Messiah Died

7 04 2012

Sandpoint Sunrise by Ross Hall

(The following is an excerpt from my newest book, Generation LIFE Chapter 1 – Jesus is Alive, being published this summer.)

JESUS DIED

Do you believe in Him, I mean, do you really believe Him? Do you follow Him? Do you have a deep desire in your innermost being to be like Him? I want to know all I can know about Jesus. Getting to know Him personally is really possible. Do you know Him?

Do you believe He really died? Or do you think He just sort of passed out and then woke up a little later? If Jesus didn’t die, we are still in our sin. Guilty! I want to talk about His resurrection LIFE, but first we need to get this. Jesus really died. He was dead. He was so dead that He Himself could not come back to life. We need to understand this. It was not a charade. When He gave up His last breath, He was utterly dependent on the faithful true Promise of His Father to live again. That is why this chapter is named: Jesus is Alive. Of course He was eternally alive and existed with the Father before Creation, and He is alive now. But between, for three days, He was dead.

You may think it strange to begin a book about life with a dead Jesus. But, if you don’t know that He died and why He died, you are missing the best part. Yes, it is the resurrection, but it is meaningless if He did not die. Jesus died, and on the third day, rose again. Hallelujah! I really want to talk about His life. But we must understand His death to appreciate the all-encompassing glory of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. Jesus did not then, nor does He now possess some super power called “resurrection power”. If it were up to Him, He would still be dead. As we will soon see, Jesus is LIFE, He is resurrection LIFE. It is His own personal experience of redemption from death. Here is a verse to confirm how He was raised back to life.

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you Romans 8:11.

So Jesus was dead and was resurrected by the Holy Spirit of God. We know that Jesus lived by the Spirit and was raised by the Spirit. Therefore, through His ultimate trust in Yehovah, the Father, He qualified to die for all who believe in His finished work. I honestly believe in Him, do you?

He is no longer in the grave, He arose from the dead. Jesus is alive!

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 53:12

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Positive End to 2011

26 12 2011

Another example of why Yaakov Kirschen, an Israeli, is my favorite cartoonist.

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Short Memory

29 03 2011

Then a new king came to the throne of Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done. (Exodus 1:8 NLT). (More photos)

The problem of short memory affects geo-politics. Joseph had risen to number two in Egypt because of the favor and promotion of God. Not only was provision made for his Hebrew family, but all of Egypt prospered under his God-given wisdom and revelation. But a new king came to power who did not know Joseph or what he had done for the country. How could he not know? …short memory!

A few weeks ago an Israeli family in the town of Itamar was brutally murdered in their beds. The news covered it briefly and then went on to other news. Even though their were tens of thousands of people at the funeral, the liberal Israeli paper Haaretz, did not even mention the funeral on the front page. How many reports anywhere mentioned that less than a decade before another mother and three children were also murdered by Palestinian terrorists in Itamar?short memory.

Here is another example: How many intifada’s have occurred? The Palestinians are now threatening a “third intifada”. Yet, the collective memory of the world is so short. After the Balfour Declaration of 1917 provided a homeland for the Jews, there were two intifadas. One was in the 20’s and another in the 30’s. That means we are now up to number five if there is a new one. …short memory.

Did President Obama Know Joseph?

It is likely if not certain that the new leadership in Egypt will be worse than Murbarak. Dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, the new leaders in Egypt are destined to break the treaty with Israel and forget all the benefits of that peace. That is one issue. However, there is another application closer to home.

President Obama may fit the definition of “a king who knew not Joseph” as the leader of America. His background is far more Muslim than anyone admits. Both his father and step father were Muslims and he was taught in a Muslim school in his most formative years in Indonesia. His youth in Hawaii was a much more “multi-cultural”  experience (see note below) than most Americans. Add to that his early and later associations with Marxists and Black Liberation Theology. So what is my point? How can we expect President Obama to carry the treasured heritage in his memory that most Americans carry? He does not know it for himself. Then, throw in the questions about his birth certificate and his locked up college records. What President have we ever had with such secrecy? …short memory.

