“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.
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. 18Yes 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!
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
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)4 “Sh’ma, Yisra’el! Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad [Hear, Isra’el! Adonai our God, Adonai is one]; 5 and you are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, all your being and all your resources. 6 These words, which I am ordering you today, are to be on your heart; 7 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. 8 Tie them on your hand as a sign, put them at the front of a headband around your forehead, 9 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!
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; 2 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). 3 All the latter kings joined forces in the Siddim Valley, where the Dead Sea is. 4 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. 5 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. 6 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; 7 but he rescued Lot, a righteous man who was distressed by the debauchery of those unprincipled people; 8 for the wicked deeds which that righteous man saw and heard, as he lived among them, tormented his righteous heart day after day. 9 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.
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.
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
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.
(1) The earth is Adonai’s, with all that is in it, the world and those who live there; 2 for he set its foundations on the seas and established it on the rivers.
3 Who may go up to the mountain of Adonai? Who can stand in his holy place? 4 Those with clean hands and pure hearts, who don’t make vanities the purpose of their lives or swear oaths just to deceive. 5 They will receive a blessing from Adonai and justice from God, who saves them. 6 Such is the character of those who seek him, of Ya‘akov, who seeks your face. (Selah)
7 Lift up your heads, you gates! Lift them up, everlasting doors, so that the glorious king can enter! 8 Who is he, this glorious king? Adonai, strong and mighty, Adonai, mighty in battle.
9 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)
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.
!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.
This 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.
Christian Doctrine The WORD from Heaven as Read by the Angels in Heaven. "The woman fled into the wilderness, where God had prepared a place for her to be nourished for 1,260 days" (Revelation 12:6) "Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country stay out of the city" (Luke 21:21)