Reflecting Pool

This page provides opportunities for other believers to express their views.  As lights in the world, we are to reflect back onto the true Source of the true Light that is now within us:  Yeshua the Messiah/Jesus Christ.

You may either reply/comment to any of the reflections (it does not matter what date they were first posted), or else offer a reflection of your own.  (Vulgar language or racist comments will not be approved.)  Reflections posted will be those of their authors, not necessarily of the site administrator, who may or may not reply to all points approved for posting.

I will not always be able to respond or post immediately.  Your understanding will be appreciated, and I pray that this Reflecting Pool will be helpful to walking in truth, for edification, exhortation, comfort — and for honor to the name of Yeshua/Jesus, Lord and Messiah/Christ.

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    Do you know, by the way, that the ‘miracle’ of the one cruze of oil that lasted for 8 days is just a tradition that was made up? (like some traditions in other Jewish and Christian holidays, that detract from the main thing). The reason for the eight-day celebration was because the Maccabees said that the Jewish people had all missed Succot (Feast of Booths/Tabernacles) that year a couple of months earlier — which is an 8-day celebration — because of the war against the Hellenists and Hellenizers, and the people were in a desperate state at the time. The victory brought joy of re-dedicating (thus, Hanukkah) the altar to the true God, and they made a proclamation that this victory should be celebrated yearly by the people for 8 days. You can read this from the original historical primary source in the Apocrapha in 2Maccabees 10:5-8.

    When I first read it some years ago, I was at first shocked, but then realized that Judaism has its own myths that we have taken at face-value. What we as believers in Yeshua/Jesus need to do is not to “throw the baby out with the bath-water”, but to discard those things which do not honor our God and Savior, and to keep that which is holy in the holidays which either YHVH has specifically given, or those which His people have established to remember His great acts in history on our behalf for His great Name.


    In the church – the Body of Christ/Messiah – the same things that happened within Israel also threaten us: false teachers, false prophets come in to try to deceive us, and even by those who supposedly had been “saved”. The primary heresies, which seem to me that these teach, are:
    –that YHVH is not the one true God;
    –that Jesus/Yeshua is not God who came to us in the flesh, nor is He physically coming again to judge all unrighteousness and to rule and reign;
    –that YHVH God will not fulfill all of His covenantal promises;
    –that Jesus is not the only way to God the Father;
    –teaching immorality regarding sex, and the unrighteous pursuit and use of money;
    –that one has to become “Jewish” and live a Jewish lifestyle in order to be saved or to be righteous (or, the opposite: to ban any Jewish identity and practice);
    –that the Bible is not the authoritative Word of God to all people. (2Pt 2:1; 3:3-7)

  3. ISRAEL CONFLICTED – 11 Aug 2018

    The state of things here for the last years reminds me of the days when Joshua Ben-Nun led the Israelis after 40 years of desert wanderings to conquer the Promised Land of Canaan, which YHVH had/has covenantally promised to give them as an everlasting possession, which still awaits fulfillment when Israel finally repents as a people and nation and calls upon Yeshua to save them. The conquest then took several years, and the Israelis did not finish the job, leaving Canaanites in the land, which God said would become a snare for them thereafter. Personally, humanly speaking, I think that the Israelis simply got tired of so much fighting and killing and being killed or maimed, and just wanted to make do with a status quo that seemingly gave them the advantage. Today, with perpetual threats of warfare throughout her 70 years of nationhood, I think that for many of the Jewish people — not to mention on the part of ordinary people among the Arab population — they are worn out from all the fighting and killing, and, having lost their faith and way in the purpose of the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, want a peace — a worldly peace, mind you — that will hopefully (wishfully thinking) put an end to the everlasting conflict. It is really uncanny how a carnal and spiritual enemy gains the upper hand. Look at how the LGBTQI agenda has flooded society and the political and even religious discourse.

