Posted by: cindybythesea | January 5, 2018

My Soul Leapt for Joy

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“Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.”  Let the house of Aaron say: “His love endures forever.” Let those who fear the Lord say: “His love endures forever.” Psalm 118: 2-4

On December 6 of this past year President Trump made the controversial decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem effectively recognizing Jerusalem as the unequivocal capital of Israel.  In opposition to just about everyone, President Trump kept his campaign promise to do so setting the stage for the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy in a way none other has. It’s my opinion that this is the primary reason the Lord placed him in office at this time and where he will remain until God’s purposes for him are complete.

Israel at the present is primarily a secular country. But that is in the process of shifting as more Israelis than ever are expressing an interest in rebuilding the temple and returning to their historical (and Biblical) roots. Psalm 118 brings this in to view and identifies a time when Israel will collectively recognize the enduring love of the Lord.

Recently, we were watching Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn on the Jim Baker Show on a program titled “Hanukkah foreshadows the Antichrist”. An excellent program by the way which I highly recommend. If you would like to watch it on Youtube you can find it here. Just as Rabbi Cahn was getting ready to light the Menorah at the end of the program, Mr. Baker assisted Rabbi Cahn in placing his prayer shawl on to his shoulders. On seeing this, my husband commented to me  “this reminds me of the scripture from Zechariah which states:

This is what the Lord Almighty says: In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe (prayer shawl) and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.'” Zechariah 8:23

Here is a still shot from that program. Not the best quality as I took a picture of my computer screen with my camera. But you get the idea. A foreshadowing of the scripture above if not a literal fulfillment, in my opinion.

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As soon as my husband pointed this out to me the spirit within me leapt for joy. So exciting to see the fulfillment of God’s word. Just look around folks. It’s as much in the little things as it is the big. Yes, the day is coming when we who fear the Lord will join with them in proclaiming:

“His love endures forever”!

Amen and amen!

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee”.  Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus! Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

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Responses

  1. Cindy, good to read your 2 new posts. Appreciated the insight about the prayer shawl. Praying in the Spirit is everything in the spiritual realm. Glory to God in the Highest! Linda

    • Thanks Linda! Its going to be an amazing year. Blessed to be watching with you what God is going to do!

  2. Hi Cindy. As much as I appreciate Jim Baker no longer preaching his past theology, I just can’t get past the giant statute of Jesus he has on his set that stands behind the audience. To me it is just plain creep for several reasons, one being one of God’s commandments.

    But besides that, just how does a prayer shawl line up with this passage though given to NT believers?

    1 Cor 11:3 – But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
    4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head [Christ].
    5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
    6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.
    7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.

    https://gatesofthecity.wordpress.com/2011/04/09/because-of-the-angels/

    Also, I believe you know that I don’t believe God will permit the temple to be built again, just being open and up front. Since “the third temple” is supposed to be the one mentioned in Ezekiel which speaks of animal sacrifices occurring in this temple. Personally, I fail to see how that could be acceptable to God in the present Christian Age, for scripture clearly reveals to us such sacrifices were but prophetic types and shadows of Christ’s sacrificial death pointing to that which was “to come.”

    Plus, 1st Peter 2:5 teaches us that the believers are now that “holy priesthood… [who] offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” That verse too is in disparity with Ezekiel’s reference that “the keepers of the charge of the altar: [would be] …the sons of Zadok among the sons of Levi, which come near to the LORD to minister unto Him.”

    Also, when considering if God would once again permit animal sacrifices to be reinstated and routinely offered as holy offerings unto Him, the concept to me seems to be a radical change of direction, a going backwards towards death and not forward towards life. Such a change in My opinion would only detract from the present glory that has been wonderfully revealed in Jesus’s death on the cross and His resurrection.

