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
Before I was saved, I was like most Jewish people: I did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah, or that He was God’s Son in any special way, or that He died on the cross for my sins; maybe He did for the Gentiles! I also did not believe in Him as the Messiah which Jewish people speak of and hope for: we say that if the Messiah comes, everyone will know, and … Continue reading
As the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration approaches next November, the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is gearing up for the effort to undo it. According to this latest effort, the British government — which issued the Declaration on November 2, 1917, expressing their intent that the Jewish people should reestablish their historic homeland in Palestine, without harming the rights of those already living there — is guilty of setting in motion the catastrophe that the predominantly Islamic Arabs claim … Continue reading
(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
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
Act 17:24-27 The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of Heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands, (25) nor is served with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives life and breath and all things to all. (26) And He has made all nations of men of one blood to dwell on all the face of the earth, ordaining fore-appointed seasons and boundaries … Continue reading
The recent terrorist attack in a synagogue in West Jerusalem by Arab Muslims from East Jerusalem, in which rifles, knives, and meat cleavers were among the weapons used against Jewish men praying their morning prayers, has brought closer to home the reality that we are entering a religious war, and not only a nationalistic, political war here in Israel. Among the dead and wounded Jews, a Druze policeman was also mortally wounded and killed as he responded … 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
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
(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
I went to a website of someone who had written a book I found very interesting, and was shocked to see that he had left the faith, and was even defending his fall as ‘being set free’. Not only does he forsake the God of the Bible – whom before he had praised – but also denies that there is any God at all! … Continue reading
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
There has been much official editorial and public reaction to the burning of a mosque in the town of Yasuflast month. Both the Prime Minister and the President of the State of Israel rightly spoke out strongly denouncing such an act against those of another religion within Israelby Jewish zealots. (Praise the Lord…let us remember that He even seeks out the fear of God amongst religious nationalists. Simon the Zealot (kena’ee, not kana’ani/Canaanite) was one of Yeshua’s apostles!)
Yet, when … 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
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
I write this unexpected Part Two of our living today in Bible times. I do so at some risk of what reactions you have, spoken or otherwise, but I hope that for the most part it is for building up of our faith in our God and Redeemer, and to prepare us for even worse to come before the far better ‘end of the Lord, who is very compassionate and merciful.’ (James 5:9-11)
“For though we walk in the flesh, … Continue reading
My words may pass away, but the Word of the LORD will never pass away! Many of us have a tendency to add to or take away from the Word of God, rather than considering the whole counsel of God in the tension and reality of life it speaks to us. We don’t necessarily intend to do that, and only those without godly fear would willfully do so with eyes opened.
When you hear people say – or perhaps when … Continue reading
(Also printed as article in www.comeandsee.com 8 July 2011 under Opinions)
One of the names of the God of Heaven and Earth is YHVH of Hosts (Armies). When the apostle John wrote (Jn 12:37-41) to us what Isaiah saw (Is 6), he reveals to us the Messiah – Yeshua/Yasu/Jesus – is YHVH of Hosts! Our God has not changed, and continues to wage war, both in the heavenlies and on the Earth, at least until the Lord Jesus Christ … 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
Have you ever listened to Israelis speaking in Hebrew and noticed that some of them us the word “k’ilu”? It’s become a word that is used so much as just a ‘filler’ that it is difficult to know when the speaker really means “as if” or not.
As I … Continue reading
1 Cor 9:24-27 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I … Continue reading
(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
We previously looked at striving together in prayer for the sake of the gospel; zeal for the sake of God’s covenant; regathering and salvation of Israel for the sake of YHVH’s holy name.
Mt 5:11-12 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds … 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
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
Recently I was walking down the street and singing the chorus to the song, “Peace Like A River” – ‘it is well with my soul’ – and the Lord by His Spirit had me rejoicing in my spirit and giving thanks to God that it is true: it is well with my soul! And yet, I considered how annoyed and impatient I can be; how I am not considered by others for … Continue reading
(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