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What’s Going On Behind The Scenes of Current and Future News?

Do you read or listen to the news?  Every day in Israel politicians and commentators are vying for power and influence, telling us who should be the Prime Minister, or what the PM should do.  In the United States, there is an election process taking place, with each candidate saying that the other one is unfit to be President, the leader of the Free World.  In Turkey and Iran, their leaders are threatening each other, and the rest of the … Continue reading

Brief History of Rise of Messianic Judaism – 1 Mar 2016

Redemption of Jewish Identity and Hope Jer 29:11 For I know the purposes which I am purposing for you, says Yehovah; purposes of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Lk 2:34-35  And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (yea, … Continue reading

Three New Years

I remember that before I was a believer, I wondered and asked the question:  Why do we have and remember New Year’s.  I was particularly thinking about the Jewish “New Year” which had become one of the High Holy Days in the synagogue.  The answer that I gave myself, and to my parents, was that there must be Someone who is keeping us (the Jewish people) alive for another year.  It gives an opportunity to thank Him, and to also … Continue reading

What Is The Purpose of The Law (Mt Sinai Torah)?

Gal 3:15-25   Brothers, I speak according to man, a covenant having been ratified, even among mankind, no one sets aside or adds to it. (16)  And to Abraham and to his Seed the promises were spoken. It does not say, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, “And to your Seed,” which is Christ. (17)  And I say this, A covenant having been ratified by God in Christ, the Law (coming into being four hundred and thirty years … Continue reading

No One Knows The Day Or Hour – 27 Feb 2015

Mk 13:28-37   “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near—at the doors! 30 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

32 “But of that … Continue reading

Dates To Remember

Times and seasons have a way of stirring the memories, both personal and collective. Depending on what they may signify, the reactions and anticipations may vary among individuals or nations, or among those joined together through religion or faith. Below are some historical markers that are beginning to converge to draw attention to a watershed, perhaps. Both friend and foe are taking notice.

Oct 31, 1517 – Reformation Day, which gave the Bible back to the people that they may … Continue reading

As The LORD Spoke Through His Servants The Prophets

History — past, present, and future — is a witness to YHVH God’s faithfulness to His covenants, and to His sovereign power and will:  not the will of man, nor of the devil, nor of the flesh, but the will of GOD!  (Many more prophecies than given here as historical proofs.)

No expiration date usually given!  Sometimes hundreds, even thousands of years transpire between the prophecy and its/their fulfillment(s).

If we do not believe, it will not … Continue reading

ISRAEL, THE ISRAEL OF GOD, THE COMMONWEALTH OF ISRAEL, THE CHURCH OF GOD

(Updated on 11 Oct 2013; 31 May 2016)

Beginning with an unrelated e-mail from John D, and the link that  he wanted me to read, we began a serious and edifying exchange of ideas, and of our own present understanding regarding the names and concepts of Israel, the Israel of God, the Commonwealth of Israel, and the Church of God. (Rom 9:6; 11:25-28; Gal 6:16; Eph 2:12; 1Cor 10:32).   We agree on some issues, not on others.  … Continue reading

ARE BELIEVERS TO TAKE THE KINGDOM OF GOD BY VIOLENCE/FORCE? – Part 2

Mt 11:12-13   And from the days of John the Baptiser until now the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.  For all the prophets and the Law prophesied until John.   

Lk 16:16   The Law and the Prophets were until John.  Since that time the Kingdom of God is preached, and everyone is pressing into it.  … Continue reading

ARE BELIEVERS TO TAKE THE KINGDOM OF GOD BY VIOLENCE/FORCE? – Part 1

There are a number of passages in the Bible which are sources of controversy and even of division within the Body of Messiah:  Israel, Yeshua/Jesus, the Bible itself, baptism, the Lord’s Supper, certain gifts of the Holy Spirit, the rapture of believers, and more.  The wisdom of God is far above ours, and the devil is smart enough to know how to sow confusion into everything.  It is for us, in the … Continue reading

STREAMS IN THE NEGEV AND THE RETURN OF THE JEWS TO ISRAEL

“Return our exiles, O Lord, like watercourses in the Negev. Those who sow in tears shall reap with songs of joy. He who goes along weeping, carrying the seedbag, shall come back with songs of joy, carrying his sheaves” (Psalm 126:4-6).

