I am undertaking a new adventure. I’m getting married! We will have a Hebrew betrothal and then (after a three-month season of preparation) a wedding supper (Rev. 19:7)! To learn all about it, go to our new website here. It’s called “Your Life Is Hid” (yourlifeishid.wordpress.com) as a reminder that we are “hidden” in Messiah for safekeeping during our season on this earth, until He comes to take us home (Col. 3:3-4)!
Are you a believer looking for fellowship outside the mainstream because you have questions about some of the traditional ways and beliefs you learned in church? On the internet, it’s easy to think you’ve found it. I did — and got burned twice.
Why? Well, pretty much the same reason I got burned by a local (home group) fellowship (which was the reason I started looking for a virtual home for fellowship). People are clanging cymbals. They love you as long as you agree with them. As soon as you make a peep of difference, though, they look askance; if you go so far as to question one of their cherished doctrines, get ready to be shown the door.
Of course, I also have friends and loved ones who are not clanging cymbals (and I appreciate them very much!). But the immaturity (or downright ugliness) of how people can be to each other…ugh. It weighs on me, especially now that I have experienced it firsthand. Some of these “discernment ministers” try so hard, they’re going to end up “discerning” themselves right out of the kingdom.
Recently YHWH showed me I was caught up in this critical spirit on a fundamentalist blog where I was participating. I had joined in a conversation that turned into everyone ganging up on one commenter for questioning a doctrine they all agreed on (I think the commenter was wrong, but so were they/we all). I’m glad He showed me, because it prepared me for what happened next. I posted a comment about Torah and got instant backlash. I wasn’t surprised, but I was hurt.
I prayed (not even in words) to be comforted about this, and YHWH heard me and led me to this video. It’s directed at believers in the Messianic/Hebraic movement, but it applies to all of us.
Just want to share some music that has ministered to me during turbulent times. I literally have pulled these up on YouTube and hit replay over and over, furtively wiping away tears in the library (or wherever I happen to be).
Yishmaeni Elohai (My God Will Hear Me), by Christene Jackman
God is My Defense, by Esther Mui
(Christene’s site: http://www.chrisjackman.com/)
(Esther’s site: http://www.scripturesongsforworship.com/)
The songs will open in YouTube in a new window/tab.
Bible Believer at GalatiansFour posted Sunday on the topic “Depression and the Christian.” I hope in the future to address issues of depression, discouragement, loneliness, and the like in some posts, but that’s not a topic I can tackle right now. For one thing, it hits too close too home; when you’re going through a tough time, it’s not easy to write about it.
I hope BB’s post ministers to you, though, and am thankful to the Father for prompting BB to write/share it.
~ “Fear ebola, fear terrorists, fear tornadoes, fear hurricanes, fear economic collapse, fear food shortage, fear EMP’s, fear asteroids, fear the government, fear the police, fear ISIS, fear Al Qaeda, fear this, and fear that, and on and on we are told to fear from all sides day and night. But where is fear of the Lord? When this life ends, and it will, each person alive will bow in His presence to give account of how he or she lived their life. Now that is something to really be fearful of for those unprepared, including a lot of Christians.” ~
-Steven Garren at Call To Discernment blog
Here we are on the last day of Sukkot…the Last Great Day (Shemini Atzeret)…the Feast that represents the millennial kingdom. I’d love to share some thoughts about the stunning prophetic pictures that YHWH has drawn for us in the Feasts. Today, though, I’m really struck by how the enemy takes advantage of prophecy and YHWH’s own Word in order to deceive even the elect (“if possible”…I’m still not sure exactly what Yeshua meant in Matthew 24:24 and Luke 13:22…can the true remnant actually be deceived?).
I see this deception clearly in the “blood moons” hype (I’ll post later to explain why I don’t follow the Hebraic Roots bandwagon on this one), the “seven mountains” teaching of dominionism, and so on. But only recently did I start to see it in the teaching of a literal millennial kingdom of Messiah.
Now, I still believe there is a literal millennial kingdom of Messiah, when Yeshua (YHWH in flesh) comes to judge the earth and all words of the prophets are fulfilled. (As I read it, Hosea and Isaiah show that He has not yet returned His people to the Land. I’ll explain in a future post.) But if there must come first the anti-Messiah, why wouldn’t he set up his own anti-Kingdom?
Bible Believer over at Galatians Four Blog drew my attention to this issue with her most recent post on the millennial kingdom hype among dispensationalists, Hebraic Roots, et al. (plus a few older posts). She believes the restoration of animal sacrifices, Levites, the Temple, etc. is deception; I’m not sure about that (these things are described by the prophets, so why would they not literally come to pass?). But she points out that those who are pushing the rebuilt (Third) Temple and all that goes along with it are the dispensationalist and/or dominionist Christian “prophecy” teachers who walk hand in hand with (1) the world system and (2) the Zionist state. In addition to the CZ^ types (link to FanaticforJesus blog*), such prophecy teachers include many MJ^^ and HR^^^ ministry leaders of the same stripe as those promoting the blood moons (link to Olivet Journal blog*).
BB notes that Christians eager for a millennial kingdom centered in Jerusalem are erroneously looking for a kingdom “of this world,” rather than a kingdom “from above.” I agree, but disagree. The danger is not in expecting a kingdom on earth per se. Rather, it is in expecting the wrong messiah to usher it in! If someone comes in Messiah’s name, claiming to be King of the Jews, and ensures that Jews (Zionists) get hegemony in the Land…what diligent Bible “prophecy” student wouldn’t follow him??
I may be getting ahead of myself, as this is not something I have studied in any depth; I am throwing out ideas to see where they stick. We know the anti-Messiah will set himself up as a counterfeit of the True One. Why not also set up a kingdom that parallels Messiah’s kingdom – even to the installation of Levites in a rebuilt Temple (cf. Malachi 3:3)? What better strategy than this to deceive “the very elect” – e.g. those who are awaiting a kingdom on earth as our Savior promised (Revelation 21:3)?
That is, IF it’s “possible.” Again, I don’t know. Surely Yeshua will keep those who are His, and His sheep will not listen to the voice of a stranger. But then the question becomes: Who are His?
I hope to return to this question in future posts.
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^ Christian Zionist
^^ Messianic Jewish
^^^ Hebraic Roots