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The Two Coronas

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Shalom friends,

I hope you are doing well, under the circumstances of coronavirus, social distancing and self isolation measures imposed by various governments all over the planet. I saw a thought provoking video by Chaim Goldman where he discusses the 2 crowns of 2 Jewish Messiahs (Mashiach ben yosef / משיח בן־יוסף and Mashiach ben David / משיח בן דוד ) which we believe the roles Yeshua the Messiah has fulfilled as the suffering Servant (Isaiah Chapter 53) and will fulfill when he returns which I believe will be sooner rather than later, [and not because of the current pandemic]. 

May ADONAI, the God of Israel in the name of Yeshua / ישוע Mashiach continue to bless and protect you and your family during these times.

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Unclean Spirit plus 7 returns

Shalom friends,

 

In Matthew 12:43-45(CJB) we read about Yeshua’s teaching on the return of the unclean spirits. The verses are below. I found an interesting video explaining this teaching and how it relates to this current status of the world we live in.

43 “When an unclean spirit comes out of a person, it travels through dry country seeking rest and does not find it. 44 Then it says to itself, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house standing empty, swept clean and put in order. 45 Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they come and live there — so that in the end, the person is worse off than he was before. This is how it will be for this wicked generation.”

I hope you have a blessed and wonderful new week – Shavua Tov!

 

 

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Passover – the season of our liberation

 

!חג שמח. We’re celebrating Passover this week and I hope that it is special time for you and your family (whether you’re observing Passover or Easter). I’ve included this video and Dani Sayag ( from Mount Carmel Messianic congregation in Haifa, Israel) gives a beautiful explanation of Passover and the crucifixion of Yeshua Mashiach. If you don’t have time to watch the entire video, watch from 28′ to 35′.

Remember: The blood on the doorposts in Egypt and the blood of Yeshua on our hearts, set us free.

Please pray for the families of hundreds of believers who were murdered a couple of days ago in Sri Lanka by Islamic extremists. 

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Avoid this about Torah

yourway.JPGThis week I’m reading from the books of Titus and Colossians. In Titus 3:9 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) we read about the following:

“But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, quarrels and fights about the Torah; because they are worthless and futile.” Also in Colossians 2 16 CJB, it is written that

“So don’t let anyone pass judgment on you in connection with eating and drinking, or in regard to a Jewish festival or Rosh-Hodesh or Shabbat.”

I suppose I’m lucky in a sense. I grew up secular and as a young guy, my “religion” was a combination of girls, computers /science /math and soccer; and when Yeshua Mashiach found me, it was perhaps easier to believe in Yeshua than someone from a religious family. Before accepting Yeshua, I had no knowledge of the Bible (the TaNaKh – “Old Testament”) however, I had an experience which lead me to meet an Israeli (a fellow student at university) who was a believer in Yeshua. Through this person’s testimony, I found out about and accepted Yeshua. I truly started a new life with limited “religious baggage” if you understand what I mean. Generally, it is difficult when you start believing in Yeshua because of the opposition you get from your family, your friends, society etc, but I just know that if you grew up in a religious family, it’s even more so difficult.

Over the years, I’ve heard various opinions from other messianic believers that I’ve met about ways you should keep the appointed times, interesting interpretation about Torah etc. A couple of months ago, someone [in Israel] told me that I had to do this and that as it was “a requirement” and believing in Yeshua wasn’t enough (and even though I’ve been a believer for more than 15 years). I won’t go into the details and this person probably had the best intentions as she wanted to share about Yeshua to everyone she met. However, what she was telling me wasn’t Bible based but tradition. I don’t know if you’ve ever had an experience like this, but let’s always refer back to the principles given in the Bible. As Shaul [Paul] wrote, lets avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, quarrels and fights about the Torah. We are one community, all believing in Yeshua whether you are Jew or Gentile. These disagreements are all worthless and futile and leads to division within the community.

May you have a good week!

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Biblical Judaism vs Rabbinical Judaism

If you are interested in finding out more about the origins of Rabbinical Judaism and why [some*] Jews don’t believe in Yeshua. [I had to write the word “some” as I’m a Jewish believer in Yeshua, I was born Jewish and I didn’t believe in Yeshua growing up, but later accepted Him as my  Jewish Messiah and I’m still and always will be Jewish]. The discussion on Rabbinical Judaism starts around 16’50.

