Thursday, January 4, 2018

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: do you fear Him?

The 9th Chapter of the Book of Proverbs states:

תְּחִלַּת חָכְמָה, יִרְאַת יְהוָה;    וְדַעַת קְדֹשִׁים בִּינָה

Techilat hochma irat HaShem; vedaat kedoshim bina

The beginning of wisdom is the fear of HaShem; and the knowledge of holy things is insight.





This verse has often been misinterpreted in many ways-also mostly because of the translation. When reading the word 'fear', a lot of people think that they MUST be terrified before the Lord and shake like a leaf that just fell from a tree.

However, the word 'fear' in this very context actually means 'to pay utmost respect' to the Lord.
Showing 'utmost respect' is not 'bowing'. It is not 'mouth praise'.
Fearing the Lord actually implies:

-being willing to give up any form of idolatry and recognizing the Oneness of our Creator ( this is why the Shema Israel is one of the most important confession of faith).

-being humble in our daily walk and accepting to do our Lord's Will

-accepting that any of our actions has consequences...assume our mistakes and ask forgiveness for our sins. This step actually involves to develop some maturity and introspection as we progress in our walk.

-repairing what we have done wrong-especially regarding our neighbor.

-acknowledging our Lord's might, knowing that even if He doesn't use His immense power to destroy, He actually could. What do I mean? I mean that we all deserve His anger and we receive His immense love in return. 




- engaging ourselves not to use our Lord's holy Name to mislead people. 'Lies in Yeshua's Name' will be judged more severely than simple lies. Do not prompt to misinterpret my words: every lie is wrong, but putting words into your mouth that are not from Yeshua while making people believe that they come from Him is a form of false prophecy. You should not fear judgment of men, but the judgment of the Lord, because ALL His judgments are just. If men are unable to discern your frauds, the Lord Almighty WILL.

While we should always remember that our Lord's ways are merciful, we should also bear in mind that if we persists in our sinning ways, we will not escape judgment.


I am urging you all to make your paths straight while it is time!

Yeshua's Coming is approaching at a fast rate. He is coming soon.
Remember that our King's Coming will also be a day of judgment.
Do not take the risk to be rejected by then. We are very close now to our Messiah's Coming. Make your path straight!

Do not waste your time. Rather do your Teshuva during the time that has been granted to you. One day it will be too late.




The beginning of wisdom is the 'fear of the Lord'. Be aware of the consequences of each step you are taking. It is better to confess your mistakes than being sent into the lake of fire when the world as you know it will end.

May our praise be visible in our daily actions!

Amen.

© copyright 2018 by Isabelle Esling


Monday, January 1, 2018

Reading the signs of time: a few insights about Mark 13:28-37




"Now let the fig tree teach you its lesson: when its branches begin to sprout and leaves appear, you know that summer is approaching.
 In the same way, when you see all these things happening, you are to know that the time is near, right at the door. 
 Yes! I tell you that this people will certainly not pass away before all these things happen. 
 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will certainly not pass away.
 However, when that day and hour will come, no one knows -- not the angels in heaven, not the Son, just the Father. 
 Stay alert! Be on your guard! For you do not know when the time will come. 
"It's like a man who travels away from home, puts his servants in charge, each with his own task, and tells the doorkeeper to stay alert.
 So stay alert! for you don't know when the owner of the house will come, 
 whether it will be evening, midnight, cockcrow or morning -- you don't want him to come suddenly and find you sleeping! 

 And what I say to you, I say to everyone: stay alert!"

Mark, Chapter 13:28-37


Yesterday, as the world was getting ready to celebrate the New Year 2018, preparing food and alcohol orgies, the only person my heart was really keen hallowing was my Messiah.

There is much vanity in a world that loses itself in senseless traditions, forgetting about the Creator and living in permanent debauchery. Of course, people of the world will probably loathe the words contained in this article. Some of them may mock them. Whatever they may think, Yeshua's Second Coming is imminent, the signs are clear for Israel and for the rest of the world.

As I opened my Delitzsch Gospels yesterday, Yeshua pointed at Mark Chapter 13, verses 28 to 37.

Believe me, I had the vision of the days of Noach right before my eyes.

In the hebraic calendar, January the 1st, 2018 corresponds to the 14th of 
Tevet.

Tevet is the month of massive floods and Paris is currently flooded with massive rain. To me, the awful weather condition in the French Capital that we have been through looks like a prophetic warning to all.

