Live and let live.

You have your truth and I have my truth, right?

LaVada sitting by the fire under the sukkah, 2018.

He has his truth and she has her truth… It’s all good, right? Let’s just don’t get in each other’s way, right? Live…and let live?

That may be your philosophy. And, it might even work, if every person on the planet agrees with you and lives it out. But, tell me, what are the odds of that?

There must be a “standard.”

Who decides what that “standard” is? If you think you can set your own standard, then you are setting yourself up as your own “God.” Good luck with that!

So… what is truth?

Your justice is righteousness forever, and Your Torah [instructions] is truth.

Psalm 119:142

Make them holy [set apart] in the truth. Your word is truth.

John 17:17

What “word?”

In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
All things were made through Him, and apart from Him nothing was made that has come into being.
And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us. We looked upon His glory, the glory of the one and only from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:1-3;14

I guess it all boils down to whether or not one wants to consider that there really is a Creator God of the Universe…He really did give His “Word” to His prophets, who wrote it all down thousands of years ago and we still have it today (the Hebrew Scriptures, erroneously referred to as the “Old” Testament)…He sent His Living Word in human form, as John 1:14 said two thousand years ago, and we still have written accounts of that.

No one is “forced” to believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We are given free will. Take it, or leave it. He tells us what our life will be like if we believe and obey, and what our life will be like if we don’t. (Deuteronomy 28 & 29) Choose life, He said! (Deuteronomy 30:19)

The thing is…we have to humble ourselves! Ooooh! It’s hard to be humble! We have to admit that He is God and we are not! WE are not! HE sets the standard! We do not! And the standard is the Torah…His “instructions.”

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

John 14:15

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New? Or, Renewed?

[Note: This was too good not to ‘capture’ & save! This is “KEY’ for every believer in Yeshua (Jesus) to understand!]

From Ken Rank, 9/14/19:

When God gave the covenant at Sinai, He called it everlasting (Psalm 105:8-10). Now, since God is everlasting (outside of time) then He would know whether or not something else is. And, He said the covenant was everlasting, so it is… whether or not that agrees with our theology. 

Jeremiah 31:31 says He will make a new covenant. The word for new is chadashah, it is a verb (chadash) that means, “to renew,” and it is being used as an adjective to describe the covenant (hence the slight form change). Literally, it is “covenant renewed.” That word is also the root for new as in “new moon.” We know it isn’t a different moon each month, it is the SAME moon renewing its cycles but we call it new, and translate it as new, because it introduces a new month. The word month comes from moon… and the moon, biblically, ushers in the “new moonth.” 🙂  But, again, it is the SAME moon just renewing it’s cycle. 

Now… if what I just said about chadashah and renew is correct, then Hebrews 8:8 HAS TO agree, and it DOES! The Greek word for ‘new’ there is kainos. That word means “new in regards to FRESHNESS” and there is another word, nehos, that means “new in regards to age.” So, a 1968 Mustang that you buy and restore and make look like new, is kainos. A 2020 Mustang is nehos. In Hebrew AND in Greek, “I will make a new covenant” is renewed. Again, whether or not that stands in harmony with our theology, the words mean what they mean and if we seek truth, then we have to just let them mean what they mean. 

Lastly… what has passed away isn’t the law, or the everlasting covenant… it is the law written on STONE. God is taking that which was on stone and writing it directly on our hearts. Same law, same God, different location for the text. So the old (stone) passes away, and is replaced by a heart of flesh (writing law on heart). Hence…

Ezekiel 11:19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. 

This is key…… God gave the law on stone and commanded it be kept on the heart by His people (Deuteronomy 6:6); Israel failed, and now He will be writing that law where His people couldn’t keep it on their own. Same words, same God, different location. The anomian church, the church that says the law of God has been done away with, is why this isn’t understood. We’re born into a bias that we don’t even know exists and thus, this just sails right over our heads when it should have been obvious.

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“Sons of Zion versus Sons of Greece: Volume One – Survival of The Hebrew Gospels & the Messianic Church”

I just heard from my friend, Dr. Miles Jones, that the first volume of his book is now out! I am taking this opportunity to let you all know about it immediately! Gene and I have read it and we were completely captivated! This should be “required reading” for every believer in Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah!

