As a Jew, I didn’t want to celebrate Christmas when I became a believer, partly because it wasn’t “Jewish”, and partly because it was too paganized and commercialized. But the Lord began to show me that my reasons were not all correct. In my other words, I was throwing the baby out with the bath water. The truth of God is not pagan, and it happened right here in Israel among Jewish people, as prophesied by the prophets of YHVH long before. Continue reading “IN DEFENSE OF CHRISTMAS – 25 Dec 2012”
(Rev Aug 5, 2018)
I just did a quick count-down and count-up and came to this: if Jesus died in 30 AD (which is 40 years before the Temple’s destruction; mentioned in the Babylonian Talmud, Yoma 39b, and also referred to in the Jerusalem Talmud; see http://www3.telus.net/public/kstam/en/temple/details/evidence.htm ), and was 33 1/2 yrs old (having begun His 3 1/2 yr public ministry when He was about 30 years old, then He was born on the 24th of Chislev/December, 5 B.C., by my reckoning. https://www.streamsinthenegev.com/school-of-fish/conception-and-birth-of-john-the-baptiser-and-jesus-the-messiah/ (Hag 2:10-23) The magi from the East could have seen His star up to a couple of years before they actually arrived in Bethlehem, Israel. (Mt 2:20-21) Continue reading “BIRTH, DEATH, AND GOOD FRIDAY OF MESSIAH YESHUA”
I read a booklet by a Jewish believer in Yeshua, Zola Levitt, soon after I was saved to know God, too. It was one of the books given me by the Messianic pastor who baptized my wife and me. The name of the booklet is The Seven Feasts of Israel, published in 1979. In that booklet, Zola gave a fascinating correlation between the embryonic and fetal development stages within a pregnant woman, and the birth of Jesus. Not only a correlation between the new child-in-progress to the birth and life of the Lord, but also to their alignment with the set times of YHVH which He gave to Israel to remember and to worship God!
I remember that in the booklet, the conception — based on what follows — would have been around March 25 (around the Spring equinox, and nine solar months till birth) on our current calendars, which places it around the time between Purim and Passover on the Jewish calendar. Every thing about Yeshua fulfills Truth! Even if we should misinterpret or draw erroneous conclusions at times, the Holy Spirit is always faithful to see to it that GOD’s perfect knowledge and understanding is brought to pass. Hallelu-Yah! Continue reading “FEASTS OF ISRAEL, PREGNANCY, AND BIRTH OF YESHUA”
Is 9:6-7 (5-6 Heb) For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder. And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with justice and righteousness from this time forward, even forever. The zeal of YHVH of Hosts will perform it!
Hag 2:18,21-22 Consider now from this day forward, from the 24th day of the ninth month (Hebrew month, Chislev, when Hanukkah begins in early winter, adjusting to a lunar/solar calendar), from the day that the foundation of YHVHs temple was laid consider it! (Yeshua/Jesus is the foundation and cornerstone of the ultimate and true Temple of God!). . . .Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying: I (YHVH) will shake Heaven and Earth. I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms; I will destroy the strength of the Gentile kingdoms. I will overthrow the chariots and those who ride on them; the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother.
Lk 1:51-52 [And Mary said, . . .] He (YHVH God) has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly. . . . Continue reading “HIStory: PROPHETIC MILESTONE – 25 Dec 2010”
Lk 18:17 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child, will by no means enter it.
Once again it has come to my attention of a false teaching concerning Yeshua. It is not new, but it is influencing believers in the Body of Messiah in Israel – and I suspect in other nations as well.
Paul exhorted Timothy – and us – to expose and to correct false teachings so that the sheep would not be led astray, and so that the Church would honor and worship the true God and Savior.
The truth sets us free; the truth believed sanctifies us; God the Father is seeking those who will worship Him in spirit and truth.
The teaching I am referring to is that Yeshua/Jesus was not really human, but rather only an Angel who was God taking on the appearance of a man, similar to the Angel YHVH who appeared to Abraham before destroying Sodom.
According to the N.T., John, one of the apostles and disciples of Jesus and an eyewitness of His death on the cross, wrote to us this very significant detail:
Jn 19:34-35 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe. Continue reading “JESUS CHRIST CAME, AND IS COMING, IN THE FLESH”
This Sonday some of us are going to Bethlehem to worship with Arab brothers and sisters in the joy of our God. Next weekend our congregation (actually the Lord Yeshua’s congregation) will be host to over 40 teenagers from that same area. Today happens to be the shortest day of the year, when the light of day in the darkest of seasons is at its briefest in this part of the globe. A little light can dispel even more darkness; how much more the sun the blackness of night; how much more even does the Light which is the Word of God, and who is Himself the Lord Jesus Christ, dispel the darkness of lies! Continue reading “LIGHT DISPELS DARKNESS – 21 Dec 2007”
Ps 69: 5-9 (6-10 Heb) O God, You know my foolishness, and my sins are not hidden from You. Let not those who hope in You, O YHVH God of Hosts, be ashamed because of me; let not those who seek You be confounded because of me, O God ofIsrael. Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; shame has covered my face. I have become a stranger to my brothers, and an alien to my mother’s children (Mk 3:21; 6:3; Jn 7:1-5). Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up, and the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.
Lk 2: 29-35 [Simeon] took [Yeshua] up in his arms and blessed God and said: Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word; for my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your peopleIsrael. . . .Behold, this One is destined for the fall and rising of many inIsrael, and for a sign which will be spoken against, . . .that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. Continue reading “THE OFFENSE OF CHRISTMAS – 23 Dec 2006”
(Our celebratory service this Shabbat was interrupted by a mob of unruly ultra-orthodox religious Jewish people.)
There was much messianic expectation around the time of Yeshua’s birth (Dan 9:24-26). Hanukka itself is a holiday commemorating a messianic hope which gives Israel and the Jewish people freedom from their enemies in order to worship YHVH God in an acceptable way in our own land. Simeon and Anna were waiting in hope for the Redeemer and Savior of the children of Israel and of Jerusalem, the City of the Great King. False Messiahs also arose about that time (Acts 5:35-39); today also there is Messianic expectation – Moshiach Now! – amongst many Jews and also Muslims and other religious and spiritist groups. Continue reading “JESUS CHRIST IS COME”
Lk 1:67-75 Now John’s father Zecharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying, ‘Blessed is YHVH God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David, as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, who have been since the world began, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us; to perform the lovingkindness to our fathers; and to remember His holy covenant, the oath which He swore to our father Abraham: to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.’ Continue reading “SERVING YHVH GOD WITHOUT FEAR – 25 Dec 2004”
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 Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
This past and coming week the whole world is reminded that Jesus Christ was born. Not only did millions—perhaps billions—celebrate that this most unique person came into the world, but in a few days time, all will also acknowledge His influence when this year 2003 ends and the next 12-month period begins. Modern history and global culture revolve around this Man—Jesus Christ. Continue reading “The Whole World Revolves Around Jesus – 27 Dec 2003”