    I personally view the doctrine and effort towards rebuilding of the temple as part of a demonic deception to deceive the Jews and present the church with a deceitful prophetic milestone which will never occur. I may be wrong, but I submit my present persuasion for open consideration and reproof.

    https://gatesofthecity.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/the-destruction-of-the-temple-will-there-really-be-a-third/

    Stay blessable, on fire, and unburnable.

    • Thanks William for sharing your point of view. I obviously don’t agree on all points but appreciate your taking the time to share your understanding of scripture with us. Blessings to you my friend!

  3. My kind and esteemed fellow readers of the Christ that visit this page,
    LET US cease from drinking milk as believers and let us be believers who rightly divide the scriptures.

    The Apostle Paul charged the believers to know the scriptures and be able to rightly divide them. http://biblehub.com/2_timothy/2-15.htm It has become obvious that many modern Christians believe the Old Testament is Old and done away with. This is not the case. http://biblehub.com/kjv/jeremiah/31.htm
    For the Lord is yet to join the House of Israel with the House of Judah.

    The Old Testament is very relevant and for the Church’s benefit. Lord says so. His word will never pass away . The previous post relates that the believer didn’t agree with your understanding of the prayer shawl. A man is free to have this understanding. If a man cleaves to his wisdom, his knowledge is not from the Lord. But, if the reader asks the Lord to demonstrate His wisdom through His Word, the Lord will show him or her HIS WISDOM and how the scripture opens to the ‘searcher’ more gifts.

    The prayer shawl observation is very powerful to me and fellow readers, for the apostle Paul charged us…. let all men prophecy. This does not have to men to tell the future, but, profess the Word of God as His Spirit has moved with your mingled spirit. This observation is very relevant and it is wonderful that your husband knew the scriptures… ‘come friend, we know the Lord is with you, let us go up to His House.’

    Your readers must come to the understanding that the Lord of Hosts has two distinct issues going at this time. One, the building up of the Body of Christ. Two, the gathering of the Houses of Israel and Judah.

    There is so much more to reveal, but, the commenters must avail themselves to the scriptures and the Spirit of God that has been opened to them, lest they fall short and revel in their own understanding, that which is not pleasing to the Lord.

    Amen

    • Since you have reminded us Paul “charged the believers to know the scriptures and be able to rightly divide them,” Perhaps you can show us the OT Scriptures supporting a prayer shawl.

      • I have many Messianic Jewish friends who wear the tallit. They are exeptional Bible scholars so I am sure there is an answer to this question that is not in conflict with scripture. I will look in to it.

      • Thank you Sister Cindy.

        I will look forward to their input. I am interested if this has a clear scriptural foundation in the Pentateuch, or Torah, or if it is a tradition which was adapted, or altered, by the rabbis. I have done some researched on this myself, but cannot locate a clear instruction in scripture anywhere for a man is instructed to cover his head when praying. I do understand the priest wore a mitre, but that can hardly be called a prayer shawl. Plus, like all the pieces directed by God concerning the priestly garments, I am sure there is prophetic significance to each aspect which would marvel us if we truly understood all their implications.

        And like I stated, it seems to be in clear contradiction to what the Apostle Paul states about a man not covering his head when praying. I also know that there is a growing movement among some Messianic Christians with their rejecting Paul as a true apostle, even viewing him as an antichrist individual because they believe he taught contrary to the Torah.

        Nevertheless, I do understand there is the upper body covering with the fringes as described in Numbers 15:38,39 and Deuteronomy 22:12; yet it is also clear this covering was obviously being vainly misused by some in Jesus’s day, as He openly reproved their practice in Matthew 23:5 for making it a prideful and vain work, reducing it to a mere outward adornment with no spiritual benefit.

        I do know there are the two following verses which clearly speak of men covering their heads, but again, they give no mention of it being for prayer; but rather because of their mourning. And, of course Haman, being a hater of the Jews, was hiding his face in shame and grief knowing his wicked plot had been discovered and his days were clearly numbered.

