He who keepeth Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps! Praise the Lord! Purim begins this evening, but the celebrations have already been going on for a few days. While most of the Jewish people are still in both a physical and a spiritual exile — not in fellowship with their God — we who know the Father can rejoice in His sovereign providence to preserve His people as He still works to bring them back to Himself. The only way He … Continue reading
We are now into this new year of 2017, 5777 on the Jewish calendar (a 240-year discrepancy, but that is another story). Three years ago I began to look at some significant dates connected with the return of the Jewish people back to this land of Israel, and also looking ahead to the coming again of Yeshua. ( http://streamsinthenegev.com/school-of-fish/eclectic-course-menu/dates-to-remember/ )
When the disciples asked Yeshua about the sign of His return at the end of the age, His first … Continue reading
1Ti 1:15 Faithful is the Word and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
Num 29:39 You shall prepare these to … Continue reading
The birth of the Messiah some 2000 years ago was a singular event which divided history between that which came before from that which has been reckoned since. The God of Israel promised through the prophet Haggai that from a significant event on the 24th of the ninth Israeli month (corresponding to the 24th of December on non-Israeli calendars) that He would shake the heaven and the Earth. (Hag 2:20-22) God began by announcing His joy in the birth of … Continue reading
1Pe 1:3-9 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has regenerated us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (4) to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and unfading, reserved in Heaven for you (5) by the power of God, having been kept through faith to a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time; (6) in which you greatly rejoice, yet a … Continue reading
How good is our God! At the Passover, and for all those subsequent Passovers that the Israelis celebrated (in the past), many lambs were slain and blood shed in order for God to pass over the houses where He saw the blood, and in remembrance of that mighty initial act of salvation for His people, making His name great among the Jews and among the nations.
But poor lambs! They were offered in sacrifice that others could live, but they … Continue reading
Est 2:1-4,14 After these things, when the wrath of King Ahasuerus had calmed down, he remembered Vashti and what she had done, and what was decreed against her. (2) And the king’s young men who served him said, Let beautiful young virgins be sought for the king. (3) And let the king choose officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, so that they may gather together all the beautiful young virgins to Shushan the palace, to the house of … Continue reading
Yeshua gave the sign of Jonah, of being 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of the large fish, as the only sign that He would give to those religious leaders who consistently opposed Him and would not listen to Him. He spoke of His death, burial, and resurrection.
In order for this sign to be fulfilled, Jesus had to be sacrificially killed on Thursday afternoon, and rise from the dead during the night before the dawn of the … Continue reading
(An introduction to a study of the seven letters to the churches in Revelation, with the focus on believers being overcomers and light in the darkening world)
What is important to the Lord Jesus Christ regarding our spiritual condition as His disciples? He has given us the Law of Messiah in His sermon on the mount (Mt 5 – 7); He has given us to understand what the Kingdom of God is like in this world (Mt 13); He … Continue reading
Today, as a congregation, we are celebrating the birth of the Messiah (who is called Christ). But we are also celebrating, remembering, and looking forward to the Lord’s return in great power and glory. The Lord’s Supper reminds us of the death of our Savior God, who took on human flesh and blood, of the seed of Abraham, and of all humankind.
God always does His great acts in a manner that sets Him apart from all other gods and … Continue reading
I have come to strongly accept that the birth of the Lord was during this time of year, and have given what I believe is sufficient Scriptural proof for upholding the long-held tradition. http://streamsinthenegev.com/school-of-fish/conception-and-birth-of-john-the-baptiser-and-jesus-the-messiah/
Here is an article which addresses two objections — sheep out in the winter (don’t forget that Christmas is in early winter), and also the timing of the priestly course of Abia, to which John the Baptiser’s father, Zechariah, belonged. http://nabataea.net/birthdate.html
Another objection used … Continue reading
Acts 1:1-11 (Lk 24:19-53; Mt 28:5-17; Mk 16; Jn 20:9-31; Jn 21:1-14; 1Cor 15:1-8; 1Jn 1:1-4)
Following the celebrations of the Passover and the Firstfruits – the death and the resurrection of the Messiah and Lord — believers all around the world are rejoicing in the risen Savior, having begun the 50-day (7-week) count till Shavuot/Pentecost. For many people then – 1985 years ago – and now, such … Continue reading
In Judaism there is an expectation of a greater Passover to come. There is the expectation the prophet Elijah to come herald the coming of Messiah. For us who believe that Yeshua/Jesus is the Messiah that was promised, we believe that John the Baptiser came in the spirit of Elijah to herald the Lamb of God, even Yeshua, the Son of God.
