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How I Came to Faith

I was born in Israel into a secular Jewish family with roots in the Land stretching back generations. My great grandfather was a pioneer farmer in the Galilee. My father was a commander in the Palmach naval fighting units, starting before the Israeli War of...

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Surprising Psalms

Beginnings are important. They are foundational. In Acts 2, the Holy Spirit was poured out on Shavuot/Pentecost and the church was born. Over the next 2.5 chapters, the disciples (mostly Peter) proclaim the Gospel, several times, to all the Jewish people gathered in...

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Anchor in the Storm

We find ourselves in a time of isolation and ruptured routine. The world health crisis has affected every one of us. Consequently, something at the core of my being is searching for solid ground. Life’s circumstances have changed radically, in a way that threatens my...

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Taking up the Sword?

The Bible makes a distinction between “taking up arms” and “bearing arms.” Understanding this difference has wide implications on the political situation today.   There have been modern cases of misuse of weapons by police, even what appears to have been manslaughter...

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You MUST be…

One of the most famous sayings of Yeshua was, "You must be born again…" – John 3:3.  This was also a landmark "theological" statement, if we could call it that.  It was said to Nikodemos, one of the leaders of the Jewish religious council (Sanhedrin). He is described...

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Accusation Narrative

In Zechariah chapter three, the prophet sees a vision concerning the High Priest of his day, Yehoshua (Joshua).  The passage has a triple meaning: The historical events around the restoration of Jerusalem. A pre-figure of the Messiah (who has the same name: Yeshua =...

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Praying for Prodigals

A prodigal is a loved one who has known the Lord and yet has turned away toward the temptations of the world. There is a limitation to what you can pray, because the person's free will is running against God. While God does not force anyone to believe, we can marshal...

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Hoshana Rabba

The seventh day of Sukkot is called Hoshana Rabba in Judaism.  I am sending this out to you since this day began last Thursday evening.  I previously sent a post on the meaning of Sukkot in general.  Now I want to concentrate on this Seventh day.  Remember the 8th day...

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Turning Up the Heat?

Is it hot where you are?  It’s unseasonably hot here in Israel as I write. Is this a meteorological message from the Lord that He’s “turning up the heat?” I find myself drawing that conclusion. The Corona pandemic wears on and, at least here in Israel, we wear our...

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“King of the Jews”

When Yeshua (Jesus) was crucified, Pilate placed a sign above His head, which carried the inscription, "King of the Jews" (John 19:19; Matthew 27:37). This sign was written in three languages (Hebrew, Latin, and Greek) so that all of the world could know. I believe...

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Affliction, Hope & Relief

“Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my trouble…” (Psalm102:2) Psalm 102:1-12 is the prayer of a man in the midst of suffering. We can identify with him. He is bringing his complaints, fears and sorrows before God. He feels pressure from many directions. He...

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Running from Trouble?

When we speak about "tribulation," many think immediately about end times' scenarios. However, we also need to look at our general attitude toward adversity. How is the normal believer to react to times of trouble? The New Covenant Greek word thlipsis is translated as...

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Corona Comparisons, Plagues and Priests

Would you join me in praying together with Daniel? “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments.”  “We have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by...

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The King Question

When Yeshua was arrested in the Garden, Simon Peter cut off the ear of the High Priest's servant. Here is a little Bible quiz: What was the servant's name?  That's right – Malchus.  Here is another question: What does his name mean? The Gospels were written in Greek...

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Corona, Comfort & Compassion

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...

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Hannah to Hannah

I am amazed at the prayer of Hannah (the mother of Samuel the Prophet).  It seems that every good thing in the Bible (or elsewhere) starts with a woman praying.  It is often a woman in a desperate situation, praying a desperate prayer. Hannah was preceded by Sarah,...

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Satan’s Passover Rage

The long, cold, wet, virus-filled winter is finally over. Spring is here and it is Passover time in Israel. Jewish people gather around the table to remember the great themes of the exodus from Egypt: deliverance from slavery, liberation, freedom! It was no different...

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Summary of End Times – Part 2

The study of End Times can be very complicated and has many variables and moving parts. We have begun to summarize the overall view of the End Times in 7 words: Tribulation Persecution Ecclesia (international church) Israel Armageddon Second Coming Millennium Let's...

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Summary of End Times – Part 1

The study of End Times can be very complicated and has many variables and moving parts. I would like to summarize the overall view of the End Times in 7 words: Tribulation Persecution Ecclesia (International Church) Israel Armageddon Second Coming Millennium Let's...

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Purim and the Spiritual Battle Over Iran

This year Purim is celebrated on 9th and 10th March. It is time to pray for Iran! There is an intense spiritual battle over the nation, which affects Israel, Christians, the region and the whole world. It is therefore your battle too. Iran/ Persia has a dual role in...

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Dunamis Power for Everyone

‘Dunamis’ is the Greek word for ‘power’ and is found 120 times in the New Covenant. From the same root, we have the words ‘dynamite’, or ‘dynamic’. I see four meanings to the word: The strength or power of God – “Yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory” (Matt....

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THE LORD SPOKE! Don’t Give Up: ‘Faith It’

"Because of faith also Sarah herself received physical power to conceive a child, even when she was long past the age for it, because she considered [HASHEM] Who had given her the promise to be reliable and trustworthy and true to His word.”  Hebrews 11:11 Lamentation...

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Two-Word Prayer for Revival

I have found an amazing two-word prayer that has the potential to bring national revival. When a nation is on the verge of a great revival, there has been a level of success in the congregations and ministries.  The number of people is growing.  More donations are...

