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|March 2004 (5764)||Vol. 30 No. 3|
PROPHECY OF THE PASSION OF MESSIAH (CHRIST)
THE FOLLOWING TEXT FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT REVEALS THE FULL EXTENT OF THE PASSION THAT Y'SHUA (JESUS) OUR LORD WENT THROUGH IN ORDER FOR US TO RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE. (ISAIAH 53: 1-12).
Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?AS WE THINK ABOUT WHAT TOOK PLACE 2000 YEARS AGO IN JERUSALEM, ISRAEL IN THE LIFE OF JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS, WE ARE ASTONISHED AND AMAZED THAT TODAY THERE IS SO MUCH CONTROVERSY ABOUT HIS DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION.
For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, [there is] no beauty that we should desire him.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were [our] faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither [was any] deceit in his mouth.Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put [him] to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see [his] seed, he shall prolong [his] days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.He shall see of the travail of his soul, [and] shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.Therefore will I divide him [a portion] with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
AS Y'SHUA (JESUS) OFFERED HIMSELF AS THE PERFECT SACRIFICE FOR SIN, THE MULTITUDE OF BELIEVERS ALL OVER THE WORLD REJOICE AS WE REMEMBER THAT THE OLD TESTEMENT PROPHECY (ABOVE) CAME TO PASS AS THE MESSIAH HUNG BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH AS RECORDED IN THE GOSPEL NARRATIVES.
OF COURSE, MANY TODAY AS UNBELIEVERS TRY TO CAST DOUBT UPON THE GREATEST ACT OF LOVE FOR MANKIND, THAT IS, THAT 'CHRIST WAS ONCE OFFERED TO BEAR THE SINS OF MANY' (HEBREWS 9: 28).
NO WONDER, THE VERY WORDS OF OUR LORD BRING SUCH COMFORT AND JOY WHEN WE READ THEM AGAIN AND AGAIN, THAT 'GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE' (JOHN 3: 16).
WE BELIEVE WITH ALL OF OUR HEART THAT THE ALMIGHTY GOD IS CALLING FROM HEAVEN ITSELF TO ALL OF MANKIND TO REPENT AND RETURN TO THE CREATOR GOD BEFORE IT IS TO LATE.
'AND AS IT IS APPOINTED UNTO MEN ONCE TO DIE, BUT AFTER THIS THE JUDGMENT;' (HEBREWS 9: 27).
THERE WAS A TIME LONG AGO THAT 'GOD SAW THAT THE WICKEDNESS OF MAN WAS GREAT IN THE EARTH, AND THAT EVERY IMAGINATION OF THE THOUGHTS OF HIS HEART WAS ONLY EVIL CONTINUALLY.' (GENESIS 6: 5). AND THIS OF COURSE, WAS DURING THE DAYS OF NOAH.
IS IT ANY WONDER WHAT WE ARE WITNESSING TODAY ON PLANET EARTH! EVEN AS JESUS OUR LORD REMINDS US THAT, 'AS IT WAS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH, SO SHALL IT BE IN THE DAYS OF THE SON OF MAN.' (LUKE 17: 26). THERE IS RAMPANT WICKEDNESS EVERY WHERE WE TURN. ON THE STREETS, ON TELEVISION, IN MAGAZINES, IN MOVIES, ETC. MURDERS, SUICIDES, HATRED, HOSTILITIES, WAR AND RUMORS OF WARS, UNREST, ETC.
WHAT IS THE ANSWER? JESUS OUR LORD SAID, 'EXCEPT YE REPENT, YE SHALL ALL LIKEWISE PERISH' (LUKE 13: 3).
THE WORLD, ACTUALLY INDIVIDUALS, EVERY WHERE, NEED TO TURN TO THE MESSIAH WHO IS GOD WITH ALL OF THEIR HEART AND MIND, AND TURN AWAY FROM SIN AND WICKEDNESS. THE BEST WAY TO APPEAL TO A LOST WORLD IS TO REMIND THEM OF THE FOLLOWING NOTICES FOUND IN ROMANS 1: 18-32.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;MAY THE LORD HIMSELF ILLUMINATE YOUR MIND AND HEART TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THAT GOD IS LOVE, BUT THAT HE IS ALSO 'A CONSUMING FIRE'.
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed [it] unto them.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
JESUS CHRIST IS COMING AGAIN (REAL SOON), NO LONGER AS THE LAMB OF GOD, BUT RATHER AS THE LION OF JUDAH TO RULE AND REIGN WITH A ROD OF IRON.
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