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On the 50th day…

May 24, 2014

Shavuot or Pentecost?

by Julia Glattfelt

Just when you thought you were getting a handle on the Feasts of YHVH, along comes another holy day that depends on how you count!

What is it about Hebrew Roots that makes me count all the time?  First, I had to learn to count to three because it is impossible for the crucifixion to have taken place on a Friday (good or otherwise) with a resurrection on Sunday and fulfill the sign of Jonah that Yeshua spoke about!   I mean, seriously, you cannot get three days and three nights from Friday to Sunday morning, no matter how you slice it!

So, if the church I grew up in cannot even count to three, why would I think that they have it right when they teach about Pentecost?  Or, more accurately, Shavuot!

Have you been counting the omer?

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 WHAT’S AN OMER?

And why do we count them?

Shavuot was originally an agricultural festival when the new grain was offered to YHVH.  Shavuot is reached by “counting the omer” (counting 50 days) from First Fruits —- hence in Greek it’s called “pentecost” which means “fiftieth.”

So is ‘omer’ another word for day?  Nope!  “Omer” is a Hebrew word that means “sheaves of a harvested crop”

When do we begin the counting?

 

 

ANOTHER CALENDAR DISPUTE!

The first day to begin counting the ‘omer’ is another area where there is confusion!  According to the Jewish calendar, the count begins on the second day of Passover when the first offering of the ‘omer’ was taken to the Temple.

But, what does the instruction from Leviticus 23 say?

Lev 23:10  “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you come into the land that I give you and reap its harvest, you shall bring the sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest, 11 and he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, so that you may be accepted. On the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.

The confusion is which ‘Sabbath’ is the one that marks the counting of the ‘omer?’

Is it the High Sabbath that occurs on the first day of Passover (Unleavened Bread)?  [This is what the Jews observe.]

OR is it the Sunday (First Day) following the regular weekly Sabbath when First Fruits is made as a ‘wave offering?’

If we do not understand when to observe First Fruits, we cannot understand how to begin our 50 day count!

WHY ARE WE CONFUSED?

It is easy to see where the confusion arises.

Read Leviticus 23:12: And on the day when you wave the sheaf, you shall offer a male lamb a year old without blemish as a burnt offering to the LORD.

That sounds like Passover, doesn’t it?  But, there is more to this instruction!  Read on!

13 And the grain offering with it shall be two tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, a food offering to the LORD with a pleasing aroma, and the drink offering with it shall be of wine, a fourth of a hin. 14 And you shall eat neither bread nor grain parched or fresh until this same day, until you have brought the offering of your God: it is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

If we go back to the Exodus account where Moses was given the instructions for the Feasts of YHVH, there may be some clues in how the Mt. Sinai event is a model of the Spring Feasts.

FIRST FRUITS

The waving or offering up to God of the first sheaf in Hebrew is omer.  It literally means the first omer. It’s from this term, omer, and what was done with it, being offered up to YHVH, that sets the beginning of ‘the counting of the omer.’ From the day the barley flour was offered, Israel counted 50 days to the next feast, Shavu’ot (Pentecost).  (source: http://www.seedofabraham.net/feasts4.html)

So, the first grain harvest that was presented as a wave sheaf to YHVH each spring was the barley harvest.  This lines up with our understanding of the head of the year being based on the Aviv Barley and Sighting of the first sliver of the moon, as documented by Michael Rood’s  Astronomically & Agriculturally Corrected Biblical Hebrew Calendar.

“Shavuot will always occur on a Sunday just as Firstfruits will. Messianics should not let their distaste for the Christian Sunday observance deter them from commemorating FirstFruits and Shavuot on a Sunday. I mention this since many Messianic studies on the internet attempt to place Yeshua’s resurrection on a Saturday Sabbath, and similar articles try to find ways to make FirstFruits and Shavuot fall on any day but Sunday.  The day after the weekly Sabbath is Sunday.”( http://www.lightofmashiach.org/moedim.html)

RESURRECTION SUNDAY?

As you can see, there is no consensus on the calendar issues!  It is refreshing to read what the above website says about Sunday marking First Fruits and Shavuot, but I cannot agree with his remark that the resurrection too was on a Sunday.  Yeshua was already absent from the grave when the women came ‘early’ on the first day.

