Friday, August 8, 2014
The Gospel (Good News)... in the Last Days
The term the "Gospel," what does it mean? It is a term that is connoted with so many meanings today, both positive and seemingly negative... but the term literally means "good news." In our day of Severe Weather on a daily basis, disappearing or hijacked plane flights, disease outbreaks, UFOs, sudden animal die-offs by the thousands, tropical storms and hurricanes, increasingly stronger and more frequent earthquakes... all of us could use some good news!
So what is it? What is this "Gospel," this good news we are supposed to be hearing? It starts with the proclamation of what we already know. We are all broken, fallen in sin and in our relationship to our Maker. Sin effects every part of the human being, from our thoughts, to our emotions, intentions and actions. Even our seemingly good and noble deeds are infiltrated and infected by sin (fear, greed, lust, etc.), so that the prophet tells us that "righteous deeds are like filthy rags before the Yhwh" (Is. 64:6). And not only is this sin effecting every part of our lives and relationships, it effects the world around us.
The Good News is that a man born a descendant of Abraham, Israel, of the tribe of Judah, born in the city of David, was born to us, and lived a life in perfect obedience and fulfillment of the Torah (instruction of Adonai given to Moses on Mt. Sinai in Arabia). This Jesus, or Yeshua, whose name means "God is salvation," laid down his life on the the Yhwh's feast (Lev. 23) of Pesach (Passover). He laid down his life as the spotless, blameless Passover lamb of Adonai. He shed His own blood for our brokenness, for the sin in our lives, that often rules and directs our lives. He laid down his life on the tree, and shed His own blood so that we could be set free from that sin that wrecks and brings death into our lives, for the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23).
But that is not all! Yeshua, who died for our sins to set us free from its control, and set us free to serve and love our Maker, or Father over all, to delight in His ways, is also buying back (redeeming) the entire universe, all that exists. But that He is going to do it through His chosen people, the Jews, and for the whole house of Isaac (bringing back the dispersed northern 10 tribes). In fact, the LORD told us this in Daniel 9:24, when He decreed that there were 70 "sevens" or shabuas (seven year periods of time) for the Jewish people to finish transgression, make an end of sin, make atonement for iniquity, and bring in everlasting righteousness, seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy place (i.e. the Temple).
Zechariah tells us that in the last days every nation will be against Israel (Zech. 12:3-4), but that Yhwh Himself, Yhwh Sabaoth, will fight for Israel, and show that He alone is God most High, God of Armies!
We are quickly coming into those days.
God is fighting for Isreal... and His Messiah will return after the Seven Year peace treaty is signed, and Satan, that great deceiver, has his way with this earth. And so the most important thing today is, do you know Messiah, whose name means salvation? Or are you going along with the world, pursuing its desires (money, fame, beauty, laptops, technology, human enhancement, etc.). The world and its desires are coming to nothing, but the one who does the will of God, he shall live forever (1 John 2:14-17)!