Sons of Zion vs. Sons of Greece…

Dr. Jones has uncovered the earliest Hebrew manuscript of the Gospels – and authenticated its first century origin! The initial translation of The Hebrew Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – reveal a new depth of knowledge of our Hebrew Messiah, Yeshua Ha Mashiach. Heretofore, everything we know about our Hebrew Messiah has come down to us through the Greek filter of a different language, culture, and thought. Sons of Zion reveals a secret power given to the Hebrews upon Mt. Sinai, and transferred in some degree to the Greeks. The subsequent history of the transmission of the Word has been the story of the war between the Sons of Zion vs Sons of Greece. The Hebrew Gospels were carefully preserved, and spread, by the original Messianic Church. Both The Hebrew Gospels and the Messianic Church were targeted for extinction by the Greco-Roman Church of Constantine.

This is the untold story of their survival!

Sons of Zion vs. Sons of Greece is now in publication – go to writingofgod.com — Click on “Buy the Book” page to order your copy!

Early reviews of – Sons of Zion vs Sons of Greece: Survival of The Hebrew Gospels and the Messianic Church…
“I purchased this book and left a five star review! I’m 2/3s of the way thru it and found it hard to put down. The review was tough to do as there is so much good info, it was hard to describe to the public. A great “Hebrew Roots Primer” or a “Messianic Church Foundational Basics.” Your book is truly many things covering cutting edge material for today’s Hebraic Messianic Church. I can not imagine the hours of research and effort you put into this book.
“I can say well done!
“I have but two questions. The first being how soon can I expect Vol II!? Tomorrow would be none too soon! The second question is when will the translation of the Hebrew Gospels be available for purchase? Your book should be on every true Christian’s bookshelf!
“Keep up the great work-please!”

[An enthusiastic reader.]

Here is his five-star review on Amazon…
“This book covers so much material it becomes an instant must have reference book. It is well researched and up to date with cutting edge revelation. The book does not present a denominational view point but instead is based on Biblical truths and facts. If you read the book with an open mind and no preconceived agenda (and please verify the material independently for yourselves) you are sure to learn much and develop a deeper appreciation for Yehovah and His Word. You will learn about such things as; the name of God, the location of the real Mount Sinai, the original Writings of God, the Hebrew Gospels, the real time line of history, dating methods, the Exodus, the Pharaoh of Egypt in Moses time (hint-its not who [you] think!), and many other relevant subjects. In fact the above material is found in the first chapter alone! The author, by the Grace of God, has produced a valuable work for believers and non believers alike in these end times and has revealed a rare commodity by today’s standards, THE TRUTH. Do not think that this book is a boring, dry, “Religious” dissertation- it is not. It is a fascinating read! Volume II, according to the author, is due out in 2020.”

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About the author…

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Dr. Miles Jones has earned three degrees in languages and linguistics, culminating in a doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin in 1985. He is the author of The Writing of God, in which he translated ancient Hebrew inscriptions from Mount Sinai in Midian, in Arabia. Their story speaks of events straight from the pages of Exodus. These inscriptions provided physical proof of the location of the real Mount Sinai, and that the “writing of God” (Ex 32:16) was the original alphabet of letters! He is now translating The Hebrew Gospels of Catalan.

The new updated 2019 edition of The Writing of God is also available at:
writingofgod.com

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Ponder this…

…….what are we supposed to be doing until the appearance of the Messiah?
…….are we immortal right now, or do we become immortal at the resurrection? …..(at the “appearance” of our LORD, the Messiah.)
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Our friend, Dr. Miles Jones, to appear on “A Rood Awakening” for next 4 weeks!

Our personal friend, Dr. Miles Jones, historical linguist, author and expert in accelerated learning techniques,  will be the featured guest on A Rood Awakening television broadcast for the next four Friday evenings at 7:00 PM Central Daylight Time— beginning tonight!  We are forwarding his email below announcing each week’s segment for your information.