In this beautiful and beloved psalm, the return of the exiles to Israel is compared to the “watercourses in the Negev.  “Why the Negev and not simply “the desert”?  The Negev streams come from collecting basins incomparably larger than those … 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

TWO MIRACLES

Pentecost Sunday    –Our life – the life of the Church – is based on the resurrection from the dead of Jesus    –falls on day after the 7th Sabbath following the resurrection of the Lord on the day after the Sabbath during … Continue reading

SEED OF ABRAHAM — PROPHECIES POINTING TO YESHUA – 27 Oct 2010

Matthew 1:1   The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham.

Romans 4:16  Therefore [the promise] is of faith according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.

Tenach Gen 3:15  And I will put enmity between you (the serpent) … Continue reading

THE BRANCH/PLANT

Prov 25:2   It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, and the glory of kings to investigate a matter.                  –The whole Bible is written about Yeshua/Jesus!                  –Their heart burned within the two disciples as Jesus explained that the Bible is all about Him. … Continue reading

DEITY vs DIVINITY: JESUS AND US

I received a question, which perhaps others of you have, about the distinction between ‘divinity’ and ‘deity’.  Even a good dictionary does not always make a clear distinction.

For me, it is understood like this: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Gen 1:27  So God created man in … Continue reading

YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN!

This is a particular expression which appears in only one chapter of the Bible, but which is indicated in many places throughout the Scriptures.  It is an expression which some Christians are uncomfortable using, and also one which is used too liberally.  

Jn 3:1-11   You must be born again by the Spirit of God. … Continue reading

THE UNCHANGING MESSAGE: REPENT, AND BE BAPTIZED!

Acts 2:22-41   Men of Israel, hear these words: . . .  

The apostle Peter preached to the Jewish people/the children of Israel, in the power of the Holy Spirit on the day of Shavuot/Pentecost, a message that has not changed.  It is still the essence of any evangelism to the Jews, despite the history of the … Continue reading

ISRAEL’S 60TH – 2 May 2008

The State of Israel is about to celebrate her 60th independence anniversary.  It wasn’t too many months ago that there was much ‘confusion of faces’ in Israel over just how to celebrate such an historic event at a time when the country has clearly lost its vision of why it exists at all.  The nation is really in bondage for not being dependent upon YHVH her God.  Sixty years is a long time.

The Israel of God has not yet … Continue reading

MY LIFE IN ISRAEL – May 2007

(A questionnaire from The Messianic Times)

1. How has living in Israel changed your relationship with God?

Living in Israel is a great place to follow the Lord!  There’s nothing better anyway, and in Israel there is no excuse for complacency.  It requires me to rely on His love and His grace to me and my family and our lives here since everything is in a constant state of “un-rest”.  Without resting in the truth of God in Messiah Yeshua, … Continue reading

GOD IS THE MESSIAH! – 27 Nov 2004

We have spoken many times about the truth of Messiah as it is in Jesus.  This is because, it seems, the Holy Spirit, who is given to lead us as believers into all truth, has also given many warnings to the Church of the dangers in the last days of apostasy from the faith and the love of the truth.

Jesus tells us that the Father is seeking those who will worship Him in spirit and truth.  If we are … Continue reading

YHVH IS THE MOST HIGH GOD – 20 Nov 2004

Ps 83: 16,18 (17,19 Heb)  . . . that they may seek Your Name, YHVH. . . that they may know that You, whose name alone is YHVH, are Most  High over all the Earth

Asaph, who wrote this psalm, was a priest and a prophet.  King David assigned Asaph to be one of the priests who led praise and worship … Continue reading

YESHUA IS GOD’S PLANT: SEED, ROOT, TRUNK, STALK, BRANCH, FLOWER, FRUIT – 2003

Tzemach – generic Hebrew word for vegetative plant; sprout, spring up; spring or shine forth, like the sunrise; posterity

