Jews 70AD vs Christians 2019

This week in my class, “The Jewish Background of the New Testament”, we studied the writing of Josephus Flavio’s, all three; but I want to talk about something he said in his first book, “Jewish Wars”.

He was writing about the war of 70AD with the Romans.  He stated,  “The Jews are a strong, courageous people, worthy opponents of the Romans, deserving of great respect. However, their internal conflicts kept the Jews from winning the war.”

This statement hit me like a ton of bricks, because I see the same thing happening in the church today, and all along church history! In todays churches we have many problems, and we have universal problems common to all.  Let’s just take abortions as an example.  According to the laws of God, abortion is a sin.  Children are given as a gift.  God knew them before the creation of time, from the beginning to the end.  God has a plan for each life and He knows that plan.  We are not to play God and take that life for granted or for our convenience.  Abortion is murder of the innocent and defenseless.  Most churches believe this, however there is so much internal fighting that we can’t get together on the big items and have laws created to overcome this sin.  We are to busy condemning the next one for drinking wine and serving wafers, because we only drink juice and serve crackers. It is no different than 70 AD when the Jews lost Jerusalem to Rome.

This being the week of Chanukah remind me of a victorious Jewish war.  During the time of the Maccabees, a small band of men knew what had to be done.  They were determined to take the Greeks out of commission and take their Holy Temple back.  And they did it!  How?  With unity, all being of the same mind set.  By praying and believing God would give them victory.  They went to war and ran the Greeks out!  They took back their defiled Temple, where pigs had been offered on the Holy Alter and cleansed it by tearing down and removing all that was defiled.  They replaced the defiled with sanctified and holy items to start all over new.  They were determined to fight for, take back, and restore what was Holy according to Gods Word, and they did it.

The church of today can not fight a holy war.  To many people who claim to be a part of the church have defiled themselves with pagan traditions.  Either by personal choice, or through ignorance.  The church itself will have to clean itself up first one by one. Each one must remove the pagan items from their own lives, first cleaning the Holy Temple within themselves!  Then they will need to find like minded people who have also cleansed their Holy Temples. Than you can begin to strategize and move towards victory with a pure heart and divine intersession.  And gain the victory of bringing a pure white bride before the King of the Universe.  He will receive nothing less.

What will your Temple look like in 2019.  Will it still be full of pagan traditions, false idols, and unholy sacrifices?  Are you ready to begin cleaning that Temple?  Are you ready to find a small fighting band to join and begin to fight the impossible wars? Are you ready to give it all up and follow the King of the Universe to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, and become that pure spotless bride. Going to a church, infighting with other churches and people will not cut it.  You have and will continue to loose the big battles and never be victorious.  It starts in Your Temple, and once it is cleansed from sin, only than can you become the shining light you was called to be.

It’s time to put away all your childish traditions, and get serious about Gods Word.  The game is over!  It’s time to grow up and accept truly  what Yeshua said and walk the same path.  We have lost the war if we do not grow up, repent, ask for His mercy and walk all the way in His truth.

May the Father of the Universe hear your cry’s as you ask Him to set you free from your unknown sins.  May He show you the truth in His word so you can cleanse the Holy Temple within your body, and become a part of the Bride. May He bless you with wisdom and knowledge during this transformation, so you may be a brilliant light to show others the proper Temple cleansing way.  May His grace and mercy be more to you than just words in a song, may they be the life blood of your walk!  May you be so filled with the Holy Spirit that He fills your heart with love, and your mouth with truth.

Shalom  my beloved who desire to change in 2019,

and Blessing sent for Chanukah 2018, and a life changing 2019!

Pastor CyRilla Schultz

Yeshua said “Follow ME”

Luke 9:59-60: Yeshua said to another, “Follow me.”  But he said, Master let me catch up with you after I bury my father.” Yeshua said to him, “Let the dead bury their dead, but come with Me and teach the kingdom of God.”

Two simple verses that have haunted me for the past couple of months.  This man said “NO” to his Master.  How could you say no to following Yeshua when you have a personal invitation from Him. Is this guy nuts? Aren’t these thoughts we have all had. Now I am faced with the exact same dilemma.  The Father has called me to serve Him in Jerusalem for three months next spring.  He has not told me what I will be doing, all he said is, “Here you will stay and do My will”.  My heart says yes, but my head says Father don’t you see what I have going on here at home?  You see, I am so blessed to still have both my parents living, but they are aging, and my husband is not the same man he was 5 years ago.  He struggles daily with physical pain and mental distress since his terrible work accident.  I like to think through blind obedience I said yes to my Master, Teacher, and Father.  I made the arrangements purchased the tickets, and I’m preparing to leave.  But I still questioned…

Until our little conversation this morning at 3:00am.  You see I and the Father, through the Spirit meet often in the early morn to discuss things on my mind, or sometimes things not on my mind, but things He wants me to know.  And we met again this morning.  I awoke with the two above bible verses on my mind.  Now, through my Hebrew studies I have learned that this man’s father was not yet dead and this son was taking care of his responsibility and commandment to care for his aging parent.  However, he had brothers and sisters who could do this and he would be free to follow Yeshua.  Very few were ask face to face, on a personal level to follow the Master, yet he said no. How could I even consider doing the same thing.  How often have I condemned this man for not following, and now the same thoughts rush through my head.  Father forgive me for this sin of judgement and doing the same thing.  

So He woke me, with these very simple precious words, ” I will care for yours while you are away caring for mine.

How beautiful are the words of My Lord.  What sweet reassuring tenderness to hear from the Creator of all things, the Almighty, the Ruler of the universe. Not only did I hear words I needed to hear about my loved ones, but I heard my job duties.  I will simply be,  Caring for His.  This is still not very clear, but I know that He has spent the past two years equipping me for this journey, and He will be with me every second of every moment.  And I need not worry about the things at home, because He will care for them.

May this simple lesson bless you in some way today, and I pray Shalom in your life.

 

Shalom as you learn to say Yes to His calling.