# 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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#001 – Election 2016: Psalm 2 Makes Voting for Trump a No Brainer for Christians

Election 2016: Psalm 2 Makes Voting for Trump a No Brainer for Christians

By Issachar – October 26, 2016  5:34 PM

Fools mock at sin, but among the upright there is good will. Proverbs 14:9.

63497002-1477533759151_640x640Many Christians are at a crossroad; not knowing who to vote for. Yet the choice is very clear. This article will unveil the sketch behind the details. It is intended to remove any doubt.  May this be true for the reader.  Grace and peace to you.

This may sound extreme to some; but it is nevertheless true. In the grand scheme of things, what is at stake with the U.S. election of 2016, is another stage, and possibly the final stage, of the planned destruction of the Judeo-Christian ethic, in view of the eventual complete obliteration of the Western Christian civilization it has created.

There are those whom the God of the Bible calls “the kings of the earth” (Psalm 2:2). They are the global elite; the “great” of this world; those we refer to as “they” when we talk about what is happening behind the political scenes to bring about an increasingly controlled global order.

The global elites have convinced themselves and the leaders of nations, that this Judeo-Christian based civilization is a failed social experiment. But to them, this civilization and those who adhere to it, must be eradicated at any cost. That is why you see growing attacks in words and in deeds on Jews, on Christians and on the precepts of the Bible with the tacit approval of government. These leaders are fulfilling prophecy. Because Scripture says that, “the kings of the earth set themselves up, and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against His anointed” (Psalm 2:2).

The same Psalm clearly spells out the agenda of the global elites: “let us rip their chains apart and throw their ropes off us” (Psalm 2:3). “Their”, in this verse, refers to those who adhere to the teachings of the Bible. The words “chains” and “ropes” are what the elites think of the biblical principles that have served to give people in the West their individual liberty. To the elites, these principles are chains and ropes. Why? Because they form the basis for individualism and personal growth that have made Europe and America, a haven for all those who came from around the world to make a good life for themselves and their families. That is exactly the opposite of what the globalists want and need: collectivism.

“They” need collectivism so they can control the masses to implement their idealistic vision of a utopian society, because their philosophy requires that there be no room for individual liberty and personal growth. Part of the process “they” have been working at also, is to eventually arrive at eliminating all the middle class and to return to a pre-industrial revolution type of society made up of Lords and serfs; but this time secularized. The result will be a controlled freedom for the masses, while the leaders live in liberty and luxury.

I wrote earlier that the kings of the earth have decided that the Judeo-Christian civilization must be eradicated at any cost; that includes the death of those who insist in holding on to it. Think I am exaggerating? Answer these questions: Why are the governments of western nations that are considered “Christian” by the outside world, not voicing their outrage and doing anything about the yearly murder of tens of thousands of Christians around the world by Moslems? Why are both, European and U.S. leaders, including Mrs. Clinton, so willing to push for open borders and accept millions of Arab Muslim refugees without caring that there are terrorists among them? Why are they so willing, while they wage an all-out war against Christianity and the Bible, to promote Islam in school and accept the gradual implementation of Sharia law in western society? Why are they so willing to insist that Islam is a religion of peace, when its most faithful adherents are responsible for all the killings going on around the world?

Islam is the tool the kings of the earth think they can control “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:11). Repent, kings of the earth and leaders of nations who obey them! You do not know what is coming against you and all your plans from the followers of Mohamed. We know; the Bible tells us.

Please understand:

  • Hillary Clinton is one of the – more than willing – last nails in the coffin of Western Christian civilization.
  • Islam is the hammer they are using, and will continue using, to give the blow to wipe out those who adhere to the teachings of the Bible.
  • Satan himself “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4), is the one who is wielding the hammer.

Believers must recognize that ultimately; the 2016 election is far more a spiritual issue than a political one. We must understand the times. It is clear in the Bible that “we are not fighting flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). Satan’s purpose is the destruction of everything that identifies the God of the Bible as the one true God.

A vote for Mrs. Clinton, a clearly proven liar who can do no wrong, is a vote for the poster child of the establishment. She stands as the willing tool of the kings of the earth who use her to “cut the chains and the cords” that are the precepts of the Bible, and which have served as the spiritual foundation upon which the West was built. A vote for her is a vote to forward the dark agenda of the enemy of man’s soul.

