Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Take Thee A Tile

Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee,

and pourtray upon it the city, even Jerusalem:

א וְאַתָּה בֶן אָדָם קַח לְךָ לְבֵנָה וְנָתַתָּה אוֹתָהּ לְפָנֶיךָ וְחַקּוֹתָ עָלֶיהָ עִיר אֶת יְרוּשָׁלָ‍ִם׃

 Take heart, for the day is at hand when the Holy One, blessed be He, will reveal Himself to you in all His power and majesty.

Thus saith the Lord, even the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, I have set My face like a flint to deliver you, My people. The fires are raging all around you, and while it may seem that the engines of war are closing in, I will rebuke them for My sake and pull you out of the flames. Though the heathen lay siege round about your borders, I will preserve you. I have delivered you step by step from among the nations, and now I will bring them up to your borders to plead with them as I promised. The time is near, and the timing is set for the Valley of Decision, when I will make My last plea for the nations and render My judgment. Every eye will see as I reveal Myself to you, and set you straight with the plumbline of justice. Your cries have not gone unnoticed; you will indeed forget the shame of your youth. No longer will you be a reproach among the heathen. No longer will the nations plot against you to spoil My inheritance. You are Mine. I have redeemed you, you are Mine.

Like the whirlwind from the north will I manifest Myself, with four faces all around. Man, lion, ox, and eagle. The Son of man, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, born on the strength of My Spirit and sweeping you under My eagles’ wing. Rejoice though they encamp round about you. Rejoice. The spirit of the living creature is in the wheels. The spirit of the living creature is in the wheels. Now is the time to listen. All My words which I shall speak unto thee, receive in thine heart and hear with thine ears.

Tell them, son of man. Tell them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear. Take thee a tile, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear. Take thee a tile, for My face is set like a flint for the siege and the judgment to come. Though the nations dwell carelessly in the isles, though the heathen gather round about you on all My mountains, yet, O Israel, will I stretch out My arm and gather you up, with My outstretched arm laid bare. The arm of the LORD is going to be revealed for all to see, and all will know that I am the LORD, and there is none else, no there is none like Me. Yet a little while and all will see that I am very much alive and mighty to save!

Take up the roll now and feast on My Word. FEAST! My Word is your defense, and there is none other. Not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit saith the LORD again and again, again and again. Jerusalem, Jerusalem, I will gather you under My wings unto the age. Do not harbor the vain imaginations of the forefathers, for the watchers come from a far country to give out their voice against the cities of Judah. The sound of the trump of God will ring out upon the mountains, the voice of the archangel and the freedom shout! My Word is sweetness and honey to all who will receive the roll. Find My Word and feast, for the day of the Lord is at hand. Receive the witnesses of My glory.

The Lord had given me this word for Israel, on Saturday, December 15, 2012. He led me to consider it before I posted, to test it against His word for accuracy. I had put it away and moved on to other things when He led me to the paragraph below and instructed me to reopen it, make a few minor changes, and post it. The siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar had a far different outcome than the imminent siege, which will herald the return of the Messiah as he sets foot on the Mount of Olives and delivers the nation of Israel once and for all. The coming siege will seem like a hopeless situation for them, but it will not end until the Lord has defeated all of His enemies and established His kingdom on the earth.

This is my act of obedience to Him. Praise the LORD of hosts! Praise the Lord, Yeshua Ha’Mashiyach, Jesus OUR Messiah. Give thanks for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, may they prosper that love you, the Holy City. Peace be within your walls and prosperity within your palaces.

כב ִמי ֲאשֶׁר ֵאיֶננּוּ ׄאהֵב ֶאת־ָהָאדֺון ֵישׁוַּע ַהָמּשִׁיַח ָיחֳרָם ָמַרן ֲאתָא׃

Maran âthâ'! Seize the day. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

The First Stage of a Sequence

The Tenth of Teves commemorates the beginning of Nebuchadnezzar’s siege of Jerusalem, the first stage in the sequence of events which led to the destruction of the city. The events that followed, the breaching of the city’s walls during the month of Tammuz,6 and the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash on Tisha B’Av, could not have taken place had the city not been besieged.
The first stage of any process contains the potential for all its subsequent stages. The tragic nature of the events commemorated by the other fasts may exceed that of the Tenth of Teves, but since the siege of Jerusalem initiated the sequence of events leading to the city’s destruction, the Tenth of Teves is marked by greater severity.

Please forgive me if the Nikkud are not quite in the proper places in the Hebrew verse above. I am currently working on my own copy of the New Testament in Hebrew, but the available programs are not always satisfactory when it comes to the 55 Hebrew accent marks. I am working diligently to correct this.