SALVATION: get it now, while supplies last!
Jesus once said, “Salvation is of the Jews.” Prior to Christianity, only Jews had the promise of Salvation. Their Salvation (as well as ours) was not only something in the future, beyond the grave, but something here and now as well. The word alone is used three times as much in the Old Testament as it is in the New. To the Jews it meant Deliverance, Victory, Rescue or Safety.
For anyone who has read even a little of the OT one can see how often Israel prayed for deliverance from their enemies and how many times YHWH delivered them. (Might not be a bad idea today as well.) I have read that Salvation in this day and age has relatively no value for one’s current circumstances, but, nothing could be further from the truth. Whatever it meant for Israel it certainly means for us who are born again, as well.
In Moses day, salvation could be seen: “But Moses said to the people, Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord (YHWH) which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. The Lord (YHWH) will fight for you while you keep silent.” NASU
The same was true of David: “And David spoke the words of this song to the Lord (YHWH) in the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. 2 He said, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; 3 My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; My savior, You save me from violence. 4 “I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies. 2 Sa 22:1-4 NASU
WOW! Just look at these verses and realize the relevance of salvation for us today! In those days these words were used to describe everything attributed to God, Yahweh (YHWH). For us, they are also now attributable to Jesus, whom YHWH made both Lord and Christ. (I cannot help but explain something here for those who may not know: LORD in all capital letters in the OT is the proper name of God, YHWH. Some translation say Jehovah, but the most accurate is YHWH. There is a difference between Lord and LORD. Jesus is our Lord. His and our Father is our LORD.)
Jesus Christ was YHWH’s plan for Salvation to Gentiles who would be grafted in to fully share in the promises of God to Israel and their inheritance! This is exactly what it says in the gospel of Luke. This is what Simeon declared when Jesus was brought to the Temple some forty days after his birth: Lk 2:30-32, for my eyes have seen your salvation 31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” ESV
All these aspects of salvation are available are available, now, today, to all who positively affirm what Romans 10:9 and 10 says, which is part of Paul the apostles prayer to God for Israel! Salvation is not something currently out of reach; it is readily obtainable. Get it now, while supplies last!
(See Chapter IV, page 19 of my new book at http://www.fredswolfe.com)
Is the U.S.A. Fundamentally Flawed?
President Obama recently stated that with his re-election America as we know it would become “fundamentally transformed.” Transformation, like most things can be good or evil. The keyword here is fundamentally.
Fundamentally, God is the giver of our inalienable rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. It is in Him that our Founding Fathers trusted. To be advocating the fundamental transformation of our country is treasonous. There is no doubt in my mind that this is what our President is talking about. He can speak all he wants about God, because his god is Allah.
I have stated in many of my blogs as well as my book that the one true God has a name as well, YHWH; pronounced by those who are allowed to, as Yahweh. When I speak about God, I am speaking about Him. Everything the Bible says about YHWH, the Muslims convert to Allah. But, Allah is a counterfeit god.
If you saw “2016” you should remember President Obama’s comments about Zakat. Zakat is suppose to be the obligated giving of wealth by faithful Muslims to the poor. This is, I believe, one of our Presidents biggest platforms, taking from the wealthy and giving to the poorer. This is an aspect of fundamental transformation.
In America, wealth creates wealth for more to be wealthier. YHWH promises wealth and prosperity to those who apply themselves in a godly manner. Government is not suppose to be a source of equality for all, financially. Government should facilitate wealth for all by staying out of our business, not by hampering our efforts. Fundamental transformation is not what we need in America today. What we need to do is re-embrace our fundamentals.