by Batya Wootten
It feels good to finally hold a printed copy of my new book in my hands. I thought I had finished it at the beginning of the year, but then encountered many unexpected delays. During that time, I continually made edits and sought to improve the text. Now I am happy that it happened this way because it is a better book.
I worked on this book off and on for about seven years, adding various thoughts as my understanding grew. Then, for the last three years, it has been my primary project. Now I am finished with a book that can, in essence, only be finished by the readers (you have to read the book to understand that statement).
This is not a book about time lines, setting dates, or naming an antichrist, but about realizing that the end times is really about the Father cleaning His house: “It is time for judgment to begin with God’s household” (see 1 Peter 1:1; 2:5-99; 4:17).
The fact is, we are His house! Thus we suggest that it is time for us to change our prophetic focus, to name ourselves as the ones with whom YHVH now wants to deal. His end time focus will be on us and on our personal transformation.
A Door of Hope for the Last Days is a book that briefly examines various Rapture Theories and suggests a “Horizontal Harpazo,” meaning, a last days gathering of YHVH’s scattered people, the whole house of Israel, Ephraim and Judah – and their companions (Eze 37:15-28). However, the focus is not even on the timing of that prophetic gathering, but on the stipulation that those whom He gathers are to have a walk that resembles that of Messiah Yeshua. To help us in this transformation, we offer a list of His works, so we can examine ourselves, to see if we are truly in the faith.
Turning us into people who resemble Messiah Yeshua is the Father’s end time goal (2 Cor 3:18). To get there, each of us will experience personal tribulation, with the hope that it will change us for the better and ultimately become a vehicle that carries us through the Father’s last days Door of Hope.
Thus, we should not seek escape but seek to hold on to YHVH’s commandments and to the testimony of Messiah Yeshua. We must be a people who love not our lives, even unto death (Rev 12:11-17. That is a scary call, yet, it is a call that will be proven to be full of glory. it is a call that we need to grab hold of – now!
My prayer is that this book might be used to help bring that transcendent call into focus.
Yours for the Salvation of the Whole House of Israel,
A Door of Hope for the Last Days
Various Book Reviews
When you see a new book come out about the last days, you likely fall into one of the following camps: I need to memorize this book cover to cover and find out all the details of when TEOTWAWKI* occurs according to such-and-such-greatly-revered prophecy teacher – OR – you yawn, point, and click to watch a rerun of Duck Dynasty. Don’t do that. Seriously. Read this book instead.
A Door of Hope is surprising and relevant because Batya Wootten writes to neither camp specifically and yet both camps simultaneously. She writes to all, no matter what their current doctrinal theory is about the timing of the gathering of the saints. She is not as concerned about when as she is about whom, though she teaches about all of the above.
Batya writes about pursuing righteousness for the days that lie ahead and not growing weary, dreading, or fearing the days to come. She writes about the greater need for the body of believers to get clean rather than the heathens. She is an encourager with the heart of a mother. She writes in a way to teach both the novice and the experienced that is refreshingly clear and honest.
As I read A Door of Hope, I found it to be focused on our walk on a highway of holiness. I found it to be about a balanced walk, neither lawlessness nor legalism, but falling somewhere blissfully in between. I found it to be full of insight about the past as well as a primer for the last days which is relevant for the here and now.
So go read it. Really. Go on.
*The end of the world as we know it
A Door of Hope takes a different approach to the end times genre. While most end time books focus on what the world will look like and the signs that will precursor the return, A Door of Hope focuses on the part of the end times that we can control. It focuses on preparing our hearts for our personal journey – which will include the single greatest transition that that man has ever known, or will ever be.
This book reminds us that it is not about where we are going or where we came from, but rather how well our spirit is atoned to walk through that final Door that now stands before us.
Simply and kindly written, it is presented in a way that will edify and enrich anyone. I don’t want to mince words: This is a must read for any generation. We must prepare personally for what is to come. That preparation is internal. Batya understands this idea and has spent the past 10 years putting together this book to remind us that we must clean our own heart before we make any attempts to move toward our eternal destiny.
Alliance of Redeemed Israel
We are surely living in the end times. Perhaps Habakkuk wrote of it. His name means to “wrestle” and the rift, the present East vs. West wrestling that we now see reminds us of Habakkuk 1:1-7: “Look at the nations and watch and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told. I am raising up the Babylonians, that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the breath of land to seize dwellings not their own. They are a feared and dreaded people; they are a law to themselves and promote their own honor.”
