Root of the Problem…and Embracing the Solution!

Welcome back friends!  I want to pick up where we left off this morning, then move toward a truth I believe is so critical to the world in which we live.  If you missed Why You Won’t Read this Article this morning, please review it in order to understand the context of this post.

So, do you agree?  Is our society becoming desensitized to atrocities in our world today?  Well, we shouldn’t be surprised.  Deuteronomy and Judges make reference to mankind doing what is right in his own eyes, resulting in foolishness, according to Proverbs.  (See this search.)  It seems we have become foolish enough to act as though our foolish ways either don’t matter or are somehow wise.  When society begins to devalue life, it is foolish.

That foolishness extends much further than simply devaluing life, however.  Society as a whole seems to have taken a collective eye off of morality, appropriate authority, Godly family structure, kindness and righteousness of all kinds.  But I recently heard a man with great wisdom, indicating these are “cultural issues” that must be addressed if we have any hope of changing society.

He then spoke of a “higher authority.”  This man, Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky, is a strong evangelical, so the “higher authority” he refers to is undoubtedly God our Father.  While the point here is NOT about politics, I hope you glean the truth shared by Governor Bevin:

(Franklin Graham reports likewise in this March 2018 article in Decision magazine.  In it, Graham recounts Bevin’s initiative in Louisville to call Christians to walk the blocks of troubled neighborhoods praying.)

Here’s the point: our world is in desperate need of God, through His Son Jesus Christ.  If we heeded the guidance of our Highest Authority, would we constantly deal with murderous regimes killing and maiming?  Would we have school shootings, rampant abortion, gross immorality and other social ills?  Would we as Christians miss opportunities to show the love of Christ and to pray for those in need?

Indeed, all that ails people, nations and the world is a result of man’s rebellion against God.

The heart is deceitful above all things
    and beyond cure.
    Who can understand it?
~Jeremiah 17:9

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good,treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power.
~2 Timothy 3:1-4

The global society certainly seems to be characterized with what 2 Timothy describes as the last days.  More than ever, it’s time to heed our Highest Authority…God the Father!

Messianic Pastors in Israel Repent for Their Country and Invite the Messiah’s Return

On this Lord’s Day, friends, I want to share news that stirs my heart deeply.  For those who have studied with me, you know how passionate I am about the Biblical truth that Jesus, our King, will return only when the Jews invite Him back.  How is that, you say?

In Matthew 21:8-9, we find Jesus entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, as the crowds shout, “Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the Highest!”  They had awaited the coming of their King, but were soon to deny Him as the Messiah, as He was sent to crucifixion.

Two chapters later (Matthew 23:37-39), Jesus weeps bitterly over Jerusalem because He knows His people had just missed the day of His visitation (Luke 19:44).  Here is the Lord’s lament.  Pay particular attention to His final sentence here:

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. Behold, your house is being left to you desolate! For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

Indeed, King Jesus will not return to put His foot on this earth until He hears His people say, “Baruch haba b’Shem Adonai!”  (In English: “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”)

On a trip to Israel, I met a woman named Hermana who ministers at Magdala, a relatively newly-excavated site in the Galilee where Jesus spent some time.  But her ministry also puts her in contact with Messianic pastors and leaders (both Jewish and Arab) throughout Israel.  I receive occasional ministry updates and she recently sent the following.  I want to share it with you because I know your heart will be blessed, as mine was, when you hear the experience she shares.  Enjoy!

I experienced something this week that i don’t have words to describe properly. All I know is that an exceptional privilege was my portion!

For more than ten years Reuven and Benjamin Berger (two Jewish pastors in the land) have had the desire to gather the messianic body to repent on behalf of their nation. For what Reuven described, as the biggest sin: “rejecting our Messiah”. On the fast of Esther, they gathered in Christ Church at Jaffa Gate in the Old City. Several pastors who could not attend, had signed their agreement beforehand.

The worship wasn’t like in congregations – it was synagogue music. Slow and reverent, mourning the condition of their hearts and pleading for mercy. The moment was really too weighty to describe, but my friend Orna Grinman says it was as if the presence of Ancient of Days filled the space. I agree … and the sounds and laments were like keys, turning the locks of heart-doors.

Passages from Daniel, Jeremiah and Nehemiah were read to open the service and Reuven described how Israel has always been God’s inheritance. He spoke about how they first killed the prophets and then Yeshua – the rightful Heir. A solemnity hung over everyone in the church… almost like at a funeral. It reminded me of Zechariah 12 when the nation will grieve over Him whom they have pierced.

Pastors came to the microphone to repent for that which was on their minds. Some wept. Some confessed, “LORD, Your word is true – our nation is rebellious … we have acted very wickedly towards You”. One pastor sounded like his heart was bursting as he wailed aloud. Another buried his face and asked forgiveness for his people’s pride. One pastor expressed renewed shock at the words, “Let His blood be on us and our children”. Everyone begged for mercy.


Pastor Avi Mizrachi invited a few women to represent others. One lady from an orthodox background, told how when she was a child, her mouth was rinsed with soap when she dared to say the J-word. She asked forgiveness for the way Yeshua’s name has become a curse in Israel. Other women repented for things deeper than gentiles would understand.

Then Avi invited a humble Arab pastor to the front. He sobbed in identification with his Jewish brothers – affirming that the land belongs to them and thanking God for their allowing them (the Arabs) to live in Israel. Gut wrenching.

Then Benjamin lead us all in communion. The round flat loaf felt coarse on my tongue, and the wine … yes, the wine. Has it ever tasted so sweetly so deeply? It went down wholesomely restoring an ancient brokenness. “Lord, yes – please let Your blood on our heads, but for good. Please wash the curse away, we beg You! Let Your blood now become a blessing for us and our children”.

They announced that the Jewish people have only one King – Yeshua HaMashiach! The leadership went before us in inviting Him back to Jerusalem.

Baruch haba b’Shem Adonai!

Baruch haba b’Shem Adonai!

Baruch haba b’Shem Adonai!

Holy ground, it was


Don’t Miss YOUR Time of Visitation

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It is likely no secret to those who follow that I highly respect the teaching of Amir Tsarfati (founder of Behold Israel).  I have toured with Amir and can testify first hand that the Lord’s anointing is upon him, and upon the mission to which God has called him.

This past week I watched his newly-released Don’t Miss Your Visitation teaching, given during a recent ministry tour in the Philippines.  It is fantastic, so I want to share it here.

But, before I do, I want to speak lovingly and urgently to those who do not know and follow Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  As you will hear in Amir’s teaching, Jerusalem “missed the day of visitation” when Jesus showed up differently than what they expected.  However, you could similarly miss the day of visitation when Jesus comes to take believers in Christ out of this world.  (Christians call that the rapture, and it is described most clearly in 1 Corinthians 15:50-52 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18.)  Jesus is coming again and you must put your faith and trust in Him to avoid the wrath of God that will come following the rapture.  Want to know God and be at peace with Him?  Click here.

Get comfy and tune in!

New Covenant: Was it Meant for Gentiles or Jews?

In Christendom, we tend to claim the New Covenant as our own.  But do you realize it was an Old Testament Jewish prophet, speaking to Jewish people, who proclaimed the New Covenant?

True, the New Covenant is the vehicle in which salvation was brought to the Gentiles, so we can logically make the argument that the New Covenant was meant for us.  But Biblically, we see that it was meant for the Jews first!

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
~Romans 1:16 (Emphasis mine)

Here is an excellent explanation of the New Covenant.  Enjoy!