"And He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising out of the west, immediately you say, ‘A storm is coming,’ and so it is. And when you see the south wind blow, you say, ‘There shall be hot weather,’ and it is. Hypocrites! You know to discern the face of the heaven and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time?" Luke 12:54-56
Yeshua's words here speak volumes about discerning the times we are in and how we have all the knowledge that we need to be able to know what is and even to a point, what is coming our way. In our current day, we find that many people are concerned about these matters of the end-times. We are no different and yet, even as we look ahead at what's coming, we must find a way to live out our daily lives. While HIS words admonish us to be ready for HIS return, this must be balanced with a life devoted to working out our purposes for every day.
One key element of understanding the Scriptures is to grasp the role of "cycles" illustrated again and again throughout them. YHVH Elohim's people have been tied throughout history to the cycles of life and death, destruction and restoration and many other cycles too numerous to list. One of the simplest cycles is found in the courses of time. We can begin with the 24 hours of day. This expands to the cycles of weeks, months, seasons and years until we reach the measures of generations, ages and even eons.
I chose this picture to illustrate this post because for me it illustrates two of the more predominant cycles in my life. Because we chose to live according to the lunar calendar, the full moon clearly represents for us the day of Shabbat. We need no paper calendars or internet presence to clearly discern which day of the week it is; we only need to look up. Any child is able to learn and walk according to the simple course of the waxing and waning moon.
The next cycle that has been very important in my Alaskan sojourn is the cycle of the seasons. Woe to those that ignore the short season of summer here and forgo the preparations needed to survive a long, harsh winter. Snow upon the surrounding mountains is a clear sign that winter is hastening to tighten it's grip on all of us.
However, that snow is also a sign of something else - something wonderful! It is a sign for us that it is a time for a new beginning. What is it that begins here with the start of the fall and the fast approach of winter?
THE NEW TORAH CYCLE!
In light of that, it's "Torah-Time" again and DannyLee and I have once again picked up the gauntlet of trying to continue with our Torah commentary. Although we have not been able to write our thoughts and post them on this blog every week the way that we originally intended, our study of Torah has never faltered. Our love of Torah and our Torah study has continued to be the foundation of our faith in Messiah Yeshua and our YHVH Elohim.
As we enter into what could very well be our last Torah cycle that brings us to the days of the Great Tribulation, we find our studies of Torah to be even more significant than ever. We believe that through our studies, and spiritual growth, we are gaining the necessary "oil" for our "lamps" that will serve to guide us through the ever-deepening darkness that threatens daily to overwhelm us. We find ourselves clinging ever more desperately to HIS words - "I will NEVER leave nor forsake you" as we face the challenges of our present day. For as a friend just recently reminded me in the words of Yeshua:
“It is necessary for Me to work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day – night is coming, when no one is able to work." John 9:4
We believe that we've come full circle in an even greater cycle. The words "as in the days of Noach" come to mind again and again. Woe to those that don't know or care what lies ahead. Not preparing for winter can be deadly to your flesh. Not preparing for the return of our Messiah and King will be far more deadly - maybe even to the destruction of your soul. Are you living among the "wise" or the "foolish virgins"? Only you can know the answer to that question. Our prayers are that each and every person will seek out THE TRUTH before the darkness overwhelms us all.