Here we are again, trying to un-learn our perception that a day begins and ends at midnight rather than the Hebraic understanding that a day begins and ends when the sun sets.

Joh 20:1 On the first day (which began at Sundown on the Sabbath) of the week, early in the morning and while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and noticed that the stone had been removed from the tomb.

Joh 20:17 Jesus told her, “Don’t hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

HE TOLD MARY NOT TO TOUCH HIM!  WHY?

Without an understanding of the Temple service, we are behind the curve when we try to understand the events of this momentous day!  Yeshua was Our Passover Lamb, but He is also our High Priest (see http://www.bulldozerfaith.com/who-is-your-high-priest )

The High Priest (Cohen Gadol) was to remain in seclusion from the marking of the first fruits until they were offered in the Temple on Yom HaBikkurim (First Fruits)!   Yeshua fulfilled that seclusion by his three days and three nights in the tomb!

He told Mary he had not yet ascended and to tell his disciples so!  Yet, later that same day we see Him appear to his disciples and invite them to touch his hands, feet and side!

Apparently, between his ‘early’ encounter with Mary on that Sunday, and his appearance to his two disciples on the road to Emmaus and the rest of them in Jerusalem, He had completed his ascension to offer the First Fruits to the Father as his first duty as the High Priest of the order of Melchizedek. (see The Chronological Gospels, Michael Rood)

SHADOW PICTURES

To adopt the Jewish calendar date of First Fruits being the day following the High Sabbath of Passover week, is to destroy the shadow picture given to us to foretell the miracles fulfilled by the Messiah!  And, it doesn’t really match the time-frame that we see in the account of Moses and his trips up and down the mountain between Passover and the giving of the Ten Commandments.

All of the Feasts of YHVH are shadow pictures of the Messiah!  ALL of them!

According to the gospel record, Yeshua ascended to His Father on that Sunday (the first day of the week)!  At least on the year of His crucifixion, First Fruits was offered on a Sunday!  He wasn’t resurrected on Sunday; he ascended to present the First Fruits on Sunday!

If He was our Passover Lamb, and according to His own statement to his disciples, the only sign given would be the sign of Jonah (three days and three nights in the tomb), then how can we reconcile that first fruits would occur on the second day of Passover?

We cannot count to three if we do that!  Can we?

And, if we fail to determine the correct day to present the First Fruits, we cannot accurately count the fifty days to Pentecost (Shavuot)!

PRECISION IN COUNTING

I grew up in the Christian church that said the crucifixion happened on ‘good Friday,’ and he arose on Sunday.  And, to this day, many will say that it isn’t about accuracy, it is about what happened!

Really?

What kind of God would we serve if He didn’t care enough to follow through with what He determined to do?  If he said it was going to be three days and three nights in the tomb, then that has to be what happened. Otherwise, we make Him out to be a liar!

If we swallow that a ‘traditional’ belief in a Friday-Sunday window for our reconciliation is good enough, what other ‘traditions’ are we allowing to obscure the precision of YHVH’s Word?

He hasn’t changed!  Why should we accept a lie?

PURE WATER

Maybe I am just naïve.  But I have always believed that there is only One Truth.  Truth is not a sliding scale; it is either truth, or it is a lie.  Shades of grey are not truth.

It is like a glass of water.  Pure water is clear and unpolluted.  That is what we all want to have!  But if someone handed you a glass of water that was cloudy and grey, would you drink it?  Sure, there is some water in there, but until you filter out all the pollutants, it is not pure water.  And depending upon what is added to the water it may or may not be lethal!  Are you willing to chance it?

I want to drink the pure water of truth from YHVH.  That means filtering out errors…even when they come from ‘scholars,’ ‘ministers,’ ‘theologians,’ ‘teachers,’ and ‘prophets.’  What did he put in place for us to understand?  It is all in the Scripture (Old Testament) as Yeshua explained to his disciples on the way to Emmaus!

My wakeup call was when I understood how to count to three!  Now I am learning to count to 50!

THE FIRST SHAVUOT mt sinai with flames

Guess what?  We are going back to Mt. Sinai again!

Read the account and do the math!  Moses went up to meet with YHVH.  He climbed up to meet with Him Face to Face!  Below the mountain that was covered in thick clouds and fire, the Israelites were assembled.  It is a picture of a Hoopah, do you see?

