Beer Sheva Wells Become a Lake

Very surprising news about the desert city of Beer Sheva: a new lake, 2nd largest in Israel (after the Kinneret/Sea of Galilee) and the largest artificial lake in Israel, was inaugurated a few days ago during the holiday period of Sukkot/Feast of Tabernacles.  The ancient wells which our fathers Abraham and Isaac dug and re-dug to give water to drink in Beer Sheva — even down to WW1 — have been transformed into recreational lakes and pools.  Israel is a world leader in reclaiming waste water for agriculture and commercial uses. The lake is a major part of the development of the Beer Sheva River Park. 
 
 

Yom Kippur and Communion

Lev 16:15-22

Heb 10:8-31

1Pt 1:13 – 2:1-10

Zech 12:10-14

1Jn 1:8-10

We are celebrating communion today as a congregation, remembering the Lord’s death until He comes [again]. Yeshua’s death on the cross on Passover in 30 AD was more than the Passover of the many lambs in Egypt around 1446 BC. The Passover was an [unleavened] sacrifice to deliver God’s covenanted chosen people by His sovereign authority and wisdom, long before they were ever born. All they needed to do was to believe what He told them to do, and to obey Him: each family must slay a male lamb of the first year that was without blemish, and sprinkle its blood on the sides and top of the doors at the threshold into their homes. This would protect them from the death of the first-born son in each family, which God was going to do to the Egyptians as the final judgment against Pharaoh and his nation in order for Pharaoh to let Israel go. Continue reading “Yom Kippur and Communion”

First the Natural, Then the Spiritual

All who are born generally have a birthday celebration:  mostly by parents and their friends and relatives around the birth; later by the person him/herself with his friends and relatives each year on the date.

One who has become born-again from Above as a believer in Yeshua/Jesus celebrates his/her new birth as a child of God, and remembers this yearly, even daily. 

Israel/the Jewish people celebrates her birth as a nation at the Passover each year, when YHVH God redeemed and delivered them as a people from Egypt and hard bondage.

The Fall “Feasts of the LORD” — beginning with the Memorial of [Trumpet] Blasts, through the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Booths/Tabernacles — look ahead to the new birth of the nation as the Israel of God, when their sins are forgiven under the New Covenant. 

Double birthdays; double New Years.  Save your people, O LORD, God of Israel!  May many more Jewish people come to know Yeshua/Jesus as their Savior and Lord during this coming year.  It is better to know Him “today” and be found in Christ/Messiah, than to wait uncertainly if any might be shown mercy and included in His salvation of “all Israel” in that Day. 

Repentance and Forgiveness Brings New Beginning

The Jewish “New Year” begins on the evening of the 29th.  This mo’ed/appointed time is actually the beginning of the seventh month on God’s redemptive calendar, and is called the Memorial of [Trumpet] Blasts.  Prophetically, it is a call to repentance for the people of God — whether Jews or Christians — in preparation to acknowledge their sins as His covenant people saved by grace (the Passover), and accept the Father’s provision of His one-and-only acceptable sacrifice for the sins of the individual, and of the nation/people as a collective whole.  Yeshua/Jesus, the Son of God, is that sacrifice, and the Holy Spirit is working in the lives of those in covenant relationship with the one true living God to bring us to complete dependence and trust in His grace and love through even the severe chastenings of a holy and righteous Father.  There is glory and holiness on the other side.  That is surely a new beginning!  Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

What Time Is It, and What Day Is Today?

(Updated from the article, No One Knows The Day Or Hour – 27 Feb 2015

The Full Moon in September was visible this past Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th.  In Jewish terminology, this past Full Moon was on the Sabbath.  This is during the sixth Hebrew month on the Jewish calendar, called Elul.  The next New Moon will mark the beginning of the seventh month of Tishrei, or Etanim.  This New Moon will also fall on Friday night/Saturday, the 27th/28th of September, two weeks following the Full Moon.  Simple, right?  Not for those who simply follow the calendar of modern Judaism for keeping the holidays, the set times of YHVH, the God of Israel, our Redeemer in Yeshua the Messiah/Jesus Christ.  Due to reckonings of their own (and sometimes directly connected with rejection of Yeshua as Messiah and Lord), the Jewish New Year — beginning in the 7th month, rather than in the first — cannot fall on a Sabbath or on a Sonday.  So, the Memorial of Trumpet Blasts (the actual name for the New Moon first day of the 7th month) will be commemorated on Sonday evening/Monday, or, on Sept 29/30, two days late (and neither the beginning of the New Moon, nor the “birth”/first thin crescent of light).  Yet, somehow, it will still be considered the first of the seventh lunar month on the Jewish calendar.  (see a fascinating study of this by Hannah Weiss at http://www.restorersofzion.org/NGF_forbidden_passover.htm ) (Note:  I am not advocating for a Messianic halacha in this matter.)

