The Farthest North – Ezekiel 38:6,15

Ezek 38:1-6  Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords. Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops—many people are with you.

Ezek 38:14-17  Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “On that day when My people Israel dwell safely, will you not know it? 15 Then you will come from your place out of the far north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army. 16 You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes.” 17 Thus says the Lord God: “Are you he of whom I have spoken in former days by My servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied for years in those days that I would bring you against them? Continue reading “The Farthest North – Ezekiel 38:6,15”

Three New Years

I remember that before I was a believer, I wondered and asked the question:  Why do we have and remember New Year’s.  I was particularly thinking about the Jewish “New Year” which had become one of the High Holy Days in the synagogue.  The answer that I gave myself, and to my parents, was that there must be Someone who is keeping us (the Jewish people) alive for another year.  It gives an opportunity to thank Him, and to also hope that He would do the same for the next year.

Now, I have what, for me, is a broader and a more personal understanding of the significance of New Years.  YHVH God has given three opportunities to observe a New Year.  He is the God of Creation and of Redemption.  We are all born in the flesh; we  must be born of the Spirit to inherit eternal life.  We are individuals; Israel is a nation, whom God calls His first-born son.  These New Years — new beginnings —  are begun by God, and adopted by His people — whether Israeli Jews, or whether Christians. Continue reading “Three New Years”

Succot Full Moon Lunar Eclipse – 28 Sept 2015

The special and uncommon series of lunar eclipses the last two years which fell twice each at Passover and at the Feast of Booths are finished.  Apart from some interesting astronomy, nothing unusual occurred which could be attributed ominously to these “blood moons”.  The end is not yet, and those who thought it might be do not then know the actual signs of the end, which are still to come.

Although “the heavens declare the glory of God”, for the believer in the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth, He warns us against divination.  His [written] Word is a more sure word of prophecy, which we should be heeding as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in our hearts. (2Pt 1:19)

Here is an article, with photos and videos of today’s eclipse, from the Israeli online newspaper Haaretz:
http://www.haaretz.com/life/science-medicine/1.677669

Employment Desert – 17 May 2015

Three small Negev cities face severe unemployment.  The towns of Arad, Dimona, and Yeruham are essentially factory towns, dependent on the major industrial chemical companies for most of the employment.

Due to weakening profit margins, these companies (and other companies in the textile and ceramic industries) have been laying off workers and closing factories and plants, a situation that has been going on for years in Israel’s southern region.  Whole cities are becoming economically impoverished by these actions.

We have seen many times of promises and incentives being given to Israelis to move to the Negev to live, and for companies to invest in the region, only to see that nearly every time other forces and “priorities” take over that brings confusion and doubt into the viability of the Ministry for the Development of the Negev and the Galilee to faithfully carry out its mission.

The vision of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, of the Negev’s essential necessity for Israel’s future has seen great strides beyond anyone’s realistic expectations.  Yet, the vision of the Biblical Prophets of the God of Israel for Israel’s desert is distinguished from Ben-Gurion’s:  they saw YHVH God as a vital participant in the blooming and blossoming of the desert, still waiting for the Chosen People to return to Him, so that He will bring it to pass in righteousness and justice. (Is 35:1-10; 51:1-3)

Here is a link to today’s story of the cities of Dimona, Arad, and Yeruham striking today to protest the companies’ policies, and the government’s:
http://www.timesofisrael.com/southern-cities-shut-down-to-protest-factory-layoffs/

Racism is a Sin Issue, and Is Nothing New – 4 May 2015

Israel has been beset by protests and riots from the Ethiopian Jewish community the last few days, the likes of which have not been seen here.  The spark was a seemingly senseless attack of an Ethiopian Israeli soldier in uniform by a policeman and volunteer.  Today, Prime Minister Netanyahu met with the Ethiopian soldier, Damas Pakada, who called for calm while also addressing the legitimate grievances of discrimination and prejudice against his community.  http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-pledges-to-eliminate-deep-problem-of-racism/

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Jesus is Sovereign Lord! – 5 Apr 2015

As the “World Powers” prepare to give “this world” over to Iran and the Islamic powers with a very bad supposed agreement, it reminds me of how the devil got Adam and Eve to give their God-given stewardship over to him by lying and deceit.  Israel followed suit, and gave her God-given beauty over to Gentile ‘lovers’; and the Church has left its domain to mix with worldly aspirations.  Where would we all be if Jesus was not the Sovereign LORD of things in Heaven and things on Earth!? (Mt 28:18-20; Eph 1:17-23)

On this day that YHVH (the LORD) has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it!  Today, Resurrection Sonday, the world’s attention is being drawn to the celebration of believers in Jesus that He, who died on the Passover, rose from the dead on the day after the Sabbath, on day one of a new week.   The eternal Son of God took on the weakness of flesh and blood as the Son of Man, and in His death on the cross and His resurrection, He defeated the devil, sin, and death:  there is no “thing” that can succeed in opposing the sovereign will of the Everlasting God in bringing to pass His full redemption for His covenanted people Israel, and for all others who put their faith and hope in Him.  The true God is faithful to His covenantal agreements even when others are not.

