Yeshua, Jesus’ Hebrew Name

In the Spirit, I saw Yeshua walk in my back door, as He did, everything changed. The nature of God is to change us into the image of Yeshua. It takes a lifetime, perhaps, and it is something God alone can accomplish. Our part is to submit and surrender to His will and work. In His presence most of this life is insignificant, frivolity, and vanity, thus, I was struck with awe, worship and contrition. At the sight of Him the Spirit within compelled me to bow with unction, prostrate I was overcome and emptied.

This is my Lord and Savior whom I follow and adore. The entire universe belongs to and is held together by Him. I am part of His body on earth and but for His Spirit I would be helpless. Though He will transform me; He calls me friend and knows me by name. His seal of approval is immovable, placed there by Him years ago and though His presence is preeminent among human experience, it is not my first encounter, but still unique, singularly imperative and stunning.

Nothing else matters, all wants, desires and pursuits evaporate before His Supremacy. In infinite majesty He enters with a humility that can only be comprehended and understood as love, the love of the all powerful Creator for His little lamb and servant. The incomprehensible love that paid my debt and took my just death sentence upon Himself – Yeshua, Messiah, has entered my house and heart. There is nothing in Heaven or earth so powerful and effective as His love. The joy and satisfaction of being in His presence, at His feet surpasses all else. I don’t want to leave this place, but He stuns me, by telling me that He came in answer to my heart cry and prayer for more of Him. Immediately, I remembered earlier this morning my prayer, “Lord, I want more of you, more of you, that is all I need, just more of you.” It was my sincere desire, but I had no idea how He would fulfill it.

After some time, I stopped weeping as my heart poured out to Him in gratitude and awe. I smelled a freshness, a cleansing fragrance and sense of having showered, washed clean from the impurities of life’s business. Yes, to know Him is to be changed and from glory to glory. What a gracious and loving friend and King we have in Yeshua, Messiah. Nothing compares to His presence.

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Bent Conclusions

The Barna Group has produced a 2020 study of the American Church. It previously released a study entitled “State of the Church 2016”, in that year, which is not mentioned in its 2020 research. It has interesting research about church attendance, Christian belief, religious practice, and generosity of Christians vs. Secularists.

“Not only do most Americans identify as Christian, but a similar percentage (73%) also agree that religious faith is very important in their life. When a variable like church attendance is added to the mix, a majority becomes the minority. When a self-identified Christian attends a religious service at least once a month and says their faith is very important in their life, Barna considers that person a “practicing Christian.” After applying this triangulation of affiliation, self-identification and practice, the numbers drop to around one in three U.S. adults (31%) who fall under this classification.” “Barna researchers argue this represents a more accurate picture of Christian faith in America, one that reflects the reality of a secularizing nation.”

Post-Christian: To qualify as “post-Christian,” individuals had to meet 60% or more of the following factors (nine or more). “Highly post-Christian” individuals meet 80% or more of the factors (12 or more of these 15 criteria):

  1. Do not believe in God
  2. Identify as atheist or agnostic
  3. Disagree that faith is important in their lives
  4. Have not prayed to God (in the last year)
  5. Have never made a commitment to Jesus
  6. Disagree the Bible is accurate
  7. Have not donated money to a church (in the last year)
  8. Have not attended a Christian church (in the last year)
  9. Agree that Jesus committed sins
  10. Do not feel a responsibility to “share their faith”
  11. Have not read the Bible (in the last week)
  12. Have not volunteered at church (in the last week)
  13. Have not attended Sunday school (in the last week)
  14. Have not attended religious small group (in the last week)
  15. Do not participate in a house church ( in the last year)

These can be grouped as follows:

  1. 2. 3. 5. 6. 9.

Personal practice

  1. 4. 10.

Church involvement

  1. 8. 12. 13. 14. 15.

The critical problem with the measure of “Post Christian” is it’s heavy reliance on church involvement. Six items of belief cleary identify a person that has abandoned christianity, but the measure requires nine. Therefore, it under measures in some respects, assuming unbelievers are involved in church and or practice faith. The greater error is the assumption that those who are not involved in church and are slack in religious practice have abandoned their faith and are “Post Christian”. This creates a gross distortion.

Finally, is faith accurately measured by church attendance? Is Religious practice best illustrated by church attendance? Is the secularization of America a product or measure of church attendance? From one who spent a lifetime attending church the clear answer is, “No.” One may ask, “If you don’t practice what you believe, do you really believe it?” Although, if one doesn’t believe anything, what standard of practice is expected from these? The problem with practice is that all humans, Christian and non-Christian are fallible and prone to error or inconsistency. Church attendence which accounts for one to three hours of time per week is not the critical standard of Christian Practice. The Church is imperfect and flawed in many respects, but it is not an accurate measure of faith. I submit that Christian martyrdom measured through human history is the best indication of secularization. Countless millions have died rather than renounce their faith, while I know of no secularists who have died for believing anything. Experts say that more Christians are martyred today than ever, with certain exceptions during Roman, Nazi and Communist revolts. Beware these secular studies that have no comprehension of the Spirit.