We originally met him when we hosted four appearances of Jim & Penny Caldwell here in our area a few years ago.  Jim and Penny discovered the real Mt. Sinai in Saudi Arabia and now travel the country presenting their photo and video evidence.  We  are fortunate that Dr. Jones lives just an hour away from us!  We enjoy having him speak at our home fellowship fairly frequently!  He is the author of The Writing of God and is currently working on his next book, Sons of Zion vs. Sons of Greece: Survival of the Hebrew Gospels.  
We hope you will tune in!  (If you have never watched Michael Rood’s Shabbat Night Live before, just know that it’s about 30 minutes before the guest arrives on the set.)  We don’t think you will be disappointed!  Please share with your pastor or congregation leader.

Here are some links to access the show:
A Rood Awakening online television broadcast
A Rood Awakening youtube channel:
Other television channel listings (Dish, DirecTV, AngelOne, TBN, Roku, & many more):
The Writing of God, book by Dr. Miles Jones
B’nai Emunah Institute for Accelerated Learning  (Dr. Jones’ website for homeschoolers and anyone interested in accelerated learning):
If you have any questions, please let us hear from you!
Blessings and shalom,
Gene and LaVada
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This month,  Shabbat Night Live will begin a new four-part series on the Hebrew Gospels bringing you the exciting discoveries of Dr. Miles Jones, the historical linguist who translated the inscriptions from the base of the real Mount Sinai in Midian, Arabia.  That evidence of the Exodus will be covered in one of the four broadcasts of Shabbat Night Live starting June 29, 2018.   In the first segment Dr. Miles Jones and Michael Rood will be making a challenge to all Messianic/Hebraic Roots congregants to participate.  Don’t miss it!
Friday June 29, 2018 – The Great Secret
Jews throughout history have risen to the highest levels of achievement in every field of endeavor.  The Great Secret of their success is spelled out in Scripture in the call from Sinai.  The good news is that this secret to success is meant for all believers regardless of race, rank, or riches!   Dr. Jones does not speak in vague generalities but outlines specifically how this great secret can transform the lives of you and your children.
For 30 years he has implemented this program now provided through the B’nai Emunah Institute for Accelerated Learning.  The results are authentic and phenomenal!  (go to jonesgeniuses.comfor more)
Click on the link below for an in-depth preview and tune in to Shabbat Night Live June 29, 2018.
Friday July 6, 2018 – Inscriptions from Sinai
Dr. Jones is an historical linguist who has devoted a lifetime of research to the early alphabet.   The inscriptions found at the base of Mount Sinai in Midian, Arabia are written in the oldest alphabetic script know to linguistic science, called Thamudic, referred to in Exodus 32:16 as “the writing of God.”  Dr. Jones translated these, mostly funerary, inscriptions.  They are written in ancient Hebrew and tell a story straight from the pages of Exodus.
The story of this discovery is related in his book The Writing of God.(more info at writingofgod.com).
Click on the link for more on the inscriptions from Sinai and tune in to Shabbat Night Live July 6, 2018.
Friday July 13, 2018 – The Underground Church
The original Church was that of  Yeshua Ha Massiach, known in Greek as Jesus Christ, his Hebrew Apostles and his Hebrew followers.  For the crucial first decades the good news of the Savior spread throughout the world by virtue of these Apostles and their followers.  Eventually Gentile followers split off forming a Greek Church, and later the Roman Church whose language was Latin.  The Messianic Church was declared heretical and its congregants targeted for extinction.   Many were martyred over the centuries.  The Messianic Church went underground.  This is their untold and heretofore unknown story, the story of the Underground Church.
See the link below for the survival of the Messianic Church and tune in to Shabbat Night Live July 13, 2018.
Friday July 20, 2018 – The Hebrew Gospels
All Christian denominations adhere to some form of Replacement Theology.  The chosen people are now the Christian Church and that mantle of election as well as all promises and blessings in the Bible belong to the Gentiles now, not the Messianics.  You can see how the original Gospel written in Hebrew would challenge that false claim to authority.  The Hebrew Gospels are the most targeted, for destruction, manuscript in human history.
It has long been declared that they did not survive.   They did!  Bound beneath another Hebrew manuscript they survived in the Vatican archives for 500 years before being discovered in 1956.  Dr. Jones is translating the Hebrew Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  He explains the fascinating story of the original Messianic Church they reveal in his upcoming book, Sons of Zion vs. Sons of Greece: Survival of the Hebrew Gospels.
Click below for more on the survival of the Hebrew Gospels and tune in to Shabbat Night Live July 20, 2018.
Please forward this to anyone you feel would be interested in The Great Secret and the Challenge to Messianic/Hebraic Roots homeschoolers, or in the startling new discoveries on the Hebrew Gospels presented by Michael Rood, Nehemia Gordon, and now Dr. Miles Jones.   Shabbat Night Live can be seen online at aroodawakening.tv at 7 pm CST on Fridays or on cable television on the Uplift channel and Sky Angel channel. These broadcasts will be available anytime afterwards on the Michael Rood TV channel of Youtube.com.
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Housekeeping!