Jesus has told us beforehand (Mt 24:25) things which must be prior to His coming again in great power and glory to judge the nations and to bring in everlasting righteousness, establishing forever the Kingdom of God, whose kingdom will not pass away! (Dan 9:24; Dan 7:11-18)

Let the kingdoms of this world do what they may; let all the havoc come that most normal people would dread; yet YEHOVAH and His Messiah/Christ/Anointed One will reign supreme.  In His great love and mercy, He still extends His goodwill and grace to those who foolishly conspire against Him and His people:  “Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little.  Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.” (Ps 2; Rev 6:12-17)

Thanking and praising the Living God that Jesus Christ died and rose again!  Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Purim 2015: Iran Still Intent on Destroying Jewish People

On the day before Purim, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress to once again warn the United States and the rest of the “Free World” of the clear and present danger posed by modern Persia to the nation of Israel and to them.

In an invitation swirled in controversy both in Israel and in the U.S., Netanyahu seems to have intentionally set the timing to coincide with the Jewish holiday of Purim, in order to show that even thousands of years do not change things:  the Iranian religious and political leaders still seek the destruction of the Chosen People of YHVH God; and, the Jewish people have the right to defend themselves against such a threat.  The law of the Persians can not be revoked when written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s signet ring. (Esther 3; 8:8; Dan 6:8,12,15)  History has a long memory!

The danger presented by the PM includes the American political leadership ignoring the “canary in the mine” that is Israel:  if Israel allowed itself to be the sacrificial birdie killed by dangerous ‘gases’, in the hope that others will escape and survive, the truth is that Israel’s survival is the key to all the other nations’ survival.

Relations between Israel and the U.S. may suffer; a better deal between the Allied Powers and Iran may not happen; Netanyahu and his party may not win the upcoming elections for the Israeli government.  Whether yes or no, the words of the PM in the congress — heard around the world — will be found to be true.  And just as in the Scroll of Esther in the Bible, which is the source of why there is such a holiday as Purim, the name of God is not mentioned, neither did Bibi mention His name.  But true to Himself, the God of Israel will act in accord with His covenant, for the sake of His holy name:  it is He who is to be feared; and it is He who forgives sin.

The historic speech can be heard here: http://www.nytimes.com/video/world/middleeast/100000003547828/netanyahus-full-speech-before-congress.html

Religious War? – 21 Nov 2014

The recent terrorist attack in a synagogue in West Jerusalem by Arab Muslims from East Jerusalem, in which rifles, knives, and meat cleavers were among the weapons used against Jewish men praying their morning prayers, has brought closer to home the reality that we are entering a religious war, and not only a nationalistic, political war here in Israel.   Among the dead and wounded Jews, a Druze policeman was also mortally wounded and killed as he responded to the terror within the Har Nof neighborhood synagogue. Continue reading “Religious War? – 21 Nov 2014”

War Cry: Come, Lord Jesus!

Shabbat shalom (Peaceful Sabbath),

It is a quiet day; no sirens, no rockets.  Back to ‘normal’.  I think the standard of measuring ‘normalcy’ has been lowered during this last generation, at least in this part of the world.  With this, God is bringing the hiddent things of darkness to light, so that His judgments will be seen to be righteous and true when the necessary time comes in His long-suffering towards sinners (and who isn’t?).  We had a wonderfully refreshing service last night.

Yeshua spoke the parable about the good seed and bad seed sown in the field. (Mt 13:24-30, 36-43)   I hope that I have ears to hear, because He exhorts those who would understand the parable that we must have ears to hear what it means, even though He explains it to His disciples who asked Him what the parable means.  One thing that is clear:  judgment is at the end of the age, and Jesus will send out His angels to make the required separation of what can only be properly judged when all can see.  In Rev 16, the bowls of God’s wrath are poured out on the Earth against His enemies who have fully shown themselves to be so.  The amazing thing is that people still do not repent of their sinful deeds and give the Lord glory!  Sin is very sinful!! Continue reading “War Cry: Come, Lord Jesus!”