The Acceptable Year of the Lord

(Luke 4:20; Isaiah 61)

YAHSHUA, after having gone through baptism and forty days fasting in the wilderness where He was tested exceedingly by the devil, went to Galilee, full of the Holy Spirit to lead a course of teachings in their synagogues. Nazareth, the place where He grew up, was also included.  He entered the synagogue, as was His custom on the Sabbath day and stood to read. And there was handed to Him [the roll of] the book of the prophet Isaiah. He opened the book and found the place where it was written: The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the good news to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed, to proclaim the accepted and acceptable year of the Lord [the day when salvation and the free favors of God profusely abound]. (Isaiah 61:1,2) Then He rolled up the book and gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were gazing at Him. And He began to speak to them: Today this Scripture had been fulfilled while you are present and hearing (Luke 4).

YAHSHUA’S Travail- The Birth of His Church

He shall see [the fruit] of the travail (labor pain) of His soul and be satisfied; by His knowledge of Himself Shall My Righteous One, My Servant, justify many and make many righteous, for He shall bear their iniquities and their guilt (Isaiah 53:11).

“He shall see the fruit of the travail of His soul and be satisfied.” The born-again believer is the fruit of the travail of His soul. Even though, “the story and the message of the cross is sheer absurdity and folly to those who are perishing and in their way to perdition, to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (ICor.1 18). YAHSHUA’S labor pains were marked when the Father let all our iniquities fall on Him. In the flogging, the world was offered physical healing. In His death, many were reconciled with the Father and were born anew. It confirmed His words to Nicodemus, Unless a man is born of water and [even] the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. You must be born-again (John 3:5,7b). It is only through YAHSHUA’S travail that man receives life eternal. Paul said that no mortal man should boast of his own merit to acquire salvation (I Cor. 1: 29). YAHSHUA, the only Way, Truth and the only life Giver, paid for our salvation in full through His travails before and when on the cross.

The Antichrist As We Do Not Know Him (part 2)

                                             (Revelation 13; Daniel 7)            

Judas, the Antichrist who is to come, has been on the scene since the time he betrayed YAHSHUA. Reading Judas’ accounts, sometimes, we are not able to connect the dots from YAHSHUA’S words to the prophecies from the Old Testament, because we read them as History only. However, when we study to know God’s purposes, He reveals the connective truth to us. In this case, the key words are heels or heel, son of perdition, and devil. in His priestly prayer, YAHSHUA confirmed the prophecies by saying, while I was with them, I kept and preserved them in Your name. Those You have given Me I guarded and protected, and not one of them has perished or is lost except the son of perdition [Judas Iscariot- the one who is now doomed to be lost], that the Scripture might be fulfilled. This is in reference to Psalm chapter 41:9:  Even my own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread, has lifted up his heel against me. And in John 13:18, YAHSHUA defines again which Scripture He was talking about. He said, I am not speaking of and I do not mean all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but it is that the Scripture may be fulfilled, He who eats My bread with Me has raised up his heel against me (Jn. 13:18). Twice YAHSHUA mentions this prophecy uttered by David. Another prophecy we connect with YAHSHUA’S words is the first prophecy given to man in the garden of Eden: I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her Offspring; He will bruise and tread you head underfoot, and you will lie in wait and bruise His heel (Gen 3:15). We have covered this before in our studies, but it is done now, so that you will connect the facts and be aware who the Antichrist will be.

Joseph and the Seven Years

(Genesis 41)

Pharaoh had two dreams two of the same. It is a dream of prophetic extension to the end times. God revealed to a Gentile “what He is about to do” and is going to do in the far future. Seven fat cows and seven undernourished ones; seven ears [of grain] plump and good; seven ears withered and thin were Pharaoh dreams, which caused him unsettledness of spirit. He was eager to understand the dreams, but not one of the magicians or wise men of Egypt could interpret them.

Two full years had passed since Joseph had interpreted the butler’s dream while both were in jail. The butler promised to mention him to Pharaoh when released from jail. But as it was, he forgot Joseph’s request and went on with his life. However, God hadn’t forgotten him. His purpose for Joseph’s life was going to be fulfilled in His time. Pharaoh’s dreams were the link to get Joseph out of jail. Not one day late, not one day early. He was only seventeen when sold to the Egyptians; thirteen years of struggles and unfairness toward him had passed. God in His sovereignty saw fit to exalt Joseph when he was ready. At the age of thirty, he was presented to King Pharaoh, who exalted him to greatness.

They Took The First Step

When Moses and the Israelites left Egypt, they faced two walls of great magnitude- the Red Sea in front of them and the Egyptians army behind them. How were they to flee in that predicament? Easy. Fear not; stand still and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today. The Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest (Exodus 14:13-14). These were Moses’ words to the Israelites. Then the Lord told Moses, Tell the people to go forward. 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 (vs. 15b-16). Moses had to lift up his rod, stretch out his hand over the sea, and divide it. These three things Moses had to do for the Israelites to go forward on dry ground. It all depended on him for things to happen and salvation to come to the young nation of Israel. Moses was a doer of the command of YAHWEH. At His command, Moses took the first step and YAHWEH’S power was visible for all to experience their salvation. The Egyptians, as he had said, you see today, you shall never see them again. Israel was saved and the Egyptians came to know and realize that YAHWEH was the Lord, throughout the land, for all those who pursued Israel drowned.

I Must Stay At Your House Today

(Luke 19:1-10)


it was the time of Passover when YAHSHUA came to Jericho. This was to be His last Passover, as we read what He told the disciples on the previous chapter of Luke. He said to them: Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning Him shall be accomplished (Lk. 18: 31). So this event constitutes not only the time frame of YAHSHUA’S death – seven days later, but Daniel’s prophecy embedded in the seventy weeks of years for the Jewish nation found in Daniel chapter 9:24-27. Verses 25,26 read: Know therefore and understand that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem until [the coming of] the Anointed One, a Prince, shall be seven
weeks [of years] and sixty-two weeks [of years]; it shall be built again with square and moat, but in troublous times. And after the sixty-two weeks [of years] shall the Anointed One be cut off or killed and shall have nothing belonging to Him…

Ten Virgins and Their Lamps at the Mid-Night Shout

(Matthews 25)

They were five wise and five foolish virgins. The commonality between them was only that they were virgins. With certainty, one group carried the mark of the Holy Spirit but the other did not. The first represents the true church of Messiah and the second, the apostate church- the Laodicea church, the church that thinks it is earthly rich, but spiritually poor. Unaware of their spiritual condition, they went together with the wise virgins to meet the bridegroom. Tired for being late, they all feel asleep. Suddenly, a shout echoed in the air for all to hear: Behold, the bridegroom! Go out to meet Him (Matt. 15:6).