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My dear reader, there are some world news reports at the back of this issue, but I am burdened to bring a word of encouragement to you and all my readers around the world. And what I say to you, I say to all ...  “Hold fast, for our glorious King will soon  return.”

“Let us hold fast, without wavering, to the hope (the confident expectation) we profess, for He who promised is faithful; let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds; and let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us exhort and encourage one another - and all the more, as you see the Day of YHWH approaching ... Do not throw away your confidence which has a great reward; for you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise. For in just a very little while, the One who is coming will come, and He will not delay.    (Hebrews 10:23-25, 35-37)

There is a lovely and lively song we used to enjoy singing so much at our King of Kings Festivals in India.

      Blow a trumpet in Zion, Sound it on the mountains  

Blow a trumpet in Zion,

For the day of the Lord is come.

Halle hallelujah, Lord God Almighty,

Halle hallelujah, Y’shua is King.

For the day of the Lord is come.

Blow the trumpet in Zion, Zion,

Sound the alarm on My holy mountain.

Blow the trumpet in Zion, Zion,

Sound the alarm!!


Oh what joy and rapture is ahead for all who are on the LORD’S side; for those who can proclaim these words:

Oh the King is coming! The King is coming!

Praise God, He’s coming for me!


Jesus is coming, O Jesus is coming,

He’s coming again and the time may be near!

Sing to the nations, O tell it and shout it

The wonderful message that ev’ry one needs to hear!

Jesus is coming, Jesus is coming again.

Coming again! Coming again! Jesus is coming again!

The burden of my heart for all my readers, is that each one will be ready for the coming of the Master. The Day is drawing very near. And although we don’t know when, Y’shua, Jesus, is coming again, world events are screaming out, “Get ready!”

This is not some vague “hope” we have, believer, it is the definite promise of the Messiah who is the Truth. He has promised to return and rapture (catch up) His people - to receive them to Himself. It is a very definite expectation that fills our hearts, and the above Scripture exhorts us not to lose that confidence. Although many Christians today, it seems, have cast away their expectation of the Rapture, this blessed hope has been the event that born again believers have been waiting for, ever since the day the Saviour ascended to Heaven. Remember ...

“While they watched, He was caught up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they were looking intently into the sky as He went up, behold, two men in white clothing stood by them; and they also said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into the sky? This same Y’shua, who has been taken up from you into Heaven, will come back in just the same way as you have seen Him go into Heaven’.” (Acts 1:7-11)

The Second Coming is Scriptural! The Rapture is scriptural!

One brother wrote to me recently and said, “Don’t use that word ‘Rapture.’ It is not in the Bible.”

True, the English word Rapture is not in the Bible, but the event is there! And Rapture is not a bad word. If I didn’t use the word Rapture, then I would use “the Catching Up” – that expression is definitely there, in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17.  But I like the word Rapture, because the catching up is going to be rapturous - such joy that most of us have never ever experienced.

In the Scriptures there are 200 promises regarding the FIRST coming of the Messiah. And there are 300 promises regarding the SECOND coming.

The apostle Paul said:

“ ... awaiting and looking for the blessed hope - the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Y’shua the Messiah.” (Titus 2:13)

The apostle John said:

“Little children, abide and stay in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.”  (1 John 2:28)

The apostle Peter said that many would scoff at the prospect of the Master’s return and its seeming delay.

But ... “The LORD is not slow concerning His promise, as some un­derstand slowness, but is patient toward you, not wanting anyone to perish, but for everyone to come to repentance. But the Day of YHWH will come (unexpected) like a thief in the night...”  (2 Peter 3:9-10)

The apostle James said:

“Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Mas­ter. See how the farmer waits expectantly for the precious ‘fruit of the earth,’ waiting patiently until the land receives the early and late rains. You too be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Master is near.” (James 8:7-8)

All the great Bible believers over the centuries, although they may not have had the same understanding of all the details, have believed in the literal return of Christ.

Martin Luther said: “I live as though Jesus Christ died yesterday, rose again today, and were coming tomorrow.”

And fully 5000 of Charles Wesley’s 7,000 hymns refer to the Second Coming of Christ.


Today, in spite of the apostasy that is sweeping through sections of “the Church,” millions of believers are keenly awaiting the Master’s return. And to these believers I say, “hold fast... for in just a very little while, the One who is coming will come, and He will not delay.”

* Many believers do expect the return of the Lord, but they are sometimes discouraged in various ways in these last days. And I want to say to them; “Keep looking up! Do not throw away your confidence. He who promised is faithful. Be encouraged in the Master!”

Don’t be surprised, my brother, my sister, at the trials that come your way. We are sons and daughters of El Shaddai, the Al­mighty God, and He is with us in the midst of the storm; even in the fiery furnace. Remember John Newton?

      Through many dangers, toils and snares,

      I have already come.

      ’Tis grace that brought me safe thus far;

      And grace will lead me home.

