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Friday, April 24, 2009

Who We Are In Messiah

The Mount of Olives In The Future

"After He said this, He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid Him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as He was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 'Men of Galilee,' they said, 'why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, Who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven.'" (Acts 1:9-11)

"At that time the sign of The Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see The Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other." (Matthew 24:30-31)

"Then The Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle. On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then The Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with Him. (Zechariah 14:3-5)

It was just a couple years ago, I can hear my own words of ignorance and rebellious heart ringing in my head,"The last place I want to go is Israel, that hole in the dessert." The Father has opened my eyes to see, and to love the things He loves. It happened from the inside, like all the things He does in us, like a baby forming in your womb...it is something He Knit into me, it certainly wasn't "me". I realized it was happening in my prayer time when I was quite before HIM. Israel would come to mind and I would weep. (Israel never came to my mind before in prayer!) I didn't know why I was weeping. There was a yearning in my Spirit that I could not explain, I could not control. As it grew, Scripture leaped off the page at me in new ways. The truth about WHO Israel is and WHO I am , broke through the doctrinal constraints that had fenced it in before. He showed me that WE are Israel - good and bad - we (the church believing in Jesus) repeats Israel's History to this day. The Commonwealth of Israel is HIS family, HIS people. We are grafted into that family by adoption, by the precious blood of Yahshua the Messiah. We are ONE: (emphasis is what the Holy Spirit SHOWED ME)

Galatians 3:7-9 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

Ephesians 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past GENTILES in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

GENTILES (ethnos) a race, i.e. a tribe; specially, a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually, by implication, pagan): Gentile, heathen, nation, people.

Ephesians 2:12 That at that time ye were without Messiah, being ALIENS from the COMMONWEALTH of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

ALIENS (apallotrioo) to estrange away, i.e. (passively and figuratively) to be non-participant: alienate, be alien.

COMMONWEALTH (politeia) citizenship; concretely, a community: commonwealth, freedom.

STRANGERS (xenos) foreign ; by implication, a guest.

Ephesians 2:13 But now in Messiah Yahshua ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Messiah.

Ephesians 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of PARTITION between us;

PARTITION (phragmos) a fence, or inclosing barrier (literally or figuratively): hedge (round about), partition.

Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

ENMITY (echthra) Deep-seated, often mutual hatred.

(He not only came to be our sacrifice need by the Torah, but came to abolish our hatred for the law and unify us. He came to unite us to it and bring us out of our doctrines of man. He also came to RENEW the covenant from that time which He divorced Israel. According to the Torah HE could not remarry her until one of them died. He himself died, so that ALL of Israel could join Him as His Bride once again. Yahshua renewed and restored all that was lost for us.)

Ephesians 2:16 And that he (Yahshua) might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

Ephesians 2:17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, AND to them that were nigh.

Ephesians 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but FELLOW CITIZENS with the saints, and of the HOUSEHOLD of YHVH;

FELLOWCITIZENS (sumpolites) a native of the same town.

HOUSEHOLD (oikeios) domestic, i.e. (as noun), a relative, adherent:–(those) of the (his own) house(-hold).

Ephesians 3:6 That the Gentiles should be FELLOWHEIRS, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Messiah by the gospel:

FELLOWHEIRS (sugkleronomos) a co-heir, i.e. (by analogy) participant in common: fellow (joint)-heir, heir together, heir with.

Church, we are grafted in to Commonwealth Israel. (Romans 11) Israel is what HE calls His people. Israel is both Jews and (Former) Gentiles who have faith in Him. He says (paraphrase), If you love me, you will follow my Commands. Understand the context, while we in the later days have the benefit of the letters and prophesies of John and the words of Yahshua, His "commands" and His "Scriptures" being referred to in the NT are all Old Testament! Yahshua was speaking OT Scripture and the Jews which He was preaching to...KNEW THAT. The New Testament is valuable, don't get me wrong. It documents who the Messiah IS; and lines up the OT fulfilling prophesy; it also lets us see the struggles the Believers of Yahshua endured and that they were "people too".

When I really started studying the OT in context my Messiah became that much more glorified! The OT points to the Messiah and the Messiah points to the OT. But I never SAW that for myself in the Word the first 10 years of my walk, because I didn't understand the OT or the context of the NT fully. It is like having a 2000 piece puzzle with NO box top and having several little sections of it put together, but thousands of pieces laying about singly and not knowing what the big picture is. However that all started changing when the Father showed me who I am. When I started realizing His Appointed Times/Feasts were my Feasts and His Shabbat was meant for me and observing them, and studying them. I study more and HE shows me more - things just snowball. It was like crossing over into a His world. It's a beautiful thing.

