Time of Reckoning Has Come
Come now and let us reason together, says YEHOVAH. Isaiah 1:18
TORM Breaking News: The Israeli elections: “We want a king like all the nations!”
Time of Reckoning Ministry (TORM), 20 September 2019: Three days after the Israeli elections, and we are still in a political deadlock that make Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party the second-largest with 31 seats, while Benny Gantz’s leftist Blue and White alliance won 33 seats out of 120. These results are confirmed on Friday, as more than 99 percent of the votes have been counted.
Neither of the political rivals had won the majority needed to form a government, as they both acknowledged, but they both called on each other to join in “a unity government”. Gantz responded by saying he would have to be the prime minister of a broad and liberal government, since Blue and White Alliance was the largest party.
This deadlock opens the door for yet another election, if Netanyahu and Gantz fail to form “the unity government” none of them wanted in the first place—possibility the Israeli President Reuven Rivlin already excluded, as he quickly began consultations with all parties to decide who will receive the mandate to form a government.
However, the Israeli elections open the door to deadlock “breakers”, such as the Arab Joint List alliance which won 13 seats and became the third-largest party and the ex-defense minister Avigdor Lieberman’s secular nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party which won eight seats and also called for a unity government between his party, Likud and Blue and White, excluding the ultra-Orthodox parties.
So, where is Israel going? And what went wrong for Netanyahu?
In short, Israel is going nowhere, and Netanyahu received a stab in the back from his coalition partner Lieberman who left the previous government and caused the political crisis. Netanyahu called new elections last April in which he failed to form a government, and now he is facing another blow when he failed to win the majority in these elections.
But what went wrong for Israel? Much in many respects. All political analysts draw their conclusions what went wrong for Netanyahu analyzing the electoral vote and the public opinion. Much is being written as to what the Israelis want and what should have been done to win more of their votes. But they are missing one thing.
The Israeli public opinion does not matter. It is not all about what the people want and what is good in their own eyes. It has never been all about the will of the people and it should have never been.
What matters is the will of the Elohim of Israel. This is what the nation and the religious elite of Israel failed to understand and thus failed to lead the people to: When Israel dwells in the land and should wish to appoint a king, like all the nations, it is to appoint a man from among the Israelis whom YHVH should choose.
There is no law in the Torah to establish a government in Israel. But the if-then clause in Deuteronomy states that, when the people say “We want a king” then these are the requirements.
The appointment of a prime minister over the nation is not commanded, because Israel can and should exist under the government of YHVH Himself, even without an earthly government; the government is simply permitted, in case the need should arise for it.
Therefore, the provision to set a ruler over Israel does not necessarily acknowledge the right of the nation to choose its leaders.
Nevertheless, rules are laid down for the prime minister, namely he is not to increase wealth and earthly things for himself, because his example may lead back the people to the world and away from YHVH. Therefore, PM is to engage himself to study the Torah and guard the law, in order to learn to fear YHVH that he may not become proud above the people.
However, when the people say, “We want a ruler over us like all the nations of the world”, this sounds as sinful as saying “We do not want YHVH to rule over us”. Then, He may grant it as they have wished.
Even though, the grant is given in the Torah, the nation is to wait for His counsel and not to learn the way the nations of the world choose their politicians. For YHVH has appointed no particular way in the Torah for the establishment of a government, but when the people want elections, He has ceded the right to the representatives of the nation to deliberate on the matter.
But what went wrong for Israel is that when YHVH has declared, “They have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. As they have always done from the day that I brought them up out of the foreign land to this day”, this declaration refers not so much to the desire of the people to be governed, as to the intention of their hearts not be governed by Law of YHVH, but by the laws and institutions Israel has adopted from the nations.
This mistrust is founded on the mistrust in YHVH and His guidance in the Torah. The people want their own PM, because the nation as a whole is secular. Thus, instead of seeking for the cause of the terrorism, they seek false security in a unity government.
