Watchmen from Jerusalem, Issue 1, 2013
What's really at stake in the ME? God's Name
'Name' in biblical Hebrew is figuratively used to imply a person's nature or reputation. Satan's assault against Israel is an attempt to destroy both by proving that God is not faithful or able to do what He said.
I see a rod of an almond tree, said Jeremiah as God showed him a vision. God replied,
You have seen well; for I will watch over My Word to perform it. (Jer. 1:11-12) In Hebrew it is a play on words; 'almond tree' and 'watch over' come from the same root. The almond tree is the earliest tree in Israel to blossom - yet it is one of the last to bear fruit. God is saying that His prophetic word has gone forth, yet it often takes patience to see it 'bear fruit'. This is the heart of faith.
For the vision is still for an appointed time, but it speaks to the end, and it does not lie. Though it lingers, wait for it; because it will surely come. It will not tarry. Behold…the just shall live by his faith. (Hab. 2:3-4)
Scripture declares God will do what He has spoken.
God is not a man that should lie, neither the son of man that should repent. Has He said, and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken, and shall He not make it good? (Num. 23:19; cp. Num. 11:23; Psa. 33:10-11; Isa. 14:24; 46:9-10; 48:3; 55:11)
Yeshua affirms this, saying
the Scripture cannot be broken; (John 10:35b). In His day, 'the Scripture' was the Old Testament. So despite replacement theology, verses like those that follow will be fulfilled because God is faithful and true (Rev. 3:14; 19:11).
Thus says YHWH, who gives the sun for a light by day and the laws of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, who divides the sea when its waves roar; YHWH of Hosts is His name; if those ordinances depart from Me…the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before Me forever. (Jer. 31:35-36)
Therefore say to the house of Israel…I am not doing this for your sake…but for My holy name's sake, which you profaned among the nations where you went. I will sanctify My great name…and the nations shall know that I am YHWH…when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. (Ezek. 36:22-23)
And the Apostle Paul writes,
Messiah Yeshua has become a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers . (Romans 15:8)
So is YHWH God, the God of the Bible, or is Allah? Maybe there are many gods - or no God - and we should worship man?
Who has declared this of old?…Is it not I, YHWH? There is no other God besides Me; a just God and a Savior; there is none besides Me. Turn to Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. (Isaiah 45:21-22; cp. 44:6-8)
Table of Contents
- What's really at stake in the ME? God's Name
- Riding the roller coaster in these last days
- The world votes 'yes' for 'Palestine'
- The PA's Mr. 'Moderate' Abbas spews hatred
- The real meaning of the UN vote
- Israel's most dangerous weapon - Jewish homes!
- Thus speaketh Hamas
- Prophetic Possibility
- The scythe & the sword