A decision not to vote at all, or a decision to vote for Mr. Castle, Mr. De La Fuente, Mr. Johnson, or Mr. McMullin (he is on some ballots but not all) is a vote meant to defeat both Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump. Fat chance! A no vote, or a vote for these men is a wasted vote which will help to have put into office whoever wins. If Mrs. Clinton wins, your conscience must deal with the fact that your vote, or no vote, was responsible to put liberal judges on the Supreme Court, who call good evil and evil good. Their ungodly decisions will affect your children for many years to come should the Lord tarry. As a Christian, it is exactly what you do not want to happen.

In the final analysis, we the church, and our silent pulpits, and our preaching that the law is abolished, are responsible for the slow erosion of the soul of this nation. Had we been “the salt of the earth” that we were supposed to be like the Savior wanted it, we still would have leaders who hold the Bible in high esteem. Television and movies would still be clean. Prayer would still be allowed in school. Roe versus Wade would have never happened. Same sex marriages would have never become law. People say “the rise in evil was prophesied” and they unwisely use this as a basis not to get involved politically! Sure, it was prophesied; but God wrote that because He knew we were not going to do the job! The decline of the Western society is our fault. Get up from your sofa and go vote for Mr. Trump. Do not have a part in this evil by your silence.

Don’t get me wrong; Mr. Trump is no saint and he is not perfect; who is? He has said many things he should not have said; as all of us do, he needs to mature more in certain areas of need. But we are electing a President, not a high priest – throw the first stone if you have not sinned. Mr. Trump loves America. He is plenty smart enough to surround himself with wise counselors. He chose a V.P. who is a man of high moral standard and integrity. Unlike Mrs. Clinton who made it very clear in the debates, Mr. Trump will put conservative judges on the Supreme Court, and do what he can to restore this nation to what it once was economically. He will protect the borders. He is 100% behind Israel. He stands against the global agenda of the kings of the earth. Mr. Trump is the clear choice we must make.

DO NOT vote for Mrs. Clinton. Besides all the above negatives and so much more, do you want another President who also supports that boys and girls share the same bathrooms in public schools, as the current President does? I mean, how far are we going to participate in the proliferation of this evil? The blind leading the blind.

Daniel showed us the way of identificational repentance. We western Christians need to repent and return to the Lord and all His ways; there is much more to the “evil ways” of 2 Chronicles 7:14 than meets the eye. We are neither cold nor hot; we are lukewarm; we think we are rich and have need of nothing but we are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked (Rev 3:15-17). Much of the coming very hard times will lend themselves very well for God to fulfill the first part of 1 Peter 4:17 which says “judgement will begin at the house of God.”  The rest of the verse serves as a warning to unbelievers “and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?”

In the end, speaking of “the kings of the earth” Scripture says, He who sits in heaven laughs! YHWH mocks them. So He will speak to them in His anger, and terrify them in His fury “I have set up My king upon Zion, My holy mountain. I will declare the decree of YHWH.”  He said to Me: “You are My Son—today I have become Your Father. Ask Me, and I will give the nations as Your inheritance, and the far reaches of the earth as Your possession. You shall break the nations with an iron scepter. You shall dash them in pieces like a potter’s jar. So now, O kings, be wise, take warning, O judges of the earth! Serve YHWH with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He become angry, and you perish along your way—since His wrath may flare up suddenly. Happy is everyone taking refuge in Him!”  (Psalm 2:4-12).  The God of creation will have the last word.  REPENT!

There are great genocides coming. Very most likely, in Europe first. But hey, Jews and Christians have been persecuted before. We are still around. In the end, the God of the Bible always wins.

As a Christian, you have a very clear choice between two candidates:

  • One who willfully stands with, and speaks for, the kings of the earth who set themselves against the Lord and His anointed. A candidate who has supported every ungodly law already enacted and will enact more, and install judges who will see that they are enforced. A candidate who hates what the righteousness the Bible stands for. A candidate who has chosen a V.P. of the same kind she is.
  • One who stands against those kings and, while having his own faults – as we all do – yet promises to work to see that Godly principles are restored, and install judges who will see that they are enforced. A candidate who has chosen a V.P. that matches his declared intentions and stands for Biblical righteousness.

