The Hosts Above and the Hosts Below

The Hosts above and the Hosts Below FFOZ Earthly things reflect heavenly things. The Sanctuary on earth is a copy of the true heavenly Tabernacle above—the eternal dwelling place of the living God. The priesthood of the Sanctuary has a corresponding priesthood in the Tabernacle above; namely, the priesthood of the Messiah. Earthly institutions ordained by the Torah reflect heavenly realities. If that which is below is a reflection of that which is above, then the hosts of Israel on earth must correspond to the hosts in heaven. This Torah portion offers a close look at the hosts of Israel. We see them numbered and counted. We see them divided into triba

THE LAND OF ISRAEL AND THE GLORY OF GOD

THE LAND OF ISRAEL AND THE GLORY OF GOD The Elijah Prayer Alert “But you have increased the nation, O Lord, you have increased the nation; you are glorified; you have enlarged all the borders of the land.” (Isa 26:15) Israel finally has a new government. It is a coalition government where Benjamin Netanyahu will be the prime minister for the first 18 months and then his former opponent Benny Gantz will take his place. The right wing Yemina party has chosen to stay outside of the government. One of the agreements made in the new government is that the Knesset will vote on declaring sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria, the very heartland of biblical Israel. This is something we n

Shavuot

Saturday 30th May 2020 7th Sivan 5780 SHAVUOT Exodus 19:1 – 20:23; Ezekiel 1:1 – 28, 3:12; John 4:10-24 Shavuot (Pentecost) was, originally, an agricultural holiday, celebrating the first harvest/fruit by bringing offerings (Bikkurim-ביכורים) to the Temple in Jerusalem. Following the destruction of the second Temple and the resulting exile in 70 AD – which raised the need to entrench Torah awareness in order to avoid spiritual and physical oblivion – Shavuot became a historical/religious holiday of the Torah. Shavuot is celebrated by decorating homes and houses of worship with Land of Israel-relate

Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual Warfare Tikkun, Guy Cohen Aligning our Life and Speech with God’s Words How are we to approach situations involving demonic/Satanic activity, healing and anything where taking authority is involved? If we look at Yeshua’s example we see that authority doesn’t mean doing things in our way or our time. A good example of this can be found in Matthew 4:1-11 which takes place after Yeshua was baptized and went out to the desert. He could have answered Satan with an attitude of confidence and pride, but He did not. Instead, Yeshua answered Satan by aligning His life with, and declaring the Words of God from the scriptures. Timin

Believe in God; Believe in Me

Believe in God; Believe in Me FFOZ What did Yeshua mean when he told us to believe in God and also in Him? The answer is in the Torah. The Master’s words about His impending departure disturbed the disciples. Rabbi Yeshua knew that the turmoil and trauma of the hours to come would all but undo their faith—especially their faith in Him as the Messiah. He comforted them, “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me” (John 14:1). In other words, despite the turmoil to come, the disciples should not let their faith in God falter; neither should they doubt the Master. The words “believe in God” might be either imperative or indicative. He might

Iran’s leader accuses UAE of ‘treachery’ after first direct flight to Israel

Iran’s leader accuses UAE of ‘treachery’ after first direct flight to Israel By TOI staff and Agencies Today, 3:40 am 5 Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday accused the United Arab Emirates of committing “treachery” and “betrayal” after its Etihad Airways made history, flying the first known direct commercial flight between Israel and the UAE. The UAE-based airline sent the plane loaded with 16 tons of coronavirus aid for Palestinians on a direct flight from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv on Tuesday. But Iran’s top leader called the act a betrayal of the Palestinians. “Today, some Persian Gulf states have committed the biggest treachery against their own history and the history of

PARASHAT BAMIDBAR

Saturday 23rd May 2020 44th day of Omer 29th Iyyar 5780 PARASHAT BAMIDBAR Herschel Numbers 1:1 – 4:20; 1 Samuel 20:18 – 42; Matthew 4:1 - 17 Jewish tradition says the “four standards” under which Israel encamped in the wilderness, to the east, Judah - a lion to the north, Dan - an eagle to the west, Ephraim - an ox to the south, Reuben - a man The Jewish writers tell us, that the standard of each tribe of Israel took the colour of the stone which represented it in the high priest’s breastplate. Jerome Prado, in his commentary upon Ezekiel (Ezekiel Ez

Corona, Comfort & Compassion

Corona, Comfort & Compassion by Asher Intrater May 5, 2020 I was thinking about what’s going on in the world today as many nations are struggling with this Corona-virus plague. It’s not only a medical problem. It’s also a financial problem, and it’s making people everywhere very worried and stressed. They’re afraid of getting sick, and they’re afraid of losing their finances, and they’re beginning to think, “I could die or the whole social structure around me could just collapse!” Everybody is feeling the pressure and difficulty. What do I feel? I feel everything everybody else feels, but the difference is that we have a measure of faith and strength on the inside. We have the