I can't help but used my experience of adoption as an illustration. We are in the midst of adopting two girls from Haiti. They are leaving their world behind, one of poverty and destruction and death, but one that seems normal to them from their current point of view. They are joining our family, we have sought them out, we wanted them, we have gone through a long hard process to get them. AS they arrive, there will be many adjustments. Language and culture changes, mourning the loss of their old home (no matter how grim), emotions, you name it. There is a transition. It is a matter of "will". As the parents it is our job to reveal ourselves to our children. Show them who we are, what we are about and what our plan is for them. We love them, we help them, we teach them. We will have rules in place. They will need to learn our ways. A lot of what was commonplace in Haiti will not be acceptable here. We have compassion on them knowing they are babes (2 and 5) and this is a transition for them. We instruct them in love, showing them the way tenderly. If they "know" but make a conscious choice to disobey, than there will be consequences. They will be chastened. They will need to repent and make restitution when possible. If they see our teachings as harsh restraints, holding them back from something better, or if they choose to trust their own ideas over our teachings as a rule, they will not be protected by the rules we have put in place for them (running into the street, playing with fire, hitting, etc.). Will I hate them? NO! Will it be a strain on our relationship? Yes. Will they be able to walk in the full blessings of the family? NO! I will not be able to give them the freedom they so desire, because they will need to be retrained for their own safety. I will not let them play in the yard freely without me, so they will have to wait until I am finished with chores. I will not take them places and show them things, because the outing would be laborious with a disobedient child, screaming, running off, being destructive, etc. As parents we know, slow obedience, partial obedience, and poor attitudes are NOT obedience. We want our children's hearts and out of their hearts comes true obedience. We want to effect their conscience so they will do the right thing when we are not their. We want to equip our children to be happy, holy and whole! As a parent, my Scriptures have shown me, I must endure all this for the sake of my child, I must never stop teaching them and loving them and forgiving them and extending my hand to them. They NEED me. One day, they will see the wisdom of my ways and turn from the corruption of the world. Will that take 6 months? 3 years? 20 years? That depends on their willingness to submit to my teachings and follow wisdom. That will depend on whether they see that my rules provide them freedom not confinement and suppression. That is the oldest lie in the BOOK. That is the thing which the serpent deceived Satan and it still works to this day. He wants to keep the Commonwealth of Israel as far away from the blessing of YHVH's Torah as possible. You see, the adoption already happened - they are mine and will always be mine, but it is their choice as to how they will respond to my teachings (Torah) and my ways, and whether or not they want to identify with us or on their own that will determine the course of their lives.

Rebellion 1. Open, armed, and organized resistance to a constituted government.
2. An act or a show of defiance toward an authority or established convention.

Obedience 1. To carry out or fulfill the command, order, or instruction of.
2. To carry out or comply with (a command, for example).

a. The mental faculty by which one deliberately chooses or decides upon a course of action: championed freedom of will against a doctrine of predetermination.
b. The act of exercising the will.
a. Diligent purposefulness; determination: an athlete with the will to win.
b. Self-control; self-discipline: lacked the will to overcome the addiction.
3. A desire, purpose, or determination, especially of one in authority: It is the sovereign's will that the prisoner be spared.
4. Deliberate intention or wish: Let it be known that I took this course of action against my will.
5. Free discretion; inclination or pleasure: wandered about, guided only by will.
6. Bearing or attitude toward others; disposition: full of good will.
a. A legal declaration of how a person wishes his or her possessions to be disposed of after death.
b. A legally executed document containing this declaration.

Verb tense
1. To decide on; choose.
2. To yearn for; desire: "She makes you will your own destruction" George Bernard Shaw.
3. To decree, dictate, or order.
4. To resolve with a forceful will; determine.
5. To induce or try to induce by sheer force of will: We willed the sun to come out.
6. To grant in a legal will; bequeath.

His Precepts (Scriptures) and His Ruach (Spirit) are what unite us. The Spirit draws us near, our faith seals the deal, and His Word teaches us how to leave and change our ways and shows us who our God is: His character, His plan, His desires for us. For over 2000 years, The Church has taken the Scriptures and ran with it in 10,000 directions in ignorance, as far away from Israel and our foundation as possible. We have created our own doctrines (just like the men Yahshua spoke against in His day). He came to call us AAAALLLL back to His pure teachings. (He quoted the OT and it's principals, there was nothing NEW in Yahshua's teachings - just RENEWED and further revealed). He has pure understanding of His pure Scriptures and showed us how to walk that out. Yahshua was pure Torah, the Living Word made flesh. If we understand ALL of our Scriptures (OT) in their context; we would learn that what is taught in many of our denominations of the "church" replacing Israel is simply the bad doctrine of man. We were taught that Yahshua did away with the Torah/Law and replaced it. NO, HE DEMONSTRATED IT AND POINTED US BACK TO IT! But in our rebelliousness "rules that hold us down", if that is not the definition of rebellion, I don't know what is! But if we knew our true identity and willingly used His Scriptures to live by instead of our church's doctrine, IF we really trusted HIM and His ways; He would do a MIGHTY work in the body and His presence would be made known with awesome power in these dark dark times. The Jews would see the real Messiah in us, not this manufactured one we have developed in 10000 factions. We would be a part of Scripture being fulfilled as a SINGLE BODY with Yahshua as the head and His ways as our doctrine. No denominations, no Jew and Gentile- only the Commonwealth of Israel in unity with Holy Spirit and living out the Pure Scriptures while glorifying our Creator!

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