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There is Another….

There is Another . . . .
by Rick Erb
Shalom

Decades ago, in Episode VI of the Star Wars series (Return of the Jedi), we sat incredulous, as Yoda gasped out with his final dying breath: “There is another · · · · Skywalker.” With the verbalization of that singular bit of information, which had been true all along, Luke was jolted into the realization that he was not the only remaining member of his family, as he had previously assumed.

The Spirit of Almighty G-d does not gasp, but sometimes He does whisper. He whispers, but not all are willing to hear. For years now, He has been whispering to people around the world, in growing numbers, about their hidden ancestry and their previously unrealized connection with Israel.

These are, for the most part, people who are not known to have any Jewish ancestry, and who come from what would be considered by most to be a Christian background. Many are at a complete loss to explain to their friends and family members why they are suddenly observing Sabbath on the seventh day, changing the foods they eat, observing Passover, Feast of Tabernacles, and the other Biblical holidays, and why they have a longing to learn Hebrew and move to Israel.

These people have also experienced outright rejection in one form or another. The rejection has in many instances come from friends and family members who are not willing to leave behind their Christian traditions. However, the rejection has also come from a number of people who describe themselves as Messianic Jews. Some of these Messianic Jews have even suggested (wrongly) that these people are nothing more than insecure “wannabees” who are simply confused Christians having an identity crisis. Again, some people do not listen when G-d whispers.

The historical record is not always clear, but on this point there is not much room for discussion: The twelve tribes of Israel were long ago divided into two separate nations, they warred against one another, and those two separate nations were never reunited. Oh, sure, there were some individuals from the North who crossed over to the South, and maybe even some from the South who went North. But those undocumented aliens became part of the nation to which they moved, and that did not in any fashion constitute a reunification of the two nations.

One of those nations, the one to the north, was conquered, its citizens were driven out of their land, and its descendants were swallowed up by the surrounding pagan nations, where those former Hebrews were outwardly transformed into gentiles. This nation is referred to in the Bible as either “Israel” or “Ephraim.” Their fate has long been the stuff of rumor, myth, mist and legend. The other nation, the one to the south, separately described in the Bible as “the Jews” or “Judah,” ultimately lost its homeland, but never its identity. One noted and highly respected author has described what happened in this way:

Long ago the Father divided Israel into two houses: Ephraim (Israel) and Judah. As His two witnesses they were sent in two different directions to serve two different purposes, to establish His two immutable truths of Law and Grace. And now, in this last day, YHVH would have the two Israels (and their companions) come together, that they might fulfill His Divine purpose and begin to confirm His truth in the earth.

Israel. Her story is a simple one:
Two Houses
Two Directions
Two Different Purposes
Now it is Time to Put Them Back Together Again. (See Note 1)

That seems simple enough. In fact, it should be that simple, but back when Judah and Ephraim separated from one another, they were not on friendly terms; in fact, they were bitter enemies. The family started formally feuding after Solomon died, they divided into two clans, and some of the descendants still don’t seem to realize that the feud is over-or at least it’s supposed to be over. Though a number of Jews are eagerly awaiting the reappearance of Ephraim, and have increasingly come to grips with the notion that Ephraim seems to have been largely hidden among the Christians, many within the Messianic Jewish movement still haven’t acknowledged the possibility that there are Israelites other than themselves who profess faith in Yeshua as Messiah.

Perhaps all of us in this movement would do well to meditate on this promise of a change in the heart, mind and Spirit: “Then the jealousy of Ephraim will depart, And those who harass Judah will be cut off; Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah, And Judah will not harass Ephraim.” (Isaiah 11:13, NASB). This promise is fulfilled as part of the events of the Messianic Age. If we are living in the days leading up to that promised time, then shouldn’t we be expecting to see the events which are described?

When the nation of Israel was first divided, shortly after Solomon died, the division came from G-d (1 Kings 12:24; 14:7&8, 2 Chronicles 11:4). If the fact that Israel was divided into two houses is troubling, then the matter should be taken in prayer before the G-d of Israel; it was His handiwork which resulted in the existence of two houses, and it was He who coined that phrase. Even the prophet Isaiah spoke plainly of two houses, and he was quoting G-d when he did so. “He (YHVH) shall be a sanctuary, but also a striking stone and a stumbling rock for the two houses of Israel; a trap and a snare for the inhabitants of Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 8:14 Stone Edition). The “Two House” teaching originated with the Holy One of Israel, and it was He who made separate promises to each of the two houses.

