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

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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!

 

This Shabbat

Stay united with Yeshua

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As we cry towards the Wall, our tears are prayers too

However, remember the rejected rock that has become the Cornerstone

Yeshua ha Mashiach, is this Cornerstone!

When you’ve found Yeshua, stay united with Him

Don’t turn away!

Remember Yeshua’s words:  “If you keep my commands, you will stay in my love — just as I have kept my Father’s commands and stay in his love.”

Remain united with Yeshua, the King of Israel!

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One day we will welcome Yeshua’s return by shouting Baruch Haba B’shem ADONAI / בָּרוּךְ הַבָּא, בְּשֵׁם יְהוָה / Blessed is he who comes in the name of ADONAI

שבת שלום לכולם /  Shabbat Shalom to everyone☺

 

References:

Tehillim / Psalm 118

Tehillim / Psalm 56:8

Yochanan / John 15

 

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Appointed Times

Yom Teruah 5778: Trumpets announcing judgement, repentance and joy (the Book of Zephaniah) 

 

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This Wednesday evening it is Yom Teruah – the day of blowing the shofar / trumpet. According to Leviticus 23, we’re to observe this appointed time on the first day of the seventh month (traditionally called Tishrei or the biblical name of Etanim – [1 Kings 8:2]).

Leviticus 23

23 ADONAI said to Moshe,

24 “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘In the seventh month, the first of the month is to be for you a day of complete rest for remembering, a holy convocation announced with blasts on the shofar.

25 Do not do any kind of ordinary work, and bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI.'”

(Traditionally, this day is called the Jewish New Year or Rosh Hashanah )

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Now that we know that Yom Teruah is one of the Moedim (מועדים / appointed times) and that we should observe this day as a shabbat, but what does it signify? Well, blowing of the shofar / trumpet indicates the announcement of a specific event. Throughout the Word of God, we read that this announcement could be either a call to worship, to repent, to battle and war, to cause fear and confusion of the enemy, to announce freedom (joy) or judgement, or usher in the presence of the Lord. For example, in the Book of Joshua we read that when the Israelites entered the Land of Israel, the fortified city of Jericho were destroyed after 7 days (Joshua 6 ). For each of these seven days, the priests blew on their shofars and shouted on the seventh day. Also in Judges 7, we read how 300 men used their trumpets to allow ADONAI to defeat their enemies. In 1 Thessalonians 4 :16 we also read that:

16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a rousing cry, with a call from one of the ruling angels, and with God’s shofar; those who died united with the Messiah will be the first to rise;

For this blog post, I was drawn to the words from the Prophet Zephaniah (Tz’fanyah / צְפַנְיָה) (the meaning of this prophet’s name is: ADONAI has concealed; ADONAI has protected; and treasured by ADONAI). Just like the name suggests, ADONAI’S message given to this prophet is broadly contained in three sections: firstly, judgement is coming but the time is concealed, secondly, HIS people will be protected and avoid judgement and thirdly, we are treasured by ADONAI therefore He will give us joy – a celebration as we’re no longer subject to judgement.

Let’s read the first section of this prophet’s message that spells out the coming judgement:

Zephaniah 1:14 to 18: 

 14 The great Day of ADONAI is near, near and coming very quickly; Hear the sound of the Day of ADONAI! When it’s here, even a warrior will cry bitterly.

15 That Day is a Day of fury, a Day of trouble and distress, a Day of waste and desolation, a Day of darkness and gloom, a Day of clouds and thick fog,

16 a Day of the shofar and battle-cry against the fortified cities and against the high towers [on the city walls].

17 “I will bring such distress on people that they will grope their way like the blind, because they have sinned against ADONAI. Their blood will be poured out like dust and their bowels like dung.

18 Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them. On the day of ADONAI’s fury, the whole land will be destroyed in the fire of his jealousy. For he will make an end, a horrible end, of all those living in the land.”

The prophet specifically indicates that silver nor gold (i.e money) will be unable to save people on the day of Judgement and one can’t buy salvation. What is one of the world’s main obsessions? It’s money. For some, money is the end all and be all of everything. It’s one of the reason why people have fallen away from ADONAI due to idolising money.

Yeshua ha Mashiach (ישוע המשיח) explicitly mentioned in Matthew 6:24 that we can’t serve money and ADONAI.