But 2018 transcribed in Hebrew language also contains a message of hope: the number 18 in 2018 forms the word חי (chai) which means 'alive'. Expect numerous miracles!

ח is also the letter of new beginnings... and the letter of chesed, divine compassion. To the merciful, HaShem will grand His chesed.




Political events also seem to have fastened our Messiah's Coming. President Trump's official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's eternal Capital is certainly a great sign of our Messianic times.
Of course, it will increase tensions in the world of Israel's hating neighbors, but it will accelerate the fulfilling of many biblical prophecies.

I am urging each and everyone to pray for Eretz Israel and for peace in the Holy Land. Times are now too precious to be wasted. Walk humbly with HaShem, in permanent Teshuva ( repentance). Be ready.

Yeshua warned us against forgetfulness. So be ready, any time, at any hour. To the liars, the forgers, to all of those who are using His holy Name in fraud, it is still time to repent of your evil deeds!

Act while it is time. Come to Yeshua, the Lord of our Salvation!

On a sidenote, I'd like to inform my readers that I will be undertaking my third trip to Israel in two weeks, HaShem willing. I will keep you updated with the details of my trip, that includes quite a few cities in Israel-including Jerusalem.

May HaShem's wisdom direct your steps always.

Amen.

© 2018 by Isabelle Esling



Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Messiah in disguise: parashat Vayigash to greater depths

Last year, I reflected on parashat Vayigash and Yeshua's return. The insights I found made it clear to me that Yeshua HAS to return and confront His Jewish brothers until He reconciles with them.
They first need to fully realize what happened when Yeshua came as one of their peers, how He was treated by a corrupt Sanhedrin and WHY this was HaShem's WILL.

Then His brothers will lament, as announced in Zechariah Chapter 12, verse 10:

"And I will pour upon your Bais ( House) of David and upon the inhabitants of Yerushalayim, the Ruach (Spirit) of Chen (grace) and Tachanunim ( supplications for grace) and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced ( dakar in Hebrew= pierce through)-ref: Yeshayah Isaiah 53:5 (Targum Hashivim); Tehilim ( Psalms) 22:17) and they shall mourn for Him ( Moschiach) as one mourns for his yachid ( only son) and they shall grieve in bitterness for his bechor (first born)." Zechariah 12:10 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)



Yeshua, a 'goy' to the Jews

To many Jewish people, Yeshua is like Joseph in Egyptian clothes. The many distortions our Messiah underwent because of added lies and mistranslations, from original Hebrew originals ( we can assume that these original exist and have probably been hidden very carefully because of the numerous persecutions Yeshua's first disciples were facing from many sides- people who studied the oldest versions of the Gospels in greek all came to the conclusion that the Greek used in the Gospels was poor Greek and that the thinking emanated from Hebrew brains) into Greek and then into Latin and many other languages, plus the false pagan traditions that papacy made mandatory.
How would Jewish people recognize in Yeshua the Israeli born, Jewish rabbi when Christianity constantly brainwashes people to think He is the white skinned, blue eyed Westerner who invented  the doctrine called 'Christianity'.

How would His Jewish brothers recognize the One who has been depicted as hating them for being killed? How would they recognize their long lost brother whom is presented as the 'person who abolishes Torah?'

It takes a long way to be willing to examine the Gospels in a linguistic and cultural  Hebraic context, and to understand that Yeshua has always been a rabbi who taught Torah, and even in a very halachic way! In many Jewish families, reading the Gospels is forbidden, because it is assimilated with pagan stuff.


The paradox: Yeshua, a 'goy' to the goyim



The great paradox is that many non-Jews also fail miserably in looking at Yeshua as a plain Jewish person.
While many would admit theoretically that 'Jesus' is a Jew', once you explain them what 'being a Jew' actually means, they start denying the very fact that they previously admitted, ending up in a hateful diatribe against the Jews who 'ply under this horrible burden called Torah'.
Many non-Jews also believe that, post Resurrection, Yeshua is not Jewish anymore-which actually doesn't make sense.


What am I trying to explain? I am trying to tell you all that many eyes, be they Jewish or not, are blind to see the REAL YESHUA, the teacher of Torah, the perfecter of our faith; the One who brings peace and Salvation to the world.