Remember Simon Peter’s words;

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Master, Y’shua the Messiah, who, by His great mercy, has caused us, through the resurrection of Y’shua the Messiah from the dead, to be born again into a living hope, into an inheritance which can never perish, or be corrupted, or fade away, that is kept safe in heaven for you, and for all who, through faith, are being protected by the power of El Shaddai (Almighty God) until the coming of the  deliverance that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

“In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proving of your faith - which is more precious than gold that perishes, though tested by fire - may be found to result in praise, glory and honour at the revelation of Y’shua the Messiah; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and while not seeing Him at present, yet believing in Him, you rejoice with joy inexpressible, and are filled with glory.”  (1 Peter 1:3-8)

Don’t let trials and disappointments rob you of your joyful expectation of the Saviour’s imminent return!

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endur­ance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4)

*  I know many of my readers are hurting - some very badly. But, beloved, I beg of you, bring all your hurts, your wounds, your sorrows to the Saviour’s feet - and leave them there. You don’t have to keep bearing that load of care.

“Rejoice in YHWH-Y’SHUA the LORD always ... The Master is near. Do not be anxious about anything - do not worry at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiv­ing, make your requests known to God. And the peace of God, which exceeds all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through the Messiah, Y’shua.”  (Philippians 4:4-7)

Don’t keep picking at the scabs. Do you remember your mother telling you that? Don’t pick at your wounds. Let the healing process go on. Don’t keep going over the hurts and wounds of your past experiences.

* There are some of my readers who feel a failure. They feel they have failed in the eyes of people around them; and in the sight of the Master. They have failed themselves, and now they don’t want to try any more.

*  Dear one, failure is not final! The Heavenly Father is your Father, and He is with you, and He hears your groans. He counts every tear that flows down your cheeks. It may be that He is waiting for you to realize that in our own strength we can do nothing but fail. Victory is in Y’shua, our victorious Saviour. Won’t you give your failure to the Master, and ask Him to translate His victory into your experience? He can do it!

*  Some of my readers are Christian workers who are very tired. Are you one of them? You may have been hindered by sickness, accidents, financial distress, opposition, stinging criticism and other distresses. It may be that you feel hemmed in, and that there is little lasting fruit from all your labours. You ask, “Is it really worthwhile?”

It may be that the load you carry is too heavy. It is time to rest! Hold on, my weary co-worker. “Hang in” there! I know how you feel. And more important, your Master knows, and He has felt all the knocks you have received, all the burdens you carry, and all the frustrations that disturb you. Remember His gracious words in the following scripture. They are for YOU!

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30)

*    Some of my readers are sick and bed-ridden, and they feel at such a loss. Physical disability has brought them low, and their hopes and aspirations seem dashed to pieces. They are trying to cope with limitations, and often feel they are a bother to other people. Sometimes they think there is no hope for them in this world. But dear suffering one, hear your Master’s words:

“This sickness is not unto death, but it is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified by it.”  (John 11:4)

On your sick bed, the Master is ministering to you, beloved. And He intends to bring you through your circumstances, with a deeper understanding of His surpassing love and grace to you.

*    It may be that some of my readers are entrapped by circum­stances that are entirely beyond their own control. There seems to be no way out of their dungeon of distress, and they cry out. “Why, O Lord?” They feel like Joseph:

“You have laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the depths.” (Psalm 88:6)

It is very difficult at such times to accept that...

God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

But that Scripture is true, dear one. Trust in Him and He will bring it to pass. Trust Him, and shortly you will be saying ...

“I waited intently for YHWH, and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the mud and mire, and He has set my feet upon a rock. He has established my footsteps. He has put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.”  (Psalm 40:1-3)

*    Many of my readers are young people, and some are experiencing discouragements as they prepare for life and service for the Master. Maybe you are one of them? While others seem carefree and don’t have the struggles you have, you feel you are targeted for defeat! You feel you are never going to make the grade? Satan is doing everything possible to hinder you? Temptations seem too strong. You want to follow the Master, but you are tempted to give up.

Young disciple; your Master is teaching you to walk in His steps; to trust in Him and not to place confidence in yourself. Y’shua Himself, as a young Man in His early thirties, said:

“I assure you truly, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but only what He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son also does in like manner.” (John 5:19)

And the apostle Paul learned the lesson:

“I have been crucified with the Messiah; and I no longer live, but it is the Messiah who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

All disciples have to learn to walk in the Master’s steps. What you are going through is not uncommon. All mature men and women of God have been through similar experiences to you. They have had the same feelings, fears, and doubts. But they have kept their eyes on the Master. The following verses have been a tremendous help to me, and to believers down through the centuries. Take encouragement in God’s Word:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us also throw off every weight, every encum­brance, every hindrance, and particularly the sin that most readily assails, entangles and leeches onto us, robbing us of spiritual strength; and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Y’shua, the Author of the Faith and the One who completes and perfects our faith, who, in view of the joy set before Him endured the cross, ignoring and even despising its shame, and has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider and think much about Him who endured bitter hostility against Himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)

* Some of my readers are afraid. Some are afraid of the financial crisis; of the future; of what might happen. Some are afraid to die; or afraid of being left behind!