The Ten Commandments were given to Moses and the Israelites on Shavuot!  It was their Ketubah (marriage covenant)!

WHAT DOES SHAVUOT MEAN?

In his e-book, The 2300 Days of Hell, Joseph Dumond elaborates on the roots of the word Shavuot.

“By investigating just these three Hebrew words (H-7620, H-7650 and H-7651) alone, which stem from the word “Shavuot,” we now have a sound basis and very strong case for seeing the correlation between the three Hebrew words and their connection to the “Feast of Oaths.” When you seven yourself, you are making an oath.

“The Book of Jubilees, an ancient text that survived in part in the Dead Sea Scrolls and in its entirety in the ancient Ethiopian language Ge’ez, gives an entirely different spin on Shavuot. The word ‘shavua,’ (or) ‘week’ is a near-homonym to the word for ‘oath’ (‘shevuah’), and the anonymous author of Jubilees says that Shavuot was, in fact, the “Feast of Oaths.”

“Nissan Mindel confirms this meaning of Shavuot in his book:

Shavuot means not only ‘weeks’ but also ‘oaths.’ The name indicates the two oaths, which G-d and the Jewish people exchanged, upon the day of the Giving of the Torah, to remain faithful to each other forever.” (page 234 “The 2300 Days of Hell” Dumond)

Dumond’s book elaborates on the mechanics of a Suzerain-Vassal Treaty.  Rico Cortez also teaches about these covenant agreements.  I will not elaborate on that here, but you might be curious to study it on your own.

Suffice to say that when we entered into a blood covenant with YHVH at the base of Mt. Sinai, it was binding.  It was a matter of life or death.  We, as a people, may have broken the covenant, but YHVH never has and never will.  (see http://www.bulldozerfaith.com/the-blood-covenant )

IS IT IMPORTANT?

It was important enough to YHVH to send His Son, Yeshua, to mend the breach and restore the covenant.

SHAVUOT IS A PILGRIMAGE FEAST

On the Feast of Shavuot, we are to offer up bread from the first fruits (bread made with the grain sheaf offering from First Fruits) and observe it as a High Sabbath day.

Lev 23:20  Then the priest is to wave them—the two lambs with the bread of first fruits—as raised offering in the LORD’s presence. They’ll be sacred to the LORD on account of the priest. 21  “On the same day proclaim a sacred assembly for yourselves. You are not to do any servile work—and this is to be an eternal ordinance wherever you live throughout your generations.

Doesn’t this look like a shadow-picture of the Shemitah and Jubilee years?  Seven Weeks, Seven Years, Seven weeks of years (Jubilee)!

Shemitah (Sabbatical year):  The seventh year, during which the fields were to be left fallow (Leviticus 25:1-7) and debts released (Deuteronomy 15:1-11) In Hebrew: Shemitah (“Release”).

Jubilee:  From the book of Leviticus (25:8-24) where it is stated that a series of forty-nine years [was] to be and every fiftieth year declared a special year during which there was to be no agricultural work; all landed property was to revert to its original owner; and slaves were to be set free.

If we are correct and First Fruits always occurs on a Sunday, then that would perfectly shadow the rest for the land that happens on a Jubilee year too.  Every seventh year (i.e. Sabbath) was a rest cycle.  And every 50th Year (i.e. Shavuot) was a Jubilee!

If you look at the counting of the omer with an eye to how it models the Jubilee cycle it is a witness that First Fruits has to fall on a Sunday!  And wouldn’t it make sense that the ‘8th’ day would be a Jubilee?

WHAT DOES SHAVUOT HAVE TO DO WITH PENTECOST?

Back to the Christian viewpoint!  I learned that Pentecost (Greek for Shavuot) was the beginning of the church!  That’s when the outpouring of the Holy Spirit fell like flames of fire on the disciples!  Everyone was speaking in tongues and it was amazing!

And, it was amazing!  It was the ‘Helper’ that Yeshua had promised to send to his disciples!  It was the very event that He made sure his disciples waited to receive after he ascended into Heaven after forty days walking among them after his resurrection.

He told them to stay in Jerusalem!  (Of course, as observant Jews they would have wanted to be there because Shavuot is one of the three commanded pilgrimage feasts!)

