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A Sad Passing . . .

 Netanyahu’s father, Benzion, dies at age 102

By JPOST.COM STAFF

04/30/2012 08:47

 

 Benzion Netanyahu, father of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, died early Monday morning at the age of 102.

The senior Netanyahu was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1910, and was a historian and a professor emeritus of Judaic Studies at Cornell University from 1971 to 1975. He married Tzila Segal in 1944, and remained married until her death in 2000.

Benzion was father to three sons with Segal: Yonatan Netanyahu, a Sayeret Matkal commander who was the sole Israeli casualty during the successful operation to free hundreds of hostages in Entebbe, Uganda who were taken aboard a hijacked airplane, Iddo Netanyahu, a radiologist and writer, and Binyamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel.

“Professor Netanyahu was an important scholar, both profound and original,” Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar said of the late Netanyahu. “His wide research on the [Spanish] Marranos and the Inquisition period was revolutionary, and has important historical value.”

Labor Party leader Shelly Yacimovich sent her condolences to the prime minister, writing that “we all have only one father. And in your case, we are talking about a unique man, distinguished historian, an ideologue and an intellectual who left a deep imprint on Israeli society.

Benzion served as the executive director of the New Zionist Organization of America during the 40s, making him a prominent Revisionist Zionist activist in the United States.

He became the chief editor of the Encyclopedia Hebraica during his stay in Israel.

He was also editor of the group’s biweekly US publication, Zionnews, where he authored editorials that typically dealt with the latest Palestine-related political developments and controversies.

In one editorial that Benzion wrote, on the occasion of the springtime Passover holiday, Benzion contemplated how the suffering of the Jews could never separate them from their faith or extinguish their hopes: “Through oceans of blood, our blood, through oceans of tears, our tears, hated, persecuted, beaten, wandering and homeless, we assemble at the Pessah Seder to thank God for our liberation from Egypt, and to express once again the hope of the Haggada: ‘This year we are still slaves – next year we shall be free men.’”

In 1952, the Netanyahu family moved to its home at 4 Haportzim Street in Jerusalem, where he passed away early Monday morning.

Thanks to the Jerusalem Post US, Reuters and Lahav Harkov for this report.

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Here we go a’ pondering . . .

This past week we received a phone call from a friend that, during a conversation,  was confronted with a seeming ‘contradiction’ in the Word. We talked about it for awhile, but afterwards, it made me think. It seems sometimes that the ‘naysayers’ are ‘better armed’ with all sorts of ‘bible facts’  that ‘prove’ contradiction within the Bible. And although we do not believe that any contradiction exists in the Scriptures, we are caught unaware by these passages, and automatically feel a need to ‘defend the Word ‘, without any idea how we’re gonna do it . . . 🙂 Ever been there ? We have . . . But we have come to the point that we work from this basic premise – there is NO contradiction in the Word . . . so when ‘contradiction’ rears it’s ugly head, we must remember there is always that ‘other piece’ that puts the whole puzzle together .

Case in point . . .Genesis 5:24  says   ” . . .And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him . . .”   Also, 2 Kings 2:11  tells us that  ” Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.  But John 3:13 says that “No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.  So, what’s up with that ?

Well, first of all, there is NO contradiction in the Word. So, with that in mind, let’s see what we can uncover. We have found that with a little study and some context the confusion just seems to go away. We know from Scripture that others have ascended into ‘the heavens’. We also know that there is not contradiction. So let’s take a closer look at the text to see if anything is ‘gettin’ lost in the translation’  ?  And by the way, you do not have to be a language scholar to take a look at the translations. Something as simple as some online free bible study software can be a big help.

Here are the words or phrases in the Greek text of John 3:13:  and, no one, go up, into, the heaven, if only, not, lest, the, out from, the, heaven, to go down, the, son, the , of , man . . .

