Peace Update Report
Issue for: September 26, 2006
It’s now day 4 after my surgery…Update
I wanted to share with you some of the thoughts that ran through my mind 48 hours prior to my surgery. Stay tuned, I think you will see God's handiwork through this experience...
When you are about to be placed into a situation where you have no control at all and you have to trust the professionals in that operating room to get you through, your mind and heart immediately contemplate the absolute power that God has over your life. Allow me to give you an example. When I was 25 years old, I was married for 7 years and Karlyn and I had a 3 year old son, Brandon. I was going into the operating room and preparing for a back surgery to shrink the disk in my back that had ruptured. The risks were this, if my body didn’t tolerate the Chymo Papain injection to shrink the disk, I would go into Anaphylactic shock and more than likely die on the table. As I prepared mentally and spiritually for that surgery I remember being overwhelmed by God’s grace and I can remember how confident I felt that nothing could take my life from me and my family unless God allowed it. A bomb could explode on top of my head and if God said it’s not my time to die, I would live. I was confident that God held the breath of life for me in the palm of His hands, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Well as it turned out, I almost died that day, but God had other plans for us, a brand new family just getting started in life. There were some scary moments my blood pressure crashed to 25, my heart rate soared, I did go into Anaphylactic shock, but, His strength and His control over my life won out – God used that event in my life to help me to physically see that nothing in this life will ever happen apart from Him knowing about it and allowing it for a greater cause. That experience in my life has given to me my unshakeable faith in God and that He is always with His children 24 hours a day and never leaves us.
Now, 25 years later almost to the day, I’m 50 years old and I have to undergo a surgery once again. Because of the life lesson I learned 25 years ago, I knew that death could not effect me because God rules the day in my life. A couple of days prior to surgery I prayed and thanked God for His involvement in my life, I wish I could pass on to you the overwhelming sense of joy and love this thought evokes in my heart. I knew people like you all over the world had prayed for me and my loved ones. The comfort that brings is palatable, you can taste it - feel it and lean on it. It provides overwhelming comfort and support. I made my peace with God and I finished my prayer with, “into your loving hands Lord do I commit my spirit.” That is a powerful thing to be able to do, it removes fear, stress and provides you with the one thing you need in that moment His peace and His strength. John 14:25-27; “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” And there you have it, the Holy Spirit brought to my mind what He did for me 25 years ago and what He would do for me now 25 years later, now at age 50. My heart was laser focused on the Peace of God and His greatness, what a powerful – powerful thing that is!
So, there we were again, my bride, the girl I met in High School that captivated my heart 33 years ago. It’s like we had come full circle, it started with her and it was just my dear wife at my bed side comforting me and letting know that everything would be GREAT! This brings me to the other thought I had. The gift God gives us in marriage that is really not present in any other relationship…God was comforting me through the one who knows me like none other. It is my wife that has been with me in the good times, the bad times and the times of uncertainty. It’s the Bride of my youth that has always been there and will always be there! It’s a picture of God in our lives, He’s always there too! He will never leave us or forsake us! John 14:1-3
So, I just wanted to dedicate this to all the great wife's and husbands out there who allow themselves to be used by God to be a source of strength to those of us who need them in a time of uncertainty! Thank you.
I also want to dedicate this message to all of you who have prayed for me and my wife and continue to pray that God will now do what the surgeons could not do, completely heal me! Thank you.
PS. Please continue to pray for a full and complete healing. I'm still real swollen and uncomfortable...
The message below was waiting for me when I came out of my Doctor induced drug fog and I thought you would like it as well.
For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption (Ps. 16:10). The apostles Peter and Paul both identify the above verse as a prophecy of the resurrection of Christ (Acts 2:27;13:35).
Jesus prophesied His resurrection and called it the sign of His deity. When questioned about His power to perform miracles and to minister with authority, He replied: "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up" (John 2:19).
The Savior openly announced His coming resurrection to His disciples (Matt. 16:21), but after His death the disciples seemed to forget that promise.
His enemies had better memories. They petitioned Pilate for a guard at the tomb. Attempts to prevent the resurrection were futile, however, and the security measures taken by unbelievers only added to the evidence that proved He arose. The tomb was empty in spite of the Roman guard placed there. And the resurrection of Jesus has become one of the best-attested facts of history.
The Destruction of Jerusalem
The rejection of the Messiah by the Jews brought Him untold suffering. But those who rejected and crucified Him also suffered. Foreseeing the sorrows that would come to those who chose unbelief, He wept and warned. Desperate days were ahead for His persecutors and He mourned over their coming calamities.
On the day of His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, on the day prophesied by Daniel in his vision of the seventy weeks, Jesus said through tears:
If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench before thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation (Luke 19:42-44).
As the time of His betrayal and crucifixion drew near, His warnings of coming destruction grew more intense:
And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled (Luke 21:20 -- 24).
Israel had experienced chastisement for unbelief in the past. Because of their lack of faith and unwillingness to enter the land to which Moses had led them, they had wandered in the wilderness for forty years, permitting an entire generation to die. As a result of their disobedience and neglect of the commandments, they were taken captive by the Assyrians and the Babylonians. Now in the rejection of their Messiah they would secure their longest and most severe judgment. Jerusalem would be destroyed, the temple leveled, and the people scattered, killed, and made slaves. And the beginning of these sorrows would take place in the lifetime of those who shared in Jesus' crucifixion.
Did it happen?
History is witness to the total fulfillment of this frightening prophecy.
In A.D. 66 the Jews revolted against Roman rule because of heavy taxation. They massacred the Roman garrison at Jerusalem, bringing the wrath of Rome upon them. The governor of Syria marched with his army against Jerusalem to bring the Jews into line but did not have enough men to put down the uprising and so did not attack. Instead, the city was put under siege.
The burning of Rome and the death of Nero prevented settling the problem for some time. The awful siege brought famine and chaos, but the Jews held out.
Finally, in A.D. 70, a Roman general named Vespasian was sent to take command of the army and put down the rebellion. However, at the death of Nero he was called back to Rome to be made the emperor and his son Titus was given charge of the army and assigned the task of taking Jerusalem.
When Titus and his army entered the city they were ruthless. Roman soldiers cut down all the trees in the area that were suitable for crucifixions and carried out hundreds of executions. Josephus the historian says that 1,100,000 Jews were slain and thousands of others taken into captivity. Many were sold as slaves and some were sent to be used as gladiators to fight wild beasts for the entertainment of those in Rome.
Titus had hoped to save the temple, but the Jews chose that location as their last point of resistance, perhaps hoping for the Messiah to come and deliver them in the final hour of struggle. During the battle, a Roman soldier set fire to the magnificent structure, bringing about its total destruction. Even the stones of the temple were pried apart in an effort to salvage precious metals that had melted between them.
Many years before this tragic hour, the Messiah of Israel had turned to speak to a group of weeping women who were following Him down the road to Calvary where He would be crucified. "Daughters of Jerusalem," He said, "weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children."
Now it was A.D. 70 and the weeping had begun.
A trail of tears would follow the Jewish people through the centuries. We will walk with them through their incredible sufferings, as they struggle on toward a return to their homeland, the acceptance of their rejected Messiah, and ultimate peace.
"Many nations shall come and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion the law shall go forth, And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. - Mic 4:2
v'ahava b'Yeshua HaMashiach
Then those who feared the Lord spoke to
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