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Looking For The Blessed Hope

(Presented at PFI-UK conference on June 11, 2017) 

I was saved when I finally realized that my hope for a better world was going to be the Lord Jesus Christ coming back to make this world right, according to the prophetic Word of God that He has given us in the Bible.  When I repented and believed the good news, I got much more than I had expected or even thought of:  forgiveness of my sins, baptism of the Holy … Continue reading

Keeping Faith in Yeshua in a Hostile Environment

(Adapted for AMZI conference and ministry tour in Germany and Switzerland, June 9-14, 2016)

1Co 1:23-25  but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block, and to the Greeks foolishness.  (24)  But to them, the called-out ones, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.  (25)  Because the foolish thing of God is wiser than men, and the weak thing of God is stronger than men.

1Jn 2:22-25  Who is a … Continue reading

The Message Has Not Changed, Whatever the Method

(“Devotional” presented at the LCJE Int’l Conference in Jerusalem, August 2015)

Act 2:36-40  Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God made this same Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ. (37)  And hearing this, they were pierced in the heart, and said to Peter and to the other apostles, Men, brothers, what shall we do? (38)  Then Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for remission of … Continue reading

SUBMIT TO GOD, RESIST THE DEVIL, FOR THE KINGDOM IS THE LORD’S- 10 Nov 2012

(Delivered in essence at The Negev Conference in Beer Sheva)

Ja 4:4-8   Adulterers and adulteresses!  Do you not know that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?  Therefore whoever desires to be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.  Do you think that the Scripture says in vain, The spirit that dwells in us yearns to jealousy?  But He gives more grace.  Therefore He says, God resists the proud, but He … Continue reading

King’s and Queen’s Seats: Way of Gentiles

(Delivered in Lusaka, Zambia, in Sept, 2012)

Mat 6:19-34 Do not lay up treasures on earth for yourselves, where moth and rust corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.  But lay up treasures in Heaven for yourselves, where neither moth nor rust corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  The light of the body is the eye. Therefore if your eye is sound, your whole … Continue reading

ISRAEL 2015: THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE MESSIANIC BODY

(Shared at opening of new TOS church center in Tubingen, Germany, Sept 9, 2011)

It is difficult to know what will be tomorrow, so I will speak of what I believe to be God’s purpose as we look ahead to what will be four years from now within the Messianic Body in Israel.

1.  God, … Continue reading

SALVATION OF ISRAEL AND GREAT HARVEST OF GENTILES

(Korean Israel Conference, “The Kingdom of God”, October 6, 2010, in Seoul)

There is hope for the nations:  Jesus Christ is coming again!  This has been my hope ever since being saved, and over the years it has not only not diminished, it has intensified.  Praise God!

Acts 1:6-8   Therefore, when they had come together, [the apostles] asked [Jesus], saying, ‘Lord, will You at … Continue reading

THE DESTINY OF NATIONS AND THE GOSPEL TO WHOMSOEVER

(Delivered at “The Government Shall Be Upon His Shoulder” conference in Canberra, Australia, July 23, 2010)

Acts 17:30-31   Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained.  He has given assurance of this to all by raising [Jesus] from among the dead.

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YESHUA ESTABLISHING HIS THRONE OVER ISRAEL AND THE NATIONS

(Kingdom of God conference, Canberra, Australia:  “The Government Shall Be On His Shoulder”, July, 2010)

Rom 3:29-30  YHVH God is the God of both Jews and Gentiles Acts 1:6-7   God has His own appointed times to fulfill His covenantal promises

Mt 28:18-19   ALL authority has been given … Continue reading

TO THE JEW FIRST AND LAST

(Open doors to the Jewish Community conference at Deltona Alliance Church, Florida, 30-31 Jan 2010)

Jn 16:8-11  And when [the Holy Spirit] has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  of sin, because they do not believe in Me:  of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the … Continue reading

THE BIBLICAL PEACE PLAN FOR ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST

(Presented at conference in Altheim, Germany, November 1-4, 2009)

–Israel is the first-born (Ex 4:22; Jer 31:9 [8 Heb]) of the nations to God, even though there were other nations before her/him.  God has declared Israel/Ephraim to be His first-born, and with justification.

