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    • Shalom, all. So, to realize that ... (1) Yeshua` returns to rescue Israel (Isa. 48-49; Zech. 12:7-8; 14:1-5),
      (2) we are part of Yeshua`s armies that follow Him into battle (Jude 14-15; Rev. 19:14, 19),
      (3) Yeshua` takes up His position as Israel's King (Ps. 2:7-9; Matt. 25:31-34; Luke 19:11-15; Rev. 2:27; 11:15-19; 19:15),
      (4) we shall reign with Him on the earth (Rev. 5:10; 20:4-6; 22:5),
      (5) Yeshua` shall be subduing all His enemies throughout the first 1000 years, (Ps. 2:1-12; 1 Cor. 15:20-28), and 
      (6) Yeshua` shall be the Judge - the Arbitrator - the Supreme Court - for His realm (Jn. 5:19-23; Matt. 12:42; Luke 11:31 cff. 1 Ki. 3:6-14; Rom. 14:10; 2 Cor. 5:10), is the foundational structure as to the REASON that Yeshua` returns. Yeshua` Himself said, Matthew 23:37-39
      37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
      38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
      39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
      KJV And, this was a quotation from Psalm 118:26: Psalm 118:22-26
      22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
      23 This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
      24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
      25 Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.
      26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.
      KJV The Hebrew (transliterated) of verse 26 is ... Tehiyl 118:26
      26 Baaruwkh habaa' b-sheem YHWH: Beerakhnuwkhem mibeeyt YHWH:
      JPS Hebrew-English TANAKH 26 Baaruwkh = 26 Blessed (Welcome)
      habaa' = the-Comer
      b-sheem = in-name (on-authority)
      YHWH: = of-YHWH:
      Beerakhnuwkhem = We-have-blessed-you/We-have-welcomed-you
      mibeeyt = from-[the]-house
      YHWH: = of-YHWH: Thus, the phrase means "Welcome, Comer on [the] authority of YHWH!" Indeed, the phrase is seen in modern Israel at all the seaports and airports, only in the plural instead: "Baaruwkiym habaa'iym!" "Wecome, Comers!" So, Yeshua`s return will be when Israel, particularly those in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), can WELCOME HIM BACK! Based on the way they feel about Him now, it will have to be a time of DESPERATION! They will also have rebuilt the "house of YHWH," the Temple, by that time.  Here’s a song I wrote that carries the gist of this viewpoint: Seven hundred years before His timely birth,
      A prophet of great boldness came to tell the men of earth
      That there would come a powerful man anointed to be King;
      Of His surprising miracles the populace would sing: Of healing pow’r to make blind see and deaf to hear His voice,
      Of pow’r to even raise the dead and cause men to rejoice!
      Of all these things and so much more the children would sing songs,
      But … only children welcomed Him to remedy their wrongs. A song was written years before Isaiah was a child,
      Predicting that Christ won’t fit into systems then gone wild:
      “The builders of the pyr’mid said, ‘The stone does not fit in!’
      When they were done, it CAPPED the work and much to their chagrin!” The Messiah was rejected, ridiculed, and slain …;
      But to the shock of all involved, He came to life again!
      But, He did not then cap the work of which the song declared.
      Instead, He left the earth until He hears the message dared: “We care not whether you were He of whom the Christians claim;
      We only know we need you now, or we will die in shame!
      We’ve heard of you, Messiah fair, and of your pow’r we read;
      Please come and rescue us, dear Sire, in this our time of need! “If you won’t save us now, there will be no one left to save.
      The nation Israel is doomed, and we can see our grave.”
      And in the nation Israel’s gloomiest, darkest hour,
      Will come the Prince (not yet the King) in majesty and pow’r! And when they see Messiah diving down with kingly steed,
      And all the thousands following to aid the ones in need,
      Then shouts of victory will echo all across the land
      With sighs of relief and gasps of awe as He saves with mighty hand! And THEN will He be made a King, accepted now at last!
      And THEN a King o’er many kings as one by one they ask!
      Ah, but for now He is the CHRIST——anointed TO BE King,
      And although He is not King now, he will be in the “Spring ….” For now, the “Winter” slowly drags with vernal guarantees,
      And time goes on at God’s own pace with thoughtfulness and ease.