Some have been going through tough experiences, and have faced circumstances which Satan has used to create a spirit of fear in your minds. And this is not uncommon. In fact, it is one of Satan’s successful tactics that are used so often to cripple believers and unbelievers alike. Fear is one of Satan’s weapons, and it is one of the strongholds he seeks to build in minds.

But my reader, if you are a believer in Christ, you need not fear. For the believer, there are many precious promises of God:

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, (cowardice and timidity), but of power and love and of a sound mind - (discipline & wise discretion).”  (2 Timothy 1:7)

“Do not be anxious about anything - do not worry at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. And the peace of God, which exceeds all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through the Messiah, Y’shua.”  (Philippians 4:6-7)

“Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.” - Y’shua. (John 14:1)

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)

“For every one who has been born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith.”  (1 John 5:4)

Faith is simply trusting God. We are not told to “work up enough courage or strength.” No! Simply call on the Lord and TRUST Him.

“I call upon YHWH the One who is to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies ... He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me; for they were stronger than I.”  (Psalm 18:3,17)

“You have also given me the Shield of Your Salvation, and Your right Hand upholds me.” (Psalm 18:35)

* Some of my readers may be facing, or waiting for, death. But even now, it may be that you will be caught up from the bed to heaven, in the Rapture - “for in just a very little while, the One who is coming will come, and He will not delay.”

But if you are born again, and if the Master should call you home before the Rapture, remember He is with you at the time of your home-call. It is your Saviour who is calling you home. You have His precious promise:

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.”  (Isaiah 43:2)

“Peace I leave with you - My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. You heard that I said to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you’.” (John 14:27-28)

If you are not born again, then of course you are in a very dangerous position. You are condemned already!

“You must be born again! ... For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world; but so that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not condemned; he who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the Name of the one and only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:7, 17-18)

To be saved, to be born again, dear reader, you need to simply call on the Name of the Lord Jesus, believing in your heart, that He is the Saviour who died for your sins, and rose again from the dead. As the Scripture above says, you are not con­demned if you believe in the Son of God.

“For YHWH, the Almighty God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten (His only and unique) Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him, should not perish, but have eternal (everlasting) life.” (John 3:16)

“If you confess with your mouth Y’shua as Master, and be­lieve in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. ... for WHOEVER WILL CALL UPON THE NAME OF YHWH-Y’SHUA the LORD WILL BE SAVED.” (Romans 10:9,13)

“For by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God - not as a result of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Reader, if you are not saved, will you call on the Saviour today, and receive Him as your personal Saviour? The following prayer will help you to express your faith. Pray sincerely from your heart.


Heavenly Father,

I come to You, just as I am, a sinner needing Your grace and forgiveness. I believe that Y’shua, Jesus, is the Son of God who died as the Lamb of God, paying the penalty for my sins. On the basis of what He has done at Calvary, I call upon You Father, to forgive all my sins and save me today. Make me a new born-again person.

Lord Jesus, I ask You to come into my life today, with Your love, salvation, and eternal life. I give my life to You, and by Your grace I will follow You as my Master and Saviour, from this day on. Father, thank You for hearing and answering this prayer, which I ask in the Name of Jesus, Y’shua the Messiah. Amen.

*       *       *       *       *

“Bless YHWH, O my soul, and do not forget all of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities. YHWH is compas­sionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”        (Psalm 103:2,3,8,10-12)



          THE MESSIAH    


“The LORD reigns. The strength of the King loves justice. You have established equity. You have executed justice and righteousness.” (Psalm  99:1, 4)

In two earlier editions, we meditated on the Messiah as Prophet-teacher, and as Priest-Redeemer. Now we look at His role as Messiah-King and Judge. And as Y’shua of Nazareth (who was born in Bethlehem, the hometown of King David), was totally qualified for the multiple roles during His first coming, He is also fully qualified for His future role as King & Judge.

Although He is indeed the King Eternal (1 Tim 1:17), Y’shua’s Messianic Kingship role has been deferred until the future –  the Millennial and Eternal reigns. It is in those times that this prophecy will be fulfilled:

“The kingdoms of the world have become the kingdom of YHWH our LORD and of His Anointed – the Messiah; and He will reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15)




“The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; and to Him shall be the obedience of the people.” (Genesis 49:10).  (Shiloh is a Messianic title).

The tribe of Judah was the Divinely-chosen line of the royal dynasty that began with David.


“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will rest upon His shoulders. His Name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government and of peace. He will reign on the throne of David and over His kingdom, to establish and uphold it with justice and righteousness from that time on and for ever. The zeal of YHWH of Hosts will accomplish this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7)

In the Gospel of Matthew we have the recorded genealogy of Y’shua, clearly showing His descent from Abraham, through both Judah and David.

“The book of the genealogy of Y’shua the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham. To Abraham was born Isaac; and to Isaac, Jacob; and to Jacob, Judah ... and then … Perez … Hezron … Ram … Amminadab … Nahshon … Salmon … Boaz … Obed … Jesse … and to Jesse was born David the king.” (Matthew 1:1-2)

Judah the chosen tribe; David was the chosen King – the Anointed (1 Sam. 16:12-13; 2 Sam. 23:1; Psalm 2:2; 18:50.)  David’s anointed descendant was Y’shua the Messiah.

