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I am just like everyone else: I make it one day at a time with a little bit of humor. The Word of God is a fire in my heart that burns all the way down to my bones and I cannot hold it back. Jeremiah 20:9

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Middle East Situation

Galatians 4
Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

"1.  What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a minor he is no different from a slave, even though he is the legal owner of the estate;
2.  rather, he is subject to guardians and caretakers until the time previously set by his father.
3.  So it is with us — when we were "children" we were slaves to the elemental spirits of the universe;
4.  but when the appointed time arrived, GOD sent forth his Son. He was born from a woman, born into a culture in which legalistic perversion of the Torah was the norm,
5.  so that he might redeem those in subjection to this legalism and thus enable us to be made GOD's sons.
6.  Now because you are sons, GOD has sent forth into our hearts the Spirit of his Son, the Spirit who cries out, "Abba!" (that is, "Dear Father!").
7.  So through GOD you are no longer a slave but a son, and if you are a son you are also an heir.
8.  In the past, when you did not know GOD, you served as slaves beings which in reality are non-gods.
9.  But now you do know GOD, and, more than that, you are known by GOD. So how is it that you turn back again to those weak and miserable elemental spirits? Do you want to enslave yourselves to them once more?
10.  You observe special days, months, seasons and years!
11.  I fear for you that my work among you has been wasted!
12. Brothers, I beg of you: put yourselves in my place — after all, I put myself in your place. It isn't that you have done me any wrong —
13.  you know that it was because I was ill that I proclaimed the Good News to you at first;
14.  and even though my physical condition must have tempted you to treat me with scorn, you did not display any sign of disdain or disgust. No, you welcomed me as if I had been an angel of God, as if I had been the Messiah Yeshua [Jesus] himself!
15.  So what has become of the joy you felt? For I bear you witness that had it been possible, you would have gouged out your eyes and given them to me.
16.  Have I now become your enemy because I tell you the truth?
17.  True, these teachers are zealous for you, but their motives are not good. They want to separate you from us so that you will become zealous for them.
18.  To be zealous is good, provided always that the cause is good. Indeed, whether I am present with you or not,
19.  my dear children, I am suffering the pains of giving birth to you all over again — and this will go on until the Messiah takes shape in you.
20.  I wish I could be present with you now and change my tone of voice. I don't know what to do with you.
21.  Tell me, you who want to be in subjection to the system that results from perverting theTorah into legalism, don't you hear what the Torah itself says?
22.  It says that Avraham [Abraham] had two sons, one by the slave woman and one by the free woman.
23.  The one by the slave woman was born according to the limited capabilities of human beings, but the one by the free woman was born through the miracle-working power of God fulfilling his promise.
24.  Now, to make a midrash [an interpretive teaching] on these things: the two women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai and bears children for slavery — this is Hagar.
25.  Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Yerushalayim [Jerusalem], for she serves as a slave along with her children.
26.  But the Yerushalayim above is free, and she is our mother;
27.  for the Tanakh says, "Rejoice, you barren woman who does not bear children! Break forth and shout, you who are not in labor! For the deserted wife will have more children than the one whose husband is with her!"
28. You, brothers, like Yitz'chak [Isaac], are children referred to in a promise of God.
29.  But just as then the one born according to limited human capability persecuted the one born through the Spirit's supernatural power, so it is now.
30.  Nevertheless, what does the Tanakh say? "Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for by no means will the son of the slave woman inherit along with the son of the free woman!"
31.  So, brothers, we are children not of the slave woman, but of the free woman."

Genesis 21
Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

"1.  Adonai [GOD] remembered Sarah as he had said, and Adonai did for Sarah what he had promised.
2.  Sarah conceived and bore Avraham [Abraham] a son in his old age, at the very time GOD had said to him.
3.  Avraham called his son, born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, Yitz'chak [Isaac].
4.  Avraham circumcised his son Yitz'chak when he was eight days old, as GOD had ordered him to do.
5.  Avraham was one hundred years old when his son Yitz'chak [laughter] was born to him.
6.  Sarah said, "GOD has given me good reason to laugh; now everyone who hears about it will laugh with me."
7.  And she said, "Who would have said to Avraham that Sarah would nurse children? Nevertheless, I have borne him a son in his old age!"
8.  The child grew and was weaned, and Avraham gave a great banquet on the day that Yitz'chak was weaned.
9.  But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom Hagar had borne to Avraham, making fun of Yitz'chak;
10.  so Sarah said to Avraham, "Throw this slave-girl out! And her son! I will not have this slave-girl's son as your heir along with my son Yitz'chak!"
11.  Avraham became very distressed over this matter of his son.
12.  But GOD said to Avraham, "Don't be distressed because of the boy and your slave-girl. Listen to everything Sarah says to you, because it is your descendants through Yitz'chak who will be counted.
13.  But I will also make a nation from the son of the slave-girl, since he is descended from you."
14.  Avraham got up early in the morning, took bread and a skin of water and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child; then he sent her away. After leaving, she wandered in the desert around Be'er-Sheva.
15.  When the water in the skin was gone, she left the child under a bush,
16.  and went and sat down, looking the other way, about a bow-shot's distance from him; because she said, "I can't bear to watch my child die." So she sat there, looking the other way, crying out and weeping.
17.  GOD heard the boy's voice, and the angel of GOD called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, "What's wrong with you, Hagar? Don't be afraid, because GOD has heard the voice of the boy in his present situation.
18.  Get up, lift the boy up, and hold him tightly in your hand, because I am going to make him a great nation."
19.  Then GOD opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. So she went, filled the skin with water and gave the boy water to drink.
20.  GOD was with the boy, and he grew. He lived in the desert and became an archer.
21.  He lived in the Pa'ran Desert, and his mother chose a wife for him from the land of Egypt."