The choice cannot be clearer.

יששכר

1 Chronicles 12:32

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Update from Gene & LaVada

 

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This week’s new post related to the upcoming election… 

2016 U.S. Election: A Clear Choice For Christians

63497002-1477533759151_640x640Many Christians are at a crossroad; not knowing who to vote for. Yet the choice is very clear. This article will unveil the sketch behind the details. It is intended to remove any doubt.  May this be true for the reader.  Grace and peace to you.

This may sound extreme to some; but it is nevertheless true. In the grand scheme of things, what is at stake with the U.S. election of 2016…
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We had some fun celebrating the Biblical Fall Feasts…especially Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles).  Here are a few memories..

“You are to keep the Feast ofSukkot for seven days, after gathering in the produce from your threshing floor and winepress.”   Deuteronomy 16:13  

Sukkah all done! Nothing like "goodly boughs" of Texas pecan trees and crepe myrtles to cover the roof!

Sukkah all done! Nothing like “goodly boughs” of Texas pecan trees and crepe myrtles to cover the roof!

Sukkah all finished...trying it on for size!

Sukkah all finished…trying it on for size!

Cooking up some lamb stew on the open fireplace just outside the sukkah!

Cooking up some lamb stew on the open fireplace just outside the sukkah!

Super Moon rising over the Texas Hill Country on the first night of Sukkot!

Super Moon rising over the Texas Hill Country on the first night of Sukkot!

Debbie blowing her shofar on the first night of Sukkot!

Debbie blowing her shofar on the first night of Sukkot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, so long for now!  Thanks for being our friend!

Love and blessings in the Messiah to you all ,

Gene & LaVada

 

 

 

 

 

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Beulah Land, Some Thoughts

Beulah Land, Some Thoughts

Written by Squire Parsons years ago, I have sung this song so many times, and even have it recorded on one of our albums (Set Free). But it wasn’t until we were in the process of “crossing over” and going into our Menorah Music Ministry, that the truth of Beulah Land was revealed to me! I am grateful for Pete’s blog entry here on this beautiful song… finally, somebody says it!

natsab

The song keeps running through my head and is a beautiful lilting melody.

Beulah Land

I’m kind of homesick for a country
To which I’ve never been before.
No sad goodbyes will there be spoken
for time won’t matter anymore.

(Chorus)
Beulah Land, I’m longing for you
and some day on thee I’ll stand.
There my home shall be eternal.
Beulah Land — Sweet Beulah Land

I’m looking now across the river
where my faith will end in sight.
There’s just a few more days to labor.
Then I will take my heavenly flight.

The lyrics need some mild adjustment, though.  Isaiah tells us exactly where Beulah Land is, and a rapturous flight is not necessary unless El Al is really that good.

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7 Scriptural Proofs For Two House (Theology), following up on Zac Bauer

I don’t think I’ve ever done this before…. “re-blog” a “re-blog!”   But, in this case, it seems warranted!  Our friend, Al McCarn, The Barking Fox, re-blogged Pete Rambo’s blog, Natsab,  regarding Zachary Bauer’s video, Seven Scriptural Proofs For Two House Theology… My reason for re-blogging them both is that I want to share what each of them had to say about this important topic!  We need to get this down, folks!  We need to get hold of this…it will help a great deal in understanding what is going on today!

So, here goes… please watch the video and read what Pete and Al have to say.

From The Barking Fox:

Last week I had the pleasure of being in a meeting with Frank Houtz, one of the most accomplished Bible scholars I have known. In that meeting, Frank noted that doctrines are often established on surprisingly few Bible passages – five or less, and some as few as two. These would be considered strong doctrinal positions even though their scriptural basis might be considered flimsy at best. Why, then, is the idea of Two Houses of Israel considered heretical and wacky?
As you will see in this post by my seminary-trained colleague Pete Rambo, there is far more scriptural evidence for the existence and prophetic significance of Israel’s Two Houses than there is for the pre-Tribulation rapture. Pete starts building his case by referring to a recent video from Zachary Bauer which in itself is a powerful presentation simply because he lets the Bible speak for itself. Watch, read, and ponder these things prayerfully.

