And the angel answered and said unto the woman, Fear not ye; for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. Matthew 28:5
PRE-AMBLE by Robert
Being shown the power of faith, its importance, the how and why we must learn to apply our faith as Yeshua did. What we are about to receive is going to have a profound effect on our lives, as we know and understand them in this world. This article is about to identify and dispel some deeply entrenched myths about the hereafter and our presence in it. We will be shown proof of eternal life and being in the presence of God and Yeshua in Eternity and how it is going to affect us and what our appearance will be.
OPENING PRAYER by Robert
Guide us, Lord, that we may like the Samaritan woman know your compassion and strength. That we might through your gentleness fill our spirit with the knowledge of your presence as we continue our journey. Give us the courage to face our enemies, strength to persuade, and demonstrate your love and peace in this world. Discernment to penetrate the darkness which shrouds the evil many are not aware of. We pray this in Yeshua’s name Amen and Amen.
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
“But as touching the resurrection of the dead have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” Matthew 22:31-32.
The doctrines of Yeshua displeased the infidel Sadducees, as well as the Pharisees and Herodians. He carried the great truths of the resurrection and a future state, further than had yet been revealed. There is no arguing from the state of things in this world, as to what will take place hereafter. Let the truth be set in bright light, and it appears in full strength. Having thus silenced them, our Lord proceeded to show the reality of the doctrine of the resurrection from the books of Moses. God declared to Moses that he was the God of the patriarchs, who had died long before; this shows that they were then in a state of being, capable of enjoying his favor, and proves that the doctrine of the resurrection is explicitly taught in the Old Testament as well as in the New. But this doctrine was kept for a full revelation, after the resurrection of Christ, who was the first fruits of them that slept. All errors arise from not knowing the Scriptures and the power of God. Matthew 22: 29 Yeshua answered and said unto them “Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God.” In this world, death takes away one after another, and so ends all earthly hopes, joys, sorrows, and connections. How wretched are those who look for nothing better beyond the grave!
Matthew Henry (1662 -1774) relates “we ought to draw nigh to God with a solemn pause and preparation, carefully avoiding everything that looks light and rude, and unbecoming his service. God does not say, I was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but I am. The patriarchs still live, so many years after their bodies have been in the grave. No length of time can separate the souls of the just from their Maker. By this, God instructed Moses as to another world and strengthened his belief of a future state. Thus, it is interpreted by our Lord Yeshua, who, from hence, proves that the dead are raised, Luke 20:37. Moses hid his face, as if both ashamed and afraid to look upon God. The more we see of God, and his grace, and covenant love, the more cause we shall see to worship him with reverence and Godly fear.“
Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) Those who sincerely desire to be taught their duty, Christ will guide in judgment, and show his way. He tells the scribe that the great commandment, which indeed includes all, is, that of loving God with all our hearts. Wherever this is the ruling principle in the soul, there is a disposition to every other duty. Loving God with all our heart will engage us to everything by which he will be pleased. The sacrifices only represented the atonements for men’s transgressions of the moral law; they were of no power except as they expressed repentance and faith in the promised Saviour, and as they led to moral obedience. And because we have not thus loved God and man, but the very reverse, therefore we have condemned sinners; we need repentance, and we need mercy. Christ approved what the scribe said and encouraged him. He stood fair for further advance; for this knowledge of the law leads to a conviction of sin, to repentance, to a discovery of our need of mercy, and understanding the way of justification by Christ.
In every age, there have been men of corrupt minds, which have endeavored to subvert the fundamental principles of revealed religion. There are deists now, who call themselves free-thinkers but are false-thinkers, so there were Sadducees in Yeshua’s time, who bantered the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.
Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) continues to contribute to the truth. “The rending of the veil signified that Christ, by his death, opened a way to God. We have an open road through Christ to the throne of grace, or mercy-seat now, and to the throne of glory hereafter. When we duly consider Christ’s death, our hard and rocky hearts should be rent, the heart, and not the garments. That heart is harder than a rock that will not yield, that will not melt, where Yeshua is set forth crucified. The graves were opened, and many bodies of saints which slept arose. To whom they appeared, in what manner, and how they disappeared, we are not told; and we must not desire to be wise above what is written. The dreadful appearances of God in his providence, sometimes work strangely for the conviction and awakening of sinners. Being expressed in the terror which fell upon the centurion and the Roman soldiers.
