For the JOY Set Before Me

If you are familiar with the Word of God, you will notice that the quote above is incorrect. I have changed one very important word.

The word is “Him”, (Jesus)… and the phrase should read “For the Joy set before Him …He endured the Cross”.

God has many attributes of which Omniscience is one. This attribute means God knows the past, present and future. We live our lives based on yesterday. We know nothing of today until we live it, and we do not know anything about tomorrow. In fact the future is like a mystery play or novel.

The author has written a plot that unfolds with each curtain or chapter.

When we read the story, it takes us through all our emotions as we become involved in the characters. We too are living a story. Like the characters in the play or novel we too have a beginning and ending. Ours is a story with pages and chapters that represent the seasons of our lives.

We think we can control the novel by taking charge, making decisions, planning out our lives. But, if you have learned from your past experiences; you will understand that all you can do is plan in pencil. Someone else has the eraser.

Our future is a mystery to us, but not to God. God has created everything, including time. He stands outside of time, above time and sees everything at the same time. That is why He knows your beginning and ending.

Your life story is no mystery to Him and He does not want it to be a mystery to you either. So He gave you a book to read. As with any creation the product comes with a book of instruction that we must follow.

You know what that is. It is no different than the owners’ manual you received with your new car, television or washing machine. This book called the Bible answers all your questions by the one who created you. It unveils the mystery play or novel in which your life and death are written into.

The Bible is the history of mankind’s past, present and future. It has been called HIS-Story, because it was written about Him. Your existence is not about you…it is about HIM. But look closely for you are written in the story as well. Your story is about your individual journey. The book gives you clear directions on how to find your way to two distinctly different places.

YOUR CHOICES will determine your forever home.

GODS VOICE IS LIKE THUNDER

 

But when HE wants your attention HE Whisper your name.. He prepared my heart for its re-birth in 1985 in eternity past when I lived alive in HIS mind.

Hear HIS Words:

I knew you even before you were conceived… Jeremiah 1: 4-5
I chose you when I planned creation… Ephesions 1: 11-12
You were not a mistake… Psalm 139: 15-16
For all your days are written in my book… Psalm 139: 15-16
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live… Acts 17:26
I knit you together in your mothers womb…Psalm 139:13
And brought you forth on the day you were born… Psalm 71:6

The day will come in the future when I will live within YOU.
I will never leave you nor forsake you because you belong to me. You are being prepared as a love gift for my Son…who loves you as much as I do.

His voice of soft thunder speaks of His plan. It contained only four simple points. With the economy of words that only God could use; these four points contained depths of knowledge beyond our comprehension. For who among those He has created can say they understand Him or even begin to know HIM.

Point One: God had a vision to create an ultimate Holy and Eternal World where God and man would co-exist. This vision became reality when God said, “Let there be Light….” And so there was a place where God and man could walk together in a garden, in the cool of the day.

Point Two: Sin entered into this pristine world, twisting the relationship between God and man. This disease born on the dark wings of a fallen angel named Lucifer spread to every man and woman made in the image of God for all time.

Point Three: Two worlds now existed side by side in two dimensions, occupying the same space but not the same time; God in one, and man in the other. But God promised to send His Son to redeem mankind and the world he lived in and re-unite both planes of existence…into ONE.

And so Emmanuel the God / Man was born into the world to die for the world and make it ONE again.

Point Four: In the beginning everything was made new. Then for a time everything new became old and life became a cycle of continuing birth and death. But just as God had created the beginning He also created the new beginning of the end.

God would bring forth new birth pangs that would ultimately give birth to a new blending of Earth and Heaven, a place where God and Man again would walk together FOREVER.

Will you be part of that new beginning?

Then you must answer the only question that echo’s through out time…the question Jesus demands an answer too.

Who do you say that I AM?

Forever You

 

YOUR NEVER ENDING STORY

God calls to you through His Son and says: There is more to your life than you have ever thought of. There is more to your story than the pages you have lived. I AM the author of life, the composer of hope and I have left the best for last.

A new beginning of a story we will write together on pages of a book without end….forever.

Jesus whispers your name every day from the pages of the New Testament. Hear the Voice of the God/Man, who came to earth from Heaven to offer you a way to come home, as He says to you …the evidence is in the Bible, my voice is the Truth…there is but one way home…the other way is to be lost and never found. You must make a choice.

I am the Lord. My Heart yearns to beat with yours. Hear My Voice, Choose Life, then take my Nail Scarred Hand and Follow Me Home!

OUR 2ND COMING MESSIAH

Centuries before Christ was born His birth and career, His sufferings and glory, were all described in detail in the Old Testament Prophecies.