      He fills each age with purpose and a reason for each pause:
      To get the most from every age and weed out all the flaws. So boast not, Christian Gentile, for you are grafted in
      To share Messiah’s bounty PREMATURELY! Do not sin!
      If God spared not the people whom He worked with many years,
      What will He do if YOU should speak against them without tears? The Scriptures say so little ’bout this time in which we live,
      Could it be that we’ve read into it much more than He did give?
      Why must we feel that we’re the ones for whom the sun must shine?
      Why do we think we’re all who’ll be at the marriage feast to dine? Get rid of that old foolish pride! We’re GRAFTED IN, I say!
      This high-and-mighty attitude will come to humbler day!
      It should be crushing blow to think that Christ’s return will be
      When ISRAEL cries, “If you will come, we’ll surely kneel to Thee.”   So, the URGENCY of His Mission to rescue His people, Israel, makes speed the most important factor! THAT'S the reason for an immediate pick-up of His army, a "Rapture!" However, HE CAN'T WAIT ON US! There's going to be a learning curve on our parts. So, He's going on ahead, and His FIRST task is His attack on Edowm: Amos 1:11-12
      11 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he did pursue his brother with the sword, and did cast off all pity, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath for ever:
      12 But I will send a fire upon Teman, which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah.
      KJV Joel 3:19-21
      19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.
      20 But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.
      21 For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the LORD dwelleth in Zion.
      KJV Ezekiel 25:12-14
      12 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because that Edom hath dealt against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and hath greatly offended, and revenged himself upon them;
      13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also stretch out mine hand upon Edom, and will cut off man and beast from it; and I will make it desolate from Teman; and they of Dedan shall fall by the sword.
      14 And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel: and they shall do in Edom according to mine anger and according to my fury; and they shall know my vengeance, saith the Lord GOD.
      KJV Isaiah 63:1-6
      1 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.
      2 Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?
      3 I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.
      4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.
      5 And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.
      6 And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.
      KJV After this task is complete, His next goal is the purge of Y'hudah: This is when we'll "meet Him in the air," and from that time on, we will remain with Him! "So shall we ever be with the Lord!" Zechariah 12:2-7
      2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
      3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces (shall herniate themselves), though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
      4 In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.
      5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God.
      6 In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.
      7 The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah.
      KJV After this, He will proceed to Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) and deliver the people who were taken as hostages there: Zechariah 12:8-9
      8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.
      9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
      KJV This is when the details are noted: Zechariah 14:2-5
      2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
      3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
      4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
      5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.
      KJV And, then, as the captives of Yerushalayim are freed and go past the Messiah who is freeing them, they notice: Zechariah 12:10-14
      10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
      11 In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.
      12 And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart;
      13 The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart;
      14 All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.
      KJV Matthew 24:30-31
      30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth (Land) mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
      31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other (from the lower "end" to the higher "end").
      KJV Mark 13:24-27
      24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
      25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
      26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
      27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven (from the lowest part of the ground to the highest part of the atmosphere).
      KJV So, He doesn't come to take us all away to some ethereal "Heaven"; He doesn't take us out of the way of God's Wrath; we SHARE in the outpouring of His Wrath: "The LORD my God shall come, and ALL THE SAINTS with thee!" And,... Revelation 19:11-21
      11 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.
      12 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.
      13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
      14 And the ARMIES which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
      15 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.
      16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
      17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
      18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
      19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
      20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
      21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
      KJV Ezekiel 39:1-7; 17-29
      1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
      2 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
      3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
      4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
      5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
      6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
      7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel. ... 17 And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood.
      18 Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.
      19 And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you.
      20 Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD.
      21 And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.
      22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.
      23 And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.
      24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them.
      25 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name;
      26 After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid.
      27 When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations;
      28 Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which cause them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there.
      29 Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.
