Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
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There is one golden thread that runs throughout God’s ultimate story of redemption. That is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is at the very heart of God’s purposes and the One who holds all things together from beginning to end. He is …
Alpha — The Creator and King of the Universe in All Power
Omega — Coming Judge and Savior in All Righteousness
And yet more than any other title, John uses the “Lamb” of God.
Because it is at the cross that Jesus became sin for us and suffered and died in our place for the price of our sin — not His — He is without sin and yet was willing to carry all our judgment and shame and pain to the cross. The Creator took on flesh and humbled Himself. God became a man — Immanuel – God with us. He came not to overpower us or judge us.
He came to die for us as the Lamb led to the slaughter for our sins.
The Cross is what holds everything together because it is at the cross that Jesus demonstrated His perfect and unfailing love for us. He laid down His life as a willing sacrifice on behalf of the whole world, so that those who look to Him in faith and trust in His perfect love could have some way to be restored to Him. Cleansed. Forgiven. Released. and Restored unto God.
Jesus is the only way … He is the Alpha and the Omega.
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Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
[Jesus Christ — Revelation 22:12-13]
Having preached through the early chapters of Genesis in 2020 … God led me to study and teach the last prophetic book in Scripture — the Revelation of Jesus Christ. In 2021 I have taken our local congregation on a journey of discovery through the book of Revelation — using weekly audio/video messages, digital power points and small group Bible studies.
I will now begin to release these messages and resources through my blog for free with a short recap of each Session and digital links to all the free material.
My only request is that none of these materials are sold or reproduced for financial gain — the gospel is free. Use and share these resources freely with others. These lessons were created to be studied, tested, shared, and applied among the believing community for discipleship and the edification of the saints in these last days — and all the more as we see the Day approaching.
INTRODUCTION — Session 0
This session discusses the historical and Biblical context, authorship, audience, purpose, and literary genre of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
All following audio and/or video messages are supplemented with the Digital PDF Files — which contain slides and images, Scripture References, and sermon notes.
Small Group Study Guides are also included with group discussion questions.
“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
In my first three editions in this series, I have presented the overwhelming evidence that the novel coronavirus — SARS CoV-2 — was genetically engineered to enhance human transmission through gain-of-function (GOF) research funded by none other than the National Institute of Health under the direction of Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Ironically, Fauci also was designated the leading scientific “expert” and official mouthpiece for the medical response and treatment of Covid-19, as well as the extreme governmental protocols enforced on the American people. Fauci — a career bureaucrat in the Washington establishment — was appointed by President Trump and has remained as President Biden’s chief medical advisor on all things Covid-19.
The first case of Covid-19 reportedly emerged around December of 2019 in “patient zero” in Wuhan, China, and officially was declared a “pandemic” by the World Health Organization (WHO) in March of 2020. Before we could blink the entire world effectively was shut down. The planet pushed pause and the whole world stood still for the first time in modern history.
It happened so fast. Our lives changed overnight.
And that’s my point. Maybe it all happened a little “too” fast. Almost like it was expected … coordinated. What if this was a predetermined, “Global” plan that had been in the works for quite some time?
Sounds conspiratorial but rings very true.
Interestingly, we’ve had similar coronavirus “pandemics” in the recent past. The SARS outbreak in 2003 and the MERS in 2012 both gained initial “traction,” but they were largely ignored by the international community and died out quickly — both in perceived threat and funding. So the pharmaceutical companies and their biomedical partners had to create countermeasures to overcome these barriers and ensure more sustainable outcomes.
To sustain the funding base beyond the crisis, he said, we need to increase public understanding of the need for MCMs such as a pan-influenza or pan-coronavirus vaccine. A key driver is the media, and the economics follow the hype. We need to use that hype to our advantage to get to the real issues. Investors will respond if they see profit at the end of process, Daszak stated.
As you can clearly see, EcoHealth — which is a private subsidiary of the NIH — understood the missing component. We need more hype! A louder voice gets more attention. A bigger platform gets more credibility. A powerful medium captures the most minds.
But most importantly, a wider audience gives you more potential customers, and more customers means more investors and more money. It’s a rather brilliant marketing strategy. Create a customer base of sick people in need of treatment, and then be the ones who offer the only “approved” treatment.
Make no mistake … It’s always been about the vaccine from the start. Fauci and the NIH have been saying this for years. It’s just that now they have the biggest platform and loudest voice and the world is falling blindly in line.
Don’t underestimate the power of the mainstream media and its ability to control the narrative, censor the truth, and manipulate the masses with theatric rituals of social conditioning. The multi-media enterprise literally is a clown show in bizarro world where up is down and left is right and right is wrong and good is bad and truth is relevant and science is god.
There is no surprise the media moguls are among the most diversified, wealthiest, and most powerful people in the world.
Considering the hype of this “novel” coronavirus spread and infected the masses exponentially faster than the virus itself, let me ask a simple question.
Do you believe the hype?
In October of 2019, just a few months before a new coronavirus “pandemic,” an elite group of influential leaders gathered at the Pierre Hotel in New York to conduct a scripted exercise. It was called EVENT 201.
EVENT 201 was “a 3.5-hour pandemic tabletop exercise that simulated a series of dramatic, scenario-based facilitated discussions … to a hypothetical, but scientifically plausible, pandemic.” Using real-life “PLAYERS” who all are substantially connected and invested in the biomedical sector, EVENT 201 literally scripted the Covid-19 outbreak down to the details.
For starters, consider the scenario.
