Today, on this 26th day of September in the year 2020, the Lord placed the book of Deuteronomy on my heart. Today is a special day because it is the day of THE RETURN, the day of Shabbat Shuvah. Shabbat Shuvah is the Shabbat (Sabbath/Saturday) that occurs during the ten days of awe, otherwise known as the ten days of repentance from Feast of Trumpets to Day of Atonement. These ten days are supposed to be a very solemn time of repentance, of turning away from sin and back to God. Only one Shabbat (Sabbath) can occur the ten days of awe, and that day is TODAY.
In this year of 2020, this day of RETURN has special significance because America and the world has been free-falling into a pit of darkness. Every night, on “trusted media outlets”, I see and hear only HATE, HATE, HATE. They whip into a frenzy those who do not know God, who do not believe the Bible, and who PROMOTE unBiblical values, calling evil good and good evil. Jesus HIMSELF warned us about these false prophets and false teachers who shine a false light. We know that satan masquerades as an angel of light. The rotten fruit of their words and deeds has resulted in riots, violent crimes, arson, looting, stealing, shooting and murders, which have ALL increased dramatically over the past few weeks. Their primary spokespeople call this “good” and “necessary” to bring about “change”. What kind of change are they looking for? Are they really looking for racial justice? If they care about racial inequality, why do they not care when African American police officers are MURDERED? Why do they not care when Minority business owners are decimated because of the rioting, looting, stealing, and arson?
James 3:3: Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. 4 Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires. 5 So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.
See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!
Concurrantly, we’ve seen unprecedented fires, floods, swarms of locusts, plagues, pestilence (Corona Virus), wars and rumors of war, and the whisperings of a looming ecomomic collapse and resulting famine. The four horsemen of the apocalypse are casting their shadow upon the earth, and most people are OBLIVIOUS!
Today, there were two major CHRISTIAN events going on in Washington DC, that BARELY made the news. In-fact, I don’t think it was mentioned at all on most Mainstream Media outlets. The first is Franklin Graham’s prayer march.
The second is Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn’s massive prayer, music and worship known as THE RETURN.
What are the chances that these two events both are occuring on Shabbat Shuvah, the day of RETURN?
NEW YORK—Some of the most influential evangelical leaders from across the United States believe that we are at a juncture in American and world history that can permanently seal our nation’s course, and the course of world history, for bad or good, for calamity or redemption.
The book of Deuteronomy is the 5th book of the Bible, and the final book of the Torah or Pentateuch. It is believed that the first five books of the Bible were written by Moses.
Deuteronomy is Moses’ “swan song”, or final message to the people of Israel before they cross over the Jordan River into the PROMISED LAND. Moses reminds the people of how God has redeemed the people from Egypt and of the details of the covenant between Israel and God. In stark language, Moses describes the rewards for observance of the laws of the covenant and the punishment for disobedience. Finally, Moses passes along his authority to Joshua who will lead the people into the land.
In Moses’s conclusion, he entreated the people,
Deuteronomy 30:19-20: “I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days.”
Today, this 26th day of September, 2020, we once again find ourselves at an impasse. Today, the worlds’ most prominent Christian and Messianic Jewish leaders have convened together in Washington DC (Capital of the USA) to once again implore God’s people to CHOOSE LIFE. What did they do today?
- remind the people of God’s many blessings,
- admonish the nation(s)for turning our backs on God
- implore the nation(s) to RETURN to God,
- warn the nation(s) of impending judgment for those who REFUSE to RETURN to God,
- and share with the nation(s) a message of HOPE that REVIVAL, the LATTER RAIN OUTPOURING, and the PROMISED LAND are just over the horizon.
God set before the people….Blessings and curses. Although we, as New Testament Christians, are NOT under the Mosaic Covenant of the LAW, we ARE in a Covenant with God. We are in the NEW COVENANT. In this Covenant, Jesus Christ GAVE HIS LIFE to be the PROPITIATION for our SINS! Our responsibility, under the NEW COVENANT, is to BELIEVE on the FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST and to make JESUS LORD of our LIVES.
As NEW Covenant partners with God, we are expected to BELIEVE in our hearts that Jesus died for our sins and that God RAISED HIM from the dead! We are also told to CONFESS with our mouths that JESUS IS LORD. Jesus expects us to make HIM LORD of our lives. As LORD, Jesus has the final say as to how we live our lives. What are JESUS’ EXPECTATIONS of HIS NEW COVENANT PARTNERS? We are to LOVE the LORD GOD with all our hearts, minds, soul and strength and LOVE our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus tells us that if we LOVED HIM, we would KEEP His Commandments, which are all about LOVE!
Luke 10:27: So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
2 John 1:6: And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the very commandment you have heard from the beginning, that you must walk in love.
In the Bible, Israel experienced very severe consequences for breaking the OLD MOSIAC COVENANT. They experienced what is known as the four severe judgements.
Ezekiel 14:21: For thus says the Lord GOD, “How much more when I send My four severe judgments against Jerusalem: sword, famine, wild beasts and plague to cut off man and beast from it!
