Ariel Sharon 1928-2014

11 01 2014

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How the Mighty Have Fallen!

With the news of Ariel Sharon’s death, we must consider the proper attitude for Christians to express toward his memory. My first thought was “How the mighty have fallen!” My commentary of January 6, 2014, Ariel Sharon and Judgment, documented his worst mistake. However, this is the time to honor his memory, not celebrate his passing. Here is a quote from that posting.

“Please know that I take no joy in these facts, but they show an aspect of God that we must embrace if we live by the Bible. Even God Himself takes no pleasure in anyone’s death.”

“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways,” says the Lord Yehovah. “Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord Yehovah. “Therefore turn and live!” Ezekiel 18:30-32

So, for an example of our proper response, I see two important points drawing on God’s revealed character and the example of King David.  Look at King David’s cry over the death of King Saul and Jonathan.

Then David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son, and he told them to teach the children of Judah the Song of the Bow; indeed it is written in the Book of Jasher: ​​“The beauty of Israel is slain on your high places! ​​How the mighty have fallen! ​​Tell it not in Gath, proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon—​​Lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.” 2 Samuel 1:17-20

1. Honor the anointing: Remember David’s refusal to kill Saul earlier because Saul was “God’s anointed.” David understood that God does not rejoice in the death of a man. He honored the anointing of Saul even to his death. Saul tried to kill David, yet he never wavered from respecting the anointing.

Ariel Sharon was chosen by God to be Prime Minister of Israel, his failures and critical mistakes notwithstanding. The Hebrew meaning of the name “Ariel” means “lion of God.” May Yehovah have mercy on his soul.

2. Don’t gloat about it: David warned about the response of the Philistines. Even today, we know the Palestinians will celebrate Sharon’s death. We must watch what spirit we have. It is a time to grieve not a time rejoice. If you read the full account in 2 Samuel 1, you will see that David ordered the execution of the young Amalekite who bragged that he killed Saul.

Finally, we have the controversial story of the Rabbi who claimed Jesus appeared to him. (See my 1-9-14 blog.) The Rabbi said the Messiah would come after Ariel Sharon died. I pray that the controversy will cause many to seriously consider the claims of Jesus of Nazareth. With the passing of Ariel Sharon (reported this morning) it is a very potent time for the Holy Spirit to reveal the true Messiah, Yeshua, to many. I pray it is so.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists      (READ MORE)

Rabbi Says Yeshua is Messiah

9 01 2014

Rabbi KaduriI almost named this post: Ariel Sharon Part Two. His soon death has shone a spotlight on a remarkable story, buried at the time, but will now surface with a bang. One of the most respected orthodox Israeli Rabbis, who died January 28, 2006 at 108 years, named Jesus (Yeshua) as the Messiah. Based on the Messiah appearing to Him in visions, he revealed the name in a coded message held back until a year after his death. Some estimated there were 300,000 people in his funeral procession.

After my last commentary about former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, I was asked about Rabbi Kaduri. I then added a couple of links to the story. However, it deserves wider attention, thus this posting. The convergence in 2014 of the blood-red moons and Ariel Sharon’s death adds credibility to Rabbi Kaduri’s report. Here again are the two important links. The first is a short video outlining the facts. The second is and article in Israel Today written at the time they opened the coded message. What do you think about it?

The most intriguing part is the prediction that the Messiah would come soon after Ariel Sharon’s death. Who knew he would live in a coma for over seven years? The Rabbi was a Kabbalist, a Jewish mystic. Does that discount the report? Either way, the focus in Israel is still on Jesus being named the Messiah of Israel. Let the debate begin!

Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will enlighten the hearts of many and reveal the truth.

When is the last time you read Isaiah 53? Jews say it refers to the nation of Israel, not a person. We see it as a clear description of Jesus as the Messiah of Israel.

The Sin-Bearing Messiah Who has believed our report? ​​And to whom has the arm of Yehovah been revealed? ​​For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. ​​He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, ​​There is no beauty that we should desire Him. ​​He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; ​He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. ​​Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. ​​But He was wounded for our transgressions, ​​He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. ​​All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and Yehovah has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
​​​He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; ​​He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth. ​​He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare His generation? ​​For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of My people He was stricken. ​​And they made His grave with the wicked—​​But with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth.​​
Yet it pleased Yehovah to bruise Him; ​​He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, ​​He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of Yehovah shall prosper in His hand. ​​He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. ​​By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities. ​​Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, ​​Because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53
Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists      (READ MORE)

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