–The very fact of the Most High God, YHVH, … Continue reading

YHVH’s COVENANTS WITH ISRAEL

(Teaching at conference in Lubumbashi, DRC – Pentecostal  Epiphanie Church — May 26, 2009)

Mt 5:17-19; 2 Cor 1:20     Jesus came not to cancel or to break the Law and the Prophets, but rather to fulfill every jot and tittle of them

Ex 25:21-22; Lev 16: 11-14     the Ark of the Testimony was set in the Holy of Holies; the intercessory cloud of … Continue reading

THE COVENANT OF YHVH GOD WITH ISRAEL

(Teaching at conference in Lubumbashi, DRC – Pentecostal  Epiphanie Church — May 26, 2009)

Eph 2:11-13   Gentiles brought into the Commonwealth of Israel

2Cor 1:19-20   All the promises of God ‘yes’ and ‘amen’ in Messiah Jesus

Gen 17:1-8      YHVH made an everlasting covenant to … Continue reading

REVIVAL AND UNITY IN THE CRUCIFIED ONE – 20 Sep 2008

(Message given at The Negev Conference in Beer Sheva)

1Cor 1:18, 23-25   For the word/message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. . . . We preach Messiah crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to … Continue reading

LAMECH, AMALEK, ‘YESHU’, INTIFADA, YAD L’ACHIM – Nov 2007

(Delivered at Israel Conf.:  “Eschatological Convictions”,  Langensteinbacherhohe, Karlsruhe, Germany, 20-25 Nov 2007)

The Church, Israel, and Islam Gen 4:4—Abel:  the righteousness which offers an acceptable sacrifice through faith Gen 4:10–his blood cries out for justice Heb 12:24–Yeshua’s blood speaks better things – forgiveness and salvation Mt 18:21-22–Christians commanded to forgive 70×7 times per day

Gen 4:3-9—Cain:  out of envy, murders his innocent brother and refuses YHVH’s way back to God Gen 4:10-14–unwilling and unable to carry the chastening and punishment … Continue reading

GLORY HIDDEN TO BE REVEALED

(Israel Conference – Langensteinbacherhohe:  “Eschatological Convictions”, Nov 20- 25, 2007)

Jn 1:10-14   He came, and His glory was beheld by only a few

Jn 16:8-11   And when He (the Holy Spirit) has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of Judgment:  of sin, because they do not … Continue reading

GOOD NEWS

(Israel Conference – Langensteinbacherhohe:  “Eschatological Convictions”, Nov 20- 25, 2007)

Acts 2:36-41   Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Yeshua, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah!. . .Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; … Continue reading

RAISED UP ON THE LAST DAY

(Israel Conference – Langensteinbacherhohe:  “Eschatological Convictions”, Nov 20- 25, 2007)

I was saved almost 27 years ago now.  I was saved by grace through faith in the good news of God in Jesus Christ, not even yet convicted of being a sinner despite my sins.  And I was saved in hope:  Jesus was God’s plan for making the world right!  The Lord Jesus Christ is going to come back to bring righteousness and … Continue reading

PERSEVERANCE – 30 June 2007

(Spoken at The Negev Conference in Beer Sheva; the theme was “Revival in The Negev”, Isaiah 44:3)

For us living in the Negev Desert of Israel, it may be easier to understand the words spoken by the prophets to a dry and thirsty land as also having relevance to dry and thirsty souls – spiritually dry and thirsty people.  The New Testament addresses the heart of things and personalizes God’s word to His … Continue reading

ISRAEL’s POSITION

(Prayer Networking Conference/European-African Reconciliation Process, Harare, Zimbabwe, Sept 2, 2006)

–I come as a debtor, and enter into the labor of many others   –to gentiles through whom God has done so much to bless me and my people in life   –to Black Africans who … Continue reading

OVERCOMING HATRED FOR THE SAKE OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD

(Delivered at NEM Conference at the Baptist Village in Israel, April 23, 2006)

Mt 5:9-11   Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.  Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.  Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of … Continue reading

A BETTER INHERITANCE IN MESSIAH – 29 Apr 2005

(Delivered at Hephzibah Meeting in Marlow, Bucks, England)

When I first became a believer in Jesus as Messiah, the Son of the Living God, my immediate instinct was that the Gentile believers had taken away everything from its Jewish beginnings and, in doing so, caused most Jews to disregard the claims of the Christian faith and religion.  Then, as I began to read the whole Bible myself, the Holy Spirit began to show me that there was much truth in … Continue reading