We will be making some transitions in the communications realm of our Menorah Music Ministry.  We plan to decrease our presence on Facebook and increase our ministry blog presence!

If you are receiving this Newsletter Blog and would like to continue to receive our blogs in the future, you do not need to do anything.  However, if things have changed and you would like to be removed from our list, please reply with “UNSUBSCRIBE” on the subject line and we will quickly remove you.  It certainly is not our intent to plague your inbox with unwanted emails!  

We thank you for being our friend!

Blessings and shalom,

Gene and LaVada

MMIR

Menorah Music Internet Radio – MMIR

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO “GO BACK UNDER THE LAW?”

By Gene Triesch
I have been trying to get a grip on this for a long time and have been researching, especially since around 2008 or 2009. I am by no means a scholar. The more I learn, the more I come to know how much there is to learn. My initial questions have centered on why there seems to be a conflict between Paul’s teaching on the Law (Torah) and that of Jesus’ (Yeshua’s) words in Matthew 5:17, “Think not that I have come to abolish the Law and the Prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them.”
If we have one God and I think we can attest to that, then the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are One. We are told God does not change (Malachi 3:6) and Jesus/Yeshua is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8.) I have questioned why would God have one set of instructions for Israel and another for Gentiles when Scripture clearly says,  You have one law, both for the stranger and the native of the land (Numbers 9:14).” This makes me think that maybe we don’t really understand what Paul is teaching.
Peter tells us in 2 Peter 3:15-17 that some things in Paul’s letters are hard to understand and that unstable people twist his writings. He is cautioning his readers not to be carried away with the error of lawless (Torahless) men.
Could it be that Paul is not talking about Torah but about all the laws that the Pharisees and Sadducees had been adding to the Law (Torah), consequently, making it a burden for the people? Paul was a Pharisee of Pharisees, so he would certainly have been familiar with these “additional” laws. This would fit in and explain what Jesus meant in Matthew 23:2-3, “The scribes and Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice.” It is my understanding that even today synagogues have what is called a “Moses’ seat” and rabbis, or whoever is called upon to sit there are only allowed to read the Torah verbatim. They are not allowed to add to or discuss it.
I do agree that believers need to be careful about falling into “legalism.” The Law was not meant to be our salvation! And there is no way we can earn a right standing with God. We are saved only and completely through faith by the Grace of God! LaVada and I do the best we can in keeping the Commandments out of our love for what Jesus/Yeshua did at the cross. He said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments (John 14:15).  ” John also tells us in 1 John 2:3, “And by this we may be sure that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.”
We study and listen to many teachers comparing their teaching against the Scriptures and trusting that the Holy Spirit will guide us in what is true. We once heard a teaching that perhaps shed a new light on Romans 10:4.  “Christ is the end of the law.”  The teacher pointed out that the word “end” is a translation of the Greek word, “telos,” which according to Strong’s concordance means “end, aim or purpose.”  It comes from the root word “tello,” which means to set out for a definite point or goal.  In our football lingo, it would mean to cross the goal line to reach the end zone!  
Our aim or purpose should be to become like Yeshua who fulfilled the Law perfectly. Paul kept the Law, according to Acts 24:14. There may be variations in translations of Colossians 2:1-1, but mine, the RSV, says, “And you, who were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, having cancelled the bond that stood against us with its legal demands; this He set aside, nailing it to the cross.”  So, my understanding of this translation would be that it is our sins… the bond, or our debt, that stands against us….that is what was nailed to the cross! The Law (Torah) was not nailed to the cross, for without the Law there is no debt!
I am still working on gathering scripture and still trying to come to a greater understanding on all this. One of the teachers we listen to pointed out Isaiah, Chapter 42, which seems to be a prophetic word for the Church today, especially these verses… “Behold my servant [Yeshua], whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon Him, He will bring forth justice to the nations (Verse 1.) And, “He will not fail or be discouraged till He has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for His Law [Torah] (Verse 4).” And then, “Who among you will give ear to this, will attend and listen for the time to come?  Who gave up Jacob to the spoiler, and Israel to the robbers? Was it not the Lord, against whom we have sinned, in whose ways they would not walk, and whose Law they would not obey (Verse 23, 24)?”
LaVada and I believe we are living in “that time to come.” Perhaps this gives a little insight on where we are in our walk. We’re still looking to learn something new every day!
Blessings and shalom,
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The Blood

