As I write this, the sounds of war are heard within our nation, and the blood of Abel cries out for vengeance and vindication. Yet the blood of Jesus Christ/Yeshua the Messiah/Yasu al Massih cries out better things: salvation, and forgiveness of sin. (Heb 12:24)
There is a growing sense within and among the Israeli Messianic/Christian and Palestinian Christian communities that our united, collective voice needs to be heard as a prophetic voice to our people. We, who believe in the name of the Son of God have, by grace, received the truth for solving the perpetual conflict between the Jewish and Arab peoples, and for all the other people groups in the world. They do not know the Way of peace, but we do: His name is Yeshua/Yasu/Jesus, who died and rose again!
We can seek our own righteousness, or else we can submit to the righteousness of God, who alone is wise and good. The message which our Lord has given us to take to our people is the gospel, which alone God has blessed with power to save and to give peace to those who repent and believe, and who live in its truth.
With this purpose in mind, and after consultation with some of the Jewish and Arab leaders, we are calling a meeting to pray together this Sunday, July 13, from 15:00 – 17:30. The location is accessible, and legally allows for Israelis and Palestinians to meet together.
At this critical time, the need to come together as believers in Yeshua/Jesus/Yasu, to humble ourselves, to pray and seek God’s face, and to turn from our own ungodly ways towards each other and towards our enemies — real and perceived — has never been greater.
For the sake of His Holy Name. . .
Greetings from the land where the lie is often spoken as truth,
Thanks to the many of you who have written in, and to those who didn’t yet lifted a voice to our Father in Heaven.
From the time that the serpent got Eve and Adam to listen to him over the clear Word of God, we have inherited the tendency to believe lies over truth. And when the lie is repeated enough and taught and passed on as being true, it takes a rude awakening sometimes to open our eyes and ears to reality. I was always brought up to believe that the truth of Jesus was not true — at least not for Jewish people. If something is true, it is true for everyone. Today Israel and Jewish people curses — although not always knowingly — both Jesus and those who believe in Him. And Israel herself finds the nations delegitimizing and cursing the truth of her existence, and her witness to the one true God — even in her unbelief. We reap what we sow; as we judge, we shall be judged. Continue reading “TRUTH, AND THE LYING SPIRIT – 23 Aug 2011”
A call for a national fast by the believers in Israel has gone out for this week, Aug 8-9, coinciding with the Jewish day of mourning over the destruction of the two temples, and for other calamitous events which have occured on or near the same Hebrew calendar date of the 9th day of the 5th month.
The Body of Messiah, as a priesthood representing our peoples before God, is called to intercede for our nation in the face of all the existential threats she faces. For us to have any authority before God on behalf of our unbelieving people, the believers must face squarely our own sins as God’s people under the blood of the New Covenant at this time.
Not only are there external enemies and threats to seek to destroy Israel from being a nation anymore, but there are both external and internal agents seeking to prevent Israel and the Jewish people from being what God has created and redeemed her for. We still, even as born-again Spirit-baptized and -filled believers in the truth of who Jesus Christ is, too often show a likeness to Israel who did/do not want to have the living God be her King, but wanted/want a king like the Gentiles have. We want to be like the Gentiles, rather than a holy people serving the Holy One, and being a servant nation as a royal priesthood to bless other nations and peoples for the glory of our Father in Heaven and the Lord Yeshua Messiah/Jesus Christ. Too many Christians — or by any other name that clearly identifies any and all believers with Yeshua/Jesus — want a Jesus that is like the ‘holy’ men of other religions, and not the unique and only-begotten Son of God who alone is the Mediator between God and men.
As we humble ourselves and seek God’s face, let us acknowledge our own sins first — as is required of the priests serving YHVH God — according to the calling and ministries we have in Messiah/Christ, so that there might be healing and deliverance and revival within the household of faith. Then, perhaps those outside will come and see what the Holy Spirit is doing that brings lasting hope in the God of hope. All their sins are a consequence of not believing in the name of the Son of God; all our own sins are for not believing what He says.
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 400 years)
2Sam 7:1-7,11,13 David wants to build YHVH a house; God says that He never spoke a word about that to anyone from the tribes of Israel. The Son of David (not Solomon nor a son of Solomon, but of Nathan Lk 3:31) will build a house for God’s Name, and His throne will be established forever.