And, indeed, there is a greater Passover taking place right now that is often overlooked by most … Continue reading
Here are two excellent explanations, in my opinion, for the date of Yeshua’s birth in the early winter of what is now called the month of December, and for the origin of the word, Easter, used for Resurrection Sonday:
Who are you? Has anyone ever asked you that question? Were they genuinely interested in knowing who you are, or were they challenging you? Did you know how to answer the question? Let’s look at a scene in the Bible, and how this question and answer can help us know who we are, our identity:
Jn 8:12-30 (23-25) And [Yeshua] said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of … Continue reading
Lk 2:11 There is born to you this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord!
Our faith in God through Yeshua the Messiah/Jesus Christ is unique and different from all other religions and faiths. Every other religious faith requires keeping certain commandments and doing certain works in order to maybe earn by our own efforts what can be called “inheriting the world to come”. That is, earning the right to live, both now and … Continue reading
The God of Israel is a God who speaks. He spoke the creation into existence! He spoke to Adam, to Noah, Job, Abraham, Moses, Samuel, David – to many others. We see that He spoke to the Prophets of Israel; and Yeshua, after His ascension to the right hand of the Father, spoke to the Apostles Peter, Paul, John in the New Testament. God speaks, and it is good for those to whom He speaks when they listen to His … Continue reading
We are in the season of remembering and celebrating the God who is Light. (Jn 8:12; 1Jn 1:5) Both Hanukkah (the Feast of Dedication) and Christmas, the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, are coming one after the other in the next two weeks. It is often claimed that Yeshua never said that He was God, only the Son of God. Let us look to see if the Holy Spirit did not inspire the writers of the New Testament to write what … Continue reading
(11 June 2014 – For some comments and responses to this article, see http://www.kehila.com/articles/589-holidays-like-they-have-in-judah)
1Kg 12:32-33 “And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.
“So he offered upon the … Continue reading
In God’s prophetic and redemptive calendar given to Israel, the appointed times of the Memorial of Blowing of Trumpets, of the Day of Atonements, and of the Feast of Booths speak of the Ingathering of God’s people/harvest at the end of the age. God knows His own, and those who call upon the name of the Lord will depart from iniquity.
One thing that God will not have in His people — whether Israel or the Church — is self-righteouness. The cross slays all our … Continue reading
Last week I spoke about repentance which leads to conversion, to real change in our thinking and in our character. And that this is not only for when we first became believers in Jesus as Lord and Savior. Some of us have had sudden and dramatic experiences and can give a definite testimony of being born-again, or of being filled with a life-changing revelation from the Word of God by the Spirit … Continue reading
The Lord’s Day, mentioned by that term only in John’s vision of the revelation of Jesus Christ, is not to be confused with the Day of YHVH (Day of the LORD), mentioned numerous times throughout the Bible. The former signifies a particular day of the week; the latter to the ultimate day of judgment, either for salvation and deliverance, or else for condemnation and cutting off.
Can we determine from the Bible which day the Apostle is … Continue reading
Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He will bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.
Ex 12:1-7 And Yehovah spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be to you the beginning of months/new things. It shall be the first month of … Continue reading
(Corrected and/or Revised on 10 Sept 2014; 4 Jan 2015; Mar 2015; June 2015; Aug 2015; Mar 2016)
Tonight (March 11, 2013), there is a New Moon. Do you see it? What is it that you saw?
This New Moon also marks the beginning of the first month in God’s redemptive calendar year given to Israel, leading up to the Passover on the Full Moon in two … Continue reading
Lev 23:10-12 Speak to the children of Israel and say to them, When you have come into the land which I give to you, and shall reap the harvest of it, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. And he shall wave the sheaf before Yehovah to be received for you. On the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. And you shall offer … Continue reading
As a Jew, I didn’t want to celebrate Christmas when I became a believer, partly because it wasn’t “Jewish”, and partly because it was too paganized and commercialized. But the Lord began to show me that my reasons were not all correct. In my other words, I was throwing the baby out with the bath water. The truth of God is not pagan, and it happened right here in Israel among Jewish people, as prophesied by the prophets of YHVH long … Continue reading
I just did a quick count-down and count-up and came to this: if Jesus died in 30 AD (which is 40 years before the Temple’s destruction; mentioned in the Babylonian Talmud, Yoma 39b, and also referred to in the Jerusalem Talmud; see http://www3.telus.net/public/kstam/en/temple/details/evidence.htm ), and was 33 1/2 yrs old (having begun His 3 1/2 yr public ministry when He was about 30 years old, then He was born on the 24th of Chislev, 5 B.C., by my reckoning. … Continue reading
Hanukkah brought in a revival in Israel. This revival, like all revivals in Israel and in Church history, was temporary and partial. The victory of the Maccabees over the Hellenists among the Jewish people reestablished the worship of God without the paganism of the Greek influence, and the altar of the Temple was rededicated to YHVH, from which the name of the holiday came – Hanukkah (which means dedication).
