Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
For His Glory!
The Kingdom of God
A Different Dimension
The followers of Yeshua (Jesus) believe the Torah (instruction) was given by YHVH in order to reveal His plan to mankind. This plan is revealed in the Holy Days. It begins with the Redemption of man and will end in the fullness of the Kingdom of God.
If the Kingdom of God (Kingdom of Heaven in Matthew) is the goal of our salvation what is that kingdom like?
It is about a different dimension, a different realm, a spiritual dimension. What can we liken this realm or dimension to? Going to the internet and searching dimensions will give you an idea what a huge leap it is to go from one dimension to the next. Only one dimension is but a flat line (not much) - two dimensions gives height and width. Going to the third dimension (adding depth) is unquestionably far superior to two. Yet to go to the fourth dimension requires one to give up all we understand about our three dimensional world.
Is God’s Kingdom in the fourth dimension? Maybe, but it is beyond all the boundaries of our three dimensional world.
Dimension: Measurement of size - aspect (The spiritual dimension of life) - lifelike quality - level of reality (level of consciousness, existence, or reality) - coordinate for space and time
By looking into God’s Word we can get a glimpse of our future heritage in the Kingdom of God, in a dimension beyond our imagination.
A Starting point:
Ps 116:9 (NLT)And so I walk in the LORD's presence as I live here on earth!
2Pet 3:13But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. (NASB unless indicated)
Matt 4:17…Jesus began to preach and say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
John 18:36Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world…but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm." 37 Pilate therefore said to Him, "So You are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."
Why did Yeshua preach the Kingdom of God? Is that Kingdom beyond our grasp?
Why did Yeshua say:
What is the Kingdom of God?
May this message inspire your imagination toward the dimension of God’s Kingdom, eternal life and the true hope of your calling.
There is a spiritual realm - this realm has two aspects, one is of the light and life; the other is about death and darkness. Our focus will be on the dimension of the kingdom of Light - the truth about the kingdom Yeshua proclaimed. He is the Door to that Kingdom.
In the Scriptures we see some were granted a view into that Kingdom Realm.
Peter, James and John briefly experienced that Kingdom:
Matt 16:27(Yeshua speaking) "For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and will then recompense every man according to his deeds. 28 Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who shall not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom."
Matt 17:1And six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and brought them up to a high mountain by themselves. 2 And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him… 5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and behold, a voice out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!"
Isa 6:1… I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2 Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings…
1Kgs 22:19And Micaiah said, "Therefore, hear the word of the LORD. I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by Him on His right and on His left.
Dan 7:9"I kept looking Until thrones were set up, And the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was like white snow, And the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames, Its wheels were a burning fire. 10 "A river of fire was flowing And coming out from before Him; Thousands upon thousands were attending Him, And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him; The court sat, And the books were opened.
Paul’s visions and revelations:
2Cor 12:1… I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago -- whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows -- such a man was caught up to the third heaven. 3 And I know how such a man … 4 was caught up into Paradise, and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak.
One of Ezekiel’s encounters(read all of chapter 1 and chapter 10 for a fantastic description of heavenly realities and powers beyond imagination):
Ezek 1:1… while I was by the river Chebar among the exiles, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God...
The Apostle John:
Rev 1:1The Revelation of Jesus Christ…and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John…
The point being there is another realm - another dimension we cannot normally physically see, hear, or touch. However it is real; our desire should be to seek these glimpses from Scripture to strengthen our faith and to press on to the high calling in Yeshua.
The Supernatural: Not of the natural world - relating to or attributed to phenomena that cannot be explained by natural laws. Call them miracles if you will, but in God’s realm they are natural.
A few examples:
The feeding of 5,000
Manna from heaven
Red Sea parting
Plagues on Egypt
Casting out of demons
Raising the dead
Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego and the fiery furnaceDan 3:16-25
Walking on water
And many more recorded events from the Word of God
And brothers we have not yet touched on the area of angels and their function in YHVH’s plan for mankind. We have not touched on the New Heavens and New Earth or the city of our God coming down to be on earth. Not the mention of spiritual gifts and our anointing.
Catch the fever for the Kingdom of God:
Luke 16:16 (ESV)…the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone forces his way into it.
Elijah - taken up by a fiery chariot
2Kings 2:9Now it came about when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, "Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you." And Elisha said, "Please, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me." 10 And he said, "You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so." 11 Then it came about as they were going along and talking, that behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven.
Elisha and the Spiritual army:
2Kgs 6:8Now the king of Aram was warring against Israel; and he counseled with his servants saying, "In such and such a place shall be my camp." 9 And the man of God sent word to the king of Israel saying, "Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Arameans are coming down there." 10 And the king of Israel sent to the place about which the man of God had told him; thus he warned him, so that he guarded himself there, more than once or twice.