So, the disciples waited in Jerusalem for ten days after they saw Yeshua ascend into Heaven.  [I think there is another shadow picture here, if you are paying attention.]

Then, on Shavuot, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was an echo of Mt. Sinai!

WHAT ECHO OF MT. SINAI? day-of-pentecost-acts-2-38

What do we know about the Mt. Sinai event?  There was a mountain covered in flame and cloud!  There was the Voice of YHVH that spoke to them about who He was!  The Israelites were all gathered at the base of the mountain, all cleaned up and ready for their appointment with YHVH!  They were a ‘mixed multitude’ of people of different tribes and different cultures!  The noise was so great from the blowing of trumpets (shofars) that the people were astonished and frightened!

Many believe that the Israelites (a mixed multitude) HEARD the Word in their own tongues.  They SAW the Words manifested in Flame and Fire, and they FELT the tremors caused by the loud blowing of the Shofars!

Then what happened in Jerusalem?

Act 2:1 When the day of Pentecost was being celebrated, all of them were together in one place. 2 Suddenly, a sound like the roar of a mighty windstorm came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.3  They saw tongues like flames of fire that separated, and one rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit gave them that ability. 5 Now devout Jews from every nation were living in Jerusalem.

Act 2:6 When that sound came, a crowd quickly gathered, startled because each one heard the disciples speaking in his own language. 7 Stunned and amazed, they asked, “All of these people who are speaking are Galileans, aren’t they? 8 So how is it that each one of us hears them speaking in his own native language: 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, residents of Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, 10  Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the district of Libya near Cyrene, Jewish and proselyte visitors from Rome, 11  Cretans, and Arabs, listening to them talk in our own languages about the great deeds of God?”

Think about it!  On the anniversary of when the Ten Commandments were given to Moses (and the Israelites), an echo of the event happened in the Temple at Jerusalem!  (I know…some of you think this all happened in the ‘upper room’ but that doesn’t seem logical when they were commanded to go up to the Temple in Jerusalem on Shavuot!  It would have needed to be a pretty huge room to hold 3,000 new converts!)

There was a miraculous outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the “Day of Oaths!”

WHAT ELSE IS USUALLY DONE ON SHAVUOT?

If we understand that the Shavuot is the ‘Feast of Oaths’ it is even more exciting!  It commemorates the oaths made by the Israelites in the Betrothal Ceremony when the Commandments (Ketubah) were ratified in blood!

It is traditional to read the Ten Commandments and the Book of Ruth on Shavuot!

Both are examples of making an oath.  The Israelites made an oath (covenant) with YHVH and Ruth made an oath (covenant) with Naomi and her GOD!

WHAT ABOUT RUTH?

I was surprised to learn that the book of Ruth is read on Shavuot.  There are only two books in the Bible that are about women.  One is Esther (a Jew) and the other is Ruth (a Gentile)!  Not only was Ruth a Gentile, she was a Moabite!!

Why is that such a big deal?

The Moabites, if you will recall from your studies of the Old Testament, were particularly to be avoided!  The Moabites conducted child sacrifices and worshiped ‘other’ gods!  Proof, I guess, that anyone can be redeemed into YHVH’s family!

The fact that Ruth began as a Moabite and turned away from her customs, family and nation to become grafted into the family of Israel is great news for all of us!  She CHOSE to have YHVH as her God, and Naomi’s people as her people.  And, to top it all off, she became a part of the family tree of Yeshua!

We are all familiar with the Book of Ruth because we quote from it at nearly every wedding event!  “Wherever you go, I will go, where you lodge, I will lodge, your people shall be my people and your GOD my GOD.”

Doesn’t it help to connect the dots when we recognize that the Mt. Sinai event was a Ketubah?  It  was a marriage covenant between YHVH and His ‘Bride’ Israel!   So, if Mt. Sinai was the Betrothal, was the outpouring of the Holy Spirit the consummation of the marriage?

What a blessing to know that we can choose to be the Bride!  We don’t have to begin as a Jew like Esther!  We all can be grafted into Yeshua’s Family Tree, just like Ruth!

All we have to do is repent for breaking His covenant!  Then, because we love Him and want to enter into that covenant agreement (either turning or returning), we will follow!

