The Word of God says

Have no fear; I will help you

Shabbat Shalom!

 “But you, Isra’el, my servant; Ya’akov, whom I have chosen, descendants of Avraham my friend, 9 I have taken you from the ends of the earth, summoned you from its most distant parts and said to you, ‘You are my servant’ – I have chosen you, not rejected you. 10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you; don’t be distressed, for I am your God. I give you strength, I give you help, I support you with my victorious right hand. 11 All those who were angry with you will be disgraced, put to shame; those who fought against you will be destroyed, brought to nothing. 12 You will seek them but not find them, those who contended with you; yes, those who made war with you will be brought to nothing, nothing at all. 13 For I, ADONAI, your God, say to you, as I hold your right hand, ‘Have no fear; I will help you. 14 Have no fear, Ya’akov, you worm, you men of Isra’el!’ I will help you,” says ADONAI; “Your redeemer is the Holy One of Isra’el. 

Isaiah 41: 8-14 CJB

The Word of God says

“It won’t come near you”

You who live in the shelter of ‘Elyon,
who spend your nights in the shadow of Shaddai,
who say to Adonai, “My refuge! My fortress!
My God, in whom I trust!” —
he will rescue you from the trap of the hunter
and from the plague of calamities;
he will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his truth is a shield and protection.

You will not fear the terrors of night
or the arrow that flies by day,
or the plague that roams in the dark,
or the scourge that wreaks havoc at noon.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand;
but it won’t come near you.
Only keep your eyes open,
and you will see how the wicked are punished.

Psalm 91:1-8 CJB

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The Rock of Israel

Shilo ben Hod released new Hebrew worship songs recently, and these are some of my favourites: the Rock of Israel and Yeshua, Saviour. The second song called Yeshua, Saviour is based on Psalm 121. I hope you enjoy these and remember Yeshua’s words in Matthew 5:11 – 20:

11 “How blessed you are when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of vicious lies about you because you follow me! 12 Rejoice, be glad, because your reward in heaven is great — they persecuted the prophets before you in the same way. 13 “You are salt for the Land. But if salt becomes tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except being thrown out for people to trample on. 14 “You are light for the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Likewise, when people light a lamp, they don’t cover it with a bowl but put it on a lampstand, so that it shines for everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they may see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven. 17 “Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete. 18 Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah — not until everything that must happen has happened. 19 So whoever disobeys the least of these mitzvot and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness is far greater than that of the Torah-teachers and P’rushim, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven! 

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It doesn’t get better, it gets worse!

Is this the end? With everything that is going on in the world and America, is this really the end? It’s almost been a year since the first Covid-19 cases were reported and even with vaccines being rolled out in various countries, the death toll increases every day. I’m not an American, but there is a political change of power in America which is worrying combined with other superpower nations around the world increasingly becoming aggressive such as China and Iran. What did Yeshua say about these events? A couple of weeks ago, Pastor Peter Tsukahira uploaded this video below on the birth pains that Yeshua spoken about in Matthew 24.

“But whoever holds out till the end will be delivered.” Matthew 24: 13

Hanukkah

Yeshua (Jesus) said what during Hanukkah?

שמח חג (Happy Holiday)! Did you know that Hanukkah (the festival of dedication) appears in the new testament of the Bible? And that Yeshua (Jesus) was in Jerusalem during Hanukkah? Yes, it’s true. The year 1611 version of the King James Bible recorded this event in Chapter John 10 (with reference to Verses 22 and 23) as follows:

22¶ And it was at Hierusalem the feast of the dedication, & it was winter.

23And Iesus walked in the temple in Solomons porch.

The Complete Jewish Version, gives the following translation:

22 Then came Hanukkah in Yerushalayim. It was winter, 

23 and Yeshua was walking around inside the Temple area, in Shlomo’s Colonnade. 

During the discussion between the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua and the Judeans, Yeshua said the following in Verses 27 to 30:

27 My sheep listen to my voice, I recognize them, they follow me, 28 and I give them eternal life. They will absolutely never be destroyed, and no one will snatch them from my hands. 29 My Father, who gave them to me, is greater than all; and no one can snatch them from the Father’s hands. 30 I and the Father are one.”

Yes, Yeshua and the Almighty Living God of Israel are one. This reconfirms the Shema Yisrael ( שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל) written in Deuteronomy 6 Verses 4 to 9:

(A:vi, S: v) Sh’ma, Yisra’elAdonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad [Hear, Isra’el! Adonai our God, Adonai is one]; and you are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, all your being and all your resources. These words, which I am ordering you today, are to be on your heart; and you are to teach them carefully to your children. You are to talk about them when you sit at home, when you are traveling on the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them on your hand as a sign, put them at the front of a headband around your forehead, and write them on the door-frames of your house and on your gates.

