2012 has thus far proven to be an exceptionally challenging year, and it looks like 2013 will offer similar times of testing...
As Believers we need the trials we encounter. We need to see them as opportunities because they can help us to become "Overcomers," and bring us closer to the day when the kingdoms of this world become the kingdom of our LORD, and His Son, Yeshua (Rev 11:15).
The Father has set the time when the kingdom He conferred on Yeshua, and which He in turn conferred on His disciples, will be restored (Luke 1:32-33; 22:29-30; Acts 1:6-7). Yeshua told His disciples to seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness. He also taught them to pray, "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven" (Mat 6:9-13; 6:33; Luke 11:2). The question we need to ask ourselves is, "What does the Father expect from me in order to be someone who is helping to establish His kingdom here on earth?"
Let me share with you how Batya and I, through Key of David Publishing, are trying to answer this momentous question.
First, we know that, to be a "kingdom" it first must have three elements: 1) a king, 2) a territory, and, 3) a people. Regarding the Davidic kingdom that is destined to one day be restored to all Israel, we know that Yeshua, the Greater Son of David, will be its King of KIngs (Ex 37:23-24; Acts 15:16). The allotted territory that is destined to be in His promised Kingdom is repeatedly outlined in Scripture. However, the last element gives us a problem. That is, how do we, the people, take possession of His Kingdom?
To take possession of the Land calls for a presence there of people who recognize Messiah Yeshua as their King. This in turn means, the people are the problem. We must realize that the Father promised to bring His redeemed people back the land until there is "no more room." Fulfillment of that prophecy calls for hundreds of millions of Israelites (Isa 35:10, 51:11; Zec 10:7). To solve this problem Israel's lost sheep must first become "found sheep." Moreover, we need to understand that, in order to be a "lost sheep," the sheep first had to "lose" something. So, what did they lose?
Israel's scattered sheep, the so-called "Lost Tribes of Israel," lost the knowledge of their heritage. To become found sheep, they need to understand who they are in the eyes of their Father. And they need to fully understand His call on their earthly lives.
YHVH says His people are destroyed for a lack of lack of knowledge. Israel lost out when they rejected YHVH's Torah-based knowledge. But when they change their ways, they begin to regain godly knowledge. They become better equipped to walk as YHVH's chosen people. When they are emposered by His Ruach HaKodesh, they are empowered to more fully represent their King in the earth (Eze 34; 37:15-28; Hos 3:5; 4:6; Dan 12:4; 1 Pet 1:1; 2:9-10).
Our "people problem" is best solved by first providing the people with the understanding they need in order to make the necessary changes. for this reason, scriptural teaching about our heritage, purpose, and destiny is truly a hallmark with Key of David books and materials.
As for our call, Batya has refined our essential message down to one short paragraph: "Though people try to make it complicated, we found the truth about Israel to be simple: Long ago the Father divided Israel into two houses, Ephraim (Israel) and Judah; they were given different punishments, prophecies, and promises. As His 'two witnesses,' they were sent in different directions to accomplish different purposes, and in this last day He would have the two come together, that they might serve to confirm His truth in the earth (1Ki 12:15,24; Hos1:11; John 8:17)." [From the book, Redeemed Israel.]
We realize that a great destiny lies just ahead for the children of Israel. We understand that we too, are citizens of Messiah Yeshua's "commonwealth of Israel." We too, are "part" (but not all) of the "chosen people" (Eph 2:11-19; 1 Pet 1:1; 2:9-10). And we now need to share this understanding with our brethren. We need to go to those who sense that something is missing in their lives. They are seeking fulfillment and Abba wants to use us to help guide them - to Him, His Messiah, His ways, and into His Eternal Kingdom.
Our Father swore that a day would come wherein the sons of Israel and Judah would come, "weeping," and seeking YHVH, their God. He said of this lost people, "They will ask for the way to Zion, turning their faces in its direction; they will come that they may join themselves to YHVH in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten." He also said, "My people have become lost sheep; Their shepherds have led them astray. They have made them turn aside on the mountains; They have gone along from mountain to hill and have forgotten their resting place" (Jer 50:4-6).
