The great men and women of faith stared in to the eyes of those who hated and persecuted them, and they did not waiver. They laid down their lives, counting the cost of staying faithful in a faithless generation. In this teaching, Yosef takes a look at the lives of the Maccabees and their own bold stand against the perverse wickedness of the Greek culture. They overcame the wicked ruler Antiochus, in the same way that the faithful remnant in this generation will overcome the anti messiah. This message urges the faithful to be fully conformed to the image of Yeshua, as the image of the beast is seen upon the earth. As we are confronted with evil, we need to be faith filled and faithful.
Zachariah in chapter 4 sees a vision of a lampstand with a bowl at its top. On the stand was seven lamps with seven spouts leading to them. He also saw two olive trees -one on the right-hand side of the bowl and the other on its left. For many, this cryptic vision which appears almost like a riddle, may be hard to grasp, unravel and understand and that is alright, for the prophet Zechariah himself could not grasp its understanding at the onset. The meaning of these verses is vitally important for us to understand as it is coming into fruition within these final days. Not only are these verses significant to this time in history, these verses should become meaningful and personal to us as children of God.
What if you are alive for such at time as this. A time of surrender and purification. A time of preparation. A time to move from being just a believer into a true disciple? Many are called but few are chosen. Will you pick up your cross and follow in the footsteps of Yeshua? In this teaching Yosef explains the urgency of the hour and speaks about the call to arise from our slumber and become the Army of YHWH
She is not ready. Her bridal gown still on its hanger. Her shoes unboxed, and her mind wonders how she can do it all alone. They enter the room, and with their presence comes a greater sense of purpose and peace. She stares in wonder, as they ready her gown, her gifts, her shoes and her ring. Speechless at the mercy and strength that pours from their every movement. When she finally raises her voice to question, she can only ask one thing; “who are you and why are you helping me?” They smile before answering, “we are those who go before the bridegroom, he sent us to prepare you for that day.”