ARE YOU READY FOR SHAVUOT?

Will you ‘go up’ and offer your Oath.  Will you ‘seven’ yourself to our LORD and Savior?

WHAT IF I HAVE TURNED AWAY?

What does Yeshua teach his disciples?

Luk 17:4  Even if he sins against you seven times in a day and comes back to you seven times and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”

Would he instruct them in something he isn’t willing to do himself?

Act 3:19 Therefore, repent and turn to him to have your sins blotted out, 20 so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord and so that he may send you Yeshua, whom he appointed long ago to be the Messiah.

Act 3:21 He must remain in heaven until the time of universal restitution, which God announced long ago through the voice of his holy prophets. 22 In fact, Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers. You must listen to everything he tells you.

So, here is the question we must answer for ourselves:  If Shavuot is when the Ten Commandments were given, and the same Feast marks the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, then doesn’t it follow that Mt. Sinai and Acts 2 are connected?

Why would we entertain the notion that the commandments that Yeshua spoke about and upheld are now abandoned?  If, as Moses and the apostles agreed, we must listen to everything that THE PROPHET that was appointed to be our Messiah said, then the Torah that He taught, lived and fulfilled is still in effect!  And how blessed are we that it is!

Yeshua said: “If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments.” John14:15

9/11

May 24, 2014

Every American Should See the 9/11 Memorial Museum

By Newt and Callista Gingrich

We visited the National 9/11 Memorial Museum this week and were both so impressed that we want to urge every American to put it on their “must see” list.

September 11th Museum

This may be the most thoughtfully designed museum either of us has ever visited.

The museum designers reached out to the family of every person killed in the September 11 attacks. They integrated the families’ memories and feelings into the very fabric of the museum.

September 11th Museum

The use of audio and video is spectacular. Again and again we found ourselves drawn into the human drama of that day. From innocent victims on airplanes, in the World Trade Center and at the Pentagon, to courageous firefighters and policemen who responded without regard for their own lives, again and again the personal stories of heroism and tragedy are communicated vividly.

September 11th Museum

Callista looked at Todd Beamer’s wristwatch and was deeply struck by the thought that his courage and the courage of his fellow passengers may have saved her life and those of her coworkers at the Capitol. The hijackers of plane he was on had intended to hit the Capitol, where on that day Callista was standing on the edge of the Capitol grounds. Her office was in the Longworth House Office Building and she and her colleagues all ran outside toward the Capitol to see what was happening. The courage of those passengers brought the plane down in rural western Pennsylvania rather than on Pennsylvania Avenue.

September 11th Museum

One of the most impressive things about the new museum is its avoidance of political correctness. It offers an accurate account of history — Al Qaeda is described as an Islamist radical group. The pilot in Pennsylvania is described as shouting “Allah is Great” as he crashed the plane. The extremist goals of the terrorists are clearly defined and the precursor events of the 1993 World Trade Center are outlined factually.

The museum ranges brilliantly from the personal (the youngest victim was two and a half years old) to the enormous (an entire fire truck with its front half cut off by the falling building is in the museum).

September 11th Museum

We have never seen the emotional and the intellectual, the personal and the historic, woven together more effectively in any museum we have visited. Give yourself at least three hours to just scratch the surface. You will find yourself telling all your friends and neighbors that they have to visit it as well.

The National 9/11 Memorial Museum is an important step toward reminding us to never forget that we have enemies who will kill us if they can. We encourage you to visit.

Your Friends,
Newt and Callista

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Impeach our “Radical-in-Chief”

May 24, 2014

Pick a scandal, any scandal. We’ve all heard it before. I don’t know about you, but Obama sounds like Charlie Brown’s teacher, “Wah, wah, wah, wah …”

This scandal is different though. I’ve never served in the military, but over the years have developed a profound and deep appreciation for what they and their families do so that I can live freely in the greatest nation in the world.

The fact that this administration would allow its finest to die from neglect is not just criminal, but a moral failure of epic proportions that cannot be tolerated.

+ + What Can We Do?

Last year, Grassfire president Steve Elliott wroteThe Case To Impeach, which warned Americans about the dangers of this imperial president and gave citizens a tangible strategy for addressing Obama’s “long-train of abuses.”