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Christian Zionism: More than Meets the Eye

Reblogged from rebelr3deemed.com

Evangelical communities in the United States have largely supported the nation of Israel and for good reason. Years of antisemitism and persecution have skewed the Jewish perception of their Christian counterparts, and has painted a false image of the very Jewish Jesus. Pastor John Hagee runs CUFI (Christians United for Israel) out of Texas, and over the years it has become one of the largest pro-Israel organizations in America. The Hebrew Roots movement and rise in Messianic Judaism may contribute to the fairly recent explosive support for the Holy Land.

Growing up as a reform Jew, my religion and ethnicity were so intertwined that Zionism was just as much of a religious virtue as say, tzedakah (charity) and mitzvoth (commandments and good deeds). I looked in awe at scenic laminated photos of the Western Wall and the Jerusalem skyline proudly displayed after a group from synagogue returned from a trip. Twice a week at Hebrew school the American and Israeli national anthems were sung and the flags were brought down together to the bimah (raised platform in the synagogue from which the Torah is read and services are held). Before Jesus found me and completed my Jewish identity in him, I was spiritually lost and wondered why I needed to travel across the world to experience God in a more powerful way. Since God created the heavens and the earth, it didn’t make sense to me that I was ‘less of a Jew’ if I hadn’t yet taken up my birthright trip or had tourist photos taken in a Middle Eastern desert.

As a thirteen year old studying for my bat-mitzvah, my knowledge of the Torah wasn’t extensive, but the various questions I had weren’t taken too seriously by my tutor. My portion was Korach, and after inquiring about the possibility of a man getting swallowed by the earth and how that could possibly relate to Jewish life here and now, he replied “Who knows if any of this sh*t is real”. (this is an example of a ‘flashbulb memory’. I don’t remember much else from bat mitzvah study at 13 but those words were so utterly shocking (and funny at the time) that they never left me and probably never will)). I figured that my religious confusion would be wiped away once I made it to that patch of land and that God would solidify my Jewish pride as I touched the wall. This wasn’t exactly the case. I visited Israel with my local church last summer as a hoopla after finally, through Jesus, achieving the assurance of an authentic relationship with God that I had always been searching for. I got the touristy desert photo & everything!

It was an incredible trip, consisting of an even deeper understanding of biblical sights & weirdo looks from people as I cried like a baby while sailing on the Sea of Galilee. What I also took away was that the Israel-Palestine conflict is more than meets the eye. After having met several Palestinian Christians when visiting occupied territory in the north, humanity superseded the messages I’d been fed about the entire people group for my entire life. It’s true that the government is extremely dangerous, hinges on Islamic principles, and fails to take proper care of its’ citizens. It’s also true that an all Jewish state agenda could push innocent families out of their homes and into worse situations simply because of their ethnic and national background. My friends who are staunch Christian Zionists believe that an all Jewish state needs to come to fruition in order to fulfill biblical prophecy.

The potential drawback of this thinking is putting religious piety before humanity and care for the lowly. This is exactly what we’re told not to do (Isaiah 2:12, Isaiah 23:9, James 4:6, James 4:10, Philippians 4:3, Proverbs 8:13, Proverbs 27:2, Proverbs 29:23, Luke 14:11, Matthew 23:12, etc..). The word ‘humble’ occurs 71 times in the Bible, not including the variances ‘humility’ and ‘contrite’. That would give us an even 100. We know that the fullness of God’s plan will unfold regardless of our human attempts to assist, and Jesus makes it clear that our job is to simply obey and draw those from every tribe, nation, and tongue into his kingdom so they too can experience his peace. I will not put myself with one camp or the other, because labels don’t help us to actually understand people. Jesus ministered to individuals as well as to groups, and the need to assimilate can draw us away from our unique, God given identity and into a watered down form of spirituality. This conflict is more complicated than meets the eye, and Christians need to be a light and safe haven for the Jewish and Muslim communities pitted against each other. At the end of the day, we want every people group to notice something different about us. I’ve been called a pacifist, but knowing that Christ is the ultimate authority over every world power gives us the peace to walk confidently through tumultuous situations and show unconditional kindness to those who seem strange or unfamiliar.

Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.” Then the men came forward, seized Jesus, and arrested him. With that, one of Jesus’ companions reaches for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. “Put your sword back in its’ place,” Jesus said to him,”For all who draw the sword will die by the sword.” ~Matthew 26:50-52 (NIV)

During this holiday season my hope & prayer is that we focus on our similarities rather than our differences. Reversal of fortunes is a common theme weaved through God’s story, and it’s a call to us to treat our ‘enemies’ as his sons and daughters with infinite potential, marked with his fingerprint. As the wise Martin Luther King said,

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

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Come home!

Antisemitism across Europe has been increasing over the past couple of years. This week, a number of UK Labour Members of Parliament broke away from the UK Labour Party due to antisemitism within the party (and their Brexit policies).  In France, there have been numerous incidents including the murder of Jews. As a result of the most recent incidents this week, Israeli Immigration Minister Yoav Galant, called for French Jews to move to Israel. The message is clear: Come home! 

I’ve included a documentary from Vice news and the news reports about Yoav Galant and UK Labour MPs resigning below:

Is 2019 the new 1939?

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Cabinet minister to French Jews: ‘Come home’

Minister Galant says vandalism of French Jewish cemetery “reminiscent of dark days in the history of the Jewish people.”

 

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Minister and Cabinet member Yoav Galant on Tuesday condemned anti-Semitism in France in the wake of the vandalism discovered at a Jewish cemetery, calling on French Jews to “come home” to Israel.

Earlier on Tuesday, swastikas were found sprayed on some 80 graves in a Jewish cemetery in the village of Quatzenheim, close to the border with Germany in the Alsace region.

The vandalism was discovered ahead of planned rallies in Paris and other French cities to denounce a spate of anti-Semitic incidents in the country, culminating with the harassment of Jewish philosopher Alain Finkielkraut at a “yellow vest” protest on Saturday.

Galant tweeted that the vandalism at the Jewish cemetery was “reminiscent of dark days in the history of the Jewish people.”

“Last week I visited the French Jewish community, which faces anti-Semitic attacks and a process of assimilation.

“The State of Israel is the protected national home for the Jews of the world. I strongly condemn the anti-Semitism in France and call on [its] Jews – come home, immigrate to Israel.”

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Seven MPs leave Labour Party in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership

Media captionMPs resign from Labour over Brexit and anti-Semitism

Seven MPs have resigned from the Labour Party in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s approach to Brexit and anti-Semitism.

They are: Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker and Ann Coffey.

Ms Berger said Labour had become institutionally anti-Semitic and she was “embarrassed and ashamed” to stay.

Mr Corbyn said he was “disappointed” the MPs had felt unable to continue working for the policies that “inspired millions” at the 2017 election.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said the “honourable thing for them to do” would be to stand down as MPs and seek to return to Parliament in by-elections.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson, in a video message on Facebook, urged the “hard left” to stop celebrating the departure of the seven MPs, saying it was “a moment for regret and reflection not for a mood of anger or a tone of triumph”.

Media captionJohn McDonnell: Resigning MPs have ‘responsibility’ to call by-elections

“Betrayal narratives and shouting insults at the departed might make some feel better briefly but it does nothing to address the reasons that good colleagues might want to leave,” said Mr Watson.

He said Luciana Berger’s decision to quit was a “wake-up call for the Labour Party” over anti-Semitism, saying: “We were slow to acknowledge we had a problem and even slower to deal with it.”

Labour had to “broaden out” and become more tolerant, he said, adding: “I love this party. But sometimes I no longer recognise it, that is why I do not regard those who have resigned today as traitors.”

What is the new group trying to do?

The seven MPs, who all back a further EU referendum, are not launching a new political party – they will sit in Parliament as the Independent Group.

But Chuka Umunna said they had “taken the first step” and urged other Labour MPs – and members of other parties – to join them in “building a new politics”.

“It is time we dumped this country’s old-fashioned politics and created an alternative that does justice to who we are today and gives this country a politics fit for the here and now – the 21st Century,” he said at a launch event in central London.