The angel Gabriel declared to Mary:

“Look! You will become pregnant and will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the Name, Y’SHUA. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the LORD God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever. There will never be an end to His kingdom.”  (Luke 1:31-33)

Later the ascended glorified Messiah declared His Davidic lineage from the Throne of God:

“I, Y’shua, have sent My messenger to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Descendant of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” (Revelation 22:16)


The prophecy and the fulfilment are clear:

“Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, a descendant of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Miryam (Mary). The angel came to her and said, ‘I respect you highly! You are the Favoured One! The LORD is with you! You are the most blessed of all women! … Look! You will become pregnant and will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the Name, Y’SHUA’.” (Luke 1:26-28, 31)

“An angel of the LORD appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Miryam as your wife; for the Child conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a Son; and you shall call His name Y’shua (which means, YHWH is salvation), for He will save His people from their sins. All this took place to fulfil what the LORD had said through the prophet. The virgin shall conceive, and will give birth to a Son, and they shall call His Name Immanuel; which translated means, ‘God is with us.’ [Isaiah 7:24]. Joseph … took Mary as his wife, but kept her a virgin until after she had given birth to her firstborn Son; and he gave Him the Name, Y’shua.” (Matthew 1:20-25)


The requirement in prophecy:

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too small to be noticed among the clans of Judah. From out of you will come forth for Me the One who will be ruler in Israel. His origins are from eternity.” (Micah 5:2)

The fulfilment:

“And Joseph also, because he was of the house and line of David, went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the town of David which is called Bethlehem; in order to register, along with Miryam, his bethrothed wife who was expecting a child. While they were there … she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.” (Luke 2:4-7)

Y’shua’s origins are declared in John 1:1-2, 14:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning before all time … The Word became flesh (incarnate, human), and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, the glory of the ‘only begotten’  who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

It was attested also by the Father:

“As soon as Y’shua was baptised, He went up out of the water; and at that moment, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting upon Him. And a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My Son, My Beloved, I am well pleased with Him’.”  (Matthew 3:16-17)


YHWH promised King David:

“I will raise up your descendants to succeed you; and I will establish the kingdom of One who will come forth from you. He will build a house for My Name, and I will establish the throne of His kingdom for ever … Your house and your kingdom shall endure for ever before Me; your throne shall be established for ever.” (2 Samuel 7: 12-13,16)

In the Psalms, YHWH again declared:

“I will not violate My covenant, nor will I change what has gone out from My lips. Once I have sworn by My holiness; I will not lie to David. His descendants shall be forever, and his throne as the sun before Me. Like the moon, it is established for ever, and the witness in the sky is steadfast.” (Psalm 89:34-37)


The apostle Peter declared:


“Brethren, I may confidently say to you regarding the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.  And so, because he was a prophet and knew THAT GOD HAS SWORN TO HIM AN OATH TO PLACE ONE OF HIS DESCENDANTS ON HIS THRONE, [2 Sam 7:12], he foresaw this, and spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah - that HE WAS NEITHER ABANDONED TO HADES, NOR DID HIS FLESH SUFFER DECAY.” (Acts 2:25-31)


According to Daniel, the Messiah will be a Prince.

“From the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Messiah the Anointed Prince of Peace, there will be 7 ‘weeks’ and 62 ‘weeks’.” ( ie. 69 weeks of years - 483 years). (Daniel 9:25)

And Isaiah refers to Messiah as the Son, the Prince of Peace.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will rest upon His shoulders. His Name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government and of peace. He will reign on the throne of David and over His kingdom, to establish and uphold it with justice and righteousness from that time on and for ever. The zeal of YHWH of Hosts will accomplish this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7)

Y’shua is indeed the King of Peace.  In this role He is a prototype of the church which is described as a “kingdom of priests” (Rev 5:10), which is appointed to reign with the Messiah-King in the Millennium and throughout Eternity. (Revelation 20:6)


The purpose of the Eternal One is to place the Messiah, the descendant of David, on David’s throne, and that He should reign for ever.

The prophet Jeremiah writes:

“‘In those days and at that time I will cause to spring up for David a Branch of Righteousness. He will execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In those days Judah shall be saved and Jerusalem will dwell in safety; and this is the name by which she will be called: YHWH our righteousness. (YHWH Tzidkeinu).’  For this is what YHWH says: David will never lack a man to sit on the throne of the House of Israel’.” (Jeremiah 33:15-17)

The covenant did not guarantee an uninterrupted rule by David’s family, but it did promise that the right to rule would always remain with David’s dynasty, and that ultimately, “the Branch of Righteousness” would take the throne.

For 500 years following David’s own reign, his sons, in succession, sat on his throne in Judah. Then from the Babylonian captivity until the birth of Christ - some 580 years – there was in every generation a rightful heir to (though no occupant of) David’s throne.

With the birth of Y’shua the Messiah, there is no need for any other, for He is the true Heir – the King Eternal.

