LAWLESSNESS AND RESTORATION
How would you like to know the ancient Biblical calendar the Scripture lays out for us plainly and is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow? The Word is alive, its power has never diminished, and continues to give us a clear pathway to understanding the times and seasons we are living in right now. The signs are all around us, and we are not meant to be idle, but active as the Word lives in us.
Since the end of Pesach (Passover) it was clear to us the great significance that for the first time in history, the majority of the planet was forced to celebrate Pesach (Passover) with their families in their homes just as Pesach is meant to be celebrated (Exodus 12:2-11). Read Pesach 2.0 here to learn more. Now the question is what comes next according to the Biblical calendar, and how can we align with the heart of the Father in this season we are in and the season that is approaching. What is the Biblical precedent for the seemingly unprecedented times we are living in now, and how can we learn from the past in order to launch successfully into the promises of Adonai for what is coming?
This brings us to one place in the world where the culmination of the promises of Elohim converge time and time again without fail. Jerusalem, where Israel was united and flourished under King David fulfilling the taking of the promised land, the coming of Yeshua Ha’Masshiah to separate believers from sin and death, the receiving of the Holy Spirit in the Upper Room, and the place where Yeshua will return to reign. Before Yeshua returns many things must yet take place, and there is always one who tries to stop it. without fail, Satan, the Lawless one has always come to thwart the promises between YHWH and His people. Today is no different, and the Scripture tells us the future will hold the same. As a matter of fact 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 tells us that “when the man of lawlessness is revealed, the antichrist, he will [actually enter and] take his seat in the temple of God, publicly proclaiming that he himself is God.”
This same lawlessness caused the Great I Am to destroy Shiloh in Samaria, the first place He chose to set His Name in the promised land (Jeremiah 7:12). That lawlessness was then set in Jerusalem and because Israel did the same as they did in Shiloh, the King of kings said, “I will do to this house (the temple) which is called by My Name, in which you trust, and to the place which I gave you and your fathers, just as I did to Shiloh”(Jeremiah 7:14). Now, if only we could know what acts of wickedness the people of Jerusalem and Shiloh did. If we knew, we could repent of those things still being done today, and ask Yeshua to shine a light on what is being done openly without us realizing, and in the darkness.
It turns out we do know what caused the wrath of the Almighty to be so enraged toward Shiloh and Jerusalem, and the Name above all names explicitly says in Jeremiah 7:30-31, “the children of Judah have done evil in My sight,” says the Lord; “they have set their disgusting and shamefully vile things in the house which is called by My Name, to defile it. They have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the Valley of Ben-Hinnom (son of Hinnom), to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire [to honor Molech, the fire god]—which I did not command, nor did it come into My heart (mind).” As we sit writing this in Jerusalem, the Hinnom Valley is a short walk from here where the memorial graves of the countless children who were sacrificed stand, a reminder to the people of Jerusalem and the world of the great atrocities that were done by the Israelites and the resulting calamity. It seems the world has not remembered.
Something has happened in the Valley of Hinnom this year, however, and for the first time in the ten years we have been in Jerusalem, instead of being hard dirt, rocks, and full of trash, it is full of green grass, olive trees, and fruit-bearing trees, a complete transformation from before, a redemption of the land like in the times of King Josiah. What’s more, Shiloh the first place in the promised land to be destroyed that had YHWH’s name in it, is now for the first time in nearly 2,000 years officially going to be restored as part of Israel once more. With the new unity government of Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz finalized, one guarantee agreed upon is the annexation of Judea and Samaria. Restoration of Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria is taking place, and the light is set to shine upon the nations to the ends of the earth where we will soon see the darkness brought to the light like we never imagined possible. For this to happen, however, we as the Body of Messiah have a major job to do, and that is to find the way to root out lawlessness and redeem the land for the great harvest to come.
If the definition of lawlessness has not been spelled out clearly enough for us, Jeremiah 7:6-7 will. “Do not oppress the transient and the foreigner, the orphan, or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood [by oppression and by unjust judicial murders] in Jerusalem, nor follow after other gods to your own ruin.” Does the shedding of innocent blood by unjust judicial murder sound familiar? Here’s a hint, it is happening today, and if you think the sacrificing of children to Molech was discontinued, you are naive in thinking that Satan has stopped being the lawless one.