        2 Samuel 15:30 – And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot: and all the people that was with him covered every man his head, and they went up, weeping as they went up.
        Esther 6:12 – And Mordecai came again to the king’s gate. But Haman hasted to his house mourning, and having his head covered.

        Plus, as much as I have been moved by Brother Johnathan Cahn and his boldness for Christ, I still am left unsettled with his being called “rabbi” in light of Jesus words “But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.” To me it seems very much akin to the Catholic priests being called “father,” when the very next words Jesus states are “and call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.” Surely, we can see the vanity in Catholicism with all its extra biblical traditions and plentiful religious garments.

        What I do know is that the Father seeks those who will worship Him in spirit and truth, and for that reason I have followed you for years because I know you have been both a lover and seeker thereof. Because of that I have on many occasions been both enlighten and blessed by God’s Holy Spirit working in and through you and fully expect I will be in the future as well.

        Again, looking forward to what you might have to share.
        Peace.

      • Hi William, I appreciate your encouragement and the friendship we have shared over the years. I’m not sure I can address all the points your bring up but I’ll try.

        First of all, as far as usage of the term Rabbi, I personally have no objection as the term finds it origin from the Hebrew meaning “teacher”. The fact that over time it became a title for some that implied an exalted status is beside the point.

        The tzit tzit or fringes on the garments are absolutely Biblical. Jesus himself wore them but condemned the Pharisees for making them extra long in order to impress others as a way to emphasize their piousness.

        Regarding covering the head when praying. I am a student of the Bible and a follower of Jesus …. I do not claim to be a Bible scholar or a theologian. I have read commentaries on both sides of the aisle regarding this and there is not a clear take away in my opinion. Why this issue is not clear I will leave to the reader who can research this for themselves and draw their own conclusion as led by God.

        Regarding those in the Hebrew roots movement who reject Paul, I say baloney. Ridiculous. Any one who wants to carve out pieces of the word of God to suit their own brand of theology is a cult or worse in my opinion.

        That being said, I would like to re-emphasize the point of my post. I was thrilled to see what I felt in my spirit as a rudimentary or first shadow of the fulfillment of Zechariah 8:23 which says:

        “in those day ten men from all languages and nations will take hold of one Jew by the hem (tzit tzit/fringes) of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you'”.

        A clear reference to the reinstatement of the Jewish people (and nation of Israel) on acceptance of Messiah Jesus to a place of prominence among the nations and the calling for which they were originally chosen – to be a light to the world.

        We live in amazing times, don’t we? So blessed to see the fulfillment of Bible prophecy before our very eyes. Surely, our going home is near.

        Grace and blessings to you dear brother. May God bless the discussion of his word.

      • Sister Cindy,

        Please forgive my delayed response, as you know, unexpected thing often arise which require our focus and time.

        I assure I appreciate your response, and as always, your heart and spirit. Please know I am painfully aware of my own knowledge being in part, as well as imperfect. My constant prayer is that God would keep me from sowing wood, hay and stubble in His people, that I would do no harm.

        That said, may God continue to forgive the hasty conclusions we all too often make in seeking truth, yet give us all grace to faithful for whatever convictions we have regardless. Please, there is no accusation in that statement. For whatever we do, let it always be done as unto the Lord, for His name’s sake and glory. He alone can bring us to a knowledge and understanding of His truth and take us from a weak faith into a strong one.

        Thus, it is an earnest prayer of mine that God continues to guide us all to where we not only speak the same thing, but also effectively and earnestly contend for the unity that will only come through a humble, righteous, and pure love and God and each other. For is that also the Lord’s own prayer us in John 17?

        Plus, Psalm 133 speaks about how good and pleasant it is for us to dwell together in unity, “for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life evermore.” Yet that is the but the 14th Step of Ascension in the Songs of Degrees. The 15th is our obtaining of the promise, “Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD. The LORD that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion.”

        Stay blessable my friend, on fire, and unburnable.

        WM


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