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Is it Dark? The Son will Rise!

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Have you been crying out to the Father for reason of your bondage?  Bondage is the state of being under the control of a force, influence or abstract power. Sometimes that force is a spiritual demonic hierarchy, other times it’s a person, job or even a family member. Usually, the slavery happens in Egypt, because Egypt represents sin. Egypt is where we eat the garlic, leeks, and onions.
Exodus opens up with the children of Israel. They are slaves in Egypt. They have been slaves for 430 years–generation after generation. HaShem speaks to Moses and says, “I have seen the misery of my people in Egypt, and I have heard them crying out because of the slave drivers. I know how much they’re suffering. I have come to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and to bring them from that land to a good land with plenty of room [for everyone]. It is a land flowing with milk and honey.” Exodus 3:7-9 GWT.
He says, Moses the cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. So Moses and his brother Aaron set out to bring the people a message of redemption and they explain to them that Hashem has heard their crying. Moses even throws his staff down for good measure and it turns into a snake. The people are amazed. They are elated. This is surely the Lord of HOST and they begin to rejoice and thank Hashem for hearing their cries. It’s been over four hundred years. This bondage was embedded in their DNA but now FREEDOM.
Sounds great huh? Yep, always does when you get a good word from the Lord Adonai. But what happens next? Do things get better? “That same day Pharaoh gave these orders to the slave drivers and foremen:
“Don’t give the people any more straw to make bricks as you have been doing. Let them gather their own straw, but insist that they make the same number of bricks they were making before. Making fewer bricks will not be acceptable. They’re lazy! That’s why they’re crying, ‘Let us go offer sacrifices to our God. ‘Let heavier work be laid on the men that they may labor at it and pay no regard to lying words.” Exodus 5:8-9 GWT. Meditate on that You cry out and you explain what you’re going through and you get called a liar and a lazy unthankful complainer.
Has that happen to you?
Now this story reminds me of a few other stories. We have Joseph and a beautiful coat of many colors. HaShem gives him a dream of his brothers bowing before him and in the next scene they have thrown him in a pit and are eating their box lunches discussing the best way to kill him.
Then there was Mary, a young girl of 14 or 15 who is betrothed to be married to the finest man in the town when all the sudden she is visited by an angel and told she will become pregnant by the Holy Ruach, HIS Spirit. She is told that this child she is carrying will be the deliverer for the whole world.  But by the next scene, she is going to be divorced quietly, possibly stoned to death. Not too long after that Mary and her husband spend years running from an evil king who wants to murder the Anointed One. Not only that but all the babies two years old and under are slaughtered in an attempt to kill her son.
Some 33 years later, that same child makes a statement. It’s right before the greatest event that has ever been recorded or ever will be– His crucifixion. He answers the high priest who has asked if he is the Son of God “You have said it yourself; nevertheless, I tell you, hereafter you will see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.” Matthew 26:64 NASB.
Luke words it this way, “At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory” 21:27 NIV. Now guess what happened next? The Bible says you could not recognize if he was a man or an animal because he had been disfigured so badly–worse than any man ever has.
It’s always darkest before the dawn. . . Has the Father told you He was going to release you from your bondage, slavery, and oppression? He will! He brought the children of Israel to a place where grapes took two men to carry them. He gave Joseph a new robe and a ring and made him second in command. He took the Savior from the cross to his right hand, with power and great glory! Now His Ruach Set Apart Spirit abides in you, so hold fast. Yes, He will perfect those things which concern you.

Photography by Jeff Manning

The Promise is Coming!

There was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. His name means “one who hears.” He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Ruach Set apart Spirit was upon him and it was revealed to him that he would not see death before he had seen the Messiah Yeshua/ Jesus.
Can you picture him? We have an old man here and his name is Simeon. He is faithful, and he is led by Yah’s Spirit. The Father talks to him and communicates with him. He tells him he will not die until he sees with his eyes The Messiah. What a wonderful promise.  What an amazing promise.
He is a high priest and a prophet. Every time a couple walks into circumcise their baby, he anticipates eagerly– walking by, watching, waiting to see if God’s voice whispers,  “This is my beloved Son, the promise!” Possibly, there were some who made fun of Simeon and proclaimed he was senile.
Yes, they talk, they always do. But Simeon knows the voice of his Father. He has heard it before and he knows that God is not slack concerning his promises.
Has the Father ever given you a promise? Are you waiting for something and it just seems to never come? You wait and you look at the stars and He says count them if you can. Your seed will be as the dust of the earth. But you have no seed and your wife is ninety years old. Oh Abraham! He doesn’t get the promise until he is 100 years old. HaShem doesn’t care about time. He doesn’t have a watch. One day we will hear the blast of the shofar.  Will we be ready? Have we trimmed our wicks? Do we have extra oil? Are our garments clean? Are we waiting for Him like Simeon?
Back to our story: “And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus/ Yeshua, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law (Torah), then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said,
“Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, According to Your Word; For my eyes have seen Your Salvation,
Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a Light of revelation to the gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.” Luke 2:27-32 NASB.
Can you see Simeon holding the Messiah? The Savior of the world was in his arms breathing upon Him. The Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) was all around him and Simeon now was ready to die. Did you catch that? HE WAS ONLY WAITING FOR ONE THING, this elderly man who day after day did his temple duties. All the while waiting, waiting, waiting– He was waiting to hold the Messiah, Yeshua HaMashiach. What are you waiting for?
I have been waiting for years for many promises the Father has given me. Waiting can get frustrating, but His timing is perfect. Can we speed up the process with humbleness, fasting and doing things in the secret place?  Some of us are waiting for a husband or a wife. Some of us are waiting for a financial breakthrough, some are waiting for a home, a healing, and a family situation to turn around, BUT SIMEON, Yes humble Simeon, he had something he was waiting for and that was to see the blessed hope, Jesus/ Yeshua the baby Messiah. He just wanted to LOOK UPON THE PROMISE and speak the Word Yahweh had given him. Then he said he was ready to die peacefully.
Let’s keep looking for Him and searching for Him and placing our eyes upon Him. After we seek first the kingdom of heaven all the things we want will be added unto us. . .Wait for His presence like Simeon did and wait with EXPECTATION believing even when others have given up on your promise. “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry” Habakkuk 2:3KJB.