In such a state of mind as this, the people’s desire for a prime minister is a contempt and rejection of the kingly government of YHVH and is nothing more than forsaking Him for their own rulers.
But when Israel will cry out to YHVH because of the threat of terrorism and economic hardship, the King may not hear it then.
And even though YHVH may save the nation, as He did in the Arab-Israeli wars, the people still refuse to listen to the words of Mosheh, and they repeat their demand for a government over them like all the nations.
And the Lord grants them according to their desire: election after election. And when YHVH grants them a ruler over the people, in accordance with their own desire, He has shown the nation the man whom He has chosen: a Benjaminite.
But it is not Israel’s desire for an earthly ruler that angers the Elohim, but the desire of the nation for a liberal ruler like the rulers of the other nations, and not a man through whom He will rule over them. And this is what the Israelis have missed,
It is believed in the religious community that the next Israeli government may well be the one that will lead the nation until the Messiah’s coming. Rabbi Moshe Ben Tov once said to PM Netanyahu, “It is very important that your love of Israel continue until the Moshiach comes because you are going to stay in office and are going to meet him. You are the one who will give him the keys to this office”.
So, who will be in office until the Messiah’s coming: Netanyahu or Gantz? Because this makes all the difference between the giving the key of Jerusalem and the taking it away, and all the difference between which War of Gog of Magog Israel will choose. Or, Israel might have already made this choice.
Which of the three scenarios of the War of Gog of Magog will come to pass depends on choice the Israelis have made. Elohim is watching! Read more
Are the Arabs wrong that the land does not belong to Israel?
Time of Reckoning Ministry (TORM), 22 September 2019: Are the Arabs necessarily wrong when they say the land does not belong to Israel? When they say “the land” to contest its ownership, which land do they mean? Because the Arabs are not without land. Elohim blessed Ishmael the son of Avraham, made him a great nation, and gave him and his descendants a vast land rich of oil. But the contested land is not that vast land, but the small sliver of land between the sea and the Jordan — the land Israel lives in today. So, to whom that land belongs: to Israel or to the Arabs? Read more
What is to be Holy as YHVH is Holy?
Time of Reckoning Ministry (TORM), 16 September 2019: The word “holy” as in the phrase “Be holy, for I am holy!” is believed to have positive meanings of being morally and spiritually excellent; also saintly, godly, pious, God-fearing, righteous, good, virtuous, moral, sinless, pure, perfect.
This perception is often derived from the Apostle Shimon Kepha’s quote from Leviticus, … as the One who called you is holy, so you also should become holy in all behavior, because it has been written, “Be holy, for I am holy”. (1Pe 1:15-16)
While “holy” may have all those meanings of positiveness, the Hebrew word translated as “holy” may not. As a matter of fact, it has none of the above meanings and it may even have a very negative connotation, as we will study in this article. Read more
Until Shiloh Comes, and to Him is the Obedience of the peoples
Time of Reckoning Ministry (TORM), 12 September 2019: Shiloh is a mysterious figure in the Scripture. Little is known what or who he is, since he is mentioned only once in Gen 49:10, when the patriarch Ya’akov gave his prophetic visions of the twelves tribes.
It is evident in the vision concerning Yehudah that the coming of Shiloh is not to be regarded as terminating the rule of this tribe, but that the figure of Shiloh is carried out still further beyond the literal terms of the prophecy, as it tells “until Shiloh comes, and to Him is the obedience of peoples”. The King Messiah (Anointed King) is destined to arise out of Israel, restore the kingdom of David, and the Torah observance to the fullest extent.
Some are awaiting Him to come; others to return, but we should not be surprised if we all are awaiting the same person — Shiloh. Read more
When did the Salt Sea come into existence?
