The End Is Near! So What?

THE END OS NEAR! SO WHAT? by Eitan Shishkoff June 2, 2019 The Harvest is the end of the age (Mark 13:39). “Work while it is yet day, for the night is coming when no man can work.” My dear friend Marty Shoub heard these words in a dream one night when he was here in Israel working on team at Tents of Mercy. You’ve likely heard them too, because Yeshua made this statement about Himself, in John 9:4. He was anticipating the “night” of His vicious execution on our behalf. But, along with many others, I’ve always applied this verse to our generation, hearing in “night” a reference to the end times. At a January Bible conference on last days’ prophecy, we spent long and fascinating hours poring

Intercessors for Israel

Intercessors For Israel June 23rd, 2019 Late yesterday, our brother and friend Eliyahu Ben Haim finished his race and was taken to his heavenly home by God his Father. While we are relieved that Eliyahu's pain and suffering have ended, we grieve with his family and friends who remain behind. Please pray for: His wife Hannah, and his children and grandchildren, to sense the supernatural comfort from God as they go through the grieving process (2 Cor. 1:3-4). For grace and divine guidance for all of those involved with what must be dealt with as a result of Eliyahu's passing. For the IFI leadership to hear when the Lord Yeshua speaks to us and to continue in His grace and strength in this – Hi

Parashat Sh’lach

Saturday 29th June 2019 26th Sivan 5779 PARASHAT SH'LACH Numbers 13:1 – 15:41; Joshua 2:1 - 24; Matthew 10:1 - 14 Not one shall come into the land where I swore that I would make you dwell (B'midbar/Numbers 14:30) This week's parsha (weekly Torah portion) contains one of the most tragic, yet instructive, episodes in the Bible. The people of Israel are on the brink of attaining the promise first given centuries earlier to Abraham. After all the patriarchs went through followed by years of slavery in Egypt, this generation witnessed evidences of God's faithfulness and power like no one else before or sin

Is the LORD's arm too short?

IS the LORD'S arm too short? The context is that the people were complaining to Moses and then Moses complains to HaShem. Num 11:21-23 21 But Moses said, "Here I am among six hundred thousand men on foot, and you say, 'I will give them meat to eat for a whole month!' 22 Would they have enough if flocks and herds were slaughtered for them? Would they have enough if all the fish in the sea were caught for them?" 23 The LORD answered Moses, "Is the LORD's arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you." The prophet Isaiah answers this question: Isaiah 59:1-2 1 Surely the arm of the LORD is NOT too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. 2 But your

Why Is Discipleship So Difficult?

Why Is Discipleship So Difficult? by Dan Juster June 6, 2019 An overdue and healthy conversation has been taking place in America concerning the effectiveness of the western churches in making disciples. The debate intensified when Willow Creek Community Church Pastor, Bill Hybels admitted that his “seeker-friendly” congregation did not produce transformational change in the lives of its members. That is, the members were not discipled. Sociologist, George Barna, has extensively studied church members in America. His findings indicate that most professing Christians in America are hardly disciples in any significant sense. Sadly, I believe Barna has opted for a radical, anti-orga

Not the Smallest Jot or Tittle will pass away

Not the Smallest Jot or Tittle will pass away FFOZ Not even the smallest jot or tittle will “pass from the Torah until all is accomplished.” At what point does that happen? When will everything be accomplished? He said, “Until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Torah until all is accomplished” (Matthew 5:18). Yeshua taught that He did not come to abolish the Torah. He said, “Until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Torah until all is accomplished” (Matthew 5:18). The smallest Hebrew letter, the letter yod (י) is only the size of an apostrophe. The “tittle” probably r

Parashat Beha’alotcha

Saturday 22nd June 2019 19th Sivan 5779 Parashat Beha'alotcha Numbers 8:1 – 12:16; Zechariah 2:14 – 4:7; Matthew 14:11 - 21 by Rabbi Paul L. Saal, Congregation Shuvah Yisrael, West Hartford, CT This week’s parasha introduces a theme that will characterize much of the remaining narrative of Bamidbar. Chapters 11–25 contain a series of refusals on the part of Israel to accept authority. In chapter 12 even Miriam challenges Moses’ authority. In chapter 11 the people grumble about the unpleasantness of their journey, contrasting it with all the nostalgic pleasantries of slavery in Egypt, exasperating both

