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The Door Opened…

On the eve of All Hallows Eve, this is my second attempt at putting to print the thoughts swimming in my little grey cells…

 As I was studying some historical/cultural background of the exile of the Jewish people in Assyria and Babylon, I found some interesting and spine-tingling revelations. Among many things, like the correspondence of the pagan festivals to the change of seasons, was the Babylonian roots of many of the modern pagan observances…

220px-callanish_standing_stones_1One of the most unnerving finds was the pagan belief that at this time of year, between the end of summer and the start of winter, the earth’s energy forces become aligned in such a way as to allow the door to another world to open; hence, the expectation of any number of restless souls to go on a “walk-about” whether for evil or for hope of some good thing—but mostly, being restless as they are, none of the living believe it could be for anything but some ghoulish obsession…

 In our spiritual climate of the 21st Century, there are many who give no credence to such “primitive” beliefs; they only use them for entertainment purposes, like time-traveling stories into the ages of history. Somewhere in our imaginations lives the “what if?” about crossing that threshold into another world.  But there are many who give credence to these age-old beliefs, and use these beliefs to practice at gaining power of all kinds over all things on this planet by the favor of their gods. The reality of that fact of life ought to be something to make us uneasy; after all, pagans have the sense to realize they are not the ones who are in control of this world. Nevertheless, they believe they know how to manipulate the “graces” of their gods to obtain power to control what they seek to control…

I am not going to get into any details about the bizarre practices I discovered are at work in our “enlightened” age. What is priority in my notes here is to find a way to express what came to my mind as I was researching and realizing the significance of this particular time in the pagan calendar. At the heart of Hallowe’en is what I shared above about the opening of earth’s portal to another world. It reminded me of something in Scripture about how the Door to Another World will open; that Door is the one that is the veil that shields humankind from the unmasked gaze of the Lord of all creation. The apostle John wrote of the entrance across the threshold of that doorway of the Lord Jesus Christ in all His refulgent, terrible glory and power—not Mary’s little lamb of Bethlehem…

 The first chapter of the Book of the Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ (that’s the full name of the Biblical book) was a giant reality-check for the apostle John…

 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, saying, ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last…’ Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead.

–Revelation 1.9-17

There are no images to adequately communicate the terror of seeing the unveiled gloryyeshua-shekinah of the Lord of all creation–the One who comes to judge all the other gods of mankind’s fabrications…

Those other pagan religions may be older than what is recorded in the Bible; but the God of all creation is older than those pagan religions…They are counterfeits conjured by the adversary of God to confuse and deceive the rebellious hearts of mankind…

In our world, there  many things which unsettle us and cause us fear. On All Hallows Eve, it’s fashionable to play at laughing about the things we think are not real, that we think have influence on our world–kind of like whistling the dark…

So, I’ll stop dancing around the subject and tell you straight: The Lord Jesus will return to tear the veil between the worlds. That prospect and its implications ought to give us all pause to feel unnerved; for the Scriptures remind those who will heed:

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of Holy One is understanding.

–Proverbs 9.10

We know not the hour when that doorway will be opened. If the God of all creation so ordains to make sport of pagan “wisdom” concerning the earth’s energies at a given season, it would not be the first time in human history He has done so…

So, while you delight in your spook fest this year, remember that you’ve been told.

 ‘And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.’ Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.  ‘I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.’

–Revelation 22.12-16

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Faithful and True…

On this evening before the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles, I am deep into the prophet Hosea, preparing for our little ones Sunday School. The one thought that keeps emerging in my little grey cells is that there is only One True God. No other God loves the way the God of the Bible loves. No other God than He has ever provided the way of grace and mercy and forgiveness for our rebellion against Him…

Hosea’s message was a call to Israel to come back to the only True God whose holy love, mercy and grace are true and faithful. Hosea’s life was an example to Israel of the faithfulness of the One True God. Hosea’s name means “salvation…”

jesus-faithful-trueMany hundreds of years after Hosea lived, God sent His Son Yeshua. His Name means “God is Savior.” Hence, Hosea 13.4 “…for there is no savior besides Me.” Hosea paid a high price to bring Gomer back to him; Yeshua paid the highest price to bring the mercy, grace and forgiveness of a Holy God to sinners–peace with a Holy God through Messiah Jesus alone…

Lord, the One who is called Faithful and True, please grant the same grace to other rebels that You have shown to me while I was in deep rebellion against You…

Soli Deo Gloria!

Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) – Part 4

Camping with God

In the Wilderness…

Peace in Messiah’s Kingdom

As I think about the backdrop of this world in which I live, I am remembering all the images which echo the memorials of the Feast of Tabernacles, a season which remembers that we are camping in this wilderness with God. Immanuel. “God With Us.” I am so rooted and fixed in Messiah Jesus that I am finding two things which are extraordinary and priceless:  a rich comfort in the way the feasts interlock and dovetail together giving me a continual feast, and the Peace which passes all understanding…

When Messiah Jesus has the pre-eminence in your life and celebrations, drawing a barrier between Sukkot (Tabernacles) and Christmastide is nearly impossible… And that’s why I want to shout and blow the shofar today. There are issues resonating in the Feast of Tabernacles that pertain to your longing for some quiet and some peace–but not just for today’s discomforts…

I do not wish to give you all a headache, so I’m praying as I write this that the God who is “God With Us” will be the voice you need to hear to make your day and to bless every day of the seasons of your life, whatever He ordains in them…

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Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) – Part 3

Camping with God

in the Wilderness:

Blessing, Water and Light…

I did not intend to leave everyone with their teeth on edge as I concluded Part 2 of Camping with God in the wilderness. The imagery of the fire, blood and smoke of the sacrifices in the Temple is not a welcome picture in our day. To be sure, it was not a welcome image in any time in history. Although the graphic reminder of judgment on sin points the world to the suffering and death of the Lord Yeshua on the cross, the concept of the need for a substitutionary sacrifice is always difficult to embrace for the human spirit. God knows it is. He is not without comprehension of the human heart, its needs and deep longings, its attempts to find what it thinks is a kinder and gentler way to mend the wide breach between its own independence and the God who has formed it to trust depending on Him. But where would be the cry for the grace of God in the absence of acknowledgment of rebellion against Him?

sukkah2With that question in mind, come sit with me in my little camp in this part of the planet; hear of the majesty and beauty of God behind the veil of odors and clouds which mercifully kept us all from being devoured by the unveiled sight of His glory…

For the celebrants of the Feast of Tabernacles upon entering the land of Israel, there was also the imagery of blessing, water, and light. Three elements of celebration, even as the sacrificial altar is laid with its offerings everyday, remind the people of God of the abundant mercies attendant to those who trust in Him…

Blessing…

Leviticus 23.40 includes the branches of myrtle, palm and willow and the fruit of the fragrant etrog (a citron grown in Israel) as elements of the festival of Sukkot. Traditionally, the myrtle, palm and willow are bound together with a gold thread to form a lulav. In the days of the Temple in Jerusalem and nowadays in the synagogue, the etrog and lulav are carried during the reading of the Great Hallel which are songs and psalms of praise from Psalms 113-118. In the Temple days as now, the priest/rabbi also carries these items while singing special passages called Hoshanot (prayers for salvation) each day of the week of Sukkot.  The lulav is also used in blessing the family sukkah. The father stands before the sukkah with the lulav raised, and turning to face toward Jerusalem, prays the blessing:

Blessed art Thou, O LORD, our God, King of the universe! Who has sanctified us by Your commandments and commands us to take up the lulav.”

As he recites the blessing, he shakes the lulav three times in each direction, in succession, as follows:

  1. pointed ahead of him to the East;
  2. to his right side to the South;
  3. behind him over his right shoulder to the West; and
  4. to his left to the North.

He finally concludes his blessing with the lulav held in front of him, raising it and lowering it. This signifies the presence of God in all the earth, acknowledging the blessing of His presence in our lives.

In Jewish tradition the myrtle, palm, willow and fragrant etrog symbolize four virtues of man. For discipleslulav&etrog of the Messiah Jesus, the fragrance of the etrog and beautiful branches of palm, willow and myrtle are foreshadows of the beauty and character of Messiah Jesus, the King, as described in Psalm 45:

You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions. All Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made You glad. Kings’ daughters are among Your honorable women; at Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.” 

–Psalm 45.7-9

In another place in Scripture, the people of Israel used the palm branches to acknowledge their recognition of the One they expected would answer their prayers for salvation–the prayers they sang at the Great Hoshanah six months before Jesus entered Jerusalem to observe His last Passover meal on the earth:

Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, “The Lord has need of them,” and immediately he will send them.’ All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: ‘Tell the daughter of Zion, “Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.” So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” Hosanna in the highest!’ And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, ‘Who is this?’ So the multitudes said, ‘This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee…’ Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ They were indignant and said to Him, ‘Do You hear what these are saying?’ And Jesus said to them, ‘Yes. Have you never read, “Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise”?’

