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For this Shabbat, we read in Matthew / Mattityahu 8: 23-27; (with the same account in Mark 4: 35-41 and Luke 8 22-25 ) that
[Yeshua] boarded the boat, and his talmidim followed. 24 Then, without warning, a furious storm arose on the lake, so that waves were sweeping over the boat. But yeshua was sleeping. 25 So they came and roused him, saying, “Sir! Help! We’re about to die!” 26 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? So little trust you have!” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and there was a dead calm. 27 The men were astounded. They asked, “What kind of man is this, that even the winds and sea obey him?”
I’m sure you’ve read this account many times before. Have you noticed that Yeshua was sleeping, the people thought that they were about to be killed and then Yeshua responded? Also, have you read this in conjunction with the verses below?
If we read Dani’el 7: 21 -22:
I watched, and that horn made war with the holy ones and was winning, 22 until the Ancient One came, judgment was given in favor of the holy ones of the Most High, and the time came for the holy ones to take over the kingdom.
The same with Zechariah 14: 1- 5, the nations will fight against Yerushalayim ( or Israel) and it will appear that these enemy armies will be winning and then ADONAI will strike back.
Look, a day is coming for Adonai
when your plunder, [Yerushalayim], will be divided
right there within you.
2 “For I will gather all the nations
against Yerushalayim for war.
The city will be taken,
the houses will be rifled,
the women will be raped,
and half the city will go into exile;
but the rest of the people
will not be cut off from the city.”
3 Then Adonai will go out
and fight against those nations,
fighting as on a day of battle.
4 On that day his feet will stand
on the Mount of Olives,
which lies to the east of Yerushalayim;
and the Mount of Olives will be split in half
from east to west, to make a huge valley.
Half of the mountain will move toward the north,
and half of it toward the south.
5 You will flee to the valley in the mountains,
for the valley in the mountains will reach to Atzel.
You will flee, just as you fled before the earthquake
in the days of ‘Uziyah king of Y’hudah.
Then Adonai my God will come
to you with all the holy ones.
Also in the Book of Revelation where there will be suffering of the believers, (the Great Persecution / Tribulation), but then ADONAI’s will be victorious in the end. Let’s read Revelation 13 1- 10:
“ and I saw a beast come up out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads. On its horns were ten royal crowns and on its heads blasphemous names. 2 The beast which I saw was like a leopard, but with feet like those of a bear and a mouth like the mouth of a lion. To it the dragon gave its power, its throne and great authority. 3 One of the heads of the beast appeared to have received a fatal wound, but its fatal wound was healed, and the whole earth followed after the beast in amazement. 4 They worshipped the dragon, because he had given his authority to the beast; and they worshipped the beast, saying,
“Who is like the beast?
Who can fight against it?”
5 It was given a mouth speaking arrogant blasphemies; and it was given authority to act for forty-two months. 6 So it opened its mouth in blasphemies against God to insult his name and his Sh’khinah, and those living in heaven; 7 it was allowed to make war on God’s holy people and to defeat them; and it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8 Everyone living on earth will worship it except those whose names are written in the Book of Life belonging to the Lamb slaughtered before the world was founded. 9 Those who have ears, let them hear!
10 “If anyone is meant for captivity,
into captivity he goes!
If anyone is to be killed with the sword,
with the sword he is to be killed!”[a]
This is when God’s holy people must persevere and trust!”
If we look at the above-mentioned verses from the Prophets and the Brit Chadasha (New Testament), there is a definite pattern here: there is an attack or war on believers and it looks like the adversary (ha satan) will win, but then ADONAI acts.
These verses also refer to an attack (or a war) on the the believers as a collective group, but sometimes, a much smaller version of this attack or war from the adversary happens in our lives. If you are experiencing something in your life now, remember Yeshua’s words in Matthew / Mattityahu 8 verse 26 “[Yeshua] said to them, “Why are you afraid? So little trust you have!”. We should hold on to this truth that has been revealed to us by Yeshua, The King of Israel. The same applies to the coming “storm”, if you know what I mean. Keep awake and trust in Yeshua!
Remember the formula: praise + pray + prophesy = walking with ELOHIM (ADONAI, Yeshua & Ruach ha Kodesh / Holy Spirit).
I hope you have a peaceful Shabbat and good week!