How long can you hold your tongue?

Will you respect your elders and let them speak first? Will you honor them by keeping quiet? How long can you wait? How long will you allow it to go on? Will you eventually jump in? Will you let go and speak out or speak up?

Today’s reading from Job 32 and 33 speak to how Elihu was angry with Job and his 3 friends for what had taken place so far. He allowed them to speak because he was the youngest and then spoke up here because wisdom comes not only with age and he even tries to excuse his boldness because of his youth. He speaks to his friends because they were unable to answer and satisfy Job. We see Elihu’s energy and enthusiasm bubbling up at this point. Elihu offers himself up to try and reason with Job (instead of God). He speaks to how God doesn’t need to give account for what is taking place because His ways are better than our ways. He speaks to how God is calling us to repent and turn back to Him through visions, by afflictions, and by his ministry. Elihu even tries to stir up and encourage Job’s attention.

Nobody knows the reason but God, yet all of his friend try to speak into Job’s life. Even today, Elihu starts his turn. Remember we should not judge for we don’t know the purpose or the plan, we don’t know the reason or the timing. Be part of the solution and allow God to work in and through you when others are facing trials and challenges. We need to remember we were created with 2 ears and 1 mouth so we should be listening 2x as much as we speak.

Today’s reading continues into Luke 21 where we see Jesus teaching about how it’s a matter of the heart. It’s not all about the size, but the intention and the heart. Let’s take a look at the difference between the wealthy and the poor, let’s compare the well to do and the widow and see what He had to say…

1Then Yeshua looked up and saw the rich dropping their gifts into the treasury box.
2He also saw a poor widow dropping in two small copper coins.
3And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all the rest.
4For all these put in their gifts from their surplus. But she, out of her poverty, put in all she had to live on.”
–from Luke 21

How are you giving to God? How are you living for God? Are you giving Him your leftovers? Are you giving Him your best? Where does he sit on your priority list?

Consider Jesus’ warning about the time and the signs of the time. Consider Jesus’ warning about the deceivers and the frauds. Remember to follow only after Him! It will be clear when it is the time because everyone will see Him coming on a cloud, just as He left at the end of His time on earth! Don’t be deceived! Don’t be afraid! Don’t lose hope! Put your trust in Jesus!

7And they questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, so when will these things happen? What will be the sign that these things are about to take place?”
8And He said, “Watch out that you are not led astray! For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He’ and ‘The time is near!’ Do not follow them.
9And when you hear of wars and chaos, do not be terrorized. For these things need to happen first, but the end will not come at once.”
10Then He continued telling them, “Nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
11There will be great earthquakes along with famines and epidemics in various places, and there will be terrors along with great signs from heaven.
12But before all these things, they will grab you and persecute you, handing you over to the synagogues and prisons, and leading you away to kings and governors on account of My name.
13This will lead you to be a witness.
14So make up your minds not to prepare ahead of time to defend yourselves—
15for I Myself will give you speech and wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.
16But you will be handed over even by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends—and they will put some of you to death.
17And you will be hated by all because of My name.
18Yet not a hair of your head will be lost.
19By your endurance, you will gain your souls.
20“But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near.
21Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those inside the city must get out, and those in the countryside must not enter her.
22For these are the days of punishment, to fulfill all that has been written.
23“Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath on this people.
24They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led away captive into all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
25“There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars. And upon the earth nations will be confused by the roaring of the sea and its waves.
26People will lose heart from fear and anticipation of what is overtaking the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
27And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28Now when these things begin to happen, stand straight and lift up your heads, because your salvation is near!”
29Then Yeshua told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees.
30As soon as they sprout their leaves, you see it and you know at once that summer is near.
31So also, when you see these all these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.
32Amen, I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things happen.
33Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.
34“But watch out so your hearts are not weighed down by carousing, strong drink, and the worries of life. Do not let that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.
35For it will come rushing upon all who live on the face of the whole earth.
36But stay alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things about to happen, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
37So during the days Yeshua was teaching in the Temple, but in the nights He went out and stayed on the Mount of Olives.
38And all the people would come early in the morning to hear Him in the Temple.
–from Luke 21

Today’s reading concludes in the book of Revelation, speaking to the end times. Today’s reading concludes in Revelation 16 speaking to the wrath that will take place. It all points back to God! It all is in an effort of patience and trying to get people to turn from their ways and turn back to God! Some will choose early and life this life and the next with God! Some will choose to resist the call of God and deal with the consequences. Some will choose to wait till the last moment in an attempt to “live life their own way” and try to pull the ripcord at the last moment and be saved. Have you decided yet? Why not? I care too much for you to not ask and to not call you to enter into a relationship with Jesus! If you read this during the end times, choose to follow Him before it is too late and the judgment seat is your first encounter and it’s too late. If you miss the first boat, I pray that you won’t miss out on the second one! Choose life and life to the full!

Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath

1Then I heard a loud voice from the Temple saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of God’s wrath.”
2So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and foul and painful boils came upon the people having the mark of the beast and worshiping his image.
3Next the second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became blood like that of a corpse; and every living thing in the sea died.
4Then the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of water, and they became blood.
5Then I heard the angel of the waters saying, “Righteous are You—the Holy One, who is and who was— because You have passed these judgments.
6For they have poured out the blood of kedoshim and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink— they are deserving!”
7Then I heard the altar saying, “Yes, Adonai Elohei-Tzva’ot , true and righteous are Your judgments!”
8The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was permitted to scorch people with fire.
9People were scorched with fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God—the One who has power over these plagues. But they did not repent, to give Him glory.
10Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in pain
11and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their boils. But they did not repent of their deeds.
12The sixth angel poured out his bowl over the great river Euphrates; and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east.
13Then I saw—coming from the dragon’s mouth and from the beast’s mouth and from the false prophet’s mouth—three unclean spirits like frogs.
14For they are demonic spirits performing miraculous signs, who go out to the kings of the whole world—to gather them for battle on the great Day of Elohei Tzva’ot.
15“Behold, I am coming like a thief! How fortunate is the one who stays alert and keeps his clothes on, lest he walk around naked and they see his shamefulness.”
16Then the spirits gathered the kings to the place called in Hebrew Har-Megiddo.
17The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air. A loud voice came out of the Temple from the throne, saying, “It is done!”
18And there were flashes of lightning and rumblings and clashes of thunder and a great earthquake—such as never happened since mankind has been on the earth, so mighty was the quake.
19Then the great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. Babylon the great was remembered before God, to force her to drink the cup of the wine of His furious wrath.
20Every island fled away, and no mountains were to be found.
21Enormous hail—about a hundred pounds each—falls from heaven on the people. And the people cursed God because of the plague of hail—so extreme was that plague.
–from Revelation 16
Copyright © 2014 – Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society
On the cross Jesus said, it is finished! He finished the mission to save the lost. In Revelation, we see in today’s reading He says “It is done!” because the time of wrath has completed. Would you really want to live through that or during those times?

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