–Matthew 21.1-11,14-16

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Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) – Part 2

Camping with God

in the Wilderness…

grill2Mmm, mmm! Oh yeah! One of the joys of the modern camping experience is setting up the barbecue grill, stoking the fire till the coals are glowing and ready for the offering of some fine aged beefsteak or dad’s secret recipe for prize winning burgers. Some true outdoorsmen even prefer the offering on their altars of gastronomy from wild game they have snared and dressed. The culture of grilling is not reserved for the camper; many–even, perhaps, the majority of American suburban and country homes have a grill which serves as their own altar of holocausts to the god of “bon appetit.” I have not met a single friend who has that backyard or back deck grill who does not relish the all encompassing sensations of the sight, the feel, the scent and the taste of the outdoor grilling experience, all for the pleasure of tasting the product of their offering. The friends and family all gather around in rapt anticipation of the flavors of the meats grilled to their own liking on the fiery altar suspended over the coals. The blood and juices of the meats drip on the coals sending plumes of fragrant smoke into the air and igniting a momentary tongue of flame lapping upwards from the pit. Neighbors can smell the aromas for blocks…

…As you are reading this, you are probably asking what any of this has to do with the Feast of Tabernacles. In Part 1 of the Feast of Tabernacles, I featured the excitement of Israel’s celebration of their 40-year camp in the wilderness. They would remember it in the land of Israel by constructing booths in which they would dine and dwell for seven days during the Feast of Tabernacles. God ordained this practice as a memorial observance throughout their generations…

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My Morning Thoughts-Feast of Tabernacles, Day 2

…In our CBS group we’ve been in the Book of Ezra this week. This morning, reading about those who were documented among the first to return to Jerusalem, the cities of Judah and the cities of Israel from the captivity at the time of Cyrus, king of Persia.

One study question asked why we think the careful detail of names and tribes of the returning Jewish people was documented in Ezra 2…

One important detail would be knowing who was of the priestly house according to God’s Word; another important detail would be knowing who was of the line of Judah and his offspring for the royal house…

Finally, one of the most encouraging details in general is this:

the historical documentation that the Jewish people live.

God did not destroy them. Am Yisrael Chai!

For the Body of Christ, this should strike your kishkes (your innards) deeply; because, if God does not keep His promises to the Jewish people (and Satan is working over time to destroy them to discredit God’s veracity), then the Body of Christ has no reason to expect that God will keep His promise to preserve those who believe in Messiah Jesus…

…Just a thought…

Fairest Lord Jesus – Maranatha Celtic

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Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) – Part 1

Camping with God

in the Wilderness…

Lately I’ve been listening to tales my friends have been telling of camping experiences. This is the time of year in our region when many families are planning that annual camping trip. It might be that the weather and the change in the color of the foliage beckons us to want to experience a bit of natural beauty before the cold and snow set in for winter.

I’m confessing that, as much as I like the idea of being out in the beauty of nature, my actual experience of it has been less than appealing. The bugs love my blood too much, and my allergies prohibit the use of the chemicals that deter them. Therefore, my idea of “camping” is living out of a suitcase in a nice hotel far away from the familiar comforts of home.

As I reflect on the Feast of Tabernacles during this Autumn Holyday season, I think that perhaps if I were in the desert climate of Israel, I might be more likely to enjoy celebrating this festival of joy out of doors…

The historical account in Scripture of how God established this celebration is exciting to me, and causes me to long for a climate in which such an observance would be more accommodating to my limitations. On that note, allow me to take you on one of the manifold facets of the experience of camping with God in the wilderness.

trumpets stained glass 3The Holydays preceding the Feast of Tabernacles have passed: first came Yom Teruah, the Feast of Trumpets which began the 10 Days of Awe; then came Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. The climax of the Holy Days comes at the Feast of Tabernacles/Booths (Sukkot)Leviticus 23.34-44 establishes the entire week between 15th and the 22nd days of the Hebrew month of Tishrei as the observance of Sukkot. Sukkot is the Hebrew word for “tabernacles” or “booths,” and a sukkah is one booth or one tent.