Since 1973 when Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in the United States, up until the year 2011 at least 50 million babies had been officially judicially (legally) aborted (murdered). According to the Chinese Communist Party More than 330 million induced abortions have been carried out in China since the one-child policy was implemented in the early 1980s, as well as the “sterilization” of 200 Million women. These numbers are most likely a misrepresentation of the facts given the CCP’s infamous lack of transparency and are expected to be much higher. The Nobel economist Amartya Sen estimated there were about 100 million missing women, women that were never born or killed or aborted across Asia.
With only 2 countries mentioned, the death toll is nearly half a billion, officially. In the United States abortion has been a very public issue talked about extensively in the media, and activists against it have recently gained ground with the Trump administration canceling the taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, America’s abortion machine that was receiving 530 million USD a year in funding from the government. In China however, in many cases, abortion is not a free-will decision but rather forced by the government as you can read in the testimony below. This man and wife had one more child than the government allowed, and they found out.
His wife was seven months pregnant with their second child when the group of people barged into his home and took her away. He followed them to the local hospital, where—against medical advice and despite his pleadings—they jammed a needle into her belly. “They grabbed my wife’s body like they were grabbing a pig, four or five people holding her hands and legs and head, and injected a shot into her belly,” the man said, asking not to be named for fear of retribution. “Neither my wife nor I signed any consent form.” Ten hours later, she gave birth to a boy, wriggling and faintly crying. But the doctors in southern Hunan province would not even let her hold the dying infant, the husband said, putting the baby in a plastic bag and instructing him to pay a cleaner a small sum to bury it on a nearby hill.
If you are not from either of these countries you can easily search online the numbers for your nation. It will shock you, but also make it clear the truly unbelievable number of legally murdered children that our governments support.
Something even more nefarious than abortion is happening however that is even worse if you can fathom it, things that have been happening behind closed doors in the United States and many other nations for a very long time. Once again children are the target as the fallen kingdom of darkness continues the playbook of the times of Jeremiah in Jerusalem when living children were sacrificed on the altar of Molech. The devil has not changed his tactics, it’s just that now it is easier to be globally interconnected.
Don’t believe it? Ask yourself this, if abortion can be legalized by order of our nations top judges, and even touted as humane and a victory for women’s reproductive rights, are such things as child sex trafficking and child sacrifice so far fetched? Both have been documented in the United States and around the world as being more rampant now than ever before.
In other related news, just recently, The Pope blessed publicly the statue of Pachamama (The Earth Goddess) during a pagan ritual and watched with other cardinals in attendance as both indigenous people from the Amazon and even some fellow Catholics bowed down in worship to it in the Vatican Gardens. It is well known that Pachamama is synonymous with child sacrifice.
Just 9 days later a Large Molech Statue was erected at the entrance gate of the Coliseum in Rome, another ode to child sacrifice, and a seeming slap in the face to the martyrs of Yeshua who were killed in the Coliseum for their faith. We use these examples because they have been the most public in recent days, but we would be foolish to think that lawlessness and wickedness as described in Jeremiah 7 is only happening in one place as the reality is, it is happening in every rung of society being done in the darkness where no one can see.
Worshipping Idols is nothing new in Catholicism, and this is not to say that such things like child sex trafficking, rape, etc. only happen in one institution, but it is to say that even in the highest halls of power around the world whether it be in politics, Hollywood or the clergy such things have been and are taking place as normal as you and I eat lunch and dinner. Obviously not all Catholics are bad, and we will certainly go so far as to say that things like child molestation and the above are even happening in protestant denominations around the world, and in every religion you can name as people are people everywhere, and will continue to be. Not one institution, religious, political or otherwise is exempt from even the worst wickedness, but the fact remains that just as terrifying and shocking as throwing a newborn baby into a fire as a sacrifice is, these are not things that only happened millennia ago. If this comes as a shock, it is good to let it sink in. The question for the Body of Messiah is, what do we do with this information?
