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Much could be written here on what truly is the spirit of Yahshua - the spirit that one should have regarding "end times," the nations, the earth, and God's plans for them. Let us remember the teachings of the One who came to reveal to us the Father. Instead of vengeance, He called for compassion. Instead of hatred, He called for love. Instead of judgment, He called for mercy. Instead of conflict, He called for peace.

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God" (Matthew 5:3,5,7,9).

"Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you" (Luke 6:28).

"Do not judge lest you be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you" (Matthew 7:1-2).

While Christians think that Revelation is the judgment of the world, in truth its judgment is and will be against them. Even as the prophetic word judged the heart of Jonah, so the book of Revelation is an equal test that will judge Christianity - whether they will receive wrath or mercy. For in judging the world with a holocaust wrath and eternal fiery hell, they judge themselves. In James 2:13 we read - "For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment." Herein is the spirit of the true believer who longs to emulate and bear the spirit of Yahshua. Not a spirit of merciless judgment (which will provoke merciless judgment upon the one who shows no mercy), but a spirit of mercy. And herein is the confidence and guidance we have concerning our Abraham and Moses-like intercession for the earth and the nations - that "mercy triumphs over judgment."

How can someone believe that the world will end in a holocaust, when God declares - "mercy triumphs over judgment"? Which is the greater law of Yahweh - mercy or judgment? Which prevails in His actions toward man - mercy or judgment? And which should the true believer seek regarding the acts of Yahweh in the "last days" - mercy or judgment? Would these be the last words of the man consumed by a fiery wrath-filled judgment - "mercy triumphs over judgment"? Hardly so! When the lion lays down with the lamb, let there be proclaimed - "mercy triumphs over judgment." When the last enemy death is put away from man, to die no more, let it be said - "mercy triumphs over judgment." If there is an epithet to all the holocaust teachings Christianity foments, it will be - "mercy triumphs over judgment." This one truth alone should be sufficient to turn any argument, any doubt, and persuade any seeking soul that the mercy of God does and will prevail over His plans for judgment. When the issue is God's judgment, mercy is the final word.

Do not seek that God make all the world like you, or else judge them (which is what Christians believe He will do). That is not mercy. Mercy is as was proclaimed by Yahshua who was tried by a Roman judge, led to the cross by a Roman escort, and crucified by Roman soldiers. Over and over again Yahshua cried - "Father forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing" (Luke 23:34). Did Yahshua cry out for wrath for them? No! Not at all! Does He cry out for wrath for them now? No! "Father forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." It is with confidence we can say this, for "mercy triumphs over judgment."

Mercy is the greater law, prevailing over judgment. Each time Yahweh planned wrath for the Israelites, mercy prevailed. When Yahweh planned wrath for the Ninevites, mercy prevailed. When Yahweh proclaimed by the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah the destruction of Babylon, mercy prevailed. Even when Yahweh planned wrath for Sodom, mercy prevailed - for He willingly yielded to Abraham's ever-narrowing plea. And will Yahweh heed a people's call for mercy for the nations? Yes, a thousand times yes! For we read and we see time and again that "mercy triumphs over judgment." Mercy prevails in the ways of Yahweh. All the wrath, all the harsh judgment He planned and Christian man heartily proclaims, can and will be averted - "for His lovingkindness is everlasting." This is our confidence.

We know from the Scriptures that Yahweh's way and His desire is to bring all men to repentance, not wishing for any to perish (2 Peter 3:9). So, the question must therefore be asked - Would an end time holocaust turn men's hearts to repent? Clearly, the answer is NO! Wrath never leads to repentance. This is true in the home, in society, in the world, and in God's judgment. In Revelation 16:8-9 we read what man's response would be to God's judgment in wrath - "And men were scorched with fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plaques; and they did not repent, so as to give Him glory." How, I ask, would Yahweh pursue this course/this reaction from men, when the very reason He did not destroy the Israelites on numerous occasions was for the concern of what the nations would say about Him? Wrath does not bring forth Yahweh's desired results, only mercy and kindness - "Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?" (Romans 2:4). What leads men to repentance? His kindness.

And with fear I again remind you that if you are so willing to accept and teach the wrathful judgment of God upon the world for their actions, then if you are guilty in any regard of any of their faults, you bring the same wrath upon yourself. This verse concerning "the kindness of God" is preceded by this warning - "And do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgment upon those who practice such things and do the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?" (vs. 3). And let it be added - "For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy," but "mercy triumphs over judgment." The cry of any man who believes in God should be mercy from Him for others, lest he invoke God's wrath upon himself. The cry that David expressed for his own welfare - "O Yahweh, rebuke me not in Your wrath; and chasten me not in Your burning anger" (Psalm 38:1) - must be the cry on behalf of the nations from those who truly seek to know Yahweh and His ways. Even as Yahshua taught - "You have heard that it was said," judgment (and Christians teach judgment); "but I say to you," mercy (Matthew 5:38-48) - this must be the cry of the true believer - mercy, and not judgment.

Is this not the way of Yahweh for which we should cry out to Him on behalf of the nations and the earth? Is it not far better, and is it not more in keeping with His ways, and is it not much safer in regard to our own judgment, that we petition Him to not bring His planned wrath, but to "overcome evil with good" as it is written (Romans 12:21). And frankly, it is not so much for Yahweh to change, for we have already seen that for His name's sake He repents of evil; but the greater need is for believers to see their need to change, to cease teaching God's wrath, and cry out for His mercy for the nations and the earth - that Yahweh would act out of His lovingkindness, demonstrating this kindness to the nations that they might repent. This must be the heart, the actions, the attitude, and the cry of the true believer.

Many Christians, and some entire denominations or groups, spend countless hours and great efforts in the name of God in amassing voluminous knowledge and burgeoning facts on a soon coming wrath of God, holocaust end, and judgment. They amass knowledge, upon knowledge, upon knowledge. And while some of these groups or denominations may be evangelistic and reaching out to "save the world" by conversion to Yahshua, this alone is not sufficient. The voluminous knowledge they amass while seeking the expansion of evangelism is not sufficient. All the knowledge they may gather concerning an end time holocaust, all the radio presentations, television presentations, multimedia presentations, meetings upon meetings, brochures, books, charts, videos, and all, profits them nothing when they lack the Abraham and Moses-like love that cries out to God for His mercy for the nations. "Father forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing," should be their cry. They may "know all mysteries and all knowledge" (at least in their own sight), but without an interceding love, they are nothing (1 Corinthians 13:2). "Love is patient, love is kind, ... bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." Like mercy - "Love never fails ..." (vss. 4, 7, 8). These are the qualities we can expect from Yahweh for the nations and for the church; for "God is love" (1 John 4:8). "God so loved the world," and "love covers a multitude of sins" (1 Peter 4:8), even the sins of the world. Let a people instead gain a knowledge of and ascribe confidence in the love, mercy, kindness, and forgiveness of Yahweh for the nations. These are the qualities we must seek to know, to emulate, and to respond to and count upon.

And, these are the qualities we can expect to see expressed just preceding the return of Yahshua; not His wrath. When it is written - "Lovingkindness and truth go before You" (Psalm 89:14) - what is it that will "go before" Yahshua at His return? Wrath and holocaust judgment? No, "Lovingkindness and truth" will "go before" Him. This is the Elijah work in which He will establish a Remnant people who will express these two marvelous qualities, preparing the way for His return - "Lovingkindness and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth springs from the earth; and righteousness looks down from heaven. Indeed, Yahweh will give what is good; and our land will yield its produce. Righteousness will go before Him, and will make His footsteps into a way" (Psalm 85:10-13).

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