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One of the large theological stumbling blocks in Hebrew roots and Messianic circles today is a doctrinal position termed ‘Two House theology.’  It is a topic I have covered on this blog before, but recent conversation has led me to understand that we need to go over it again.  I firmly believe that Scripture, and especially prophecy, cannot be rightly understood until one fully grasps and embraces the Two House position.  That is not to say one cannot be saved, but I do not believe one will understand what is happening and how prophecy is being fulfilled until they fully understand and embrace Two House.

Here is an opening video that will begin our discussion.  Please watch, then read on…

Zac begins with seven verses that clearly demonstrate that the idea of two houses, and the meaning of the phrase, is not only entirely Scriptural, but connected to multiple significant future prophecies and many doctrines.  What Zac didn’t mention, and he should have, is that in 1 Kings 12:24 God clearly says,

“this thing is from Me.”

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Christians Returning to the Jewish Roots of the Saturday Sabbath

Indulge me for just a moment here…

I remember on our first date… a date where –believe it or not– I brought along my daughter, Sandy, one of her girlfriends, my Aunt Lyn (my ‘other mother’), and Kyle, a friend of the Triesch family!  After going over to A Night in Old Fredericksburg, we came back and had a midnight snack of spaghetti sandwiches down on the patio by the river…the rest of the gang camped out, but Gene & I sat on the patio at the old wooden picnic table and talked all night long about our belief in God and what that looked like to each of us.

We both had come through studies that clearly indicated the Sabbath was on the 7th day of the week, NOT the first. It took us longer than we both prefer to admit to actually begin the practice of “keeping the Sabbath”… But, we have now “crossed over” and will never turn back.

I hope you will read the article below all the way to the end… this is a phenomenon that is making headlines in Israel!

We have met David Nekrutman…he spoke at the Dripping Springs United Methodist Church… We love to read Pete Rambo’s blog articles…and we listen to Hebrew Nation Radio out of Salem, Oregon!

Oh….and one more thing…we do NOT keep the 7th day Sabbath in order to acquire, hang onto, or preserve our salvation!  No one does, that we know of.  It is because we love Him that we keep His commandments! (John 14:15)

Blessings and shalom…

Christians Returning to the Jewish Roots of the Saturday Sabbath

“I am Hashem your God; walk in My statutes and keep Mine ordinances and do them; and hallow My Shabbatot and they shall be a sign between Me and you that ye may know that I am Hashem your God.” Ezekiel 20:19-20 (The Israel Bible™)

 

Illustrative: a cup of wine, candles and challah that typically adorn the Sabbath table. (Photo: Shutterstock.com)

Illustrative: a cup of wine, candles and challah that typically adorn the Sabbath table. (Photo: Shutterstock.com)

More and more Christians are seeking their Hebrew roots and, as a result are changing their Sabbath from Sunday to Saturday. This one practice immediately sets them apart, pushing them into a no-man’s land in between Christianity and Judaism.  But they find the rewards far outweigh the difficulties.

Laura Densmore, production manager at Hebrew Nation radio, explained her journey away from a Sunday sabbath towards a practice resembling the Jewish. She changed her sabbath from Sunday to Saturday, but changed her practice as well. She described herself as a Hebrew roots believer to Breaking Israel News.

 

Laura Densmore (Photo: Courtesy)
Laura Densmore (Photo: Courtesy)

“We have crossed over and returned to the Hebrew roots of our faith,” Densmore explained, “And often, the very first step in that journey is to begin by keeping the Shabbat.”

“Keeping the Shabbat began with a change in identity.  I came OUT of the religious church system, where we did Sunday church for years and years. I knew that if I was going to be serious in my walk in following the God of Israel, that I needed to keep His commands as a sign of my love for Him.”

For Densmore, the benefits were obvious.

“It is a ‘little taste of heaven’,” Densmore said. “It’s a foreshadow of what it will be like when end of 6,000 years ends and day one of the final 1,000 years begins, when Moshiach (Messiah) will come and rule and reign for 1000 years.”

Pete Rambo is Operations Director of the B’ney Yosef movement and  an ordained, seminary-trained, Reformed Presbyterian minister. Rambo blogs about his Shabbat experience, which he says is a family journey. HIs family changed their observance to Saturday after his 16-year-old son researched the subject at length, leading to what he calls a “Hebraic perspective of Scripture”.