Y’SHUA ... He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the LORD God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever. There will never be an end to His kingdom.”  (Luke 1:31-33)

“‘I, yes, I have installed My King on Zion, My holy hill.’” [Heb.1:3. 8:1] Psalm 2:6).

This word was fulfilled for a time in David’s reign, but will be gloriously fulfilled in Y’shua the Messiah.


 “Lift up your heads, O you gates, and be lifted up, you everlasting doors, and the King of Glory will come in! Who is this King of Glory? YHWH strong and mighty, YHWH mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates, and lift them up, O everlasting doors, and the King of Glory will come in! Who is this King of Glory? YHWH of Hosts, He is the King of Glory. Selah”   (Psalm 24:7-10)

YHWH of Hosts, the King of Glory, is a title of the pre-incarnate Messiah.

“You have crowned Him with glory and honour.”       (Hebrews 2:7)


“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.” (Matthew 25:31)

Y’shua Himself is the Sh’khinah – the manifest glory of God. And from His Throne of Glory, the Sh’khinah emanates to the heavens and earth.

“The Sh’khinah glory of YHWH will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it; for the mouth of YHWH has spoken.” (Isaiah 40:5)

“Y’shua answered them, ‘I tell you the truth; in THE REGENERATION - the Messianic renewal and restoration of the world - when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel’.” (Matthew 19:28)

“And truly, as I live, all the earth will be filled with the glory of YHWH.” (Numbers 14:21)

“Blessed be YHWH ELOHIM, the God of Israel, who alone is doing wonders. And blessed be His glorious Name forever! And let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen.”     (Psalm 72:18-19)


“Ask of Me, and I will give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession.” (Psalm 2:8) 

“And YHWH will be King over all the earth; in that day it will be acknowledged - YHWH is one; and His Name the only one.” (Zechariah 14:9)

“O God, give the king Your judgments, and Your righteousness to the king’s Son … He will rule from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth … All kings will bow down before Him, and all nations will serve him … His Name will endure forever; His Name will continue as long as the sun; and all people will be blessed in Him. All nations will call Him blessed.”  (Psalm 72:1, 6, 8, 11, 17)

      Jesus shall reign where’er the sun

      Doth his successive journeys run.

      His kingdom stretch from shore to shore

      Till moons shall wax and wane no more.

      To Him shall endless prayer be made,

      And endless praises crown His head;

      His Name like sweet perfume shall rise

      With every morning sacrifice.


O Hope of Israel, its Saviour in time of distress, why are You like a stranger in the land, and like a traveller who stays only a night?” (Jeremiah 14:8)

The apostle Paul, while a prisoner in Rome, said: “I am wearing this chain for the sake of the Hope of Israel.” (Acts 28:20)

Another term which conveys much the same meaning as the Hope of Israel, is the Consolation of Israel:

“Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This righteous and devout man was waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the anointed of the LORD - the Messiah.”  (Luke 2:25-26)

The Hope and Consolation of Israel is not merely an expectation – it is the Person of the Messiah-King.


“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the East, and have come to worship Him.” (Matthew 2:2)

Y’shua the Messiah-King “came to His own, but His own did not receive Him.” (John 1:11)

But there was a remnant who did recognise Him as the king, and receive Him:

“When He came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole band of disciples began to praise God joyfully in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: ‘BLESSED IS THE KING WHO COMES  IN  THE  NAME  OF  THE LORD!’ ”   (Luke 19:37-38)

Y’shua did not deny that He was a king.

“Pilate therefore asked Him, ‘Are You a king then?’ Y’shua answered, ‘You say correctly that I am a king..” (John 18:37)

In fact, He confirmed that He was indeed the King of the Jews.

“Now Y’shua stood before the governor, and the governor questioned Him saying, ‘Are You the King of the Jews?’ And Y’shua said to him, ‘It is as you say’.”  (Matthew 27:11)

Y’shua died with that title nailed to His cross:

“For there was also an inscription above Him, written in Greek, Latin and Hebrew which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.” (Luke 23:38)

But the chief priests and rulers of Israel proclaimed, “We will not have this man to reign over us.” (Luke 19:14). And this has been the majority response of the Jews from that time until the present time; with the result that for centuries …


The Israelites’ long dispersion among the nations as well as their unbelief and their return to YHWH, was foretold by the prophet Hosea long ago:

“For the sons of Israel will remain many days without king or prince, without sacrifice … afterward the sons of Israel will return and seek YHWH their God and David their king; and they will come in awe to YHWH and to His goodness in the last days.” (Hosea 3:4-5)

The return to YHWH-Y’SHUA has begun, but its fullness awaits three major events for Israel - events that will take place in the Tribulation - the Day of Jacob’s trouble.

The Outpouring of the Spirit on the Nation:

“And after this I will pour out My Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions.” (Joel 2:28)

The Cleansing of the People:

“In that day a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and uncleanness.” (Zechariah 13:1)

The Fiery Ordeal of Israel

“In the whole land, declares YHWH, two thirds will be struck down and perish; but one third will be left in it. And I will bring this third through the fire, refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My Name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ And they will say, ‘YHWH is my God’.”  (Zechariah 13:8-9)

These awesome works will refine the Jewish people and prepare them for the kingdom that is to come.