Hanukkah celebrations, Jerusalem 2019

Please watch the video by One for Israel explaining the event of Hanukkah in the new testament:

May the Almighty Living God of Israel, bless and keep you and your family save in these uncertain times!

Prophetic

Sodom and Gomorrah: don’t ignore this warning!

If you ever get the opportunity to visit the Dead Sea area in Israel, I’d say take it. It is definitely on my “highly recommended places to visit in the world” list, if I had such a list. According to Wikipedia, the Dead Sea attracted visitors from around the Mediterranean Basin for thousands of years and one of the earliest references to the Dead Sea is found in Genesis 14 verses 1-3:

14 (iv) When Amrafel was king of Shin‘ar, Aryokh king of Elasar, K’dorla‘omer king of ‘Elam and Tid‘al king of Goyim; they made war together against Bera king of S’dom and against Birsha king of ‘Amora, Shin’av king of Admah, Shem’ever king of Tzvoyim, and the king of Bela (which is the same as Tzo‘ar). All the latter kings joined forces in the Siddim Valley, where the Dead Sea is. They had served K’dorla‘omer twelve years, but in the thirteenth year they rebelled.

Genesis 14: 1-3

Say hello!This is me. This photo was taken earlier in the year 2020 on a very windy day with the Dead Sea in the background.

Located in the area were the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and we read about the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah back in those ancient days in verse 2 of Genesis 14. If we continue to read the Bible, we find the history of what happened to the inhabitants of these ancient cities in Genesis 19. These people received judgment for their wicked sinful behaviour.

Please watch the two videos below and share it, because these events are evidence of ADONAI’s judgement. These events that took place thousands of years ago stand as a warning as written in 2 Peter 2 verses 4 – 10:

For God did not spare the angels who sinned; on the contrary, he put them in gloomy dungeons lower than Sh’ol to be held for judgment. And he did not spare the ancient world; on the contrary, he preserved Noach, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, and brought the Flood upon a world of ungodly people. And he condemned the cities of S’dom and ‘Amora, reducing them to ashes and ruin, as a warning to those in the future who would live ungodly lives; but he rescued Lot, a righteous man who was distressed by the debauchery of those unprincipled people; for the wicked deeds which that righteous man saw and heard, as he lived among them, tormented his righteous heart day after day. So the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and how to hold the wicked until the Day of Judgment while continuing to punish them, 10 especially those who follow their old natures in lust for filth and who despise authority.

This Shabbat

Lessons on Prayer from the Life of Sarah

Shalom Friends,

Last Shabbat, Rabbi Lawrence Hirsh from the Beit HaMashiach Congregation, discussed one of the most fundamental principles of prayer, that is to pray in the name of Yeshua, our Messiah. This principle to pray in the name of a person also appears in Genesis 24:12 and is also practiced in Orthodox Judaism. Please note that we, as believers in Yeshua the Messiah, pray in the name of Yeshua, because Yeshua indicated that in Matthew 28:18 CJB “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. And further in John 14:6  Yeshua said, “I AM the Way — and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through me. Lawrence also reflect on principles about prayer from both her life.

May Yeshua protect us during these strange times.

Appointed Times

An Argument for Yeshua being born on Sukkot

Some believe that Yeshua Mashiach might have been born around the feast of tabernacles (Sukkot). Eric Aizenstros from the Beit HaMaschiach congregation presents the possible reason for this.

13 “You are to keep the festival of Sukkot for seven days after you have gathered the produce of your threshing-floor and winepress. 14 Rejoice at your festival – you, your sons and daughters, your male and female slaves, the L’vi’im, and the foreigners, orphans and widows living among you. 15 Seven days you are to keep the festival for ADONAI your God in the place ADONAI your God will choose, because ADONAI your God will bless you in all your crops and in all your work, so you are to be full of joy! 16 “Three times a year all your men are to appear in the presence of ADONAI your God in the place which he will choose – at the festival of matzah, at the festival of Shavu’ot and at the festival of Sukkot. They are not to show up before ADONAI empty-handed, 17 but every man is to give what he can, in accordance with the blessing ADONAI your God has given you.  Deuteronomy 16

