled after his father, Asa. It is recorded that:

He did not seek the Baals, 4 but sought the God of his father and walked in his commandments, and not according to the practices of Israel. 5 Therefore the LORD established the kingdom in his hand.

The LORD established Jehoshaphat’s kingdom and he became rich.

JEHOSHAPHAT’S NEED

The time came, however when trouble reached Judah and the king. In 2 Chronicles 20, we read that the Moabites and Ammonites, and with them some of the Meunites, came against Jehoshaphat for battle. They are described as a great multitude and we see that Jehoshaphat was afraid. In his fear, he sought the Lord God Almighty, YHWH.

JEHOSHAPHAT’S PRAYER

 

2 Chronicles 20:5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,6 and said, “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. pIn your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you. 7 Did you not, our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel, and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? 8 And they have lived in it and have built for you in it a sanctuary for your name, saying, 9 ‘If disaster comes upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before you—for your name is in this house—and cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save.’ 10 And now behold, the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir, whom you would not let Israel invade when they came from the land of Egypt, and whom they avoided and did not destroy— 11 behold, they reward us by coming to drive us out of your possession, which you have given us to inherit. 12 O our God, will you not execute judgment on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”

OUTCOME

Jehoshaphat worshiped in sight of all the people. As a result all the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship to God and arose singing God’s praises and…

the LORD set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed.  2 Chronicles 20:22

WHAT SHOULD WE DO WHEN TROUBLE COMES?

Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

 

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