Word 08 11-26 – day before Thanksgiving
My love is like charity. I delight in GIVING love to my children, so they can give it to each other; their love. CHARITY is not a bad word but it shouldn’t be a sense of entitlement. Gratitude is the proper response to ME and to the receiving of charity, or love, from others. But my children shouldn’t glory in the gratitude of others. They should feel gratitude to be privileged to help others and help Me help others. I must be the object of glory, not only because I only deserve it, but because only I can handle it, because I give it to the Son, and He gives it to me, and the Holy Spirit gives it to both of us. We are submitted to each other in LOVE. We don’t keep our Glory.
B.J. Harris November 26th, 2008 22:33
Tu StJ 08 11-11
For Iron I’ll give you silver- Gd has made us strong as iron in the fire, but strength can be arrogant and unbendable or submitted. The refiner turns us into silver, the purity, holiness of Messiah.
For brass (Judgement) I’ll give you gold (purity)- Gd has made us like brass, shiny to reflect his person as the mirrors of Egypt which were given to make the brass laver for the Tabernacle. But the brass mirror also reflects our own flaws that distort His word and love. The refiner turns the brittle brass into soft gold of Mercy and Love.
Gold and silver are both pliable, moldable, able to be formed by the jeweler’s hammer
B.J. Harris November 11th, 2008 17:04
Word at SEAC West 11-14-06
The L-rd says make a highway and I will come. A highway of worship and prayer. Open the heavens with your praise and He will bring revival. He needs us to spend time with Him. Seek the Light, since He is the ONLY Light. Turn off the other lights-the TV, the radio or any other distractions. He needs us to spend our time with Him if we want to see Him come. We are bought with a price. We are His. He needs us to spend HIS time with Him.
Isa 26:20-21- open the gates, enter the chambers and shut the doors.
For they shall see eye to eye.
1- How has Israel sinned?
2- When will Israel know who The LORD is?
3- What can we do?
4- How will Messiah’s Body unite?
Isa 52:5 Now therefore, what have I here, saith the LORD, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually every day is blasphemed.
6 Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I.
7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
8 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.
Shalom Haverim (friends),
The people of Israel have suffered through the most horrific persecutions the world has ever known. Not only the Holocaust, but in every generation, in every nation, lesser known genocides and persecutions have taken place. We can look at the Holy Scriptures and see where G-d has spoken against Israel for their disobedience, where he has promised that curses would follow them, where his anger has gone forth and he has sent armies to conquer and remove them from their land.
How has Israel sinned?
It is the natural inclination for man to look for REASONS, often so we can justify and assure ourselves that it can’t happen to us. Yeshua (Jesus) does not allow this rationalizing as he admonishes the disciples, “Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?” Lu 13:4
We have all sinned, but G-d is not looking for Israel’s sin or ours, He is looking for a way OUT of sin for us.
Isa 54:8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.
Jer 33:25 Thus saith the LORD; If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth; Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob …
Thank G-d he feels this way about Israel, for as adopted sons of Abraham, we can hope for the same mercy as this. We must also be willing to see others with the same mercy as well:
Joh 8:7 He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
Ro 2:1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.
There is danger especially in judging Israel-
Isa 54:17 … every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
Ro 11:18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
The only reason we should bring up Israel’s sins is to remind ourselves that we DO do the same things and to fear G-d and pray for Israel and ourselves that our sins will be revealed to us so we can repent and not be held accountable for them.
When will Israel know who The LORD is?
The “World” judges Israel for being a problem for them, blaming them for the persecutions they have endured for thousands of years, for the Holocaust, and for the fact that they are being attacked and murdered every day by young Arab men who have been filled with lies and hatred. The so-called historical “Church” blames Israel for not knowing their Messiah, whose “name has been blasphemed” to Israel by that same “Church” and those who have committed atrocities in His name. As Isa 52:5 says, “my people are taken away for NAUGHT.” For NO reason. How can I say this verse is talking about TODAY? Because verse 8 says, “when the LORD brings back Zion.” This is in OUR day. It is not the fault of Israel TODAY that they don’t know their Messiah. Even if some scriptures indicate that it was the fault of their ancestors’ that must be balanced by the many scriptures that speak of G-d’s mercy to His people. We must also understand what has been done to them in the name of their Messiah to cause them to have an absolute certainty that whoever their Messiah might be, it cannot be the one revered by what they know as “Christianity.”
So what can we do?
Isa 40:1 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. 2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD’S hand double for all her sins.