      KJV As much as you know that Yeshua` loves those who are His own, you must also be aware that He will OWN those whom He loves! He SHALL REDEEM (BUY BACK) THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL! And, He also said that the Land was HIS, as well! He CLAIMS what He wins in battle! Leviticus 25:23
      23 The land shall not be sold for ever: for THE LAND IS MINE; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.
      KJV I'm not going to post it all, but read Isaiah chapters 59 through 66! It's HIS Land and all the people upon it! He is their REDEEMER! This is why the whole spirit of the Bible is "Jewish" and why Christians need to get back to their "Jewish" roots! We've gotten too "nebulous" with our thinking! Too general in our interpretations of Scripture - JEWISH Scriptures, whether "Old Testament" or "New Testament!" It's not that "Jews are grafted into the Church!" It's that Gentile believers (who gather in "churches" - local communities) are grafted into the Olive Tree - the Messiah's Israel! Every phrase that Gentile Christians use is PREGNANT with meaning when one digs into its history! Every "sacrament" that Gentile Christians observe was first a Jewish celebration or ritual!  And, the main people that has an ETERNAL PLACE in God's heart is the Children of Israel! And, Gentile believers fit into that people, like oleander branches grafted into the Olive Tree among the natural branches.
    • I only read Christian books. That is my safe boundary.
    • see this here, is why I have problems with this forum. You obviously have a problem with hippie. Im not taking sides here, but you called him out-rather rudely I might add, in a public forum. When he asked where specifically, you left a very "general" answer. This kind of thing is not uplifting at all, all it shows is you taking a personal grievance, and airing it publicly, in a rather childish matter. It would have been far better to have PMed Hippie whenever he said whatever it was, that upset you, and tried to work it out man to man.
    • How do you define and quantify the words define and quantify? Seriously though,  authority is a great topic of discussion.  It is very complex.  Many factors influence an individual's authority.  The basic foundation of authority is seen in Paul's simple definition:  The man was formed first then the woman.   Jesus was a different story all together.  He was given all authority in heaven and earth.  That simply means that whatever he says stands.  But before he was given such authority, he was subject unto Mary and Joseph as it is written. We have whatever authority that God has given us to be used to serve those under our care.   Authority can be abused but a price is always paid for it. Paul spoke of his authority when he mentioned that he would not spare due to it being the third time coming.   There is but one God.  The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against those who hold the truth in unrighteousness.  I learn my place by watching what God does when I speak the words he lays on my heart.   When my wife first came to me I sat her in my living room and then came in with a pot of water and a towel.  I began to move to wash her feet and she protested.  I explained that she could have no part with me except she allow me to serve her this way.  She did.  I realize that as Master of my home I set the president for those whom I am over to follow.  I give license by that which I do.  For this cause I believe Paul penned the words to bishops and deacons about keeping families in subjection with all gravity and James wrote that if we offend not in word or deed we could guide all. I believe in the power of words for in the beginning God said and it was.  He spoke to things that weren't as if they were and they became. We have been give the power to become the sons of God that we might serve others.  For by the obedience of one many were made righteous and the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.   So we speak to edify that we might build instead of destroy though we equally have the same power to kill for it is written life and death are in the power of the tongue.  We can bite and devour one another and be consumed of each other.  Rebuke not an elder but entreat him as a father.  This too speaks of authority via seniority.  Respect your elders they always said.  I am still practising and learning of God's ways that I might become more effective in utilizing the authority given me wisely.  Just because I am given authority does not mean others must obey.  But I have learned that obedience brings blessing and disobedience a curse when God has given authority to someone.  They told me when I first got saved "listen to what people say then watch what happens."  For we are judged by every idle word. I believe in the power of words.  Something tried to trouble me about sales this month.  We were slumping hanging at 46k rolling 30 day average.  I answered the voice aloud saying "Lord willing, we will hit 50k by the end of the month.  We did $50,085.06 Jon, I am but a babe in Christ.  Thank you for being kind!
    • I would say the same for the guys/gals working on the aircraft I'll be flying on. There are quite a few examples of folks you really wouldn't want working when they were high. Interesting bit of history: pre-employment drug screen came about as a outgrowth of the US Military. The brass (i.e. leadership) realized that having people high on drugs while loading conventional weapons was probably not a good idea. The same goes for loading the nuclear kind. They wanted something to discourage recreational use - and found one. Civilian employers were looking for the same thing, so now we all have pre-employment drug screens, and some of us have random testing.  
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