Terrible things are surely happening all around us, but, as Batya points out, the primary truth about the end times is this: “It is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Pet 4:17).
The end times are about the Father testing us and cleaning His House. It is not about those who do not pass His test. It is about the restoration of the whole house of Israel. It is therefore not wise for us to put excess energy into the what and when of the fate of those who will not pass the test. We need to instead focus on having the Ruach cleanse our hearts! Messiah Yeshua warned, “You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup…so that the outside of it may be clean also” (Mat 23:26).
We need to truly examine our hearts and pray the prayer of King David: “Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness…blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. …Against You…I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You are…blameless when You judge….You desire truth in the innermost being, and in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness…. Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways and sinners will be converted to You” (Psalms 51:1-13).
To teach sinners, the inside of our cup first needs to be cleansed. We also need to be empowered by the Ruach so we can truly walk in the ways of our Divine Redeemer. We must cling tightly to these essential truths. In embracing them, we will find a powerful new call in Messiah!
Awful things are happening in the earth now and it is time for Firstborn Ephraim to realize the full meaning behind the taunts of Ishmael’s Muslim heirs. The heirs of Isaac include both Ephraim and Judah, so Believers cannot be unconcerned about what is happening to brother Judah. We have to help defend them. We cannot simply be quiet in the presence of an evil plan that includes the destruction of the whole house of Israel. We must not be hardhearted and think that, since we have our own inheritance, all is well. No. True Israelites will stay in the battle until their brothers likewise have their own inheritance (Joshua 22:1-9).
We should not be duped into thinking that all we have to do is to sit in a street corner and wait for a “Rapture Bus” to come and whisk us away. We instead need to rethink everything about the end times and realize that we are “part of Israel” (Eph 2:11-22). This means we will probably be here for a much longer time than we originally thought. The end times are about judgment, and the Father says that it begins with “His house.”
So what are we to do? Again, Messiah warns us that we need to clean the inside of our cups. Outward religiosity will not please Him. He wants us to have clean hands and pure hearts with which to help our brethren (1 Pet 4:17; Mat 23:25; James 4:8).
Neither should we focus on being a Bride who has only to wait for her Bridegroom to whisk her away to a wedding party wherein we eat cake while brother Judah gets pounded from Gaza. New Jerusalem is the Bride. As Batya points out, we are the Bride of the Lamb in so much as we are part of that Betrothed City, and she does not come down from Heaven until the very end (Rev 21:2). We will not have a wedding feast without her!
We need to think about staying here and being earthly Jerusalem’s protective watchmen. That is our job (Isa 62:1-7). The Chosen City of Jerusalem needs to become the “City of the Great King.” Yeshua is that King and He warned that Judah and Jerusalem will not see Him again until they first say of Him, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” We must realize that Yah’s plan is for Judah to “say and then see,” and “not see and then say.” And we need to help them “see” Yeshua in and through our walk! (Zec 12:10; Psa 48:2; Mat 5:35; 23:39; Luke 13:35; John 19:37; 20:29).
In Batya’s new book she again shows that Yah’s plan of salvation for the whole house of Israel is outlined in Romans 11. There, we see that “Wild Olive Branch Ephraim” is supposed to walk in such a way that he makes brother Judah jealous and to want what Ephraim has. Ephraim will be empowered to help Judah when he is delivered from his jealousy of Judah (Isaiah 11:11-14).
In Jeremiah 31:18-19 YHVH says He hears Ephraim “grieving.” That happens when he learns the truth about himself and cries out, saying to YHVH, “You have disciplined me; but I needed it… After I was instructed, after I came to know myself, after I acquired knowledge of the truth [about my own Israelite heritage], I repented, and smote myself on the thigh. I was thoroughly ashamed of all I did in younger days.”
If you want to better understand Ephraim’s heritage and call, as well as that of the whole house of Israel, I encourage you to read this encouraging book. God is leading His people towards a greater understanding of His truth. I know this book will encourage you and I pray you will consider Isaiah’s admonition: “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? [them that are] weaned from the milk…” (Isaiah 28:9)
A Door of Hope for the Last Days!
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Due to administrative changes we are still in the process of making, the book will not be available on Kindle for another month. However, considering how the book ends, we think everyone will want their own hard copy anyway. We think this book will prove to be a keeper!
A Door of Hope for the Last Days
by Batya Ruth Wootten Foreword by Angus Wootten
Paper, 288 pages, $15.95 plus shipping