2Kgs 6:11Now the heart of the king of Aram was enraged over this thing; and he called his servants and said to them, "Will you tell me which of us is for the king of Israel?" 12 And one of his servants said, "No, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom." 13 So he said, "Go and see where he is, that I may send and take him." And it was told him, saying, "Behold, he is in Dothan." 14 And he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city.
2Kgs 6:15Now when the attendant of the man of God had risen early and gone out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was circling the city. And his servant said to him, "Alas, my master! What shall we do?" 16 So he answered, "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." 17 Then Elisha prayed and said, "O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." And the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
We have access to this realm:
Eph 2:6and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus,
Deuteronomy 30:13 (ESV)Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 14 But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.
Galatians 4:6 (ESV)And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!"
1Cor 15:49And just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
Man is not left alone; consider some of the miracles of Scripture(many of them are listed in separate section below); witness the Kingdom of God for yourself.
Thy Kingdom come… Amen
(* editing is done to shorten length - you are encouraged to read the full commentary(s))
The Kingdom of God is life eternal. The Proverbs instruct us thru wisdom to seek this life.
Proverbs 3:13How blessed is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding. 14 For its profit is better than the profit of silver, And its gain than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her. 16 Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor. 17 Her ways are pleasant ways, And all her paths are peace. 18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast. 19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding He established the heavens.
Proverbs 6:23For the commandment is a lamp, and the teaching is light; And reproofs for discipline are the way of life,
Proverbs 11:30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life…
Proverbs 14:27The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, That one may avoid the snares of death.
Wisdom and righteousness the pathway to Kingdom and life.
Eternal One grant us Your wisdom, the righteousness of Yeshua, unto eternal life in Your Realm
"Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple." C.W. Ceran
How easy it is to make the Gospel message complicated with all the do’s and don’ts because of the doctrines of men. But Yeshua came with a simple message:
Mark 1:14And after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."
Preaching the Gospel of the kingdom of God: the good news and glad tidings of the kingdom of the Messiah… in righteousness, peace, and joy; in peace and pardon by the blood of Christ, in justification by his righteousness, and in free and full salvation by him.
Yeshua gives us this advice:
Matt 6:33"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.
Matt 7:7"Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.
Father Yeshua told us to seek Your Kingdom and Your righteousness - YHVH help us.
In our pursuit of humility:
(Lessons from humility and sin.)
"On the contrary, there are passages in which he [Paul] vindicates himself in language that appeals to a faultless life before God and men. "You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed" (1Thessalonians 2:10). "This is our boast: our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God" (2Corinthians 1:12). This is not an ideal or an aspiration; it is as admission of what his actual life had been. However we may account for this absence of confession of sin, all will admit that it must point to a life in the power of the Holy Spirit such as is seldom realized or expected in our day." Andrew Murray
Andrew Murray here points out the reason Paul could claim victory over the enemy of sin and death - by yielding to the holiness that is from God and a life in the power of the Holy Spirit. The sad commentary [it] "…is seldom realized or expected in our day."
With help from the Holy Spiritual realm we to can walk as Yeshua walked. We too can claim with Paul the righteousness of Yeshua.
The Good News:
2Cor 5:21He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Rom 1:17For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "But the righteous man shall live by faith."
Rom 5:17… those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
1Cor 1:30But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,
Eph 4:24and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
1John 4:4…and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
1John 5:4For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world -- our faith.
1Cor 15:57but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Father keep us ever humble; never forgetting Your redeeming love.
Understanding the precepts of prayer.
Last time we considered the great prayer of wisdom at the dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem as given by Solomon (1Kings 8). I am personally moved by it whenever I consider this earnest prayer with its prophetic vision. The Great Almighty God of heaven and earth also was moved because He answered Solomon - the second recorded response by YHVH to Solomon.
I have Heard your Prayer:
1Kings 9:1Now it came about when Solomon had finished building the house of the LORD… 2 that the LORD appeared to Solomon a second time, as He had appeared to him at Gibeon.
1Kings 9:3And the LORD said to him, "I have heard your prayer and your supplication, which you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built by putting My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually. 4 And as for you, if you will walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you and will keep My statutes and My ordinances, 5 then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, just as I promised to your father David, saying, 'You shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.'
Is this not our goal, our aim, our reason for praying to the Holy God? To be heard? To receive an answer? Studying the life of David and his heart for YHVH will give us insight into the Heart of YVHH. We have Yeshua’s promise:
John 14:14"If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.
And if we do not receive - examine yourself:
Jas 4:1What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. And you are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.
So I say with Paul:
1Thess 5:21But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;
Father we need Your wisdom to properly examine ourselves - Amen.
How does God feel about issues we face today?
Matt 22:37Jesus said unto him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
Being whole hearted isn’t just about a choice, a decision you make one day, "I’ll think I’ll be wholehearted now." It’s a walk, a deliberate action to continue in a path.