SCENARIO — “Event 201 simulates an outbreak of a novel zoonotic coronavirus transmitted from bats to pigs to people that eventually becomes efficiently transmissible from person to person, leading to a severe pandemic. The pathogen and the disease it causes are modeled largely on SARS, but it is more transmissible in the community setting by people with mild symptoms.“
This isn’t some secret conspiracy. These people have been publicly saying this for years and have been planning for this event. They aren’t trying to hide it. The brazen nature of these elite globalists is perhaps most disturbing.
There are no coincidences. That’s my point.
So who participated in EVENT 201? The exact same organizations that are leading the way in mass marketing, data manipulation, social engineering, governmental policy, medical protocol, media output and global networking in response to the Covid-19 crisis.
Here is just a sample size of what I mean.
Deputy Director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Chief of staff for a major media mogul
Global Development Director of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Chinese virologist and Director of the Chinese Centers of Disease
Product and Brand Marketing experts
Senior VP of Johnson & Johnson with emphasis inoculation programs
CIA and National Security Adviser
World Economic Forum
World Health Organization (WHO)
United Nations Liaison
I CANNOT MAKE THIS UP!
So let me break it all down.
The reason the global Covid-19 response was so abrupt and aggressive and practically seamless in execution is because this plan has been in the works for decades, has been rehearsed repeatedly, and is now being executed before our very eyes.
All the hype behind the Covid-19 crisis was both coordinated and coerced through a powerful network of very wealthy people, who now have the audacity to insist that they are the only ones who have the answer.
Since writing my last post about the origin of Sars Cov-2 a few days ago, another bombshell report has been released proving that Dr. Anthony Fauci is a serial liar and is almost certainly responsible — either directly or indirectly — for the creation of this deadly virus that has killed millions around the world.
According to over 900 pages of new documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, The Intercept reported this week that Fauci was keenly aware of the gain-of-function research taking place at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China, where the virus first emerged. Under Fauci’s own direction, the genetic manipulation of bat coronaviruses for human transmissibility was being sponsored and funded by American tax payer dollars through third-party grants of the NIH (National Instituted of Health).
Once again, this is becoming perhaps the greatest scandal in American history, and I can only hope and pray that the truth will be revealed and justice served to Fauci and his network of cronies who are responsible for creating a global crisis of immense proportions.
Only a true narcissist and sociopath can create a disaster and then tell you that he is the only one who can save you from it.
FAUCI WAS WARNED
In this edition, I will demonstrate that many qualified, scientific experts have been sounding the alarm from the beginning about the unnatural genetic design of SARS CoV-2. Ironically, Fauci himself was warned all the way back in January of 2020 that this novel virus looked “genetically engineered.”
Although the science said SARS CoV-2 contained features that do not naturally occur in nature, Fauci ferociously downplayed any possibility of genetic manipulation and continued to push the “natural origin” theory to the public.
Now we know why. Fauci was the mastermind behind the gain-of-function research to begin with.
Kusuma School of Biological Sciences in IIT Delhi, India
At the very same time Fauci was being warned about the unique genetic footprint of SARS Cov-2, an research team in Delhi, India, independently came to the very same conclusion. On January 31, 2020, Indian scientist published their study onto the open source portal, bioRxiv, which concluded that the genetic sequencing of SARS CoV-2 appeared to be engineered in what they called “unconventional evolution.”
The Indian research team had found that the spike glycoprotein (S) of SARS-CoV-2 had four distinct genetic insertions which are not found in any other natural coronavirus. Furthermore, these insertions are eerily similar to those found in HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), which causes AIDS. Their findings raised enough questions to suggest the possibility that SARS-CoV-2 may have been bio-engineered using an existing coronavirus and HIV in order to make the novel virus more transmissible to humans.
According to the researchers, such matches of proteins in both SARS-CoV-2 and HIV-1 viruses can’t be random. They also say that as the segments were not there in the same virus found in bats or all other forms of Coronavirus, it is very startling, as it is quite unlikely for a virus to have acquired such unique changes naturally in a short duration of time.
These findings, of course, destroyed the mainstream narrative being propagated throughout the medical community, and after immediate pushback, the team was forced to withdraw their study from the public domain. The scientists, however, stand behind their study to this day, despite being targeted and ostracized by the research community.
Ashutosh Kumar Pandey, one of the researchers of the study, commented on his Twitter account in May of this year that they stand by their conclusion that the SARS-CoV-2 is not natural. “We said this in Jan 2020, we are saying it again”, he had tweeted.
The paper was outlandish for those who wanted to prove the ‘natural origin’ theory for the virus and was withdrawn due to the pressure from the people with vested interests. The revised manuscripts were hard-blocked by the publishers and never allowed to come out … Science is the new medieval church, those who are popes of it censor at their will.
French scientist Luc Montagnier — who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2008 for his role in discovering HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) — also believes that SARS Cov-2 has been genetically altered for human transmission. Interestingly, Montagnier also confirms that this novel coronavirus has been engineered using part of the genetic sequencing of HIV. Considering he discovered HIV, it seems like he might qualify as an expert on the subject.
You can watch one of Montagnier’s interviews here.
There’s a part which is obviously the classic virus, and there’s another mainly coming from the bat, but that part has added sequences, particularly from HIV – the AIDS virus.
Dr. Francis Boyle is a professor of international law at the University of Illinois and is considered an expert on biological warfare. Boyle drafted the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989 that was approved unanimously by both Houses of the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.
Boyle was one of the earliest voices to suggest that SARS CoV-2 was genetically engineered as a “bio weapon” to enhance human-to-human transmissibility. Boyle has made reference to a study published in the peer-reviewed journal in Science Direct — Antiviral Research (Vol. 16, April 2020) — that confirms the purposed design of the novel coronavirus ideal for human infection.