24 No one can be slave to two masters; for he will either hate the first and love the second, or scorn the second and be loyal to the first. You can’t be a slave to both God and money.

Yeshua also mentioned in Matthew 6:19-21 that we should focus on building up treasures in Heaven:

19 “Do not store up for yourselves wealth here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and burglars break in and steal. 
20 Instead, store up for yourselves wealth in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and burglars do not break in or steal. 
21 For where your wealth is, there your heart will be also. 

It is also recorded in the Mishna that “[i]n the hour of a person’s departure, neither silver nor gold nor precious stones nor pearls accompany him, only Torah and good works.” (Avot 6:9 – Jewish New Testament Commentary by David Stern as quoted on the blog “My Heart is for Israel“).

Secondly, ADONAI always has a plan for us; a way to find HIM and to walk with HIM. ADONAI revealed this to Zephaniah, that there is a way to avoid judgement and find ADONAI’s protection: Repent / Teshuvah (seek ADONAI).

We read in Zephaniah 2:3:

3 Seek ADONAI, all you humble in the land, you who exercise his justice; seek righteousness, seek humility – you might be hidden on the day of ADONAI’s anger.

Money isn’t going to help you on the day of Judgement. Only by seeking and humbling (repenting) yourself before ADONAI, will you be saved and receive salvation.

The third section of ADONAI’s message giving to Zephaniah to record, is that the sound of the shofar that announces judgement will be turned into the sound of announcing joy and happiness as we are treasured by ADONAI. It’s a celebration! We should sing and shout because ADONAI has removing the judgement against us and we’re serving the King of Israel, Yeshua ha Mashiach (the Messiah) who is always with us.

We read in Zephaniah 3: 13 -20 that:

 13 The remnant of Isra’el will not do wrong, nor will they speak lies, nor will there be found in their mouths a tongue given over to deceit; for they will be able to graze and lie down, with no one to disturb them.

14 Sing, daughter of Tziyon! Shout, Isra’el! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, daughter of Yerushalayim!

15 ADONAI has removed the judgments against you, he has expelled your enemy; the king of Isra’el, ADONAI, is right there with you. You no longer need to fear that anything bad will happen.

16 On that day, it will be said to Yerushalayim, “Do not fear, Tziyon! don’t let your hands droop down.

17 ADONAI your God is right there with you, as a mighty savior. He will rejoice over you and be glad, he will be silent in his love, he will shout over you with joy.”

18 “I will gather those of yours who grieve over the appointed feasts and bear the burden of reproach [because they cannot keep them].

19 When that time comes, I will deal with all those who oppress you. I will save her who is lame, gather her who was driven away, and make them whose shame spread over the earth the object of praise and renown.

20 When that time comes, I will bring you in; when that time comes, I will gather you and make you the object of fame and praise among all the peoples of the earth – when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes,” says ADONAI.

As we should sing and shout, our victory song is found in Psalm 98.

A psalm: Sing a new song to ADONAI, because he has done wonders. His right hand, his holy arm have won him victory.

2 ADONAI has made known his victory; revealed his vindication in full view of the nations,

3 remembered his grace and faithfulness to the house of Isra’el. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.

4 Shout for joy to ADONAI, all the earth! Break forth, sing for joy, sing praises!

5 Sing praises to ADONAI with the lyre, with the lyre and melodious music!

6 With trumpets and the sound of the shofar, shout for joy before the king, ADONAI!

7 Let the sea roar, and everything in it; the world, and those living in it.

8 Let the floods clap their hands; let the mountains sing together for joy

9 before ADONAI, for he has come to judge the earth; he will judge the world rightly and the peoples fairly.