The "Kippah Twins"

The “Kippah Twins”

The Blood

Are you washed in the Blood? Oh, the Blood of Jesus! There is power, power, wonderworking power in the Blood of the Lamb!

Have you ever sung those songs? I have. More times than I can count.

Little did I know all those years ago, starting when I was about ten or twelve years old, that those words, I would later find out…many years later, were “festival terminology!” Do you know “festival terminology?” Well, neither did I, because the Festivals, i.e., the “Festivals of the LORD” [see Leviticus 23:1-4] were said to be “for the Jews.” Those were “Jewish Feasts!” Don’t concern yourself with those! Well, that is not the Truth!
Are you a Truth Seeker? I challenge you to take a few minutes and watch this pastor explain “festival terminology” in a way you may never have heard it explained before. This pastor (Gary Simons, Triumph Family) has laid it all on the line for the sake of Truth! Career…pensions…notoriety…mega church…you name it…he gave it all up for the sake of Truth! Are you willing to do the same? Am I?
It’s relatively easy for me… I am not a career preacher, I am not even a Bible teacher…what have I got to lose? Perhaps just a friend or two, or perhaps a family member here or there who thinks LaVada now “wants to be a Jew!” No, I don’t “want to be a Jew”…I am perfectly happy being a “grafted in” Gentile believer, who has “crossed over” and is now a member of the Commonwealth of Israel! [Ephesians 2:12-13]
Here it is..take a look!

Be blessed…
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Passover Week

In just a few short weeks we will be celebrating this most important “Feast of the LORD (YHVH)” — I just found this very informative chart produced by a wonderful ministry called, “Faith, Grace & Torah,” which I am re-blogging here.  It gives us a good ‘handle’ on understanding just how things happened in the last week in the life of our Savior, Yeshua (Jesus)!  Take a look…

 

Passover Week

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# 002 – Elections 2016: Why God Gave us Donald Trump

Elections 2016: Why God Gave us Donald Trump

By Issachar 

“He removeth kings, and setteth up kings.”

God’s Purposes Transcend Temporal Pursuits

63497002-1477533759151_640x640Before I go into this paper, please understand that the underlying problems of America (and indeed of the whole world) are much deeper than what we imagine. Think of an iceberg! What we see, and hear, and experience, is like the top of the iceberg. It belongs to the realm of the temporal.

The top of the iceberg above the surface of the water and a little below the surface, is where the world’s population, their leaders, and the Kings of the Earth operate. Most leaders and voters do not think farther ahead than the next 4 to 8 years. The Kings of the Earth plan for the next 50 to 100 years and more; some of the plans being enacted today find their roots in the 1700’s. These plans are animated by the fallen nature, wisdom, will, purposes, strategies, and methods of man.

Below the surface level, is Satan’s domain. He also, has his own fallen nature, will, purposes, strategies, and methods. But his plans for the world date all the way back to Babel and are designed for the long run. Regardless, we all read the end of the Book and we know God wins!

