A Door of Hope for the Last Days: Chapter One – March 2014

I am sorry to say that due to circumstances beyond my control, my book has again been delayed:

I “Hope” to finish it within the next two months at the latest.

We have thus far published the Foreword (by Angus Wootten), and my Introduction. (See them here.) And, we are now publishing Chapter One.

Our prayer is that the book will help us to refocus on the things that are truly important and inspire and encourage us for the days that lie ahead. The following is a pre-publication peek at what we hope will prove to be a life-changing, revealing book that calls for a paradigm shift in our view of the Father’s real purpose behind end time events.

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Chapter One: “Declaring The End From The Beginning”

Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, “My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure” (Isaiah 46:9-10).

The Bible’s first Book is Be’reshet, or Genesis, which means Beginnings/Origins. In it YHVH declares the end from the beginning. In the Book of Beginnings we see that after the Flood, He chose a man named Abraham. The rest of the Bible is about this man and his heirs. Their story helps us understand the times in which we now live. It is a family narrative that definitely includes Israel’s “companions” (Ephesians 2:11-22). It is a story destined to end in glory.

In Genesis we find keys that unlock the truth about the Father’s plan for the last days. We see the beginning of stories that can help us better understand the days in which we now live, and the part we are to play in the end.

In Genesis we also see that Abraham was promised an heir from his own loins, which he was to have with his aged wife, Sarah. When Yah’s promise to them did not come to pass according to their time schedule, they decided that Abraham should have a child with Sarah’s handmaiden Hagar – who gave birth to a son, Ishmael. Years later, Sarah conceived a child with Abraham whom they named Isaac, but his older half-brother, Ishmael, taunted him, and Hagar disrespected her mistress, Sarah. So, she demanded that Ishmael be sent away. She said to Abraham, “Drive out this maid and her son, for the son of this maid shall not be an heir with my son Isaac.” This request greatly troubled Abraham, but YHVH reassured him, “Do not be distressed because of the lad and your maid; whatever Sarah tells you, listen to her, for through Isaac your descendants shall be named” (Genesis 21:10-12).

Ishmael would be “a wild donkey of a man” whose hand would be against everyone. He would “live in hostility toward all his brothers” (Genesis 16:12, NIV). Thus began an ancient sibling rivalry: Ishmael against Isaac. It continues to this day and has much to do with the end times.

The Arab peoples are largely descended from Ishmael, and the Jewish people are principally descended from Isaac via the house of Judah and their companions. These two half-brothers are still fighting – their battle now raging under the banners of the Jewish and Muslim peoples. But, Judah only represents a portion of Isaac’s heirs. This leaves out Israel’s other house.

In trying to define the last days most leave out Israel’s division into two families, two houses, two kingdoms. They leave out the fact that the Father said their division was “of Him,” and that His sworn plan is to reunite them (1 Kings 12:24; 2 Chronicles 11:4; Jeremiah 31:1-3; 33:24; Isaiah 8:14).

The problem is that everyone leaves out Ephraim. But, if we examine Muslim history, we see that Christian Ephraim also has been at war with Islam since its inception. Ishmael continues to war with both Ephraim and Judah…

One Stick PrintRestoration is coming to the whole house of Israel. In Ezekiel 37:15-28, YHVH declares that He will make the sticks of Joseph/ Ephraim and Judah, “one stick” in His hand. He also says that certain things will be true of Israel at that time: He will gather them from among the nations and bring them back to their own land. He will make them one nation in the land; and they will no longer be two nations or divided into two kingdoms. One king will be king for all of them. They will no longer defile themselves with their idols or with their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions.

Ezekiel foretells a sovereignly reunited Israel who lives in their own land (without having to leave it again); they have one king over them (the King of Kings and LORD of Lords: Messiah Yeshua); and, they no longer defile themselves with any of their transgressions. Until we see these things in place, our God is still dealing with “both the houses of Israel” (Isaiah 8:14). (See “One Stick” Print here:
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Personal Redemption is offered in Messiah Yeshua. Righteousness is imputed to all who enter into His commonwealth. In Him, all who choose to be so, are “reunited.” However, His kingdom is not yet fully implemented; it has not been fully accepted by all who will yet accept it. It has not yet been established as the kingdom described by Ezekiel and many of Israel’s other prophets. To date, neither Christianity nor Judaism qualify as Ezekiel’s fully reunited, restored, and completely cleansed house of Israel.

In the Book of Beginnings, Jacob said to his sons, “Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days” (Genesis 49:1, KJV). The blessings that Jacob spoke of included fulfillment in the latter days.

Overlooking these key factors about Israel’s division and last days reunion and restoration leads to errant conclusions. Effective studies must include the facts that: Isaac became the father of Jacob, who became the father of the twelve tribes of Israel, and they ultimately divided into two houses – the Northern Kingdom of Israel (also called Ephraim), and the Southern Kingdom of Judah.

Apart from seeing this truth about both houses of Israel, their history of stumbling, and Abba’s last days plan to fully reunite them, one cannot paint a proper end time picture. Unless we first see who are the players in the game, we cannot possibly comprehend the game plan; we will not see the picture in its entirety.

The true role of the non-Jewish Believer is missing in most end-time scenarios. This is a sad truth because Abba yet has great plans for Believing Ephraim. But, due to what he has been taught, he sits idly by on a street corner waiting for a Rapture Bus to come and take him away. However, his exciting role begins to come into view when he instead sees that those of Joseph/ Ephraim, were destined to become a “melo hagoyim,” meaning, a “fullness of the Gentiles” (Genesis 48:19; Romans 11:25).

We must grab hold of the truth of YHVH’s inspiring plan for Ephraim – which does not include idly waiting for a Rapture Bus.

Ephraim needs to instead arise and begin to help prepare a way for all Israel, he needs to remove the stones that cause stumbling, to build up a Highway that leads to Zion, and to lift up the banner that is our Messiah (Isaiah 62:10).

Coming Next Month
Chapter Two:
“The Call of Firstborn Israel “

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Michele Libin

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