He also imposed separate punishments or curses on each of the two houses (Ezekiel ch. 4). The punishment imposed upon Ephraim included no longer being a people for a period of time. Some believe that the duration of the punishment announced in Ezekiel 4:5 is multiplied by seven, as a result of the application of Leviticus chapter 26. Under that line of reasoning, Ephraim’s punishment would be 2,730 years in duration. (See Note 2) If that term of punishment began in 734 BCE, when the House of Israel became a vassal of Assyria, then the period of punishment ended in 1996. If that term of punishment began in 722 BCE, when Ephraim was no longer a people, then the period of punishment ended in 2008. It was during the span of those twelve years when the Messianic Israel (otherwise known as the “Ephraimite”) movement seems to have begun in earnest, so there is compelling evidence to indicate that this is a valid understanding.

Before Ephraim was dispersed among the nations, there were a few times when the kings of the two houses attempted to join together, and it did not go at all well. Jehoshaphat formed an alliance with Ahab, and he was rebuked for it (2 Chronicles 18:1-19:2). Jehoshaphat also joined with Ahaziah, and G-d destroyed their joint venture (2 Chronicles 20:35-37). Ahaziah (a different one, a king of Judah) attempted an alliance with Jehoram, and they were both killed, just as G-d had warned (2 Chronicles 22:5-8). Not only were the two houses not allowed to join together by way of alliance, they were also not allowed to be joined together by way of conquest over one another (2 Chronicles 28:5-11). Israel was divided into two houses, and it was G-d’s will for things to stay that way until the time of the end.

After G-d had His fill of Israel’s disobedience, the Northern Kingdom was completely deconstructed, and its people were scattered among the nations. Moses foresaw all of this long before it happened. He told our ancestors before they ever entered the land that their descendants would become disobedient, and that they would be scattered among the nations, to the very ends of the Earth. He also stated plainly that their descendants would one day be awakened to their identity, that they would draw near to G-d’s instructions, and that they would then be restored to their rightful place as part of Israel. He spoke this prophecy to all 12 tribes (Deuteronomy 30:1-5), not just to the small remnant from the Southern Kingdom which remained after Ephraim was gone. After the curse was finally imposed upon the Northern Kingdom, it was not long before those people-as a people-were erased from the pages of history.

Out of all the people who once comprised Israel, only Judah remained (2 Kings 17:18). The prophet Hosea tells us the story about how G-d would be dealing with Ephraim. He stated plainly that He was going to scatter Ephraim among the nations, that he would have no mercy on Ephraim, and that Ephraim would no longer be a people. However, G-d also promised, through Hosea, that after the curse of that dispersion was lifted, G-d would once again have mercy, and that Ephraim would be awakened as a people, and be regathered and restored along with the rest of Israel.

Isaiah prophesied: “now within another 65 years Ephraim will be shattered, so that it is no longer a people” (Isaiah 7:8, NASB). He did not prophesy that all of the Northern descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob would suddenly merge with those in the South, and be simultaneously renamed as “Jews.” In fact, Jews apparently weren’t even called Jews until after Ephraim was well on its way into oblivion. The first reference in the Bible to “Jews” (depending on the translation) appears in 2 Kings 16:6, and the two nations were not in the process of reunifying. It is clear in the Hebrew that “Jews” and “Judah” are essentially synonymous terms, sharing the same root, and differentiated by only one letter. Ephraim then went on to vanish, just as Isaiah prophesied, and the Jews (the Southern Kingdom) gradually became synonymous (in the mind of humanity) with “Israel,” because, as we know, people tend to define things on the basis of what can be seen, rather than on the basis of what G-d has declared.

For thousands of years that paradigm worked because the descendants of Ephraim disintegrated and were hidden among the gentiles; they were no longer a people, and they no longer realized they were descendants of Ephraim, much less that they were descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Let’s not forget this truth: Being a descendant of the House of Ephraim also means being a descendant of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But because the identity had been completely lost, it no longer mattered that there were literal physical descendants of the patriarchs other than the Jews. Ephraim had been placed in suspended animation, as it were, and would not re-emerge on the scene of world affairs until the time of the restoration of all things, just as the Hebrew prophets had foretold.

