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The Revelation of Navi Y'shua
By John of AllFaith © 9.16.09 (last update: 10.23.2012)
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We pray to HaShem, the Holy One of Israel, to fill our hearts with wisdom and understanding as we continue this study into the Revelation of our chief rabbi, Navi Y'shua
The Seven Periods of the Messianic Jewish Community Continued
The Period of the Laodiceans:
1914 CE - the End of the Age: Following the onset of World War One -- The first "Great War to End All Wars" -- everything changed. It was as if that global plunge into barbarism had flipped a switch that would never again be turned off, until and unless HaShem Himself overrode human free will and reset everything Himself. The spiritual hunger of the 1800's that we discussed last time was replaced as if overnight by the hedonism and abandonment of spiritual truth in the 20th century. After World War One nothing would ever be the same again. The soul of the nation and the world had been mortally infected.
In part because of this open and public expression of potential human depravity, faith in God and observance of His righteous religious principles as matters of personal devotion and piety began to wane abruptly into the hedonism of "Roaring" 1920's and the fast expansion of Secular Humanism and Darwinism typified by Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925 that led to the official government rejection of and opposition to Torah. These were developing cancers on the soul of the world.
Recognizing the symptoms leading inevitably to this collective insanity, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote in The Gay Science, first published in 1882, that "Gott ist tot !" which is to say, "God is dead!" But we mustn't be too harsh on Nietzsche for this observation; he spoke the truth that others knew but feared to name!:God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?
Isn't this precisely what Secular Humanism, the various New Age philosophies, the positive affirmation movement and science so-called is promoting? Guru Ram Das advised his followers: "If I say to you, 'I am God' you will think me mad! But if I say to you, 'You are God!' then you will praise my genius! Oh yes, You are God'!" And they praised his genius.
Another created being said the same thing long ago as he seduced Adam and Havah (Eve):Genesis 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
The Laodicean prophetic period that fought the First World War and introduced and perfected The Bomb is the same period that now seeks to deify itself. In reality that generation and its descendents are "wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked" (Revelation 3: 17).
During these "times of Jacob's troubles" (Jeremiah 30:7) we have in effect "killed God" by our lack of faith, by our embrace of the sciences so called and by our contempt for so great a gift of Grace, Life and Love! This "killing of God" was act of ultimate murder and communal suicide and it led to the Laodicean Period, the final age. We are now all experiencing the loss and depravity of that act. The world has, to borrow a Star Wars phrase, gone over to the Dark Side and we see no way to return other than the coming of Moshiach.
But even at this late hour some comparatively few people still maintain faith in the One God of Israel. They can be found in most all of the Christian denominations and Jewish movements. But as this prophetic period draws to a close these people will have to come out from among the denominations and religions and come to HaShem alone. That day is dawning, but its not quite here yet.
The biblical Book of Job records the nature of the ongoing struggle that forms the heart of human existence. Presented as a case brought before the Heavenly court, the Adversary Heylel, the Shining One, better known as Lucifer, presented this challenge: Would the human race choose or reject God given the choice, all other things being equal. Are we as a planet of sentient and non-sentient beings better off living in harmony with HaShem's Will or going it on our own? As this the final age draws to a conclusion this celestial court case will be answered once and for all and establish a precedent upon which future accusations will be determined.
This is the answer to that age old question "Why does HaShem allow suffering, sorrow, rebellion and so on."
The present Laodicean period ends the Times of the Goyim (Luke 21:24) and Heylel's challenge will be answered.
Historically most people in the world chose to accept God's Sovereignty. Most observed the Natural Law according to the Light they had been granted by God, as Paul alluded to at Romans 1:20. After all, nature itself proclaims God's existence, glory and goodness and all the world was dependent on nature and nature's God for survival! But now that was changing.
People in the 20th and 21st centuries sought to divorce themselves ever more completely from nature. Modern technologies now make it possible to exist almost separate from nature. God's handwork is no longer seen as the proclamation of His greatness but as something the techno-gods have yet to establish complete control over, raw nature is seen as a nuisance, as a negative to be overcome. Climate control technologies, communications technologies, agricultural technologies, security technologies... and humanity became lost in the magic of modern human knowledge. Humanity had become gods divorced from the One True God.
With the dawn of the 20th century God as a concept and as a Being had been declared effectively dead. White lab-coated Priests of Oblivion now offered ridiculous theories that the masses accepted with little or no critical thought. Even in India, the most religious country on Earth, Atheism and greed now threatened to destroy Bharata Varsa. The traditions of that ancient land had always united the desperate peoples in hope and faith, but now these traditions were being destroyed by the new gods of the Novus Ordo Seclorum, the promised New Order of the Ages. People around the world sought to conform to the paradigms of the New World Order and Secular Humanism to their peril. And not just among the Goyim was this happening!