But this was a genetic– as you know, that was withdrawn under political pressure. But now we have four very distinguished life scientists here. Yes, that’s it right there. And the smoking gun here is on page 11, near the bottom, the last full paragraph from the bottom where it says, “may provide a gain of function to coronavirus for efficient spreading in the human population” … This is clearly a weaponized biological warfare agent and there is no legitimate scientific or medical use for gain of function technology.
Dr. Steven Quay — founder of Atossa Therapeutics — and Dr. Richard Muller — former lead scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory — published their findings in an editorial for the Wall Street Journal.
Quay and Muller discovered that the genetic sequencing of SARS CoV-2 was optimally designed for human transmissibility and lethality, citing that it contains the most commonly used double sequence in gain-of-function research, which is [CGG-CGG]. The pair noted that the double CGG sequence has never been found naturally among the entire group of coronaviruses that includes CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, and yet it was found in SARS CoV-2, which they called a “damning fact.”
Proponents of zoonotic origin must explain why the novel coronavirus, when it mutated or recombined, happened to pick its least favorite combination, the double CGG … At the minimum, this fact — that the coronavirus, with all its random possibilities, took the rare and unnatural combination used by human researchers — implies that the leading theory for the origin of the coronavirus must be laboratory escape.
As you can plainly see, there is substantial evidence that clearly demonstrates that the SARS Cov-2 virus that causes Covid-19 was genetically engineered to enhance human transmissibility through gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. This is not a conspiracy theory, as so many desperately have claimed.
NO! Quite the contrary.
This is an intentional catastrophe wrought by the hands of guilty men — like Anthony Fauci — who should be charged with crimes against humanity.
In my next post, I will begin to examine the unnecessary and extreme response of our medical and governing authorities that resulted in the lock down of the entire world for the very first time in history.
A significant part of uncovering the truth about Covid-19 is determining its origin. Frankly, this is one of the most controversial and polarizing topics of debate among scientists and perhaps one of the most difficult tasks on this journey of discovery. After nearly two years, the genesis of this “novel” coronavirus is far from settled, although many theories abound.
The majority of “experts” trace the origin of SARS CoV-2 — the technical name for the virus that causes Covid-19 — to one of three possible scenarios.
SARS CoV-2 is a natural mutation of the original SARS virus (severe acute respiratory syndrome) that was transmitted from an animal reservoir — such as a bat — to humans in the Wuhan province of China.
SARS CoV-2 is a genetically engineered virus developed under gain-of-function (GOF) research before accidentally escaping the Wuhan Institute of Virology in late fall or winter of 2019.
SARS CoV-2 is a genetically engineered virus developed under gain-of-function research and subsequently was released intentionally into the human population in Wuhan, China before spreading around the world.
Many well-respected, qualified scientists and doctors land on opposite sides of the aisle, creating mixed public perception about the origin of Covid-19. For sake of simplicity, I will assume that the timeframe and location of the first SARS CoV-2 case remains relatively settled — which is late fall or early winter of 2019 in Wuhan, China.
Everything else, however, is worth closer consideration.
Theory #1 — The Wuhan Wet Market Theory
The mainstream narrative circulated from health authorities and news outlets from the very beginning of the outbreak was that this novel coronavirus first emerged from a wet market in Wuhan, China, where bats are sold and consumed for food. Bats and other animals, such as pigs and cats, are known to be the primary carriers of coronaviruses. Hundreds, if not thousands, of coronaviruses exist in nature. Even the common cold is a classified in the coronavirus “family,” but at least three have “jumped” from animals to humans in the past few decades, causing more severe respiratory illness. These three are SARS (2002), MERS (2012) and SARS CoV-2 (2019).
The wet-market theory has not been proven and is based upon an assumption that SARS CoV-2 mutated naturally in an animal reservoir and then spread to its first human host in Wuhan, causing what we know as the Covid-19 pandemic. Even the Lancet Journal, which is one of the most respected peer-reviewed medical journals in the world, released an article in September of 2020 that insisted that SARS CoV-2 originated in bats without the possibility of being genetically engineered.
The Lancet article was weak on data, however, and strong on presumption and speculation. Instead of providing adequate scientific findings, the Lancet article sounded more like a political propaganda piece written solely to discredit the possibility that SARS CoV-2 was genetically altered and released from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“Still, there is one theory that can be dismissed,” author Talha Burki said in the Lancet, referring specifically to the lab-leak theory. And yet the article provides little to back up this foregone conclusion. Interestingly, the article goes on to make self-contradictory statements, using phrases like “almost certainly” and “highly unlikely.”
Besides, if you were going to create a coronavirus that can be transmitted by humans, you would almost certainly start with the first SARS virus. SARS-CoV-2 is like nothing we have seen before. It really is highly unlikely that someone created it; it is not put together from pieces we know about.
Just listen to the language used in the quote above. This virus is like nothing we have seen before and is not put together from pieces we know about. That doesn’t sound much like a “naturally occurring” virus to me but rather leaves the door wide open for not just the possibility but the probability that the SARVS-CoV-2 virus was genetically engineered to enhance human transmission.
That is precisely why many highly-qualified doctors and virologists have shared scientific evidence that leads them to believe that this virus is not naturally occurring but rather is the result of genetic engineering through gain-of-function research.
Theory #2 — Genetic Engineering through Gain-of-Function Research
This is where things get interesting. I will do my best to provide this information in a consumable portion size, but it will be challenging. I also will provide as many reference links as possible for readers to go to the sources and do their own follow-up research.
