(I Thessalonians 5:1-11)
Children of light, children of the day, so are we who have been born again! Here, Paul opens our eyes to understand why we are not going to suffer Tribulation, the Great Tribulation, that is: We belong to the day…for God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord YAHSHUA the Messiah (vs. 8-9). Chosen to salvation, we are destined to share in God’s protection and deliverance from His wrath which is coming upon the wicked people. This is an uplifting hope we carry with us in the midst of a stormy world. God will regard those who love Him and reward them with deliverance from His wrath. In his Psalms David prayed asking God to make a distinction between the righteous and the wicked, at the time of His judgments: Gather me not with sinners, he prayed, and sweep me not away, nor my life with bloodthirsty men (Ps. 26:9); drag me not away with the wicked, with the workers of iniquity, who speak peace with their neighbors, but malice and mischief are in their hearts (28:3). God has a special place of refuge for His saints, for He is consistent in what He is and how he acts. Examples are seen in the lives of Noah and Lot in the times of God’s judgments that came to the earth. For those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High, they shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty (Ps. 91:1). There is no other more secure place than that of “under the shadow of the Almighty.” The Bible promises those who do so that no evil will befall them, nor any plague or calamity will come near their tent, for He will give His angels charge over them to accompany and defend and preserve them in all their ways; they shall bear them up on their hands, lest they dash their foot against a stone.. (Ps. 91:9-12). That’s a promise for God’s saints in His purpose and will for them.
After John had been in prison a while, he sent a message in the form of a question: Are You the One Who is to come, or shall we [continue to] look for another (Luke 7: 20b) One to come-the Messiah. John seemed to have lost focus and seemed to have forgotten the experience he had at the time when he baptized YAHSHUA and God had revealed and confirmed to him by showing him the Spirit in the form of a dove out of heaven descending and resting on Him, as he had said, I did not know Him nor recognize Him, but He Who sent me to baptize in water said to me, Upon Him Whom you shall see the Spirit descend and remain, that One is He Who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. I have seen and my testimony is that this is the Son of God! John looked at YAHSHUA and declared, Look! There is the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1: 29-36) But while in prison, things became obscure to John without outside reports from his disciples of what was happening. YAHSHUA, meanwhile, was healing many of sicknesses and destressing bodily plagues and evil spirits, and to many who were blind He gave sight (Luke 7:21). Seemly, John became offended in YAHSHUA when doubt entered his mind concerning YAHSHUA’S role as the Messiah. As a precursor of Christ, He needed to have evidences that demanded his beliefs that YAHSHUA was the One Who was to come. That was important to him as a prophet, who had introduced YAHSHUA as the One. YAHSHUA promptly sent John an answer that confirmed once again, Whom He was –the Son of God! He sent the message to John saying, Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the dead hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the good news; blessed is he who takes no offense in Me and who is not hurt or resentful or annoyed or repelled or made to stumble (Luke 7: 21-23).
Bible gives us a short synopsis of Rahab’s life just enough for us to know whom
that woman was. In the book of Joshua we find the accounts about her as a
prostitute and one who saved the Israelite spies. In doing so, she exercised
faith and belief in the God of Israel. Rahab acknowledged to the spies what
they all had heard concerning God’s supernatural deliverance of Israel from
Egypt. Although, she lived among pagans, she confessed her faith in the true God-
the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, by
saying, “ The Lord your God is God in heaven above and on earth beneath”
(Jos.2: 9-11). Her faith expanded to action to protect the spies, as a gesture
of fear and respect for Israel’s God. She was chosen for that time with God’s purpose
not only to save Israel, but to display His plan far off into the future. Sometimes,
in our feeble mind, we get lost in our understanding of how God fulfills His
plans. In the case of Rahab we wonder why a prostitute. Remember YAHSHUA’S
reaction toward the Pharisees when they brought a sinful woman to Him,
condemning her? He bent down and went on
writing on the ground with His finger; when YAHSHUA raised Himself up, He said
to her, Woman, where are your accusers? Has no man condemned you? She answered,
No one, Lord! And YAHSHUA said, I do not condemn you either. Go on your way and
from now on sin no more (John 8: 8,10-11). No one is without sin, no matter the
size of it. Rahab’s heart was right with God and when the opportunity presented
itself, she chose to obey the Lord.
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.
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
The Feast of Tabernacles points to the future restoration of the Jewish nation. The meaning of the Feast of Tabernacle is of great importance in its fulfillment. According to A.E. Ware, the Lord YAHSHUA was born on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, which was on the 29th of October (The Restored Vision). One might doubt the date and disregard the point on that occasion, but YAHWEH established His feasts with a future in His mind. It was as if He was indirectly telling the world through Israel that those feasts were a shadow of what were to come in His prophetic plans for the world. They were not just ordinances to be observed, they were pictures of the true fulfillment embed in YAHWEH’S future. When YAHSHUA was born on the first day of this feast, Israel was unaware of the Light being shone that day through Him as the incarnate God. This was the most important feast of that year, signaling God’s faithfulness and love for all mankind. That feast would have been fulfilled completely if the Jewish nation had accepted YAHSHUA as their Messiah. However, they didn’t and therefore, the Feast of Tabernacle’s fulfillment was set for another time in history.
and the earth shall be utterly laid
waste and utterly pillaged; for the Lord
has said this (Vs.3). This chapter of Isaiah is a mini book of Revelation.
Throughout the Old Testament God’s future judgements are predicted ultimately
to destroy the earth and its wicked people with it. It is His final measure to
deal with the stubborn, rebellious people. When this period of grace is past,
His wrath will dominate the world and none who have rejected Him will escape.
It will be merciless, with vengeance and no turning back. We see in this
chapter, the character of His judgements, and the extent of it in verses 1-3:
The scope of His judgements will include all peoples and all class of people.
It shall be with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with
this master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with
the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the creditor, so
with the debtor. No class of people will
escape with the exception of those who have accepted Him. YAHSHUA said, For it
will come upon all who live upon the face of the entire earth. But for those
who have accepted Him He gave a word of warning: Keep awake then and watch at
all times, praying that you may have the full strength and ability to escape
all these things, that will take place, and to stand in the presence of the Son
of Man (Luke 21:35-36).