So, knowing what we know of and about Scripture, what can we do with these words / phrases that fits with the rest of the Word ? Well, we know that the Lamb of God was slain before the foundation of world was laid . . . (Rev 13:8 )   We know that Yeshua was ‘before Abraham” . . .( John 8:58 )  And Yeshua is the Word that was in the beginning . . .( John 1:1-14)  So, if we know that others have ascended, and we know that Yeshua ascended and descended more than just in the Gospel accounts, then perhaps we can put the words / phrases together in this manner without doing any harm to the text or to the truth and fiber of the Word . . . ‘and no one goes up into the heaven, not except or lest out of the heaven one come down, the son of man . . .’  hmmm . . . that seems to line up with the Word, the words, The Living Word and the truth of the Word . . . If it had not be designed from before the beginning for HIM to ‘come down’, then there would NOT be the opportunity for anyone to ‘go up’ . . . Jesus said “No one comes to the Father except through Me ( John 4:16)  He is the Door so that you may come in . . . ( John 10:1-10 ) . . . just a thought to ponder . . . if you’re into ‘pondering’ . . . 🙂 Blessings –  J & R

 

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

THE WOMAN AT THE WELL

The 1st week of April I received some insight from the Father, concerning John 4 and how it is inexplicably linked to 2 Kings 17. On Wed. April 11, 2012,  I was awakened from a dream/vision and given the directive to write this down and get it out. So this is my attempt to put down what I have received so far. I am sure this is ongoing and those reading this may have verses quickened to them also, concerning this. That is my prayer….that the Father will continue giving and we will continue receiving revelation on who we are. May He give us ears to hear and eyes to see, especially in these last of days.   If you aren’t familiar with or haven’t read 2 Kings 17: 24-41 in a while, this would be a good time to read it.     In Messiah, Rhonda

 A Prophetic Look at the Woman at the Well

 These are the things that Yeshua (Jesus) wanted us to see as we look at the entire account ofJohn 4: 4-43 concerning the Samaritan woman and her being brought into the Kingdom. The key words or phrases are:  Samaritan woman….Jacob……Joseph…..5 husbands……2 days……Jacobs well……He HAD to go through Samaria.

We will be looking at how these words and phrases relate to the gentiles/nations as they are brought in to the kingdom. We will be looking primarily at  John 4 ,  2 Kings 17 ,  and Hosea, along with a few others.

How does John 4 and 2 Kings 17 relate to the gentiles or nations being brought in ?

First, we have to go back to the blessings given to the grandsons of Jacob. In Romans 11:25 Paul states : “I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.There are only 2 places in Scripture this phrase is to be found ( something we learned from a teaching by Bill Cloud several years back ) .  When you take this phrase, ‘fullness of the Gentiles’, back to the Hebrew, it is found only one other place in Scripture and that is Gen. 48:19 when Jacob places his hand on Ephraim’s head and says (in Hebrew)  “melo ha-goyim”, which means ‘fullness or the filling up or fulfillment of the gentiles’.

Where in Scripture is there a type, picture, or shadow of this portrayed ?  In 2 Kings 17:24 we see the gentiles or nations being brought into the land or kingdom ( or ‘house’ if you will ). The previous verses in this chapter deal with the sins of Ephraim ( the northern Kingdom )  and why they were getting ready to be removed from the Lord’s presence (v.18) and the fact in verse 21 about the whole house of Israel being divided into two kingdoms. The two kingdoms were known as the Southern Kingdom ( also called Judah ) and the Northern Kingdom ( also known as Ephraim or Israel ). On occasion the whole combined house of Judah and Ephraim together would be called Israel. To read about the division of Israel into the Northern Kingdom and Southern Kingdom read 1 Kings11: 26-40 and 1 Kings 12: 21-24 where the Father states this division is His doing.

In verse 24 of 2 Kings 17 we see 5 nations being brought into Samaria which was the capital of the Northern Kingdom (Ephraim). This correlates with the 5 husbands of the Samaritan woman ( John 4:18).