The paradigm that “Jews” is synonymous with “Israel” also worked pretty well during the time of Yeshua, and when Sha’ul (Paul) wrote about the gentiles being grafted into Israel. The reality is that some (many, if not most) of those “gentiles” likely were descended from Ephraim, but because the individualized cognizance of that identity was erased by G-d until the time of the restoration of all things, it was little more than a trifling theoretical notion; Ephraim had been completely disintegrated by G-d, and no longer existed as an identifiable people. Although, Yeshua’s brother, Ya’akov (James), was very specific in his epistle. He declared that he was writing to “the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad.” (James 1:1, NASB). In his epistle, Ya’akov does not even use the word “Jew” anywhere in his letter, even though he himself was a Jew. Yet he is clear that he is writing to twelve tribes. Those twelve tribes collectively comprised the whole House of Israel, even though most of Israel had lost its identity and been dispersed abroad long before he wrote.

We seem to have entered that period of human history in which the fulfillment of all prophecy may very well occur. Part of that which has been prophesied includes the awakening of Ephraim as he yearns and returns to Torah, and the regathering and restoration of Ephraim begins as a visible, physical, literal, identifiable group of people who will be joined with the Jews, and together with the Jews, we will take on the forces of darkness. The prophetic writings are replete with references to two separate but unified-in-purpose groups of Israelites.

The Jews are part of that equation-a valued and integral part, as they have carried the nation’s “banner” at great expense as the only identifiable portion of Israel over the millennia-but they cannot be two completely separate groups and at the same time be collectively referred to in the singular as “the Jews.” There is still a difference between a Jew and an Ephraimite. Only now, praise G-d, we are no longer at war with one another. Instead, our purpose is unified and mutually beneficial. We are now in a symbiotic relationship, and we are well on the way to once again being made into one unified people in the hand of Messiah. Together, we will make up the Whole House of Israel at the appointed time.

G-d revealed to our ancestors, before they entered the land of Israel, that their descendants would not live according to the instructions which had been delivered to Israel, and that they would be removed from the land. He went on to promise that He would not forget the covenant He had made with the Patriarchs. He further promised that He Himself would remember the covenant for us, even though we ourselves had no memory of it. He said: “But despite all this, while they will be in the land of their enemies, I will not have been revolted by them, nor will I have rejected them to obliterate them, to annul My covenant with them-for I am Hashem, their God. I will remember for them the covenant of the ancients, those whom I have taken out of the land of Egypt before the eyes of the nations, to be God unto them-I am Hashem.” (Leviticus 26:44&45 Stone Edition). Some have argued that self-described Ephraimites have no way of “proving” or “knowing” that they are descendants of Israel. While that might seem to be true in the natural sense of things, the fact of the matter is that the Holy One of Israel has remembered that fact for us, and He has revealed it to us on an individual basis (Hos 5:3).

A significant number of folks in the Messianic Jewish movement have for decades been vilifying and encouraging intolerance toward those who identify with Ephraim. These tormentors would do well to recognize that you need us and we need you. The family feud is over, and we all need to get with the Father’s program. You do not get to be both the bow and the arrow (Zechariah 9:13). You are the bow, and we are the arrow. You are useless without us, and we are useless without you. You do not get to be both sticks (Ezekiel 37:16). You are one of the sticks in His hand, and we are the other. The L-rd G-d Almighty has told us in advance that He will whistle for us, Ephraim, and gather us back in at the appointed time (Zechariah 10:7-9). We are getting ready for that definitive promise of G-d, but many of you stand against it. He has also stated that at the appointed time, He is going to roar for us (Ephraim) to awaken (Hosea 11:10-11); many of us have done so while He is still whispering, and we have already come trembling.

Very likely, He will not be whispering much longer. He has told us in advance that He will roar for Ephraim at some point. When that happens, there will likely no longer be any question in your minds about the rebirth of Ephraim. We are preparing for action; but many of our Messianic Jewish brothers and sisters are still trying to feud with us on the basis of traditional manmade religious boundaries, rather than honestly dealing with the plain text of the Bible. Hostility is inconsistent with the Father’s program, and we need to unite, get with His program and start bearing good fruit together. Such fruit will be evidenced by love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness, humility . . . and unity (Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 4:1-3). Such positive attributes have been sadly and completely lacking in many of our Messianic Jewish brothers and sisters (see note 3). But as we see in the story of the Prodigal son, it is fitting to celebrate and be glad.

“There is another · · · ·”; there most certainly is, and we are him. We are that people of whom the prophets spoke so very long ago. Are you ready to join with us or not? Are you ready to start evidencing the fruit of the Spirit or not? Are you ready to start framing your theology and your identity on the basis of what the Bible actually says or not? The G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has whispered to us; we have believed Him and we have responded. Once again, some people do not listen when G-d whispers. Are you planning to wait until He roars?