Time of Reckoning Ministry (TORM), 4 September 2019: The Salt Sea, known as the Dead Sea, was not in existence in the times of the patriarchs, Avraham, Yitschak and Ya’akov, as seen in the Genesis account. So, when did the Salt Sea come into being, because the Yarden (the Jordan River) was in existence before the Salt Sea (Dead Sea)? The Book of Genesis depicts the time before the patriarchs as time of great changes in nature. i.e. the Flood, but nothing in the narrative is said about an event in which the Yarden Valley (now occupied by the Salt Sea) underwent such drastic geological changes that must have led to the formation of the see. In the place now called the Dead Sea, there was once a fertile plain, known as the Valley of Siddim. Read more
The Renewed Covenant vs the New Covenant
Time of Reckoning Ministry (TORM), 30 August 2019: We will see in the study The Renewed Covenant vs the New Covenant that there are no such things as “old” and “new” covenants for YHVH’s chosen people, but one everlasting Covenant.
These foreign for the Hebraic mindset terms were crafted by the Roman Catholic Church, with intent to divide the Word of YHVH and to divide the people.
They were divided to such an extent that today we have the so-called “new covenant bibles” and “new covenant churches”, meant for “the new covenant Christians”. They were divided to such an extent that the Christians do not even bother to read “The Old Testament” any longer. In their minds, the so-called “the new covenant” that has replaced “the old covenant” is better and the old one considered obsolete, archaic, superseded by the better one.
However, is there such thing as “old covenant” and “new covenant”? Or, there is something else: The Renewed Covenant of YHVH. Read more
Counting of Omer to Shavuot
Time of Reckoning Ministry (TORM), 29 August 2019: When do we start counting of omer to have seven complete weeks to Shavuot? This question has been a great deal of debate among the observant believers who want to serve the Creator the way He wants to be served. There are two different interpretations of the counting of omer that have brought the division among observant believers as to how to count the omer, or the seven complete Sabbaths to Shavuot. Read more
Is there Forgiveness without Repentance?
Time of Reckoning Ministry (TORM), 13 August 2019: Is there forgiveness without repentance? “Should we forgive one who has wronged us but has not repented?” is the question we should ask when there is a transgression against us.
It is a common misunderstanding, particularly in the Christendom, that a Christian must forgive regardless of the absence of repentance from the guilty part, he should forgive even in the stone-cold face of the transgressor.
This understanding, which has become a mainstream doctrine in the Church, is derived from the verse in Matthew 18 when Kefa (Peter) came to Yeshua and asked, (Read more)
“Once saved always saved” Delusion
Time of Reckoning Ministry (TORM), 4 August 2019: “Once saved always saved” is a doctrine, although not as prevalent as the Predestination, created by men that once a Christian “accepts Christ as a personal Savior” he or she becomes “born again” and cannot lose his or her salvation.
Not all mainstream Christian Churches, such as the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church, support this doctrine. “Once saved always saved” doctrine is supported and it is even a main doctrine in some of the Protestant denominations in the West, i.e. the Baptist Church.
Nevertheless, the proponents of “Once saved always saved” doctrine are very vocal and influential, and being a part and variant of the Predestination doctrine, deserves no less attention in Time of Reckoning Ministry (TORM). Read more
Predestination vs Free Will Paradox
Time of Reckoning Ministry (TORM), 29 July 2019: Predestination vs Free Will is a paradox created by men and the heavenly predestination is one of the most inaccessible mysteries, locked in the realm of YHVH’s reason and wisdom. The human mind, falling short on comprehension and limited in its ability to grasp what is inconceivable to grasp, will never be able to understand this mystery of predestination and free will.
There is nothing as proud or as curious as the human mind or what the human mind thinks of itself. The human mind attempts to explore the very intangible depths of the Creator’s will and works, as if it is his to know and capable to know the highest providence of the Creator YHVH.