“Nine times Hashem (God) clearly articulates that the seventh day is the Shabbat,” Rambo explained to Breaking Israel News. “At no point, ever, does He even hint at a change. This is true even in the Apostolic writings (New Testament). Simply put, the day of the Sabbath never changed.”

Sunday church attendance is a communal event, and changing the day of his observance has cost Rambo dearly.

“Changing from Sunday worship to Shabbat cost me my job, many family relationships, many friends, but I would make the change all over again!” Rambo stated emphatically.

We encourage you to CLICK HERE to read the complete article…

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TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES… a book review by Pete Rambo

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES: The Church in a Review

Review by Pete Rambo

For some weeks, I have had a new book laying on my nightstand, but time as not been available to read it until yesterday.  Gene Triesch’s Second Edition Truth or Consequences: Truth or ConsequencesThe Church in a Rearview Mirror is a terrific second book for the Truth seeker. (My best recommendation for first book is here.)  Available in paperback and for Kindle, I recommend this book as a solid general overview of the history of, and a brief articulate case for the future of, Israel.

Chapter six begins with a great summary paragraph for the whole book,

As I stated in the Foreword, the primary focus of this book is to emphasize the scriptural basis for Israel’s right to the land of Israel and to expose the error in the anti-Semitic teachings of the Church.  At the root of the divide between Jews and Christians is the Christian lack of understanding and practice of God’s Law, which has been handed down through the teachings and traditions of the Church.  Because of and across the divide, there is separation, which often results in enmity.  Much of the discord between Jews and Christians with regard to the Messiah is attributable to the Christian understanding of Paul’s writings and their inclination to minimize the importance of the Old Testament.

Besides considerable Scriptural quotes to make his case, Triesch offers many historical insights.  He cites from a broad number of sources within mainstrean Christianity as well as many contemporary Jewish, Messianic and Hebrew roots resources.  His case is well made in 200+ pages that could easily be expanded to thousands.

I especially enjoyed chapter nine, Modern Israel: The “Bully” of the Middle East?   Triesch does a fine job of introducing the complexity of the current Israeli situation and the ludicrous nature of world media’s claim that Israel is the problem.  He provides a thumbnail sketch of the last hundred years and how the unfolding of Arab oil influence has affected politics, media and ultimately negative public opinion of Israel, and opinion that is grossly undeserved and solidly anti-Biblical.

Of additional interest in the book are various ‘Personal Notes…’ and side bars with interesting additional information, stories and vignettes.

A personal, albeit minor, quibble in the book would be Triesch using Hebrews 8:13 in uncorrected format to make a point regarding the old and new covenant, stone v. heart.  I just know I have written about translator error in this verse, but cannot for the life of me find the post right now.  The fact is, the word ‘covenant’ does not appear in any Greek manuscript for this verse and as Triesch previous and correctly pointed out on the previous page, ‘the fault was with them,’ and I maintain as Triesch agrees that the subject of this section of Hebrews is the Priesthood, not the Covenant.  Maybe I need to add to my Lying Pen of the Scribes series to address this verse since I can’t find that post…  Hmmm.  Bottom-line, his point stands, but Hebrews 8:13 is not speaking about the covenant.

I do recommend this book to all, but especially those who need a solid retooling of errant Church tradition that minimizes the importance of Israel in present and future history and prophecy.  Order a copy for yourself and one to give away!!

Blessings. 

Click here to read complete review… AND, read the comments below where you will see the explanation of the Hebrews 8:13 point that Pete raised in his Review above.  It is a very valid point that Pete makes and the note in the comment section explains it very well!

Blessings & shalom to you all,

Gene & LaVada

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Truth? or… Consequences? Which will it be?

The following is an excerpt from TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES: The Church in a Rearview Mirror (SECOND EDITION) and our comments.

“A true Messiah would never be one who changes God’s Law, i.e., one who rejects the Sabbath and the Feasts of the LORD. To do so would disqualify Him as Messiah. The New Testament actually corroborates the fact that it was common practice for Yeshua and His followers to keep the Sabbath and the Feasts. Where did the Church get the idea to eliminate these practices?

