He Came and He Is Coming Again :: By Lea Sylvester

Israel is not necessarily the sign of the end-time, but what God has done and is doing in Israel and the nations are the signs we need to consider. God has a set time to deal with every person, place, and thing. Israel’s time is now. Your time came when you were enlightened by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and forewarned of the coming Judgment, but many have not heeded the call of repentance.

God has made a way for all to escapse the wrath that is coming to a rebellious world and to stand before the Son of Man, some refer to Him as Jesus Christ, but His name is Yeshua; in righteousness. We are either with Him or against Him: there is no middle of the road. One is either a believer dedicated to the things of the Lord or an unrepentant unbeliever with a complacent or hardened attitude.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14

“For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.” I Thessalonians 1:9-10

“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at first began to be spoken by the Lord (Yeshua), and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;” Hebrews 2:3

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse, and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns, and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood; and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Revelation 19:11-16

The fine linen is a representation of the righteousness of the saints of God who have washed their garments in the blood of the Lamb. Angels are among this group because they have not sinned and do not need to be cleansed by the redeeming blood of the Lamb. So, we must deduce that these who follow the Lamb on the white horses out of heaven are the resurrected and raptured saints of the ages.

“And to her [the bride of the Messiah] was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” Revelation 19:8

God has a set time to gather Israel to their rightful land and to judge the nations for their treatment of Israel. The Word of God tells us that the glory of the latter house of Israel will be greater than the former.

“For thus saith the Lord of hosts: Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts.” Haggai 2:6-9

We can see by these Scriptures that the best is yet to come. Issac will have the last laugh of joy. The regathering of the whole house of Israel is picking up momentum as we approach the coming of the Lord. The sings are becoming more evident as some of the lost tribes of the house of Israel are rediscovering themselves through genealogical research and responding to the move of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of God’s scattered people. Many of these people are joining themselves to messianic congregations throughout the world. Many Gentile believers who have taken a tour in Israel tell of the same experience when getting off the plane; they feel as if they have come home.

God has a natural, earthly people and a spiritual heavenly people. The heavenly people are those who have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus or Yeshua ha’Mashiach.

The earthly people are the remaining house of Israel and the nations who survive the time of Jacob’s trouble (tribulation), and enter into the one-thousand year reign of the Messiah and the believers. He will sit on the throne and rule from Jerusalem.

Before God does anything He will reveal it to His people who are spiritually in tune with Him. We are not the children of darkness, but the children of light.

“I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles. To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare before they spring forth I tell you of them. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles and the inhabitations thereof.” Isaiah 42:6-10

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth; for he shall not speak of himself, but whatsoever he shall hear; that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” John 16:13

In Isaiah 42:9, the Lord said “Before they spring forth I will tell you. In John 16:13, the Lord said the Spirit of Truth (the Holy Spirit) would show us things to come. And in I Thessalonians 5:4, the Word tells us that day shall not overtake us as a thief.

The prophecies of the Lord will be fulfilled as predicted. To understand prophecy, one must understand the Feasts (Appointments) of the Lord. The Hebrew word for “feast” is mo’aid, which means “appointment.”

These two insights concerning prophecy need to be considered at this time.

“O Israel, return unto the Lord thy God; for thou has fallen by thine iniquity.” Hosea 14:1

This was a command for Israel to return to the Lord, but this would not happen until they returned to the promised land of Israel. On May 14, 1948, the United Nations recognized Israel as a sovereign nation and Israel experienced a rebirth. Israel had been exiled from their land by the Romans since A.D. 70. Since Israel became a nation, multitudes of Jews have received Jesus Christ as the promised Messiah.

The other prophecy is located in Zephaniah.

“At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the Lord.” Zephaniah 3:20

Putting the Truth first in one’s life is putting Jesus Christ in the forefront of all of our doings. The Scripture says, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32). Jesus Christ is the Truth, the Way, and the Life. There are no exceptions to this statement. Many, because of their pride or deception, have tried to climb the ladder to heaven in good deeds, but Jesus Christ came to give life (through Him).

“Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

Salvation awaits all who call upon the name of the Lord. If there were another way, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ (who is the Messiah) would not have been necessary. God chose the best and only way to salvation, which is faith in the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. Did not the children of Israel rely on the sacrifice of animals every year on the Feast of Yom Kippur, when the high priest took the blood of the lamb into the Holy of Holies to atone for all Israel’s sins from the previous year. Since this ritual—relying on animals for temporary atonement—was a picture of the atoning blood of the Lamb of God, how much more can the blood of the Son of God provide for our complete and final atonement? Jesus Christ did not save us to lose us, but to keep us.

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