Verse 6 says “they shall know in that day.” So TODAY is the day when G-d says they will know. But HOW can we help Israel see their G-d? Today Jewish People are beginning to see that Christians are their friends, and their ONLY friends. Bible believing Evangelical Christians are the only group of people who unquestioningly support Israel’s right to exist, and most recognize their right to ALL of the land they now occupy, which is only a small portion of what the world set aside and promised them after WWII.
Isa 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, …; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
We have all heard the first part of this verse and sung the song, but rarely do I hear a teaching on the second part- SAY UNTO ZION. Zion doesn’t understand that The G-d of Christianity is the same G-d as theirs. That is ONE key. We can BE A WITNESS, If we can love them enough to show them that our G-d loves them unlike the “Christian god” of destruction they have seen through history, Then they will begin to see us as brothers and may see YESHUA, their brother, as their friend as well.
There is another problem for Israel about trusting Christians however. If Christians have such difficulty loving each other, how can they be trusted to love the Jewish People? There are over 20,000 denominations and they all seem to hate each other! But even for this I see hope. Believers are the watchmen over Israel and look-
Isa 52:8 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.
I believe Christians will be united in THESE days over one issue: ISRAEL. It is already happening and it is on G-d’s time schedule, NOW.
Joh 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Hanukah is foreshadowing of the coming of the AntiMessiah. It is not in the Old Testament. It happens around 167 BCe, after the OT was completed, but it is prophesied in detail in Daniel 8-9 almost 400 years before it happened. This is a great proof of the truth and supernatural origin of the Scriptures.
Greece under Alexander the Great had conquered the world and Hellenized, or tried to bring all nations under, Greek culture and religion of Greek idol worship. After his premature death his kingdom was divided among his generals. They and their successors ruled different parts of the empire and fought among each other.
Greek Syrian king bribed Israel with materialism and flattery to compromise. He killed those who taught Torah or worshipped true Gd. He sacrificed a pig on the altar of the Temple, set up idol of himSELF and forced the Jews to worship it. This was a foreshadowing of the “Abomination of Desolation.”
Enemy has defiled our temples. Bribed us to COMPROMISE. He fools us into setting up idols of Materialism and SELF. Make unholy sacrifices. He says “bow to me and I will give you kingdoms of this world”
The priest Mattathias, the Father, refused to compromise. The SON, Judah Maccabbee, the Hammer, led 300 men in 3 year battle to TAKE BACK THE LAND, until the 50,000 man Syrian Army retreated in defeat. They cleansed and rededicated Temple to G-d. But, the story goes, they could only find oil for 1 day. The oil for 1 day, however, lasted 8 days, the number of NEW BEGINNINGS.
We need oil (of Ruach HaKodesh-the Holy Spirit) each day to keep our light burning.
We must Rededicate and Cleans our temple.
When we Return and Rededicate our Temple to G-d, He TRANSFORMS our temple. No matter how strong we think the enemy is, if we ENTER the BATTLE with dedication, G-d will bring Victory.
Idolatry desolates temples: Selfishness, Self absorption, idolatrous distractions.
The opposite of SELF are the 9 fruit of spirit in Gal 5:22.
ALL fruit come from the fruit of LOVE.
It is the LOVE of the Father that sent the SON. His love for us moved Him to lay down His life for us while we were yet sinners. His love in our hearts moves us to ask him to bring forth fruit in our lives. The fruit of His love in our lives brings others into the Kingdom of His Love.
LOVE CAME DOWN.
Just as we take down the SHAMAS, the higher candle called the SERVANT, to light each of the other candles, His LOVE made Him the SERVANT, and and it is the servant that lights each of the other fruit in us. The fruit of the Spirit is LOVE, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. But the GREATEST of these is LOVE, because without love there could not be any of the fruit.
With the Menorah we rededicate. We welcome in HIS LOVE, in the form of His refining fire, that burns up all the FLESH, the SELF and distractions of materialism in this world. As we practice His Love, He grows His 8 other fruit in us. As we battle the idol of SELF, we light one extra light each night, His fruit grows, our light grows, His character grows in us, so the world can see HIM through us. As world sees HIM in us they know He is REAL, and come to Him. The light of His Kindom spreads and becomes brighter each day. AS long as we seek His Spirit with DEDICATION, his OIL never runs out.
