BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS

BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS September 14th, 2020 By Joel Rosenberg This week, Evangelicals around the world are seeing God's answer to decades of patient, faithful prayers for the peace of Jerusalem. For decades, millions of Evangelical Christians around the world have been faithfully obeying King David’s command in Psalm 122:6 to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” The Bible further commands Christians to “seek peace and pursue it.” (Psalm 34:14) “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18) And, of course, the Lord Jesus Christ told His disciples, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” (Matthew 5:9) It hasn’t been easy to stay th

The Deep Meanings of the Shofar

The Deep Meanings of the Shofar by Rav Yehuda HaKohen Man’s universal recognition of HaShem as the timeless ultimate Reality without end is achieved through the story of the Jewish people and the fulfillment of Israel’s historic mission. Since the time of our liberation from Egypt, the Hebrew nation sounds the shofar to inaugurate the new year. Rabbi Avraham Yitzḥak HaKohen Kook explains that the order of the shofar blasts – tekia, shevarim-terua, tekia – describes the inherent substance of all world events. From the perspective of humankind, the blasts actually parallel HaShem’s stature in the world as perceived throughout the annals of history. The initial shofar blast, the simple and cons

Rosh Hashanah (ראש השנה)

Saturday 19th September 2020 1st Tishrei 5780 Rosh Hashanah (ראש השנה | Beginning of the Year) Torah: Genesis 21; Haftarah: Jeremiah 31:1-19; Matthew 24:29-36; Luke 1:39-55 The Tale of Two Sons by Rabbi Russ Resnik Now that my title got your attention, I’ll let you know this message isn’t about non-binary gender identity. Instead, it’s about looking beyond the usual binary reading of Isaac and Ishmael, in which Isaac is the chosen son, the beloved, the faithful, the son of destiny, and Ishmael is the rejected son, the unloved, the son of unbelief and perdition. There’s a lot to support that reading, for sure, but our non-binary reading is truer to the whole narrative of Genesis, and bri

The Book of Revelation in Our Times

The Book of Revelation in Our Times by DAN JUSTER The Book of Revelation provides us with some of the most controversial debates on the interpretation of the Bible. Yet we are told that we are blessed if we read the book; it is so important that there are great penalties for adding or subtracting from the book. Certainly, the people to whom it was first sent must have been able to have a basic understanding of it. Some years ago, Merrill Tenney, the dean of Wheaton Graduate School, wrote his very helpful Interpreting Revelation. You had to read very carefully to know which view he held, as he presented all four basic views of the book well: Symbolic, Historicist, Preterist, a

Ask in My Name

Ask in My Name FFOZ In the Messianic Era, God will be quick to answer prayer: “It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24). The Master encouraged His disciples to pray to the Father in His name “so that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14:13). He said that anything we ask in his name, He will do (John 14:14). In Judaism, to pray “in the name” of another implies invoking the merit and virtue of a righteous person and the favor that person has with God. In Chasidic Judaism, for example, disciples pray in the name of their

Shaking, Realignment and Spiritual Warfare

Shaking, Realignment and Spiritual Warfare by YONI KOSKI SEPTEMBER 2, 2020 In recent years we have seen dramatic shifts in relations with Israel on the part of various nations, world bodies and groups, both positive and negative. The table below summarises some of these shifts. Old alliances are in some cases cracking, or even falling apart. Meanwhile, new alliances are being formed. Satan’s desire is to turn whole nations, regions, bodies and movements against Israel, not so much because the Jews or Israel are important to him, but rather because he knows that when Yeshua returns to Jerusalem his time will be up. Satan believes that if Israel can be annihilated, then he can prevent Yeshu

A New Beginning

A New Beginning by AVI TEKLE AUGUST 31, 2020 “One who is gracious to the poor, lends to the LORD, and He will reward Him” (Proverbs 19:17). “Shana Tova Umetuka” is the way Israelis greet each other on Rosh Hashana (the traditional Jewish New Year; literally, the head of the year). As we approach the fall season, families and friends wish one another “a good and sweet year.” On September 19th we will graduate from 5780 and move into the year 5781 by the traditional Jewish counting, since Creation. Israel will embark on a new beginning. For us and for most of you, this year has been like an island surrounded by shoals and reefs. Many aspects of our lives have

PARASHAT NITZAVIM/VAYEILECH

Saturday 12th September 2020 23rd Elul 5780 PARASHAT NITZAVIM/VAYEILECH Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Nitzavim - Deut 29:10 (29:9 in TaNaCH)-30:20; Isaiah 61:1-63:9; John 12:41-50 VaYeilech - Deut 31:1-30; Isaiah 55:6-56:8; Matt 21:9-17 The Talmud gives an ingenious reading to the line, “Moses commanded us a Torah, as a heritage of the congregation of Israel.” Noting that there are 613 commands, and that the numerical value of the word Torah is 611, it says that in fact Moses gave us 611 commands, while the other two – “I am the Lord your God,” and, “You shall have no ot

Greater Things than These

Greater Things than These According to tradition, the miracles and supernatural wonders of the Messianic Era and the World to Come will utterly eclipse even the greatest signs and wonders performed by Moses. As Yeshua prepared to say farewell to His disciples, He alluded to that tradition when he said, “He who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father” (John 14:12). The departing Messiah told His disciples to anticipate doing greater works than His. Just as Yeshua had done the work of the Father because He is in the Father and the agent of the Father, henceforth the disciples of Yeshua were to carry on the work o

Humility and Spiritual Warfare

Humility and Spiritual Warfare The first principle of spiritual warfare is humility. Whenever we notice we are in a situation of spiritual warfare, the first thing we need to do is to humble ourselves. Most people associate spiritual warfare with aggressive prayer and shouting at the devil. That is true in many ways, but if we do not understand the role of humility and submission, our spiritual warfare will turn into a massacre. James 4:6-7, 10 God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up. Notice in these verses that submission and humil

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