KEEP LOOKING UP…


Isaiah 52:8 Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; together they shout for joy. When the LORD returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes.

Luke 21:27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to happen, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

1 Thessalonians 4:15 By the word of the Lord, we declare to you that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will be the first to rise. 17 After that, we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord.…

Isaiah 43:15 I am the LORD, your Holy One,
Israel’s Creator and King…25 “I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again…”

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Approaching God this Easter…Partaking of the “Cup of the New Covenant”


Revelation 1:7 Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him — even those who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. So shall it be! Amen.

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Many will choose to worship on Easter Sunday. People who never attend church the remainder of the year will seek a house of worship on Easter because the resurrection holds promise and life for all who find the way to God.  Knowing how to approach God is essential. What does the Bible say?

UNDER THE NEW COVENANT 

Hebrews 12:18 For you have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom, and storm; 19 to a trumpet blast or to a voice that made its hearers beg that no further word be spoken. 20 For they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned. 21 The sight was so terrifying that even Moses said, “I am trembling with fear. 22 Instead, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to myriads of angels 23 in joyful assembly, to the congregation of the firstborn, enrolled in heaven. You have come to God the judge of all men, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 to JESUS, THE MEDIATOR OF A NEW COVENANT, and to THE SPRINKLED BLOOD that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

THE CHRIST OF THE BIBLE

Under the New Covenant we are under grace. The Lord Christ Jesus left heavens glory and came to earth. He is the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD. He emptied Himself of His former glory and came wrapped in flesh. He lived under the limitations we experience here for 33 years. He only used His power to help, heal, resurrect, forgive and protect others during this time. After living as the Son of man and preaching the kingdom, Christ became our Passover Lamb, the Savior of the world. He died on a cross, shedding His blood. He was crucified and buried, but on the third day, He arose.  Because of His bodily resurrection, we now also have hope of resurrection when we die.

THIS DO IN REMEMBRANCE…

Because Christ came as our ransom and propitiation for sin and because He clearly taught that we are saved by Him when we repent and believe the gospel, He did not give us a long list of do’s and don’ts. Instead He commanded only that we love as He loved and then He graciously gives us the ability to do this through regeneration. He also asked that we be baptized in identification with Him and that we do one other thing in remembrance of Him…

Luke 22:19 And He took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body, given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 20 In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you...”

Earlier Jesus had told the Jews and all in the company who were listening to Him preach:

John 6:53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of Man, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.…

Many were offended by this. Even today, there are people who are offended. Yet Jesus tells us that life is in His body and His blood. Because of this, if we are true believers, we are to partake of the “cup of the new covenant” until He returns.

WHY THE BREAD AND THE CUP?

The bread represents Jesus’s body and the wine in the cup represents His blood. By partaking, we are identifying ourselves as having received Christ as our Savior and Lord and His atonement as our sin covering. 

Will you be in obedience and be partaking of the Cup of the New Covenant? Those under the New Covenant and the blood are safe. Who are they? These are those who are waiting for Christ return.

Hebrews 9:15 Therefore He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called might receive the promise of the eternal inheritance, because a death has taken place for redemption from the transgressions [committed] under the first covenant...27 And just as it is appointed for people to die once-and after this, judgment. 28 so also the Messiah, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.

THE BLESSING PROMISED

Hebrews 13:20 Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus-the great Shepherd of the sheep – with the blood of the everlasting covenant, equip you with all that is good to do His will, working in us what is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

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I could have done more…


With the “Holocaust Memorial” being held, and Eva Speaking at the UN, I decided to update and Reblog, “I could have done more…” Be sure and watch the video on the original post.

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“I Could Have Done More…”

This is perhaps the most touching scene from any movie ever made!

How many people are haunted by the words of Oskar Schindler shown at the end of the movie,  “Schindler’s List”?

Oskar Schindler should inspire each of us to work to end injustice and end hatred and discrimination.

AN UPDATE

February, 2018, the youngest survivor on Oskar Schindler’s list is now 81 years of age.  Eva Lavi was recently allowed to address the United Nations Memorial Ceremony for Holocaust survivors. He saved her life by asking she be released from Auschwitz because her tiny fingers were needed to clean the barrels of guns.

Her stories is here. “I feel guilty I survived.”

What Should We Be Doing?

The Holocaust was the most horrific event that has occurred in my lifetime. I was born during the midst of this horror and as terrible as…

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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

Worship and prayers happen in churches across America every week.

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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