When the Son of Man comes back will He find faith on the earth? Luke 18:8



We have reached Messianic times and a lot of prophecies are being accomplished.
Back in the 1st Century, Yeshua raised this important question: when He returns, will He find 'emunah', faith ( in Hebrew) on the earth?
The Hebrew word 'emunah' is very important: it carries the word 'Amen' that people are saying quite mechanically at the end of their prayers without even thinking about it. Having Emunah is being in total agreement with our Torah teaching Messiah. 

How will people understand Yeshua if they do not make the effort to understand His words in context? Because Christianity often depicts Yeshua as sugarcoated, a lot of people think that they have license to sin and that they will be forgiven anyway.

With the increase of evil and debauchery, each and every one is meant to amend their ways.

Yeshua let me see that many eyes on both sides will fail to comprehend who He is at His return-the ones who expect a lamb will see a lion, and vice-versa.

You ought to know that the Day of the Lord will be a day of Judgment.

Let us pray that we all walk in humbleness and readiness to meet our King.

In Yeshua's Name.

Amen

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Yosef Karduner - Ma'oz Tzur - מעוז צור

I am with you until the end of age ( from the draft 'Figments of Light')

'I am with you till the end of age' (Matthew 28:20)






Another Shabbat had begun...I was living from Shabbat to Shabbat, in the expectation of heavenly rest. Each week, I was longing to put an end to my activities and to spend time with the King.
In the month of kislev, Shabbat falls very early. In the semi-darkness that was filling my room, I lit my candles, recited the blessing in Hebrew, and spent a few hours in praise.



I read and meditated, sung and felt my awesome King's presence.
The surroundings were supernaturally calm. I sensed the beautiful harmony of soundless sounds from Heaven.
Time to go to bed approached. I prepared myself. My heart was a little bit in anguish.

© 2017 Tiberias by night 



'I am afraid that you could go. Do not leave me, Yeshua... '
'Fear not ', Yeshua said to me, ' I love you forever'.
I sank into sleep, but woke up after an hour. I noticed that I was cold. My room was lacking heating.



'Yeshua, I am cold', I uttered. 'Please keep me warm. Please help me get asleep again. I really need to rest. Please grant me your protection'.

As these words had come out of my mouth, I glanced at some immaculate blanket, whiter than snow. I saw how my whole body was completely wrapped into it. Warmth spread from all sides, but it wasn't the ordinary warmth of some heater. I knew that this was the warmth emanating from a heart of pure love.
As I was sinking more and more into sleepiness , I realized that the blanket was the Spirit. Yeshua had kept His promise and I had felt His loving care all night long.



Yeshua's love is so hard to depict to the skeptic, because His love is something you can truly understand once you experience it.
Many individuals have disappointed me ; but my Savior's love is a precious jewel that never fades in the very depths of my heart.




©2017 by Isabelle Esling

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Discovering the hidden power of the Shofar

וַיְהִי בַיּוֹם הַשְּׁלִישִׁי בִּהְיֹת הַבֹּקֶר, וַיְהִי קֹלֹת וּבְרָקִים וְעָנָן כָּבֵד עַל-הָהָר, וְקֹל שֹׁפָר, חָזָק מְאֹד; וַיֶּחֱרַד כָּל-הָעָם, אֲשֶׁר בַּמַּחֲנֶה.

Shemot, Chapter 19, verse 16


"And it came to pass on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount and the voice of a horn exceedingly loud; and all the people that were in the camp trembled." Exodus 19:16


The translation of this verse of Shemot, Exodus,  doesn't really explain what the Hebrew version actually says. Instead of the horn, the original version says: " kol shofar", the voice of a Shofar.





When the Torah was given on Mount Sinai, when the Israelites saw and heard the Glory of the Almighty, one of the manifestations occured through the very loud voice of a shofar.


The shofar is a prophetic instrument. I wasn't really aware of that fact until I started playing it-I mean- until real sounds came out of my shofar.


I decided to buy a shofar, last September, on the day of my immersion into the Yarden at Kibbutz Kinneret. I enquired about the right shofar for me, asking a Messianic brother called Shimon. I also specified that I was unable to carry the biggest models, as I had come to Eretz Israel with very little luggage. Shimon showed me the 'easiest' shofar to blow and made a demonstration before me.

I was very eager to try this out at my hotel in Tiberias, but all my attempts were vain: no sound was coming out of my shofar.

Well, just blowing into it will not render any sound! You will have to apply the appropriate technique...and practice a lot.




I was lucky to hear a rabbi blow the shofar in Tsfat before Rosh haShana.