Often this desire of the human mind to penetrate to the incomprehensible will of YHVH crosses the line of arrogance. This sin of pride consists in assuming that we are the ones who choose YHVH and that YHVH chooses us because we had already been predestined to choose Him. That is the paradox of predestination vs free will. (Read more)
The Revelation of the Messenger of YHVH
Time of Reckoning Ministry (TORM) 21 July 2019: The Messenger of YHVH aka The Messenger of His Face is a mystery that cannot be comprehend completely. Who is this Messenger and what is His identity? The answers are found in the trial against Apostle Stephanos (Acts 7) where we also find the inconvenient truth for many, then and now. The exposure of this inconvenient truth in his fervent speech before the corrupted clique of Pharisees is the subject of this article. Apostle Stephanos was falsely accused by the Pharisees of preaching against the Torah of YHVH and he is still falsely accused even today by “the new Pharisees”. As he falsely accused of teaching that the Messiah of Israel had come to abolished the Torah of His Father (read more), Stephanos was moved by the Spirit of YHVH and replied to the false accusations in a speech which the present author considers to be understated and even ignored in the Christendom, or at least the very important moment in it: the inconvenient truth in the revelation of the Messenger of YHVH.
In his speech before the religious council, Stephanos not only exposed the false accusations against him, that he was preaching against the Torah, but he also exposed the inconvenient truth the accusers could not bear. Read more.
The Spartans — the Lost Tribe of Israel
Time of Reckoning Ministry (TORM), 11 July 2019: Who were the Spartans — the people concerning whom the lines between mythology, legends, and facts have been washed out in the sand of the turbulent scene of history? What do we know about the Spartans and what we know about them, is it a matter of mythology, legends, or of facts? This will be the subject of our study. Read more
The Irrevocable Covenant of Salt with the Levites
Time of Reckoning Ministry (TORM), 30 June 2019: Little is known that YHVH’s covenant with the Levites is called Covenant of Salt. “Covenant of salt” comes from YHVH’s command that everything brought on the altar must be seasoned with salt; salt is not be lacking from any blood or bloodless sacrifices for the purpose of giving greater intensity to the force of these sacrifices (Lev 2:13).
And if salt is so important to YHVH, then we understand that the salt of the sacrifice is also called the salt of the covenant, as a “covenant of salt” is equivalent to an unbreakable covenant, so the salt added to the sacrifice is designated as salt of the covenant of YHVH, because of its imparting strength and purity to the sacrifice.
This study is dedicated to the true Levites subject to the Covenant of Salt of YHVH. Read more.
Did Miriam Mean to Speak Evil Tongue?
Time of Reckoning Ministry (TORM): The Rabbis teach that “lashon hara”, evil tongue, is punishable with “tsara’at”, “leprosy”. They also teach that a Jew cannot speak evil tongue against another Jew, and rightfully so. They derive this teaching from the story in Numbers 12 where Miriam and Aharon spoke against their brother Mosheh.
Miriam and Aharon spoke against Mosheh because of the Kushite woman whom he had married. Later in the story she was punished with “tsara’at”, “leprosy”, for speaking evil tongue and stayed isolated outside of the camp for seven days for what she did against her brother.
But, why was only Miriam afflicted with tsara’at by YHVH and not Aharon? Read more.
“You are not Under the Law of God” Exposed
Time of Reckoning Ministry (TORM): “You are not under the Law but under grace” statement in Romans 6 is probably the most quoted by many theologians phrase (along with others) to “prove” that the new Gentile believers are not to observe the commands in the Torah of YHVH.
Tons of papers have been written to justify the rejection of the Torah and replacing it with the laws of men and traditions rooted in paganism incorporated into the faith. Faith did not change Rome, Rome changed the faith!
But everything started with a man called Ignatius, established as a religion by Constantine, and reinforced by Martin Luther: “You are not under the Law. The Law is done away with”.
They created new “Paul” even new “Jesus”, a new religion, and a new religious body called “Church”. How did they do that? They altered the teachings of Shaul by changing translations here and there (like “Christ is the end of the Law”), replacing the Hebrew names with foreign ones (Yeshua became “Jesus”, Ya’akov became “James”, Yehuda “Jude”), inserting foreign to the Hebrew Scripture concepts and ideas like “dispensations”, “grace began at the cross”, etc., and the replacement theology was born.