To find our way home to Zion, we need to follow Abba's directions for our return. And, He long ago told us to, "Set up for yourself roadmarks, Place for yourself guideposts; Direct your mind to the highway, The way by which you went. Return, O virgin of Israel, Return to these your cities" (Jer 31:21).
To return to our cities, there are three things that we need. To find our way home to Zion, we first need to, know, understand, and be filled with the Ruach HaKodesh.
1. We need to know that as a Believer in Messiah Yeshua (Jesus the Christed One), Israel's Messiah, we are redeemed and have been adopted into the family of our Heavenly Father, the God of Israel (Rom 8:15, 8;23; Gal 4:5, 5:10; Eph 1:5). In this way, we are full and equal citizens in Yeshua's eternal "Commonwealth of Israel" (Rom 9:4; Gal 3:29; Eph 2:11-22).
2. We need to understand that life is a "test." The Hebrew word, bachar, or chosen, also means test(ed). As part of the "chosen people," we are "chosen to choose." To be "chosen" means that, on a daily basis we will be "tested" in order to see whether or not we love the Lord, our God, with all our heart, soul, and might (Deu13:3). It also means that our Father wants His Kingdom to come to this earth, and He wants us, His chosen people, to be part of it. He wants us to be among His forerunners who help build His kingdom (Mat 6:10; Luke 11:3; Acts 3:19-21). Making His heart's desire known to His people is one important way that we can show our love for Him.
3. We need to be filled with the Ruach HaKodesh in order to be the servant priests we were created to be. We need to represent YHVH by walking as Messiah Yeshua walked, which was in the power of the Ruach. We need to help our brethren become people who are empowered to return to their own soil and fit to forever dwell in His Eternal Kingdom (Jer 1-8; 29:11-14; 1 Pet 2:9; 1 John 2:6). To do this, we must allow the Holy Spirit to guide us; we must know that YHVH has promised us, "Your ears will hear a word behind you, 'This is the way, walk in it'" (Isa 30:21).
These are the goals that we, at Key of David Publishing, have been working toward. Looking back, over the past several years we see that they were both trying and productive years for us and for Key of David Publishing. But despite our trials, with YHVH's help, we managed to publish three important new books: Israel Empowered by the Spirit, The Voice - Hearing the Almighty, and Who Is Israel? Redeemed Israel - A Primer. We also published five audio books, Redeemed Israel - Reunited and Restored, In Search of Israel, Mama's Torah - The Role of Women, and The Voice - Hearing the Almighty.
Looking Forward to 2013
If the Lord wills, we have a lot we want to accomplish in the next calendar year (James 4:15). For example:
We want to format our books so they can be downloaded and read on machines such as the Amazon Kindle, and to have our audio books downloadable so they can be listened to on an IPod and similar devices. We also want to make our books available in other languages. Our Primer is ready to be printed in Spanish and French as soon as funds are available. And, we need to reprint at least 10,000 copies of the current English version in order to maintain the present offering price of $2.50 per copy in quantities of 10 or more.
Our need and goal is, to let the world know that there are Messianic Believers, that there is a Messianic Israel movement, and that the Messianic Israel Alliance is a forerunner in it. Over the years our primary method of getting the word out has been by "word of mouth," and that method has been both effective and economical. It doesn't cost to forward an email, or suggest that someone visit the MIA or Key of David Marketplaces. The effective tool that is "word of mouth" advertising remains king in this field. It also makes a difference when you tell someone how a book has changed your life. Of course we encourage congregations, fellowships and ministries to carry our books and to even have a small lending library. If possible, if funds were made available to us, we also would like to increase our presence on the Internet. But we have to leave these things in the Father's hands.
In closing, I want to say that there would not be a Key of David, and we would not have published books if it were not for the support of our co-laborers. You have made these things possible with your contributions and by purchasing and distributing our books. So, with all our heart we want to thank you for your help and support, and we pray that you will be inspired to continue to co-labor with us.
Your Support of Key of David and the Messianic Israel Alliance may be made online at the Messianic Israel Alliance, or at the Key of David Marketplace. Or, mail to PO Box 700217, Saint Cloud, FL 34770. Or, by phone at 407-344-7700.