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A Man After God’s Own Heart !

A Man After God’s Own Heart!!

 [Sermon Notes from 10-24-09]

There have been many different views of the saying that David was a man “after God’s own heart”. Most teach that it was about the “heart of Worship”, which is derived from the fact of David’s worship, musically of YHWH. Some conclude it to be from the time spent in the hillside as a shepherd. What ever you believe from these two may be the truth, BUT, I want to share with you another look at “David, A man after God’s own heart”.

 

Turn in your Bibles to 1Samuel 24.

Here we find David on the run from King Saul, for as we know from previous scripture, that King Saul had a “spirit” enter him, a “spirit of jealousy” or a “spirit of fear”, driven by “jealousy”. David had become famous in the sight of the people of Israel, because of his defeat of Goliath and the Philistines. Saul felt jealous, as David became more popular than he. Later, Saul sought to kill David. This is where we are with this story here in Chapter 24.

Here we find King Saul had went into a cave to rest himself. Little did he know that David and his men were in this same cave. David’s men began to tell him that God had delivered his enemy, Saul, into his hands. They edged David on to get justice by killing King Saul [ver 3&4] Then David arose and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe.

NOW, listen to verse 5; “And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt”.

David’s heart, [ his spirit man, conscience] began to trouble him for what he had done. David told his men that he should NOT do this thing to “my master”, The LORD’S anointed. David’s spirit would not let him kill his enemy.

Beloved, THIS is where David showed that he truly was a man “after God’s own heart”.

In Matthew 5, we find Yahushua, Christ Jesus, giving His famous sermon on the “BE Attitudes”.

 Here Jesus taught us to be “poor in spirit”, that is to say “humble”. David became humble when given the opportunity to kill Saul.

Jesus taught us that if we mourn, we shall be comforted. David’s heart was grieved because of what he had done and was considering doing to King Saul. David found comfort and strength, by not doing what he had all right to do.

Jesus taught us to “hunger and thirst after righteousness” [ Justice] David, in the flesh, had the right to go after and kill his enemy, BUT, the Heart of God is to love your enemy. That is TRUE righteousness.

Jesus taught us to be “merciful”, and in doing so, we would get mercy back. What you sow, is what you reap. If you sow hatred, you get hatred. If you sow love, you get love. David had the chance to sow something, death to an enemy or life to his own soul, by sowing mercy.

Jesus taught us to have a “pure heart”. Boy, that is a hard one, especially when someone is “out to get you”. David’s heart of vengeance was turned into the ” pure heart” of God, by showing love to an enemy, and forsaking the old thoughts of destruction for revenge and gaining the Heart of God, which is Love.

Jesus taught us to be “peacemakers, and they shall be called children of God”. David, knowing that though he had been chosen to be the future king of Israel, recognized that Saul was still The LORD’S anointed one. David became a peacemaker, by walking away from the chance to kill Saul. In doing so, David actually was fulfilling his destiny to be a “child of God” and into his “inheritance” as promised by God.

Jesus taught us that those who are persecuted and reviled by man, for HIS name sake, will be blessed. David certainly had been reviled and persecuted by King Saul, BUT, David knew “who he was and Whose he was”.  Upon discovering the truth of what had happened to him, King Saul recognized that David would become a great king over Israel.

Beloved, we are called to be “the Salt and Light of the earth” [Matt5 :13] If we are who we are called to be, Children of God, then we should strive to become known as a “man after God’s own heart”.

How many times in our own life do we feel that we have been done wrong?

How many times do we feel like “getting Justice”.

A friend of mine once said that, “many people want the God of Justice for someone else, BUT want the God of Mercy for ourselves”.

God’s heart is for us to pray for mercy for our enemy. Then we shall obtain the mercy we want. Then God’s Justice is fulfilled.

When someone has done you wrong, don’t “kill them” by lowering yourself to their standards by gossip, etc. Ask for mercy for them. Father, Forgive Them!!

Can we become like David? Can we get a pure heart? Can we give mercy? Can we become “poor in spirit” which is humble ourself?

When we start doing these things, THEN, maybe we can become known as a “man after God’s own heart”!!!!!!! 

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Rosh Hoshanna or Feast of Trumpets? Which one is for Christians?

While there are some who would say that neither one is for Christians, I will come right out and tell them, “WRONG”. I am going to keep this as simple as possible. Anyone wanting to get into finer points of this subject, feel free to do so. That’s why I posted it as a blog, so it can be discussed.

Rosh Hoshanna was started by man, during the captivity in Babylon.