We may reflect with comfort on the abundant testimonies given to the character of Jesus; and, seeking to give no just cause of offense, we may leave it to the Lord to clear our characters, if we live to Him. Let us, with an eye of faith, behold Yeshua and him crucified, and be affected with that great love wherewith he loved us. But his friends could give no more than a look; they beheld him but could not help him. Never were the horrid nature and effects of sin so tremendously displayed, as on that day when the beloved Son of the Father hung upon the cross, suffering for sin, the Just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God.
CLOSING STATEMENT by Robert
As a human being, and an individual, who is genuinely in love with Yeshua and working extremely hard to remain on this very narrow path leading to Eternity, I believe in the preceding article we have been introduced to what truly lies ahead and what form we are going to arrive there in.
The one thing about humans I have learned throughout my “73 years,” journey, is we hate change in any form. We hate having to step out of our comfort zones created around our lifestyles. Especially ones we enter without a great deal of foreknowledge or understanding of what might lie ahead. This fear of change is the most dangerous a human can experience within their scope of emotions.
The kingdom of the Messiah was to be a “spiritual kingdom,” not temporal and external. The Pharisee’s asked when it would come. “You know not what you ask,” saith Yeshua “It may come and you not be aware of it.” For it will not have an external show, as other kingdoms have, the advancements and revolutions of which are taken notice of by the nations of the world. Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) relates “It will have a silent entrance, without pomp, without noise it cometh not with observation, with outward show.” The Pharisee’s desired to have their curiosity satisfied concerning the time of it, to which Yeshua replied “It is not for you to know the times of this kingdom, these are secret things, which belong not to you but the great intentions of this kingdom, these are things revealed.
Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) continues; When Messiah the prince comes to set up his kingdom, they shall not say “Lo here, or Lo there,” as when a prince goes in progress to visit his territories it is in every-bodies mouth, he is here, or he is there for where the king is there is the court. Yeshua will not come with all this talk it will not be set up in this or that particular place. Nor will the court of that kingdom be here or there, nor will it be here or there as in respect of the countrymen are of, or the place they dwell in, as if that would place them nearer to, or further from the kingdom. It has a “spiritual influence:” The kingdom of God is within you.” It is not of this world, (John 18:36). Its glory does not strike men’s fancies but affects their spirits, and its power is over their souls and consciences from them it receives homage, and not from their bodies only. The Kingdom of God will not change men’s outward condition, but their hearts and lives. The Kingdom of God is among you, so some read it. “You enquire when it will come and are not aware that it is already begun to be set up in the “midst of you.” The gospel is preached, it is confirmed by miracles, it is embraced by multitudes so that it is in your nation, though not in your hearts.”
It is enough to refer ourselves to the compassion of Christ, for they fail not. We may look for God to meet us with mercy when we are found in the way of obedience. Only one of those who were healed returned to give thanks. It becomes us, like him, to be very humble in thanksgivings, as well as in prayers. Christ noticed the one who thus distinguished himself, he was a Samaritan. The others only got the outward cure, he alone got the spiritual blessing.
CLOSING PRAYER by Robert
Father, in all your glory we seek your love compassion and guidance. Fill our hearts with your heavenly discernment, understanding, compassion, and teachings so we might use your light to reveal our path to Eternity. Take from us any, and all doubts and fears fill us with courage and undying faith. Reveal to us Lord an understanding and acceptance of our Spiritual being as a preview of our Eternal walk in your presence. Guide us Father to connect with you this I pray in the name of Yeshua, Amen, and Amen.
Remember these articles are given as warnings from a humble servant as God’s Watchman bringing His signs to the flock of impending changes. I pray for all to be covered with Yeshua’s blessings. Be at peace and in faith as you journey forward doing God’s calling and work know this. “Nevertheless we, according to his promises, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” 2Peter 3:13 “And sware by him that liveth forever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer.” Revelation 10:6