The information served as a fingerprint that would fit the hand of only one man in history.
Who He was to be……….Where He was to be born.
What He would do at His 1st coming.
When He was to come……….How He was to come.
How He would die……….When He would die…….When He Rose from the dead.

Christ is the only person ever born into this world whose ancestry, birth time, forerunner, birthplace, birth manner, infancy, manhood, teaching character, career, preaching, reception, rejection, death, burial, resurrection and ascension were all prewritten in the most marvelous manner centuries before He was born.

HIS Messianic Credentials Have Been Established:
A unique birth Isaiah 7:14 A unique life Psalm 40:7-10, Isa 50:5
A unique death Isaiah 53: 1-3, 6-7 A unique burial Isaiah 53:9
A unique resurrection Psalm 16:10, Isa 53:10

Does the Old Testament proclaim the specific time of the coming of the Messiah? According to Tradition the Jewish People are looking for the FIRST coming of their Messiah not the Second Coming. These traditions come from rabbinic interpretation of the Old Testament. Could it be that the Rabbis have missed something? There are four points to think about in identifying the timing of the Messiahs coming:

1.The Messiah’s appearance was locked into a fixed time.
2.That fixed time was while the Second Temple was standing before the Romans burned it down in 70 A.D. (Daniel 9:26).
3.The Messiah had to come from a specific lineage (the line of King David). This lineage was only verifiable through the Temple records which were destroyed in 70 A.D.
4.The Messiah had to die a violent death. (Isaiah 53, Psalm 22 and Daniel 9:26).

The Old Testament is clear in its statement by God through prophecy that the Messiah already came and is coming back again the 2nd time Very Soon.          

Where is the LAMB ?

 

WHERE IS THE LAMB?

In the Old Testament:

The Nation of Israel has been saying “Where is the Lamb?” for over 3,500 years. God instituted the sacrificial system for the Remission of individual Sins by the shedding of blood.

Every week throughout a Jews entire life he would be constantly searching for the best lamb he could get for the sacrifices he needed to make for himself and his family.

When Abraham made the trip with Isaac to Mt. Moriah to sacrifice his son on an alter to the Lord, Isaac asked the question that would echo throughout time by the Jewish people…”Where is the Lamb?”

Rabbis today are ready to re-institute the Sacrificial System. They know they need a Temple. We know from the book of Revelation that the Temple will be rebuilt without the Court of the Gentiles. The dome of the rock now occupies that area.

The Rabbis have prepared a new Temple ready to be built on the Temple Mount for the coming Messiah. SOON, the Nation of Israel will again be saying…”Where is the Lamb?”.

In the New Testament:

When Jesus approached John to be baptized, John exclaimed: “Behold…The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” The question of “where is the Lamb?” was answered once and for all time by the last Old Testament Jewish Prophet John who himself exclaimed “I am The Voice of one crying in the Wilderness; make ready the way of the Lord”.

The Nation of Israel had cried out to God for 400 years, yet God was silent…UNTIL the Jewish Prophet John the Baptizer broke the silence with Behold, The Lamb of GOD….. and GOD replied from the Heavens above…”This is MY beloved SON in whom I AM well pleased.

In the Book of Revelation:

Then finally the Lamb of God is identified as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Y’shua Hamaciah / Jesus the Christ / Jesus the Messiah, The Lamb of God who was “worthy to be slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing…To HIM who sits on the throne and to the Lamb, Be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever…AMEN”.

It won’t be long now!

The Handwriting on the Wall

GOD used His Finger to write a message to mankind in Stone 2 times in History.
GOD’s LAST MESSAGE to mankind will be written in FIRE.

The first was when Moses received the 10 Commandments. Man has ignored the instructions that God wrote since that very day. And continues to Mock GOD.

The second time God wrote a Message with His Finger in Stone was to King Belshazzar: Daniel 5:25 “This is the writing that was inscribed: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, and UPHARSIN. 26 This is the interpretation of the words: As for mene—God has numbered your kingdom’s days and brought it to an end. 27 As for tekel—you are weighed on the balances and found to be lacking. 28 As for Upharsin—your kingdom is divided and given over to the Medes and Persians….. And in that very night Belshazzar, the Babylonian king, was killed.

There is another Stone Wall is in existence today. The Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, The City that belongs to GOD Alone. The False Messiah will come bringing a 7 year Peace between Israel and the Arab Nations. Israel will rebuild the Temple and begin animal sacrifices. 3.5 years into this Peace, the False Messiah will go into the Temple and proclaim himself to be god.

Then GOD will send a FINAL message to the False Messiah / Anti-Christ and mankind. He will use FIRE to destroy both the False Messiah and the Nations of the Earth. The message is already written on the Wailing Wall to the False Messiah and mankind. Both are blind, without Spiritual Eyes and cannot read the message from GOD to them. “Mene… God has numbered your kingdom’s days and brought it to an End. Tekel…Both of You (Anti-Christ and Mankind) are weighted on the balances and found to be lacking.”

