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Unmistakable Signs of the End of the Age

It would take naivety and innocence to affirm that political leaders will somehow find answers to all this chaos.

Likewise, just as it happened in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed. Luke 17:28-30

On several occasions, Yeshua declared that prior to His return, the situation would be similar to the days preceding the Flood and the punishment of Sodom and Gomorrah. And what were those conditions? Nothing more and nothing less than the ones we are witnessing. Let’s see:

  • Abortions – equivalent to the sacrifices of children offered to demons, disregarding the life given by the Creator.
  • Greed – Insatiable desire for material things. At present, almost all activities in life revolve around buying and selling some product. Humanity is insatiable and is not ashamed of it.
  • Unions outside of marriage – Fornication – Adultery. Relationships have been degraded to the purely physical level, and in the best cases, marriage is just a social activity without any commitment.
  • Excesses in food and drink – Today, the proliferation of exotic and unhealthy foods leads to gluttony and dependence on them; the same happens with drinks, and poor health is the consequence of these excesses.
  • Industrial food production – Through genetically manipulated seeds, a few companies produce food for humanity because most people are clustered in cities, disconnected from Creation and its Creator.
  • Unprecedented construction – as a response to the needs of the crowds crowded in urban centers.

Faced with all of the above, you don’t need to be a scientist or a prophet to identify the current conditions. Just open your eyes and look around. Of course, we haven’t mentioned all the other situations that are also already present: frequent earthquakes, diseases due to people’s blind trust in official health systems, pollution of our planet, complete imbalance in the delicate system created by YeHoVaH… etc.

So, ask yourself if you truly believe that this will improve through a political party or a human leader. If your answer is negative, ask yourself this other question: how long will this situation last? It would take naivety and innocence to affirm that political leaders will somehow find answers to all this chaos. No. The situation will worsen because it’s foreseen to.

Yeshua warned us in advance that this would happen; moreover, He encouraged us to lift our faces because when this is being fulfilled, it means our liberation is near. It is planned that these things will happen before His return to establish a real kingdom of justice and peace.

There’s no room for fear because we have hope in the promises of our Eternal Father YeHoVaH, who will intervene in due time to rescue His faithful remnant who have separated themselves from the contaminated system and placed their trust in Him. It’s time to align your daily life with His commandments. If you haven’t done so yet, what are you waiting for?

How to Identify a True Prophet?

Yeshua comes to the Temple to teach, and some of the chief priests and elders of the town question the provenance of his expertise:  “By what authority are you doing these things?  Who gave you this authority?” (Matthew 21:23).

Immediately, Yeshua answers by asking them a question that puts them on the spot: “Where did John’s baptism come from? From heaven or from men?” (Matt 21:25).  The dynamic that Yeshua presented to them was very simple – if they answered his question, Yeshua would answer their initial question.

But the chief priests and elders decided otherwise, for they came to the conclusion that they would be exposed before Yeshua and the people, as detailed in Matthew’s account:

“They began to argue among themselves, ‘If we say, “From heaven,” He will say to us, “Then why didn’t you believe him?” But if we say, “From men,” we’re afraid of the crowd because everyone thought John was a prophet.’ So they answered Yeshua, ‘We don’t know’” (Matthew 21:25-27).

Something of vital importance that we can derive from this confrontation between the priests and Yeshua is their knowledge that the people recognized Yochanan Ben Zejariah, known to many as John the Baptist, as a true prophet, one who had been sent from YeHoVaH.

This popular awareness is also associated with the prophet Samuel:  “All Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a confirmed prophet of YeHoVaH” (1 Samuel 3:20).

Today, we observe many people who proclaim to the world at large that they are sent from heaven. But how can we know whether someone is a true prophet of the Most High?  How could our ancient counterparts distinguish between a man of YeHoVaH and a false, self-proclaimed teacher?  1 Samuel 3:19 gives us a clue:  “Samuel grew, and YeHoVaH was with him, and He fulfilled everything Samuel prophesied.”