“The issue of keeping the seventh day Sabbath and the Feasts of the LORD has been an indefensible breach of scripture for the protestant, who claims “Solo scriptura” or “scripture alone.” The Catholic Church does not hesitate to defend its authority for changing the Sabbath.

“For example:

Roman Catholic  

  • “Which is the Sabbath day? Saturday is the Sabbath day. Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday? We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.” –Rev. Peter Geiermann,
    S.S.R., The Converts’ Catechism of Catholic Doctrine
  • “It is well to remind the Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, and all other Christians, that the bible does not support them anywhere in their observance of Sunday. Sunday is an institution of the Roman Catholic Church, and those who observe the day observe a commandment of the Catholic Church.” –Priest Brady, in an address reported in the Elizabeth, N J News, March 18, 1903
  • “Sunday is a Catholic institution, and… can be defended only on Catholic principles… From beginning to end of scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first.” –Catholic Press, August 25, 1900
  • “If Protestants would follow the bible, they would worship God on the Sabbath day. In keeping Sunday they are following a law of the Catholic Church.”— Albert Smith, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, replying for the Cardinal, in a letter dated February 10, 1920.

“There are many such sources that verify the ‘perceived’ authority that the Catholic Church claims to have for changing the Sabbath.”

–End of excerpt–

Here’s what we know…

  • God gave the Law (Torah)–His everlasting Covenant–to all twelve tribes of Israel on Mt. Sinai (not just the Jews, i.e., the tribe of Judah). (Exodus 19:3)   [Point cursor over scripture ref. to read.]
  • To be obeyed “forever.” (Exodus 19:9, 31:16-17 & many other places)

“Therefore the people of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, observing the Sabbath throughout their generations, as a covenant forever. It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.”

There is a very good article by Pete Rambo on “forever.”  You can access it here.  I highly recommend it!

  • The Sabbath Day we are commanded to “remember,” and keep it “holy” (set apart), resting from our daily work. (Exodus 20:8-11)
  • He said “do not add to or take away.” 

“Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it.”  (Deuteronomy 12:32)

Gentiles who believe in Jesus/Yeshua are “grafted in” to the “olive tree”—Israel—(Romans 11); also called the “commonwealth of Israel” (Ephesians 2)

  • According to Paul, “unbelieving” Jews are seen as branches that have been cut off, but are “grafted back in” when they believe in Yeshua as their Messiah.
  • Jesus didn’t think too highly of those who added to His Commandments to establish their traditions….Here’s what he had to say:

“And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.”  And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition!  (Mark 7:6-9)

Bottom line… the Commandments were given to Moses by the Living Word of God, Yeshua/Jesus for “forever!”  There are blessings attached when obeyed, and there are curses attached when disobeyed.  Read Deuteronomy 28 & 29. We are instructed not to add to or change in any way.

Until next time, remember…

The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.  (Romans 11:29)

Shalom,

LaVada

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Newsletter Update – January 2016 – Gene & LaVada

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Been thinking again…

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Let’s imagine for a moment that you’re my dad…

You have brought me up to do my chores and do my homework; you’ve brought me up to respect you and my mother and my grandparents…I know how to say yes ma’am and no sir…please, and thank you, etc.  You’ve been there to help me with my homework… I love you soooo much, I only want to please you…I want you to be proud of me …I know you love me and I want to show you that I love you, too!

So, I work hard at making good grades in school, doing my chores around the house, etc.  But, then as I get out into the world of all my friends, I begin to take on characteristics of some of the ones I hang out with…

I decide that I don’t really like cleaning my room and taking out the trash, helping with the dishes, etc.  So, I stop doing those things….instead I hang out with my friends and do what they do.   I don’t honor your wishes anymore…I don’t honor the rules of the household… In fact, I don’t honor you at all.

How does that make you feel?  Do you feel like maybe your child does not really love you anymore??

