In Jer.23:5-6, a prophecy was foretold about
the Kingdom of a King from the lineage of David, called a Branch of Righteousness who shall reign and proper and execute judgment
and righteousness in the earth. In His days, Judah will be saved and Israel will
dwell safely. Now this is His Name by which He will be called:
THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUESNESS
i.e. JEHOVAH TSIDKENU in Hebrew
This prophecy was fulfilled in part with the
initial establishment of the Kingdom of God on the advent of our Lord Jesus Christ. John the Baptist preached, The time is
fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; Repent, and believe in the gospel (Mark 1:15). Repentance and new birth is the
key to His Kingdom (Matt.3:1-8 & John 3:3). The Kingdom of God is not meat and drink: but righteousness, and peace, and
joy in the Holy Ghost (Rom.14:17). Those who indulge in the works of the flesh i.e. adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings,
etc. shall not inherit the Kingdom of God (Gal.5:19-21).
Righteousness means uprightness before God. Jesus has established His Kingdom in righteousness. Jesus told His disciples that
unless their righteousness exceeded the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, they would not enter into the kingdom
of heaven (Mat.5:20). Jesus also said that the righteous who would feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, care for the
stranger, cloth the naked, visit the sick and those in prison would inherit the Kingdom prepared for them from the foundation
of the world (Matt.25: 32-40). This refers to the future Kingdom which would be finally established on the second advent of
In Jer.23:6, it is written, in His days, Judah
will be saved and Israel will dwell safely. Those who accept Jesus Christ, Who is of the tribe of Judah, are being saved. But the nation of Israel continue to reject their Messiah throughout the history.
The nation of Israel was born in 1948 after the gathering of the persecuted Jews from all over the world (Jer.23:8). They
are just content with their home land, and do not bother about the Kingdom of Christ. The Israelites in flesh thus dwell safely
in their land, despite the fact that their nation is torn by violence and turmoil.
The Church, the Bride of Christ, represents the
King of Kings in the earth. Does your local church reign and prosper and execute
judgment and righteousness? You are a keeper of this Kingdom. How do you reign
and prosper? Do you reign and prosper at the cost of the sheep under your care?
You should reign in righteousness.
For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to
every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know now when the master of the house cometh..
If you have not executed judgment and
righteousness amongst the citizens of His Kingdom, He would find you sleeping
when He comes back (Mark 13: 34-36).
Does your righteousness exceed that of the modern scribes and Pharisees? otherwise, you shall in no case enter
into the kingdom of heaven. (Matt.5:20). The modern scribes and Pharisees are
those who profess to be religious but are full of hypocrisy and pride. They follow
all the religious rituals and the law of God only in letter but they lack humility and simplicity and do not follow the law of God in its spirit . They always find fault
with the weak sheep but do not help them.
Do you preach righteousness like Noah, the preacher
of righteousness (2 Pet.33)? These days, preachers give sugar-coated messages from the pulpit pleasing the people. Do you
expose or condone the sin amongst your congregation? A dear sister of our group, namely Darlene, saw a strange vision. She saw a Bible covered with confectioners
sweet on its pages, and she was cleaning it with water. These days, preachers, in order to please men, dilute the Word of
God so that the people indulge in divorces, abortion, etc without fear of God.
God will hold them responsible for diluting His Word.
John the Baptist preached the way of righteousness
but the chief priests and the elders of the people believed him not. However,
the publicans and the harlots believed him and repented (Matt.21:32). Similarly,
these days, there are many people belonging to other religions believe Jesus Christ, forsake sin and enter the Kingdom of
God but the Christians, claiming themselves to be born-again or Spirit-filled
persons, still live in sin. They are like the Pharisees and the chief priests.
Do you practice righteousness in your personal
life? (I John 2:29 & 3:7). As a soldier of the King of righteousness, you should fight for justice and righteousness in
the high places. The same Kingdom of righteousness, to which we now belong, will be extended to the 1000 year old Kingdom
of Christ on the second advent of Christ.
Jehovah Tsidkenu will never tolerate the sin
amongst His chosen people. He will judge them because the judgment begins at the House of God.
His Name JAH
Sing unto God, sing praises to His Name: extol Him that rideth upon the heavens by His Name JAH, and rejoice before
King David sang the above psalm No.68. The entire psalm is pervaded by the joy of Israel (now the Church, the spiritual Israel).
Are you in the furnace of afflictions? Do you
feel lonely, having been forsaken by your loved ones or your spouse? The Holy Spirit is exhorting you to sing unto God and
to sing praises to His Name, and to extol Him. We should sing unto Him because
He rides upon the heavens by His Name JAH. JAH or YAH is also known as JEHOVAH
Our God is in full control of this world. Let there be wars and destruction and natural calamities. So long as we, the members of the body of Christ, trust in His Name JAH, we need not fear. All His promises of protection as mentioned in Psalm 91, in its literal meaning, are for us.
Our God rides upon the heavens above all nations
and kingdoms of this world, not merely by His power but also by His Name JAH. Oh,
the great God Who rides by His Name has already manifested to us in Christ Jesus. He rides upon all your mount-like problems
or diseases which cannot be cured by any medicine or medical treatment.
This wonderful psalm also reveals the ministry
of the Son of God, in verse 18, which is explained by Paul in his epistle to Ephesians (4:7-16). Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive; thou hast received gifts for
men, yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord might dwell among them. Paul reveals the wonderful relationship
between the Sons ministry and the ministry of the Holy Spirit through the body of Christ. Christ on His resurrection and ascension
into the heaven, ascended far above all the heavens that He might fill all things. After
His ascension, He sent the Holy Spirit to us in His place. The Church, the body
of Christ, was born on the day of Pentecost. The Church has been given gifts for men. The gift of salvation and of the Holy
Spirit is the free gift of God for the human race. For bringing the fallen human race to the knowledge of salvation, and for
edifying the Church, God has given gifts to the Church.
Today, it is the Church, the body of Christ,
to whom Christ has given all His authority, knows the secret of His Name JAH. Let us bear in mind that for the salvation of
the fallen human race, God has given under Heaven only the Name of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).
His Name JAH is not meant for the salvation of the human race but is meant for His chosen people, the spiritual Israel
(the body of Christ). His Name JAH is meant only for those who have accepted
His Son Who had ascended on high, and not for those who have rejected Him.
When the unseen Antichrist afflicts the Church
through his world rulers, the Church will look upon Him Who rides upon the heavens by His Name JAH. And, God will execute
His wrath on the world rulers who are pawns in the hands of the Beast, the Antichrist.
In verses 21-23 of Psalm 68, there is wonderfully
a prophetic reference to the gathering of His people (redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ, and scattered all over
the world) in His one body and also to the destruction of the Beast and his armies. (See Beast in Dan.7:8, Rev.19:20, Rev.16:15
Dear child of God redeemed by the precious blood
of Jesus Christ, has your spouse forsaken you, making your children fatherless? Our God, Whose Name is JEHOVAH, is the father
of the fatherless. Are you, a widow, facing severe afflictions in your life? Our God, Whose Name is JEHOVAH, is the judge
of the widows. (Ps.68:5)
Having been forsaken by your loved ones or our
spouse, have you become a solitary one in your family? God, Whose Name is JEHOVAH, sets you, the solitary, in your family.
This means that He Himself fills the void in your life. Do not seek re-marriage
so long as your divorced spouse lives! Let God be all in all for you. Are you bound with the chain of indebtedness or mental
depression caused by an evil spirit? If you humble yourself before Him today, God will set you free from this bondage (Ps.68:6).