This scenario, at best, poses major ethical concerns and reveals a blatant conflict of professional interest with Dr. Fauci — the self-appointed arbiter of truth who has become the sole voice of scientific and medical authority on all things Covid-19 since its inception. At worst, this could be the greatest scandal in American history resulting in treasonous crimes against humanity.
First I need to define gain-of-function research, which has been implemented by both private and government research agencies for decades. The following description comes from PubMed and the National Library of Medicine.
Gain-of-function (GOF) research involves experimentation that aims or is expected to (and/or, perhaps, actually does) increase the transmissibility and/or virulence of pathogens. Such research, when conducted by responsible scientists, usually aims to improve understanding of disease causing agents, their interaction with human hosts, and/or their potential to cause pandemics. The ultimate objective of such research is to better inform public health and preparedness efforts and/or development of medical countermeasures. Despite these important potential benefits, GOF research (GOFR) can pose risks regarding biosecurity and biosafety.
So gain-of-function (GOF) research is predicated upon manipulating the genetic codes of viruses in order to create new — aka “novel” — viruses that both are more transmissible and detrimental to humans.
However, when high-ranking U.S. Congressman and medical doctor Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) began to press Fauci on his level of involvement in GOF research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Fauci vehemently denied all accusations and said that the NIAID or NIH had never awarded any grants to the Wuhan bio lab.
The documented evidence, however, was too overwhelming to deny, finally forcing Fauci to testify under oath to a House Appropriations subcommittee that a mere $600,000 in U.S. money was funneled to the Chinese lab through the non-profit EcoHealth Alliance to fund “a modest collaboration with very respectable Chinese scientists who were world experts on coronavirus” [New York Post — May, 25, 2021].
Fauci had been caught in a blatant lie, and one lie usually leads to another. After being less than honest about the amount of funding granted for research in Wuhan, Fauci doubled-down and insisted that none of these grants were used specifically for GOF research. Senator Paul, however, having gained access to Fauci’s private emails and other declassified information, provided substantial evidence that Fauci not only was lying about using taxpayer dollars to fund research at the Wuhan lab but also that he was lying about those funds being used directly for GOF research in China.
Paul, writing an op-ed in the National Review, accused Fauci of lying to Congress and the American people about his knowledge of GOF research at the Wuhan Institute.
Fact: Dr. Anthony Fauci, without a doubt, knew the National Institutes of Health (NIH) granted funds for gain-of-function research to the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab. It’s no secret that gain-of-function research has been deemed a controversial practice since its beginning. However, that hasn’t stopped the NIH from approving funding for it abroad and in the United States under Dr. Fauci’s watch.
For a more concise report on Fauci’s involvement in GOF research, you can watch Sean Hannity’s Fox News report here.
In conclusion, there is a growing consensus based on legitimate scientific evidence that the SARS CoV-2 virus was first genetically altered through GOF research using American taxpayer dollars at the direction of Dr. Fauci the National Institute of Health. Those facts alone should lead to an all-out criminal investigation of Dr. Fauci and his network of researchers. In the meantime, Dr. Fauci should immediately be thrown out of his ivory tower, removed from his pedestal, and stripped of his “authority” in providing medical advice and making policy decisions for the U.S. government.
In my next post, I will introduce you to many of the highly-qualified scientists, virologists, doctors, and experts who all concur that the genome sequence of SARS CoV-2 could not have originated by natural processes but rather was genetically engineered for efficiency.
Until then, feel free to read the following articles that support the lab-leak scenario.
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
Here we are nearly 20 months post Covid, and we find ourselves in an altogether new reality far from the world we once knew. Questions still abound and answers remain hard to find, and it appears that this new normal — which is anything but — is not going away any time soon.
To state the obvious, the last two years have been the most bizarre, confusing, divisive, frustrating, and life-altering experience in my lifetime — perhaps in all of human history. The global scale and international convergence of this “Covid crisis” is both unprecedented and untenable in scope and consequence. It’s almost like waking up from a bad dream only to realize you are still trapped in the dream.
Let’s be honest. It’s not like we have never faced viruses and deadly diseases before, and surely there will be more to come. Disease is an unfortunate but undeniable reality of the human condition in a fallen world, and pestilences will be around until the entire creation is set free from its bondage to corruption in the regeneration of all things (Romans 8:18-25).
I for one have had unrelenting questions from the beginning of this “crisis.” Why now? Why this virus? Why this response? Why this vaccine? Why these mandates? Why has virtually every nation in the world reacted in lockstep with such a hyper-aggressive, irrational response toward this particular virus? Is Covid-19, or Sars Cov-2, really so deadly that is constitutes the extreme measures being forced upon us? Are these protocols really for our health and safety or is another agenda at work?
Putting Things into Proper Perspective
One of the most obvious questions I have is this. Does Sars Cov-2 qualify as a pandemic? We have been socially conditioned to believe we are living through a pandemic and to call this a pandemic, but is it really a pandemic at all? Merriam-Webster defines a pandemic as “occurring over a wide geographic area (such as multiple countries or continents) and typically affecting a significant proportion of the population.”
So although this Covid-19 outbreak has certainly spread worldwide, has it really affected a “significant proportion of the population?” For perspective, let’s look at a few real pandemics from history.
For example, the Black Plague of the 14th Century killed an estimated 25 million people, which was 1/3 (33%) of the European population at the time. The Spanish Flu (H1N1) pandemic of 1918 infected about 500 million people or one-third (33%) of the world’s population (1.7 billion at the time). The number of deaths contributed to the Spanish Flu was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide, which means that Spanish Flu killed approximately 3% of the entire world population, which is quite substantial. [reference CDC here]
Now let’s compare those numbers to the Sars Cov-2 outbreak.
