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May we pose a question ?

Usually we use this platform to teach or announce or update and that is the ultimate goal of this post but we are going about in a different manner.

Allow us to pose a question . . . and with that we hope for responses . . . It is actually a question that was posed by another individual on a media forum. Here is the ‘question’ . .

How about a radical idea ? What about the concept of a one-new-man worship community lead by a ‘believing ‘ pastor and a ‘non-believing’  jewish teacher. ( believing and non-believing in reference to accepting the fact of Yeshua / Jesus of Nazareth as the promised Messiah ) . I mean, we all worship the same God, right, so wouldn’t it work ?  Yes or NO . . . and why or why not . . .

Now, please understand this is NOT an anti-semitic attack. We love the jewish people and the people of Israel and the Land of Israel and understand and teach the premise of blessing Israel and supporting Israel. So whaddaya think ?

Now before you react, please pray, ponder, look at the Word and then respond . . .
 And we will be ‘taking this somewhere’ . . . Blessings – J

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Prophecy unfolding ?

Since the outbreak of the ‘arab spring’ early last year Rhonda and I have contemplated the connection between events in Egypt and the prophecies in Isaiah 19 . . . 

Isaiah 19:1 The burden against Egypt. Behold, the LORD rides on a swift cloud, And will come into Egypt; The idols of Egypt will totter at His presence, And the heart of Egypt will melt in its midst.
 2 “I will set Egyptians against Egyptians; Everyone will fight against his brother, And everyone against his neighbor, City against city, kingdom against kingdom.
 3 The spirit of Egypt will fail in its midst; I will destroy their counsel, And they will consult the idols and the charmers, The mediums and the sorcerers.
 4 And the Egyptians I will give Into the hand of a cruel master, And a fierce king will rule over them,” Says the Lord, the LORD of hosts.

There are confirmed news reports of torture and even crucifixions taking place by the muslim brotherhood towards other egyptians in general and arab christians in specific.  “. . . And the Egyptians I will give Into the hand of a cruel master, And a fierce king will rule over them,” Says the Lord, the LORD of hosts.”

Quran Sura 5:33
[5.33] The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement,

This is the ‘moral compass’ for the fundamentalist muslim today.  Notice I did NOT say ‘radical’. Though it may seem radical to those in the west, this is mainline mainstream fundamental islam at it’ s best.

Mubarak kept the muslim brotherhood and other fundamentalist muslim groups in check until his ousting last year.. Now the muslim brotherhood has unbridled control in Egypt and the recent tortures and crucifixions are a good example of the new ‘freedom and democracy’ that has been ushered in.

Are we in the last days ? YES  . . . are ancient prophecies being fulfilled right in front of our eyes ? sure they are . . . Are believers ‘out of here’ before anything bad happens ? Don’t count on it . . . but one thing you CAN count on . . . the faithfulness of our Father through the blood of Yeshua and the power of His Holy Spirit . . . these are the best of times and the worst of times . . . and be of good cheer, for HE has overcome the world . . . Are you ready for what’s comin’  ?  ‘Preparation’ needs to be spiritual, physical and emotional.  Noah was directed to build the boat. But always remember – Abba floated it . . .
Live this day like it is your last and plan as if you will be here for a 100 years . . . it might even be 1,000.
 And believers WILL have work to do in the Millennium . . . stir up the gifts and talents that GOD as given you. They are not just for you. They are for HIS purpose in HIS kingdom.  Blessings – 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

More from the Woman at the Well . . .

Here is an addendum to “The Woman At the Well”……Blessings and Shalom to all, Rhonda and Jerry
 