Isa 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end,
The Story of Esther
Purim is the story of how Haman (BOO) the Agagite, because of prejudice, pride and greed, almost succeeded in destroying the Jewish People from the face of the Earth. Because of the intervention of G-d and the courage of a young Jewish woman, Haman was destroyed by the very method he intended to use against G-d’s people. It is interesting that considering the importance of that moment in history and what almost occurred, there was no supernatural miracle of G-d that brought about the salvation of the Jews. It was only a series of small “coincidences” that put the right people in the right place at the right time. They were not extraordinary people, but they had to rise to an extraordinary challenge to do G-d’s will. They had simple faith and they knew the truth, but they still had to act on that truth, against the odds, knowing that they might die if they stood up for that truth. Esther might have kept quiet and saved herself. She probably could have helped her uncle hide or escape. But if they had saved themselves G-d’s plan for the salvation of the world through the messiah of Israel would have been thwarted. The Earth could have forever belonged to the kingdom of darkness.
When I went to Israel as a college student, I met extraordinary people. They didn’t see themselves as extraordinary. They were just people. People who had fled from Germany and eastern Europe. People who had entered Israel legally or illegally, in the midst of troubled times, who had to smuggle people, weapons, and food; fight in an underground army, build a life, a political structure, rise up to help themselves when noone else would. People who took a stand against most of the world, who brought prophecy to life even when they didn’t necessarily even believe in G-d. People who knew what they had to do, who had a unified goal: to survive, to beat an overwhelming enemy, to build a nation from the dust of the desert, from the dust of forgotten history, that would welcome and accept them when no place else would.
Every day the enemy of our soul calls upon us to compromise the truth. Every day the Father gives us the opportunity to resist him. Resistance builds strength just as exercise builds muscle. G-d is our personal trainer. He is building up His body as we exercise our spiritual muscle. But it’s not an exercise of vanity so we can take pride ourselves and look down at others who are not as spiritual as we are. The body of messiah is ONE body. We must strengthen and encourage those who are weak, disciple those who are immature, be careful not to criticize and condemn those who have stumbled, and speak the truth to all who will listen.
“Salvation is of the Jews”. It was true in ancient times and it is true today. The attack against Israel and those who follow the G-d of Israel is increasing around the world. Lies and distortions from the most obvious to the very subtle try to turn not only the world against us, but each other. We allow real and imagined offenses to turn us against individuals or groups who are supposed to be our family in the L-rd. This “offended spirit” can be seen in the world through the epidemic of racism, divorce, and lawsuits. we must not only know the truth but act on it. our enemy is trying to destroy our families, trying to bring an offended spirit between husband and wife, parents and children, race and race, denomination against denomination and especially Christian against Jew.
Once offenses get a foothold, they multiply upon each other until the offended person or group can’t bare to be in each others presence. Rage, an evil spiritual principality, builds until war results. Once peaceful neighbors, in Bosnia, have afflicted the most terrible atrocities on each other. Husband and wives destroy each other with anger. Persecutions are perpetrated on innocent people of one race or religion by another.
The holocaust may be the worst example of this, as a lawless gov’t manufactured offenses against G-d’s people. However those who knew the truth and were willing to act on that knowledge worked to save lives. There were Christians who demonstrated their love for Messiah by protecting His people. Some paid the price for that love.
We should be able to discern this spirit in ourselves and replace it with forgiveness and understanding, knowing “love covers a multitude of sins”. I have met believers who are filled with a raging hatred for Israel because of what they have heard in the media, as if they had personally harmed by them. They have forgotten the truth. The enemy of Israel is also the enemy of their soul.
Haman (BOO) wanted to destroy G-d’s people. Of course he didn’t know they were G-d’s people, that their G-d was the REAL G-d. I mean how could he. He had never MET the real G-d. He wouldn’t have known Him if he did because there wasn’t any room in his life for another god besides himself. He wanted everyone to bow down to him. He wanted his own way-his own will-to be done. Well that’s understandable when you don’t know the real G-d. I guess we were all that way at one time. I’m sure I still am sometimes. I know you aren’t that way anymore. Pride. It’s a powerful thing. Like Haman we will let it take us to the gallows before we will admit that we were really wrong. Haman’s pride was offended because the people wouldn’t do what HE thought was the right thing to do.
WHAT G-D USED
Distressing things have happened to Israel, but everything the enemy throws at us plays right into G-d’s hand. When Constantine cut the gentile believers off from the feasts of Israel and the Law of Moses, they separated the Jewish People from Jewish and gentile believers as the rest of western civilization embraced a Christianized (Hellenized/Greek) form of worship. This served to preserve Israel as a people by making them feel that followers of Messiah had created a separate foreign religion that was unfamiliar and pagan to them.