Note on multiculturalism: I am using this term not in the sense of peaceful race relations, but as a seductive way for pagan gods to gain entrance to God’s people. Heaven is not multicultural, it is a Kingdom undivided totally loving and worshiping the one true God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob through His only begotten Son, Jesus: Yeshua ben Yehovah.

God’s Viewpoint on Multiculturalism

The idols of Babylon, Bel and Nebo, are being hauled away on ox carts. But look! The beasts are staggering under the weight! Both the idols and the ones carrying them are bowed down. The gods cannot protect the people, and the people cannot protect the gods. They go off into captivity together. “Listen to me, all you who are left in Israel. I created you and have cared for you since before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you. “To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal? Some people pour out their silver and gold and hire a craftsman to make a god from it. Then they bow down and worship it! They carry it around on their shoulders, and when they set it down, it stays there. It cannot even move! And when someone prays to it, there is no answer. It has no power to get anyone out of trouble. “Do not forget this, you guilty ones. And do not forget the things I have done throughout history. For I am God I alone! I am God, and there is no one else like me. Only I can tell you what is going to happen even before it happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish. I will call a swift bird of prey from the east a leader from a distant land who will come and do my bidding. I have said I would do it, and I will. Listen to me, you stubborn, evil people! For I am ready to set things right, not in the distant future, but right now! I am ready to save Jerusalem and give my glory to Israel. (Isaiah 46 NLT).

(My thoughts were triggered when a good friend shared the Exodus verse with me over the weekend in Clearwater.)

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Pope Bans Yahweh

1 03 2011

YHVH

Topic #1  Are You Kidding Me?

The pagan god of Islam is splashing his name everywhere and the Pope bans the real God’s name? That is sooo Third Century. The Roman church continued the tradition of the Pharisees to ban the vocalization of the personal name of God: Yehovah. In August of 2008, the Vatican officially banned the name again: As an expression of the infinite greatness and majesty of God, it was held to be unpronounceable and hence was replaced during the reading of sacred Scripture by means of the use of an alternate name: “Adonai,” which means “Lord,” the Vatican letter said. Similarly, Greek translations of the Bible used the word “Kyrios” and Latin scholars translated it to “Dominus”; both also mean Lord. (recent Vatican position against Israel here).

I am on a mission to restore usage of the name Yehovah (or Jehovah or Yahweh, I’m not picky). Every suicide bomber shouts the same thing before exploding. The gullible and naïve media mistranslate it as “god is great” when he (or she) actually says the personal name of Islam’s god is “the greatest”. Isn’t it about time we wake up and exalt the Name of our God Yehovah and His only begotten Son’s name Yeshua?

Topic #2  Egypt Explodes—Israel Receives Rain

As the Middle East dominoes fall, rain is falling in Israel in spite of dire predictions. One fresh report says: Israel has “been blessed by the plentiful rains that continue to fall, even as the first wildflowers are appearing and birds are singing again.”

Surprisingly, at least for now, Israel seems like a little island of tranquility in the midst of the Middle Eastern storm of Islamic violence, hatred and death, as Muslim brothers slaughter each other.  I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms…every one by the sword of his brother (Haggai 2:21).

As dictators fall, the God of Israel is in control. Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding (Daniel 2:20-21).

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And Jehovah descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of Jehovah. And Jehovah passed by before him, and proclaimed, Jehovah, Jehovah, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness and truth (Exodus 34:5-6).

Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, If you know? (Proverbs 30:4).





Wise Men Still Seek Him

15 12 2010

ISRAEL E-CARD Volume 4 Issue 24 December 15, 2010

Topic #1  Jesus Is My Reason for the Season

Christmas once again dominates the conversation. The convergence of agendas creates extra pressure. Congress is down to the wire again this year passing tax relief and cramming another 20,000 hidden earmarks in the omnibus CR (Continuing Resolution) just to fund the government. Atheists are attacking belief in God on billboards. Merchants are clamoring and almost begging as they vie for our dollars. Shoppers are frenzied with last minute pressure to avoid offending by their gifts or lack thereof. Whew!