The purpose of this and others articles in Time of Reckoning Ministry (TORM) is to expose those false teachings and restore the real Yeshua Mashiach, the Minister of the Face of the Living YHVH. Read more.
The Transcendent Son Who has been Hidden in Elohim
Time of Reckoning Ministry (TORM): The transcendent Son of Elohim exists beyond and outside the ordinary range of human experience or understanding. The Bible and the Rabbinical literature undoubtedly speak of a preexisting Being in heaven, who was in the Creator’s plan at the origin of the universe, through whom and for whom all things visible and invisible were created: The transcendent Son of Elohim.
The Messiah of YHVH has a human nature with all human traits including the ability to sin. And indeed, what virtue would have been for the transcendent Son of YHVH, if He was born without sinful inclination? None. He would not have sinned, because he could not have sinned. Then, He would have been declared righteous not by virtue of faithfulness, but simply by nature of being perfect. Then, His sacrifice to take the punishment on Himself would have been of little value. This we discussed in the series of articles “The Human Messiah“.
This preexisting heavenly Being the Rabbis of blessed memory had called the king Mashiach (Messiah). From the beginning of the creation of the world king Messiah was born, because He entered the mind of the Creator before even the world was created. The Apostolic Writings go even further to say that king Mashiach, the transcendent Son of Elohim, was the secret that has been hidden in the Creator who created all through His son.
This article is devoted, for the glory of the Father, to transcendent king Messiah and the work He has done in the creation. But, what is His Name, and what is His son’s name? Read more.
The Iranian Threat That Causes Fear in the Land of the Living
Time of Reckoning Ministry (TORM): In article “Evidence grows that Iran is stationing missiles directed at Israel” by Jonathan Spyer on 17 May 2019 by Jerusalem Post, the author reports that in a speech delivered on 9 May 2019, the secretary-general of the Hezbollah Nujaba, an Iran-supported Shia militia in Iraq, delivered a series of threats against Israel which by itself is an indication of the growing involvement of Iranian preparations for conflict with Israel.
Further, the article quotes Reuters from August 2018: “Reuters report on August 31, 2018 was the first to note the concerns of US and Israeli intelligence agencies. The article detailed the transfer by the IRGC’s Qods Force of Zelzal, Fateh-110 and Zolfaqar missiles and launchers to western Iraq. The Zolfaqar has a claimed range of 750 km – putting Tel Aviv within its range if it was deployed in this area. The distance from al-Qaim on the Iraqi Syrian border to Tel Aviv is 632 km.”
Jonathan Spyer makes the conclusion, “The ability of Iran to operate a de facto contiguous line of control across Iraq, and thence to Syria, Lebanon and the borders with the Golan Heights is thus not under serious doubt. It appears that Teheran has begun to station SRBMs along this route, directed at Israel, and crewed by the Qods force-directed militia franchises – an arrangement intended to provide Iran with deniability in the event of their being used.”
Now, with that being said, we may recall the end-time prophecy concerning the Iranian threat from a land of Shinar encompassing today Iraq and Iran. Shinar together with Syria and Lebanon constitutes a single arena under the control of Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). This Iranian threat becomes even more disturbing in the light of the recent attacks on the Fujairah port in the UAE and the Aramco East-West pipeline in Saudi Arabia and the threat of the mullahs to resume the enrichment of uranium for their missiles. For more insight into the prophecy read the article “Wicked Fire in a Flying Roll Prophesied in Zechariah 5” posted by Time of Reckoning Ministry (TORM) on 29 October 2016.
