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July 30 & 31, 2007
The Word came to the prophet Zechariah from God, after a 70-year period of captivity for Israel. The numbers speak in multiples of 7 or in perfection and completeness as do the 7 millennia of man under judgment, until a new day dawns with Israel ready to enter the kingdom. The kingdom is the ultimate destination and the end of the Way, which leads back to the tree of life. It is time for the captives to be set free spiritually.
August 19, 2007
As we begin this chapter, we need to ask ourselves some important questions about Israel, the nation, and the promises of Jesus. Only then can we understand to whom the Lord of hosts is referring in this chapter.
When Jesus first came to this earth, it was a new day for mankind, with time being renumbered outward from this miraculous event. He entered the world like a blast of light in the darkness, which surrounded the manger scene. The light from above shone upon that humble location in Bethlehem, meaning the city of bread, where the Bread of Life lay in a feeding trough for the animals.
“Who spit upon Him?” you cry. “Certainly I would not have spit upon Him if I had been there!” Indeed, are you suggesting that you would have been different? Would you have stepped out from the crowd and helped Him carry His cross, or would you be among those who cried for the release of Barabbas, leaving Jesus to take the judgment for this criminal?
Now hear this, you children of the beast! I will open your ears so you can hear the words of the voice of My prophet. Judgment has begun in My house and in My church. It is all going to come down – your walls of brick and stone, built to enclose your religion.
“God keep our land, glorious and free.” When did you last sing these words? Did you do so with pride or shame for having allowed our leaders to remove God’s name from the lives of our children, while, at the same time, calling upon Him when we have a day such as 9/11? What hypocrites we have become!
When did God’s plan for redemption begin? Did it begin with Abraham, for God says that His portion of the people is Israel (See Deuteronomy 32:8-9)? If we conclude that redemption began with the fathers of Israel, then we could declare that God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, with Israel, the nation, being the necessary component for redemption, almost as important as God, Himself.
How sad it is that after having come from dust, we should choose to return to dust for the possible reason we have never taken time to read the Book, which gives life! We have neglected to read the guide to life, which takes us out of the darkness and into the light.