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Looking For The Blessed Hope

(Presented at PFI-UK conference on June 10, 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

Israel: A Man, A People, and A Land

Gen 32:24-28 (25-29 Heb) And Jacob was left alone. And a Man wrestled there with him until the breaking of the day. (25)  And when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the hollow of his thigh. And the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint as he wrestled with Him. (26)  And He said, Let Me go, for the day breaks. And he said, I will not let You go except You bless me. … Continue reading

YEHOVAH, The Triune God and Father

Gen 1:1-2  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.   And the earth was without form and empty. And darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters.

Gen 2:4  These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created in the day that Yehovah God made the earth and the heavens.

Dt 6:4-5  Hear, O, Israel. Yehovah our God,  Yehovah is … Continue reading

Yeshua the Messiah, the Son of God, is YEHOVAH – 12 Dec 2014

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

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

THE TRINITY

(In response to a couple of persons recently asking me to comment on my understanding of the Trinity, here is a fairly concise answer for those who already know that it is probably true, but are not intellectually confident as to how and why.)

As for the Trinity, I think your statement holds a clue to its truth:  “Adonai can not be limited by the human limits of understanding.”  Since the concept of God as a 3-in-1 is so outside … 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

PRAISE TO HIM WHO SITS UPON THE THRONE, AND TO THE LAMB!

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

THE NEW MOON: COVERED, OR REVEALED?

(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

IN DEFENSE OF CHRISTMAS – 25 Dec 2012

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

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

A GREAT AND CATASTROPHIC DAY

Tonight in Israel marks the beginning of Memorial Day, when the nation remembers those Jewish people who have fallen in battles or in terror attacks, going back to 1860.  Back then in the 19th century, Jewish people began to have their hearts and sights on the return to Zion, to the land from which they were exiled as a consequence of the rejection and crucifixion of the Messiah, but which God had also promised a return.  A return to the … Continue reading

MYSTERY OF THE SEVEN STARS AND LAMPSTANDS

Rev 1:12-20   Then I (John) turned to see the voice that spoke with me.  And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven golden lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden sash.  His head and hair were white like wool, as white … Continue reading

PARABLE OF THE NET (AND OF THE INSTRUCTED SCRIBE)

Mt 13:47-52  “ Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away.  So it will be at the end of the age.  The angels will come forth, separate … Continue reading

PARABLES OF THE HIDDEN TREASURE AND OF THE PEARL

Mt 13:44-45   Yeshua’s explanation of the field, the good seed, the tares, the enemy, the harvest, the reapers“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and … Continue reading

PARABLES OF A MUSTARD SEED AND OF LEAVEN

Mt 13:31-35; Mk 4:31; Lk 13:19; Mk 8:15; Lk 13:21 . . . The kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air … Continue reading

PARABLE OF THE WHEAT AND TARES

Mt 13:24-30, 13:36-43   Jesus spoke this parable to the multitudes; He explained it to His disciples:  

–The devil is at work within the world and the Church, with the full knowledge and under the sovereignty of the Lord Jesus Christ. … Continue reading

PARABLE OF THE SOWER AND THE SEED

Last week we spoke about the mystery of lawlessness that has been already at work from the Garden of Eden.  We mentioned, too, that the devil is out to try to deceive the elect, if possible – not that he can take away our salvation (it is not in his authority to do so), but to at least have us disgrace ourselves and dishonor the Lord Jesus Christ in some way.  The … Continue reading

MYSTERY OF LAWLESSNESS/INIQUITY

2Thes 2:7-8   For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until it is taken out of the way.  And then the lawless one will be revealed . . . .

Satan is currently free to roam around seeking whom he may devour.  (1Pt … Continue reading

PARABLES, AND THE MYSTERIES OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

As we look at the “mysteries of the faith, of the Kingdom of God”, we come to the well-known passages in Mt 13 (Mk 4; Lk 8).  Jesus uses a series of parables to describe what the Kingdom of Heaven is like.  