So back home in Paris, quite desperate to get a sound out of my beautiful kosher shofar, I started watching You Tube tutorials on how to blow a shofar. I eventually found an online teacher who had quite efficient techniques: as I started applying them, some shy sounds started to come out of my shofar...at first, they were quite distorted and very short, but this encouraged me a lot.


I then decided to watch confirmed shofar players in action, and here is what happened...I have no explanation for this phenomenon, yet it happens EVERY TIME I am making my shofar sound.

While listening to experienced shofar player, I also blew into my own shofar...and after a few minutes, my sounds were echoing the sound of the professional players. I was in awe in front of the beautiful sounds emanating from my own shofar.
I felt that my confidence was increasing and that the Spirit of the Almighty was very strong inside of me! Actually, playing the shofar is a form of prayer that uses our breath. It is a spiritual exercise of calling, asking and hearing. It links us directly with HaShem.

Well, there is a higher mystery in this instrument than what I can actually comprehend. All I know is that it brings me very close to the Lord and that it increases my confidence while filling me with the Spirit.

I have been told at Yardenit that all the shofars they were selling were kosher, and taken from living animals...which means that no animal has been killed to make the precious instruments.


Most shofars are made of ram horns, the first reason being that the animal is kosher. Secondly it reminds us of Akedat Yitzhak, the binding of Abraham's son. The ram appeared and was sacrificed instead of Yitzhak.

Believers in Yeshua should also know that on His Second Coming our Messiah will appear, blowing the Shofar. Each time, you are playing the instrument with faith, you are also calling upon the Coming of our Messiah.

I could speak about it for hours, but you will have to experience the wonders of the shofar by yourself!


© by Isabelle Esling 2017






Saturday, November 4, 2017

What our generation needs to learn from Parashat Noach

The Book of Genesis, Bereshit, Chapter 6, teaches us that mankind had reached a great degree of violence and corruption. It was that great that HaShem intended to destroy His Creation.
However, one man named Noach, who was a tsaddik, found grace in the Almighty's eyes.
Noach walked with HaShem, so Noach and his family were spared from the flood.




Any individual can make a difference


 וְנֹחַ, מָצָא חֵן בְּעֵינֵי יְהוָה

But Noach found grace in the eyes of HaShem ( Bereshit, 6:8). The Torah uses this hebrew expression "matza chen beinai HaShem'. The Almighty favors Noach because of his righteousness.

Your attitude, your kindness, your willingness to accomplish HaShem's will are going to make a whole difference in the middle of a corrupt generation.


Rabbi Yeshua tells us that we are the salt of the earth. 
The salt gives savor to our dishes. The salt also prevents from decay.

We must watch our thoughts and actions daily. We must show the example to a corrupt society. We have to do our best to follow Yeshua's blameless example in his conduct.






No matter how much you are surrounded by evil and corruption, you always DO have a choice in your way of acting. It is your responsability to refuse to condone evil practices.

You are totally FREE either to serve HaShem or to follow the customs of the world.
The contemporary world has become far more dangerous than in the days of Noach. A lot of evil is nowadays presented as harmless, especially to the younger generation, that often lack discernment.


A punishment according to the nature of the sin




Usually water and rain are a symbol of blessing from Heavens. The hebrew word rain, geshem, contains the word HaShem partly. If you read Israel's history, you will see how many times Israel was blessed through rain, especially in times of draught.
Water, mayim, is a symbol of life. Whoever possessed a well in ancient times was considered to be a rich man.

So why does HaShem decide to punish the generation of Noach with water?

Rabbi Alon Anava from Tsfat gives us some detailed elements of response in his video about parashat Noach.



Never again. But watch yourselves!

"This is like the days of Noach to me: as I swore that the waters of Noach should no more go over the earth, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you , and will not rebuke you." Isaiah 54:9

HaShem, in  His immense goodness, promised never to destroy mankind again through floods.
However, mankind keeps testing HaShem more than ever before. Sin is increasing nowadays and is even glorified by some people.
I am telling each and everybody to be very watchful of our times.

Nobody believed Noach when he was speaking of the upcoming flood and building his ark.
In the same way, you will find many mockers when you will warn people about Yeshua's second coming.
Be careful, not to be taken by surprise on the very day of His return.
Do not speculate about the day or the hour, rather work in constant Teshuva on correcting your ways.

Yeshua will be returning at a time very few will believe in His return.

Do not be fooled. This world with its evil customs is meant to pass. Make Yeshua your main priority.

© 2017 by Isabelle Esling


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