Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey—riding on a donkey’s colt. Zechariah 9:9.
Today your LORD (יהוה) God (אלהים) says:
My Word is living and working, sharper than any two-edged (two mouthed) sword. I speak My Word from above, for every good thing given and every perfect gift comes down from above, from Me, your Father of lights, and My Word will go to work in your life and in the world if you return it to Me. That is, if you release it by faith by saying it and doing it.
When the prophets by My Spirit on them, would hear My Word they would speak it into the earth as planting seeds that immediately began to grow up to fruition. And the Words they spoke were of Jesus, for the spirit of prophesy is the testimony of Jesus, and piece by piece, in partial and varied ways, many different prophets, put the pieces together of the mystery of the seed of the woman that would crush the devil’s head, i.e., his authority over mankind that Adam had given to him.
And My Word is living and working and when the pieces were all in place—from My Words in the Garden of Eden came a fuller and fuller description of who that Seed would be. He would be born of a virgin and be God with you. He would be a child born to you, but a son given you, and on His shoulder dominion would rest. He would be born in Bethlehem in the Tower of the Flock and yet His goings forth would be from everlasting. He would rise up to shepherd His flock and He would be peace. He would grow up as a little child leading the elders. He would speak in parables. He would be betrayed, scourged, pierced through, spat upon and mocked. He would suffer all that to take away your illnesses, your pains, your sins, and your shame. He would be the LORD your righteousness and the maker of a New Covenant with Me and you and your sins and offenses I would remember no more. And much more. And when they spoke into the earth all of who He would be, then the fullness of time came when that living Word stepped off the page and became flesh and dwelt among you. My Word is alive. My Words are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh. And when My Word to you is complete it becomes alive in you to perform the promise in the seed, whether it be healing, provision, or eternal life.
In Jesus, My Word stepped off the pages of the prophetic visions complete and performed every promise I had planned that My prophets had released to work in the earthly realm.
Release My Words of healing, blessing, provision, prosperity, forgiveness, and peace into the earth and watch them grow a delightful garden in your life.
And today as we complete the Christmas journey of remembrance for we are coming to the passion and death of Jesus which we already covered in our Eucharistic journey of remembrance.
So today let us look at another prophecy Jesus fulfilled that was specific but mysterious.
When Passover was approaching, My Son and His disciples headed to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover supper. On the tenth day of the month of Nissan, the day each household procures for itself a lamb to keep until the fourteenth day of the month when the lambs are slaughtered for the Passover Seder, Exodus 12:3, Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem. John 12:1, 12.
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” Matthew 21:1-3; Mark 11:1.
Even this detail I had revealed to you in advance so that My people would recognize their Messiah. Yes, My Son’s entrance into Jerusalem on a donkey fulfilled what I spoke through My prophet Zechariah: Say to the Daughter of Zion, “See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Zechariah 9:9.
My Son did not come to abolish the law and the prophets but to fulfill them. He had all the signs in His life that should convince you to accept Him as your promised Messiah.
Well, the disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. Matthew 21:6-7.
Jesus needed a colt to ride because He was too tall for the donkey. My prophet Isaiah gave insight into this event as well. Remember that My Son was born of the Tribe of Judah according to the flesh when My Word became man and dwelt among you. Jacob prophesied over his son, Judah:
The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until He comes to whom it belongs (Genesis 49:10 or until Shiloh comes; or until he comes to whom tribute belongs) and the obedience of the nations is His. He will tether his donkey to a vine, his colt to the choicest branch; He will wash his garments in wine, His robes in the blood of grapes. Genesis 49:10-11.
As My Son and his disciples began going up the road to Jerusalem, a very large crowd came to accompany them and spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the palm trees and spread them on the road. Matthew 21:8. Cutting palm branches was not new to My people, in the Book of Leviticus it is written: “Now on the first day you shall take for yourselves the foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God.” Leviticus 23:40. And the crowd was rejoicing here. They rejoiced in the wonderful ministry I was performing in their midst through My Son. Many in this crowd had been healed, delivered, and forgiven by My Son. They were also rejoicing that a few days before this My Son had raised a man named Lazarus who lived in Bethany from the dead after he had been in the tomb for four days. This amazing miracle had brought many to seek after Jesus and to believe in Him.
