If only I could sort my thoughts into some sort of logical arrangement!! I continue on my quest to understand the Messianic viewpoint. It is awakening in me many things....A deeper desire for obedience and what that looks like, a more vivid connection with my Hebrew roots, a better understanding of God's love for me. It is the hardest path I've ever taken, but it is so worth it! I have many questions, often feel as though I'm failing and that God just might give up on me, but I know that's not true and I will continue to fight through! He began a good work in me and He will bring it to completion!
I wish I could stay away from Rav, it just draws me in. I think the main reason it does is because it is a perfect picture of what God says will happen in the end. The love of self, calling good, evil and evil, good. Anti-religion runs rampant, but what's truly sad is the antisemitism. It's blatant, yet denied. These people know history, they know what Hitler did, they don't care. They claim all sorts of reasons for their ideas towards the Jews, but the underlying message is the same, "You are God's chosen people, but we don't care, and really, it ticks us off." Sad, but true. The Jews in the thread certainly feel it and read it the same way. So thankful that God is in control and that His will will be done.
On top of all of that, an end-time denier decided to impress upon our pastor a book that I already knew was heresy. He sent the book home with me to thumb through and every time I pick it up, I want to throw it through the window! The author is a well-known man, especially in homeschooling circles, but I'm not going to mention his name here because I don't want to give him any publicity! Suffice it to say, he is a preterist and believes that the vast majority of biblical prophecy has been fulfilled, that Yeshua returned in 70 A.D., that Nero was the antichrist, that Satan is bound, etc.. His beliefs remove the hope we have, they twist, quite drastically, the Word of God in order to justify their beliefs. They are antisemitic, they are flat-out rude, and wrong. They see the world getting better, they see hope in this world we're living in, they see hope in government and they are dominionists. They're false teaching seems to know no bounds and has infiltrated many churches, including in my own community.
To me, it's simple.
Acts 1:11 (ESV)
11 and said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven."
This has NOT come to pass! We look forward to His return in glory and power!! So, until that time, I will continue to strive for His will, strive to be obedient to Him as He reveals to me those things, and I will continue to share the blessed hope of His return and a new heaven and a new earth! A time where sin shall be no more, no more sorrow, no more tears!! Praise YWHW!