That is exactly what “the church” has done to Our Father in Heaven…  Our Creator loved us so much that He sent His only begotten Son, the Word, (the Way, the Truth and the Life) so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Jesus (Yeshua) was the Word (John 1:1), “in the beginning.”  He brought everything into existence (John 1:3)… was the One who provided the ram in the thicket for Abraham (Genesis 22:13)… He was the One who wrestled with Jacob (Genesis 32:24-31)… He was the Voice that Moses heard in the burning bush (Exodus 3:2)…

And on top of Mt. Sinai, He laid out all His Feast Days …His “Appointed Times,” he called them, (Exodus 34:18-26 & Leviticus 23) for all the tribes of Israel…they were all at the foot of Mt. Sinai that day.  ALL the tribes of Israel…(only one of them was the tribe of Judah…Jewish).  The Feasts/Holy Days are NOT just Jewish festivals.  The Sabbath Day is NOT just for the Jews…it was given at the first week of Creation (Genesis 2:3).  Then, after the Exodus, in that list of ten instructions…the “outline” for all the rest of His ‘instructions for living,’ He said to “remember” the Sabbath Day (Exodus 20:8-11)…it was to be a sign of the Covenant for ALL generations.

Jesus said he was sent ‘only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel’ (Matthew 15:24).  He instructed his disciples NOT to go to the gentiles, but go only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel (Matthew 10:5-6).  His main thing was, and still is, to bring the House of Israel together with the House of Judah! One Kingdom, at last (Ezekiel 37:15-22)!  The Kingdom that He, Himself, rules from Jerusalem for a thousand years!

Regarding that day when the church “no longer endures sound doctrine” and turns away from the truth (2 Timothy 4:3)… well, that day has already come.  It happened around 325 A.D., when they turned away from the Biblical root of Yeshua… and changed God’s Sabbath Day to the “venerable Day of the Sun” (See the Edict of Constantine written in 321 AD and also the Council of Laodicea, 365 AD).   They maintained their celebration of Ishtar, a fertility goddess, and celebrated the day of the Resurrection of Jesus, calling it “Easter,” after that goddess!   They kept right on worshiping the Sun god on December 25 and called it Jesus’ birthday! (Look up the history of Christmas and Easter.)

We need to go back to “The Way” that the first believers in Jesus (Yeshua, in Hebrew) lived…we need to imitate Paul (1 Corinthians 4:16)… because he imitated Jesus!!   Paul kept the Sabbath; he celebrated the Feasts of the LORD (1 Corinthians 5:8); he never said you had to become a Jew to be saved, or that you had to keep the commandments to be saved… but he never said that you should not keep the commandments, the Torah!  (See Matthew 15:1-9; 16:12; Mark 7:5-13)  When Paul outlined the four main things that gentiles, upon their conversion, needed to adhere to, he went on to say that they would get the rest of the teachings in the synagogue on Shabbat (the Sabbath)!!! (Acts 15:19-21)

Jesus said to listen to the one who “sits in Moses’ seat” and do what he says.  But, DON’T DO WHAT HE DOES, because he does not practice what he preaches!  (Matthew 23:2-3)  The one who “sits in Moses’ seat” is reading from the Torah only, not preaching or giving a commentary, just reading exactly what it says in the first five books of the bible.  This, to me, sounds like an endorsement from Jesus of the Torah!  It was the “Oral Law,” the Traditions of the Elders that Paul was against, and that was true for Jesus, too.  (Mark 7:10-13)  After all, Jesus did say that He did not come to destroy the Law but to fulfill it!  (Matthew 5:17-20)

Jesus said, “if you love me you will keep my commandments (John 14:15).”  and, “If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in His love (John 15:10).”
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments.  For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.  (1 John 5:2-3)

The keeping of the Law (Torah) is NOT for salvation…we keep the Torah because we LOVE OUR FATHER!  We want to show Him how much we love Him…we want Him to be pleased with us!

This same Father, our Father, said of David that he was a man after God’s own heart.  David wrote 176 verses in one psalm about how much he loves the Law… the Torah!!  Read Psalm 119…it is an astounding endorsement of the Word of God, the Torah, the “Law”.  It is segregated into 22 sections, one for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet.  In many places in the “Old Testament”, the “Law” or “Torah” is called “the way,” the “truth,” “life,” “liberty,” “light,” ….sound familiar?  Amazing, isn’t it?

If you would like to know more, please check out our website.  We also recommend 119 Ministries for extremely valuable teaching of biblical truth!

Blessings and shalom,

LaVada

 

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