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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

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

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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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A thorn in the flesh

Shabbat Shalom, friends!

In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, we read about “the thorn” (a messenger from the Adversary) in Sha’ul’s flesh:

 Therefore, to keep me from becoming overly proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from the Adversary to pound away at me, so that I wouldn’t grow conceited. 
8 Three times I begged the Lord to take this thing away from me; 
9but he told me, “My grace is enough for you, for my power is brought to perfection in weakness.” Therefore, I am very happy to boast about my weaknesses, in order that the Messiah’s power will rest upon me. 
10 Yes, I am well pleased with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and difficulties endured on behalf of the Messiah; for it is when I am weak that I am strong. 

In verse 10, we read about Sha’ul being “well pleased” enduring his hardships and difficulties. I have been reflecting on this particular verse for a while as I’m have been experiencing issues in my life and I must admit it’s hasn’t been pleasant. I think to myself that, what I’d like to call : the “Entitled Me” is overly upset and this “Entitled Me” is really trying to dominate. The “Entitled me” wants me to ask whether it is really wrong to feel upset about the situation? Is it or isn’t it?

To ward off this “Entitled Me”, I was drawn to Psalm 19:12 -13:

12 Who can discern unintentional sins? Cleanse me from hidden faults. 
13 Also keep your servant from presumptuous sins, so that they won’t control me. Then I will be blameless and free of great offense. 

After “meditating” on these two verses for a while, I turned to Psalm 20:1 and these words: May ADONAI answer you in times of distress, may the name of the God of Ya’akov protect you”.

Thus, I pray:

ABBA (אבא), The Almighty Living God of Israel, in the name of Yeshua ha Mashiach (Yeshua the Messiah), please hear my prayer. Thank you, ABBA (אבא) for everything You do in my life – all Your grace You have given to me. May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be acceptable in Your presence. I have sinned. Please cleanse me. Please forgive my sins. Please protect me. I ask this in the name of Yeshua ha Mashiach (Yeshua the Messiah).

Amen!

 

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Psalm 18 – I love you, ADONAI, my strength! 

Shabbat Shalom, friends!

It’s a busy time of the year for me and I’d just wanted to write a quick post to say that I hope you and your family have a blessed and peaceful Shabbat!

We read in Psalm 18 1 to 3 these words by King David:

1 For the leader. By David the servant of ADONAI, who addressed the words of this song to ADONAI on the day when ADONAI delivered him from the power of all his enemies, including from the power of Sha’ul. He said: “I love you, ADONAI, my strength! 
2 “ADONAI is my Rock, my fortress and deliverer, my God, my Rock, in whom I find shelter, my shield, the power that saves me, my stronghold. 
3 I call on ADONAI, who is worthy of praise; and I am saved from my enemies
We always hear and read that ADONAI / Yeshua / Jesus loves us, but here we read King David expressing his love towards ADONAI. I wish we could see, read and hear more of this in the world.
This is me…caught in the act of taking a photo on a beach 😊

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In distress my God I called to you

 

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Jerusalem, Capital of Israel.

Photo: My aunt in Israel last week

 

מן המיצר אלוקיי קראתי אליך

Min hamitsar elokai karati elecha

In distress my God I called to you

הגשר עודנו צר

Hagesher odenu tsar

The bridge is still narrow

איך אוכל בלעדיך

Aich ochal biladecha

How can I do it without you

לעבור לחצות

La’avor lachtsot

To cross this divide

איך אוכל זאת לעשות

Aich ochal zot la’asot How can I do this

אני יודע שאוזניך קשובות

Ani yodea she’oznecha kashuvot

I know that your ears are attentive

עד יעבור זעם

Ad ya’avor zaam

Until the storm passes

היכן אוכל להסתתר

Heichan ochel lehistater

Where can I hide

וכמו בכל פעם אצטרך בך להיעזר

Uchmo bechol paam etstarech becha leheazer

And like every time I need your aid

כי בלעדיך כלום לא שווה

Ki biladecha klum lo shave Because besides you nothing is worthy

ואני יושב ומקווה V

eani yoshev umikave And I sit and hope

שיבוא יום

Sheyavo yom That day will come

ותתגלה

Vetitgale And you’ll be revealed

אל יושב בסתר עליון

El yoshev baseter aliyon

God seated hidden on high

הלא שמעת נאקת בניך

Halo shamata neakat banecha Have you not heard the groaning of your sons?

על פי הטבע וההגיון

Al pee hateva vehahigayon

According to nature and logic

מזמן אבדנו

Mizman avadnu

We would be lost long ago

לולא רחמך

Lule rachamecha

If not for your mercy

אנא תן תחת כנפיך מחסה

Ana ten tachat knafecha machase

Please give under your wings shelter

ולמעננו נס תעשה

Ulemanenu nes taase

And for us do a miracle

 

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Messianic Ethiopian Jewish congregation in Jerusalem (12 December 2017)

 

 

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Oh my…(I dare not say the next word)

Shabbat Shalom, friends!

I’ve recently read a blog post from Elihu’s Corner and I’d wanted to share it with you. I think it’s thought provoking and we should talk about it. You can access it here.

It deals with a very common expression that we hear on a daily basis. It is OM”G” which is the abbreviated version of “Oh my G**”. This expression “Oh my G**” isn’t new, it’s been used for decades by people and in the media (movies, TV shows etc). It is now just in an abbreviated form. This expression is so commonly used, it is probably used more than the expression “okay”. We get emojis, songs about it, even merchandise such as badges with this term imprinted on it. Young children are using it. We get variations of the original expression such as where the “Oh my” is dropped when it is used and the more “respectful” version of “Oh my gosh”. The worst part is that people don’t realise the enormous impact of this simple little expression. We have been so conditioned by deception.

Using this expression is a violation of Torah (God’s Instructions). Sh’mot / Exodus 20:7 clearly states that:

“You are not to use lightly the name of ADONAI your God, because ADONAI will not leave unpunished someone who uses his name lightly. “

When Yeshua haMashiach taught us how to pray in Mattityahu /  Matthew 6: 9-13, He expressly mentioned that we should pray: “Our Father in heaven! May your Name be kept holy.

Using both of these expressions are the opposite of keeping ADONAI’s name holy.  Please read the blogpost from Elihu’s Corner as I think it’s awesome.

I refrain from using this expression myself and an interesting question is whether we should tell others what the true meaning behind these expressions are and that it’s taking ADONAI’s name in vain? Thus, sharing the truth. What do you think?

In conclusion, there is so much deception in this world. Let’s hold on to Biblical Truth and stand up for what we believe in.

I hope you and your family have a peaceful Shabbat!

 

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They fell face down before the throne and worshipped God, saying,

“Amen!

“Praise and glory, wisdom and thanks, honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever!

“Amen!” 

Revelation 7:11-12

 

Prophetic

Yeled / יֶלֶד / Child

An Israeli child
reaches out with his hands,
in resounding victory
towards the blue and white sky –
towards the bright Morning Star in the heavens
that shines to show the way to Truth and Life
For darkness has been defeated and only Light remains

The people of Israel are back in the Land of Israel
It’s not just a miracle, it is bible prophecy confirmed!

Am Israel Chai / עם ישראל חי

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