The Samaritan woman in John 4 represents the Northern Kingdom or the Melo Ha-goyim.   [Side note: According to some historical sources concerning the overthrow of the Northern Kingdom, it was stated that  ‘ . . . the Assyrians took part of Ephraim out of the land to Assyria and left part in the land . . .’   They would bring people in from other nations they had conquered to replace the ones taken and to intermarry with those that were left in the land thus trying to destroy any remaining nationalism that may have remained].  This is also prophesied about in Hosea 7:8 ( Ephraim mixes with the nations)  8:8 ( Israel is swallowed up in the nations)  9: 17 (God has rejected them because they have not obeyed him, they will be wanderers among the nations) Hosea was the last prophet sent to the Northern Kingdom before she was cast from His presence (2 Kings 17:18).

So, as we can see through these verses that the type or shadow of the Melo Ha-goyim  (Romans 11:25 and Gen. 48:19) can be found in 2 Kings 17 and actually started with part of Ephraim being taken out to Assyria and mixing with the nations there and the part left in the land had the nations brought in and mixed with them. So we see the blessing that was pronounced over Jacob’s grandson, Ephraim, taking place (the fullness of the gentiles shall be found in or through you)…Melo Ha-goyim.

Paul states in Eph.2:11-19 concerning the gentiles coming in…..”Therefore, remember that formerly you who are gentiles by birth….remember at that time you were separate from Messiah, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of promise , without hope and without God in the world. But now in Messiah you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Messiah. Therefore, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household.

The Samaritan woman had 5 husbands and the one she had now was not her husband or in other words, she was not married to or committed to Him. According to verse 25 in John 4 she knew that Messiah was coming but did not know Him ( so was not committed or married yet, if you will). But in verse 26 Messiah reveals Himself to her –  the Samaritan woman ( the Northern Kingdom, Ephraim) and began the fulfillment of the promise made  in Hosea 1:10…..”In the place it was said to them (Northern Kingdom) you are not my people they will be called sons of the living God “.  This is why Yeshua said in John 4:4 that He  HAD to go through Samaria.

In John 4:40&43 Yeshua stayed with the Samaritan woman and the rest of the Samaritans for 2 days represented in Hosea as the adulterous wife and her children  Lo-Ruhamah (not loved or I will no longer show love to the house of Israel)  and Lo-Ammi (you are not my people). Also the 5 nations that came in to the land ( 2 kings 17) continued in their idolatry (spiritual adultery) as did Ephraim….2 Kings 17: 33-41

Yeshua came to the “Samaritan woman” at the well ( which at this point also included the gentiles or melo ha-goyim) to start the fulfillment of the reviving process He promised in Hosea 6:1&2…..”Come let us return to the LORD, He has torn us to pieces but He will heal us, He has injured us but He will bind up our wounds.  After 2 days He will revive us, on the third day He will restore us that we may live in His presence.”

After 2 days……” One day with the Lord is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day (2 Peter 3:8). In the 2nd chapter of Acts, Peter states that the last days had begun. He has been reviving us (Ephraim) the last 2 days (or 2000 yrs.) and we are getting ready to go into the 3rd day so that the rest of the verse might be fulfilled….”on the 3rd day He will restore us so that we may live in HIS presence.

John 11: 51-54….Caiaphas, who was high priest, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish”. He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Yeshua would die for the nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one”.

In James 1:1 he addresses his letter to “the twelve tribes scattered among the nations.”

 Here is the summation……

 Samaritan woman represents….Northern Kingdom, Ephraim, ‘melo ha-goyim’ and all that it entails . . .

Samaritan people represent the woman’s children…..Lo-Ammi and Lo-Ruhamah

Jacob, Joseph, Jacobs well…. brings to mind the blessing given by Jacob to Joseph’s son, Ephraim…..”In you shall be the fullness of the gentiles….(melo ha-goyim)

The well was located in the Northern Kingdom (Ephraim).