Sword (war), famine, wild beasts and plague are God’s 4 severe judgments for Covenant Breaking. What are the first 4 seals of Revelation, the 4 horses of the apocalypse? The opening 4 seals of Revelation are God’s 4 severe judgments for breaking COVENANT with HIM. Judgment begins in the house of God.
- Seal #1 – White Horse (possible combination of deception/false teachers and at the same time, the Spirit of Elijah, calling God’s people to REPENTANCE).
- Seal #2 – War
- Seal #3 – Economic collapse/famine
- Seal #4 – Pestilence and death from the combined seal judgments.
What are we seeing now?
- We see false teachers, false “prophets”, lying media, lying academia, even those who are lying in Church pulpits, all prophesying and teaching AGAINST GOD’S LAWS and PRECEPTS and TOWARDS a NEW “HUMANISTIC” WORLD ORDER. (White Horse)
- We see wars and rumors of war as Bellicose threats between the allied powers of IRAN, CHINA, RUSSIA and TURKEY against ISRAEL, the US and SAUDI ARABIA. (Red horse)
- We see a plague of Biblical proportions that has engulfed the entire earth. This plague threatens not only illness and death, but also economic instability. It will be utilized to bring in the New World Order (Therion/wild beast) and the Mark of the Beast. (Pale Horse)
- We see that the plague and resulting violence has threatened the livlihood of many people as the global economy shut down. Business have been shuttered, stores of food, milk, and other essentials left to either rot or be discarded….all pointing to an impending famine, particularly if we continue down the same path towards global shutdown of economies. At the same time, there have been epic fires, floods, severe weather events, and locusts that are impacting the global food supply. (Black horse)
Is it any wonder that the world’s Christian leaders and prophetic voices are calling for a RETURN to God? I don’t know if the seals of Revelation have been opened yet or not, but we’re clearly seeing the beginning of birth pains spoken of by Jesus Himself in Matthew 24. The first 4 seals of Revelation are the 4 severe judgments that occur because of COVENANT BREAKING.
A new survey just came out that has some pretty alarming statistics. The survey shows that although 61% of American millennials consider themselves to be Christian, just 2% of them were found to hold a biblical worldview, according to a recent study released by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University.
A biblical worldview, as previously defined by Barna, includes believing that absolute moral truths exist, and that such truth is defined by the Bible, as well as firm belief in six specific religious views. Those views are that
- Jesus Christ lived a sinless life;
- God is the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe and He stills rules it today;
- salvation is a gift from God and cannot be earned;
- Satan is real;
- a Christian has a responsibility to share their faith in Christ with other people; and
- the Bible is accurate in all of its teachings.
Self-proclaimed Christians are basically stating that they do not believe the very book that brought them CHRISTIANITY? This seems like INSANITY!
Sword, famine, pestilence and wild beasts are the consequences for breaking the OLD COVENANT. What does God say about those who break the NEW COVENANT?
Hebrews 10:28: Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?
Like an out of control FREIGHT TRAIN, this world is RAPIDLY barreling towards the TRIBULATION and the WRATH OF GOD. We have had birthpains that mimic or match the opening seals of Revelation, which, like labor pains in a natural birth, can be expected to increase in intensity and frequency as we continue on in time, especially with NO REPENTANCE.
During this season of Teshuvah (repentance), God is calling us to RETURN to Him. He promises us that if we RETURN to HIM, HE will RETURN to us! The Lord God put Deuteronomy on my heart this morning for a reason! After wandering in the wilderness for 40 years, God called Moses up to REMIND Israel of all of their many blessings with which HE had blessed them, and at the same time, admonished them to RETURN to the LORD and follow HIM into the PROMISED LAND. Moses died prior to entering the Promised Land, and God chose JOSHUA to bring the Israelites into the land flowing with Milk and Honey. Simarlily, the law (Old MOSAIC Covenant) has been abolished by the NEW COVENANT, and YESHUA (JESUS) will lead us into the Promised land of Heaven, the TRUE PROMISED LAND.
So what will it be? For those who CHOOSE LIFE, who CHOOSE JESUS the MESSIAH, there will be a land flowing with milk and honey. There will be blessings upon blessings as God prepares to pour out His Spirit, the LATTER RAINS. There will be MIRACLES, SIGNS, and WONDERS as God readys HIS PEOPLE to bring in the HARVEST. There is the RAPTURE, or Divine Rescue, for those who have placed their faith and trust in God’s Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth! If we Return to God, He will RETURN to us!
But for those who REFUSE to REPENT, who REFUSE to acknowledge THEIR OWN SIN and THEIR NEED for a SAVIOR, who REFUSE God’s FREE GIFT of GRACE through JESUS CHRIST OR those who break the New Covenant by INSULTING GOD’S GIFT OF GRACE and TRAMPLING UNDERFOOT the BLOOD of the MESSIAH, there only awaits the “4 severe judgments”, the SEALS, TRUMPETS, and BOWLS of God’s wrath.
Today, during this season of Teshuvah 2020, it seems as though we are at a Crossroads. We are in the valley of decision. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision. What do we choose? Do we REPENT, and RETURN to the Lord, forsaking our own ways and choosing GOD? Or…do we continue to want life on our own terms, doing it our own way in rebellion against God? The choice is ours. The choice is yours. CHOOSE WISELY.