(see also my article about the New Moon here: https://www.streamsinthenegev.com/school-of-fish/the-new-moon-covered-or-revealed/ ) Continue reading “What Time Is It, and What Day Is Today?”

Day One, Seventh Day

As I consider the Shabbat (Saturday), God told Israel to remember that He created the heavens and the Earth in six days, and rested on the seventh.  He also told Israel to keep the Sabbath because He delivered us out of bondage in Egypt.  In other words, on the Shabbat, the Jewish people are to remember our Creator, and our Redeemer/Deliverer.  When we remember what YHVH did when He created the world, the first day (Day One/One Day) He called the light out of darkness, and divided/distinguished the light from the darkness, which was created that same day. 

When a person is born-again by the Spirit from Above, we are brought into God’s light, and we see.  Both the first day of the week and the 7th day of the week are unique days, and the day after the Sabbath recalls both:  we are a new creation in Messiah Yeshua/Christ Jesus, our Creator and our Redeemer/Savior; and God still has His plan for this creation through the salvation of Israel.  Our sins are forgiven, and through Him we know the Father and receive the Holy Spirit unto everlasting life with the Lord!  Isn’t that wonderfully good news?! 

And connected with this good news is that Yeshua is coming again, and all who are His will be gathered together with Him.  The Kingdom of God will be established throughout the universe that He created and made for His glory, and the joy of all who love Him.

On The Other Side

(Rev from April 2007) 

Lk 16: 19-31   the rich man and Lazarus; Abraham’s bosom
Phlp 1: 21-23   with Messiah
Mt 8: 11-12   outer darkness and weeping and gnashing of teeth  

Recently I have gone to five funerals of believers in Yeshua/Jesus. Three had lived to ‘full age’; two were young parents, with their infant son. For us whose sins are forgiven through faith in Jesus Christ and His death on the cross for our sins, and in His resurrection from the grave, we pass from death to life, awaiting the last trumpet blast for the resurrection of the dead in Christ. (1Cor 15:50-57) Then shall be the victory shout and song of the righteous! For those without that personal relationship with God the Father through saving faith in His Son, they also await a separate resurrection of the unrighteous. Both groups are waiting for the resurrection on the appropriate last day. Continue reading “On The Other Side”

Racism in Most of Us – 7 Aug 2019

As I wrote in my July 1 prayer/newsletter, prophecies and current events are coming together in view on the not-so-distant horizon — something like the little cloud that Elijah the Prophet saw as the Lord promised long-awaited rain.  I fear, though, that the pride of America — and of Israel — will cause them to be caught off-guard when real trouble comes.  It will be a sudden and unexpected reality check.  I wrote that, for me, it is both exciting and frightening:  in the Spirit, exciting; in the flesh, frightening.  Thank God for His love and grace through our faith and hope in who Jesus Christ/Yeshua the Messiah is, and for what He has accomplished by His death on the cross and resurrection!

That same day, July 1, an 18 yr-old Ethiopian boy was killed by an off-duty policeman in the Haifa area during a street fight.  Continue reading “Racism in Most of Us – 7 Aug 2019”

NORTHERN SOUTH

This next Sonday, Aug 11, will mark 37 years since my wife and I became Israeli citizens (and dual citizens of the U.S.)! We arrived in Netanya, Israel on Sept 21, 1981, and settled in Beer Sheva in Feb of ’82, as the Lord led us to choose once it became certain that we were here to stay. It was not an experiment, but a walk of faith in obedience to the Word of the Lord to me to “Go to Israel” when we were born-again seven months before we came. We had gotten married 10 months before that life-changing moment for us both!

It is interesting to me at times to think of how God has located us. Growing up in Richmond, Virginia, we were in the northern South of the original United States of America, and Richmond became the Capital of those southern states during America’s Civil War, which for Southerners was always “the War”. Richmond is rich in American history, both for the Revolutionary War of Independence and also for the Civil War. Most people drive by Richmond on the major highways as they head for somewhere else: Richmond is not their destination on their trip. In Beer Sheva, we are also in the northern South of Israel, and Beer Sheva is its administrative center.

Beer Sheva is rich in Biblical history ever since Abraham named the place where he made a covenantal oath with a Philistine king over the ownership of wells. Most people do not make Beer Sheva a destination point in their itinerary, as they bypass the city on the major highways to somewhere else. Richmond, though, was not a desert, but had four seasons. Washington, DC, the nation’s Capital, was accessible from Richmond; Jerusalem, Israel’s Capital, is likewise easily accessible. Richmond is about half-way along the eastern seaboard of the States; Beer Sheva is geographically near the center of the State of Israel. The Atlantic Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea, are not so far away.