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I read a booklet by a Jewish believer in Yeshua, Zola Levitt, soon after I was saved to know God, too. It was one of the books given me by the Messianic pastor who baptized my wife and me. The name of the booklet is The Seven Feasts of Israel, published in 1979. In that booklet, Zola gave a fascinating correlation between the embryonic and fetal development stages within a pregnant woman, and the birth of Jesus. Not only a … Continue reading
A brief background and sketch for a Messianic (Christian) understanding of the Jewish custom to welcome in the Sabbath day at the Friday evening family Sabbath dinner:
1. Gen. 2:1-3 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He ceased on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day … Continue reading
(Updated Feb 26, 2017)
—– Original Message —– From: R Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 22:00 Subject: GREAT TO SEE YOU BOTH! To: Howard
It was good to catch up with you both so soon again – another of God’s ‘God-incidences’ I think! You said something at one of our recent meetings that rang an immediate chord: that the Muslims have no father, whereas the father of the Arabs is Abraham/Ishmael. I have always understood that every Arab … Continue reading
Ex 6:6 Therefore say to the sons of Israel, I am Yehovah, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians . . . .
Rom 6:17 But thanks be to our God that you were the slaves of sin, but you have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. Then being made free from sin, you became the slaves of righteousness.
Lord’s Supper: Yeshua is the Lamb of God … Continue reading
Ps 119:89-91 Forever, O Yehovah, Your Word is settled in the heavens. Your faithfulness is to all generations; You have founded the earth, and it remains. They stand to this day according to Your ordinances; for all are Your servants.
Our faith and hope are in the living God – the Creator and the Redeemer whom we have come to know and love personally as our Father through Jesus Christ – who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
The … Continue reading
A leader is responsible to carry and direct those under his authority towards a goal. It may be to win a battle in a war; or to build a winning team; or to govern a country to preserve its freedoms and values.
An elder or overseer or pastor in a church is responsible to rule the household of God and to bring God’s … Continue reading
The sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross was the fulfillment of all the sacrifices: sin, transgression (guilt), peace, etc. His death in history fulfilled what God had already ‘done’ before time: the Lamb was slain from the foundation of the world (Rev 13:8) Therefore, all of the sacrifices given to Israel in the Torah were based upon that eternally ‘efficacious’ once-for-all … Continue reading
14 June 2011
Much ‘blood has been spilled’ over the outcry of the “all the [Israeli Jewish] people”to Pontius Pilate washing his hands wishing to be “innocent of the blood of this just man”: “His blood be on us and on our children!” (Mt 27:24-25; Acts 5:28; Dt 19:10)
In the sovereignty and wisdom of God, and by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, this Scripture is full of life and death, for “death and life are in the power of … Continue reading
Lk 12:42-43 And the Lord said, ‘Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. … Continue reading
YHVH God is the same God today as in the days of Mordecai and Esther, acting sovereignly and “behind the scenes” to watch over His people, while also performing His word.
Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Messiah, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first, and also for the Greek. –historic precedence (Mt 10:5-6; 15:24; Acts 3:26; 13:46) –not a personal obligation –primarily about the demonstration … Continue reading
Often when people are asked, ‘What is your vision?’, the answers range from: ‘to be used by God for His glory’; or, ‘to see the young people on fire for Jesus’; or, ‘to start a discipleship program for Israeli believers after the army’; or, ‘to plant x number of churches in the next five years’; or, ‘the salvation of Israel’.
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Greetings again, I am forwarding to you an item I received from another brother in Messiah. It is still not too late to appropriate the truth of it as we count the weeks and days leading up to the holy-day of Shavuot/Pentecost. As I mentioned to him, it is hard to break tradition for the Word of God. May the Holy Spirit help us … Continue reading
This is a telling of the Passover that I wrote as a fairly young believer, which tells the story with the past, present, and future of Passover in view. We use it in our family and in our congregation, drawing out abiding truth each year. You are free to use it, download it, distribute it. . .for free. It is not to be used for any monetary gain to you or to me or to any other party.