Feast of Trumpets was instituted by YHWH in Lev.23:24 and called a “memorial” meaning to always be observed.

Rosh Hoshanna points to the sin nature of man.

Feast of Trumpets points to YHWH and the Second Coming of Yahushua, Christ Jesus, who MADE us free from our sin nature.

There are those who say that because Rosh Hoshanna fall on a sabbath this year, that they should not blow the Shofar.

YHWH says in setting up the Feast of Trumpets, “ye shall have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets”!!

Rosh Hoshanna celebrates a “New Year” in the month of Tishrei. Why? In the Hebrew it means “head”, but in the Babylonian language, it means “beginings”. This is in direct conflict with YHWH, as He calls it the 7th month from the month Abib, which He gave to Israel in Exodus 12:2, ” This month shall be unto you the begining of months: it shall be the first month of  the year to you”. So we see that man, because of  the influence of Babylon, turns his back on YHWH and does what is right in his own eyes.

Some of those who celebrate Rosh Hoshanna, believe that the afternoon of Rosh Hoshanna, they are to “cast their sins” into a stream of flowing water, by throwing pebbles into the stream.

Yahushua said to cast them on Him! He already dealt with the sin.

Rosh Hoshanna is an annual “time of reflection”, to deal with sin.

Yahushua has already been Sacrificed ONCE AND FOR ALL who sin. The writer of Hebrews,l reminds us NOT to crucify Christ afresh, not to go back to repentance over and over [Hebrews 6:6]  

I WILL celebrate the Feast of Trumpets, until Yahushua comes back!!

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Dream 9-11-09 “Urgent”

Dream 9-11-09 “Urgent”

 

I was given a dream last night and when I woke from it, I immediately sought The Lord for the interpretation of it. This is it as it was revealed to me.

The Dream started out with myself in a room, not very big, and a door, I think it to have been made of metal, but a secure type of door, nonetheless. I heard noises coming from the other side of the door and I braced myself against the door, because I knew whatever or whoever was on the other side wanted to get into this room, or get to me.

I am bracing against the door, really struggling to keep it closed, when this hand comes through the door and grabs me around my knees and starts to pull me against the door with such strength that it hurt badly, I ended up with the door being forced open. I immediately recognized the person on the other side of the door, and I will share later with you who he was.

There were a multitude of people on the other side of the door, as far as I could see, I asked this man what this was and he repetitively told me,” They want to know their names”. The Holy Spirit reminded me of Revelations 2:17 and how Yahushua told John that He would give those who overcome the world “the hidden Manna and a white stone with a new name on it that only the one who received it would know.” Then the Holy Spirit told me that they didn’t know their names because they had never overcome the world, though many believed they had. That will be explained later. These people have not overcome the world and have gotten caught up in the dull mundane world and are working, working, working. BUT at the end of the day what they have done didn’t amount to anything.

Then I was shown these “light bulbs” and some of the people were eating them and they were said to taste a little like honey. I asked about this and was told that these represented “good ideas”, “inventions”, that never amounted to anything. Intended for a good purpose, but never amounting to anything that really mattered.

Then I was shown such an “idea” and it really looked very technical and modern and I thought it to be something of great value, but when it was handed to me, I was told to take it apart and shown how. This thing rapidly fell apart right before my eyes revealing it to be no more than a bunch of plastic parts all nestled inside of each other that were not anything but plastic dish drainers. The Spirit said that people are working day in and day out making “things” that don’t really amount to anything.

Now for the “Urgent” part of the dream and to whom this man on the other side of the door was. This gets very personal for me, and that’s why I had to share it, that YOU might get the same “WAKE UP”, ” URGENT” message that I got out of this.

The man on the other side of the door was my earthly Dad who had passed away a couple of years ago. The Holy Spirit began to show me personally how I too would end up like my Dad if I weren’t careful, getting caught up in the daily “works” of the world. My Dad, when he passed, had a life of hard work and not really a lot of “riches” by the world’s standards. My Mom passed away 9 months after Dad. Their life “savings” didn’t really amount to anything, by the “world’s” standards, and I was left to deal with 60 years of “stuff” that they had “left me” as part of my inheritance. There were 5 barns Dad had built over the years to house this “stuff” that they had placed such value on. I have found myself repeating Dad’s mistakes and enlarging my own barns to deal with “their stuff”, my inheritance. I have been busy, if you will, “working” on “stuff” that at the end of the day, doesn’t really matter that much.