After the great upheaval of the Tribulation  …


“In that day, YHWH will extend His hand a second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left, from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.” (Isaiah 11:11)

“Therefore the Sovereign Master, YHWH, says, ‘Now I am going to bring back the captives of Jacob, and have compassion on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy Name. They will forget their disgrace and all their treachery which they committed against Me, when they live securely on their own land with no one to make them afraid. 

“‘When I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them out of the lands of their enemies, I shall be sanctified through them in the sight of the many nations, and they will know that I am YHWH their God who sent them into exile among the nations, and then gathered them again to their own land; and I will leave none of them there as captives any longer.  And I will not hide My Face from them any longer, for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel.’ ” (Ezekiel 39:25-29)

Saved Israel will have a central role in the Millennial kingdom, but Messiah will be …


“In that day the Root of Jesse (David’s father) will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to Him; and His place of rest will be glorious.”  (Isaiah 11:10)


“And all the nations will be gathered before Him … Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”  (Matthew 25:32, 34)

“All kings will bow down before Him, and all nations will serve him  …  His Name will endure forever; His Name will continue as long as the sun; and all people will be blessed in Him. All nations will call Him blessed.”  (Psalm 72:11, 17) 

“All nations whom You have made come and worship before You, O Master, and glorify Your Name.” (Psalm 86:9)


What a great contrast between Messiah’s kingdom and the present world order - the “kingdom of darkness.”


“It will come about that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy - all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 4:3)

“In that day there will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, “HOLY TO YHWH.” And the cooking pots in the house of YHWH will be like the sacred bowls in front of the altar.” (Zechariah 14:20)


“‘In those days and at that time I will cause to spring up for David a Branch of Righteousness. He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In those days Judah shall be saved and Jerusalem will dwell in safety’.” (Jeremiah 33:15-16)

“He will not judge by what He sees with His eyes, nor make a decision by what He hears with His ears; but with righteousness He will judge the poor, and with justice, give decisions for the meek of the earth. ... Righteousness will be His sash and faithfulness the belt around His waist.”  (Isaiah 11:3-5)


“He will judge between the nations, and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they learn warfare any more.” (Isaiah 2:4)

“He will speak peace to the nations.” (Zechariah 9:10)


 “All kings will bow down before Him, and all nations will serve him. For He will deliver the needy when he cries for help, and the afflicted who has no helper.  He will have compassion on the poor and needy, and will save the lives of the needy.  He will redeem their life from oppression and violence; and their blood will be precious in His sight.” (Psalm 72:11-14) 


“Many peoples will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of YHWH, to the House of the God of Jacob. He will teach us His ways, so that we may walk in His paths.’ For the Torah (instruction) will go out from Zion, and the Word of YHWH from Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 2:3)


“And He will live with them …  Prayer also will be made for him continually, and He will be blessed all day long.”  (Psalm 72:15) 

“Sing for joy and be glad, O daughter of Zion! Look! for I am coming and I will live among you,” declares YHWH.” (Zechariah 2:10

“And they shall call His Name Immanuel, which translated means, ‘God with us’.”  (Matthew 1:23)

 “A shoot will spring up from the stem of Jesse, and from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of YHWH will rest upon Him; The Spirit of Wisdom and of Understanding, The Spirit of Counsel and of Power; The Spirit of Knowledge and of the Fear of YHWH - and He will delight in the fear of YHWH.”  (Isaiah 11:1-2)  “YHWH of Hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and before His appointed elders in power and great glory.” (Isaiah 24:23)


“Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; for YAH, YHWH is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation. Therefore you will joyously draw water from the springs of salvation … Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitants of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 12:2, 3, 6)

“YHWH reigns; the earth is joyful; many islands are rejoicing … For You, YHWH, are the Most High over all the earth; You are exalted far above all gods.” (Psalm 97:1, 9)


“Then He will send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful. In that day your cattle will graze in wide lush pastures.” (Isaiah 30:23). “There will be abundance of corn in the earth.”  (Psalm 72:16) 



In  the Psalms we have a prophetic picture of the Bride:

“Listen, O daughter, and see; incline your ear. Forget your people and your father’s house; and let the King delight in your beauty; because He is your Master - bow down to Him … The King’s ‘daughter’ is all glorious within the palace; her clothing is embroidered with gold. She is led to the King in robes of many colours.”  (Psalm 45:10-11, 13-14)

And a fuller picture of the Bride is given in Revelation:

“‘HalleluYah! For the LORD our God, the Almighty (YHWH El Shaddai), reigns.’ ‘Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His Bride has prepared herself.’ Bright and clean fine linen was given to her to wear; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the set-apart people of God.” (Revelation 19:6-8)

“‘Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb. Then in the Spirit he conveyed me away to a great and high mountain, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the Sh’khinah glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very precious jewel, like jasper, clear as crystal.” (Revelation 21:9-11)

The Holy City is the dwelling place of the Bride – the place the Master has prepared for His Bride.  It is the palace of the King.


