Today is January
6, 2016 and the movement to the conclusion of this age continues without any change in its direction. The direction humanity has taken
is one which seeks to fulfill its desire for more stuff and pleasure. This week begins another year but it is not a new
year: why not? Because the problems which existed in 2015 continues to exist in 2016 and has been made more volatile
by events in the Middle East and by the announcement made from the Korean peninsula regarding a Hydrogen bomb test.
Moreover, the conflicts around the world have intensified
in this year of 2016 and President Obama shed tears in 2016 over the horrific murders of 2015 which could be continued
in 2016. There is a distinct possibility of this happening because the nation is obsessed with not only gun ownership
but also the right to openly carry firearms. Many states have already adopted this law which is sure to lead to more
deaths by guns than prevent them.
World war three seems
more likely in 2016 as events develop through hostilities between neighboring nations in the Middle East over land.
There is a group of people politically bound together going by the name ISIS. The acts which they have committed
against Christians and others are beyond barbaric; I count them as demonic. This is not even a snapshot of what 2016 is starting
off with. So where should the focus of those who love peace be? And by peace I mean Ha Mashiach, The Messiah.
We are told in 1st John 5:19 that "...The whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one." Furthermore,
there is a warning that "Whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe..."(2nd
Corinthians 4:4) The Scripture describes this world as: "...This present evil age..." (Galatians 1:4)
Many may have come to the conclusion that there is no Elohim/God. And why might this be? Because throughout
the land godlessness prevails. The resemblance of this nation having a relationship with Elohim has been replaced with secularism.
Public prayer, the acceptance of the Ten Commandments along with Judao-Christian principles have been stifled with no
difficulty and muzzled beyond belief!
There also is
a great deal of pressure placed upon those of us who love Yeshua and seek to keep His commandments. We are forced to
guard what we say regarding our convictions according to Scripture. Lifestyles have been forced upon us which will corrupt
young children's sound thinking and destroy their inherent moral absolutes of male and female differences.
This is a sorrowful time for those of us who wait for Mashiach's
appearing: "Because, although they knew Elohim/God they did not glorify Him as Elohim, nor were they thankful, but became
futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools,...."
(Romans 1:21-22) That which Yahovah created with His Own Hand, man, is under attack by the disobedient; they are attempting
to make gender, non-existent!
Is malignancy a property of the spirit
as well as the flesh? "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness;
who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
(Isaiah 5:20-21) After reading this Scripture passage I believe the answer to the question is a resounding yes.
I return to the question posed at the beginning of this article, so where should the focus
of those of us who love peace be? Answer, it should be on the One who not only claimed to be the Son of Elohim but proved
it through His death, burial, and resurrection; Yeshua is His Name. Judgment has begun on this nation and the nations around
the world and Yeshua is saying:..."I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall
live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" (John 11:25-26) "For Elohim so
loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
"The night is far spent, the day is at hand.
Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the
day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Yeshua Ha Mashiach,
and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts." (Romans 13:12-14)
Let our focus be on pleasing our heavenly Father Yahovah and being conformed to His only begotten Son Yeshua, Ha Mashiach!
Until the next time, in His service,
James A. Chisolm
Note this quote from E. W. Bullinger: ..."Apart from God's grace in Christ there is no hope for sinners
now; and apart from God's glory, as it will be manifested in the return of Christ from heaven, there is no hope for Israel,
no hope for the world, no hope for a groaning creation. In spite of all the vaunted promises of a religious world, and of
a worldly church, to remove the effects of the curse by a social gospel of sanitation, we are more and more shut up to the
prophecy of Genesis 3:15, which we wait and long to see fulfilled in Christ as our only hope. This is beautifully expressed
by the late Dr. William Leask:..." (Preface page VI: E. W. Bullinger The Witness of the Stars, Kregel Publications)
"And is there none before?
No perfect peace
by the storms and cares of life,
the time of waiting for Him cease,
His appearing to destroy the strife.
No, none before
Do we not hear that
through the flag of grace
messengers of God unfurled,
All men will be converted,
and the place
Of man's rebellion be a
Yes, so we hear.
Is it not true that to the Church is given
The holy honor of dispelling night
And bringing back the human race to heaven,
By kindling everywhere the Gospel light?
It is not true.
Is this the hope---that Christ the Lord will come,
In all the glory of His royal right,
Redeemer and Avenger, taking home
His saints, and crushing the usurper's
This is the hope."
from Dr. William Leask;
VII: The Witness of the Stars)