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Childish Disregard

I had a dream where I was a child and together with my fathers guidance and oversight we were collecting valuable small creatures. My father would find them and my job was to pick them up in my hands and keep them secure. They were not harmful or dangerous in anyway and the only risk was their escape and return to the wild where they were too quick and elusive to capture. My father knew where they slept and when it was possible to gather them. It was important to keep all the avenues of escape closed, including my little hands. Following a standard collection process we already had quite a few in our possession. When father called, I was ready to catch another which he located. I had it in my hands and just wanted to get a better view of the intriguing small creature, so I spread apart my fingers to look, just as quickly the creature popped free and flew out the open window right next to me and was gone. Instantly, I felt loss, guilt, blame and regret that were highlighted in the spotlight of my good intentions, but frozen in time by my neglect.

This dream was full of emotion and it reminded me of something I believe every human has experienced at least once, which I describe as childish disregard. These events are not life and death issues and as a parent it is easy to offer comfort and forgiveness, but they deliver an important lesson, if we are teachable. Our good intentions will never serve us well when we put them before what we know to be right and doing so will lead to the pain of loss, regret, and guilt. These may be some of the childish things that we are to put away. (1 Corinthians 13:11) There are qualities in children that are beautiful such as, innocence, trust, and belief, but as Solomon observed, “Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.” (Proverbs 22:15). As we mature in our walk and relationship with God, we can appreciate His care for us and the countless ways in which He conforms us into the image of His son and our Savior, Yeshua Messiah, (Jesus’ Hebrew name.)

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Your Country

“Watergate doesn’t bother me,
does your conscience bother you?” – Lynyrd Skynyrd.

America was not founded as a secular state for the promotion of multiculturalism. America is not merely tolerant of Judeo-christian principles, but was founded thereon. Only in very recent decades have laws that prohibited detestable, perverted, wickedness been struck down as unconstitutional. In 1973, the Supreme Court decided in Roe v. Wade proclaiming abortion legal, contrary to a plain reading of the Constitution. This opposed and set aside every precedent that protected life of the unborn and the entirety of American judicial history. The U.S. Supreme Court banned prayer in public schools in a 1962 decision, saying that it violated the First Amendment, but the first Amendment protects religious practice, rather than prohibiting it.

I do not believe anything I hear on national TV networks or the major Internet platforms, because they have demonstrated and practiced lying, deceit, censorship of truth, facts and ideas that oppose their Secular Multicultural beliefs. I do not listen or watch their presentations. I try as much as possible to boycott, defund, and sanction their activities because they are anti-American. A liar should not be trusted, as he brings great harm to those who rely upon him. If these media sources say anything, I do not hear it, if I do, I do not belief it.

America’s end is in sight, unless a great revival and repentance comes from the grace of God to forestall it. No nation can stand in such division brought about through falsehood, deceit and rebellion. Even if we excuse every Judge, Politician, Bureaucrat, or anyone in authority, past or present, how can we address the State of this Country? The wickedness is great and cries out for justice to be done. God has rendered immediate judgment before, starting with the Angels who sinned and were sent to hell; the ancient world before the flood, and the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah that were burned to ashes. (2 Peter 2:4-6) However, usually He leaves nations to their own demise, but in His mercy He sends warnings and calls for repentance before they reap destruction from their chosen ways. In scripture, Noah and Nathan were prophets whose messages were heard and followed with repentance. Jeremiah, Hosea, and Amos were prophets whose messages were ignored with destruction following. Look for a prophetic voice that is humble, not self promoting and is independent of political influence. Moreover, God could send a real calamity, (unlike a pandemic that is subject to manipulation by men), as a warning. In 2001 the attack upon the World Trade Center refocused everyone and many people turned toward God. Do not give any heed to the fake news media who traffic in fear and manipulation. God hears prayer, those standing at the gates of the abortion chambers praying for expectant mothers and their unborn infants are not ignored. Abraham prayed for Sodom and Gomorrah that if even ten righteous souls were found God would spare the city. He has been merciful to America, let’s pray that His will is done on earth as is it in heaven.