So, here you have it folks. Paul explained the instability in the Middle East.  It dates all the way back to Isaac (the son of promise) and Ishmael (the son of the slave woman).  If you read Genesis 21:8-13, you see that Ishmael made fun of Isaac. This prompted Sarah to tell Abraham to cast out Hagar (because she tormented Sarah constantly while she was barren) and Ishmael. This was according to GOD's plan because His people called by His name would descend from the son of promise. However GOD promised to make a great nation out of Ishmael.  Ishmael joined himself and his mother to wandering tribesmen in the desert.  And the people of Islam say they are sons of Abraham too, because they descended from Ishmael. And since he was the first-born he was the rightful heir.

Therefore, only GOD can solve the problems between the Jews and Islam. Pray for the peace of Israel. Islam wants genocide. They will not be happy until ALL Jews and Christians are eradicated. The very fact we live is reason for jihad. It is in the Bible and the Quran.  Galatians 4:29; "29.)  But just as then the one born according to limited human capability [the sons of Ishmael] persecuted the one born through the Spirit's supernatural power [the sons of Isaac], so it is now." That is why human mediation has been and will be futile.

In the end days satan will take control of a man (the antichrist) and assemble all the muslims all over the world to war against Israel. He will declare a peace treaty for 7 years. During that time the temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem. He will break the treaty halfway through and declare himself god in the temple and call for the genocide of all jews and christians if they do not convert to islam and swear allegiance to himself, the antichrist.

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Christ Our Advocate

1 John 2  (CJB)

1.  My children, I am writing you these things so that you won’t sin. But if anyone does sin, we have Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus), the Tzaddik (the righteous), who pleads our cause with the Father.
2.  Also, He is the kapparah (sacrifice of atonement) for our sins — and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world.
3.  The way we can be sure we know Him is if we are obeying His commands.
4.  Anyone who says, “I know Him,” but isn’t obeying His commands is a liar — the truth is not in him.
5.  But if someone keeps doing what He says, then truly love for GOD has been brought to its goal in him. This is how we are sure that we are united with Him.
6.  A person who claims to be continuing in union with Him ought to conduct his life the way He did.
7.  Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command. On the contrary, it is an old command, which you have had from the beginning; the old command is the message which you have heard before.
8.  Yet I am writing you a new command, and its reality is seen both in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.
9.  Anyone who claims to be in this light while hating his brother is still in the dark.
10.  The person who keeps loving his brother remains in the light, and there is nothing in him that could make him trip.
11.  But the person who hates his brother is in the dark — yes, he is walking in the dark, and he doesn’t know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
12.  You children, I am writing you because your sins have been forgiven for His sake.
13.  You fathers, I am writing you because you have known Him who has existed from the beginning. You young people, I am writing you because you have overcome the Evil One.
14.  You children, I have written you because you have known the Father.  You fathers, I have written you because you have known Him who has existed from the beginning. You young people, I have written you because you are strong — the Word of GOD remains in you, and you have overcome the Evil One.
15.  Do not love the world or the things of the world. If someone loves the world, then love for the Father is not in him;
16.  because all the things of the world — the desires of the old nature, the desires of the eyes, and the pretensions of life — are not from the Father but from the world.
17.  And the world is passing away, along with its desires. But whoever does GOD’s will remains forever.
18.  Children, this is the Last Hour.  You have heard that an Anti-Messiah is coming; and in fact, many anti-Messiahs have arisen now — which is how we know that this is the Last Hour.
19.  They went out from us, but they weren’t part of us; for had they been part of us, they would have remained with us.
20.  But you have received the Messiah’s anointing from HaKadosh (The Holy GOD), and you know all this.
21.  It is not because you don’t know the truth that I have written to you, but because you do know it, and because no lie has its origin in the truth.
22.  Who is a liar at all, if not the person who denies that Yeshua is the Messiah? Such a person is an anti-Messiah — he is denying the Father and the Son.
23.  Everyone who denies the Son is also without the Father, but the person who acknowledges the Son has the Father as well.
24.  Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, you will also remain in union with both the Son and the Father.
25.  And this is what He has promised us: eternal life.
26.  I have written you these things about the people who are trying to deceive you.
27.  As for you, the Messianic anointing you received from the Father remains in you, so that you have no need for anyone to teach you. On the contrary, as His Messianic anointing continues to teach you about all things, and is true, not a counterfeit, so, just as He taught you, remain united with Him.
28.  And now, children, remain united with Him; so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink back from Him in shame at His coming.
29.  If you know that He is righteous, you should also know that He is the Father of everyone who does what is right.

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.

      Christ knew what difficulties we would have to endure in the last days. That is why the Father will cut the time short, or no one would survive.  The worldly pull to conform is strong.  But we must be stronger and cling to the truths that we have learned in the Bible.  The world will pressure you, call you names, use logic to deceive you, use every trick in the book to abandon your convictions.  satan is the father of all lies and he knows how to push your buttons.  But Jesus is our strength and our hope in time of need.  It's not difficult to call on Him.  Sometimes your silent cries are all that's needed.  Talk to Him just like you'd call up a friend on the phone. Tell Him all about your struggles and expect Him to talk back.  He loves you and He will guide you.  Trust in Jesus, it is the only thing that will get us through.  Take heart in this thought: you were born for such a time as this.  He counted the cost and found you worthy.  He has faith in you!  Have faith in Him!