Hope in the Birthpangs, aka the First Post

Babylonian Talmud Berochos 2a
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Rabbah said:  “Let him come, but let me not see him. . . ”

Abaye enquired of Rabbah: “What is your reason [for not wishing to see him]? Shall we say, because of the birth pangs of the Messiah?” 
–Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 98b

And Yeshua answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.

“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.”
–Mat. 24:4-8

In the last several years, as I’ve talked to people from a wide variety of belief systems–Christian, Jewish, neo-pagan, agnostic and even atheistic–I’ve found an underlying sense of dread in the conversations, the gut feeling that something momentous is about to happen.  The interpretations of this feeling, of course, vary:  Some put it down to knowing that another war in the Middle-east is inevitable.  Many speak desperate optimism about a coming enlightenment, whether some New Age spiritual elevation or a technological singularity.  Christians and religious, traditional Jews, speak of the coming Messiah.

It’s very easy to be discouraged by what Yeshua and the rabbis both call the “birthpangs of the Messiah,” the false messiahs and prophets, the wars and rumors of wars, the famines, earthquakes (and volcanos!), signs in the heavens, rise of occultic beliefs and practices, and apostasy in the world.  But we need to understand just what these birthpangs are.

They are signs of the desperation of the Adversary, who has great wrath, knowing that his time is ever-shortening.

When the whole world is blatantly and unfairly taking a stand against Israel, remember that the return of Israel is not only living proof of the fidelity of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but is a sign of the coming judgment.  When the whole world falsely maligns traditional, Biblical Christianity as the source of all its troubles, remember that we are on the precipace of the fulfillment of the Great Commission, a prerequisite of the Second Coming (Mat. 24:14). 

There is another sign which we will look at in the next few posts that most people are not aware of:  The Return of Benjamin, the Messianic Jewish remnant being seen among our brothers once again. 

This blog was created for three purposes:  1) To explain the Messianic Movement and its prophetic relevance, 2) to discuss Messianic theology and the issues we need to deal with if we are to fulfill our mission, and 3) to discuss pretty much any news item that I think is interesting, particularly from a prophetic standpoint.  The posts here will be largely unpolished works, first impressions, and

For those interested in the apologetics behind the Messianic and Hebrew Roots movement, please visit our Hebrew Root website.  Those articles that originate here which fit in with the purpose of that website will be formatted (and probably spruced-up) and archived there eventually. 

We have a long, hard road ahead of us, but at the end of it is our King.  This is not the time to be discouraged or to hunker down in bunkers, but to rejoice, roll up our sleeves, and hasten the Day of our Messiah’s Coming.

Shalom.

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