 

 

FOR ME, I had to ask The Lord to forgive me this morning. Forgive me for being so busy about the “stuff” left behind to be an inheritance, that I almost forgot about my MOST IMPORTANT inheritance, my other home with ABBA, Father God. Beloved, I could have been on the other side of that door, with my Dad, and all those others, who didn’t “know their names”.

The Scriptures declare that we “overcome the world, by The Blood of The Lamb and by the words of their testimony”.

Beloved, The Holy Spirit showed me, that many on the other side of the door, sadly, just like my earthly Dad, were deceived and caught up in the ways of the worldly system. They spend their lives doing what the world expects them to do. They teach each other the importance of “working hard to get ahead” and that you can’t have anything if you don’t work for it. There is a lot of good wisdom in there somewhere, but it is misplaced on what it is they have worked for. I am reminded of Matthew 6: 33, “seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and all these things, shall be added unto you”.

This dream was a “Wake Up ” call, not just for me, BUT to any who would have an ear to hear what The Spirit of The Lord is Saying.

Beloved, there is urgency behind this, as well, WE, ALL OF US, have to get busy about our Father’s Work. We have to take the “Good News” out to those who are caught up in the ways of the world and we have to do it QUICKLY. This world we live in, as we know it, is about to change right before our very eyes, even more than it has in the last year.

God’s people HAVE GOT TO, “Be Ready” for this time and this season. We have GOT TO, get focused on the right things and not the things we see as important, BUT what God TELLS us is important!!!

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“A Case of Stolen ID”

  

 I would like to report a crime !!

There has been a case of ID Theft !

That’s right, someone has stolen the ID of a host of people and tries to steal mine too, from time to time.

 

This is and age old problem and has many walking around with a case of “Mistaken Identity”.

 

It all started back in the Garden, you know, when satan tried to confuse Eve and succeeded, by planting a seed of “doubt and unbelief”, which brought a “harvest” of mistaken ID. In doing so, satan was able to steal our authority from us and has kept our minds in a state of confusion ever since.

 

The text for this message today comes from Luke 7 : 9;

 9When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

 

As Jesus was making His way into Capernaum, he was greeted by elders, who had been sent on behalf of a Roman Centurion. They told Jesus what all this Gentile Centurion had done on behalf of the Jewish church and was asking that Jesus would come and heal the servant of this Centurion. As they approached closer, according to Matthew’s account, the Centurion approached Jesus.

Matthew 8:7-9 (King James Version)

 7And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

 8The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.

 9For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it

 This Roman Centurion recognized the Authority that Christ Jesus walked in.

This is similar in the case when Jesus asked the disciples;

 

 

From Matthew 16;

 13When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

 14And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

 15He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

 16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

 17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not

revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

 18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

 19And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and

whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

 

Notice what is said here. Peter, by revelation from the Father, recognized the authority of Jesus by calling Him Christ and confirmed that by saying that Jesus was the Son of the living God.

In both cases, the Centurion and Peter, there comes a moment of blessing as they recognize Jesus’ authority. The Centurion’s servant is healed and Peter is bestowed with the “keys of the kingdom of heaven”.

Those of us who have called on the name of Jesus and have recognized Him as Christ, The Son of the living God, also inherit the “keys to the kingdom of heaven”, along with the power, the authority, that comes with being a “Born Again” child of God.

BUT, the devil comes for but one thing, to steal, kill and destroy. Satan wants to confuse us by stealing our identity, by telling us “You ain’t a child of God”, “You’re just an old sinner”, “you won’t never amount to anything”, “why you ain’t nothing but poor old white trash”. Even Jesus was confronted in such a way when He was in Nazareth, as many said, “why he’s just Jesus, the son of that old carpenter Joseph”.

The devil tries to kill you by stealing your dreams. By stealing your children. By destroying your very identity !

OH!!!!!!! BUT, the devil is a liar and the father of lies.

The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 2;

3If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

 4To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,

 5Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by

 Jesus Christ.

9But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of

him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

 10Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained

 mercy.

Listen to the Words of Jesus in the Book of Revelations;

2: 17  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the

hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that

receiveth it.

 

Beloved, do you hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying here?

You aren’t anything what the devil says, BUT, you are “Living Stones”, “an holy priesthood”, “a chosen generation”, “a royal priesthood”, “an holy nation”, “a peculiar people”, says the Spirit of the Lord !

You are an “Overcomer” and The Lord will give you a “new name” and the only one who will know it is you.