As of today, September 3, 2021, there have been an estimated 219 million confirmed cases and 4.5 million deaths of “Covid-19” worldwide. [reference BBC here]
With a world population of basically 8 billion people, that means that less than 3% (0.0275) of the entire world population has contracted Sars Cov-2 and a negligible percentage of the world population has died from this virus (0.00056). That means that 99.999% of the world has survived this novel covid virus. Even for those who contract Sars Cov-2, there is still a 98% overall survival rate. [* and those percentages are even lower if you believe that Covid-19 numbers both have been falsified and inflated using bogus protocols etc…We will discuss this later.]
Just to put things into perspective, if people were being infected and dying of Sars Cov-2 at the same rate of the 1918 Spanish Flu, then over 2.6 billion people would have been infected and over 240 million people would have died so far. Just let that sink in for a moment. Clearly we are no where near those numbers and frankly never will be.
These numbers alone answer the first obvious question. Is Covid-19 a real pandemic?
Sars Cov-2 does not qualify as a true pandemic by definition. Although this is a novel virus with real concerns, it is NOT so deadly and dangerous to justify the drastic totalitarian responses of the governments and health organizations of the world. It is NOT so deadly and dangerous to cause mass psychosis leading to irrational fear and social isolation.
Now consider what I just did by using the most basic statistics being reported by the official health organizations of the world. I simply brought some perspective to the mainstream narrative. I basically destroyed the notion that we are living through one of the worst pandemics in human history. As a matter of fact, I believe I have sufficiently proven that the Sars Cov-2 “outbreak” does not qualify as a pandemic at all, but rather should be considered a novel coronavirus that makes some people very sick — especially those with comorbidities — but in reality poses little to no danger to over 99% of the human population.
So why have we turned the world upside down and effectively lost our collective minds over a relatively innocuous disease?
These are the kinds of questions that I cannot put out of my mind. As a journalist by trade, I have always looked at reality through curious lenses, desiring to get to the heart of the matter and discover the truth, even if it is not popular.
In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
— George Orwell
So I have determined to take a journey of personal discovery in an attempt to get to the truth behind this “Covid crisis,” even if this journey leads me to a conclusion that I am not ready to accept.
My goal is to take one topic and issue at a time and meticulously investigate the facts in order to discover the truth behind this unprecedented social experiment that is affecting us all. My aim is to break down this investigation into bite-sized portions both for consumption and clarity.
In my next post, I will do my best to discover the origin of Sars Cov-2, especially in regard to the evidence that this novel virus was genetically engineered through gain-of-function research and then released into the population.
So I hope you will join me in this journey of discovery and share these blog posts with friends and family, as we seek to find the truth together, and as our Lord Jesus says, the truth will set us free.
Then you shall say to Pharaoh, “Thus says the LORD, Israel is my firstborn son, 23and I say to you, ‘Let my son go that he may serve me. If you refuse to let him go, behold, I will kill your firstborn son.'”
Israel began as one man, Jacob, growing into a family and then an entire ethnic people group in Egypt. Once in captivity under Pharaoh, the LORD God of Israel redeemed His people and chose them as a holy nation — a people of His own possession.
God often uses human relationships to illustrate and convey His love and commitment to us, and one of the most profound examples is the relationship between father and child. The LORD speaks of Israel as both son and daughter to demonstrate the depth of His heartfelt devotion to His people, and as we will see, this thread continues to run throughout the Scriptures to the very end.
In essence, God is communicating one big idea to Israel. We are family.
The Apple of God’s Eye
The LORD your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes,31and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place.
The LORD called Israel his firstborn son, which is a term associated both with preeminence and inheritance. God’s law made provisions for the firstborn to receive a double portion of the father’s inheritance [Deuteronomy 21:15-17]. By using the title of firstborn, God was declaring Israel to be the rightful heir of His kingdom and His possessions. The LORD was willing to give Israel everything.
The language of the Exodus provokes a powerful image of a loving father carrying his son through the perils of the wilderness and leading him to safety. Like any doting father, God kept Israel as the apple of His eye from the day he was born. Nothing compares to a father’s love for his children.
But the LORD’s portion is his people, Jacob his allotted heritage.
10 He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of the wilderness; he encircled him, he cared for him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. 11Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that flutters over its young, spreading out its wings, catching them, bearing them on its pinions, 12the LORD alone guided him, no foreign god was with him.
A Wayward Son
Tragically Israel grew privileged, ungrateful, and rebellious — dishonoring his Father with all forms of idolatry and immorality. Not only did Israel’s habitual sin break God’s heart but also provoked Him to anger.
But Jeshurun grew fat, and kicked;you grew fat, stout, and sleek;then he forsook God who made himand scoffed at the Rock of his salvation.16They stirred him to jealousy with strange gods;with abominations they provoked him to anger.17They sacrificed to demons that were no gods,to gods they had never known,to new gods that had come recently,whom your fathers had never dreaded.18You were unmindful of the Rock that bore you,and you forgot the God who gave you birth.19 The LORD saw it and spurned them,because of the provocation of his sons and his daughters.20And he said, ‘I will hide my face from them;I will see what their end will be,for they are a perverse generation,children in whom is no faithfulness.
The prophet Hosea echoes the words of Moses. You can hear the disappointment in the Father’s heart, as He reflects on the memories of Israel’s life.
When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. 2The more they were called, the more they went away; they kept sacrificing to the Baals and burning offerings to idols.
3Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk; I took them up by their arms, but they did not know that I healed them. 4I led them with cords of kindness, with the bands of love, and I became to them as one who eases the yoke on their jaws, and I bent down to them and fed them.
