In recent days and weeks, certain sects within the ultra-orthodox Jewish religious community, especially in Jerusalem and in Beit Shemesh, have openly displayed their utter contempt towards women. This manifests a similar spirit seen in Islam, and is also the attitude of the antichrist. (Dan 11:37; 2Tim 3:3) This contemptible behavior is in accord with the prayer in the Talmud (the sacred oral law and tradition of rabbinic Judaism), in which the men thank God for not making them women!
The Law … Continue reading
The fires in the Carmel forests in western Galilee near the Haifa area have finally been brought under control, but at great human and natural loss. Israel received help from a number of countries to help fight the fire, especially from the air. Help even came from Turkey, whose relationships with Israel have taken a turn for the worse in the last year. Government officials are under fire, and if nothing else, God has shown that no matter how much … Continue reading
Pope Benedict XVI convened a special Vatican Synod in Rome, composed of about 200 bishops mostly from Muslim countries. These official representatives of the Roman Catholic Church have reiterated in its strongest terms its historic ‘replacement theology’ and distortion of Scripture, reverting to official Catholic positions prior to adjustments stated in Nostra Aetate, an interfaith document drafted in October 1965 during the Second Vatican Council. In this latest synod to decide on important issues, the Vatican issued a declaration: “Recourse to theological and biblical … Continue reading
This news is not new! It is also good news for those who love His appearing! It is the same “old” news! It remains current news!
There is a wave of deception entering from without and working within the “Church” connected with the return of the Lord Jesus Christ from Heaven to judge the nations and to establish His righteous reign over Israel and the rest of the world. Many professing believers/Christians — and some are truly so — are … 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
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 – the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the … 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
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
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. 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
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
In His sermon on the mount (and on the plain), Jesus begins by teaching His disciples firstly–and any others who would take heed–the way of blessedness, the way of Godliness, the way of the Lamb of God. He does not say, “go do, or go act in such-and-such a manner in order to be blessed.” But rather, our Lord teaches by word and example that if we are such-and-such we are blessed. The beatitudes … Continue reading
Mt. 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Meekness is a fruit of the Spirit of God in the believer, which follows as we have humbled ourselves to admit we are helpless in our own selves, and are sorrowful over our own sinfulness in the light of God’s holiness. Rather than driving us into the desert or a monastery to supposedly escape the sin and evil in the … Continue reading
Blessedness is the spiritual state of the person who fears the God and does His will, and who puts his trust in Jesus. It is the well-being and joy of those who share in the salvation of God and so are citizens of His Kingdom. The source of blessedness is in Messiah from God.
The spiritual desire for these attributes of blessedness which Jesus gives is … Continue reading
Mt. 5:1-12; Lk 6:20-26 Blessed . . . Gen. 17:1 I am El-Shaddai; walk before Me and be blameless
What are we pursuing in life?: a comfortable life without problems?; or enough money to take care of any problems which we may have?; maybe a quiet life, or perhaps we want to succeed and be the best builder or the … 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
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
Lev. 16:5-10, 15-22 – 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 offering in particular, is to enter into … Continue reading