                                   THE OIL AND THE WINE and TWO DONKEYS
 
     Revelation 6:6 and Hosea 2:14-23 are inexplicably linked . Rev. 6:6 commands… ‘not to harm the oil and the wine’.  Why ?…. it is a Promise in Hosea 2:21-22 that the Lord will give back the vineyards and  they will be restored.  
 Hosea 2:14-15 states that HE is going to ‘woo us and take us into the wilderness (desert ) and speak tenderly to us and there give us back our vineyards. And when does this happen ? In the time of ‘Jacob’s Trouble’ or what we call the ‘tribulation’, as stated in the remainder of verse 15 – “ . . . and will make the valley of Achor ( tribulation ) a door of hope . . . and she will sing as in the days of her youth, as in the days she came out of Egypt . . .” , a reference to the first Exodus.   This takes place during the tribulation – the time of Jacob’s trouble –  which is taking place towards the end of the ‘2nd day’ of Hosea 6:2.  At the ending of this ‘2nd day’ the Lord says “don’t harm the oil and the wine” . At the beginning of the 3rd day (millennial kingdom) “HE will raise us up” and HE will restore the grain, the oil and the wine (Hosea 2:21-23) and “we will live in HIS sight”.
Hosea 3:5 tell us the ‘Israelites’ ( the northern kingdom – Ephraim ) will come trembling to the LORD and to His blessings in the last days. Yeshua said “ I am sent only for the lost sheep of the House of Israel.”  Ephesians 2:11-13 clarifies that those who were formerly of the ‘nations’ have been brought near by the Blood of Messiah and are no longer foreigners and strangers but fellow citizens with God’s people. So whether we have the blood of one of the 12 Tribes running through our veins, or are simply ‘gentile’, we have been made part of the Household of God – The Whole House of Israel . . . ‘I am sent only for the  . . . House of Israel . . .’ and we are expected to keep HIS ways , just like the picture we see, and is laid down, in 2 Kings 17 . The five pagan nations listed here, coming into the Land or the ‘kingdom’ if you will, were expected to keep the Father’s commandments, even though they were  a ‘wild branch’ being put into or grafted into the ‘kingdom’ which was a shadow of what was to come ( Romans 11:17, Acts 15:13-21) .
Therefore, through and because of the ‘blood of Messiah’, those of the nations that believe are brought into the House of Israel ( Eph. 2: 11-13 ) and they ( we ) come in as part of the ‘re-gathering’ of Ephraim ( along with Judah – Ezekiel 37 )
What do we mean by ‘re-gathering’ ? Here’s a picture that we’ve not seen before. There are two donkeys in Matthew 21:1-5 and Zech 9:9. Yes, two donkeys ! (A side note here: this revelation was given to my husband (Jerry) several years back by the Ruach or Holy Spirit.)
On the day that tradition has come to call ‘palm sunday’, Yeshua ( Jesus ) comes riding into town with two donkeys – an older male and a younger male . . . the wording is quite clear in the Hebrew in Zechariah 9:9.  So, what’s that mean ?
Judah is the older brother and Ephraim ( the house of Joseph ) is the younger. We see the same symbolism in the account of the ‘prodigal son’. The ‘prodigal’ is the younger brother and Judah is the older.
So back to the two donkeys. I picture Yeshua riding the older one and leading the younger. That would line up with the Biblical tenet that Judah always goes first and leads  ( Numbers 2:9, Judges 20:18 ).
The Prophets Jeremiah ( chp. 2 ) & Hosea ( chp. 8 )  speak of the people of God as donkeys . . . and it is not a compliment. Deuteronomy 9:6 and Acts 7:51 ( and other passages ) tell us that Israel is a stiff-necked people. That includes me and you as well.
Exodus 13:13 and 34:20, seemingly out of context, speak of ‘redeeming donkeys’ in the same passage with ‘redeeming the first born of your sons . . . so what’s up with that ?
There is a play on words here that we miss without a closer look.
The word ‘ARAPH’ – to break or ‘slope’ the ‘NECK’ ( OREPH ) is a picture of our unwillingness to humble ourselves due to our basic sinful nature . . . pride.
Therefore we must be ‘redeemed by a LAMB’. And if there is no redemption, then we ultimately die.
But, when we willingly accept the work of Messiah on the cross ( the redemptive LAMB of our FATHER ) we willingly humble ourselves before HIM ( we ‘slope the neck’ and bow the head and heart ) and we need not fear the second death ( Rev 2:11, 20:6 ) .
            So what do we have in this ‘triumphal entry into Jerusalem’, understanding that Yeshua does nothing without meaning ? We have a picture of the beginning of the fulfillment of the restoration of the Whole House of Israel with Messiah – the Passover Lamb, the Shelem, the peace offering making reconciliation – leading the way and bringing His people back home. 
“ . . .For I am sent only for the lost sheep of the House of Israel . . .” Matthew 15:24
 
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Posted by on August 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Yom Teruah – The Day of the Blast

The evening of Monday Sept 17 marks the beginning of Yom Teruah or the Feast of Trumpets.  We will gather together ( the ‘called assembly’ ) that monday evening @ 7:00 pm  for a time of fellowship, Scripture reading and discussion, snacks and of course, the ‘blowing’ . . .understanding and reiterating that the ‘blowing of the trumpet’ is to call the assembly, to awaken the people, to sound the warning and to make an announcement . . .

What ‘announcement’ ?  Could it be that this marks the beginning of the ‘season of our Joy’ ?

Joy ?   The ‘Joy” that comes with the return of the Promised Messiah.

Each year is a ‘rehearsal’ of the ‘final act’ of His imminent return.

And where there is ‘rehearsal’ , there is an ‘opening night’, the culmination of all the rehearsals.

The Feast of Trumpets is the ‘raising of the curtain’ for the playing-out of the final act.

Thursday evening Sept 27 concludes the Day of Atonement – Yom Kippur . . we will meet that evening at 7:00 pm to break the fast together as a family in the presence of Abba . . . more details later . .   Blessings

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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