Wholeheartedly is everything all the time focused on God and His goal for you and then doing it to the best of your ability day after day.
It isn’t about being perfect. It is about being wholehearted seeking after God. Passionately desiring to do what He wants you to. It isn’t the perfect life, the smartest person, the most politically correct speaker that He uses - it is a person who desires to serve Him to the best of their ability with everything they understand and know. To be willing to change in the face of truth and unwilling to back down from your desire to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and spirit. With every fiber in your being every minute of your life no matter what circumstances or hardship or blessing you find yourself in. That is passion, whole heartedly being His.
(Eph 6:6)Not with eye service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
Material in this section is based on various prayer diaries.
Radios are so much a part of the driving experience, it seems like cars have always had them. But they didn’t. Here’s the story.
One evening in 1929 two young men named William Lear and Elmer Wavering drove their girlfriends to a lookout point high above the Mississippi River town of Quincy , Illinois , to watch the sunset. It was a romantic night to be sure, but one of the women observed that it would be even nicer if they could listen to music in the car.
Lear and Wavering liked the idea. Both men had tinkered with radios - Lear had served as a radio operator in the U. S. Navy during World War I - and it wasn’t long before they were taking apart a home radio and trying to get it to work in a car. But it wasn’t as easy as it sounds: automobiles have ignition switches, generators, spark plugs, and other electrical equipment that generate noisy static interference, making it nearly impossible to listen to the radio when the engine was running.
One by one, Lear and Wavering identified and eliminated each source of electrical interference. When they finally got their radio to work, they took it to a radio convention in Chicago . There they met Paul Galvin, owner of Galvin Manufacturing Corporation. He made a product called a "battery eliminator" a device that allowed battery-powered radios to run on household AC current. But as more homes were wired for electricity, more radio manufacturers made AC-powered radios. Galvin needed a new product to manufacture. When he met Lear and Wavering at the radio convention, he found it. He believed that mass-produced, affordable car radios had the potential to become a huge business.
Lear and Wavering set up shop in Galvin’s factory, and when they perfected their first radio, they installed it in his Studebaker. Then Galvin went to a local banker to apply for a loan. Thinking it might sweeten the deal, he had his men install a radio in the banker’s Packard. Good idea, but it didn’t work - half an hour after the installation, the banker’s Packard caught on fire. (They didn’t get the loan.)
Galvin didn’t give up. He drove his Studebaker nearly 800 miles to Atlantic City to show off the radio at the 1930 Radio Manufacturers Association convention. Too broke to afford a booth, he parked the car outside the convention hall and cranked up the radio so that passing conventioneers could hear it. That idea worked - he got enough orders to put the radio into production.
WHAT’S IN A NAME
That first production model was called the 5T71. Galvin decided he needed to come up with something a little catchier. In those days many companies in the phonograph and radio businesses used the suffix "ola" for their names - Radiola, Columbiola, and Victrola were three of the biggest. Galvin decided to do the same thing, and since his radio was intended for use in a motor vehicle, he decided to call it the Motorola.
But even with the name change, the radio still had problems:
HIT THE ROAD
Selling complicated car radios that cost 20 percent of the price of a brand-new car wouldn’t have been easy in the best of times, let alone during the Great Depression - Galvin lost money in 1930 and struggled for a couple of years after that. But things picked up in 1933 when Ford began offering Motorola’s pre-installed at the factory. In 1934 they got another boost when Galvin struck a deal with B. F. Goodrich tire company to sell and install them in its chain of tire stores. By then the price of the radio, installation included, had dropped to $55. The Motorola car radio was off and running. (The name of the company would be officially changed from Galvin Manufacturing to "Motorola" in 1947.)
In the meantime, Galvin continued to develop new uses for car radios. In 1936, the same year that it introduced push-button tuning, it also introduced the Motorola Police Cruiser, a standard car radio that was factory preset to a single frequency to pick up police broadcasts. In 1940 he developed with the first handheld two-way radio - the Handie-Talkie - for the U. S. Army.
A lot of the communications technologies that we take for granted today were born in Motorola labs in the years that followed World War II. In 1947 they came out with the first television to sell under $200. In 1956 the company introduced the world’s first pager; in 1969 it supplied the radio and television equipment that was used to televise Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon. In 1973 it invented the world’s first handheld cellular phone. Today Motorola is one of the second-largest cell phone manufacturers in the world. And it all started with the car radio.
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO….
The two men who installed the first radio in Paul Galvin’s car, Elmer Wavering and William Lear, ended up taking very different paths in life. Wavering stayed with Motorola. In the 1950’s he helped change the automobile experience again when he developed the first automotive alternator, replacing inefficient and unreliable generators. The invention lead to such luxuries as power windows, power seats, and, eventually, air-conditioning.