Although God gave Israel the instructions for the Feast of Tabernacles while they were still in the wilderness, the Feast of Sukkot was not a wilderness feast. The feast is to be celebrated remembering how God dwelled among the Israelites after He brought them out of Egypt. The wilderness experience was a time of great awareness of and dependence upon God. After Israel would enter the land and begin living in houses, harvesting crops and enjoying a comfortable existence, God calls Israel to sacrifice the comfort of her houses to live in a rugged little booth or tent for a full week. He wants His people to remember with joy His power to sustain their lives, for He has dwelt among them.

In Jewish tradition, when the sun sets on Yom Kippur, plans begin for the building of the family sukkah four days later. Israeli farmers lived in little sukkot (booths) built in the fields during the harvest of their crops, but God called all Israel to live in sukkot built outside for this festival. The sukkot were not to be too sturdy; they were to represent the temporary houses Israel hastily erected and moved from place to place in the wilderness. The light of the full harvest moon should shine through the roof; and the wind should shake it a bit.


Just a thought: If all our high-tech stuff failed, we would soon remember how earthly our “tents” are and how our lives depend upon the mercies of God in the seasons of the year and the agricultural cycle. God has promised that springtime and harvest will not fail. He has made no such promise about our high-tech wizardry.


Because the feast occurs at the time of harvest in the land, it is now–as it was in former days–linked to the season of the year and the agricultural cycle. The labors of harvest time necessitated being in the fields, and many people would already be living in booths in the fields for the duration of the harvest. God simply used the occasion to refresh their memories of “the good old days.” For Israel, the “good old days” were the years when they dwelled in the wilderness, encamped around the Tabernacle of the Lord in their midst. Those years were hard, stigmatized with the reproach of their rebellion against God; but those years were generously laced with the mercy of a holy God mingled with the trauma of living in so close proximity to His holiness. The Tabernacle of the Lord was the first house in which God dwelled on earth with His people Israel. The Lord dwelled in the part of the Tabernacle which was called the Sanctuary. The word “sanctuary” means “most holy place.”

I will make a covenant of peace with [Israel]; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put My sanctuary among them forever. My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be My people. Then the nations will know that I the LORD make Israel holy, when My sanctuary is among them forever.” 

–Ezekiel 37.26-28

You might say, in modern words that God “pitched His tent” or “built His sukkah among men. Even though the wilderness in which Israel dwelt those 40 years did not have the fruits and grains God promised they would have in their new land, they experienced the wonder of camping with the King of the universe.

Imagine you are living in a tent out on the desert sands under the sky. There are no tall trees there, only shrubs and bushes that grow close to the ground. There are no buildings there to get in the way of your vision as you look out the doorway of your tent. There is no electricity and no loud stereo boom box music to fill up your mind with noise. The air is clear and you can see for miles around you when you stand at the edge of the camp beyond the tents. When you look out the door of your tent each desert morning you can see all the tents of your aunts and uncles and cousins and cousins’ cousins to the right of you and to the left of you. But as you gaze toward the center of your camp you can see a strange and wonderful sight: it is the tent where the God of heaven and earth dwells. Every morning when you rise after a night of sleepy dreams under the stars, you run to the door of your tent to see, “Is He still here with us?” As your eyes dart toward the center of the camp, you see it–the sign of His Presence dwelling there with you Numbers 9.15-16.

The encampment of Israel in the wilderness was orderly and precise, as instructed by the Lord to Moses.

Wilderness Tabernacle Camp

Wilderness Tabernacle Camp

Numbers 2.3-9 says that the tribes of Judah, Issachar and Zebulun camped on the east side of the Tabernacle of the Lord–a total of 186,400 men over age 20, able to go to war (not counting women, children and the elder men and women among the tribes).

Numbers 2.10-16 says that the tribes of Reuben, Simeon and Gad camped on the south side of the Tabernacle of the Lord–a total of 151,450 men over age 20, able to go to war (not counting women, children and the elder men and women among the tribes).

Numbers 2.18-24 says that the tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh and Benjamin camped on the west side of the Tabernacle of the Lord—a total of 108,100 men over age 20, able to go to war (not counting women, children and the elder men and women among the tribes).

Numbers 2.25-31 says that the tribes of Dan, Asher and Naphtali camped on the north side of the Tabernacle of the Lord–a total of 157,600 men over age 20, able to go to war (not counting women, children and the elder men and women among the tribes).

Numbers 2.17 says that the tents of the tribe of Levi were always camped in the inner ring closest to the Tabernacle perimeter, standing between the courts of the Lord and the people in their respective camps.