God’s One and Only Son
He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”
Where Israel failed as God’s firstborn son, Jesus the Messiah would succeed. Where Israel would dishonor the Father in sinful rebellion, Jesus would perfectly please the LORD. Where Israel would fail to be a light unto the Gentiles and lead the nations to worship the One True God, Jesus would come as the light of the world, leading all men out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Of course, we must not conclude that the Father sent His one and only Son into the world as a supplemental fix for Israel’s rebellion. NO! The incarnation of God the Son was always God’s original plan from before the very foundation of the world [John 17:23-24]. As the Creator Himself, Jesus is the firstborn over all creation, having preeminence in all things [Colossians 1:15-18].
And as only God could do, He opened the door through the cross for the whole world to believe in His Son and be given the right of being adopted as sons and daughters of the King!
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!“
A Prodigal Returns
With weeping they shall come,
and with pleas for mercy I will lead them back,
I will make them walk by brooks of water,
in a straight path in which they shall not stumble,
for I am a father to Israel,
and Ephraim is my firstborn.
One of the most amazing realties of God’s ultimate plan of redemption is His unwavering commitment to the covenant people of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Although Israel has proven to be by and large a rebellious son, God has not forsaken Israel and has promised to bring him back home in the end. The natural branches that were broken off in unbelief will be grafted back in to God’s family tree in the end.
So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather, through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. 12Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion mean!
Although a partial hardening has come upon ethnic Israel for many generations, God has always persevered for Himself a remnant. And like the prodigal son who has been estranged from his father in sin, Israel will return to the LORD through many trials and trust in God’s own Son — the Messiah.
This is the amazing story of redemption. God has by no means totally rejected Israel, but like a faithful Father, He will make good all His promises to the physical descendants of Jacob and keep His covenant to the end. Just as He does with all of His wayward children, the Father is waiting for the people of Israel to repent and return to Him, where He will receive them back with open arms! And in this way, all Israel — both Jew and Gentile — will be saved when Messiah returns to lead us home to inherit the kingdom of Israel as God’s firstborn sons!
Yet the number of the Israelites will be like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or counted. And it will happen that in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people,’ they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
I can only name a few things in life that are worth dying for.
Protecting my loved ones, family and friends.
Defending the most vulnerable and innocent.
Bearing witness for my Lord Jesus Christ, who willingly died for me!
And finally, preserving my God-given freedom.
Freedom is our innate gift from Almighty God and essential for life itself. For a life that is not free is not life at all. Without freedom, I am unable to protect the ones I love, defend the weak, or speak the truth of the gospel. Without freedom, I all but cease to be human — becoming a beast of burden under the heavy yoke of slavery.
Anyone who has an appreciation for the freedom that has been bestowed upon this land can plainly see that a monumental shift is taking place in our nation. The steady and systematic grab for power has slowly eaten away at our individual freedoms, as we have traded our civil liberties for comfort, convenience, safety and security. How quickly we have been willing to give up the invaluable treasure of freedom to gain fleeting pleasures.
In one sense, the deterioration of the United States of America should not be a surprise. All great empires are born out of great sacrifice and courage, which then leads to an era of great prosperity and wealth. But inevitably, prosperity grows into entitlement and entitlement into complacency and complacency into apathy. Eventually, it is the apathy that allows power-hungry men to step in and assume control over the masses, enslaving them in the chains of their own indifference.
Before you know it, a once free nation has become a slave state. A once strong nation has become weak and vulnerable. Inevitably, all great nations rise and fall by following such a path, and America is not different.
Consider how much has changed in America in just the past 20 years.
After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the government convinced us that it was necessary to spy on its own people for counter-terrorism purposes. Ironically, this new “Patriot Act,” has been used for gross government overreach, surveillance, and invasion of privacy. Politicians will never waste a crisis, and 9/11 was the perfect scenario to justify taking away our freedom for the “greater good.”
Fast forward to the present Covid-19 crisis. Once again, the powers that be have taken full advantage of a fearful and confused population with massive power grabs and gross disregard for civil liberties.
We have seen unconstitutional executive orders shut down the economy and destroy small business.
We have seen health departments and federal health agencies become acting dictators, legislating from their self-appointed place of authority.
We have seen school boards and teacher’s unions deny children basic education and much needed social interaction.
We have seen both private companies and government agencies mandate experimental vaccinations upon their employees.
We have seen private businesses and entire cities impose vaccination passports likened to Nazi Germany and communist Russia, who were masters at creating sub-classes of citizens to maintain control over the “non-compliant.”
We have seen hospitals deny patients their basic human right of having family advocates by their side in their most difficult time of need.
And to top it all off, we have seen the most aggressive, systematic shut down of free speech in history, as Big Tech companies have appointed themselves as the arbiters of truth by censoring anything and everything they deem to be “false” or “misleading.” Only the information that fits the accepted social narrative is allowed. Just ask the citizens of China and North Korea how that has worked out for them.
Only God knows what freedoms they will come for next. Man’s lust for power knows no end. They are not going to stop unless we make them. It’s time we remind these self-serving bureaucrats that they serve us. Not the other way around! Somewhere along the way they have forgotten that because we have let them get away with it for so long. The government does not give us our rights. God does!
Having said all of this, I only have one question.
Where do we go from here?
Either the American people will wake up and stand up and speak out and fight for their constitutional and God-given freedoms, or soon America will no longer be free. That is an America not worth living in, not for me or my children.
As Thomas Paine said, “I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.”
But like the generation of patriots that first stared in the face of tyranny and stood firm for this freedom, it will take tremendous faith and courage and sacrifice for our generation to reclaim what is rightfully ours. It will not be easy. It will not be comfortable. It may cost us more than we can imagine.
