Prophetic

I Know…

Shalom Friends,

This is a beautiful song by Shilo ben Hod called “I Know”. One of the lyrics in this song, says that “You’ve kept every word You’ve spoken”. When I hear this I think of the prophecy found in the Book of Jeremiah, chapter 31.

31 “”Here, the days are coming,” says ADONAI, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Isra’el and with the house of Y’hudah.

32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers on the day I took them by their hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt; because they, for their part, violated my covenant, even though I, for my part, was a husband to them,” says ADONAI.

33 “For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Isra’el after those days,” says ADONAI: “I will put my Torah within them and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people.

34 No longer will any of them teach his fellow community member or his brother, ‘Know ADONAI’; for all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest; because I will forgive their wickednesses and remember their sins no more.”

The God of Israel made a new covenant with his people, whereby our Messiah, Yeshua / Jesus died for our sins, once. As Paul sums this up in Hebrews chapter 9 verses 26 to 28: “But as it is, he has appeared once at the end of the ages in order to do away with sin through the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as human beings have to die once, but after this comes judgment, 28 so also the Messiah, having been offered once to bear the sins of many,[c] will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to deliver those who are eagerly waiting for him.”

Let’s pray everyday for Yeshua / Jesus to return… soon!

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Following Yeshua / Jesus in Jerusalem

In Matthew 21, we read about the event where Yeshua entered Jerusalem, fulfilling messianic prophecies as written in Zechariah, Isaiah, Jeremiah and the Psalms. In verse 12, Yeshua chased out the people doing business near the temple: 

12 Yeshua entered the Temple grounds and drove out those who were doing business there, both the merchants and their customers. He upset the desks of the money-changers and knocked over the benches of those who were selling pigeons. 13 He said to them, “It has been written, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer.’[e] But you are making it into a den of robbers!”

Imagine what it would have been like to witness these events back in those days two thousand years ago.   I’ve recently found two interesting videos on the history of the temple mount and Jerusalem during the time of Yeshua; and I wanted to share these with you. Enjoy!

Prophetic

Wake UP and Clean UP!

Shalom Friends,

In Romans 13:11 -14 CJB, Shaul / Paul pointed out how we should live in these final days. That is to get ready, to stay ready and not waste our time thinking about nonsense:

11 Besides all this, you know at what point of history we stand; so it is high time for you to rouse yourselves from sleep; for the final deliverance is nearer than when we first came to trust. 12 The night is almost over, the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and arm ourselves with the weapons of light. 13 Let us live properly, as people do in the daytime — not partying and getting drunk, not engaging in sexual immorality and other excesses, not quarrelling and being jealous. 14 Instead, clothe yourselves with the Lord Yeshua the Messiah; and don’t waste your time thinking about how to provide for the sinful desires of your old nature.

Rabbi Lawrence Hirsh discusses what it means to be prepared and staying prepared in a teaching series called “practising Righteousness”.

May you have a peaceful and blessed week!

The Word of God says

Expose the Truth

Yeshua said, “I AM the Way — and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through me.
John 14:6

אָמַר לוֹ יֵשׁוּעַ: “אֲנִי הַדֶּרֶךְ וְהָאֱמֶת וְהַחַיִּים. אֵין אִישׁ בָּא אֶל הָאָב אֶלָּא דַּרְכִּי.
הַבְּשׂוֹרָה עַל־פִּי יוֹחָנָן פֶּרֶק יד

Hanukkah

“Then came Hanukkah in Yerushalayim”

Happy Hanukkah! If you do a google search for where Hanukkah is mentioned in the Hebrew bible, you’ll find that it isn’t actually mentioned. The only reference is found in the New Testament in John Chapter 10:

Then came Hanukkah in Yerushalayim. It was winter, 23 and Yeshua was walking around inside the Temple area, in Shlomo’s Colonnade. 24 So the Judeans surrounded him and said to him, “How much longer are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us publicly!” 25 Yeshua answered them, “I have already told you, and you don’t trust me. The works I do in my Father’s name testify on my behalf, 26 but the reason you don’t trust is that you are not included among my sheep. 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.” John 10:22 (Complete Jewish Bible).

As the Covid pandemic continues around the world, with raising inflation, rumors of wars, climate change issues and so forth, it just seems that these challenging times just continue and are the new normal. However, we should remember that our only anchor in this world of instability is our faith in our Messiah. It’s not always easy, but let’s reflect on these words spoken by Yeshua in John 16: 28 and 33 (CJB):

28 “I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and returning to the Father.” 33 “I have said these things to you so that, united with me, you may have shalom. In the world, you have tsuris (problems). But be brave! I have conquered the world!”

Be brave!

Shabbat Shalom!

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.