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–Sabbatical years and the Jubilee are statutes and judgments, promises and blessings given by YHVH to Israel, for when they came into the land which He gave them.
–The Promised Land was to rest every Sabbath (7th) year, … Continue reading
Is 9:6-7 (5-6 Heb) For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder. And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with justice and righteousness from this time forward, even forever. … Continue reading
Phlp 3:8-21 . . .fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; . . .follow our example, not those who are enemies of the cross
Lk 14:27 Whosoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
As believers we are called to a close and intimate walk with the Lord Jesus Christ – the LAMB OF GOD; the SACRIFICIAL LAMB – who came to show us the WAY to God the Father. … Continue reading
Philp 3: 3-11 For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in the Messiah Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so. . . . But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Messiah. Yet indeed I also reckon all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered … Continue reading
Acts 28:17-29 . . .I have done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers. . .I have nothing of which to accuse my nation. . .[but] because of the hope of Israel I am bound [as a prisoner].
Acts 23:6 concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!
Acts 24:14-15; Dan 12:2 . . .according to the Way, which they call a cult, so I worship the God of my fathers, … Continue reading
(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
Rom 8:3 For what the Law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh.
1Tim 3:16 Great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh. . . .
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(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
(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
Lk 18:17 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child, will by no means enter it.
Once again it has come to my attention of a false teaching concerning Yeshua. It is not new, but it is influencing believers in the Body of Messiah in Israel – and I … Continue reading
Rev 19:11-16 Jesus in righteousness judges and makes war
Gen 2:4 YHVH God is the Creator of the Earth and the Heavens
Ex 3:14-15 YHVH, God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob; His … Continue reading
(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
James 5:7-11 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, … Continue reading
This Sunday some of us are going to Bethlehem to worship with Arab brothers and sisters in the joy of our God. Next weekend our congregation (actually the Lord Yeshua’s congregation) will be host to over 40 teenagers from that same area. Today happens to be the shortest day of the year, when the light of day in the darkest of seasons is at its briefest in this part of the globe. A little light can dispel even more darkness; … Continue reading
(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
(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
(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
Ps 130 If You, YAH, should keep track of iniquities, who could stand, O Lord? But there is forgiveness with You, so that You may be feared.
Mk 2:5-12 Your sins are forgiven. . . . .Who can forgive sins but God alone?!
Is 33:22 YHVH is our Judge; YHVH is our Lawgiver; YHVH is our King; He will save us!
Mt 1:21 …He shall be called Yeshua, for he will save His people from their sins (iniquities).
YHVH God is … Continue reading
Mt 6:9-13 Our FATHER, who art in Heaven. . ..
Jesus begins to teach us about God our Father in the Sermon on the Mount. He speaks to us as if we are to know already or to begin to realize that we are to relate to God as our Father – not a distant Master, but a … Continue reading
1Tim 1:1-7 not to allow another doctrine (torah; teaching) but gospel truth promoting love from a sincere heart, a good conscience, and sincere faith
Shavuot is nearing, which marks the beginning of the new phase in God’s plan of redemption to bring the Gentiles into His covenant promises to Israel and the Jewish people. It was difficult for the Israeli Jewish believers of the early church to accept that God wanted to — could! – relate to the … Continue reading
Ps 69: 5-9 (6-10 Heb) O God, You know my foolishness, and my sins are not hidden from You. Let not those who hope in You, O YHVH God of Hosts, be ashamed because of me; let not those who seek You be confounded because of me, O God ofIsrael. Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; shame has covered my face. I have become a stranger to my brothers, and an alien to my mother’s children (Mk 3:21; 6:3). Because zeal … Continue reading
Zech 14:16-19 And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came againstJerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, YHVH of Hosts, and to keep the Feast of Booths. And it shall be that whichever of the families of the Earth do not come up toJerusalemto worship the King, YHVH of Hosts, on them there will be no rain. If the family ofEgyptwill not come up and enter in, they shall … Continue reading
Is 54:4-8 “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore. For your Maker is your Husband; YHVH of Hosts is His name; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole Earth! For YHVH has called you like a woman forsaken and grieved in … Continue reading
Before I became a believer I used to wonder why we as Jewish people made what we call the Jewish New Year – but what the God of Israel calls the first day of the seventh month – so important. It was one of the two times of the year that my family went to synagogue every year, along with Yom Kippur. One day it occurred to me that “Someone” is keeping us, preserving us, watching over us, … Continue reading
1Thes 1:2-10 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of God our Father, knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God. Evidenced by their change of worldview and … Continue reading
The Scroll of Esther is read in the synagogues every year for Purim. This holiday is still being observed: it still has relevance for us today, even for Gentile believers in Jesus. Haman presents us with a type of the antichrist in his spirit, and a descendant of Agag, of Amalek, of Esau, the hostile fraternal twin brother of Jacob.