In light of yet another scandal, I am urging members of our team to read this dynamic 88-page resource and consider its implications on Obama’s lawless presidency. Click here to receive two copies of The Case To Impeach in appreciation for your contribution of any amount to help Grassfire.

Keep one copy for yourself and pass the other along to a friend or family member, as a way to open their eyes to the threat that is Barack Hussein Obama.

Since its release, The Case To Impeach has been a very popular item. In fact, the copy I keep on my desk disappeared, so I had to hunt around the office to find another one.

Needless to say, quantities are limited, so orders are being filled on a first-come, first-served basis only. Bob, even if you can contribute just $5 to help with printing and shipping costs, we’ll immediately ship you two copies. So, don’t wait! Order now.

Together, we can win back our nation!

Israel is turning back to God and America is turning away

May 19, 2014

Author Bernie Quigley wrote a recent blog posted on The Hill entitled “Obama, Israel, and a higher power.”

Quigley contends that “a new political generation” is rising in Israel, which is taking the nation to “psychological independence,” and a new level of “faith.”

Here are excerpts of his insight into a changing Israel…

“Israel, from its side, has become a more religious society — on Friday nights in Jerusalem now you barely see a car moving on the streets in Jewish neighborhoods, which only used to be the case on Yom Kippur — and the settlers are clearly more brazen,” [NY Times Columnist Thomas] Friedman writes.

It is President Obama’s worst nightmare. Israel is turning to the ‘higher power,’ as they call it in Alcoholics Anonymous. They are putting their faith in ‘faith’ instead of America. The demands we make of our satellites worldwide are legal and democratic. Faith brings an existential challenge to America’s global vision. Israel heads now perhaps in the direction of a Torah-oriented society, a society which finds deeper meaning to its existence.

Moshe Feiglin, a new Knesset member who has long called for Israel to be ‘a Jewish state’ instead of a ‘state for Jews,’ is one of the leaders in Israel rising.

Recently, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) spoke at a dinner in support of Israel which echoed some of Feiglin’s positions. ‘I don’t believe Israel even needs the United States of America,’ she told the roaring crowd. ‘Israel can be strong on her own.’

This is the key to awakening in Israel and must come to pass as Israel comes into its own. But something else she said is of great existential importance to Americans. Today she would ‘stand even against my own president if my president is standing against the Jewish state of Israel.’

Does a centralized, globalized American vision today stunt our own awakening? Does it inhibit and deny a higher power, which could bring us greater fulfillment as individuals and groups?

It is the most important question each individual will have asked since 1776: Do we ‘stand even against [our] own president’ if that president and his policies thwart the richer, fuller life; the fullest and richest life intended for all peoples?”


+ + Will we choose faith in God over the security of our government?

I believe that the bottom line of Quigley’s reasoning is that “faith” in government has supplanted “faith” in God in America, while the opposite is taking place in Israel.

Israel is undergoing a spiritual awakening not unlike what we have been praying for in America. That awakening is making the Israelis less dependent on government for their wellbeing. They are also less dependent on their government and foreign powers, like the United States, for their security.

They have rightfully renewed their faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Read the BIBLE

May 15, 2014

The book of this Torah shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall study it day and night, to observe it and to fulfill all that is written in it; for then you will prosper and have success.

JOSHUA (1:8)

לֹא יָמוּשׁ סֵפֶר הַתּוֹרָה הַזֶּה מִפִּיךָ וְהָגִיתָ בּוֹ יוֹמָם וָלַיְלָה לְמַעַן תִּשְׁמֹר לַעֲשׂוֹת כְּכָל הַכָּתוּב בּוֹ כִּי אָז תַּצְלִיחַ אֶת דְּרָכֶךָ וְאָז תַּשְׂכִּיל

יהושע א:ח

lo ya-MUSH say-FER ha-to-RA ha-ZE mi-pee-KHA v’-ha-GEE-ta bo yo-MAM va-lai-LA l’-MA-an tish-MOR la-a-SOT k’-KHOL ha-ka-TUV bo kee az tatz-LEE-akh et d’-ra-KHE-kha v’-AZ tas-KEEL

Today’s Israel Inspiration

Despite all the pressures of office, Prime Minister Netanyahu has made time for studying the Bible, remarking, “The Bible is always relevant vis-a-vis today’s problems and challenges. It inspires, it is a source of life for our people and I think it is important to expand Bible study and love for the Bible among all parts of the nation…The Bible is a parable for humanity, if the Jews are able to cross the river of time, and in their vast odyssey cross the chasm of annihilation and come back to their ancestral home, that means there is hope for humanity.” The Land of Israel Bible, with full Hebrew and English text, highlights the special role of God’s chosen Land with insightful commentary.