    NO WORLDLY PEACE AGREEMENT CAN ACCOMPLISH WHAT THE ONE TRUE GOD HAS PLANNED AND PURPOSED FOR HIS GLORY AND THE SANCTIFICATION OF HIS HOLY NAME. It might be like a band-aid or an aspirin — which we all appreciate for their temporary relief — but it can not, nor will not, cure the disease or prevent another and worse affliction. When you pray for the peace of Jerusalem, the peace that David wrote of by the Spirit of God is the peace that is from God, not from man. The coming again of the Lord Jesus Christ will bring THAT peace, based on GOD’s righteousness. There are covenantal issues involved here, and not merely political, economic, military, social considerations as in other war-torn regions among various people groups. To ignore this, or to reject it, is to miss the whole plot. As those who profess to believe in the God of Heaven and Earth, and also in what He says, we are called and expected to have a prophetic voice in this matter, which is the testimony of Yeshua/Jesus/Yasua, calling all people everywhere to repentance, and proclaiming the gospel of salvation and the Kingdom of God. Otherwise, we simply take on a humanistic approach and join ourselves with others who do not know or love the Lord.

    Even the enactment of a new Nation-State Law, declaring that Israel is the Jewish nation of the Jewish people, is causing an uproar, not only among the non-Jews who are citizens and residents here, but also among Israeli Jews and Jews who live outside. This law is simply reiterating what has been accepted ever since the Balfour Declaration more than 100 years ago acknowledged, and every other legal ruling passed by the “international community”: the Jewish people were allowed to return to their ancestral land and reestablish their nation, while recognizing the civil rights and liberties of other people groups. There is democracy, but the Prime Minister will be a Jew. This is no different than when Israel was a kingdom, and there were other tribes of Israel, as well as other Gentiles living in the land. Yet, the King needed to be from the Tribe of Judah. The U.S. Constitution stipulates that the U.S. President must have been born in the United States. The Bible also distinguishes between those “strangers” living among the Israelis: there were those who wanted to be part of the nation as good citizens and part of helping the nation succeed; and there were those who were simply “foreigners”, who acted as a threat to the welfare of the nation — whether religiously, or politically. The Law gave those who were “friends” greater privileges and rights than to those who isolated themselves and remained a thorn in the side.

    This controversy over Israel’s new law, and seeking to determine her identity, just shows how EVERYTHING here is conflicted. Until the salvation of “all Israel” there will be no resolution to all of the conflicts — both external and internal. I have written before, the more “Jewish” that Israel becomes, the more difficult it will be for those who believe in Jesus/Yeshua. They may even pass laws prohibiting evangelism, or to restrict our right to teach that Yeshua is the only way to be saved. We see this from the very beginning when the rulers of the Jewish people told the Apostles to stop teaching in His name, and that people were afraid to say that they believed in Yeshua for fear of being put out of the synagogue (excommunicated from the Jewish community). There is nothing new under the sun! We pray and need the power of the Holy Spirit to enable us to overcome these hindrances, not to necessarily work to get an unbelieving nation to overthrow their own religious sensibilities. More Gentiles are being saved as long as Israel remains an enemy of the gospel. This is the sovereign wisdom of God!

    The God of Israel told the Jewish people that they were to be good citizens in other countries, seeking the peace of wherever He scattered them. This is also what He tells believers in Jesus wherever we live: that we are to pray for those in authority, seeking a quiet and peaceable life, and also the repentance and salvation of those leaders and peoples. The god of Islam, though, for example, has another agenda wherever Muslims are, and he calls upon them to forcefully (whether through terror or through the political process) take over a society and impose Sharia law upon all: the means may change, but the objective remains the same.) It is a spiritual battle between our God, who is good, and against the Devil, who is bad. Simplistic, and simple. People are mostly ignorant of the core issue, because we have been deceived into thinking that maybe it isn’t so cut and dry, or that our God isn’t the only one who has the right to determine and carry out His will. We have been saved by His grace and mercy! And He loves all, and gave His Son to die for all, wanting that they be saved and not condemned eternally.

  4. WHO CAN PROPHESY? – 2 June 2018

    “Surely the Lord YHVH does nothing unless He reveals His secret to His servants, the prophets. A lion has roared! Who will not fear! The Lord YHVH has spoken! Who can but prophesy?” (Amos 3:7-8)

    Yeshua is the Anointed One (Ps 2:2): He is the Prophet, High Priest, and King. We who are born-again by the Holy Spirit are in Messiah, in Christ, in the Anointed One, and have an anointing from the Holy God. (1Jn 2:20-29)

    God reveals what He is doing to His servants, the prophets. Yet, He also says through Amos that He has spoken, and that all can prophesy! In other words, if we believe what God says, and understand it in our times, then we can all be ‘prophetic’, with the anointing that we have each received. The spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Yeshua/Jesus. We do not need to be caught unprepared for the things prophesied to come, as Israel was because of not believing what YHVH spoke to them.

