22 Kislev 5775

10:50 PST

Going to try to start using Jewish calendar. Talked to [Ryan] about how I had ordered Names of God translation and he alerted me to ISR which I immediately ordered. Waiting on service to begin; perhaps 10 people gathered although most were on time today!

[Ryan] prayer: Jeremiah 11:1-5, 12:17, John 21:12-19

1 John 3:18, 4:20

Jeremiah 17:5-10

[Pastor]: Psalm 138

John 17

15:45 PST

I wanted to wait until I had a more accurate – if that is the word – translation of the scriptures before I dove into this topic, but I feel the need to write my thoughts.

I’ve sampled some of organized Christianity for a few years now and I see two major issues that do not sit right with me. The first is that people go on and on about “knowing the LORD” and “knowing Jesus” but they neither know the Father’s nor the Son’s name! The second issue has to do with our performance of love.

I could elaborate on the name but people may miss the point. As regards love, Yeshua said the world would know his disciples by the love they have for each other. The apostle “John” wrote that if we cannot love the brother whom we we see, how can we love the creator who we cannot? Moreover he admonished the called out ones to love not in word or tongue but in deed and action.

[Psalms 51:16-17, James 1:21-27, 1 John 3:18, Luke 6:46-49]

David writes that YHWH does not desire sacrifice nor burnt offering. James writes about the folly of hearing and not doing. Yeshua himself laments how readily people will call him “Lord, Lord” and yet do not do the things that he says.

Many will tell you many things about how to “get spiritual.” While you sometimes might find a scriptural example of a particular ritual, you’d be hard pressed to find any Biblical character teaching it as a rule. Other than… do the Word!

Temporal Reality vs Eternal Reality

Ephesians 2:4-6 (all scripture references NKJV) –

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…

As some of you may know, I had a life altering experience in February 2010 that dramatically and publicly reintroduced me to El Shaddai. Now, I didn’t quite get a visitation from a blinding light, knocking me off a horse and requiring me to be laid up (blind!) for three days. Nonetheless, my pride was broken and my life path altered, and an intense spiritual competition ensued in a psychiatric hospital on Okinawa as well as at the Naval Medical Center San Diego.

I received what I believe to be a kind of revelation during this time, which was subsequently repeated a few more times. I’ve tried to articulate it to others before, and got confusing looks or worse, but I’ll try to articulate it here.

The initial thought I had was “time is an illusion.” Try to, if you can, think from a heavenly (eternal) perspective. From an eternal perspective, the victory has already been won, the devil is already in the lake of fire, the Great White Throne Judgement is already passed, the third heaven and third earth are already here. According to the verse quoted above, we’re already sitting in the heavenly places with Yeshua.

Time, I observed, has a way of enacting a toll on us. We’re constantly worrying about running out of time, not having enough time, making the best use of our time. “Where will I be one year from now, five years, ten years?” Yet Yeshua’s instruction in Matthew 6:25-31 on this point was in stark contrast to worldly wisdom or practice – to paraphrase, he teaches that each day has enough worry of its own, and that worrying can’t add anything to your life and shows a lack of trust in Jehovah Jireh to provide for you.

Then a key scripture in Matthew 6:33 –

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

The Kingdom of God is eternal. His righteousness is eternal. Our spirits are eternal.

Too many Christians I’ve encountered have fallen into the same misunderstanding Yeshua’s disciples fell into when he was walking the Earth. Being Jews, they were expecting a conquering Messiah to sweep in and oust the physical Roman Empire and usher in a new physical Kingdom of Israel. (Jews today don’t recognize Yeshua as the Messiah for this reason – they await the third temple, the physical kingdom, the physical manifestation.) So many modern Christians seem to be waiting for the sweet by and by when the good Lord Jesus will come to rapture them up to heaven and judge all the sinners and establish his perfect Kingdom on the Earth. Yet we forget the cry of John the Baptist, some 2000 years ago – “repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” echoed by Yeshua himself. We forget Yeshua’s answer to the Pharisees in Luke 17:20-21 when asked when the kingdom would come:

…”The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

Moreover, there are numerous references to stay vigilant and keep watch strewn about the gospels, for Yeshua’s return will be sudden and unexpected. Consider this interpretation: Yeshua does not need to come back in the flesh, on the Earth, to come back for you. If you died tomorrow, would you not be with the Lord? If you are already living in the Kingdom of Heaven – a spiritual Kingdom inside you – each day, you won’t be swept up into the mania surrounding the second coming; you’ll simply be ready at the gates as instructed.

I’ll leave you with a final verse to ponder the difference between the nature of temporal reality versus eternal reality. 2 Peter 3:8 reads:

But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.