2Sam 24:16-25; 1Kg 3:15 Jerusalem the chosen place for the altar of sacrifice to YHVH Continue reading “THE TEMPLE OF GOD”
14 June 2011
Much ‘blood has been spilled’ over the outcry of the “all the [Israeli Jewish] people”to Pontius Pilate washing his hands wishing to be “innocent of the blood of this just man”: “His blood be on us and on our children!” (Mt 27:24-25; Acts 5:28; Dt 19:10)
In the sovereignty and wisdom of God, and by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, this Scripture is full of life and death, for “death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit”. (Pr 18:21) This publicly spoken word by the rulers and the common people had consequences which were not understood or foreseen when rashly uttered. (Acts 5:28) When Adam disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, he had no idea really of what he was doing and the dreadful consequences of his action – that in him all future human beings would be starting out in life as sinners and dying! Continue reading “BLOOD OF NEW COVENANT ON JEWISH PEOPLE”
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 re-defining terms to interpret the Word of God to be saying what He isn’t, or else to not be saying what He is. The spirit at work in this seeks to de-legitimize both Israel and the gospel in their uniqueness; to make what God calls “new” (as in New Covenant and new creation) only something re-newed or re-cycled; and to weaken doctrinal support not for these only, but also for the hope of the literal and personal return of the same Yeshua/Jesus who ascended in bodily form to sit at the right hand of the Father until the time appointed. Continue reading “YESHUA/JESUS IS COMING AGAIN! – 14 Oct 2010”
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 the loss of all things, and count them as dung, that I may gain Christ. . . .
Tomorrow is Pentecost, the 50th day of counting the sheaves of wheat, according to the Law of Moses, which Jesus came to fulfill. The counting does not begin from the day after His death and burial – or even from the time He descended into the lower parts of the Earth to set free the captives – but rather from the day of His resurrection, from the day after the Sabbath. We who believe in Jesus as Lord and Messiah are a new creation. We begin with resurrection life in Messiah and then begin to learn what it is to suffer for His sake, to die with Him to ourselves, to live our lives unto God and His will. Continue reading “No Confidence in the Flesh”
I was born to a Jewish father and a Jewish mother. They were each born to a Jewish father and mother. They brought us up with a Jewish identity through circumcision, observance of Jewish holy-days, Bar-Mitzva (‘Son of Commandment’). We lived with an awareness of being Jewish in a Gentile society, and an even larger world. We sought our acceptance by the Gentile Christians, hoping to prove ourselves worthy in their eyes, while also considering ourselves as much Jewish in our identity as Conservative Jews in comparison to Orthodox Judaism, and more Jewish in our identity and practice (praxis) in contrast to Reform Jews. We are God’sChosen and Peculiar People, even if we did not personally know Him who chose us, nor understand why. We are the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Israel was our special nation and land, even if we did not want to live there.
I was born Jew-ish; I was born-again a Jew! Continue reading “TO BE A JEW – 7 Dec 2008”
(“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 59 years old, and YHVH God is actively intervening in the affairs of men to bring to fulfillment His covenantal promises and oaths given long ago – as recorded in the Bible – and which He confirmed by the words of the Lord Jesus and of His apostles. (Gen 17:4-8; 26:2-5; 28:13-15; Ezek 36:22-28; Mt 5:17-18; 2Cor 1:20)
“You only have I known.” (Amos 3:2); and, “Israel is my first-born” (Ex 4:22-23). Israel is a special nation. It is unique amongst the lands and nations of the world. There were other nations, such as Babylon, Assyria, and Egypt before Israel came into being, but God has declared Israel – the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – to be His inheritance (Is 19:25). YHVH chose the children of Jacob not because they were/are better than the other nations or people groups (that is, the Gentiles), nor because He needed a large number of people to accomplish His purposes to glorify His name and the name of His Son. (If so, He would have chosen the fathers of those who became the Chinese!) Continue reading “ISRAEL IS GOD’S CHOSEN”
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 days of Yeshua – we have a responsibility to accept our personal and collective guilt for our iniquity, transgressions, and sins against God and against our fellow man (Lev 16:11,15,17,21). We are connected to our people both in promises and in judgment, according to God’s covenants with us. God has an historic plan of redemption throughout the generations and history of man to bring about His purposes to live with all those who love His Son, Jesus Christ, and know Him as Savior and Lord.
All of the appointed times of YHVH – Sabbath, Passover, Shavuot, Succot – remind Jews (and Christians) that the Creator redeemed and delivered His people Israel from bondage in Egypt (Dt 16:6,12; Lev 23:43). They are also based upon sacrifices of blood, the blood of covenant with God and His people. Continue reading “The Joy of Fellowship in the Truth of God’s Love – 1 Oct 2004”