Today most Jews say they are not even convinced that HaShem exists! There are entire movements (denominations) within Judaism that question and even reject the authority of Torah and HaShem who revealed it! Likewise in countless Nicean Christian Churches we hear similar doubts expressed openly and privately. We can now understand the words of Paul when he said:Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
The truth of this is proven through the Laodicean period! The human-wrought result of this death of religious faith will be proven as the Laodicean period collapses and burns.
At the same time, even as faith in HaShem continues to fade, faith in the ancient Baals is on the rise! Islam, the religion of the Baal known as Hubal-Sin, is now the largest single religion on earth and this abomination is growing rapidly throughout the once Christian West!
Likewise, even though as a term we don't hear much about the “New Age Movement” anymore, its beliefs and paradigms are everywhere and are deeply rooted in our collective psyche. This is the heresy of human divinity and utter relativism.
And even among those who still claim biblical religion, false prophecies and anti-Torah dogmas abound. For instance many Christians are now referring to themselves as "Messianic Jews" however these are clearly they who "say they are Jews but are not" (Revelation 2:9) as they deny the absolute Oneness of HaShem, something no religious Jew could ever do! Shema (found at Deuteronomy 6:4-9) is the very heart of our holy religion! Such heresies are as our Rebbe warned:Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
As just one example, consider the millions who were deceived by Harold Camping's Rapture prophecies for May and October 2011. Thousands of sincere people were milked out of their life savings and others, including 7,000 Montagnards, literally lost their lives because of this false prophet! And still Family Radio is on the air even though HaShem silenced the voice of the false prophet with a stroke that stripped him of his ability to speak shortly after his May prophecy failed. Consider the millions of otherwise intelligent people who have been deceived by the Rapture theories of Tim Lahey and others, people who honestly expect to avoid the coming global dictatorship by flying away to Heaven unscathed despite the clear teachings of the Bible to the contrary! Oy! Such a dark and desperate time we live in! Good is seen as evil and evil as good.
In the aftermath of World War I it was clear that the world had made its decision. The people of Earth would embrace Secular Humanism and abandon any meaningful faith in God, consigning the Holy One, blessed be He, to the role of myth and legion, or at best to an hour and a half weekly church social.
Throughout the West and in much of the world faith in God has become tantamount to mindless superstition networking! And yet humans have a psychological need to believe! Without that belief we as individuals and as a sentient race are lessened. We humans share a common need to have faith in something larger than ourselves! HaShem has no need of us, but with Him we are nothing.
And so today as we rush forward to our mutual assured destruction like moths to the flame the fastest growing religion on earth is ironically the one that holds, as a fundamental dogma, the need to genocide of God's people! Many Christians are even embracing the latest heretical religious fade: Chrislam (the blasphemous merging of Baal worship and Nicean/Nicolaitan religion)!
As the 20th century labored onward self proclaimed intellectuals and the under-educated alike -- who didn't begin to grasp the real philosophical significance of Nietzsche's statement about the death of God – began to openly debate and then deny the very existence of God! Biblically illiterate anti-mavens spoke volumes about subjects they knew less than nothing about. They make groundless attacks on the Bible, Judaism and Rebbe Y'shua's teachings as though they hold some knowledge when in fact they merely know a few out of context "proof texts" and the world cries Amen!God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it? -- Friedrich Nietzsche – The Gay Science, Section 125, tr. Walter Kaufmann
And then came World War Two, the other “War to end all wars”! We won't delve into this here too much except to note that this anti-God trend inevitably lead to the Shoah or Holocaust and the other genocides around the world. What most people fail to understand however is that Nazi Germany was a dress rehearsal for what is yet to come as we will see as we continue.
While most people today still claim to believe in God "as a concept," as the twentieth century drew to close it became clear that 'the love of the many has grown cold' (Mat_24:12). As we move ever closer to the end of the Church Age Rebbe Y'shua's warnings to and about the Laodicean Church of the Last Days becomes both more relevant and more ignored. Our Rebbe revealed our text for this lesson to John the Beloved:Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Note how the Rebbe uses the analogy of Gehenna here, but this time with a twist. That which is pure and is tossed into the flames of Gehenna remains and is purified even more while that which is impure is consumed and is no more! Gehenna of course is one of the main words translated as Hell in English Bibles. This is an important study that we wont delve into here for brevity sake (see HERE for more information on this topic).
The warning revealed to us through these verses should shake us to our foundations! They should cause us to wake up and stop playing religion and games of self importance and piety! They should inspire us to seriously study Torah and discover the truths of authentic Messianic Judaism! As a result of these revealed truths we should cleave to HaShem with everything within us and to the one who revealed these truths, our Cohen Gadol (High Priest and Mediator) Y'shua the Nazarene! And yet even those who "claim to be Jews" (religious people) say in effect: Look at me! I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing, even as the Christian empire crumbles into non-practice and social irrelevance and as the enemies of Israel prepare to attack and, they hope, destroy it!
We need to wake up!
In the next lesson we will look at those who awaken. These people will include a great multitude of Goyim (Gentiles) and 144,000 Jews.
You want to be numbered among these people!
Until next time my fellow talmidim, Shalom aleikhem! May the Peace of HaShem be yours!
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