If you do not know JESUS as your SAVIOR, then you still have a heart made of STONE. When you were born God wrote with HIS Finger on the STONE WALL of your Heart the following message. Mene,…God has numbered your days and brought them to an End. Tekel…You are weighted on the balances and found to be lacking…filled with SIN.

Only JESUS can SAVE You and give you a New BORN AGAIN Heart of FLESH and then Open the Door to HIS HEAVEN and let you in. It’s time for you to read the documented HIS-Story of the SON of GOD in the New Testament so you can make an informed decision before it’s too late and the decision is made for you.

My Fathers Tears


To be emotionally dead…then live again.

It was mid-morning; I was in my early 20’s married to my first wife with two boys, Adam and Jamie. The Yom Kippur Holiday service at the little Orthodox synagogue was always longer than I liked so I arrived late.

I had gotten up early so I could worship with my Dad along with 82 Holocaust survivor members, people who remained faithful in their obedience to their God.

My Dad had been praying for hours already when I came into the service.

My Dad lost two children and a wife in the death camps. As you can imagine, to my parents, I was their sole reason for living, a special gift from God after the war.

My wife at the time did not like my parents, even though it was my parents who always came through for us in the beginning of our marriage with money and groceries …and never said a word to us about their help.

My parent’s only joy was to see me and their grandchildren. It had been several weeks since I allowed them their joy.

When I arrived, and took my place next to my Dad he turned towards me. The look on his face was one of compassion for me…but there were tears in his eyes. Then as if forcing his expression to change he became angry and he said I should follow him out of the synagogue.

My mother that morning was crying deeply…why had she not heard from her son for almost 6 weeks, why could she not see her grandchildren, he blurted out. It was more than my Dad could bear, to see the woman he loved so deeply at this late stage of her life be in so much emotional pain.

My Dad with tears told me he never wanted to see me again, that I was dead to both him and my mother…then he began to walk back towards the synagogue without me…back to his God to whom he would pray for strength, solace, and for peace in this new emotional pain. To hear those words, see his face and feel his new agony that I had inflicted was more than I could bear. I began yelling for him to stop and wait, he didn’t. I yelled loudly to him, he turned and I passed out and fell to the ground.

He ran to me and fell to his knees, cradled and held me, crying that he was sorry. Can you imagine… HE ran to me and said HE was sorry. What had he done? Nothing…I did it all! I had become insensitive to the greatest love of all, the love of a father for their child.

Like you I grew up in a family with relatives. There were always plenty of people to wipe away my tears; Aunts, Uncles and Cousins, my Mom and Dad. Yet, when I think of someone wiping away my tears I think of my Dad.

That morning so many years ago in front of the synagogue, with my Father rocking me back and forth, holding me in his arms, tears streaming down his face, wiping away my tears, with people walking by staring at us, offering His forgiveness when it was me who caused him pain…changed my attitude and my emotions and my life.

His hands were rough and callused, his fingers crooked and long. Years ago in the old country his grandmother chased him upstairs trying to hit him with a rod. To get away he jumped head first from a two-story window, breaking his fall with his hands.

There was something in my Father’s touch that took away more than the drop of hurt from my cheek. It took away my fear of rejection.

“The Apostle John says that someday God will wipe away your tears. The same hands that stretched the heaven will touch your cheeks. The same hands that formed the mountains will caress your face. The same hands that curled in agony as the Roman spike cut through will someday cup your face and brush away your tears. Forever.” (Max Lucado)

The theme of the Book of Revelation is one of rewards for those that believe in the Messiah of Israel, the Son of God. That reward is to go home. If my earthly father Armin can show so much sacrificial love to me his son when it was I who caused his pain.

Then how much more sacrificial love does the Father of us all have in sending His Only SON to die on that Cross in place of me, the one who caused HIS PAIN.

This life I have lived for 70 years now is held together by Joy…because of what awaits me when I get home. Like Abraham before me I too am a vagabond looking for a city whose builder and maker is God, to a city with eternal foundations in Heaven.

My daily prayer is that those I love and cherish will come to faith and belief in Jesus the Messiah of Israel as their Savior and Lord. And that we can spend Eternity together in Heaven.

If not, I know God is greater than us all and He has promised to wipe away every tear from my eyes and give me peace; as I live among my new family of Born Again Brother’s and Sister’s in Christ…Forever. My earthly family then will become the forever FORGOTTEN… because they never became One of the FORGIVEN.

SATAN’S PUPPET’S

The Old One’s day began early with the dawn. Clothed in animal skins he walked out from among his people; out from the inner recesses of his cave dwelling towards the sunlight. He paused at the cave mouth and turned back to his family as they knelt to the ground.