Today I want to look at just … Continue reading
(Our celebratory service this Shabbat was interrupted by a mob of unruly ultra-orthodox religious Jewish people.)
There was much messianic expectation around the time of Yeshua’s birth (Dan 9:24-26). Hanukka itself is a holiday commemorating a messianic hope which gives Israel and the Jewish people freedom from their enemies in order to worship YHVH God in an acceptable way in our own land. Simeon and Anna were waiting in hope … Continue reading
Amos 9:11-12 On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, and repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old, that they may inherit the remnant of Edom and all the gentiles who are called by My Name, sys YHVH who does … Continue reading
Everyone knows that neither the word “God” nor His name YHVH appears in the scroll of Esther, which is read in the synagogues every Purim. The story of God’s faithfulness and deliverance for His people, even when they (we) do not remember Him gives all of us hope. It also reminds us that God is acting “behind the scenes”, not visibly. Tomorrow is the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ by … Continue reading
Lk 1:67-75 Now John’s father Zecharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying, ‘Blessed is YHVH God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David, as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, who have been since the world began, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us; … Continue reading
1Pet 1:3-9 we rejoice greatly in Him whom we love for saving our souls
On the Day of Atonements last Shabbat, the Jewish believers amongst us then did a very significant thing (Neh 9:2): we accepted and confessed our sin and rebellion against YHVH our God (Lev 26:40) and against His Son, the Messiah Jesus (Mt 27:25).
As priests of God in Christ – and as sons of our fathers, whether in the time of Moses or whether in the … Continue reading
Day of Atonements and Understanding the Centrality of Our Faith
For us who believe in Jesus and the New Covenant, understanding the Messianic roots through the Old Testament given to Israel helps us to see some of the details that are supplied to grasp more fully the fulfillment which is in Jesus and His sacrificial atoning death on the cross and subsequent resurrection.
Simply stated, the King of Glory (Ps 24) – the Lion of the Tribe of Judah … Continue reading
Lev 23:24; Num 29:1 YHVH spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, on the one of the month, you shall have a sabbath rest, a Memorial of Blowing of Trumpets, a holy convocation.
Mt 24:29-31,36 Immediately after the tribulation (see v.21) of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. … Continue reading
Is 53:7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, but He opened not His mouth; as a lamb to the slaughter He was led, and as a ewe before her shearers is silent, and He opened not His mouth.
1Cor 11:26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
Jesus identifies with us as human beings. God was manifested in the flesh. He identifies with us in our sinful … Continue reading
1Cor 15:12-20, 31-37, 42-44
Two weeks ago Horque (Rodriguez) spoke to us about the law of sowing and reaping. We will reap what we sow (Gal 6:7). This is true whether we sow good seed or bad seed. Jesus sows the good seed; the devil sows the bad (Mt 13:37-39). There is going to both a good harvest of good fruit and a bad one of bad fruit. When things in … Continue reading
Jn 17: 11-26
The Scroll of Ruth is read in the synagogues this holiday. It is a story of love and mercy: of someone “outside” – even poor and a stranger (זר) – who was brought “inside”. She was chosen, but she also chose: to belong to the treasured people of YHVH God, and to place all her future and hopes in their God. About 1970 years ago, more than 3000 persons who were separated from God because of their … Continue reading
(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
John 1:1-5,10-14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. . . He was in the world, and the world was made through … Continue reading
Jude 3 – contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints
This year we have experienced here in Israel an assault on essential truths of the faith which we have received through the Scriptures. Our Father in Heaven is seeking those who will worship Him in spirit and truth, and the enemy is seeking to deceive believers – the elect – if it were possible.