This supports one of the criteria that Moses gave us in the Torah to distinguish between true and false prophets:  We are told that if a prophet arises and “speaks in the name of YeHoVaH, and what he said does not happen, nor does it come to pass, it is a word that YeHoVaH has not spoken; with presumption the said prophet spoke it; don’t be afraid of him” (Deuteronomy 18:22).

The Torah offers yet another touchstone for identifying a false prophet: “When a prophet speaks in the name of YeHoVaH, and the message does not come true or is not fulfilled, that is a message YeHoVaH has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him” (Deuteronomy 13:1-3).

Beloved brothers and sisters, the Bible truly enables us to distinguish between the true men of YeHoVaH and those who would prophesy in vain.  So let us be diligent and continue to study and apply the Holy Scriptures!

Yeshua Heals a Leper – and Leaves us a Great TEACHING

Levi, son of Alphaeus – better known as Matthew the Levite – tells us at a certain point in his gospel narrative about how Yeshua heals a leper just after finishing his famous speech, the so-called “Sermon on the Mount.”  Lepers were people who were in a condition of physical uncleanliness (Lev 13:44) and who literally had to shout “unclean, unclean” (Lev 13:45) and be isolated from others (Num 5:2).  They were utterly unwanted by people in the community, and rejected because of their impure condition.

Matthew tells us that a leper came before Yeshua and prostrated himself before him, and told him that if he wished, he could cure him.  Moved with mercy, Yeshua answered him “I will do so!” and immediately, he was cleansed of his leprosy.

Every time I read this passage, I have no doubt that Yeshua had the authority, the power, and the proper disposition to heal the leper, but I came to realize that it was not until the leper surrendered to him, bowing before him and acknowledging his lordship, that Yeshua performed his miracle.

How many times have we gone through difficult situations involving illness, pain, or even torment, waiting for YeHoVaH to “do the work,” only for nothing to happen? We know that our heavenly Father has the power to heal us, and that by Yeshua’s wounds we have been healed (Is 53:5).  But even so, we remain afflicted.

Yet even in the midst of all this frustration, we can perhaps learn something from the example of this leper.  YeHoVaH knows our pain and knows what we need, but sometimes He allows sickness to touch us – remember the example of Job! – because He is waiting for us to turn to Him and bow down, saying “Lord, if it is your wish, you can heal me up.”


Four Keys to Discovering Your Purpose

YeHoVaH will never do what you can do, but he will be there to help you achieve the things that are beyond your limits when you have exhausted all your resources.

Have you ever asked yourself, “what am I doing here?”

Every human being who is mindful of an eternal destiny has asked himself this question at least once during his existence. And the search for an answer often determines the meaning of our daily lives.

When we first hear or read about Moshe’s life, we do not expect its major events to unfold at the advanced age of eighty. Now, if we try to get into the mind of this man during his first forty years of life, we might find him wondering why his life was so different from those of his enslaved brothers. This was, for him, a time of abundance, comfort, pleasures, achievements, and recognition – virtually everything that a person would like to obtain in life.

But when he wanted to stop being a spectator and become proactive – by defending a slave and killing his assailant – his life turned into a nightmare. He became a fugitive; he abandoned everything and lived in a strange land, and dedicated himself to taking care of his father-in-law’s herds. It seems that he was fed up with wealth and power, and had no desire to possess them for himself.

And so he lived for 40 years, seemingly completing his mission in life. But YeHoVaH had other plans: He called him and commissioned him to free Israel from slavery, and thus he became a person whose influence remains throughout the world to this day.

Here are four keys that will help you discover why you are here.

First of all, keep in mind that YeHoVaH will never do what you can do, but he will be there to help you achieve the things that are beyond your limits when you have exhausted all your resources. In other words, you must do everything that is within your capacity to find the solution for a troubled situation, one that is legal and complete, and then YeHoVaH will step in.

Secondly, you must do whatever task you have at hand – whether a job, chore, or even a recreational activity – to the best of your best ability and with the best possible attitude. It is the way to grow, to discover the true meaning of things. When you move lazily, with annoyance, and with a negative attitude, you are eliminating the possibility of discovering new capabilities. Most likely, when Moshe “had” to learn to herd his father-in-law’s sheep, he did so with an affirmative attitude – it is evident that this work allowed him to develop areas of his life that were later useful in “shepherding” the nation he was in charge of.

