The Prime Minister-designate, Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu, is facing difficulties forming a new government coalition, partly over the issue of “sharing the burden”. Sharing the burden here primarily refers to more equality in sharing the economic and military burdens of the country. The political agenda of Yair Lapid and Yesh Atid (There is a Future), the party receiving the second largest number of votes in the recent elections last month, included in its platform making military service compulsory for most of … Continue reading
Tisha b’Av/9th of Av
The Temple is a: House of God– a dwelling place for the Father and his family Throne room – King of Righteousness Seat of judgment — Judge of Righteousness Holy Place – glory and worship of God
Dt 12:11-14 the place where YHVH God chooses to make His Name abide. There you shall bring all [of your offerings]. Josh 18:1; Ex 25:40 the Tabernacle – made according to the Heavenly pattern – set up in Shiloh (for almost … 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
”Go Unto All Nations” Magazine
Hong Kong Asso. of Christian Missions
For the first time since the dispersion of the children of Israel almost 2000 years ago, more Jewish people in the world today live in the State of Israel than in any other country. More than 40% of Jewish people live here. Close to 68% of the more than 5.4 million Jews who live in the country are native born (sabras). The modern state is … 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
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. 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
Acts 1:4-5 (Jn 1:33; John 14:16,26) – Yeshua commanded the disciples to wait for the Promise of the Father, which you have heard from Me, for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
God the Father and the Son are both instrumental in the giving of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, to the believers in Jesus. The giving of the Spirit is after the recognition of the bodily resurrection of the … 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
Excerpt from a letter from me to a believer in Holland on 11 Jan 1993:
. . .Bless you, Brother, for taking the courage and being sincerely honest in asking why we circumcised our sons. I have enclosed the content of words I spoke to both unbelievers and to believers who attended the circumcisions in our home. I have also enclosed the word I … 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