Some have erroneously taught that the Messianic kingdom is the church, but neither the Old Testament Messianic prophecies, nor the New Testament teachings label the church as the kingdom.

In broad terms, the kingdom of God refers to the universal rule of God from everlasting to everlasting.

The kingdom of heaven is applied to God’s rule on earth. And that rule has taken various forms such as in the times of the Judges, and the Davidic reign.

A spiritual form of kingdom is a reality here and now as Y’shua reigns in the hearts of believers worldwide. But the Messianic expectation is the reign of the Messiah on earth – a kingdom with a heavenly character, but with a literal worldwide manifestation.

Messiah’s reign did not begin at the 1st advent, or at His ascension! It will begin at the 2nd coming when …



Daniel described the Messiah’s coming to receive the kingdom:

“In the night visions, I kept looking, and then there was One like the Son of Man, coming in the clouds of heaven. He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. Then He was given authority, glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations, and men of every language should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”  (Daniel 7:13-14)


The Messiah has been appointed as the judge of all.

“For the Father judges no one, but He has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honour the Son even as they honour the Father. He who does not honour the Son does not honour the Father who sent Him.” (John 5:22-23)


This is the evaluation-judgment of believers of the church…

“For we (believers) must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Messiah, so that each one may receive in reference to what has been done in the body, whether good or bad.”  (2 Corinthians 5:10)

“Now if any man builds upon the Foundation using gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay or straw, each man’s work will be shown for what it is, for the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire; and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If the work which any person has built on this Foundation survives, he shall receive his reward.  If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, but only as one who has passed through fire.” (1 Corinthians 3:13-15)


“These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength which He (God) exerted in the Messiah, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come.” (Ephesians 1:19-21)

 “YHWH says to my Master, ‘Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.’ YHWH will send the sceptre of Your strength from Zion, saying, ‘Rule in the midst of Your enemies!’” (Psalm 110:1-2). See also in Matt. 22:44; Heb.1:13; and  Colossians.3:1.  Also Hebrews 10:12 and 12:2.


“He (God) has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:31)

“…for He is coming; for He is coming to judge the earth! He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in His faithfulness.”  (Psalm 96:13)


“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. And all the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.”  (Matthew 25:31-32)

This is the judgment of “the sheep and the goats” – of the surviving people of the Tribulation.


“Most assuredly I tell you the truth, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself; and He has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. Do not be amazed at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, and will come forth - those who have done good, to a resurrection of life, and those who have practiced evil to a resurrection of judgment.” (John 5:28-29)

These verses do not differentiate between the resurrection of believers which brings them to, and through an evaluation-judgment, and the resurrection that leads to the sentencing-judgment of the unsaved at the Great White Throne.

But Revelation 20:4-6 makes it clear that there is a “first resurrection” (for believers) – the resurrection to life; and there is a “second resurrection” (for all unsaved) which leads to  ...


“I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it. Earth and heaven fled from His Presence, and there was no place found for them.” (Revelation 20:11)

It is the Person of the Messiah who is the Judge on the throne – with the overpowering glory of God emanating from Him.


Ultimately, when Messiah has fulfilled His reign on earth, and all judgment has been completed, He will “wrap up” the time-based kingdom and bring “the temporal ages” to an end.

“Then comes the end, when He (the Son) hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.  For He must reign until He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death. For HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET. But when He says, ‘All things are put in subjection,’ it is evident that He (the Father) who put all things in subjection to Him (the Son), is excepted.  And when all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, that God may be all in all.” (1 Corinthians 15:24-28)

What then follows is …


‘To the One seated on the throne, and to the Lamb,

be blessing and honour, and glory and power, for ever and ever.’


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June 25/09. Barack Obama’s key policy of seeking dialogue with Iran’s leaders, to keep a lid on Iran’s nuclear program is looking more and more ludicrous.

After a week of soft-peddling on Tehran’s brutal crackdown on Iran’s aggrieved protestors, Obama finally said he was “appalled and outraged” at the violence with which the demonstrations have been repressed.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose disputed election victory has prompted the biggest crisis in the 30-year history of the Islamic Republic, hit out at President Obama. Ahmadinejad accused Obama of following his predecessor’s lead.

“Mr Obama made a mistake to say those things. Our question is why he fell into this trap and said things that previously (George) Bush used to say,” he said.


June 26/09. One day after Mr Ahmadinejad’s attack on Obama, the White House accused the Iranian President of seeking to blame the US for unrest  following Iran’s disputed election.

Ahmadinejad’s main opponent was Mir Hussein Moussavi who lost even in his own city, according to official election results. Upwards of a million young, pro-democracy reformers, believing the polls were rigged, went to the streets calling for a new election. The hardline Islamic government’s  attacked the protestors killing hundreds and injuring thousands.

June 25/09. Iranian authorities arrested 70 university professors who met with embattled opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi.

The academics arrested outside Mr Moussavi’s house join more than 100 reformist journalists, academics and politicians already being held incommunicado in Tehran’s Evin prison.