GOSPEL FOR JEWS AND GENTILES

(C&MA Great Commission Fund tour from Feb 27 – Mar 10, 2004, in Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Richmond, Virginia)

1Cor 11:23-26   we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes

The heart and foundation of the gospel and of the New Testament and of our faith as Christians is Jesus the Messiah and Him crucified, risen from the dead, ascended to glory, and coming … Continue reading

FOR THE SAKE OF JESUS AND THE GOSPEL

(C&MA Great Commission Fund tour from Feb 27 – Mar 10, 2004, in Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Richmond, Virginia)

Mk 10:28-31 (Mt 19:29; Lk 18:29-30)  Then Peter began to say to [Jesus], ‘See, we have left all and followed You.’  So Jesus answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands for My … Continue reading

THE MARK OF GOD AND ISRAEL’S STUMBLING

(Israel Conference at Langensteinbacherhohe:  “The Redemption of Israel According to Ezekiel and Paul”, Jan 8-11, 2004)

Ezek 9:4  And YHVH said to him [, the man clothed with linen, who had the writer’s inkhorn at his side], ‘Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark (tav) on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.’

Rev 7:3; 9:4; 14:1  the seal of God on … Continue reading

PAUL: BELOVED FOR THE SAKE OF THE FATHERS

(Israel Conference at Langensteinbacherhohe:  “The Redemption of Israel According to Ezekiel and Paul”, Jan 8-11, 2004)

Gen 17:1-8      YHVH made an everlasting covenant to Abram (Abraham) and to his descendants for an everlasting possession of all the Land of Canaan.

Gen 26:1-5       YHVH reaffirms to Isaac the oath He swore to Abraham.

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EZEKIEL: A NEW HEART AND A NEW SPIRIT TO KNOW YHVH

(Israel Conference at Langensteinbacherhohe:  “The Redemption of Israel According to Ezekiel and Paul”, Jan 8-11, 2004)

Ezek 20:41-44   I [YHVH] will accept you as a sweet aroma when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you have been scattered; and I will be hallowed in you before the gentiles.  Then you shall know that I am YHVH, when I bring you into the Land of Israel, … Continue reading

ACCORDING TO THE LAW AND THE TESTIMONY – Isaiah 8:20

(Israel Conference at Langensteinbacherhohe:  “The Redemption of Israel According to Ezekiel and Paul”, Jan 8-11, 2004)

Mt 5:17-19     Jesus came not to cancel or to break the Law and the Prophets, but rather to fulfill every jot and tittle of them Ex 25:21-22     the Ark of the Testimony was set in the Holy of Holies; the blood of atonement was sprinkled on the Ark … Continue reading

RECONCILIATION: SEEING GOD’S FACE IN THE SON OF MAN – 25 Aug 2003

(Taught at Musalaha Youth Leaders’ Conference in Odenwald, Germany)

Gen 49:18  I wait with hope for Your salvation, YHVH! יהוה לישועתך קיויתי

The key to reconciliation between those who have beforehand been at enmity – at least in thought or perception if not … Continue reading

LOVE THE FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW – 29 Mar 2003

(Presented at Arab Open Brethren Conference in Nazareth)

Rom 13:8-10   owe no one anything except to love one another

This passage is sandwiched between the instruction and commandment for us as believers to submit ourselves to the civil authorities in the countries where we live or sojourn for the honor of the Name of our God and Father, and of His Son, the Lord Yeshua the … Continue reading

MESSIANIC IDENTITY AND ITS DIFFICULTIES

(Presented at the “Isaac and Ishmael Conference” at Iso Kirja Bible College, Keuruu, Finland, from October 18-20, 2002)

Just as in my first subject on attitudes of Jewish believers towards Arabs and Muslims, so here is there a wide range of definitions and experience.  The issue of identity is even more emotional as we seek to be true to God, to ourselves, and to our people.  In fact, what position a Jewish believer … Continue reading

THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH

(Friends of Israel conference, Finland; 18-21 Mar 2002)

1. Jesus is LORD:  worship God in spirit and truth; no idolatry; God is one –Jesus is the King of the Jews/Israel; Jesus is the Glory of Israel Mt 2:2; Jn 19:19; Lk 2:32; Jn 1:49 –Name above all names: YHVH Philp 2:9-11; Is 45:23; John 12:41 … Continue reading

