God passed judgement on those that would oppress His people as well as on the ‘gods’ of those oppressors. HE then began to lead His people to cross over from where they had been to where He wanted them to be. He provided for them deliverance through the Blood of The Lamb and faith exhibited by acting upon His Word. HE delivers them from that which would hold them back, takes them through the Sea and resurrects them on the other side into a People that He would take as His ‘inheritance in the earth’. HE then gave them His instructions for their walk before Him and begins the process of taking them to their New Home . . . the Promised Land . . . the Land promised to their father and ours, Abraham . . .and through this process ‘birthed’ an earthly expression of His eternal Kingdom . It’s Name is Israel. That which every born-again believer is a part of, grafted into, by the Blood of Messiah and the work on the cross. ( Eph. 2 )
Well, here we are again . . . We have come to the time when God is going to finish what He started. And what we are going to see, if we are not seeing it already, is that same pattern playing out in all it’s fullness. That which would oppress God’s people and come against His Word, His Covenant and His Plan is coming under judgement, the judgement promised from the Beginning. The Prophet Jeremiah speaks of a future event that will eclipse the Exodus to the degree that we will no longer speak of that initial deliverance from Egypt and their trek to the Promised Land. We must understand the Exodus is the single greatest event in the history of Israel in the minds of most. So what could beat that ? How about the ingathering of all God’s children in the last days from all the place He has sown them and bringing them back under the Headship of the Messiah of Israel to the Land of Israel ? The two-edged sword, when wielded, executes both deliverance and judgement . . . deliverance for Abba’s family and judgement for those that would stand against Him, His ways, His will, His people, His land and His covenant. Joel 3:2 I will gather all the nations, And bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there On behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; And they have divided up My land. Isaiah 24:5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, and broken the everlasting covenant.
So what does that bode for His people? Just as the first time, Abba will bring His people through. Totally unscathed ? Probably not . . . (‘But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed’😉 But He WILL bring us through . . .
So what do we do ? Stockpiling beans and bullets and water is not a bad idea. ‘Bug-out bags’ and escape routes ? Ok . . . But all the physical prep in the world is no good without a personal one-on-one relationship with Yahweh, GOD of the Universe through the Blood of His Son by the Power of His Spirit. Anything less than being born-again and born from above is futile and useless. To save your physical existence only to die and spend an eternity in Hell separated from all that is pure and good is just postponing the inevitable. GOD would that none would perish but ALL would come to repentance. For with the heart man believes which brings righteousness and with the mouth he confesses bringing salvation.
So we prepare Spiritually first, then physically, but what about the emotional prep ? And what about ALL the reports we receive of believers being under attack physically, spiritually, emotionally, their marriages, their health, their finances . . . Why ? This one thing we have come to understand. You cannot prepare for something without some exposure to what that ‘something’ might bring. How do we defend against certain diseases ? With a vaccine. What is a vaccine ? It is normally a weaker version of the offending disease injected into the body, causing some discomfort, and teaching the body to contend with and eventually overcome the offending disease. God allows ‘things’ to come our way to teach us how to content with those things that would attempt to overwhelm and overcome us. But we are MORE than overcomers by the power of Him who loves us. Abba allows, and sometimes brings difficulty to prove our metal.
So, as the day approaches, we must set our face like flint to walk before Him according to His ways and dictates that we might be in the right place at the right time, listening to the right Voice, being the light and salt we have been called to be. It is for His glory. It will ultimately be for our good.
Shabbat Shalom to you and yours – J & R