TALITHA KUM GENERATION
Many of the statistics above are not new to many reading this, and to some they are, but what we have found to be the most unlikely and hopeful thing in the midst of these tragedies taking place around the globe, is that Biblically speaking it is from the generation of the children who were supposed to be killed and corrupted by the fallen Kingdom of darkness that a redeemer is raised up. Moses was born during the time when Pharaoh gave the order saying, “Every son who is born [to the Hebrews] must be thrown into the Nile, but every daughter you shall keep alive” (Exodus 1:22) only to be rescued from the Nile and eventually lead Israel out of Egypt.
After the magi had visited baby Yeshua and tricked Herod, “he sent [soldiers] and put to death all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that area who were two years old and under, according to the date which he had learned from the magi” (Mathew 2:16) The angel then tells Joseph to take Yeshua and Mary to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-14), the place that once enslaved Israel, now being used to protect the Messiah.
From death, The God of Israel brings life and this character of the Most High repeated throughout Scripture is so perfectly shown in the Mark 5. Yeshua enters the house of the synagogue official where his 12-year-old daughter lay dead, takes her by the hand and says,” [tenderly] to her, “Talitha kum!”—which translated [from Aramaic] means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!” The little girl immediately got up and began to walk” (Mark 5:41-42). It was from this girl’s generation that believers would go out from Jerusalem to Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth preaching the Gospel of Peace in the power of the Kingdom. That is the generation rising up in the earth right now of whom Yeshua is saying, Talitha Kum!
JERUSALEM AND BABYLON RESTORED
As both atrocity and great signs of hope arise in the earth the current physical restoration of Jerusalem and Babylon are taking place. What does it matter? Firstly the restoration of Jerusalem is a point of Biblical prophesy which speaks about both the physical restoration of Jerusalem and the spiritual restoration of Israel.
Isaiah 52 tells us how Jerusalem is shaking off her dust for all the world to see her redemption and ends by speaking directly about Yeshua whose blood from Jerusalem is sprinkled on many nations providing their salvation. Now, for the first time since Mount Zion, the City of David, and the second Temple was raised to the ground by the Romans 2,000 years ago, the dust has been and is being removed from the ruins of the Holy City to reveal it once more to the world. The blood of Yeshua being sprinkled on the nations to the ends of the earth (Isaiah 52:15) is a cause for celebration and rejoicing knowing the times we are living in. At the same time, other more ominous signs of the restoration of diabolical things is also clear.
While Jerusalem and Israel are being restored so is ancient Babylon. We know there is indeed an end-times city (Revelation 18:10) referred to as Babylon just as Rome was referred to as an archetype of Babylon by Peter writing in 1 Peter 5:13. There are myriads of different theories of where the end-times Babylon is or will be, but that is not what we are talking about today.
Rather, we are talking about the reconstruction of the Ishtar Gate, the main entrance gate into ancient Babylon, a clear symbol and message to the world that Babylon is rising once more. It is not new in Scripture to know that there will be an end-times Babylon, but it is certainly worth noting the resurgence of it at the same time as Jerusalem’s restoration. It has been rebuilt from the original stones of the Ishtar Gate. Ishtar was a goddess worshipped as the Mistress of Heaven, and represented the power of sexual attraction and was thought to be savage and determined. She was symbolized by the star and her sacred animal, the lion, she was also the goddess of war and the protector of ruling dynasties and their armies. Essentially it is the gate of Jezebel if you are catching on.
This very same gate has been reconstructed in Berlin at the Pergamon Museum along with the reconstruction of the Altar of Pergamon. You remember Pergamon right, the place Yeshua Himself said was where Satan dwells in Revelation 2:14? Lastly, just to sum it up, is the 2016 reconstruction of the Palmyra Arch of Triumph which was the entrance to the temple of Baal in the ancient city of Palmyra in modern day Syria. Baal worship is very well known throughout scripture as also being synonymous with child sacrifice along with Molech. The reconstructed Arch then made its ways around world starting in Tafalgar Square, London on 19 April 2016 before being moved to a number of other locations, including New York City, Florence, Geneva, Washinton D.C and Dubai, like the gateway of the lawless one being paraded around the world. These coinciding reconstructions and restorations are important because they tell us, among many other signs of the times of the truly unprecedented times we are living in. All this being said, what is the exact moment we are in according to Scripture, and what is the strategy moving forward?