CAN I TELL YOU A SECRET ? That new name is JESUS !!! When Abba Father looks down from Heaven, He no longer sees what satan say’s about you. God, The Father, sees the “new creature” formed in the very image of Christ, covered by the very Blood of Christ.

When you get to know “Who you are and Whose you are”, then you can walk in the very authority that ALL, Born Again, Children of the Most High have been given to us all, who are in Christ Jesus, and HE in us.

Now, I know that some of you may have some problems with this teaching, and that’s OK. You just need to recognize that satan will try his best to keep you from receiving the truth. He will try to shut you down and keep you bound up.

 I know what the doctrines of man teach you in most mainline churches. That’s religion and will keep you bound up in legalistic junk that has no place in The Kingdom of God. The relationship that you grow into as a Child of God, will set you free from that stuff.

 When the devil tries to tell you of your past, you need to remind him of his future.

 When religion tries to tell you that “you are just an old sinner saved by grace” , say WHOA, I am saved by Grace and washed in The Blood of The Lamb. My Father has forgotten my sins, “As far as the east is from the west”.

When the doctors tell you that you have only a few weeks to live, tell them you don’t receive that word, BUT by the Word of my testimony, I have already Overcome death and BY the Stripes of Jesus, I AM HEALED !!!

It’s time The Body get it’s identity back. That the enemy will flee from you, as you remind them of “Who you are and WHOSE you are !!”

 

 

 

 

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Just What is Legalism ?

Throughout Christiandom, the term “Legalistic” or “Legalism” is used in referrence to any form of biblical law-keeping and should be avoided. The word is used widely , especially against practices as keeping the Sabbath on Saturday or adhering to other laws given in the Old Testament.
However, this use of the word is incorrect. It is not legalistic to obey God’s laws correctly. To be legalistic is to misuse God’s laws in a way they were never intended to be used. Such was the case of the Pharisees’ interpretations, which actually undermined God’s law.
The Pharisees, an excessively strict branch of Judaism whose religious interpretations dominated popular thinking at the time of Christ, were examples of this. They added many of their own humanly devised rules and regulations to God’s laws, which had the effect of misrepresenting and misapplying them.
Their added interpretations of God’s laws so distorted the original intented purpose, that they rendered them ineffective [Matt. 15:6], nullifying them. By following the Pharisees’ interpretations and edicts, the people were no longer following God’s law [John 7:19]
This mistaken view of God’s Law led many to reject Yahushua, Christ Jesus, as the promised Messiah, even though that very law had prophesied of Him [ John 5:39,40 & Luke 24:44]
This was why Christ so strongly condemned the lack of understanding and hypocrisy of the religious leaders of His time. He taught a return to the correct teaching and practice of God’s laws according to their original intent and purpose, and also that He was the promised Messiah.
The apostle Paul also wrote extensively against those who would pervert the proper use of God’s laws. This is particularly apparent in the book of Galatians. What Paul addressed was not the correct keeping of God’s law, which he himself elsewhere upheld [Romans 3:31 ; 7:12,14,22,25], but a claim of justification [ the forgiveness and restoration of a sinner to a state of righteousness ] could be achieved by circumcision and strict observance of the law.
Some false teachers [ Galatians 2:4; 5:10,12 : 6:12-13] subverted the Galatian churches by wrongly insisting that circumcision and the keeping of the law were sufficient requirements for justification and salvation, apart from faith in Yahushua, Christ Jesus.
Paul condemned this bad teaching by stating that obedience to the law has never made eternal life possible [Galatians 3:21] Paul made it clear that justification, that is, being made right in God’s eyes, is only possible through the blood bought sacrifice of Yahushua, Christ Jesus [ Galatians 2:16; 3:1-3, 10-11,22 ; 5:1-4 ] Paul made it clear that forgiveness of sin requires a sacrifice, and even the strictest observance of the law can’t remove the need for that sacrifice.
To rely ipon the keeping of any law to make one righteous in God’s eyes, instead of faith in Christ, IS LEGALISM.
If all one focuses on is obedience to the law apart from the motivation of pleasing God The Father, Loving Him and loving our neighbor, this distorts the purpose of the law [Matt. 22:36-40 & Rom.13:10]
and is legalism.
If we believe that any keeping of God’s law, in itself, can earn salvation as our reward, we are guilty of legalism.
Technical obedience, or strict obedience to the exact letter of the law, while searching for ways to get around the original purpose and intent of the law, is legalism.
But, Yahushua, Christ Jesus, and the remainder of the Bible make onething perfectly clear; Proper obedience to the law of God IS NOT LEGALISM.
After conversion, a Christian is given, or should be given by The Holy Spirit, a much fuller understanding of the intent and purpose of God’s law. The laws of God were given FOR OUR GOOD, not our slavemasters. He understands the importance of faith in the person and sacrifice of Yahushua, Christ Jesus. He is given a more complete understanding of why he is to be obedient, but it remains for him to obey. That is NOT LEGALISM.
To obey God’s biblical commands in a proper attitude is NOT LEGALISM, but showing our Love for the one who first Loved us!!