The same cycles of peace, war, poverty, prosperity, famine, death, birth, joy and sorrow, that have plagued nations for centuries and millenniums continue unchanged. Solomon understood this and said: “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

Even though Mr. Trump is our new President, thank God for that, the work he will do will only affect the top of the iceberg; the short term in the socio-economic and political arena. The Kings of the Earth are suffering a setback – they have had them before. As I mentioned in my first article they have been powerless and will continue to be powerless to solve the problems of the world. Especially those that are soon to engulf mankind. Why? Because man is fallen and his societal systems are flawed. But that is not the important thing. As you will read, the fact that God has given us Donald Trump has great implications for the purpose of God in the days ahead.

In the end, while God has surrendered complete authority so we can make choices, God has kept absolute final authority as to what happens. “My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure” (Isaiah 46:9-10).

But God was not waiting for Mr. Trump to be born. He did not say: “finally, Donald is born, now we can do some work.” God has a much greater purpose for humanity than to make its temporal and flawed socio-economic, financial, political, and religious systems a satisfactory way of life for mankind. God’s purpose for humanity is eternal. It transcends man’s focus on his personal temporal pursuits.

Watch for more articles on the subject.

Back to the Issues at Hand in this Election.

Daniel 2:20-21 “Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the Name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are His: And He changeth the times and the seasons: He removeth kings, and setteth up kings”

In my article on the 2016 election titled “2016 U. S. Election: A Clear Choice for Christians”, I highlighted three things – ever so lightly; 1) the heart of the blind “Kings of the Earth” (Psalm 2:2-3), 2) the politicians who do their bidding, and 3) Satan; the source of it all.

In addition to these three entities, I now add a fourth: God and His purposes.

There is much to ponder over “He removeth kings, and setteth up kings.” One may think “well if that is what God wanted to begin with, it did not matter if we voted.” This appears to be a valid conclusion. But it fails to consider the dynamics between the Sovereignty of God, and the capacity that God has given man to make his own choices. There is an answer to this, but this is not the place to develop it. The fact remains that God gives us the capacity to make our own decisions; we are not puppets on a string. We elected Mr. Trump.

Mr. Trump clearly communicated that the Supreme Court Judges he has selected, will be the exact opposite of those Mrs. Clinton promised she would appoint. While hers call good evil, and evil good (Isaiah 5:20), Mr. Trump’s judges will work to overthrow laws which are already on the books but are against the intent of the Constitution and of the Bill of Rights, and the Word of God. A sister in the Lord just texted me “looking at the results, ideologically, morally, ethically, foundationally, geographically, and in the biblical base, Trump took back “middle America”, with citizens rejecting all the anti-God, immorality and corruption of the last 8 years.” I could not agree more.

Reality Check

If anything, this election has taught those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, and may not have known it, that:

  • The press is the – paid for – personal propaganda machine of the elites through which they attempt to control the population the best they can. The internet is their worst enemy.
  • Both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party have now been clearly shown to be two arms of the same body.
  • The Kings of the Earth exert a very powerful influence over the political system of the USA. In fact, they control it to a large degree.
  • The system is corrupt to an unimaginable depth.

If you did not know any of the above already, now you know. Welcome to the club.

Setting the Stage for Answers to “Why Trump?” 

Firstly, the temporal. Let us briefly look at A) the nature of man, B) the times we are living in.

A.  The nature of man:

God is pure light. Satan is total darkness. Man’s unredeemed nature, is a blend of the two with different shades of grey. A blend of self-centered good and evil. Unless man’s tendency to sin is kept in check by listening to his conscience, and obeying the higher moral law that God has given in the Bible, it has nowhere to go but worse. Shepherds with good intentions but unbiblical methods will lead the sheep down the wrong path. Shepherds with good intentions and biblical methods will attempt to lead the sheep toward a better path. It seems that President Trump and Vice President Pence will fit in the latter category. The future will tell.