The God of Israel left no mysteries about the community life of the people in the camp of the Israelites, including how they would know when to strike camp and begin another leg of their journey, and when to pitch camp to rest:

Now on the day that the tabernacle was raised up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the Testimony; from evening until morning it was above the tabernacle like the appearance of fire. So it was always: the cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night. Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, after that the children of Israel would journey; and in the place where the cloud settled, there the children of Israel would pitch their tents. At the command of the Lord the children of Israel would journey, and at the command of the Lord they would camp; as long as the cloud stayed above the tabernacle they remained encamped. Even when the cloud continued long, many days above the tabernacle, the children of Israel kept the charge of the Lord and did not journey. So it was, when the cloud was above the tabernacle a few days: according to the command of the Lord they would remain encamped, and according to the command of the Lord they would journey. So it was, when the cloud remained only from evening until morning: when the cloud was taken up in the morning, then they would journey; whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud was taken up, they would journey. Whether it was two days, a month, or a year that the cloud remained above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would remain encamped and not journey; but when it was taken up, they would journey. At the command of the Lord they remained encamped, and at the command of the Lord they journeyed; they kept the charge of the Lord, at the command of the Lord by the hand of Moses.” 

–Numbers 9.15-23

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Elijah on Mt. Horeb…

…Listening for God’s Voice…

Recently, I had the blessing of introducing our church’s younger children to the encounter between Elijah the prophet and God on Mt. Horeb…In 1 Kings 19, Elijah had run a marathon to escape the fury of queen Jezebel; she was livid, nearly apoplectic,  when she heard her husband Ahab’s tale of how the God of Israel had literally outmuscled all Jezebel’s favorite idols and made 850 prophets of these false gods look like simpering idiots on Mt. Carmel. Elijah was the agent of the Lord who facilitated the exhibit, and also meted out subsequent execution on 400 of those false prophets. As a result Jezebel was not only angry with her husband, she also declared all-out war on Elijah with a vow to murder him at the first opportunity…

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Elijah on Mt. Horeb

Having escaped Jezebel’s wrath, Elijah found a tree under which he could collapse his weary, frightened, discouraged bones. In his bitter dismay about the response of faith among the Israelites who witnessed God’s unmistakable presence on Mt. Carmel, Elijah wanted God to let him die… An angel of the Lord visited Elijah, comforted and fed him, bidding him rest awhile…

 Upon regaining his strength, Elijah traveled 40 days and 40 nights, over roughly 280 miles of wilderness to find a cave on Mt. Horeb. Again, he prayed, pouring out his grief about the leadership of Israel, their hatred for the Word of God and their fondness for all the atrocious customs attendant to the idolatry of the pagan world…Again, Elijah asked God to let him die…

tornado-storm-wind-rotation-whirlwind-willywillyAs I thought about whether God was grieved in His own Spirit for the very issues which grieved Elijah’s soul, I realized that the way God expressed His own grief at that encounter with Elijah was first with a whirlwind…

But His voice was not in the whirlwind…

tumbling-rocks-earthquakeThen God expressed His grief in an earthquake…

But His voice was not in the earthquake…

Finally, God expressed His grief in fire…fire

But His voice was not in the fire…

At last, God spoke to Elijah in a whisper—when all the grief was vented in rushing wind, shaking of the earth, and the roar of fire—and nothing was left but quiet…so quiet that Elijah was now sensitive to hear that still small voice of God’s comfort and counsel and encouragement…

Over 2,000 years ago, God sent His Son, Jesus of Nazareth, to speak to the people of Israel and He was overheard by the Romans who carried news of the teachings of the new Jewish Rabbi all over the Roman world…During that period of the Roman Peace, there was sufficient quiet to hear God speak through Messiah Jesus…And no enemy from within the Church nor any foe from without has succeeded in silencing His voice…

Hebrews 1.1-2 tells us that God spoke in former days through the prophets, but now in these last days, He has…

“…spoken to us through His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds…”

Among the multitude of thoughts with which my little grey cells swim, this is what occurs to me as I think on this encounter with Elijah: there are so many expressions of woe and travail in creation around us; we have the whirlwinds; we have the earthquakes; and we have the fire, to name a few. My question was this, “Lord, what will You do to make it quiet enough for people in this culture of constant racket and babble to hear Your voice?” His answer came so gently…

the assurance that He will make it so…

“Be still and know that I AM God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Psalm 46.9-10

Ezekiel’s Vision: The Restoration of Israel…

Bible Address: Ezekiel 36.22-32

How thorough is this restoration!

