The Lion Has Roared; God Has Spoken

(Amos 3:3-7)

How much do we know about the king of the beast- the lion? Unless, we are involved in their lives, we do know very little. It is a well-muscled cat; when it roars, its prey becomes paralyzed with fear, for it is loud and intimidating to all who hears it. Its roar can be heard five miles away. The roar of a lion is like a warning, and an announcement. With the exception of its prey, those who hear him, run for shelter. It is a powerful cat and no one can escape its claws when he attacks. Peter compared the devil persistence in attacking the Christians, in a figure of speech, to that of a roaring lion when roaming around, looking for someone to devour (I Peter 5:8). On the final moments of its prey, the lion announces his victory over it with a loud and intimidating voice for all to hear.  The roaring of a lion has a spiritual meaning for all to consider. There is in it a warning for judgement we must heed to. The Prophet Amos asked the question, Will a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey? Will a young lion cry out of his den if he has taken nothing? … The Lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken; who can but prophesy? (Amos 3:4,8)

Nevertheless, Your Will Be Done

After eating His last Passover with His disciples, YAHSHUA led them to the Gethsemane Garden. It was night. The darkness of the night could not hide the agony expressed in His voice saying, Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done (Luke 22:42). What was He expressing in that hour, fear? Hardly.  He, for a moment of His earthly life, was going to suffer as a human being in the fire of hell, when He would break himself away from Whom He was in the holy trinity- the Son.  How hard it was going to be for Him, Who knew no sin! We can never understand how God in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit would condemn Himself in the person of the Son to hell.  But this is for another time. My point here however, is that even  to the point of His death His prayer remained embedded  in the will of the Father, as He had been teaching: “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

The Expected Long Blast Trumpet Sound

(I Corinthians 15: 52; I Thessalonians 4:15-18; Joshua 6)

When you make a long blast with the ram’s horn and you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the enclosure shall fall down in its place and the people shall go up, every man straight before him (Josh. 6: 5). “When you make a long blast with the ram’s horn… the people shall go up.”  The destruction of Jericho is a picture of the rapture preceding the tribulation.

Raised With Christ For Salvation

(Ephesians 2:6; 7:11, 12)

The wonderful book of Ephesians is without a doubt, a treasure for the believer in Messiah YAHSHUA. The first chapter is full of blessings from the beginning to the end: We are chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world and set apart as blameless; we are adopted as His own through our Lord YAHSHUA; in him we are redeemed and in Him we were made heritage and have obtained an inheritance; we have been stamped with the seal of the long-promised Holy Spirit as a guarantee, an anticipation of our redemption (Ephesians 1).The beautiful thing here is that we have all of these blessings now, while in our corrupted body. Also, we have been raised with Christ and He has made us to sit down together in the heavenly sphere with Him (2:6). That’s where we are spiritually speaking; that’s the position God has given us now and forever that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable riches of His free grace in His kindness and goodness of heart toward us in Messiah YAHSHUA (2:7). The believer has become in Him children of Light. YAHSHUA is the light of the world. His light is reflected in all believers. We were marked for our redemption through the seal of the Holy Spirit, as Israel was when the door post of their houses were marked with the blood of a sacrificed lamb for their salvation.

Parting the Waters

(II Kings 2; Exodus 14:15-8, 21; Joshua 3:13-17)

Lift up your rod and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the Israelites shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea (Exodus 14:16).

Israel’s heart sank when facing two problems of great proportions: the sea in front of them and the Egyptians behind them. But Moses filled with faith assured them of God’s provision, saying, “The Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see again.”  (Exodus 14: The Red Sea seemed to be to them an obstacle of great proportion, for there was no place to run to, to escape the Egyptians.  But it only took Moses to lift up his rod as the Lord commanded and the sea was parted. Through the night a strong east wind divided the sea. Israel was then free and the Egyptians were left in its midst when God closed it. So the words of Moses, “The Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see again.”  (Exodus 14:13b).  It was a sight to see. The time had arrived when God was fulfilling His promise to Abraham’s and nothing was going to thwart His plan of long ago.

They Hated Me Without a Cause

(John 15:25; Psalm 35:19; 69:4)

The Prophet Isaiah, 740 years before Christ, prophesized about His trial and death in a way that touches the heart of all those of us who love Him. He gave a solemn picture of the manner in which YAHSHUA was rejected and forsaken. The hatred of men toward Him was described in ways we do not understand. He was despised, rejected and forsaken by men, and like One from Whom men hide their faces, He was despised. He was not appreciated, neither esteemed; He was oppressed and afflicted, by oppression and judgment He was taken away and no one considered that He had died for their own transgression (Isaiah 53:3,7,8). The difference men saw in YAHSHUA made them uncomfortable.

YAHSHUA’S Last Seven Sayings at the Cross

The last seven sentences uttered by our Lord before His death were with purpose and meaning.  As He was carrying the sins, diseases, guilt of mankind while in the cross, and being cursed for us, He expressed forgiveness, salvation, and love for the world. These were in relationship to men. He expressed anguish of separation from His Father, His physical need, the completion of His ordeal, and finally commended His Spirit to the Father. These last four were in relationship to Himself.

YAHSHUA – The Power, the Wisdom and the Word of God

(I Corinthians 1: 24; John 1:1-4; Revelation 19:13)

John makes a declaration that made us realize the importance of YAHSHUA in the creation of the world and everything in it. He was the Word spoken commanding existence of everyone and everything being created. John said, In the beginning was the Word (YAHSHUA), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. He was present originally with God, all things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being (John 1:1-4).

When God’s Holiness Touches Man

(Daniel 10:5-9; Exodus 33; Revelation 1: 17a)

While Adam remained in covenant with God, he remained in fellowship with Him. But when he broke it, he became spiritually and physically separated from God and His holiness. He lost the light from God which clothed him. Once that was gone, he entered into darkness and did not want his darkness to be exposed, so he hid it from God and the light from His holiness when he heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden, in the cool of the day.