But in the end, it is worth it. Freedom is always worth fighting for! Whether that fight is at the voting polls, in the marketplace of ideas, or God forbid on the battlefield, it is fight that must be fought.
I will leave you with some famous words of a courageous patriot, Patrick Henry, who understood how essential freedom was to his generation. I pray that our generation will have the same courage to preserve our God-given rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave … Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
[Patrick Henry to the Virginia General Assembly — March 23, 1775]
Say therefore to the people of Israel, “I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment.“
The Exodus from Egypt is the single most significant event in the history of God’s people prior to the incarnation of Jesus Christ and His subsequent death, burial and resurrection. The Exodus not only lays the foundation for our faith in the God of Israel — Yhvh or Yahweh — but also marks the birth of the nation of Israel and the supernatural redemption of God’s people.
The sacred writings of the Torah, Psalms, and prophets collectively are pointing back to the Exodus as the signature event in Israel’s past, while at the same time looking forward to the greater Exodus at the end of the age when Messiah is revealed from heaven. God’s redemption of Israel out of Egypt and through the waters of the Red Sea provide the template for our ultimate redemption through the Person and work of Jesus Christ — the greater Moses.
God Breaks the Bonds of a Cruel Master
Then the LORD said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, 8and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey …“
Israel sojourned into Egypt as a family of 70 and grew into a great multitude. Pharaoh responded by enslaving the people of God and subjecting them to harsh labor under his cruel taskmasters. For generations all the children of Israel were born into slavery and knew nothing of freedom. Even worse, Israel was powerless to deliver herself from Pharaoh and were left desperately crying out to God in agony.
Although Israel languished in despair, the Bible tells us that God heard their cry and determined to act. Israel needed a God greater than the gods of Egypt and someone more powerful than Pharaoh. Only the LORD — the Most High — could save them, and that is precisely what He did.
Israel, of course, is meant to be indicative of humankind in general, as we all are born into spiritual slavery as sons of Adam and held in bondage by the evil ruler of this world — the devil. The parallels between man’s sinful condition and Israel are obvious. In and of ourselves we are left powerless over sin and the devil, who has authority over all the kingdoms of the world [Luke 4].
Like Israel, we need a God who is greater than all our sin and more powerful than the devil to deliver us from our hopeless state. The good news is that the God of Israel became a man in the person of Jesus Christ and came to redeem us from the powers of darkness and transfer us into the Kingdom of God.
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.
[1 John 3:8]
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
God Brings us through the Waters of New Birth
The LORD will reign forever and ever. For when the horses of Pharaoh with his chariots and his horsemen went into the sea, the LORD brought back the waters of the sea upon them, but the people of Israel walked on dry ground in the midst of the sea.
It was the LORD Himself, clothed in a cloud, leading Israel through the sea, as He also protected them in the rear by a column of fire. When Israel emerged from the depths with the enemy in her wake, she had been reborn — the birth of a nation through the waters of baptism. What a scene as the children of Israel rejoiced and praised God with a victory song of celebration!
The imagery of water baptism and the new birth runs consistently throughout the Scriptures. Noah and his family saved through waters. Moses and Israel saved through the sea. Jesus Himself, while ascending from the baptismal waters of the Jordan, is identified by the Father from heaven as His beloved Son — the Messiah of Israel. Later Jesus schools the teacher of Israel — Nicodemus — by revealing that man must be born of more than mere natural descent in order to enter God’s kingdom. We must be born again — from above — by the Holy Spirit.
In other words, flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, but only those who participate in the resurrection at the end of the age. Ultimately the flesh counts for nothing, but God’s words are Spirit and eternal life!
Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.
[1 Peter 3:21-22]
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?4We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
Paul reminds us that all of these supernatural events throughout history are examples and foreshadowings of greater things to come in Christ — who not only redeemed Israel as a new nation but also who redeems us as a new creation.
For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3and all ate the same spiritual food, 4and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.
[1 Corinthians 10:1-4]
God Redeems us a People of His own Possession
Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel: 4‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; 6and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.
Once the LORD had drowned Pharaoh and the army of Egypt in the sea, the process of redemption had been complete. Israel was chosen and set apart from all the nations of the earth to be God’s treasured possession and covenant people. The LORD will forever be the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. Israel is the name of the covenant people of God, but Israel was not redeemed at the exclusion of the other nations of the earth but rather for their ultimate blessing and inclusion into God’s kingdom.
In Christ, all the nations of the earth will be blessed. In Christ, God has made for Himself a people from not only the tribes of Israel but also from every tribe and nation and people of the earth. Even as Israel departed Egypt and crossed the sea, it was a mixed multitude of Egyptian and Israelite alike. God’s plan has always been to redeem for Himself kingdom of priest from every nation!
The Exodus is the pattern for all of redemptive history, and Christ is the hero of the whole story. Jesus is the image of the invisible God — the One who manifested in human form to redeem Israel out of Egypt — the One who took on flesh to save the world — and the One who is coming down again in power and great glory at the end of this present age to ultimately redeem the sons of God through the resurrection of the dead.
They shall dwell in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children’s children shall dwell there forever, and David my servant shall be their prince forever. 26I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore. 27My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 28Then the nations will know that I am the LORD who sanctifies Israel, when my sanctuary is in their midst forevermore
Next session, I will consider Israel the Bride of the LORD and the betrothal at Mt. Sinai.
O Come, O Come Immanuel … and ransom captive Israel … that mourns in lonely exile here … until the Son of God appear.
