We must prepare for Messiah’s return by being armed with the necessary information, a solid grasp of the Truth, God’s Word, for “many false prophets will arise and mislead many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.…” (Matt.24:11-13).

Without a solid grasp of God’s Word, we will not be able to persevere to the end; without a solid grasp of God’s Word we will be deceived, as so many are today. There are many false doctrines/doctrines of demons being taught amongst those who consider themselves believers, and many are being led astray, for the masses who do not lay hold of God’s Word are happy to hear nice feel-good, positive messages, which may or may not bear any relation to the truth. Thus the primary need in preparation is to know the Scriptures: “be prepared in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and encourage with every form of patient instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers. So they will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.…” (2 Tim.4:2-4).

“What are the preparations that we should make in order to cross the Jordan River, so to speak?” asks Danieli (RAMI DANIELI Words of Judgment, A4). He goes on to outline components of killing off the self, required to prepare for crossing the Jordan River. To summarize briefly, his focus is on the death of self/killing off the flesh: “Be holy, and stop complaining,” says Danieli (Danieli, “Words of Judgment, A4”). The first thing we must do in order to prepare to cross the Jordan, says Danieli is that “We need to be humble in order to not engage with sins . . . . We must take revenge against the gross sin of adultery and fornication, because sexual sin is the most defiling. It is the one sin we commit from within our own body, which is supposed to be a temple of the Holy Spirit.” Danieli draws a parallel between God’s instructions (Numbers, chapter 31) to the Israelites to kill off the Midianites, with the New Covenant instructions to put the flesh to death on the Cross. “Midianites = fornication, which God hates  . . . we must kill the Midianites within ourselves . . .  God will not allow you to sleep with other gods; He wants you to sleep with Him, alone. God wants you to intercourse with Him, and with Him, alone”(Danieli, “Words of Judgment, A4).

We need to cry out to God, says Danieli. “God always acts on two levels on our sin. . … repentance, and  judgment,” elaborating that “Repentance does not mean immediate blessing, or immediate prosperity . . . . we need to cleanse ourselves” (Danieli – “Words of Judgment,” A5).  He goes on to point out that we cannot cleanse ourselves without His supernatural Hand:  “we are nothing by ourselves – we cannot fight the Midianites within ourselves without going back to our roots and crying out for God’s mercy. Without His strength, His power, His mercy, we cannot do it. We need to go back to our first love. . . . Be careful when you think you are strong . . . . .” (Danieli – “Words of Judgment, A5”). Fix your eyes on Him, seek Him, and turn not from the right to left. “Our problem is we think we can do it on our own. . …  turning towards Jerusalem means death to self. . .. . .” (Danieli, “Words of Judgment A8”). Yeshua said: “If anyone wants to follow Me, he must take up his cross daily and deny himself” (Lk.9:23). Without putting our flesh to death it is impossible to be prepared for our Messiah’s return.

Total surrender of every single step, every single thought, desire, life decision, and component of our lives is a prerequisite to the death of self. Without complete, wholehearted surrender, there isn’t anyone who will have the will to put the flesh to death on the Cross, because without a perfectly willing surrendered heart, the individual hangs onto those pieces of flesh. We must, first and foremost, “bring our thoughts into captivity unto the obedience of Yeshua Ha-Mashiach” (2 Cor.10:5), in order to “have the mind of Christ” (Phil.2:5). And even before one can do that, we must “commit all that we do unto Him, so He can establish our very thoughts” (Prov.16:3). We must “Trust in the Lord with all our hearts, lean not unto our own understanding; in all our ways acknowledge HIM, and let HIM show us the way” (Prov.3:5,6).

If we can say, like the Psalmist in Psalm 119: “With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You” (v.10,11), we will be able to persevere and endure to the end, for Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!  They also do no iniquity;

They walk in His ways” (Ps.119:1-3). It is the perfectly surrendered heart that can endure to the end, not because the heart is perfect, but because the desire to be wholly surrendered unto God is perfect. Remember, the Lord “sought out a man after His own heart” (1 Sam.13:14); and we know King David was far from perfect, far from sinless; but he had a repentant heart,  a heart that wanted to please God, and do whatever it took to make himself right before his God. And “the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfectly loyal to Him” (2 Chron.16:9); the heart that is loyal, perfect in the desire to please God Almighty, to acknowledge, surrender, follow . . . .  We must be entirely sold out to Him. . . … surrender our WILL to Him . . ….   “Not my will, but Thine be done” . . . .


Rami Danieli, Messianic Teacher & Tour Guide: ,  “Words of Judgment, A4” , “Words of Judgment, A5”, “Words of Judgment, A8”

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