Let’s listen to this psalm sung in Hebrew

To conclude: Judgement is coming. The time has been concealed as mentioned by Yeshua in various verses such as Mark 13:32-37, Matthew 24:36-44 ; Matthew 25:13:

Mark 13:32-37:

32 However, when that day and hour will come, no one knows — not the angels in heaven, not the Son, just the Father. 
33 Stay alert! Be on your guard! For you do not know when the time will come. 
34 “It’s like a man who travels away from home, puts his servants in charge, each with his own task, and tells the doorkeeper to stay alert. 
35 So stay alert! for you don’t know when the owner of the house will come, 
36 whether it will be evening, midnight, cockcrow or morning — you don’t want him to come suddenly and find you sleeping! 
37 And what I say to you, I say to everyone: stay alert!”
 Matthew 24:36-44:
36 “But when that day and hour will come, no one knows — not the angels in heaven, not the Son, only the Father. 
37 For the Son of Man’s coming will be just as it was in the days of Noach
38 Back then, before the Flood, people went on eating and drinking, taking wives and becoming wives, right up till the day Noach entered the ark; 
39 and they didn’t know what was happening until the Flood came and swept them all away. It will be just like that when the Son of Man comes. 
40 Then there will be two men in a field — one will be taken and the other left behind. 
41 There will be two women grinding flour at the mill — one will be taken and the other left behind. 
42 So stay alert, because you don’t know on what day your Lord will come. 
43 But you do know this: had the owner of the house known when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not allowed his house to be broken into. 
44 Therefore you too must always be ready, for the Son of Man will come when you are not expecting him. 

Matthew 25:13:

13 So stay alert, because you know neither the day nor the hour.

Thus, let’s get our life and relationship with ADONAI in order. Do it today and stay alert! There are definitely signs that we are moving ever closer to the coming judgment and events that will precede this. Furthermore, this might all sound like doom and gloom, but, remember the third section of the prophesy:

It’s not a time to be sad, but a time for joy. For  “ADONAI has removed the judgments against you, he has expelled your enemy; the king of Isra’el, ADONAI, is right there with you. You no longer need to fear that anything bad will happen.”

The nations will be in anxiety and bewilderment, and the sinners will fear and faint (Luke 21: 25 to 26) at the events to come, but we will be singing, shouting and praising ADONAI! We will be liberated! Our King, Yeshua Ha Mashiach (the Messiah) is with us.

All glory to our King of Israel!

 

 

This Shabbat

Revealed: The Name of the Jewish Messiah

Shabbat Shalom, Friends!

In the Tanakh, every name has a meaning and the meaning relates to a specific action or event that happened to this person, for example Moshe was given this name as he was pulled out of the river (Exodus 2:10). At certain times, a person’s given name was either changed to reflect their current status or purpose in life for example Avram was changed to Avraham (Genesis 17:5) or the given Hebrew name was changed to a foreign name based on their place of residency, but later their original Hebrew name was revealed again for example Yosef, son of Israel sold into slavery by Judah and his brothers. During this time, Yosef as a slave suffered and was even imprisoned, but later, he oversaw the affairs of Egypt. Later Yosef revealed his real name to his brother Judah, and all his brothers again (Genesis, 41:45 & Genesis 45).

The same trend applies to ADONAI, when in ancient times, ADONAI gave His Name as EL SHADDAI (אֵל שַׁדָּי) to Avraham, Yitzhak and Yaakov/ Israel. However, in Exodus 6:3 ADONAI revealed His Name to Moshe as YUD HEY VAV HEY (YHVH /יְהוָ֔ה).

So, what does this have to do with the Messiah’s name and identity? Well, throughout the Tanakh, starting with Moshe, the Prophets and King David, they all sang songs and prophesied about the word “ Yeshuah”/ ישׁוּעָה, the hebrew word for salvation:

  • In Exodus 15:2: Moshe sang that “God is my Salvation”

 ב  עָזִּי וְזִמְרָת יָהּ, וַיְהִי-לִי  {ר}  לִישׁוּעָה;

  • In Isaiah 12:2, this prophet prophesied “for see! God is my salvation” הִנֵּה אֵל יְשׁוּעָתִי אֶבְטַח
  • In Psalm 62:2 King David sangs “ADONAI is my light and salvation He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken”.

 ב  אַךְ אֶל-אֱלֹהִים, דּוּמִיָּה נַפְשִׁי;    מִמֶּנּוּ, יְשׁוּעָתִי.

  • In Psalm 118:21 “I am thanking you because you answered me; you
    became my salvation”  אוֹדְךָ, כִּי עֲנִיתָנִי;    וַתְּהִי-לִי, לִישׁוּעָה.

