The Lord, He is God

(I Kings 18)

The Prophet Elijah feared not the multitude of the false prophets he confronted at Mount Carmel. Israel, for the most of its existence, has been submerged in the worship of false gods from the beginning; today it is no different. One can witness the mason’s symbol at the border between Egypt and Israel. It is a sad representation of the spiritual decay the nation is suffering. All through the Old Testament we read about Israel’s stubbornness in heeding God’s call to repentance. Four hundred plus years living in Egypt, Israel was brain washed concerning their beliefs seemingly forever. Nothing has made her to turn around from idolatrous gods. And today, worse yet, Israel is leading the nations on its idolatrous practices. Kabala, mingled with masonic, and other religious practices, (which I will not mention here), has taken the world by surprise. Spread all over the world, Israel is one nation that has influenced the entire world in the name of religion. Such a small nation, with such influential power makes one to wonder. Anti- Semitism is rampart in the nations, for many understands Israel’s influence in the world and they do not like it. As fruits leave a permanent mark on one’s clothes, so the nation of Israel has stained the world; never to leave it.  

In the days of Elijah, drought came as God’s judgment on that land for three years. Not perceiving the reason why, they continued on their idolatrous ways. A nation now divided in two nations had lost the essence of their only true God. Embraced by the gods of the nations all around them, Israel became blind and forgetful.  Baal, considered a fertility deity, was worshipped in many middle eastern countries, especially among the Canaanites, which God clearly warned Israel against them. The land of Canaan was from the beginning a land rooted in evil. It took its name from Noah’s grandson, Canaan, whose father was Ham, the carrier of a curse for seeing the nakedness of his father (Gen. 9:20-27). Ham’s descendants constituted the roots of Canaan. The Bible registers Ham’s genealogy as follows: Canaan became the father of Sidon his firstborn. Heth [the Hittites], the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, the Arkites, the Sinites, the Arvadites, the Zemarites, and the Hamathites. Afterward the families of the Canaanites spread abroad and the territory of the Canaanites extended from Sidon as one goes to Geerar as far as Gaza, and as one goes to Sodom, Gomorrrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha (Gen. 10:15-19). Canaan was also home for giants, descendants from Anak, and of the Nephilim. Little seems to be of importance to us today, for its ancient history. However, history has a way of showing us the roots where we all came from.

My Garden of Weeds

I planted a garden

So I thought to be

A garden of flowers

Day after day I watched

It grow into a garden

So I thought

A garden of flowers

Weeks of rain and sunshine

My garden I thought to be

A garden of flowers

Became a garden of weeds

Everywhere a weed

Taking away the breath

From my flowers!

Oh! I exclaimed

Eve, your first weed

Planted in God’s

Perfect garden

Has spread to my garden

The garden I thought

To be a garden of flowers

The Departure Withholds the Revealing of the Antichrist

(II Thessalonians 2)

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord YAHSHUA the Messiah, and by our assembling unto Him, that you be not suddenly moved from your mind, nor troubled neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter, as it were from us, as though the day of Messiah were at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day shall not come, except there comes a departing first, and that that man of sin be disclosed, even the son of perdition (II Thess. 2:1-3).

Paul’s reference to the term “that day” has to do with the tribulation. He begged the Thessalonians not to be troubled, disturbed with the news from some letter they had received that that day had arrived and they were found in it. Paul emphatically said, “Let no man deceive you.” For that to happen a departure must happen first and the man of perdition be revealed. Not until then. Don’t you remember that when I was yet with you, I told you these things? (Vs. 5) The departure will precede the revealing of the wicked man and the tribulation. This wicked man, the Bible says, is coming by the effectual working of Satan, with all power, and signs and lying wonders and in all deceivableness of unrighteousness, among them that perish, because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Therefore, God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe lies (vs.9-11).

When Satan comes in a person of the wicked man or man of perdition, he will not come for the bride of Christ, but for those who have “received not the love of the truth.” It is not to the believers that God is going to send a strong delusion for them to believe lies; they are not the recipients of that, but of the blessed hope of salvation. The Greek word apostasia in verse three was transliterated in English as apostasy, or the falling away from the faith, from the truth, etc. The word apostasia in ancient Greek is made of two words, hence the Bible scholar Bullinger in his commentary on the subject explains: “apo governs only one case (the genitive). (Genitive is a word or construction case of origin, according to Webster’s dictionary; in the English language it corresponds to the possessive case) and denotes motion from the surface of an object; it is used of motion away from a place (e.g. Matt. 3:16; 8:1; Acts 15: 38). It marks the distance which separates the two places, or the interval of time between two events (e.g. Matt. 19:4; Acts 20: 18). It also marks the origin or source whence anything comes, such as birth, descent, residence (e.g. Matt. 2:1; 15: 1). Apo may consequently be used of deliverance or passing away from any state or condition (e.g. Matt. 1: 21; 14: 2; Mark 5: 34; Acts 13:8; Heb. 6:1). Apo would imply a cause virtually passive and more remote.

