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Judah, Lift Up Your Heads Because Your Redemption Draws Near

The Day of Judgment. Many refer to it as a future event, promised in the Scripture, where the Most High will bring about final justice and condemnation on sinners. However, there are several judgments mentioned in the Scriptures. Understanding the days of judgment is imperative as we look to the heavens in anticipation of our deliverance from the oppression of the wicked. There can be no doubt that we are living in perilous times. From day to day, we see breaking news about wars, rumors of war, earthquakes, floods, train derailments, and other calamities. What’s happening? It’s the labor pains mentioned in Scripture that’s getting closer together and it’s leaving very little time for us to recover. According to an article in Yale Climate Connections, at least 29 billion-dollar weather disasters rocked the planet in 2022 – and you can see that 2023 is not much better. These things cause many to say that ‘this is judgment’ and we’re nearing the end of the world. But if you listen to religious leaders, particularly in this nation, judgment is certainly not coming to America. This nation refuses to repent. The wolves in sheep’s clothing are prophesying lies to them because the truth would make them uncomfortable. They cannot bear to hear anything that would make them feel bad. We cannot say this is a wicked nation; they’re not going to hear that. So, truth cannot bring the conviction that would compel them to repent and change. So, it’s imperative for us to understand the days of judgment and rightly divide to know which one we’re facing.

As we look throughout Scripture, we will find that there are many references of the Most High bringing judgment on the world – gentile nations – and yes even on His own people. We can begin by looking at Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:22-24. The Most High banished the two of them from the Garden of Eden when they rebelled against His command to not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They were kicked out and forced to labor: Adam had to labor for provisions and Eve labored in childbirth. This is just one example of being under judgment – which is still impacting us today. Notice that when Messiah came, He did not do away with this in the natural. Men are still under the mandate to work for provisions and women still labor in childbirth – we call it labor pains. Later, we see the judgment of the world (in Genesis 7) when YAH sent the flood that destroyed all of man except Noah and his family. After the sons of Noah repopulated the earth, we see the judgment of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11 that caused the Most High to confuse their language and scatter them all over the earth. Egypt experienced a very significant judgment for the brutal treatment of the Israelites during their time of captivity. There are other stories about nations being judged, like when YAH punished Sodom and Gomorrah and Nineveh for their sins. When we consider our situation (YAH’s chosen), we know that the nation of Israel faced judgment for disobedience many times.

So, who is responsible for judging man? In John 5:22, it reads “for the father judges no one but has committed all judgment to the Son.” It’s Messiah who was the judge of the earth. Why? Because when we rebel, we disobey the Word of the Father. It is the Word that will judge us. We know that judgment comes when laws are broken; it comes because of rebellion. When there are rules and guidelines in place that says, “Thou shalt not…” and man rebels, judgment is on the horizon. But according to religious leaders, America is exempt and this is why Scripture says in Jeremiah 51:9, “we would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed.” This nation has too much pride to even acknowledge wrongdoing. If America is the beacon of hope for the world, as evangelicals say, then they should be reminded of this Scripture from 1 Peter 4:17, “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of YAH, and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of YAH.”

When we look at the prophecies in the Books of Matthew and Luke, we see that people tend to find a lot of confusion about the days of judgment and they are not putting the pieces of the puzzle together because of the lie that has been told about the rapture. In Luke 21:5-6, Messiah predicts the destruction of the temple. In Matthew’s account of this, in Matthew 24:3, Messiah is sitting on the Mount of Olives and the disciples came to him privately because they wanted to know these three things: when would the temple be destroyed, what would be the sign of his coming, and what would be the sign of the end of the age (the KJV says, the end of the world). Note, these three questions pertain to different events and these events would occur in different time periods. He responds to them in Luke 21:7-24. He talks about the signs: the destruction of the temple and Jerusalem. We have to ask, why was the house of Judah being led away captive into all nations? Remember, this event had to happen after his death, burial and resurrection – so this would be a global event. Why did this judgment fall on the house of Judah? In reading Luke 19:41-44, we find that it’s because they did not recognize Him as Messiah. They did not recognize the day of their visitation. In reading Matthew 27:20-25, we see the result of that decision. You want to know why this judgment also fell on us? Our ancestors said, “His blood be on us and on our children.”

In Luke 21:25-28, the next question, ‘what will be the sign of your return’ is answered. There would be a period of time when men would know that these things are coming and they would know why it’s coming. He’s talking to His people. They’re going to receive redemption. Redemption from what? A lot of people would just assume that it’s spiritual redemption but you’re going to see that this is in the natural. In reading Matthew 24:29-3, we see this is going to be the deliverance, the redemption of His people; their regathering. They will be brought back from their captivity and then the gentile nations, who were responsible, will be judged for it.

Now let’s look at the prophecy they love to ignore in Joel 3. In reading verses 1 through 8, we see that this day of judgment has to happen before the final judgment – known as the end of the world or Great White Throne judgment. Here’s how we know that the religious leaders are not rightly dividing. They have embraced the people who say they are us and created this big fanfare about how the Most High regathered those people and brought them back into the land. Please closely examine what was supposed to happen. Did the Most High bring the nations down to the valley of Jehoshaphat and enter into judgment with them because of what they did to His people? No! It has not happened. Now there was something specific to the house of Judah that happened that He’s judging these nations for. This does not diminish what happened during the sub-Saharan slave trade – they also went through periods of tribulation. But Judah was far removed from their borders and scattered around the world. The nations that took part in this don’t even want to acknowledge the atrocities committed against our people because they don’t want to feel bad. But the Most High kept records. Those nations will be forced to reap what they have sown. What they did to us will come back to them. Joel 3:9-17 declares that the day of the Lord is near. This is where the gentiles, the evangelicals got this mixed up. They think the day of the Lord is their ‘rapture day’. No, the day of the Lord is when He comes to judge the nations for what they did to us.

I hope that you can see that a lot of things will need to happen before the earth is completely destroyed. Many of us are shocked by what’s going on but these things are needed, and part of it has to happen so that it will expose the tares. Remember, the wheat and the tares are allowed to grow up together until the end, but Matthew 13 tells us that the tares are removed first. Yet, Christians keep clinging to the rapture doctrine. In the fullness of time, the tares are removed first. They look just like the wheat, in the beginning. But in these last days, we will be able to judge the fruit to see what kind they are. Notice that they’re growing in the same soil. Today it’s called the Christian church: they share some of the same messages, are involved in ministry (or as we call it evangelizing the world), some display demonstrations of the spirit. But remember this, Judas looked just like the other disciples: he talked like them, acted like them, went where they went, etc. But in the fullness of time, his heart was revealed. Don’t miss this! It took time for his fruit to manifest. What caused it? The pressure. So, the coming days of darkness are necessary, just like it was in Egypt. It seemed like things got worse before it got better but through it all the Most High was working behind the scenes. You have to listen for the still small voice. What is He saying to us as we watch for the signs that will be happening in the heavens? Do not fear. Luke 21:36 says, “Watch therefore and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass and to stand before the Son of man.” Is this your prayer? Some have already received a word from him that they will escape what’s coming. So don’t let your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid. You can stand on his word. What He has said about us, it will be fulfilled.

We are waking up and we are sounding the alarm. Learn more when you view the accompanying video, Understanding the Days of Judgment 1 | Now We Look to the Heavens.