In Revelation 19:10 John the apostle is told the following words, uttered by an “undefined” entity: “I am your fellow bond servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Yeshua. Worship Elohim! For the testimony of Yeshua is the spirit of prophecy”. One of first statements in this book of end-time revelation is: “the Word of Elohim and the testimony of Yeshua” (1:2). If there is one thing that sparks the anger of the dragon, it is those “who hold to this testimony of Yeshua” (ref. 12:17). But what constitutes this “testimony of Yeshua”?
No doubt a book could be written about this, if it has not already been written. Yes, Yeshua is the “Spirit/Word of Elohim”, and thus all prophecies through Moses and all the prophets of old, was given to them by the One who is “the Spirit of prophecy”. Shortly before His crucifixion Yeshua disclosed to His disciples what was about to take place, saying: “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send him to you”… ““However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. (John 16:13, 7). What were those “things to come”? What did Yeshua mean by that? Was He referring to what has been spoken by the prophets of old, prophecies that were yet to be fulfilled?
The necessity for the fulfilment of these words is the reason why Yeshua is still seated in Heavenly places, and will only return when He has accomplished the will of His Father by revealing Himself in the fulfillment of all those prophecies (see Acts 3: 19-21). “Then I said, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do your will, O Elohim” (Hebrews 10:7; Psalm 40:7).
One major aspect of the Father’s will, for sending His Son Yeshua, was the redemption and restoration of the Kingdom to Israel and in order for Yeshua to ultimately sit on the throne of David (ref. Luke 1: 32-33). By saying, “I only came to the lost sheep of the House of Israel” (Mathew 15:24), Yeshua was underscoring His coming to the family of Jacob as a kinsman redeemer. The Hebrew meaning of “redeemer” – go’el - always implies a family relative. Thus, if we acknowledge that Yeshua is our redeemer, we would have to accept the truth that we are and always have been of the same family.
Yeshua, being “the Spirit of prophecy” cannot deny Himself. Therefore every word, whether in covenants, promises or prophecies when coming to pass, is the reality of His testimony. This is what those bond servants of YHVH, whose presence was implied in the above-cited Revelation 19:10, were clinging to, as they, especially John, saw the future fulfilment and recorded it in the final manuscript of “Revelation”.
“Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion an everlasting joy shall be upon their heads…” (Isaiah 51:11).
Sometime after Yeshua’s resurrection, in one of His appearances before the disciples, He told them: “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Torah of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me’” (Luke 24:44). If this is true about His death, burial and resurrection how much more so the rest of all that has been written in the “Torah of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me”!
Wow! What exciting insights! We can look forward to Yeshua revealing Himself all the more as prophecies continue to be fulfilled, and we are privileged to be part of this as we participate in the redemption and restoration of the Kingdom of Israel. Thank you for sharing!ReplyDelete