33 ADONAI said to Moshe, 34 “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the feast of Sukkot for seven days to ADONAI. 35 On the first day there is to be a holy convocation; do not do any kind of ordinary work. 36 For seven days you are to bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI; on the eighth day you are to have a holy convocation and bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI ; it is a day of public assembly; do not do any kind of ordinary work 37 “‘These are the designated times of ADONAI that you are to proclaim as holy convocations and bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI -a burnt offering, a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, each on its own day – 38 besides the Shabbats of ADONAI, your gifts, all your vows and all your voluntary offerings that you give to ADONAI 39 “‘But on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered the produce of the land, you are to observe the festival of ADONAI seven days; the first day is to be a complete rest and the eighth day is to be a complete rest. 40 On the first day you are to take choice fruit, palm fronds, thick branches and river-willows, and celebrate in the presence of ADONAI your God for seven days. 41 You are to observe it as a feast to ADONAI seven days in the year; it is a permanent regulation, generation after generation; keep it in the seventh month. 42 You are to live in sukkot for seven days; every citizen of Isra’el is to live in a sukkah, 43 so that generation after generation of you will know that I made the people of Isra’el live in sukkot when I brought them out of the land of Egypt; I am ADONAI your God.'” 44 Thus Moshe announced to the people of Isra’el the designated times of ADONAI. Leviticus 23

Appointed Times

Yom Kippur

In Leviticus 23 verses 26 to 32 we read the instructions given to Moses regarding Yom Kippur (The day of atonement)

26  ADONAI said to Moshe, 27 “The tenth day of this seventh month is Yom-Kippur; you are to have a holy convocation, you are to deny yourselves, and you are to bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI. 28 You are not to do any kind of work on that day, because it is Yom-Kippur, to make atonement for you before ADONAI your God. 29 Anyone who does not deny himself on that day is to be cut off from his people; 30 and anyone who does any kind of work on that day, I will destroy from among his people. 31 You are not to do any kind of work; it is a permanent regulation through all your generations, no matter where you live. 32 It will be for you a Shabbat of complete rest, and you are to deny yourselves; you are to rest on your Shabbat from evening the ninth day of the month until the following evening.” 

This is an interesting discussion about the role of the High Priest and the people of Yom Kippur.

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Horrific killings of South African farmers, where victims were sexually assaulted, tortured and strung up on poles

Their killers often torture their victims and rape the female members in the house before finally murdering their victims.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/12852875/farm-workers-torture-murder-south-africa/

Horrific killings of farmers, where victims were sexually assaulted, tortured and strung up on poles, have sparked outrage in South Africa.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/12852875/farm-workers-torture-murder-south-africa/

In one of the cases, a female farm manager was sexually assaulted and strangled by two gunmen at her farm.

In a separate brutal attack on a farm manager 290km away, a man was tied to a pole and tortured before being repeatedly stabbed and then strangled.

And, in a third incident, a gang of nine attackers allegedly threatened to rape a farmer’s young children if he didn’t cooperate and give them what they wanted.

Farm manager Chantel Kershaw, 44, was ambushed by two armed men as she helped load a lawnmower onto a truck, The Sun reports.

They then held her down and strangled her in the garage of her farm at Delmas east of Johannesburg and left her lying on the ground before pistol whipping her mother.

Distraught mum Greta Spiers, 65, was restrained as the farm was looted and a maid locked in a bathroom before they fled the scene in the family’s white Chevrolet station wagon.

Local neighbourhood watch farmers forced the stolen vehicle off the road in a high-speed chase after being alerted by the murdered woman’s mum and captured the suspects.

Chantel Kershaw, 44, was ambushed by two armed men at her farm near Johannesburg. Picture: Jamie Pyatt/News Corp

Chantel Kershaw, 44, was ambushed by two armed men at her farm near Johannesburg. Picture: Jamie Pyatt/News CorpSource:Supplied

A worker at the farm who was stripped and tied up by the armed raiders was later arrested after the mobile phone numbers of the two arrested men were found in his phone.

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The three men appeared before Delmas Magistrates Court charged with armed robbery, theft and murder and were refused bail and have been remanded in custody for trial.

Police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hiathi said, “Chantel asked an employee to help her load a lawnmower into a truck when she suddenly saw two armed men inside her yard.

“They told the employee to take his clothes off and tied him up and then attacked the woman who was screaming for help and strangled her and then went into the house.

“The victim’s mother was assaulted with a firearm and the house was robbed.

“A high-speed chase ensued between the suspects and the neighbourhood watch group which resulted in the suspects overturning their vehicles and crawling out to escape.

“But they were caught and handed over to the police who opened a case of robbery and murder and a firearm was recovered and ammunition and a bloodstained jacket.”

The two men tried to escape in Chantel’s Chevrolet but were chased by a local neighbourhood watch team. Picture: Jamie Pyatt/News Corp

The two men tried to escape in Chantel’s Chevrolet but were chased by a local neighbourhood watch team. Picture: Jamie Pyatt/News CorpSource:Supplied

In a separate murder, farm manager Brendin Horner, 21, was attacked and brutally tortured before being stabbed three times then strangled after being strung up from a pole.

