‘Hineini’, here am i
Matthew 24:3-8: “Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.””
I think we can all agree that the return of the ‘Mashiach’ (Messiah), Yeshua, is imminent.
One only has to look at Yeshua’s End-Time prophecy found in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 to see that His return is ‘just around the corner’.
Let’s have a look at where we are today.
Wars and rumours of war; Nations rising up against nations; Lawlessness abounding; Famines; Pestilences; Earthquakes and natural disasters that is wreaking havoc in the world - in parallel with Yeshua’s prophecy, one can’t come to any other conclusion but that Yeshua is returning soon.
Who would have ever thought that in our day and age we would be facing a pestilence called Covid-19? Not only are we facing Covid-19, but through hysteria and lockdowns, we are facing the collapse of economies, famine in places and lawlessness abounding throughout the world.
So, when will Yeshua return?
In Matthew 24:3, Yeshua’s disciples asked Him a specific question: When will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?””
Yeshua then goes on to prophesy about the ‘End Times’ and then tells them when this present age would come to a close, thus ushering in His return. We see this in Matthew 24:14: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
The number of Christians around the world has nearly quadrupled in the last 100 years from about 600 million in 1915 to more than 2 billion today - That’s a lot of Christians.
I am not saying that they are all ‘Born Again’ Christians, but the gospel of the kingdom has been preached in just about all the world as a witness to all the nations…except to the only nation mentioned by name in the Bible that the gospel must be taken to, the Jewish people.
It seems that when it comes to the Jewish people, the church thinks that it is unnecessary to reach them with the gospel.
We need to be ready for the L-rd’s return; because it could be in a hundred years’ time or it could be tomorrow…no one knows.
One thing I do know however, most people – including the church – are not ready for His return.
Yeshua Himself alludes to this in Matthew 24:27: “For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
In Matthew 25:13, Yeshua issues this warning: “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”
And in Matthew 24:44, Yeshua declares: “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
In the Old Testament, G-d used Prophets as His messengers of the first coming of Yeshua as well as the second coming (or return) of Yeshua.
The messengers whom G-d wants to use today to ‘Prepare the Way of the L-rd’ is the church. However is the church ready to be His messengers and is the church willing?
Isaiah the prophet boldly proclaims in Isaiah 9:6-7: “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”
This is clearly speaking of Yeshua.
And G-d used Isaiah because he was willing. We see this in Isaiah 6:8-9: “Also I heard the voice of the LORD, saying: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Hineini, Here am I! Send me.” And He said, “Go, and tell this people…””
G-d wants to use His church – both Messianic Jews as well as Gentiles - to prepare the way of the return of Yeshua.
However, some are so focused on their own little “corner of the garden” that they have forgotten that there is a whole world out there that needs Yeshua and salvation - Including Jewish people, the one people mentioned by name in the Bible that the gospel must be taken to.
G-d has given His church a specific mandate to “Console those who mourn in Zion” (the Jewish people) and to “Proclaim to Zion (the Jewish people), “Your God reigns””.
G-d has also commissioned the Gentile church to “provoke the Jewish people to salvation” – Romans 11:11-14: “I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles. Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness! For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them.”
My wife and I have said ‘hineini’ to Almighty G-d – “Use us to be Your messengers to prepare the ‘way of the L-rd’”.
Emet Ministries has said ‘hineini’ to Almighty G-d – “Use us to be Your messengers to prepare the ‘way of the L-rd’”.
So, will you say ‘hineini’ to G-d?
Will you allow G-d to use you to be His messenger to prepare the way of the L-rd”?
My prayer for you is that you will say ‘hineini’ to Almighty G-d and allow Him to use you to prepare the way of the Messiah…beginning with the Jewish people.