WHOSE LAND IS IT? – 20 Nov 2001

(Panel discussion at Israel College of the Bible)

*The Land and the Earth belong to YHVH.  Even the entire universe (creation) is YHVH God’s, both by creation and more so by redemption.  Yeshua – through His death and resurrection on the cross — has paid the price in His blood to reacquire (redeem) for God what Man and Israel have lost through unfaithful stewardship, as evidenced by unbelief and … Continue reading

VISION OF THE GLORY: THE PRESENCE AND KINGDOM OF GOD

(Israel Conference at Langensteinbacherhohe, Karlsruhe, Germany:  “Radicalism and The Testimony of Christ in Israel”, 22-28 Oct 1999)

Hebrews 9:27-28

Radicalism is sustained by a utopian spirit which believes and works toward the vision of a future qualitatively different than the present.  It will often look to the past for its inspiration, for example naive notions of the Garden of Eden or of a former “golden age”.  Or as in the case of the “utopia” … Continue reading

SUFFERING OUTSIDE THE CAMP

(Israel Conference at Langensteinbacherhohe, Karlsruhe, Germany:  “Radicalism and The Testimony of Christ in Israel”, 22-28 Oct 1999)

Mark 8:34-38; Hebrews 11:24-26; 13:13-14

In Israel the Supreme Court has determined that Jews who believe in Jesus/Yeshua as Lord and Savior are not entitled to immigrate to the State of Israel under the Law of Return.  Our faith in Jesus places us outside the Jewish camp of this world.

In … Continue reading

THREAT TO THE STATUS QUO: RADICAL NEW COVENANT CULTURE-CRUCIFIXION

(Israel Conference at Langensteinbacherhohe, Karlsruhe, Germany:  “Radicalism and The Testimony of Christ in Israel”, 22-28 Oct 1999)

Galatians 6:14-16; 1Corinthians 9:19-23

As light is different from darkness, so is the Kingdom of God different from this present world order.  The present world order is opposed to and separated from God’s Kingdom.  It does not recognize the Lordship of His Son Yeshua the Messiah.  … Continue reading

GOD’S WILL: OUR CONFORMITY TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON (Rom 8:29)

(Israel Conference at Langensteinbacherhohe, Karlsruhe, Germany:  “Radicalism and The Testimony of Christ in Israel”, 22-28 Oct 1999)

God has a vision for us:  to change us and conform us to His Son’s image.  Now we know that Jesus was the express image of the invisible God, so God has in mind that we become like Himself.  This is wonderful, amazing, requiring the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives to accomplish this.  We … Continue reading

PEACE AND RECONCILIATION BETWEEN THE NATIONS OF JACOB AND ESAU – Aug 1995

(Delivered in Lempala, Finland, at Israel Conference)

Summarize: Gen. 25:21-34    birth of Esau and Jacob, fathers of two nations; birthright sold by Esau to Jacob; Isaac loved Esau (Edom); Rebecca loved Jacob 27:1,20-22   Isaac’s poor eyesight in his old age; voice of Jacob vs. hands of Esau; Isaac’s carnal love for Esau 27:28-41    the blessings; the deceit of Jacob; the hatred (grudge) of Esau 32:28   Jacob’s name changed to Israel by God, indicating new character (person) and position (status) 33:1-20   unresolved reconciliation between Jacob/Israel … Continue reading

SABBATH: THE 7TH DAY AND THE 1ST DAY OF THE WEEK – 25 Aug 1995

(Friday evening dinner teaching to Lutheran, Pentecostal, and Free Church Christians in Kangasala, Finland)

Revised 5 Mar 2017

Gen 1:1    In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.        1:31  And God saw every thing that He had made, and , behold, it was very good.  And the evening and the morning were the … Continue reading

ISRAEL OF GOD AND COMMONWEALTH OF ISRAEL: NOT ALL ISRAEL IS ISRAEL; NEITHER IS THE CHURCH – 24 Aug 1995

(Message at Salaam Church to Friends of Israel in Forssa, Finland)

Gal 6:15-16  For in Messiah Yeshua neither circumcision avails anything, nor uncircumcision, but rather a new creation.  And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

Eph 2:11-13  Wherefore remember, that ye … Continue reading