B.  The times we are living in:

Gone are the days of autonomous nations. Today, all nations are affected by what happens in the others. Gone are the days of geographically limited empires. Because of the fantastic advances in technology, the world has become very small and humanity has arrived at a global consciousness. For this reason and a few others, we are living in the culmination of the times on many fronts. The goals of leaders, then and now, was and still is, the same. It is to bring peace, safety, and prosperity to the land. Today, the Kings of the Earth have made these goals a global pursuit. But for this, they must control people and nations. Of course, to want to bring peace and safety is good in and of itself. But because man and his systems are inherently and irreversibly flawed, no leaders have succeeded in this enterprise and none of them ever will. God did not give us Mr. Trump to bring long lasting peace, safety and prosperity.

Secondly, let’s get a glimpse of the eternal; God’s greater purposes for humanity.

There are others, but I will highlight three of them below:

1) God wants lost humanity to know that He, the God of Israel is the one and only true God. Humanity will know “and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel” (Ezekiel 39:7). “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of YHWH, as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9).

2) God wants to make humanity recognize – the Jew first – that Yeshua/Jesus is the Savior of the world, the Messiah. “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15). “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn” (Zechariah 12:9-10).

3) God will establish His kingdom on earth and show man how it is done. “And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Isaiah 2:4). “And many people shall go and say, ‘come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem” (Isaiah 2:3).

God’s purpose for humanity, is far greater than the temporal politics of nations and anything that Donald Trump will ever be able to accomplish.

So, What Does God’s Purpose for Humanity Have to do With Mr. Trump and this Election?

Directly?  Nothing.  Indirectly?  A little.

Think about this. God wants all of humanity to eventually look to Him. The same cycles of peace, war, poverty, prosperity, famine, death, birth, joy and sorrow, have continually plagued nations and empires for centuries and millenniums. In the end, for God to allow the world to go on as it has since the beginning of recorded history ad infinitum, would be senseless and contrary to the glorious eternal purposes He has for His creation. Until God takes the steps to put an end to man’s government, a few things must take place.

One of them is the fact that man, must come to the realization that he is not self-sufficient; that his best efforts to fulfill his utopian worldly hopes and dreams must fail. And fail, they will – big time. God waited six millenniums of recorded history for humanity to arrive at a global consciousness. Only now; when man is trying to solve the problems of the world can God show man that he can never fulfill his utopian ideals.

Another is that man is an eternal being and God wants to save his soul. God wants all of humanity to be saved. “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son; that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). To make the greatest impact on all of humanity at once, God had to wait until it came to its global consciousness. When all the systems come tumbling down, the world will recognize that it has gone away from God. Just as Israel of old, the burdens of hardship will cause people to seek God and repent. God is “patient towards us not wishing that any should perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

A Different Purpose than Making America Great Again 

“Make America great again” is a terrific goal. But because we are living in the culmination of the times, I cannot conceive that God gave us Mr. Trump because He wants to restore America to its former glory. There are no more centuries to come. The Kingdom is around the corner. Rather God gave Mr. Trump to give us an extension of time. A large segment of the Church needs to prepare itself to “Prepare the Way of the Lord and to make His paths straight” (Isaiah 40:1-5). Just as the way was needed to be prepared for the Messiah’s first coming, the way needs to be prepared for His second coming. Much more to say on this.

In preparing a people who “keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17), God will offer a sharp contrast between the wickedness of the world and the righteousness of those who follow Him during the coming days. “For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee” (Isaiah 60:2). God will bring conviction to hearts everywhere so they can repent. Much to say on this.

Under a Clinton presidency, judgment would have come sooner. With Mr. Trump, we are going to benefit from a short reprieve both nationally, and internationally as nations take time to assess the meaning of his victory. The length and type of this reprieve will depend on God and on what He will allow the Kings of the Earth to decide to do now that Trump is in office. There are several options. In any case, we know from the Bible that the world will eventually become very corrupt and very violent.

Increasing Evil to Convict the World Concerning Sin Righteousness and Judgment

The world needs to discover how very far it really is from God. In the last century, man’s leadership and its great worldly wisdom, resulted in almost two hundred million deaths through war and genocides. Despite two world wars and numerous others, humanity still did not cave in. We may begin to understand why God will allow evil to rise to a point never reached in centuries past; and this, on a global scale.