Is 4:2; Jer 23:5; 33:15; Zech 3:8; 6:12; Ps 132:17 – future ruler Priest-King (the “Branch”; better translated the “Plant”)

The Branch“ is actually the whole Plant (Tzemach), and is described as being the Man who is YHVH; as being the son of David who is YHVH; as being the Righteous Judge and King; as being YHVH God’s Servant; as being … 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

TO COVER OR NOT TO COVER – 3 July 1999

God our Father is constantly training us up and disciplining us with an aim to keep pride covered and to promote humility.  An important and necessary attribute of God’s children — those being conformed to the image of His Son Jesus Christ, who Himself is the express image of the invisible God — is righteous judgment; or to say it another way, not to judge unrighteously (Deut. 1:16; 1 … Continue reading

OUR BROTHER YESHUA

John 17:17-26  sanctify by truth; the Father’s love for us is as His love for Jesus Heb. 2:10-12  Jesus (Yeshua) not ashamed to call us His brethren

God loves us!  Our Father in Heaven loves us, and He loves us as much as He loves His only-begotten Son Yeshua!  It’s understandable that we should know and believe that God the Father … Continue reading

TIMELINE: Conception and Birth of John the Baptiser and Jesus the Messiah

Conception and Birth of John the Baptiser and Jesus the Messiah     Rev. Nov 6, 2013; Jan 7, 2014; Nov 2014; Nov 2015

John the Baptiser (Immerser):  Type of the Christian/Messianic [Believer] –Forerunner of the Lord Messiah for the first advent –the believing Christian and the two witnesses preparing and heralding the way for the second coming –prophet in spirit and power of Elijah

–Not the Light, but bearing witness to the Light:  people dwelling in darkness have seen … Continue reading

YESHUA THE ANOINTED PROPHET, PRIEST, AND KING – July 1996

Dt 17:8 – 18:22   the role of priests, kings, an prophets in Israel

Prophet Sam 16:23   anointed that he would be the oracle of God to the people; anointed for ministry to all peoples; evangelistic, calling for repentance from sin and turning to … Continue reading

The Time of the Lord Yeshua’s Second Coming

(Updated Aug 7, 2014)

Just as the birth, death, and resurrection of the promised and prophesied Messiah and Savior occurred at the appointed time and in the fullness of time, so, too, will be His return as Lord of every man. (Gal 4:4; Eph 1:9-10)

On the human side, we are plainly told by the Lord Jesus that we can not know precisely … Continue reading

Time of Messiah Yeshua’s First Coming

(Updated Aug 7, 2014)

The New Testament writers understood the Scriptures through their faith in the glorified and exalted Yeshua – who died and rose again and ascended into Heaven to the right hand of the Father – by the Holy Spirit who was their – and is our – Teacher.

Our reliance is on the record of the Bible.  Other books and … Continue reading

REPENTANCE LEADS TO CONVERSION: LIFE-CHANGING/CHARACTER-CHANGING

(Eve of formal appointment as Elder)

Does anyone here tonight want to be changed from what you are and the way you now are – even as a believer – because of hearing the Word of God to you?

Is anyone here tonight a changed/different (hopefully better!) person since believing in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior than what you … Continue reading

BETROTHED TO YESHUA – 2 Mar 1991

2Cor 11:2   Engaged to the Lord 2Pt 1:4       Promises of God to escape worldly corruption and to partake of divine nature Gen 24:50-58   Rebecca’s betrothal (engagement) to Isaac

When any person – whether Jew or Gentile – is born-again through repentance and … Continue reading

SOVEREIGNTY AND WISDOM OF GOD – 8 Apr 1989

It is joy to speak of Him who is perfect and harmless, and also of His Kingdom.  It is amazing, given the state of the world, the rampant unbelief in any particular god (or belief in every kind of god), and the widespread rejection, in truth, of the LORD God and His Anointed, that most people, when asked, think that God is too good to send people to hell at all, not … Continue reading