June 27/09. Moussavi backed down from leading the protest movement after Irani leaders called for leaders of protest movements to be executed.


Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s top Muslim leader, who has solidly backed Ahmadinejad, accused “dirty Zionists” and “Zionist media” for being behind charges that the results of the election were rigged.

Ahmadinejad’s standing at home appears to have suffered since the election. Several Tehran newspapers reported that only 105 out of 290 members of parliament attended a victory celebration for Ahmadinejad on 23rd June. 185 stayed away, including Parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani.

Iran’s most senior dissident cleric, Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, warned the authorities that trying to snuff out dissent would prove futile.

If people are not allowed to voice their demands in peaceful gatherings, it “could destroy the foundation of any government,” regardless of its power, wrote Montazeri. He was the heir apparent to the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini until falling out of favor with the ruling clerics by questioning their almost limitless powers.

Montazeri spent five years under house arrest in the city of Qom, a center of clerical power and Shiite Islamic learning.

Netanyahu defies Obama with harsh conditions for Palestinian ‘entity’  

June 15/09. Binyamin Netanyahu threw down the gauntlet to the US last night, grudgingly agreeing to a limited Palestinian state that would be demilitarized and not in control of its airspace or borders.

The hawkish Prime Minister insisted that Israel would never give up a united Jerusalem as its capital, and said that established Jewish settlements in the West Bank would continue to expand — despite explicit objections from Washington.

The right-wing Israeli leader said the moderate Palestinian leadership in the West Bank must agree to recognize Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people, as well as fight the Islamic hardliners Hamas, who now control Gaza, in return for the resumption of peace talks.

“The key condition is that the Palestinians recognize in a clear and public manner that Israel is the state of the Jewish people.  If we have the guarantees on demilitarization, and if the Palestinians recognize Israel as a state of the Jewish people, then we arrive at a solution based on a demilitarized Palestinian state alongside Israel,” Mr Netanyahu said.

“Each will have its flag, each will have its anthem. The Palestinian territory will be without arms, will not control airspace, will not be able to have arms enter.”


June 24/09. The deep division between Israeli and American views on the future of Judea and Samaria became more evident Tuesday when the office of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced the cancellation of a planned meeting with US Middle East envoy George Mitchell, in France.

The American envoy instead will meet with Defense Minister Ehud Barak during Barak’s trip to Washington next week.


The Obama administration’s latest demand is that Israel stop construction work in East Jerusalem - in areas captured in the 1967 war.


June 22/09.  President Barack Obama’s refusal to take a stand on protests in Iran stands in sharp contrast to demands he has made on Israel, Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, says in a Newsmax interview.

“I think he should take a strong stand to support the protesters in Iran who want to transform that society into one that promotes democracy and human rights,” Klein says. “But while meddling in Israel’s affairs and making specific demands, he explicitly states he refuses to meddle in Iran’s policies and has said almost nothing.”

Klein says leaders of Jewish organizations are deeply concerned about Obama’s actions and policies toward Israel, and now they’re rethinking their support which they gave to Barack Obama during the campaign and the election.”

“There are many leaders in the organized Jewish world who have privately discussed this issue with me,” and  says Klein, whose organization of 30,000 members is the oldest pro-Israel group in the country.

Based on the president’s speech in Cairo on June 4 and many of his foreign policy appointments, Klein thinks Obama “may become the most hostile president to Israel ever.”


June 17/09. The chief Palestinian negotiator says that Israel must resume peace talks from the point where they ended under Israel’s previous, more moderate government. Ahmed Qureia told reporters at his office just east of Jerusalem that talks cannot “start from scratch.” Netanyahu wants to restart the process at the beginning.


June 24/09. U.S. President Barack Obama is resuming diplomatic ties with Syria after a four-year hiatus as he aims for a regional peace in the Middle East. Syrian President Bashar Assad has conditioned peace with Israel on its regaining sovereignty of the strategic Golan Heights. Slightly more than half of the population on the Golan comprises Jews, and most of the remainder are Druze.

Israeli Foreign Minister spokesman Andy David told Israel National News that the move by the US is part of Obama’s policies of “talking with the enemy” and that the issue of the Golan Heights is not a top American priority.

He noted that the return of an envoy does not necessarily mean an improvement in relations and that the US wants to have a more direct influence on the issues of the inquiry into the murder of former anti-Syrian Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, the struggling economy in Syria and its support of Iraq rebels.



Jun. 16/09.  The Obama administration is proposing the broadest changes in financial regulation since the Great Depression, calling for the elimination of some bank regulators and giving the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve vast new authority.



June 17/09. President Ahmadinejad — freshly anointed by the Supreme Leader to stay as the face and voice of the regime’s apocalyptic agenda, headed straight for Moscow yesterday. There, he met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to continue building a political and military alliance between Russia, China, Iran and Islamic countries in Central Asia.

Currently, Iran has “observer” status in the SCO, but has requested full member status.

The SCO alliance is evocative of the eastern-portion of the biblical alliance foretold in Ezekiel 38-39 that will come against Israel and seek to destroy the Jewish people in what the Bible calls the “last days” of history.


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