One Faith Publications
Kingdom Thoughts Newsletter
March 15, 2002
be the name of Yahshua! Another week has come and gone and it is time
for the newsletter to go out once more. I praise the name of our Redeemer,
Benefactor, Provider, Defender, Protector, and Healer who reigns forever more!
Thank you Father for allowing us another week of living in your presence and
for giving us the privilege of knowing your mercy and experiencing your
benevolence through the many ways in which you demonstrate to us your perfect
and righteous goodness.
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
answered him, we be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how
sayest thou, ye shall be made free?
Presumption, Assumption, and Blindness
can almost hear these people saying, in today’s terms, “what are you
talking about? Don’t you know who we are? Why, we descend from Abraham
himself and our inheritance is assured in him. Besides, there is no way for
God to change his mind, seeing as how he is not a man that he should lie, or
the son of a man that he should change his mind. Our heritage and lineage are
things no one can ever take away. Our election is secure. We may be under
Roman occupation, but we’re certainly not their slaves! So, what will your
so-called truth free us from?”
look back over two thousand years and can see their mistake with all clarity,
but imagine being there at the time and not understanding what this Rabbi, who
was really not accepted by the Sanhedrin or the majority of that day’s
leaders, was imparting to those with the ability to understand. There is a
reason that there were only 120 believers in the upper room on the day of
Pentecost. It sounded as though this newcomer was attempting to invalidate
their source of security. Who was he to call into question their birthright?
tone of their question resounds with indignation. Sounds something like,
“well, I never…!” or, “I’m proud to be…!” Hmm, where have I
heard that before?
were so sure of themselves that their hearts were closed to any and everything
that did not conform to their preconceived ideas.
truth is that two major obstacles stood in the way of their understanding.
First, there was pride. They were pretty proud of who they were, where they
belonged, and what they had. They were the chosen people of God and everyone
else was just a heathen to be tolerated at best. This was the land given to
them by God and he was going to come and deliver them from these Roman
soldiers’ oppression any day because they deserved it. They had the Law
while all these other cultures and peoples had nothing but brute power or
overwhelming numbers with which to enforce their tyrannical dominance.
there was fear. This was the second factor in their resistance.
order to give credence to the Master’s words, they would have to take a
closer look at themselves. They would have to examine their hearts more
closely and they were afraid of change. What would the Chief priests say?
Would they be expulsed from the synagogue? Would their neighbors speak to them
anymore? They would surely become the laughing stock of their friends. Sure,
this person made certain sense, but not enough to warrant exposing one’s
self to ridicule and what-have-you!
may be wondering how they could stand in his presence, the same presence that
made a legion of demons come kneel before him, and not know without a shadow
of doubt that he was speaking truth. The only reason I can fathom is their
arrogance based on their perceived security.
so, we come full circle in a period of two thousand years and find the body of
Messiah scattered behind many walls with the names of men on them. Divided
asunder by the many misconceptions sown as tares among the wheat. Because the
misconceptions serve to keep the body competing against itself for a glory not
of God, our true purpose is neglected and our true calling is misperceived.
While those who should be diligently seeking the truth of God’s purpose and
plan for his people are busy building kingdoms for themselves, the Kingdom
awaits the manifestation of the Sons of God who will seek not their glory but
have good news for you! That day is dawning. All over the world, the Spirit of
God is raising up a new generation of believers. They are not interested in
titles, positions, politics, and all the other impurities that the Harlot of
Revelation purposely introduced into her version of Christianity. They
couldn’t care less about how popular they become or how much wealth or fame
they can pile up. To this generation of believers, God’s word is the
ultimate authority. Not someone else’s interpretation of it, but the word
itself and their conviction that it proceeds from the very mouth of God.
are about to see the dry bones in the valley of decision come together and
begin to acquire flesh. The walls that now divide us will come tumbling down
just as surely as the walls at Jericho did. The sad part is that there are
those who will resist this move because it doesn’t agree with what they have
been taught or think they know. There will be those who will cleave to their
denominational pride because theirs is one of the oldest ones around, or the
biggest, etc. etc.
they will cling to their presumed position in Messiah, without ever taking the
time to research the word for themselves to see if what they believe is true
or not. They will neglect to fill their lamps with oil and will not be
prepared when the Bridegroom appears because they will not know what to look
for. Their hopes will remain pinned to a fantasy produced by those who create
fables to gain wealth or fame or a sense of accomplishment. It has been
written for almost two thousand years that there are five virgins who will be
foolish enough to forget about filling their lamps, but we all think that
speaks of someone else, not us.
the fact remains set in stone forever---You will know the truth, and the truth
will make you free!
is the time to fill our hearts with the truth found only in God’s word. Now
is the time to pledge our allegiance to that truth. Only the truth can serve
as the foundation for our house of faith. We can play church all our lives and
even have some preacher say pretty things about us when we expire and go to
our grave, but the deep hope of our heart can only be ensured by obedience to
the word of God and no one can save us from the coming wrath except the God of
this is a matter of life and death. Consider that if you are unsure of your
election because you have depended on the man at the pulpit to shape your
faith, your heart tells you so because it yet warns you by allowing you to
fear that moment when you will have to meet your Creator. Yes, fear of death
is a good indicator that something is lacking. Scripture says, “Perfect love
casts out all fear.” It also casts out doubt because we understand that we
do what He commands because He first loved us and gave us the ability to say,
“I delight to do your will.”
leave you with the fundamental terms of the Covenant, which our God has
authored and perfected by His blood, and given to us as the key to the
entrance of His Kingdom. Be advised that the Master said, “I am the way, the
truth, and the life; No man comes to the Father but through me.” These,
then, are the terms of the Covenant:
key to this Covenant consists of a two-fold demand, and a two-fold promise.
and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Yahshua Messiah; for the
forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
in the knowledge of His Word and be blessed.
Aleikhem (Peace be unto you)
Ydidyh Ben Yisrael