Daniel, The Prophet For Our Days

Is the Book of Daniel Still Sealed, or is it Open?

Dan 12:4   “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

The Lord told the apostle John NOT to seal up the book of Revelation, “for the time is at hand”. (Rev 22:10) Jesus has given information and explanation regarding prophecies in the Book of Daniel. Revelation has many references to Daniel, as does Yeshua’s “Olivet Discourse” in Mt 24, Mk 13, Lk 21, in which He gives the signs leading up to His return at the end of the age. Continue reading “Daniel, The Prophet For Our Days”

LAMECH, AMALEK, ‘YESHU’, INTIFADA, YAD L’ACHIM

(Updated from Nov 2007, when presented at Eschatology conference in Langensteinbacherhohe in Karlsruhe, Germany)  

In light of all of the present conflict centered in the Middle East, and affecting all of the nations of the whole world, I think it is instructive (if not comfortable) to see that truly there is nothing new under the sun.  What was, will be . . . only in greater and larger  and visible measure.  The nature and spirit of things have been with us since time immemorial, and shows itself in open hostility to the truth and the sovereignty of YHVH (even from within among the covenanted people — Jews and Christians), the God who created the heavens and the Earth and the seas, and all that is in them; the God who has chosen Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to be the fathers of the people, Israel and the Jews, through whom He has planned from before time to bless the world through His chosen Seed and Son, Yeshua/Jesus, King of the Jews, and Savior of the world.  He still calls in His long-suffering grace all people and persons everywhere to repent, and to be saved from His wrath to come on the Day of the LORD (YHVH). Continue reading “LAMECH, AMALEK, ‘YESHU’, INTIFADA, YAD L’ACHIM”

The Mighty Act of Yeshua’s Birth

Ps 145:1-13  David’s praise.
I will extol thee, my God, O King; and I will bless your name forever and ever.  
Every day will I bless you; and I will praise your name for ever and ever.  
Great is YHVH, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.  
One generation shall praise your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.  
I will speak of the glorious honor of your majesty, and of your wondrous works. 
And they shall speak of the might of your terrible acts: and I will declare your greatness. 
They shall abundantly utter the memory of your great goodness, and shall sing of your righteousness.  
YHVH is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great lovingkindness.  
YHVH is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all his works.  
All your works shall praise You, O YHVH; and your saints shall bless You. 
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom, and talk of your power; 
To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of His kingdom. 
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion throughout all generations. 

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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. 

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.  Continue reading “What Time Is It, and What Day Is Today?”

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”

Gen 12: YHVH’s Call To Abram, Son of Eber, Son of Shem

Gen 11:31 – 13:1 

From the genealogy in Gen 11, we learn that Abraham (Abram) was born 352 years after the Flood. Noah died only two years before the birth of Abraham! Shem and Eber were still alive (even during Jacob’s life)! Truly, Shem is the father of all the sons of Eber, father of the Hebrews. We do not know for certain whether they ever met and spoke with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob (or even with Ishmael and Esau), but it is likely, and they would have had eye-witness accounts of pre-Flood and post-Flood people and events, as God maintained His witness and passed it on to His chosen persons and family. Noah was the tenth from Adam, and was protected through the judgment of the Flood; Abraham was tenth from Shem, who also was saved out from the Flood. Ch 12 carries on with God’s redemptive plan, choosing Abram – son of Eber, son of Shem, son of Noah — from among all the Gentiles, through whom He would bless the world through covenant and promise – and lots of controversy. Continue reading “Gen 12: YHVH’s Call To Abram, Son of Eber, Son of Shem”

Gen 11: Progressing From The General To The Chosen

Gen 10:32 – 11:32

10:32 – 11:1 After The Flood, the nations, established by the 70 sons of Noah’s sons and their families, were separated on The Earth.  But before that separation took place, they all had one language and the same words. They all understood each other perfectly. Today, even in English, the words are not ‘the same’; for example, to stand in a line vs to stand in a queue. And there are many more examples of this confusion even within language groups.  Their separation become more pronounced after the Earth/Dry Land was divided in the days of Peleg, after the judgment for the rebellion of the Tower of Babel. Continue reading “Gen 11: Progressing From The General To The Chosen”