Think about this. To be saved, a person must first realize they are lost in sin. It can take a lot for one person to realize their sinful nature! It took a lot for me; what did it take for you? It takes even more for a family. It takes a lot more for a city. It takes a whole lot more for a nation. And for the whole world, well, it takes the tribulation. “…and there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation” (Daniel 12:1). “For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21). Why? “for when Thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness” (Isaiah 26:9).

In the days of Noah, God looked upon the earth and saw nothing but violence. This violence provoked God to act. “And God said unto Noah, the end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth” (Genesis 6:13). Today, we see violence increasing all over the world. Jesus said “as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man” (Luke 17:26).

The People of the Book

The God of Israel wants to be known by lost humanity as the true God. Satan wants to detour people’s eyes from YHWH. “Ye are My witnesses, saith the LORD, and My servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He: before Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside Me there is no saviour.” (Isaiah 43:10-12).

It is Israel’s and the Church’s responsibility to witness to lost humanity about the God of Israel and His Messiah. Because we are in the final days before the second coming, much more was at stake in this election than just politics and economy. Satan wants to eradicate Israel, and take as many people to hell with him as possible. Satan wants to eradicate the western Christian civilization. As I wrote in my first article, Islam is Satan’s tool. For this reason, anti-Semitism and anti-Christianism are rising at an alarming rate globally. Satan is going all out to slow down God’s momentum toward his inevitable demise. Man’s strategies go hand in hand with Satan’s purposes. By giving us Mr. Trump, who is 100% for Israel, who has promised to be in support of the Church, and has promised to do the necessary to eliminate a free ride in our nations to potential Jihadists, God is giving us more time to prepare. But none of this will be a bed of roses.

Nevertheless, the world will soon fall under the seduction of antichrist. After all, he comes with peace (Daniel 8:25). In doing so, he will deceive the rulers and many people. This is the “peace and safety” that Paul spoke of in 1 Corinthians 5:3. But then, antichrist will give the word for global Jihad and all hell will break loose on earth; literally. It will begin in Jerusalem and continue for 1260 days (Daniel 12:4-17; Revelation 12:13-14). Scripture says: “Woe to the inhabitants of the earth for the devil has come down to you having great wrath, knowing that he has but a short time” (Revelation 12:12). More to say on this in other articles.

The Fig Tree Generation

During that time of tribulation, the Church will have the very best opportunity to demonstrate the wisdom, love, and grace of God to those who are perishing… to the Jew first. We are still under obligation to complete the unfulfilled mandate of Romans 11:11. The tribulation will be the very best opportunity for the Church to accomplish this and to bring glory to God. Not only in the Middle East (and Moslems need to get saved too), but also globally. Please understand that some very hard times will be soon coming to set the stage for the world’s acceptance of the antichrist and his short lived “peace and safety.”

These very hard times will be so bad that they will make pre-tribbers think “I thought we should have been up by now.” As a result, they will wake up to the reality that there is no pre-tribulation rapture. This satanic theology is one of the most pernicious lies from the devil to prevent Christians from preparing themselves and their families emotionally and spiritually, and to hinder the “preparing the way of the Lord.” Thank God, by giving us Mr. Trump, there will be more time for Christians to understand the times and seasons; to change their theology, and to be part of the remnant that God is preparing. It is during that time that “they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days” (Daniel 11:33).

We are the fig tree generation. The generation which will see God put an end to man’s government. God will bring the long-awaited peace and safety of His perfect government; “of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end” (Isaiah 9:7). That is the “new world order” I am looking forward to.

In the end, God has final authority on anything that happens. Both Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump were on Jesus’s mind when He was on that cross. He loves her and him as much as He loves you and me. His blood paid for their sins also, as well as the sins of the whole world. Glory be to God and His great grace! They both need our prayers for salvation; and Mr. Trump, for personal protection. God’s thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8). The coming times will be extremely hard, but in giving us Mr. Trump God has given the Church another opportunity for more time to prepare the way of the Lord and to understand why He is calling believers everywhere to “contend earnestly for the faith that was once given to the saints” (Jude 3).

יששכר

1 Chronicles 12:32


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