Remembering Rabbi Daniel Zion

Remembering Rabbi Daniel Zion By Joseph Shulam May the memory of the righteous be a blessing. The evening of November 20, 2019 begins the 23rd of Cheshvan which is the yahrzeit of Rabbi Daniel Zion, a Holocaust-era hero and pioneer in Rabbi Daniel Zion (דניאל ציון) incorporating faith in Messiah Yeshua with with Orthodox Judaism. Rabbi Daniel Zion was one of the chief rabbis of Sofia, Bulgaria during World War II and a Jewish believer. He was warned about the holocaust in a vision of the Master, and he helped save 800 Jews of Sofia from the Nazis but was himself interned in a concentration camp in 1943. In 1949 he emigrated to Israel. With the beginning of World War II, prob

Curses or Blessings?

Curses or Blessings? Rabbi Jonathan Sacks The book of Vayikra draws to a close by outlining the blessings that will follow if the people are faithful to their covenant with God. Then it describes the curses that will befall them if they are not. The general principle is clear. In biblical times, the fate of the nation mirrored the conduct of the nation. If people behaved well, the nation would prosper. If they behaved badly, eventually bad things would happen. That is what the Prophets knew. As Martin Luther King paraphrased it, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Not always immediately but ultimately, good is rewarde

PARASHIYOT BEHAR BECHUKOTAI

Saturday 16th May 2020 Day 37 of Omer 22nd Iyyar 5780 PARASHIYOT BEHAR BECHUKOTAI Behar — “On the mountain” - Leviticus 25:1-26:2; Jeremiah 32:6-27; Luke 4:16-21 Bechukotai — “In My statutes” - Lev 26:3-27:34; Jer 16:19-17:14; Matthew 21:33-46 Walking with God We have a double portion this Shabbat that concludes the book of Leviticus. As is our custom, at the conclusion of this shiur, we will chant “chazak, chazak v’nitzchazeik” – “be strong, be strong and may we be strengthened”. When the nation of Israel as a whole is walking in covenant faithfulness, she will experience shalom (שלום) in the land. The Hebrew word shalom is more tha

Yeshua of Revelation One: Jehovah (Yah-ho-vah), Jesus and Judgment

Yeshua of Revelation One: Jehovah (Yah-ho-vah), Jesus and Judgment by Asher Intrator The name Jesus is in the original, Yeshua – ישוע. Yeshua is a shortened form of Joshua, in the original, Yehoshua – יהושע. Yehoshua means Yehovah saves just as Jehoshaphat or Yehoshaphat יהושפט means Jehovah judges. The name YHVH or Jehovah is located inside the name Yeshua, even if most people don’t know that. As Yeshua came to save us, so will He return to judge, make war and rule the nations (Revelation 19:11-16). When we look at the events of the end times, there are tremendous plagues and judgments, which are beyond the ability of most of us to fit in the fra

The Holy One of God

The Holy One of God FFOZ The commandment “You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy” (Leviticus 19:2) has no upper limit, but the holiness of the Messiah exceeds that of any person. The holiness of the Messiah exceeds even that of Moses. In this way, the words “you shall be holy” apply uniquely to the Messiah. He directly shares in the holiness of God. This explains why the New Testament refers to the Messiah as “the Holy One of God.” The disciples applied that title to Yeshua. Even the demons recognized Him as the Holy One of God. In regard to His concealed, divine person, Yeshua is called the Holy One of God because His holiness ori

Creation Distinctions for Mutual Blessing

Creation Distinctions for Mutual Blessing by Dan Juster May 3, 2020 Very recently I posted on Dr. Michael Brown’s book, Jezebel’s War on America. In this amazing book, he presents the main thrusts of destruction against heterosexual marriage, the traditional family, and then on to aborting babies and the terrible sexual destruction from the plague of pornography. His statistics are alarming. One thing very characteristic of Dr. Brown, is that he does his homework and backs up his arguments with great evidence and statistics. His conclusion is that the trends of evil are plots of the Devil who is really the one behind these destructive trends. Satan comes but to “steal and destroy.” Yeshua c

PARASHAT EMOR

Saturday 9th May 2020 Day 30 of the Omer 15th Iyyar 5780 PARASHAT EMOR - 'SAY..." Torahbytes Leviticus 21:1 - 24:23; Ezek. 44:15-31; Matthew 26:59-66 And when you sacrifice a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the LORD, you shall sacrifice it so that you may be accepted. It shall be eaten on the same day; you shall leave none of it until morning: I am the LORD. (Vayikra/Leviticus 22:29-30) The regulations for the various Torah sacrifices are difficult for us to understand since we are not provided with all their whys and wherefores. I have the impression that sacrifi

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