What is a parable?  A parable (mashal in Heb.) … Continue reading

A GREAT MYSTERY: MESSIAH AND THE CHURCH

Eph 5:30-32; Gen 2:20b-24   This is a great mystery (raz) (see also 1Tim 3:16), but I speak concerning Christ and the Church:  for we are members of His body – of His flesh and of His bones       –vital union       –If we grasp the high … Continue reading

RICHES OF THE GLORY OF THIS MYSTERY: MESSIAH IN YOU!

Col 1:24-28   . . .for the sake of His body, which is the Church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the Word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.  To them God willed to make … Continue reading

BECAUSE OF THE HOPE OF ISRAEL

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

GREAT IS THE MYSTERY OF GODLINESS

MANIFESTED IN THE FLESH

1Tim 3:15-16  Great is the mystery of godliness:  being like God; His express image and likeness; knowingly and willingly choosing good over evil

1Jn 4:7-11  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  He … 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

THE MYSTERY OF THE GOSPEL

We have begun to look at the mysteries of the faith which we have received and believed:  that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.

We first looked at what we can not know at this time: –the day and hour of the return of the Lord … Continue reading

THE SECRET OF YHVH IS WITH THOSE WHO FEAR HIM

We have been looking at the mysteries, the secrets, of God and of His Kingdom.  We began with those things which can not be known; we then looked at the mystery of Israel; and the mystery of God’s will that He will gather in the fullness of times all things in Messiah.  Now we want to consider the secret of YHVH, and the secret of knowing and enjoying His secret!

Psa 25:14… Continue reading

THE MYSTERY OF ISRAEL

Rom 11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.

Is 25:7  And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.  

Rev 7  … Continue reading

SECRET THINGS WHICH BELONG TO GOD

In 1 Timothy, one of the qualifications for even a deacon is to hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.  That mystery is surely the knowledge of Jesus as the Messiah and the Son of God – and the revelation of the triune God – the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit:  YHVH our God is one.

In Deuteronomy 29:29 … Continue reading

MANASSEH

Manasseh was the son of King Hezekiah.  It is written that Hezekiah did what was right in the eyes of YHVH.  You may remember that Hezekiah got sick, and God sent Isaiah the Prophet to him to tell him to get his house in order, for he was going to die.  Hezekiah prayed and cried unto God.  The LORD heard him, and sent Isaiah back to Hezekiah to tell him that his … Continue reading

OF GOD. . .OR OF MAN

Pr 21:30   There is no wisdom or understanding or counsel against YHVH

Ps 51:4 (6 Heb)   Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight. . .that YOU may be found just when You speak, blameless when You judge.

Mk … 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

ADAM: HIS FALL AND RISING

I’ve heard some Christian preachers say they are going to show their sore displeasure to Adam when they see him because he did not obey God in the Garden of Eden and so brought suffering and death into the world for all the rest of mankind. (Rom 5:12-19; 1Cor 15:22)  This attitude does not at all understand that whoever Adam would have been, he would have done the same thing:  … Continue reading

THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID

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

THE FIRST PARABLE: KEY TO ALL THE PARABLES – 27 Aug 2005

Last week we spoke about vision and seeing the Kingdom of God and His call and purpose for this congregation, Nachalat Yeshua.  It was brought out that, according to Messiah Himself, knowing and understanding the first of His parables is crucial to understanding all the rest of His parables.  It is the privilege of His disciples to know them, whereas the multitude does not.  The parables of Jesus help us understand the … Continue reading

The Holocaust and Knowing God

Is 5:11-16, 21-24  Israel does not regard the activity of YHVH or the works of His hands.  God’s people in captivity [physical and spiritual] because of  lack of knowledge.  … 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

THE MYSTERY OF MESSIAH

Eph 3:4-11

v. 4   Paul received a revelation from God which gave him insight and understanding of the mystery of Messiah beyond what others received. (Even Peter and the other apostles acknowledged Paul’s special wisdom).

v. 5   This mystery now revealed to him was something new and different than what had ever been revealed before.  It had been a secret with God alone until then, which no one … Continue reading

The Holocaust and the Salvation of Israel: “Be Reconciled to YHVH GOD”

Lev. 26: 40-45   Israel and Jewish people confessing personal and historic collective guilt for breaking YHVH’s covenants

There is a biblical principle whereby God holds the heads of a people accountable for the blessing or punishment of the people.  … Continue reading