And oh, by the way, the Creator of the Universe was born into our humanity for the express purpose of bringing fallen man back into loving relationship with our heavenly Father. Jesus is buried under the avalanche of commercialism, government chaos, and personal gratification. Yet, miraculously, the name of Jesus is heard everywhere. Once a year Jesus’ name is in the news (even though scholars believe His actual birth was probably in late September). The Messiah is news even at Macy’s. (Yes, you will really be blessed to click on this link.) I pray you recognize the choices before you, choose wisely and be blessed. As for me and my house, we will serve Jesus (Yahweh Yeshua: God is salvation).

Topic #2 Fire Rain and SNOW!

During Israel’s worst fire, we prayed for rain to end the drought. Last week brought enough rain to replace the deficit of the previous two months. Last weekend four feet of snow fell in the Golan foothills and twelve feet on Mt. Hermon. Thanks to God for His mercy. Pray Israel will recognize and turn to Him.

Topic # 3 Motor Home Project Update

We are very close to the 5K level and then 3K more to reach our first goal of 8K to take possession. (The remainder of the total 12K price would be at 500 a month for 8 months interest free.) Please pray and ask the Lord if you can give a year end donation to help us get over the top. Thank you for your prayers for Elisha Vision and for Doreen and me personally.

He took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel. “And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” Luke 2:28-33





Miracle Rain

6 12 2010

Due to the most severe forest fire in Israel’s modern history, many believers all over the world have been praying for rain. Sunday night as they were finally beginning to gain control of the fire, a wonderful heavy rain fell on northern Israel. Thank you very much, Jesus Son of God, or in Hebrew: Todah rabah, Yeshua ben Yahweh! Ask Yahweh for rain In the time of the latter rain. Yahweh will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, Grass in the field for everyone. Zechariah 10:1 Click this link for the full story in Israel Today Magazine.

The rain came last night to Mt. Carmel exactly at the time we were praying for rain in our Issachar Forum Prophetic Think Tank in Wake Forest, NC. We had been talking about Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel from 1 Kings 18:21 and Elijah’s famous challenge: If Yahweh is God, follow Him: but if Baal, follow him.

In Elijah’s day it was the end of a three year drought. We pray that this fire and the rain that followed will end the current seven year Israeli drought.





Feast of Tabernacles

15 09 2010

ISRAEL E-CARD Volume 4 Issue 18 September 15, 2010

Topic # 1   Yahweh’s Feast for the Nations

The final feast of Yahweh in Leviticus 23 is later specifically commanded for all nations in Zechariah 14:16: And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, Yahweh of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.

This prophecy is fulfilled following the supernatural defeat of all the nations who come against Israel in the last days. The nations who are left are even warned (in verse 19) that they will experience drought if they fail to come up every year to the feast.

Thousands of Christians are gathering in Jerusalem this month for the glorious celebration of this great harvest feast. Yet most of Christendom is oblivious, that it points us to the Second Coming of the Messiah Yeshua when the eternal Creator God will “tabernacle” or make His dwelling with us! And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. Revelation 21:3. The greatest fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles is yet to come!

Topic #2  Holiness To the LORD!

Two amazing revelations are found in the end of Zechariah 14. Every pot in Jerusalem and Judah is considered holy to God. People will use them for sacrifice and for cooking.

First, I see the priesthood of all believers. All bring their own offerings before Yahweh.

Secondly, there are no clean and unclean vessels. All are clean before the Lord! It is similar to my concept of Sabbaths, where I believe every day becomes a Sabbath rest with Jesus our Savior, Shepherd, King, Husband and Friend.

In that day HOLINESS TO YAHWEH shall be engraved on the bells of the horses. The pots in Yahweh’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar. Yes, every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holiness to Yahweh of hosts. Everyone who sacrifices shall come and take them and cook in them. In that day there shall no longer be a Canaanite in the house of Yahweh of hosts. Zechariah 14:20-21








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