The Voice of the Lord

We thank you, ADONAI, God of heaven's armies, the One who is and was, that you have ...begun to rule (Revelation 11:17).

Almost two thousand years lie between us and the first Jews who confessed Yeshua as Messiah, but on God's timeline we stand at the same point as they did. The decisive acts of salvation through Yeshua belong to the past, and the return of Yeshua belongs to the future—for them as well as us.

Meanwhile, like first-century Messianic Jews, we have to listen to scoffing words, such as, "Where is this promised 'coming' of his?" (2 Peter 3:4) The response of the first believers was not to give a detailed timetable for the return of Yeshua, but to repeat what they had heard from Messiah himself, "You too, be ready! For the Son of Man will come when you are not expecting him" (Luke 12:40).

The decisive battles of World War II were fought after the allied forces had invaded Normandy in June, 1944. The victory had been won, but peace proper did not come until the spring of 1945.

Yeshua has won the decisive battle over sin, death and the Adversary. Let us walk in spiritual victory and be ever watchful for his peace-bringing return. my life as if Messiah were crucified yesterday, risen today and returning tomorrow.


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