Persecution forced the Jewish people into closed neighborhoods and ghettos. It kept them from fully entering into society and saved them from assimilation.
The Holocaust or Shoah forced large scale immigration to Israel without which there would not have been enough people to withstand the Arab armies that wanted to push them into the sea. There still weren’t, really. They never could have fought to become a nation. They couldn’t have taken their share of Jerusalem in 1948.
The false peace process will set up the conditions for the anti-messiah, who must come before Yeshua returns.
Who was this Haman the Agagite who almost destroyed Israel? He was descended from Agag, a king of the Amalakites who were Israel’s very first and most ancient enemy. His name is mentioned in Num. 24:7 where Balak, the Amalakite king tried to get the prophet Balaam to curse Israel, but he blessed them instead. Israel still has an ancient enemy. He wants Israel to be cursed not only by the nations of this world but even by the prophets and followers of G-d who should be her most ardent supporters.
We went into exile for our disobedience because Israel is held to a higher standard than the rest of the world, just as believers are. We remain in exile for the sake of the gentiles, Until the fullness of the gentiles is come in, luke 21:24, so that everyone has the opportunity to hear the blessed news, that if they turn away from their own will to G-d’s will, from their own understanding to G-d’s understanding, they too can come into the commonwealth of Israel, the kingdom of G-d.
Just as we remained in severe bondage in Egypt for 400 years, we now remain in bondage in the world. Israel has always been the intercessor for the world, stood in the gap. Our festivals, traditions, prayers, and liturgy include intercession for the world. They have been punished double for their sins Isa 40:2. Yet still they are in the wilderness. When they were in Egypt they had to wait until the Iniquity of the Amorites was fulfilled. When G-d had given them every opportunity to change and they wouldn’t, only then would He free Israel to destroy them and inherit the land. Now He has allowed the world 2000 years to repent. He will not save Israel, His own beloved, until every gentile has had the opportunity to love Him.
Have you heard a curse or criticism of Israel lately? Have you seen a believer join in? Every voice raised to condemn Israel shall be condemned, (Isa 54:17). They are in danger, but we can help them be blessed. In Num. 24:9 Balaam says: Blessed is he that blesses [Israel] and cursed is he that curses [Israel]. Can we afford to be silent? Num. 23:25 says “Then Balak said to Balaam, ‘Neither curse them at all nor bless them at all!’ but Balaam answered, ’…all that the L-rd speaks I must do.'” These are extraordinary times. We can’t be ordinary people.
***** Now this is the story of Purim. The enemy Haman has unleash his attack upon us. He coveted the authority of G-d and taken the ring of authority. He has brought us under the Law of Sin and Death, but our Uncle Mordecai, the Messiah, was standing guard at the gate. Although we can’t come into the presence of the king without risking death, Messiah has caused us to become the king’s bride, robed us in royal garb, and given us favor at the throne. The king, by raising His scepter, recognizes and acknowledges the righteousness of our royal robes. The King says we are allowed to fight back. He has given us the AUTHORITY, by bringing us into His family and giving us the ring. We are His bride and our word is as the king’s. His DECREE is the law of the Real G-d which cannot be changed. It Has opened the way for our salvation without canceling the previous decree, but by satisfying it through the sacrifice of the blood of the lamb of G-d, the Messiah of Israel. On the day that Haman’s decree to destroy the Jews was to take effect, Israel destroyed their enemies, and many converted to Judaism in fear. On the day our enemy intends to destroy Israel, Gog and Magog will come against Jerusalem, but they will be destroyed. Many will see the hand of G-d and come to the L-rd.
We have a goal, but we often lose track of it. We are in a battle but we often get distracted from it. We have an enemy but we can’t see him.
The King says we are to fight. The weapons of our warfare are mighty. Prayer lays the foundation. It is the artillery that bombards the enemy lines destroying their strongholds. Praise goes before us to root them out of their hidden entrenchments. Then we come in with the sword of the Spirit, the Word of G-d to do hand to hand combat, the Holy Spirit at our side as our intelligence officer to direct our attack. We have a mighty champion, the Captain of the L-rd’s host, Messiah, savior of the world. The Father, creator, faithful One of Israel (a prince with G-d, one who battles with G-d) Elohim-the strong one, Almighty G-d and His angels will sustain us, uphold us. We are more than conquerors. We are the CALLED, CHOSEN, ELECT. We know we win. HE IS OUR DEFENSE, our fortress, our strong tower, our mighty bulwark, our rearguard, FEAR NOT!