Jerusalem Council and How Its Decision is Distorted by the Church
Time of Reckoning Ministry (TORM): According to the main stream doctrine of the Christianity, the Jerusalem Council exempted the Christians from observing the Law and recommended only four prohibitions for them to observe. Part of this doctrine is that the apostles abolished circumcision of the Christians because they are not “under the Law”. However, if that were the intent of the apostles, why did they continue to be Law-observant for decades after the resurrection of the Messiah if “the Law was nailed on the cross”?
This article will touch the nerve to prove the contrary that (1) the exemption of the Christians from observing the Law was not the intent of the apostles, (2) circumcision was no issue for the Jerusalem Council, and (3) the matter the apostles discussed was how the non-native believers in Yeshua to be fully and correctly integrated in the Commonwealth of Israel, or the metaphor apostle Shaul used in Romans 11: “the olive tree of Israel”. Read more.
The Palestinian Terrorism Then and Now and The Real Independence of Israel
Time of Reckoning Ministry (TORM): The Palestinian terrorism never ceases. It will continue unless Israel learns the lesson the forefathers learned the hard way in the time of Joshua: the more land Israel gives the more Palestinian terrorism we will see in the land.
As of writing this article approximately 700 rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza by the Palestinians since the violence began on Shabbat morning, 4 May 2019, going towards the 71st anniversary of the Independence of Israel. In the first two days, the death toll among the Israelis reached four and many other wounded, not to count the psychological trauma.
In return of the fire, the IAF (Israeli Air-force) responded by hitting approximately 320 military targets in Gaza and soon the Palestinian terrorists announced “ceasefire” which, as in many other cases, had no gains for Israel, as it has never had. How is this relating to the time of Joshua? Read more.
The Former Rain and the Latter Rain of the Messiah
Time of Reckoning Ministry (TORM): “The former rain and the latter rain” is the designation of the coming of Yeshua the Messiah for His first and second comings. His first coming “the former rain”, although highly expected, was obscured in the Torah and the Prophets for a good reason. Not even the principalities of this world knew about it; if they had known, they would have never crucified Him.
However, His second coming “the latter rain” is plainly revealed in the Scripture and is not secret to anyone. Yeshua Himself said, “You will find for Me in the Torah and in the Prophets …” Read more
Revealing the Name of Yeshua Secretly Guarded by the Rabbis
Time of Reckoning Ministry (TORM): There is a secret jealously guarded by the Rabbis of blessed memory throughout the centuries that Yeshua is the long-anticipated Messiah of Israel about whom Mosheh prophesied at Mount Nebo.
And YHVH said to me, ‘What they have spoken is good. I shall raise up for them Prophet like you out of the midst of their brothers. And I shall put My Words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And it shall be, the man who does not listen to My Words which He speaks in My Name, I require it of him.’ (Deu 18:17-19)
In this article, we will continue to study this controversial for many Jews and Christians issue: “Did Israel Reject the Messiah?” Read more
Did Israel Reject the Messiah?
Time of Reckoning Ministry (TORM): The Sages understood that the coming of the Messiah was due two thousand years ago when He was expected to initiate the Messianic era. Tanna debe Eliyahu reads: The world is to exist six thousand years. In the first two thousand there was desolation; two thousand years the Torah flourished; and the next two thousand years is the Messianic era, but through our many iniquities all these years have been lost [He should have come at the beginning of the last two thousand years; the delay is due to our sins].
Note here: the delay is due to our sins. The Sages also understood that His coming would depend on two conditions, namely, whether or not Israel would repent. The Apostolic writings undoubtedly supply further evidence in support of the expectations of the first coming of the Messiah in that time. Yochanan (John the Baptist) was even asked whether he was the awaited Messiah.
From these and other Rabbinical sources, we can conclude that the Jews in the first century Judea were expecting the Messiah to come in the time. They were eagerly expecting His coming, because that was what Mosheh said to the children of Israel that YHVH their Elohim shall raise up for them a prophet like him from their brothers and whatever He would say they should hear.
So, did Israel reject the Messiah when He indeed came? Read more