Can you see the name Yeshua / ישׁוּעָ contained these verses? You could say this is all coincidence, however we know that the Messiah, the anointed one will bring about ADONAIS salvation / ישׁוּעָה and read in context with the Branch as explained below, the picture will be clearer that Yeshua is the Jewish Messiah:

Connected to this word Salvation /  ישׁוּעָה, thousands of years ago, Moshe prophesied that a Prophet will raise up just like him and we should place our trust in Him.(Deuteronomy 18:18). The Prophets made a connection ,as revealed by ADONAI, between this coming Prophet and a Branch that “will emerge from the trunk of Yishai”(the root of Yishai), father of King David (Isaiah 11 and Jeremiah 33:15: ADONAI  will cause to spring up for David, a branch of righteousness.) In Zechariah 6:11-12 the Branch / Sprout (Tzemach / צֶמַח) would sprout up and rebuild the temple. This “Branch” will be the future King of Israel, a descendant of David, the Prophet as referred to my Moshe and Messiah of Israel.

Further, what is interesting is that in Zechariah 3:8 the cohen gadol named Y’hoshua (יְהוֹשֻׁעַ) and his colleagues were seen as being the Branch: “these men are a sign that I am going to bring my servant Sprout / Tzemach/ צֶמַח.” Later the name “Y,hoshua” was changed to “Yeshua” יֵשׁ֨וּעַ in Ezra- Nehemiah period (Ezra 3:8). The New Testament period started a couple of hundred years later. This means that the name Y’hoshua / Yeshua is linked to being the Branch / Sprout / Tzemach/ צֶמַח from the tribe of Judah, King of Israel and furthermore, will bring about ADONAI’s Salvation / Yeshuah /  ישׁוּעָה, thus ADONAI is Yeshua – all revealed in the Tanakh.

Now, some thoughts on the translation of the name Yeshua into greek:

We know that the Jewish Messiah was born with the Hebrew name Yeshua /  ישׁוּעָ , in the area of the Tribe of Judah, in the Land of Israel little over 2000 years ago. As the Brit Chadasha was mainly written in Greek, Yeshua was changed to “Jesus”. However, His original Hebrew name is again being revealed to Israel and the nations now. (In the State of Israel, ordinary Israelis don’t necessarily know or use the name “Yeshua”. The reason being that His name appears as a cursed name in the Talmud and the Rabbis have been using this cursed name for last 1500 years to stop Jews from believing in Yeshua as Messiah of Israel).

This change and revelation of the Messiah’s name as Yeshua is similar to that of the story of Yosef (which contains a messianic message even in Orthodox Judaism).

Whether, you want to refer to the Messiah’s name as Yeshua or Jesus is your choice, however consider the following: Firstly, the name “Jesus” also apparently appears in the religion of Islam and in the quran (or at least in theory). In this man-made religion, this “Jesus” character is seen as an islamic prophet and they give all kinds of misquotes from the Brit Chadasha why this islamic prophet isn’t the Son of God. The problem is that groups and congregations, who only believe in “Jesus” but follow replacement doctrines ( i.e rejection of Torah, Shabbat,  the importance of the Land of Israel, the Jews etc) might fall for the deception and lies that this man-made religion of Islam is spreading. These groups and congregations will continue to believe in a “Jesus” figure but now subject to the quran and sharia laws. (Apologies, this isn’t politically correct, it’s just truth.)

Secondly, in 2017, do we refer to Yosef, Son of Israel by his Hebrew name or by his foreign name Tzafnat-Pa’neach? Probably, 99.8% of people use his Hebrew name and the other 0.2% are probably researching the name Tzafnat-Pa’neach, which is why they use this name. So, shouldn’t the same principle apply to Yeshua? Should we use His real name?

Finally, the Name “Yeshua” means salvation and is found thought out the Tanakh and the Brit Chadasha ( if you read the “Complete Jewish Bible” version of the Bible). This Name has prophetic meaning and is full of history as seen in the above-mentioned paragraphs; and the Name connects Jews and Gentiles to the Jewishness of our faith.

IMPORTANT: if you want to refer to the Messiah’s name as Yeshua or Jesus is your choice. However, if interested, next time you pray, why not end your prayer “in the Name of Yeshua the Messiah / Yeshua Mashiach. In Hebrew, you would say “b’ Shem Yeshua Mashiach”.

I hope you have a peaceful Shabbat. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, protection of believers and Israel!