The First Multiplication

(Mt. 14:15-23)

When evening came, the disciples came to Him and said, this is a remote and barren place, and the day is now over; send the throngs away into the villages to buy food for themselves. Jesus said they do not need to go away; you give them something to eat. They said to Him, We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish. He said, Bring them here to Me. Then He ordered the crowds to recline on the grass; and He took the five loaves and the two fish, and, looking up to heaven, He gave thanks and blessed and broke the loaves and handed the pieces to the disciples and the disciples gave them to the people. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they picked up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about 5,000 men, not including women and children. Then He directed the disciples to get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent away the crowds. And after He had dismissed the multitudes, He went up into the hills by Himself to pray. When it was evening, He was still there alone.

“Send the throngs away into the villages to buy food for themselves,” said the disciples. Jesus however had another plan. He answered them; you give them something to eat. How? was the question in their minds. Five loaves and two fish was all that were available to feed thousands. But YAHSHUA only needed to have them to be given to Him for a miracle to happen. A need, much greater than the resource, cannot be met by the human standard, but in the hands of the Master, no resource is too small for Him to perform a miracle. Although the disciples puzzled over YAHSHUA’S command, “You give them some to eat” they brought Him the resources of five loaves and two fish. Something was happening at that time besides the physical need of the thousands of people. In God’s calendar He was expressing symbolism in these two numbers: five and two. What were these numbers speaking of at that point of time? They were expressing their meaning in prophecy. YAHSHUA said, For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son for whosoever believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16. That crowd represented by several nations, was the focus of the message hidden behind all that was happening: God loves the world. The two fish and the five loaves of bread did not happen by accident. No, through them God was lighting His love not only to the Jews, but to all the world. The message in the two fish is that the space of two thousand years He was going to give to the Gentile nations for their salvation under His grace which is symbolic by the number five in the five loaves of bread.

Counting Your Blessings

When all seems lost

And hopelessness sets in

When the water rises

Above your head

Life at peril

Memory at work

Count your blessings still

Count them all one by one

Faith will take its place

Hopelessness disappears

You will see God is near

Today, as He was yesteryear

Forever He will be the same

Be still and whisper His name.

Gather the stones

witnesses of your past

Count your blessings

Without missing one

In awe you will see

The work God has done

In time of your need

The Call

There are many types of calls for diverse tasks. However, the most important call, which carries a weight for eternity, is the call to be saint; a call to be holy. God, in His great love toward us, has demonstrated His desire for a relationship with us from the beginning of time, demonstrated in the fact of His coming down to talk to Adam and Eve in the cool of the day before they sinned against Him. Adam and Eve became unholy before the holiness of God. And that passed to all generations, as the Bible says, We all have sinned and fell short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). Who could save mankind from the claws of the destiny of death? Who would stand in the gap to do so? No one was worthy to do, for all was tainted by sin. Only the Son of God-YAHSHUA, the only and one Son of God, the Lamb of God, would be worthy in His sinless condition. Revelation 5:9 says, And they sing a new song saying, You are worthy to take the scroll ad to break the seals that are on it, for You were saying, and with Your blood You purchased men unto God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and You have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign.

God, then fulfilled His promise to men of Genesis 3:15 which says, And I will put enmity between you (the serpent) and the woman and between your offspring and her Offspring; He will bruise and tread your head underfoot and you will lie in wait and bruise His heel. Thousands of years had passed since the promise was given; But when the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born subject to the Law, to purchase the freedom of those who were subject to the Law, that we might be adopted and have sonship conferred upon us (Gal. 4:4). At the end of His ordeal, YAHSHUA said, IT IS FINISHED! The purchase of men’s redemption was successfully accomplished. His work pleased the Father and through His Son’s death, reconciliation united God and men, and forgiveness filled the world with peace.  There is however a call sounding through eternity to men to reconcile themselves to God; a call that resonates into the soul of men; a call to repentance. This call is given to all; Men’s responsibility before God is to answer to His call, so that they will also be chosen.  They will be chosen to be justified before God and to be molded into the image of God’s Son. It is by sanctification that we will regain God’s Son image. The image we lost in the Garden of Eden when sin entered the lives of Adam and Eve.