The Feast of Dedication (Hanukah) reminds us of the battle within Israel amongst … Continue reading
Lev 23:37-43 v.41 – temporary: statute forever in your generations, but God with His people continuing everlasting
Last week we spoke about the fire offering to God, which speaks of the zeal for the purity of our lives which the LORD requires of His people. Jesus baptizes us with fire to purify us and to make us suitable as His holy and pure bride. This has been God’s heart – His thought and intention – from the … Continue reading
Lev. 10:3 By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy, and before all the people I must be honored.
Eph 2:11-12 As we continue to let the Tabernacle in the Desert instruct us of God’s pattern for us to approach Him in prayer, the passage from Ephesians notes “the middle wall of separation”, which separated Israel from the other nations. God in His wisdom separated the people He had chosen and called to Himself from … Continue reading
John 3:13 (5-21) The Son of Man has descended from — and ascended to — Heaven
There are well-meaning dear brothers and sisters in Messiah who do not celebrate the birth of the Savior at this time of year. They have their reasons for this, just as I once did. The danger, however, is that we will harden our hearts from being able to rejoice at all in the birth of Yeshua – from singing the great songs of Heaven over His … Continue reading
The Scroll of Esther is read in the synagogues every year for Purim. If you do not know the story of the history, read it at home. The Purim celebrations by Jews around the world today are far from the manner prescribed by Mordecai and Esther almost 2500 years ago. What is remarkable, though, is that his holiday is still being observed: it still has relevance for us today, even as believers in Jesus. Purim is not one of the … Continue reading
As members of the Body of Messiah — in the world today and of those who have believed during the last two thousand years — there is something special at this season of the birth of the Savior, Yeshua the Son of David. It is similar to that specialness when Jewish people — around the world today and since the time of the Exodus from Egypt about 3450 years ago — celebrate the Passover. It does not require … Continue reading
Creation of Universe and of Man (all the way to the Redeemed and New Creation) –Shabbat (Ex. 20: 8-11; Deut. 5:12-15)
2. First sin of Man: necessitating self-examination and self-judgment – confession, repentance, and prayer
3. Substitutionary sacrifice of Ram as a sheep led to slaughter for Isaac (Yeshua for us) (Gen. 22)
4. The Passover and Shavuot, that we were delivered from being slaves to being made free to serve and worship the LORD in righteousness and holiness (Deut. … Continue reading
Mt. 8:1-4 . . .behold, there came a leper and he worshipped Him [Yeshua], saying, ‘Lord, if you are willing, You can make me clean’. And He [Yeshua] stretched forth His hand, and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing; be cleansed! And immediately his leprosy was cleansed (healed).
Is. 53:4 Surely He [the Arm of the LORD] has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
Rosh Hashana, or the Memorial … Continue reading
(Israel Conference at Langensteinbacherhohe, Karlsruhe, Germany: “Radicalism and The Testimony of Christ in Israel”, 22-28 Oct 1999)
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
Lev. 23:24-25 – a Shabbat, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation, an offering made by fire Is. 62:6-12 – remind YHVH of His salvation for Israel and for Jerusalem
The devil is busy sowing his bad seed amongst the good seed of the Kingdom of Heaven (Mt. 13:24-30). The Lord Yeshua tell us that this bad seed–and its fruit–will remain until the end of the age. The Day of the LORD (YHVH)–the day of vengeance of our God (Amos … Continue reading
Matt. 23:16-21 The altar is greater than the gift
Matt. 5: 21-24 First be reconciled to your brother, and then offer your gift upon the altar
The calendar tells us that it is a new year, a year which reminds us and the world that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh into the world which He made. We can look back and consider how our God has watched over us and has kept us. We can look ahead and … Continue reading
Jude 3 – contend earnestly for the faith which was once-for-all delivered to the saints [Lk 22:19-20]; 1Cor 11:23-26 – remember Yeshua and His death until He comes again
The heart and foundation of the gospel and of the New Testament and of our faith as Christians is Yeshua the Messiah and Him crucified, risen from the dead, ascended to glory, and coming again. Our sins are forgiven through faith in the once-for-all sacrificial and atoning death of the Lord … Continue reading
(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
Lev. 16:5-10, 15-22; Is 53:10– living scapegoat bearing all the iniquities, transgressions, sins of Israel; Israel being atoned for on the basis of the accepted blood sacrifice of the first goat to the LORD; two goats. . .one sin offering: atonement (reconciliation) and the effectual removal of guilt and uncleanness
To consider and to study from the Word of God about the Day of Atonements in general, and its sin offering and whole burnt … Continue reading