5 husbands….. represents the 5 gentile nations brought in to mix with Ephraim (2Kings 17)

2 days …..represents the start of the prophecy given to Ephraim in Hosea 6:2

Yeshua HAD to go through Samaria……Yeshua himself had to be the one to deliver and fulfill what had been written and promised in Hosea 1 :10….”In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people, ‘ they will be called sons of the living God”. He went back to the place where it all took place.

This is a process that began then and continues until the restoral of the 3rd day …..

The prophet Ezekiel was told by YHVH to lay on his left sideto symbolically prophesy the judgment that was to come upon the Northern Kingdom [ The 10 Northern Tribes of the House of Israel; collectively, known as Ephraim].  He was to lay on his left side for 390 days, which would represent 390 years of judgment to be executed upon the House of Israel – Ephraim.  He was also instructed to lie on his right side for 40 days (1 day for each year) which would depict the judgement  prophesied upon the Southern Kingdom . . . the House of Judah. 

(Ezekiel 4:1-6)

Unlike the House of Judah,  Ephraim ( the 10 Tribes of the Northern Kingdom) did not repent and return to YHVH and to His Torah at the end of their judgment period.  Therefore, according to the principle laid out in Leviticus 26, their punishment [ exile and loss of identity… Hosea 8:8; Amos 9:9; Micah 5:8]was multiplied by 7 times. (Leviticus 26:18, 21, 24, 28).

  390 years x 7 = 2730 years

  The captivity of the Northern Kingdom by the Assyrians culminated with the final conquest of Samaria in 722-721 B.C.  So when would the judgment (based upon Leviticus 26) upon the House of Israel/ Ephraim [ exile and loss of identity…Isaiah 10:21-22] be over?

 The Answer ?

2730 – 722 B.C. = 2008 A.D.   

OR 

2730 – 721 B.C. = 2009 A.D.

 

We are not setting dates . . .

We just find this interesting . . .

 For YHVH promised the House of Israel/Ephraim the following:

“And I shall sow her for Myself in the earth, and I shall have compassion on her who had not obtained compassion.  And I shall say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people,’ while they say, ‘You are my GOD!’” (Hosea 2:23)

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Prepare . . .

April 20, 2012- As I was waking up this morning I heard the Lord say…….”The scroll is unrolling”. As of right now I am not sure of the full meaning but suspect that it has to do in part with what He has given me to write down and get out to the people as well as those things that are getting ready to come upon us….. Blessings and the Shalom of Messiah to all, Rhonda

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

What’s that Name again . . . ?

I just finished scanning a lengthy article about the ‘proper use and pronunciation of the proper name of GOD’, which also describes all the improper names and usages as well. . . and this was not from a messianic / hebrew roots /  restoration perspective but rather from a published teacher in mainline denominational circles . . . seems that this discussion is going on everywhere. 

Well, here’s our ‘two-cents’ worth . . . if you want change back, let me know. 🙂

Allow me to start out by telling you a story. Almost 40 years ago my Dad was killed in an accident. I was 19 and the oldest of three. The funeral was held at our little country baptist church. The building was packed. There were even folks standing outside. There were family and friends, co-workers, neighbors, over 300 people at this little church building . . . and everyone there knew my Dad’s name.

Some called him ‘Cecil’, some Mr. Tomlinson, and others ‘Cecil T.’.  Some called him brother, some called him uncle or cousin . . . and one called him ‘husband’.  . . but they all knew his name. But out of all the people that were there, there were only three people in the whole crowd that had the right, the privilege and the honor to call him ‘DAD’ . . .  my sister, my brother and me . . .Everyone there knew his name. Some had known him longer than I and still others actually knew more about him . . . but they couldn’t call him DAD . . .

Now think about this for a moment –  the demons and devils in hell know the exact name of our Heavenly Father. They know it, how to spell it, and how to pronounce it.  They actually, in some ways, know our Father better than we do. They were with HIM in the beginning and have seen HIM on a ‘bad day’ if you get my drift. But it does them no good. They cannot call Him ABBA . . .