Then on their behalf he moved out of the shadows into the light to greet the gods they served who waited for him at the High Places. Look behind him; there attached to his foot is the shadow of the darkness from the cave he came out of. It has its own life and clings to his body as he moves forward into the sunlight.

The Old One was the priest of his family. It was his responsibility to pray at the dawning of each day to the visible gods of the Sun, Moon, Stars, Rain, and Fire. He stands in the sunlight, at the top of the high place, with arms raised to the sky, chanting and praising the creation, answering the shrill cry of an eagle overhead

Then he prayed to the unknown god of the Wind; it came as it pleased and went without his knowledge. He could feel its touch, but the god remained invisible.

Then the Old One began calling to his family to come out of the cave to worship the gods with him. Mankind thinks he has come a long way since those days. Do we still worship the Earth and its elements? Not the way the Old One did, but yes we do. Are we still god hunters? Yes, but now we do it more intelligently. Out of the depths of the darkness of our depraved minds we have created multiple major and minor religious systems with differing world views.
Each religion with a different voice led by multiple Old Ones raising their chaotic voices to the heavens calling forth multiple servants (demons) of the god (satan) of this world.

And so it is that mankind continues daily to strive towards the light, with the darkness never leaving him for it clings to his every step filling his soul with multiple voices living in the shadows, darkening his mind and reasoning abilities.

When you go to your church are you hearing a message based on God’s Word or the words of a man? Are you gaining discernment / understanding of what is coming to our planet very soon?

Are you sure you are SAVED? Do you understand the topics of Hell and Heaven? Is your pastor teaching out of the Old Testament regarding the role of Israel and the nations surrounding it before the Lord Comes the 2nd time. Is your pastor teaching you the Book of Revelation? Do you know how to recognize SATAN’S PUPPET… the False Messiah / Anti-Christ.

If not then your pastor is an OLD ONE, who teaches you to recognize and embrace the False Messiah…….the Anti-Christ. And you will find that JESUS does NOT Attend Your Church and that YOU are NOT READY to Stand Before Your LORD !

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

 

The marines represent the pride of the military of the United States of America. They are always the first to go into combat and the last to leave.

I saw a billboard sign on the road to work. It had a picture of a beautiful saber held by a Marine. It is something to behold. The Marine saber represents the might of the United States of America.

The words over this saber on the billboard represent the creed of every American. “Earned, Never Given”. This is the way of mankind.

JESUS uses the same 3 words but in a different sequence.
“Given, NEVER Earned” This is the way of our Triune God.

I say the following all the time to anyone that has ears to hear…

I am not a Jew, or a Catholic, or an Episcopalian or a Lutheran. I am not a Methodist, or a Presbyterian or a Baptist. I am not a Charismatic nor am I a Pentecostal. For that matter I am not Yellow, Brown, Red, Black or White.
I am none of the above.

What I am, is a Child of I AM and a Follower of HIS SON JESUS.

Listen for the TRUMPET and Stop worrying about everything…JESUS is coming to take you to your new home very soon!

Live in HIS SHALOM; because JESUS HOLDS THE KEYS !

SIMEON

SIMEON
Luke 2, 25-35:

“ Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”
The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

Simeon held the Lord of the Universe in His arms. He could now rest in peace because it would be the Lord who would now hold Simeon in the palm of His Mighty Hand. God The Father had fulfilled the Messianic promise of the ages to His children that the Messiah of Israel, the Christ of His Church, the SON of GOD would come to earth in human form, to walk among them…and He did.

The word Abba is a beautiful Hebrew word. It is the word we know as Daddy. This is the word God has chosen for describing Himself personally to you and I in HIS Scriptures. WE are His children and He is our Daddy…if you know HIM as LORD.

We walk through this life holding onto our Daddy’s hand. Then when He takes us through the front door into His house, our house; He will lift us up into His arms and give us a personal tour of the very room He has taken our entire lives to prepare for us to live in.

YOU MEN WITH CHILDREN who are reading this need to know your children are a blessing from the Lord. It is your responsibility to raise up your children to know their Creator and to know the Scriptures that tell the story about the Son of God.

Like John the Baptist, who came to prepare the way for the Lord. You also have been given the honor and the responsibility to prepare the way to your child’s heart so they will be able to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

GOD CALLS YOU to begin praying for their Salvation from the moment they have life in the womb. Then in LOVE, live your life before them and your wife and your God so there is no question in their minds about whom you belong to and whom you have chosen to serve.

Then maybe God in HIS Mercy to you will bless you by giving you the desire of your heart, the desire of my heart… that each one of our children and grandchildren will become a Child of the KING.