The horrific attack happened at the De Rots Farm in Paul Roux in Free State province 180 miles away from the earlier murder and he was said to have gone through a horrific ordeal.

Police spokesman Brigadier Montansi Makheli said Mr Horner failed to arrive home after finishing work and was reported missing and was found at 6am the next day murdered.

His blood-soaked body showed horrific signs of torture and multiple stabbings and a knife was found nearby on his cap and he was found strung up to a pole and declared dead.

Two men have been arrested and charged with murder and are due in court tomorrow.

Gilly Scheepers who owns the farm where Mr Horner was murdered said, “He worked for me for a year before he was brutally murdered but this is sensitive and I am not commenting.”

In a third incident, Paul da Cruz, his wife and four children – three girls and one boy aged between 6 and 18 – were attacked on their farm in Westonaria in Gauteng on Friday morning.

Da Cruz told Netwerk24 his children and his wife were directly threatened with rape and he wanted them to undergo trauma counselling as soon as possible.

On Saturday, one of his daughters reportedly asked him what it would look like if she were shot in the head.

Agricultural strategist Dr Jaco De Villiers has described the latest murders as part of a “war against food production” in the country and said that his murder was “slaughter”.

Brendin Horner had been working on the farm for a year. Picture: Jamie Pyatt/News Corp

Brendin Horner had been working on the farm for a year. Picture: Jamie Pyatt/News CorpSource:Supplied

He told TimesLive: “How do you murder someone and hang him on a pole for everyone to see? This was a clear message to all farmers. Farm killings have to stop right now.”

Dr Jane Buys, safety and risk analyst of Free State Agriculture, told the paper: “The senseless killings cannot be allowed with the brutality in which they are executed.

“It is not clear what the motive for this murder is. There cannot be any justification for killing a person who provides food security. Something has to be done to stop it.”

Pressure group Agri SA said that on average a farm where a farmer is violently attacked will be abandoned for up to five years until someone takes it on and restarts production.

They said that means dozens of workers and dependants losing their livelihoods.

AfriForum spokesman Marius Muller who speaks for the civil rights organisation protecting minority groups in South Africa said the farmers need better police protection.

One of the suspects is led away by police. Picture: Jamie Pyatt/News Corp

One of the suspects is led away by police. Picture: Jamie Pyatt/News CorpSource:Supplied

He said, “This is yet another dark day in the history of South Africa for farmers and those with small holdings and the murder of these two farmers was totally unnecessary.

“These were both premeditated and horrific attacks on innocent farmers who look after and care for their workers and whose jobs may now be put in jeopardy by these murders.”

Each day in South Africa an average of 60 people are murdered but although the number of farmers killed averages 75 a year, their deaths are usually horrific and brutal.

Their killers often torture their victims and rape the female members in the house before finally murdering their victims.

The Word of God says

Who may go up to the mountain of Adonai?

Photo taken by myself in December 2019, Jerusalem,
Capital of Israel
A powerful message about not forgetting that we are standing on holy ground!

Psalm 24 (0) By David. A psalm:

(1) The earth is Adonai’s, with all that is in it,
the world and those who live there;
for he set its foundations on the seas
and established it on the rivers.

Who may go up to the mountain of Adonai?
Who can stand in his holy place?
Those with clean hands and pure hearts,
who don’t make vanities the purpose of their lives
or swear oaths just to deceive.

They will receive a blessing from Adonai
and justice from God, who saves them.
Such is the character of those who seek him,
of Ya‘akov, who seeks your face. (Selah)

Lift up your heads, you gates!
Lift them up, everlasting doors,
so that the glorious king can enter!
Who is he, this glorious king?
Adonai, strong and mighty,
Adonai, mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, you gates!
Lift them up, everlasting doors,
so that the glorious king can enter!
10 Who is he, this glorious king?
Adonai-Tzva’ot —
he is the glorious king. (Selah)

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Sergio and Rhoda in Israel

Shalom friends, I’ve been following this highly recommended channel on Youtube called “Sergio and Rhoda in Israel” for a number of years and I would like to share this channel with you. Due to corona virus restrictions in various parts of the world (including Israel), international travel is either restricted or unavailable. However, one could still “travel” by watching videos such a these produced by Sergio and Rhoda. They are believers in Yeshua living in Nazareth, Israel and they produce videos about places of interest in Israel with a biblical perspective. I’ve included 2 of their videos and visit the Youtube channel to view more.