Third, you need to preserve in your mind and heart the concept of YeHoVaH’s full sovereignty. “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matthew 10:29-30). This is how Yeshua expressed it, and that was what sustained him during his time on earth, allowing him to fulfill his mission. When you accept this truth and fully trust it, then your heart finds rest. After all, you can be sure that “He who is with you is greater than he who is in the world” and “If YeHoVaH is with you . . . who can be against you?”

Fourth, you should live only one day at a time, leaving the future in his hands because “He cares for us.” Yeshua’s teachings were repetitive regarding this: “Do not be anxious about tomorrow, each day has enough trouble of its own” and “Give us today our daily bread” are words that compel us to a total dependence on our creator in our day-to-day lives. The system in which we live seeks to manipulate our fears by selling us insecurity at every step; that’s why we pursue life insurance, health insurance, savings for old age, burial, etc. But we cannot foresee all future eventualities that are only in the hands of our Father. Therefore, understanding the concept of his sovereignty is vital to answer the question raised at the beginning: What am I doing here? Recognizing that YeHoVaH has absolute control will allow you to develop your dependence on him, and thus, you will be led by his providence. And though his path for you remains imperceptible, you will still fulfill the plan that He needs you to carry out. That is the reason why he gave you existence and why he has taken care of you until now.

This life is not to seek our own goals and satisfactions; it is to carry out the Eternal Plan designed by YeHoVaH, in which he wanted to give us participation, wonderfully combining our interests, talents, and circumstances with his eternal purpose: to restore order throughout the universe, submitting all things to his command.

Our Hebrew Identity

The sheep of the house of Israel were rejected by YeHoVaH but He himself promised that this would not be forever…

While it is true that we all have an identity or nationality from the country in which we were born, believers in Yeshua (Jesus) have another identity — an inner desire to know the truth about their identity as part of God’s people.

Regardless of being raised in a believing family or attending a Sunday church, there is often a restlessness in one’s heart to really know the God of Israel. Has this happened to you?

If your answer is yes, you are not alone. The same thing has happened to many of us, and we are involved in that same search for that deep feeling of love for God and for the people of Israel.

In 1 Kings 11, YeHoVaH (God) divided the kingdom of Israel because of King Solomon’s sin; the result was the house of Judah and the house of Israel. The house of Judah, despite being exiled to Babylon because of their sin, was allowed to return to the land of Israel and preserve YeHoVaH’s Torah (God’s instructions in the five books of Moses) to this day. The opposite happened to the house of Israel, which was taken into captivity by the Assyrian empire and was eventually dispersed throughout the nations.

At some point in history, the sheep of the house of Israel were rejected by YeHoVaH (Hosea 1:6,9) but He himself promised that this would not be forever (Hosea 2:19-20,23).

Ezekiel also mentions a beautiful prophecy where the house of Judah and the house of Israel will return and will be one nation, and his servant David will reign, and YeHoVaH will dwell in their midst:

Thus saith YeHoVaH: Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the nations to which they have gone, and will gather them from everywhere, and will bring them into his land; and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel, and one king will be king to them all; and they will never again be two nations, nor will they ever again be divided into two kingdoms. Nor will they defile themselves any more with their idols, with their abominations, and with all their rebellions; and I will save them from all their rebellions with which they sinned, and I will cleanse them; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd; and they will walk in my precepts, and my statutes they will keep, and they will do them. They will dwell in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, in which your fathers lived; they and their children and their children’s children will dwell in it forever; and my servant David will be their prince forever. And I will make a covenant of peace with them, an everlasting covenant it shall be with them; and I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set my sanctuary among them forever. My tabernacle will be in their midst, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
Ezekiel 37:21-27

Indeed you have a Hebrew identity! You are part of the house of Israel that was scattered throughout the nations, but one day you will be called home again, back to your home with our Father YeHoVaH and his “servant David,” our King Yeshua.