STRATEGY OF TODAY
At this time in the Biblical narrative after Pesach and Yeshua’s resurrection, the persecution and surveillance of the followers of Yeshua greatly increased, but it was also the time when Yeshua appeared to them speaking to them about the Kingdom of God (Acts 1:3). Before He ascended into heaven He told them, wait in Jerusalem, and wait for the promise of the Father to be empowered by the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4). We are told clearly what the disciples were doing during the time after Yeshua’s ascension, the same thing many of us have been doing, especially during this time of COVID-19, namely praying. Although the timeline we are in seems simple enough, if we do not learn from the mistakes of the past, we are destined to do so again. So many of us as believers have been praying according to 2 Corinthians 7:14, which is phenomenal, but one thing is when we repent and turn from our wicked ways as individuals, but how about the rest of the people in our nations who are not? Are we praying for those people?
What happens when we repent for something but don’t ask the Great I Am to shine a light on the root of the sin in our own lives? We turn back to our wicked ways, of course, not having tackled the root of the issue. In the same way when we repent on behalf of our nations, but the behavior continues what are we to expect will be the response of the Father? It is essential that we as the global Ekklesia remember to ask Adonai to shine His light on the wickedness we don’t know is happening being done in the secret places in order for it to be exposed and uprooted, and the wickedness can truly be turned away from holistically, instead of just pruning the branches when we need to be healing the soil and the roots. To be sure such light does not just shine in a moment of need, we as the Body of Messiah who Yeshua also calls the light of the world must be manifesting that same light all the time wherever we are. As we simply live as the sons and daughters of Adonai, worshipping in Spirit and in truth, rebuilding the Tabernacle of David, being watchmen on the walls interceding as Scripture tells us, having a personal relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the light will shine not just in the secret places, but also in view for all to see. We are light not hidden but on a hill so that it penetrates the darkness on all sides. What good is a light in a cave when it is meant to be a light to the world?
It is time for us to be praying with strategy that will not only put a bandage on issues but truly bring transformation to our own lives and our societies. We were not created and called to be dim lights that only work sometimes, but lights with the eternal source of light within us, Yeshua. As we continue this journey to Shavuot (Pentecost) which starts on the evening of May 28th, let us not listen to all of the naysayers both within and without the Ekklesia, but instead focus on the promise that is ahead, pinpoint the sins of our nations, repent and declare light in the darkness. It is time to receive the hand of Yeshua like the 12-year-old girl in Mark 5, to hear his voice saying to us, “Talitha Kum!” Many innocents have perished, but it has not gone unnoticed to the Father. He has chosen those who will defy the false times and seasons of satan, those who will get up, arise, just as He said of Jerusalem “Shake ourselves from the dust, Arise, O captive Jerusalem; Rid yourself of the chains around your neck, O captive Daughter of Zion!” (Isaiah 52.2). As we see the Hinnom Valley where children were once sacrificed to Molech being restored and beautiful at the same time the City of David is being excavated and beautified once more, we see that creation which has been yearning for the manifestation of the sons of Adonai is telling us now! Now! Arise! A resurrection generation is rising from the ashes and the dust of the failed plans of the fallen kingdom of darkness. Let the rallying cry of a generation be, “ O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55).
The man of lawlessness has forfeited the keys of sin and death, and his only power now is lies and deception. Let us not be deceived by the lies of the enemy like 2 Thessalonians 2:3 warns us, saying many will be deceived and fall away from the faith, but rather stand firm on the promise of the Father just as the 120 did so faithfully in the Upper Room, believing Yeshua when they told them to wait in Jerusalem for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Act 1:8 is the dispensation we are in at this very moment. “But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.” What does your witness look like? Is it manifesting the power and ability of the Holy Spirit that is in you? We are being called in this time, right now just like Moses before the burning bush, and John the Baptist to prepare the way for the return of the King of glory. We must be like children to enter the kingdom, and that is what YHWH is calling us to do now like never before, to trust Him every step of the way. What is the promise of Adonai you are believing in? What impossible task has Elohim given you that is only possible through Him? Stand firm this season, receive instruction from the Holy Spirit that was sent and wait expectantly in your upper room as the 120 did, expectantly interceding for what was promised. When the promise comes, then we will go, not in our own power, but in His. Talitha Kum Kingdom Family!