    Let us all be on guard against deception by abiding in the truth of what the Lord has said, and that is written for us in the whole of Scripture.

  5. Acts 3:19-21 – WHAT DOES IT MEAN? – 6 May 2018

    19 “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before whom Heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.”

    There are those who believe and teach and live as if the Apostle Peter preached that until we restore all things, the Lord Yeshua will not return; or else, that He will return after He has restored all things. Does anyone know what ALL things refer to, and are you sure you haven’t left out anything?

    Others believe and teach and live as the Apostle Peter preached that when the time comes for the restoration of all things, then Yeshua will return to do that as He establishes God’s Kingdom back to Israel and over all of the nations. Satan is the current prince of this world, and will remain so until Jesus returns to imprison him.

    Last year I was asked to speak at a conference based on v.21. I brought a dissenting view.

    How one understands and interprets these verses, in which Peter meanwhile calls Jewish people and others to repentance in anticipation of Yeshua being sent back, will inform our worldview and the expectations we have leading up to that day.

    What does it mean to you?


    It is often said that Israel is called as a light to the Gentiles (Is 49:6), but that verse is actually referring to the Messiah, given to and through Israel to be God’s anointed and appointed Savior to all people.

    YHVH has called Israel to be a light to the nations for His name as an example of how good it is to have YHVH as her God; and that call remains to be fulfilled by the nation. (Dt 4:5-8) Meantime, that light does shine through Yeshua, and His Apostles who gave us the New Testament Scriptures, and through us today who believe in Him. So please take time to stand in the gap for God’s chosen people and nation that they WILL be saved, according to covenant promise, and that more Israelis will repent and believe the gospel “today”, assisted by seeing the Light in us.

  7. BLOODIED – 29 Apr 2018

    So many of us easily speak of “Jesus died for me”; or, “Jesus Christ died on the cross at Calvary”. But the powerful truth of the matter is that Jesus was “slaughtered” for us. This is what the Scriptures in their Hebrew and Greek originals say with respect to the sacrificial goat on Yom haKippurim (Day of Atonements), and to the Lamb ‘slain’ (read, slaughtered) before the foundation of the world. (Lev 16:15-16; Rev 13:8)

  8. GOD IS GOOD TO ISRAEL – 22 Apr 2018

    God is faithful; He cannot deny Himself. This gives us great confidence as to the steadfastness of our covenant-keeping God, and His intentions to fulfill all His glorious purposes which He has set for Himself and for those who love Jesus.

    Israel is given as an example to the Church: the God of Israel is the God of the Church. Yeshua, the King of Israel, is Jesus, the Head of the Body of Christ in all things. There is no difference as to who He is; there are distinctions between who Israel and the Church are, even though there is also a connection.

    A holy God and Father teaches us through suffering how to be obedient to Him, and to trust in His goodness through the hardship. This was true for Yeshua, although a Son; it must be true for each of us, too. It is true for Israel, YHVH’s chosen people and nation; it is necessarily true, also, for the Body of Messiah/the Church. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever!

    Since we have just come through the build-up and final celebrations surrounding the 70th birthday of the State of Israel, many people have written much about it. There is certainly much to write about this incredible country, full of flawed people chosen by God to bring glory to His name. He is working on that 24/7! The Holy Spirit is doing the same thing for us, imperfect living stones being built up together for a holy habitation of God, being perfected by the cleansing power of the blood of Yeshua and the Word of God.

    Israel and the Church are indestructible: God has promised both an eternal remembrance and destiny. All Israel will be saved; the Bride of Christ will live forever. These are “givens”. Please pray for Jews and non-Jews to repent and believe the gospel ‘today’ and be saved from the wrath to come, that they might be saved ‘now’ and know the Father, and Jesus Christ whom He sent.

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