Lear also continued inventing. He holds more than 150 patents. Remember eight-track tape players? Lear invented that. But what he’s really famous for are his contributions to the field of aviation. He invented radio direction finders for planes, aided in the invention of the autopilot, designed the first fully automatic aircraft landing system, and in 1963 introduced his most famous invention of all, the Lear Jet, the world’s first mass-produced, affordable business jet. (Not bad for a guy who dropped out of school after the eighth grade.)
Two elderly people were living in Fort Meyers, he was a widower and she a widow, they had known each other for a number of years. One evening there was a community supper in the Clubhouse.
The two were at the same table, across from one another. As the meal went on, he took a few admiring glances at her and finally gathered the courage to ask her, 'Will you marry me?'
After about six seconds of 'careful consideration,' she answered 'Yes. Yes, I will!'
The meal ended and, with a few more pleasant exchanges, they went to their respective places. Next morning, he was troubled. 'Did she say 'yes' or did she say 'no'?'
He couldn't remember. Try as he might, he just could not recall. Not even a faint memory.
With trepidation, he went to the telephone and called her.
First, he explained that he didn't remember as well as he used to. Then he reviewed the lovely evening past. As he gained a little more courage, he inquired, 'When I asked if you would marry me, did you say 'Yes' or did you say 'No'?'
He was delighted to hear her say, 'Why, I said, 'Yes, yes I will' and I meant it with all my heart.' Then she continued, 'And I am so glad that you called, because I couldn't remember who had asked me.'
Have a good day!
95 Theses to the Modern Evangelical Church
by Greg Gordon - (founder of SermonIndex.net)
50. Run from ungodly, spasmodic movements and endless empty prophesying. (Jer 5:13; 1Cor 14:33, 1Jn 2:16)
51. Run from preachers who tell mostly stories and jokes. (Eph 5:4; Tit 1:8; 2:12)
52. Run from those that are only after money, who use one gimmick after another to get your money. (2Pt 2:3; 2Cor 12:14; 1Cor 9:18)
(By Michael Boldea Jr.)
The purpose of knowing future events as presented in the Word of God.
Luke 8:24And they came to Him and woke Him up, saying, "Master, Master, we are perishing!" And being aroused, He rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. 25 And He said to them, "Where is your faith?" …
‘Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?’
We know these things are coming! We have known it for decades now, but this is no time for panic, but rather a time to dig deeper into our faith, to cement our relationship with God, and know His will for our lives as individuals. This is no time to cry our ‘do you not care that we are perishing’, but rather a time to say, ‘I have enough faith in my heavenly Father, I trust Him enough, that nothing will move me, nothing will shake me, nothing will hinder my stride toward eternity.’
Enjoy life… this is not a dress rehearsal
The wise person has long ears, big eyes and a short tongue
No time is ever wasted that makes two people better friends
To do nothing is tiresome; one can never stop and take a rest
Instead of giving yourself a pat on the back, try giving yourself a good shove
If everyone literally practiced an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, everyone would soon be blind and toothless
Do You Know God's Name?
God spoke to Moses and said to him, "I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them." (Exodus 6:2, 3; ESV)
The statement I just read often troubles readers of the Torah. When God appeared to Moses he told him that he did not make himself known to the forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, by the name (in Hebrew) yod, hei, vav, hei, [YHVH] often translated in English as LORD with full caps. This is sometimes written out as "Yahveh," or "Yahweh." This is where we get the mispronounced name "Jehovah". This name is derived from the Hebrew verb for "to be" and signifies God as the eternal Being, the self-existing one from whom all existence is derived.
There are people today that think it is essential to use God's actual name, thinking that something special would happen or that God would be more pleased with us if we did. But what God desires for us is that we would know his name in the way that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob did not. He is not far off, existing simply to warm our hearts through gentle reminders of intangible thoughts. But rather he is a God of action who wishes to powerfully break through into our lives in order to reveal his tangible reality to and through us.
By: Alan Gilman
Ps 29:11The LORD will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace.
YHVH (LORD) will give strength-will bless with peace. And who does not want peace? Who does not want strength, health, vigor? Americans spend millions on health care and tranquilizers - can it be we are looking in all the wrong places?
There is power available for His People - He promises.
2Chr 7:14If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Blessed be YHVH(Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)
A List of some Bible Miracles; Old Testament
- Creation of the world (Genesis 1)
Above list courtesy of Nave's Topical Bible which is in the Public Domain
1. A loud command (the voice of the archangel and the trumpet call of God) - 1 Thessalonians 4:16
3. Samaria - 1Kings 16:29
4. Humble himself - Luke 14:11
5. That Joseph would hold a grudge against them and pay them back - Genesis 50:15
6. Isaiah - Isaiah 37:1-4
7. King Agrippa - Acts 26:32
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