  • God promises to lead Israel back into the land He promised her, to gather her from the nations to which He scattered her in her state of rebellion against Him…

  • God promises to sprinkle clean water on her to cleanse her from all her rebellion and idolatry

  • God promises to give her a new heart and put a new spirit—His Spirit—within her and cause her to love Him and adhere to His ways

  • After this work of spiritual restoration, God promises that they will dwell in the land promised to them and be God’s people; and then the land will multiply its yield and increase and the trees will be fruitful, with no threat of famine…

This is a work of environmental restoration which comes from the hand of God when Israel comes into the knowledge of her redemption by the Lord Jesus Christ; when Israel looks upon Him whom we have pierced and grieves for Him as for an only son…when Israel recognizes that Jesus is the Holy One of Israel…How great a Yeshua! How great a Salvation!

And then all creation will rejoice, as the apostle Paul says in Romans 8.19:

“For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God…”

Many observe how Israel now blesses the world through their perseverance, inventiveness, scientific contributions, humanitarian ministries, etc. And these, for the measure of their restoration to the land, are blessings and wonders. But this is not the fullness to which Ezekiel speaks. This current state is welcome, to be sure, but it is merely a shadow, a wee foretaste, of what God promises when Israel finally comes into the fullness of faith in Christ.

In that day all creation will finally shake off the corruption and death which came upon it by the sin of man…creation finally rejoices when the prodigal sons of Israel at last return by the sovereign grace of God and behold the Lord Jesus…

Let us who now enjoy the grace of God through faith in the Lord Jesus harbor no delusions of entitlement; God declares that He will not do this for the sake of Israel, but for His holy Name’s sake, which the nations have scorned because of the rebellion of the people God chose to exalt Him (Ezekiel 36.22)… Hear this, Church…

There are no photographs or images to adequately picture this. And the apostle Paul says that “eye has not seen…nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2.9-10)…

Think about it! Wake up those little grey cells in your God-given brain! The promise of God to the prodigals of Israel in Ezekiel 36.28-30 is a promise which is full and final—no interruptions; no need for military defenses or barriers for protection or fickle political alliances. It is a promise for full restoration of the land–no pestilence; no parasites; the abolition of genetic modification and pesticides to enhance the production of the fields and the trees; the perfect balance of creation—it all comes after the ultimate return of the prodigal remnant of Israel to behold and embrace Yeshua (Ezekiel 36.25-27,31)!

Awakening to the implication of Ezekiel’s vision I am more earnestly praying for the salvation of the Jewish people, because:

“… if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness!”

Romans 11.12

Pray for the salvation of the Jewish people and for the Peace of Jerusalem…Psalm 122…

“Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek your good.”

Psalm 122.9

Fellow Bloggers, Notice of Troublesome Site…

I was reviewing the visitors to my blog this evening, and attempting to visit new bloggers. I clicked on one site which indicated a “like” of one of my posts. What happened next was unnerving to say the least. I received a screen message producing an unresponsive script.

The Screen Message:   ***Security Error Code 0x80070424

The screen message stated that there was a virus which had attacked my computer and I should contact Microsoft immediately, warning me not to turn off my computer because I would lose all my data. I was directed to a telephone number to call to receive instructions on how to correct this attack. This is a sham designed only to either cause more intrusion or extract money from the people it scares…

The website associated with this screen message was preceded by the usual http prefix:

chksyslihneeroorserachinefjoiwr…. plus a long string of numbers full of sixes… on and on and on and on…

I suspect this was the origin of the unresponsive script…

Anyway, all this was triggered when I attempted to visit the following “liker” whose website was also preceded by the usual “www” prefix and followed by the usual “.com” suffix:

Name: kosmogonic

The reason I am not typing the site addresses in the usual fashion is that when I do, these suspicious sites show up as links in my post. I do not wish to cause any more problems…

After examining WordPress’ reporting policy, they only support reporting blog sites which contain the wordpress.com name in their identity. However, it was suggested that bloggers could post something to let other bloggers know of an offending or intrusive party.

Whether or not my “kosmo” friend meant to upset things, I do not know. What I do know is that I receive notifications in my e-mail of those who like or comment on my posts. When I backtracked to examine this intrusion more closely, I found that “kosmo” did not appear in the list in my e-mail inbox…

So…
“kosmo,” if you are out there, please be notified that your connection is causing trouble…

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