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The Plumbline Revisited. A Paradigm SIFT !

The Plumbline Revisited!

A Paradigm SIFT!

 

  In Sept.08, God gave me “09 The Plumbline”

As I was taken to Amos 7: 7-9 and shown the vision of the prophet, I knew that things were going to start being tested by “The Plumbline”. God’s Holy Word is The Plumbline.

 

 Today, Feb. 6,09, I woke up and was taken back to revisit those verses in Amos 7 again. The Lord began to show me why in 08, a year of “New Beginnings”, things started going bad for so many people. Simply put, “When new things start, old things have to stop”.

 

 Reviewing Amos 7: 7-9, God began to show me this;

 

V7 : God showed Himself standing on a wall “ Made by a plumbline”. HE is in authority and stands on a wall built with Truth! This is in stark comparison to the wall shown to Ezekiel in the 13th Chapter of Ezekiel, that is built on false teaching and false prophecy. Lies and deceit will not stand under the feet of a Holy God!

 

V8: The Lord shows a “New Thing”. The Lord says He will set the plumbline in the middle of HIS people and not pass through them again. Sounds bad at first, and sounds even worse in V9.

 

V9: God judges and executes His Will upon His people.

The number 9  represents two things in prophecy;

(1)   Judgment. Judgment begins at the house of The Lord.

(2)    Devine Completion. That is to say that GOD the Father will bring about a completion or stop, to the things that don’t line up with His Word, which is the Will of God.

 

That is why, said The Spirit of The Lord, so many struggled and are still struggling today.

The first part of 08 started out with a “Bang”, just as He told me on 7-7-07. Then as GOD started to move us into 09, the struggles began.

 

 In Amos’ vision, in V9, God pronounced judgment on the house of Israel, because of Jeroboam. Jeroboam had led the people away from God. We have to be careful that our leaders, ALL OF THEM, lead us to GOD !

 

 At the end of 2008, as God began to move us into 09, the judgment on the house of The Lord began. God’s “Plumbline” began to become centered as it came to REST in His Ways and His Will. No longer was The Word swinging from this side to this side, from one extremism to another. The Plumbline came to rest in a place where “Straight and narrow is The Way of The Lord “.

 

 God began to do a “New Thing” in 08, but in doing so, HE also HAD to pass judgment to stop the “Old Things” that didn’t belong where God was taking His Body of people to.

 People struggle because they are resistant to change. They get stuck in a comfort zone, BUT they also struggle because change doesn’t always line up with their own perception of what they think God is doing.

 

 In Amos Chapter8 { New Beginnings ?}, Amos is shown another vision. In V2, Amos is shown a basket of summer fruit. This sounds like a harvest, BUT what God was really doing was showing the end of one season.  He will judge and pass by Israel no more [V2], and the rest of Ch 8, God reveals why the people don’t “Line Up” with His Will anymore.

 

 It’s in Amos Chapter 9: 9 this is finally revealed. In Verse 9 God says He is “ sifting the house of Israel”. He is judging the house of Israel, BUT, NOW TODAY, He is SIFTING the House of The Lord. When something gets sifted, it goes through a process of shaking. Many have been shaken in the last few months.

 

                        BUT WHAT ABOUT “ NEW BEGININGS”

 So did God break His promise of “New Beginnings” for 08? NO !

 

In Chapter 9: 11, God says “HE will raise up the Tabernacle of David”. He will build it back as in the days of old.

SO, GOD IS DOING A NEW THING !

BUT, IT IS AN OLD THING !

 

 The new thing is lining up with His Will, His Word and His Holiness as He prepares the Bride for the coming of the Bridegroom. He is not going to accept just any old thing of man. It HAS TO BE JUDGED by The Plumbline!

 

 God’s Ways are not our ways!

BUT, HE is the only Way !

His Word is the Path !

His Love for us is the only thing we should look at, because our love for Him is the only thing He cares about !

 

 

 

Given unto me this day at 6AM Feb.16th, 2009

Love in Yahushua, Christ Jesus

Jake Kilgus

 

 

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