“Then fear not, O Jacob my servant, declares the LORD, nor be dismayed, O Israel; for behold, I will save you from far away, and your offspring from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease, and none shall make him afraid. 11For I am with you to save you, declares the LORD; I will make a full end of all the nations among whom I scattered you, but of you I will not make a full end. I will discipline you in just measure, and I will by no means leave you unpunished.“
One cannot tell the story of Israel without telling the story of exile and the long, perilous journey back home. Israel knows suffering full well, passing through the fires of persecution and shedding the bitter tears of lament. The nation of Israel was born out of slavery, and her destiny is one tied to perpetual exile until the end — the consummation of all things and the arrival of the Kingdom of God.
Remember, Israel means to strive, to struggle — both with God and man — and to overcome in the end. Much of Israel’s exile was brought on by her own rebellion and departure from the One True God to serve the gods of the nations, and some of Israel’s suffering has been at the hands of the satanic powers of darkness — who hate God and His covenant people.
During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. 24And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.
Such was the case in Egypt, when Pharaoh and his gods determined to enslave and destroy Israel — God’s chosen portion. Israel was displaced, estranged from her homeland and held captive at the hands of her enemies. The spiritual battle was raging in Egypt over God’s covenant people. It has been raging ever since and will continue to rage until the very end.
It has been written. The patterns of exile and deliverance throughout the Scriptures paint us a prophetic pattern that has been replayed over and again throughout redemptive history. What has been done will be done again.
COVENANT & CONTROVERSY
And the LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the LORD will drive you. 28And there you will serve gods of wood and stone, the work of human hands, that neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. 29But from there you will seek the LORD your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul. 30When you are in tribulation, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, you will return to the LORD your God and obey his voice.31For the LORD your God is a merciful God. He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers that he swore to them.
The unique covenant that God made with the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is at the very heart of the perpetual enmity surrounding Israel. The gods of the nations and the devil himself seek to devour the seed of the woman, and by destroying God’s covenant people, Satan is attempting to nullify the word of God and revoke the promise of God.
This is why the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain agains the LORD and His Anointed. God has uniquely bound Himself to the people of Israel; therefore, Israel is the nation and land of controversy among the nations. Israel is the target of satanic opposition. Israel is the key prophetic timepiece in God’s redemptive plan.
From the moment Israel was delivered from Egypt and entered into the land of promise under Joshua, she has experienced one calamity after another. One invasion after another. One exile after another. Consider the plight of captive Israel.
Israel was held in bondage multiple times to the Philistines and Midianites during time of the Judges (circa 12th-11th Century B.C.)
Israel was conquered by the Assyrians and the Northern Kingdom was exiled in early 8th Century
The remnant of Israel — Judah — was conquered and carried off into Babylon, marking the exile of the Southern Kingdom in the late 6th Century B.C.
Haman and the Persian plot of ethnic genocide in Esther’s day in the late 4th Century
Cruel oppression of Antiochus Epiphanes IV in the days of the Maccabees, or 3rd Century B.C.
Roman conquest and destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D, scattering the remnant of Israel to the four winds of the earth
Persecution during the Spanish Inquisition and Crusades
Jewish Pogroms in Russia
Holocaust of Nazi Germany during WW II
And so it will be in the last days at the end of the age — one final episode of Jacob’s trouble. One more invasion of the land. One more siege on Jerusalem. One last exile of Israel. One final diaspora to the nations. God has bound Himself to the people and the land of Israel, and the restoration of Israel will not fully be realized until the LORD Himself comes down from heaven in flaming fire and crushes His enemies and sits down on His glorious throne.
STRANGERS PASSING THROUGH
In more ways than one, Israel’s story is our story — God’s story. We all identify as strangers passing through — aliens in a foreign land not our own — wandering and waiting to go home. We all are spiritually born into bondage, under the powers of darkness in the heavenly places and held captive by sin and oppressed by a cruel master — the devil.
The God of Israel always intended to adopt the Gentiles into His convent family and incorporate people from every nation into the commonwealth of Israel. We too are brought near into covenant relationship with God through Jesus Christ. So that in the end — all Israel — will be saved, Jew and Gentile, slave and free, male and female.
In that way, Israel not only represents the covenant people of God in the flesh and the physical promised land, but ultimately Israel represents the covenant people of God by faith and the eternal kingdom on earth as it now is under the Lordship of Christ in heaven.
God always had a bigger plan — a redemptive plan. The gospel of the Kingdom is that God has redeemed a people for His own possession from every tribe and nation under heaven — using Israel as the conduit of His blessing to the nations and then bringing exiles back into Israel to inherit the land and enjoy the covenant blessings forever.
Speaking of Abraham and the other great men and women of faith, the author of Hebrews says …
Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.15If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
The Time for Restoring All Things
Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, 20that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, 21whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.
Israel will be in exile until the King of Israel returns to set His people free once and for all. He is King over the whole earth, but His chosen portion, His allotted inheritance, is Israel. All people who trust in the God of Israel and in His Messiah King Jesus belong to Israel and have a permanent home in the promised land.
As we wait for the day when Jesus comes and restores the fortunes of Jacob and gathers His people to Himself and makes good on all of His promises, we wait patiently in hope, knowing that God’s people will never be fully at home as sojourners in a hostile world.
Hear, O nations, the word of the LORD, and proclaim it in distant coastlands:
“The One who scattered Israel will gather them and keep them as a shepherd keeps his flock. 11For the LORD has ransomed Jacob and redeemed him from the hand that had overpowered him. 12They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; they will be radiant over the bounty of the LORD—the grain, new wine, and oil, and the young of the flocks and herds.Their life will be like a well-watered garden, and never again will they languish.”
Next time I will take a closer look at Israel as God’s redeemed.