Have you noticed that in the past few years, since the Media has given everyone a voice through the cyber entertainment world, there are more distractions, confusion, and mesmerizing influences, even to the point of gender mix-up? However, what is more disconcerting is that multitudes of distractions are also operating in the Christian world, especially in the so- called Hebrew Roots movement. The cyber world is full of teachers (rabbis, prophets, etc.) who are taking shots at what is happening, or will happen in the future. Some are even trying to take actions that they deem may help fulfill or advance their ideas of end time interpretations.
The fascination and interest regarding the timing of Yeshua’s return is at epidemic proportions. Sadly all of the above, and more, could create false hopes, accompanied by fears of apocalyptic destruction. Instead of coming to know the Creator and Sustainer of life, these seekers reach for doctrines of escapism or knowledge that is even supposed to bring about (or hasten) Yeshua’s appearing on the Mount of Olives (Who will then ‘take care of everything’ for them, and ‘bring an end’ to all their troubles).
One example of this kind of fascination and involvement is the building of the
. This being so
because the Temple/Tabernacle/altar has to be in place so that the anti-Christ
can come and set up his rule in Jerusalem (there is more to this scenario), as
this is supposed to precede Yeshua’s stepping down on the Mount of Olives. Here enters another factor: Are the
individuals who are caught up with this really interested in the deep and
sincere yearnings of the Jewish people for the rebuilding of the Temple, or are
they propagating the idea (and perhaps even helping with this endeavor), just
so that “anti-Christ” or a false messiah can (supposedly) deceive the Jews who
will then suffer the consequences? This is a critical heart matter that has to
be examined by those ‘to whom it may concern’.
With all this activity, commotion, and goings on, one can miss the Spirit of prophecy (Yeshua) who is being made manifest (or “trying to”) in and through His presence in us, individually but more so corporately, in what we call His “body”. Not to mention the fact that He is also fulfilling His promises and prophecies pertaining to and in the House of Judah - remember what YHVH said to that house in Hosea 1:7.
The prophets of old always reminded YHVH’s people of Who Elohim is, and ‘quoted’ His own descriptions of Himself, such as in the following: “For thus says YHVH, Who created the heavens, Who is Elohim, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: ‘I am YHVH, and there is no other. I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth; I did not say to the seed of Jacob, 'Seek Me in vain'; I, YHVH, speak righteousness, I declare uprightness [truth/justice]’” (Isaiah 45:18-19).
Isaiah goes on to prophesy against the (religious) daughters of
“Therefore evil shall come upon you; You shall not know from where it
arises. And trouble shall fall upon you; You will not be able to put it off.
And desolation shall come upon you suddenly, which you shall not know. Stand now with your enchantments and the
multitude of your sorceries, in which you have labored from your youth --
Perhaps you will be able to profit, perhaps you will prevail. You are wearied
in the multitude of your counsels; Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, and
the monthly prognosticators stand up and save you from what shall come upon
you” (Isaiah 47:11-13 emphases added).
These words may be applicable to some among us who are looking to
“prophets” or “prognosticators” for the purpose of calculating when Yeshua will
appear and what will be the signs of His arrival.* Yeshua left us with examples of such, regarding His “appearing” in Mathew
24. For over two thousand years some of these
signs have been occurring in many of the generations (which only shows that His
unseen presence has been present in all the generations). However, He also said to His inquiring disciples,
regarding His “coming” (though the term used there is, again, “perousia” –
presence): "But of that day and
hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (v.
36). So why do we spend so much time
trying to figure out what the Father will not reveal until His determined time? Babylon
Many (spirit filled) believers have their eyes turned to these external signs and so have inadvertently strayed from the knowledge of His (Yeshua’s) Spirit that is now present in their own bodily mishkan/tabernacle. The distraction of having to know the day and time of His appearing on the Mount of Olives, and all the accompanying signs which are supposed to take place before this happens have become an obsession, taking away from the believer the knowledge and purpose of His indwelling spiritual presence. “And because you are sons, Elohim has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:6). “For as many as are led by the Spirit of Elohim, these are sons of Elohim. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption [Spirit of Yeshua] by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father’" (Romans 8:14-15). Paul again stresses the meaning of “Christ” or “anointing” in the following statement: “For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Yeshua the Messiah” (Philippians 1:19 emphasis added).
Much of the strife and contention that is rife among believers, as well as personal inner conflicts, actually originate from an “anti-Christ” spirit which is working in their bodily ‘mishkan’, that being so because they are blinded to Yeshua’s presence in them (read 1 John 2:18-29; 1 John 4:2-4). The evidence of His indwelling Spirit is the manifestation of Elohim’s righteousness and our love one for another. Yeshua makes several emphatic exhortations in regards to being watchful and preparing for His coming (e.g. Matthew 25:1 ff.), but none of those point to end time determinations or calculations.
So let us ask ourselves: Which is more important, to prepare for His coming so that His “perousia” presence in us will be revealed more and more, or to try and calculate and busy ourselves with endless end time predictions, especially when the latter is at the expense of the former?
Personally let me say that it has not been easy writing this, but since this issue has been weighing heavily on my heart, I felt that it had to come to the light, particularly as it seems to be a distraction taking away from the most weighty matter, which is “the Spirit of Yeshua in us the hope of glory” – to be displayed and made manifest in a most real and authentic way as a witness to the reality of our Creator “Father” and His more-abundant life.
The verb used in many of Yeshua’ references to His “return” is “erchomai” – arrival, whereas in 2nd Thessalonians Paul uses “parousia” – the Presence (shekina), being also the term found in the disciples’ question in Matthew 24:3
Thank you Ephraim. Distraction is what the Father has been speaking to me as well. His desire is for us to really "know" Him, not know about Him.ReplyDelete
Thank you for your conformation and encouragement.Delete
Great Word!!!! Too often I'm so Heavenly minded and no earthly good!!ReplyDelete
The reality is Yeshua's presence and our relationship with the Father!
How true. AmenDelete
Thank you for writing this Ephraim. It reminds me of what Mike Clayton said this past August at a conference down in Florida. He said, "The greatest need in the Hebrew Roots movement is Discernment." I don't know if it is the greatest need, but it is one ingredient that is surely lacking. These distractions seem to be motivated mostly by fear, pride, false hopes, etc. I have a friend who was recently delivered from "watching the news" all the time. A self proclaimed "News Junkie". But I personally think another reason some get distracted is they (consciously or subconsciously) avoid relationships and discipleship. Why? Because it involves responsibility, accountability, honesty, vulnerability, etc., and it is easier to become isolated which leads to these other pursuits.ReplyDelete
Shalom and Blessings!
Thank you for your further excellent insights.Delete