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The Way Of Life

But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. (Hebrews 12:22-24)

Amidst this spiritual reality of blessing, family, the congregation of sanctified Believers, and Yeshua Messiah King; there is another temporal reality of suffering, harassment, oppression and persecution. It varies greatly, but every Believer tastes it to some degree or another, because what Yeshua experienced, we will also. (John 15:20) We in America speak with little experience, but we can suffer as Lot did living in Sodom. “…Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)…” (2 Peter 2:7-8) In other countries these scriptures are fulfilled, “You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. Everyone will hate you because of me.” ( Luke 21:16-17) History is full Believers being persecuted because of their faith. It seems forgotten that America was founded by Believers who sought freedom to worship Yeshua as they believed in scripture. Now it is not uncommon for Christians to experience persecution in school, work, or in public places. Nevertheless, God is working through it all. “…the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.” (2 Peter 2:9)

Life is too short to be distracted by the vanity of this world. There are too many who need the message of salvation and God’s lovingkindness. His mercies are new every morning. Yeshua asked the disciples whether they would leave like many had, when He taught about the cost and hardships of following God’s way. “Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68) One moment in the presence of the Lord, knowing His majesty and glory, experiencing His love and mercy, is greater than much worldly pleasure, in which there is no satisfaction or fulfillment. Faith grows and becomes a great spreading tree though it began as a small seed. Reach out in faith to receive that which the Spirit offers, you will not be disappointed; His gifts and call are irrevocable. (Rom.11:29)

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Mystery Revealed

The Apostle Paul explained that he was given insight into a mystery by revelation through the Holy Spirit that had been unknown in prior generations. He saw this as the work of God’s grace for the benefit of those under his leadership and ministry. He summarizes the revelation as, “This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 3:2-6)

Paul was called by a supernatural encounter with Yeshua himself. I believe each Believer has some form of encounter with Yeshua though it may not be as spectacular as Paul’s with vision, conversation, charge and miraculous physical impartation. Nevertheless, it was not until Paul experienced frustration and failure in his ministry to his fellow Hebrews, that he understood his calling to reach the Nations with the good news of Yeshua. (Acts 18:6; 22:18, 21; Gal. 2:8) Before this, Peter had a supernatural vision or dream, followed by an encounter that directed him to share the Good news with Gentiles that had been sent by Yeshua to find him and inquire. (Acts 11: 5-18) The Spirit brought to light scriptures which declared the Messiah would be a light to the nations. (Isa 11:10; Ps. 22:27; Isa. 49:6; Luke 2: 31-32)

It was through obedience, God’s favor, and revelation that the Apostles understood that Israel’s Messiah would bring salvation to those who believe from all nations. However, mystery reveal to Paul was far greater in that it revealed how the gentiles are heirs together with Israel, one Body together in Yeshua, Messiah. The dividing wall between Jew and Gentile was removed, such that Believers acceptance of Yeshua join Israel, the promises and membership in God’s family.

God’s wedding feast will be filled, even if those invited refused to come. It doesn’t mean that the unprepared will be accepted, rather that God chose to fill the banquet halls of Heaven with those He called from the nations to be adopted in as joint heirs with Israel to be one people who will sing His wondrous, glorious, graious, praises throughout eternity.

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In Times of Confusion

The Bible addresses every situation we could face and the Lord is ruler of all things. The wicked are a regular source of consternation, if we allow it. David faced it until he went before the Lord and saw their actual situation and future. (Ps. 37) God is well able to restrain the wicked and at the same time preserve and save His children. (2 Pet. 2: 9) Do not let evil news about evil people disrupt the peace you have in Yeshua, Messiah, He is our peace. We are not native to this world, it is not our home. Therefore, it can not offer any lasting peace. Our fallen human nature draws us back to the creature comforts that our physical senses desire, yet we live in the Spirit. Though we live in the world we are not a part of it.

As Believers, God’s children, we have a purpose and destiny that transcends all the things the world offers. Where your heart is, there your treasure is also. (Matt. 6:21) When we keep our thoughts, emotions and affections focused upon the Lord and His Kingdom, we will not be so easily perturbed by matters with which the world is obsessed. It is not a sin to get distracted by the world, either by the vanity fair or the tossing seas. Yeshua was fully man and He understands our weaknesses, without having surrendered or being overcome by them. It may be a lack of faith, but we can reaffirm our faith just as quick as we doubt. Consider, Peter in the boat with the disciples upon the sea of Galilee as a storm threatened. Yeshua came walking upon the sea and the disciples thought He was a ghost, but Peter called out in faith, “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14: 24-33)

Unlike the lost, we have a friend, helper, comforter, deliverer, and guide who is the Son of God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and He will never leave or forsake us and is an ever present help in time of need. Finally, Paul had very good advice to us in many of these situations. “No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.” (2 Timothy 2:4) Lord, save us!

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Rule of Law

A large number of Americans have little or no loyality to the traditions of America and/or they have fallen under the deception that these traditions are bad. Since the Cold war we never thought America would be defeated by a foreign invader, but rather, like the Roman empire it would decay from within. That is not the only similarity America has with the Roman Empire, who’s leaders toward the end were extremely vile, wicked, and corrupt. History has no comparison to the internet except the high-tech monopoly’s similarities with various propaganda organizations of the USSR, Communist China, and Nazi Germany as it censors opposing political speech and promotes a united “News Speak” or approved Memes among its subservient minion organizations.