At one time, oh say a couple thousand years ago, there were those that knew exactly how to pronounce the ‘memorial Name of GOD’. They are no longer with us. There are those today that have background in and training in the language, history and culture of Israel. The ones that are completely candid about the ‘Name’ will tell you that there are many possibilites and no ‘absolutes’ in relation to the pronunciation. So what are we to do ?  Well, going to the WORD is always a good option.  So what does the WORD tell us concerning this matter ?

Exodus 3:15 and Psalm 135:13 tells us that ‘YHVH’ is HIS memorial Name ( pray, and pick a pronunciation . . . ) . What else can we find in the WORD that might give direction in this matter ?  1 Peter 2:21 speaks of Yeshua being an example for us . . . and this implication is all through Scripture.  So, if Yeshua ( Jesus ) is our example, then how did HE pronounce ‘The Name’ ? He didn’t, as far as we know. What He DID articulate was the following : Father, our Father, thy Father, My Father , your Father, the Father, Father . . . are ya’ kinda beginning to see a pattern here ?

The devils in hell know His Name . . . but only those that are connected to HIM by Blood can call HIM Father. I can call HIM ‘ABBA’  because we are ‘blood-kin’, for I am related to the Father through the Blood of the Son . 

And remember the ‘NAME of the Father’ is more than just we we call him. But that too, is another story.

Shalom U’Vrachot – Peace & Blessings –

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Did you call me a donkey ?

Ever since I was a kid I’ve wondered about Jesus – Yeshua – coming into town on two donkeys . . .that’s right – two donkeys. Matthew 21:2-7 speaks of two animals involved in Yeshua’s arrival into Jerusalem. This is a direct reference to the passage in Zechariah 9:9 which also has language that depicts two animals.  As a child I had images of Him trying to ‘straddle’ two aminals. Well, that’s not the picture that we should take from this passage. But what is the imagery that we should find in this Scriptural account ?

The prophets Jeremiah and Hosea both speak of the people of God as ‘donkeys’ . . . and it’s not a compliment. Exodus, seemingly out of context, speaks of ‘redeeming donkeys’ in the same passage with ‘redeeming the first born of all your sons . . .’   So what’s up with that ?  The story of the ‘prodigal son’ and the ‘older brother’ should be a hint to where this story is headed. Judah is the ‘older brother’ and Ephraim ( the house of Joseph ) is the younger. One of the aspects of the first coming of Messiah was to move forward the work of the restoral of the whole house of Israel. ( another lesson  🙂 . . . )

On the day that we have come to know as ‘palm sunday’, Yeshua comes riding into town with two donkeys – an older male and a younger male . . . I picture Him riding the older and leading the younger.  That would be logical since Scripture says ‘Judah always goes first and leads . . .’ ( Num. 2:9, Judges 20:18 ). Ezekiel 37 speaks in the last days of the coming back together of two ‘sticks’ – Judah and Ephraim, the northern and southern kingdoms.

So what do we have in this entrance into Jerusalem, understanding that Yeshua does nothing without meaning ? What we have is a picture of the  beginning of the fulfillment of the House of Israel with Yeshua – the Passover lamb, the Shelem, the peace offering making reconciliation – leading the way and bringing His people back home.

But I’m a ‘christian’, I’m not Jewish, I’m not Israeli . . . what does this have to do with me . . .?  God made a promise and He keeps His word. A fresh understanding of the answer to this question will be posted soon. Abba through His Spirit has shown Rhonda an aspect of this truth that we had not seen before, so pray as she works to prepare this presentation . . .your gonna like this . . . a story many of us have heard all our lives, without fully understanding the depth of the meaning.  But we are in those days when things are going to be revealed.

Blessings to you and yours in Messiah Yeshua – J & R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Here we are . . . the world of the ‘Blog’ . . .

This week we start a new endeavor – The Prodigal Ministries Blog Site.  As we look for ways to stay in touch and share with one another during the week and across distances, this will be one more opportunity and tool to accomplish that task – contending hard for the faith once for all delivered to the holy people of GOD.  Jude

May Abba bless you and yours today and in the days to come.  J & R

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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