The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! Psalm 118:26; Matthew 21:9.
Again you see that I foretold this long before it happened. Just read the psalms and you will find the following:
Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter and give thanks to the LORD. This is the gate of the LORD through which the righteous may enter. I will give you thanks, for you answered me; You have become my salvation. The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. O LORD, save us; O LORD, grant us success. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD. From the house of the LORD we bless you. The LORD is God, and He has made his light shine upon us. Join in procession with leafy branches up to the horns of the altar. You are my God, and I will give you thanks; You are my God, and I will exalt You. Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever. Psalm 118:19-29.
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd did not like this greeting as it signified that Jesus was the Anointed One, the Messiah. So they said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” Luke 19:39.
“I tell you,” Jesus replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Luke 19:40. You know, the stones cry out for joy in Heaven and the flowers sing.
As My Son approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” Luke 13:34-35.
This is serious. This happened. Just about forty years after My Son was crucified, Rome came in and leveled the City of Jerusalem. They did not leave one stone on another. The Temple where I had once dwelt was totally leveled to the ground. All you have left is the one wall, your wailing wall.
You must understand why this happened. A King only has authority to act where he has dominion. If a King from another country is in a foreign state, he does not have any authority there. No one has to obey his orders or his laws. He cannot step in and protect them by his armies nor is he authorized to give them aid or sustenance. Now in his own kingdom he not only has authority to do these things, but he is obligated to protect and sustain the citizens of his kingdom if he wants to keep his kingdom and see it prosper.
It is the same way with Me and My Kingdom. My Kingdom is the realm where My Will is done, the domain where I rule, the place where people take Me as their Lord and follow My ways and laws. I am authorized to act in My Kingdom in the lives of My subjects. They have freely given their allegiance and obedience to Me. I have a responsibility to protect and prosper them.
In other places where My will is not done and I am not authorized to act, I cannot intervene and protect and prosper that place. You know this from past experience, so long as Israel was obeying My law and I was their King, they prospered and were victorious, but when they worshipped other gods and rejected My commands I no longer could protect or prosper them. They had to turn to the god they had chosen to give their allegiance to for protection and prosperity, and the ruler of the kingdom of darkness cannot and will not protect and prosper you, all that he brings is the curse. This is why I would send the prophets like Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, and Jeremiah to My people to warn them that there would be no protection for them from their enemies, from destruction, if they turned away from Me.
Well, the same happened to the people of Judah and Jerusalem when they rejected the One I sent. In rejecting Him, they rejected Me, and I could no longer protect them as I so longed to do. They had rejected Me as their King and left My Kingdom. Remember when the prophet Ezekiel saw My glory leave the Temple before the people of Jerusalem were captured and carried off to Babylon? The city had no protection from the invading army.
This grieves Me deeply for I long to protect and prosper the children of men but you will not. You saw My Son wept over this, and in seeing Him you are seeing Me. Indeed, once before He had voiced My longing to have you all in My Kingdom where I could protect you. He had said before the Pharisees:
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Luke 13:34-35.
Come back to Me and to the richness of the mercy I am extending to you in My Son, your true Passover Lamb. It is His Blood that seals our Covenant of Love.
Now, back to My Son on that Sunday when He fulfilled the prophecy of Zechariah and Psalm 118. The crowd welcoming Jesus was making such joyful noise that when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” And the crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Then, as in Psalm 118, the procession went right to the Temple. My Son then surprised everyone by what He did, but again, He was fulfilling the law and the prophets.
Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. He then answered the angered Pharisees by the Scripture. “It is written,” He said to them,” ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ Isaiah 56:7, but you are making it a ‘den of robbers.'” Jeremiah 7:11.
The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple area, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant.
“Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. My Son again tried to show them that He was the promised One foretold by the prophets by again quoting Scripture to them in answer. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, ” ‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise’?” Psalm 8:2. He then left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.
After this, every day My Son was teaching at the Temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill Him. Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on His words. They therefore began looking for someone that would know a time when Jesus would be alone and easy to arrest with no trouble. To their surprise, they found this man, or rather he found them, from among the twelve disciples of Jesus.
I love you. Watch your ways and watch your words. Make your words match Mine and all will be fine, in fact, more than fine, your life will become divine, filled up with all My fullness. If Judas had been full he never would have looked in another place for something more.