The enemy of America is not different ideas or views, but lies, corruption, and a drastically diminished rule of law. A Russian media unit recently observed that America was more divided than ever. “Adversaries practically rejoiced at a U.S. electorate split in half by widespread divisiveness and defiant of pre-election expectations, which they heralded as a sign of the inherent flaws in the world’s oldest democracy and hypocrisy of its rule of law.” Our foes see clearly the failure and potential solution to our current status – Application of the rule of law.

Every American traditionally believed our judicial system, though imperfect, was usually applied in a blind fashion, whether to the rich and powerful or to the poor and weak. With the rise of Barack Obama the rule of law was suspended, as best exemplified by Chief Justice John Roberts bizarre opinion which modified the government’s own position on Obama-care to meet constitutional requirements. Thereafter, Hillary Clinton was caught in numerous felonious acts relative to her position as Secretary of State and candidate for President. Eventually, the facts emerged painting a picture of an FBI/DOJ/CIA coup. Nothing was ever done, she denied it and lost the election, (as though that was justice). President Trump had been investigated exhaustively by Robert Mueller with no finding of illegality. Even so, the Congress impeached the President, even though evidence refuted the accusation. Fortunately, he was exonerated in the Senate. Joe Biden stated in public that he leveraged one Billion of US funds for personal benefit. The Democrat party suspended their party candidate election and Joe Biden, though trailing pitifully, was appointed the Democrat candidate without an election. About this time it came to light that Joe Biden had recieved money from China, albeit kept by his son Hunter, for various business dealings. Just as with Hillary, the accusations were denied by Biden and that was the end of it. There were no investigations into the Biden family dealings or the Quid pro Quo statement admitted in public by Biden.

All these issues and more regarding democrats are denied and dropped promptly. The charged against Trump were denied, but he was investigated extensively. With respect to a handful of black persons killed by police, whether justifiable or not, over fifty police have been assassinated or murdered in retaliation with numerous riots, looting and arson. The rule of law is broken; is it irreparable? Upon this question hangs the future of America. The facts, law and argument presented by the conservative media is ignored. Well respected attorneys and others have recognized the truth inherent in the facts pointing to corruption in high offices, but the law seems to he inapplicable in the democrat controlled media and DOJ. Selective application of the law is worse than no law at all, and anarchists are already rioting in the streets. Lord have mercy on us.

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News Warp

On the internet MSN has a title, “A truck sized asteroid is headed toward earth one day before the November election”. The headlines are full of hype connecting it to the election, but the facts from NASA, let all the air out.

• It has only a 0.41% likelihood of entering Earth’s atmosphere. Because of its small size, (2 meters) the asteroid, dubbed 2018VP1, would burn off while hurtling toward the planet.

• 2018VP has had a few close encounters with Earth before, dating back to 1970. It’s due back, after a two-year orbit around the sun, to come within 4,800 to 260,000 miles of our atmosphere.

• In fact, one dubbed, 2020 QG, passed just 1,830 miles above the Indian Ocean last week — the closest such encounter on record — and NASA didn’t even see it.

The “Tunguska fireball of 1908” may have been the only evidence of an actual large asteroid, ever to effect the earth since prehistoric times.

In the end times, there will be actual signs in the heavens regarding heavenly bodies. “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:25-28) If we look at God’s plagues against Pharaoh we see they were fundamentally natural as opposed to His response against Ahab and the peophets of Baal which was consuming fire from heaven. Nature is God’s idea and creation, but Pharaoh did not connect natural phenomena with God, therefore it was a basis for continuing doubt and unbelief. I believe this may be observed again in the last days, where natural things like the “tossing of the sea”, will feed unbelief resident in the lost. A similar assumption of the lost is that humans can control the earth which is synonymous with unbelief in Creator God.

Before this happens, “…false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” These things will happen as foretold by Yeshua. The lost will be deceived by the enemy, looking to their false god of science for salvation, but there is no other name whereby men can be saved, but Yeshua, Messiah, (Hebrew for Jesus, Christ). In the end, the false assumptions and unbelief in God will demonstrate the weakness of men who have rejected God, just as Pharaoh could not combat the plagues of God. Believers may be raptured from these cataclysmic events, but if not, they will still be aware of what is happening foretold in biblical prophecy and though every human must face death, believers have hope in the afterlife.

Scripture tells us, “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.'” (Romans 14:11) However, this acknowledgement will be too little too late for the lost, who have no relationship with the Savior and Redeemer, Yeshua Messiah. “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ (Matthew 7:22-23) Don’t believe the worldly wise man, trust in God alone and seek life in Yeshua, Messiah.

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My First Poll Block

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