Thoughts on the Wittenberg Judensau

Thoughts on the Wittenberg Judensau – An opinion from Dr Christopher Young, Heritage Consultant. London, United Kingdom 11 JUN 2019 — Historic buildings have always changed through time according to the tastes of those who control them and how they are to be used. This is as true of churches as of any other building type; even though the basic purpose of divine worship has been maintained, the way in which that worship is carried out may have changed greatly. Heritage buildings will continue to change in the future. While the primary purpose of intervening in such places is their conservation and sustainable use, other change may sometimes be justified by the resulting public

The Temporary, the Calamity & Eternity

The Temporary, the Calamity & Eternity by Guy Cohen June 2, 2019 The things of this world are temporary, and yet we take the temporary and try to make it eternal. “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36). Everlasting life covers this world into eternity. Yes, we will face troubles and danger, but the question is how does the believer deal with fear? (The answer to this lies partially in Psalm 91:1-16.) If the fear in the world enters our hearts, it distances us from God. No matter where we live, we see a world system in which fear, manipulation, money and selfishness

The Glory and Futility of Stewardship

The Glory and Futility of Stewardship Mordechai Wiseman | Jun 6, 2019 Why loyal stewards struggle with redemption, and how the up-side-down logic of God’s Kingdom comes to our rescue. Forgive me for the outrageous title – but I think it’s profoundly true – and intensely real for me and for many of my peers in the Kingdom of God. It holds both warning and promise as we seek to practice redemptive stewardship. To start, let me share a story about 3 business partners: The founder, Josh, diligently built a food packaging company with his bare hands over several decades. As the company prospered, he took on two high-potential apprentices, Ben and Stu, to train-up and eventually take over the busi

Parashat Nasso

Saturday 15th June 2019 12th Sivan 5779 PARASHAT NASSO Numbers 4:21-7:89; Judges 13:2-25; Luke 1:11-20 This week's portion includes further job instructions to the Levites, Moshe is instructed to purify the camp in preparation for the dedication of the Mishkan, the Portable Sanctuary. Then four laws relating to the Cohanim are given: 1) Restitution for stolen property where the owner is deceased and has no next of kin goes to the Cohanim. 2) If a man suspects his wife of being unfaithful, he brings her to the Cohanim for the Sotah clarification ceremony. 3) If a person chooses to withdraw from the material world and consecrate him

Who Can We Trust To Teach Us?

Who Can We Trust To Teach Us? by DAN JUSTER MAY 30, 2019 Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly (James 3:1). Who is Trustworthy? Who can we trust as our teachers in the Body of the Messiah? This question becomes quite pressing when we consider the conflicting doctrinal positions of those professing to be teachers. As there have been aberrant teachings arising out of Christianity, so also there are aberrant teachings that claim to be Messianic Jewish. Aberrations are rampant, from false prosperity teaching among Christians (the claim that all are called to live in opulent wealth) to the Galatian error among

Sea of Galilee – capacity rising

Sea of Galilee After years of drought, the Sea of Galilee rose an additional 11 centimeters in May. By United With Israel Staff Following six years of drought, Israel’s Water Authority announced that the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) rose an additional 11 centimeters in May. This is great news, as the sea is Israel’s largest source of natural water and has receded significantly during the past few years. Recently, the Kinneret’s water level came dangerously close to reaching the “black line,” which is the demarcation point below which water cannot be pumped without damaging infrastructure and the water supply. Thankfully, the Kinneret rose nearly 3.5 meters since Israel’s winter rainy season beg

The Messiah and Shavuot

THE MESSIAH AND SHAVUOTH Monday, June 03, 2019 | Shelley Neese The holiday of Shavuot is upon us. It begins Saturday evening on June 8th and ends the evening of June 10th. If you haven’t heard of the Biblical holiday of Shavuot, that’s probably because you are more familiar with its Greek name: Pentecost. On Shavuot, Jews celebrate the events that took place on Mount Sinai. The Bible recounts that 50 days after the Hebrews were miraculously rescued from slavery in Egypt—a miracle marked on Passover—Moses returned to the same humble spot where God first spoke to His servant through the burning bush. In Exodus 19, it says that when God descended on the mountain, thunder ripped through the s

Parashat Bamidbar

Parashat Bamidbar - 'in the wilderness.." Num 1:1 – 4:20; Hosea 2:1 – 22; Matt 4:1 – 17 Bamidbar begins with a census of the Israelites. That is why this book is known in English as 'Numbers'. What is the significance of this act of counting? And why here at the beginning of the book? Besides which, there have already been two previous censuses of the people and this is the third within the space of a single year. Surely one would have been sufficient. And does counting have anything to do with leadership? The place to begin, is to note what appears to be a contradiction. On the one hand, Rashi says that the acts of counting in the Torah are gestures of love on the part of God: Because the

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