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-47278902

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Daniel requested and pleaded 

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I haven’t written a blog post for a couple of months. Since the middle of last year, I started working for another company which takes up most of my time. What else has been happening? I developed an interest in flower photography (or let me rephrase this: I walk around with my mobile phone and take pictures of flowers) and I thought it was too soon, but my beard has decided to go grey in certain spots. This happened almost overnight [and that might be too much personal information]:-)

I’m currently reading from the Book of Daniel and I find Daniel a fascinating character. He was of Jewish nobility, lived in a foreign land but held a high ranking government position in this country’s government, he had the ability to interpret dreams, vision and messianic revelations, he was saved from a certain death and he was “much loved” [Daniel 9: 23].  Even with all these amazing blessings and that he was “much loved”, there are 2 verses [Daniel 6: 10 & 11] that just captures my attention. He didn’t take this for granted. He gave thanks to Adonai, made requests and pleaded (and sometimes even with sackcloth and ashes). It is mentioned that he prayed 3 times a day.  When I read these verses, this reminds me of what Yeshua said in Matthew 7: 7 & 8: 

7 “Keep asking, and it will be given to you; keep seeking, and you will find; keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.  

8 For everyone who keeps asking receives; he who keeps seeking finds; and to him who keeps knocking, the door will be opened”

And in everything gives thanks to Adonai,  for He is good, for His grace continues forever -[Psalm 107:1 1 Thessalonians 5:18] 

Keep the communication going – that is pray and continue to do so! When everything in your life is going well, during the challenging times, when you need guidance on decisions you have to make….pray anytime and about anything. 

I’m also reading the Book of Daniel because of the prophecy about the abomination that causes desolation that was revealed to Daniel. You could read more about this in Daniel 11:29-32 & Daniel 12:11.  Yeshua also makes reference to this in Matthew 24. There are some that speculate for this to happen, there needs to be a “third temple” building or similar structure.  There has been talk for a couple of years now that a particular Member of the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) is seriously advocating to build a third temple. Some of the orthodox rabbis also regard the war in Syria as prophetic, as the current events taking place in the Middle East could lead to the abomination that causes desolation [ You could read more about this for example 2 Thessalonians 2]. There are all kinds of rumors and opinions that the Anti Messiah will be someone representing Iran, or a European Muslim convert or even an Israeli military leader. I’m not an expert on this, it’s just some food for thought and you can’t (and shouldn’t) believe everything you hear. With all these rumours,  just remember Yeshua‘s words in Matthew 24: 

23 “At that time, if someone says to you, `Look! Here’s the Messiah!’ or, `There he is!’ don’t believe him.  

24 For there will appear false Messiahs and false prophets performing great miracles — amazing things! — so as to fool even the chosen, if pos sible.  

25 There! I have told you in advance!  

26 So if people say to you, `Listen! He’s out in the desert!’ don’t go; or, `Look! He’s hidden away in a secret room!’ don’t believe it. 

27 For when the Son of Man does come, it will be like lightning that flashes out of the east and fills the sky to the western horizon.  

Let’s continue to hold on to Yeshua’s words by reading the Bible. 

I’ve included some of my photos in the post. 

Have a good week!

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Psalm 23 in Hebrew

Psalm 23 is probably one of the most famous psalms. Written by King David, this psalm has inspired painters and even composers such as Johnn Sebastian bach to compose music to the words. But have you heard the words in Hebrew?

Israeli Band, Miqedem has recently released a new album called “Vol II” and
Psalm 23 is one of the featured songs. Enjoy!  The other songs from Vol II are also amazing!

Halleluyah!

 

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Gain invaluable wisdom instantly

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I hope that you have been well!

Over the past couple of weeks, I read various random verses from the Word, and I kept returning to the same topic which is the fear of ADONAI (the Lord). One particular verse that stands out, is the first section of Psalm 111:10 “the first and foremost point of wisdom is the fear of ADONAI“. In the Hebrew text, it is even shorter, only 4 words (רֵאשִׁית חָכְמָה, יִרְאַת יְהוָה). In my opinion, it’s very clear what the starting point of wisdom is. We could spend hours and hours studying the dietary requirements given in the Torah, bible prophecies,  bible history etc, but if we don’t fear the Lord (that is, obey), it’s a bit of a waste of time. It only takes a second to read Psalm 111:10 and gain invaluable wisdom instantly.

Stay focused on Yeshua the Messiah!

I hope you have a peaceful weekend and Shabbat!

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Shabbat Shalom, friends!

The State of Israel celebrated 70 years of Independence on 19 April. This isn’t a coincidence, but bible prophecy.

We read about this in various verses in the Bible and I particularly like Ezekiel 39:28  [t]hen they will know that I am ADONAI their God, since it was I who caused them to go into exile among the nations, and it was I who regathered them to their own land. I will leave none of them there any more”

Happy Independence Day Israel!