Lifting the Torah

“We think we are lifting the Torah, but really the Torah is lifting us,” goes a famous Rabbinic saying. Learn about the traditional lifting of the Torah at the conclusion of services, so that all the congregants are able to see and honor it.

Canadian Wins Israel’s Bible Contest

Recently the annual International Youth Bible Contest finals were held in Israel. The 18 year-old winner made history by becoming the first Canadian to ever win the contest.

36,000 criminals released by the Obama administration

May 14, 2014

Americans’ lives have been placed in jeopardy by a lawless president.

Last year, the Obama administration knowingly released murderers, sexual predators, and drunk drivers… 36,000 criminal offenders who cumulatively committed over 88,000 crimes. They were illegal immigrants scheduled for deportation but ordered released.

Representative Lamar Smith declared, “This would be considered the worst prison break in American history, except it was sanctioned by the President and perpetrated by our own immigration officials.”

Jerusalem/Yerushalyim (the city of the King Yeshua)

May 14, 2014

We have gathered together in Zion, national leaders and heads of our communities everywhere, to enter into a covenant with Jerusalem, as was done by the leaders of our nation and all the people of Israel upon Israel’s return to its Land from the Babylonian exile; and the people and their leaders will dwell in Jerusalem, the Holy City.

Once again, ‘our feet stand within your gates, O Jerusalem – Jerusalem built as a city joined together’ which ‘unites the people of Israel to one another’, and ‘links heavenly Jerusalem with earthly Jerusalem.’

We have returned to the place that the Lord vowed to bestow upon the descendants of Abraham, Father of our Nation; to the City of David, King of Israel; where Solomon, son of David, built a Holy Temple; a Capital City which became the Mother of all Israel; a metropolis for justice and righteousness and for the wisdom and insights of the ancient world; where a Second Temple was erected in the days of Ezra and Nehemiah. In this city the prophets of the Lord prophesied; in the City the Sages taught Torah; in this City the Sanhedrin convened in session in its stone chamber. ‘For there were the seats of Justice, the Throne of the House of David’, ‘for out of Zion shall go forth Torah, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem.’

Today, as of old, we hold fast to the truth of the words of the Prophets of Israel, that all the inhabitants of the world shall enter within the gates of Jerusalem: ‘And it shall come to pass at the end of days, the mountain of the House of the Lord will be well established at the peak of the mountains and will tower above the hills, and all the nation shall stream towards it.’ Each and every nation will live in it by its own faith: ‘For all the nation will go forward, each with its own Divine Name; we shall go in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever.’ And in this spirit the Knesset of the State of Israel has enacted a law: The places holy to the peoples of all religions shall be protected from any desecration and from any restriction of free access to them.

Jerusalem – peace and tranquility shall reign in the city: ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may those who love you be tranquil. May there be peace within your walls, and tranquility within your palaces.’ Out of Jerusalem, a message of peace went forth and shall yet go forth again to all the inhabitants of the earth: ‘And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation will not lift up sword against nation, nor shall they learn war anymore.’ Our sages, peace be upon them, said. In the future, The Holy One, the Blessed, will comfort Jerusalem only with peace..

From this place, we once again take this vow: ‘If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, may my right hand lose its strength; may my tongue cleave to my palate if I do not remember you, if I do not raise up Jerusalem at the very height of my rejoicing.’

And with all these understandings, we enter into this Covenant and write: ‘We shall bind you to us forever; we shall bind you to us with faithfulness, with righteousness and justice, with steadfast love and compassion.’ We love you, O Jerusalem, with eternal love, with unbounded love, under siege and when liberated from the yoke of oppressors. We have been martyred for you; we have yearned for you, we have clung to you. Our faithfulness to you we shall bequeath to our children after us. Forevermore our home shall be within you.

As presented to the Israeli government in 1992, upon the 25th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.

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