ac! of zvorship." (Romans 12:1) and its theology as the enemy of God. She Dom Himself• ali that He has to give or can
presciently forewarned: "As God's plan of give is only more of Himself. ''i''
Many of us are familiar with the salvation nears its final consummation . Yeshua cautions that in the Last Days,
challenge to offer our bodies as living •. and hatred flares up against Him more because of the increase of wickedness
sacrifices but do not realize this call flows than eveL there will be a bringing together -- some of which will revolve around
directly from, and concludes, the New of those who belong together because they Israel -- the love of many will grow cold.
Testament's keynote message to the Church fear the living God and give Him glory - Unprecedented gMT will flood the nations.
about the Jewish People. Our hearts ignited Jews and Christians .... But if all the time Riptides of revival will meet with reprisal.
for His Jewish People through Chapters 9-11, we have been opposing God's people or else a'lany will be persecuted for righteousness'
God next tells us how, in light of all He's just condoning the attacks made on them bv sake. Yeshua wants us prepared to consider
said, we ought then to live. powers hostile to God, woe betide us later it pure joy when we face such trials, for the
when the whole world is caught up in a testing of our faith molds us into mature
Notice that the first word of the first rebellion against God! Then, even without wholeness; v in other words, Messiah-
verse of Romans 12 is "therefore." It is often noticing it, we shall suddenly find ourselves likeness. At such times His Presence abides
said that when we read the word "therefore" on the side of the anti-Christian kingdom, with us in the sweetest of communion. He
in the Scriptures we need to ask what it is whose prime target will be the Jews .... \[For\] wants us rejoicing when we participate in
t,Oere for. In this instance, "therefore" is our relationship with them is indicative of His suffering, so as He promised, we can be
there for the sake of explaining what, in our true relationship to the Lord Jesus, lavishly blessed when His gloIT is revealed. 'i
view of His mercy, God wants from us. Our showing whether it is a relationship of love.
response to the impassioned information He If we love Jesus, we shall love the people Preparing the Way of the Lord
has just imparted ought to be one of worship whom He loves and always will love and
by offering ourselves in sacrificial service. who will vet be the centre and blessing of all Will you be part of God's joining of
nations.'"iii In view of God's mercy demonstrated to the Christians and Jews in a shared, Last Days'
Gentiles and evidenced through the Jewish destiny? He is preparing the way for Yeshua's
People, Paul pleads, "offer your bodies as In the end, only the bride of Christ-- those return by preparing hearts. He is looking
living sacrifices" as "your spiritual act of loving, obeying and denying themselves for for those prepared to unconditionally iove
worship." The Jews have sacrificed on the Him -- will stand in unity with Israel• Will and bless, not as a means to an encl, but
Gentiles' behalf, to the Gentiles' blessing• you? ultimately for Love's own sake: to bless the
Sovereign symmetu calls the Gentiles to Blessel: Those who intimately know Him
similarly offer themselves as living sacrifices kJ'e you waiting to get a personal word resonate to the divine heartbeat. They share
in reasonable worship. from God? You may never hear it. You see, His longing for Israel, His firstborn Son who
As this present age draws to a close, this this is about your choice, based on your has suffered much on their (the Gentiles')
call will not be easy. Therefore, some will be heart and the Word that is already in you. behalf.
willing, but some will not. Are vou holding out until a major stand
must be taken? Are you waiting until your Yeshua will take the hands of Gentile The Choice
Jewish neighbor shows up unexpectedly one Believers (including Arabs) with prepared
day on your doorstep, in need of a hiding hearts and interlock them with Israel's. He
Israel is destined to summon forth place? will have many strategically holding hands
sacrifice, a testing ground that exposes the with Messianic Jews. You will be setting the
intents of our hearts• It has always been so, In case you haven't realized it, the test stage for the greatest revival on earth•
even for the One we follow, Yeshua, crucified has already begun. You're already taMng a
and resurrected -- He who said that greater stand each time you choose how to process A sacrament of suffering awaits us. We've
love has no one than to lay down his life for the evening news, or how to pray, or how to an opportunity, to sacrifice, to worship the
his friends• study the Scriptures, or how to speak within Worthy One, just as His courageous followers
your personal sphere of influence, or how to have done throughout histoL'y. As in the past,
In God's hand and plan, Israel will prove a get informed, or how to relate to Jews... or God is looking for those who will take up a
Last Days' great divide -- a point of division what to do after you read this \[newsletter\]• cross for Israel, not in imperialistic conquest,
among humankind• The Church will not but as the instruments of death to self
be exempt. Lies will arise about the Jewish Standing for God and sharing the burden
People obscured in a worldly reasonableness of His heart demands sacrifice of self. Yet the The Jewish Nation ultimately summons
that will persuade and pervert many. Slowly sacrifice is divinely surprising, for its end us to the cross. And the cross summons God's
and subtly, many Christians may succuml~ result yields great blessing• Those who bless Son to us. Do you really desire more of the
as in the past to devilish deceptions about Israel are blessed; they have blessed God who Blesser? Is God your Goal? In blessing Israel,
Israel/Zionism/the Jews. blesses bountifully of Himself in return. To this Goal you will attain.
make a choice for His Chosen People is to
The beloved Basilea Schlink wrote manv choose Him. \[Jltimately, it is a choice for the Yeshua endured the cross for the joy set
decades ago, that in the future Christim~'s true substance of blessing -- the Blesser before Him. So too, do His people. When
supporting anti-Semitism may suddenly find Himself. The esteemed theologian Andrew their cross is borne for loving Israel, they can
themselves on the wrong side, iust as many Murray wrote, "The blessing God promises expect lavish and extravagant joy. God says,
German Believers failed to recognize Nazism is not, cannot, be any externai thing apart "Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for...
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