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2013 Articles 2019

An Undivided Heart: Part One

"Therefore, do not worry, saying 'what shall we eat?' or 'what shall we drink?' or 'what shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His...

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Cultural and Ethnic Development

The first community of faith in Yeshua (Jesus) started on the day of Shavuot (Pentecost).  There was an original core of 120 Jewish believers (Acts 1:14), made up primarily of native-born "Israelis" from the Galilee (Acts 1:11; 2:7).  A careful reading of the Gospels...

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Be Holy or Do Holy?

The Marriage of Love and Holiness "According as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love." Ephesians 1:4 Holiness is not true holiness unless it’s rooted and grounded in love. Otherwise it...

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Lion and Lamb (Part 1)

There are two images of the Messiah throughout the Law and the Prophets. One is a suffering servant; the other is conquering king. The Rabbis called these two figures messiah son of Joseph and messiah son of David. The idea was that Joseph suffered at the hands of his...

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Five Big “All’s”

As we enter more into the End Times and closer to the second coming of Yeshua, there are several major trends which are moving toward their fulfillment. Of course, we in Israel are looking toward the great promised revival of our people. Romans 11:26And so ALL Israel...

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Shame of Nakedness

Before sin entered the world through Adam and Eve's disobedience, they were naked (ערומים - eyromim) in the garden of Eden and without shame (Gen 2:25). After they rebelled by eating from the fruit of the forbidden tree their eyes were opened and they knew they were...

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Responding to Non-Believers

How should we understand and relate to those who do not yet believe? Is salvation a black and white thing – before I knew Yeshua I was evil and now I am good? ‘Yes’ and ‘no’! Yes, of course we were ‘once darkness’, but now we are ‘light in the Lord’ (Ephesians 5:8)...

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Parental Transfer (Part 2)

The second reference to parents in the Ten Commandments describes the positive mechanism of receiving blessings from God through our parents. Exodus 20:12 - Honor your father and your mother so that your days will be long upon the land. Esteeming Our Parents The way...

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Worship in The Kingdom

Recently during a time of worship, I glanced around the room and noticed that the looks on peoples faces seemed so serious. This didn’t make sense to me. We were singing about the nations loving and worshipping Yeshua forever in His kingdom. Imagining this put a big...

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Rock and Key

In Matthew 16, Peter (Shimon Kefa) received a significant revelation of Yeshua. There were 4 parts to this historic breakthrough: Messiahship of Yeshua New Covenant Community of Faith Delegated Spiritual Authority Protection against Satanic Forces Matthew...

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Inheriting Zion

Inheriting Zion is perhaps the world’s biggest controversy, after the issue of Yeshua being God! The word ‘Zion’ refers to Jerusalem, but is also used to describe the entire land of Israel. Central to Zionism is God’s faithfulness to His covenant promises concerning...

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The Poem of God

There is a beautiful word in Greek that is used only TWO times in the entire New Covenant scriptures. It is the word poema, from which we derive the word "poem".  It can be translated as "workmanship, artistry, craftmanship, creation, creativity..." It is somewhat...

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Preparing for Persecution

According to global statistics, over 200 million followers of Yeshua are undergoing high levels of persecution today--primarily in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. But I believe the Scriptures teach that the time is coming when such persecution will be the norm in...

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Why Missile Attacks from Gaza?

It seems incredulous to us that Hamas would start such a confrontation against Israel, in which they can only lose and cause destruction to their own people.  I asked a dear Arab friend who responded this way: "In recent weeks there have been many protests against...

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The Real Cause of Climate Change

Is there undeniable scientific evidence today that global ice fields are melting, ocean levels are rising and air pollution is getting worse at an unprecedented rate? Are water shortages, drought and crop failures on the rise globally due to current weather patterns?...

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Deny Myself? – Why?

Yeshua said to let our "Yes" be "Yes" and our "No" be "No" (Matthew 5:37). In context He was speaking of making religious vows, but we can take this a step further: Good is good; bad is bad (Isaiah 5:20).  To what do we say "Yes"? – everything good!  All the promises...

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Israel’s Unsolved Rift

What was the source of the heated argument among the National Council on the morning of May 14th, 1948, just hours before the declaration of the state of Israel? The name of the state and the final wording of the declaration had been agreed upon, but the inclusion of...

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Pray for Renewed Aliyah in 2019

Israel’s interim Aliyah results for 2018 showed a 1% drop in numbers from January to August, due especially to fewer immigrants from large Jewish communities in USA and France. Aliyah is immigration to Israel, literally meaning ‘to go up’ and the process has its...

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2013 Articles 2018

Calling Israel Back

Here's how I would summarize the plan of God in one sentence: God created and destined the world to be perfect in His sight, so that everything would reflect His goodness and bring Him glory. When God thought of you, He saw you in your fullness. He saw you in your...

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Me Too

Everyone is affected somewhere by pornography, abortion, sexual harassment, homo-les-bi-trans, divorce, adultery, pedophilia, carnal entertainment, seductive advertising, and so on. Sometimes I also feel "abused" by this whole metro-sexual mess ("Me Too"). Pictures I...

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Globalization

Last year facing the UN, President Trump spoke of nationalism over globalism; this year he spoke of patriotism over globalism--essentially the same concept. Are we for globalization? We certainly believe in an age of world peace as described in Isaiah 2 and Micah...

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Standing Between Two Worlds

Do you feel caught between two forces – on the one hand a love for the things of this world, and on the other apathy from all that is going on? I personally can relate! 1 John 2:15 tells us that the ‘love of the world’ is sin and it cuts us off from the Father’s love:...

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Revive and Restore

Revival leads to restoration. This principle of the kingdom of God holds true for an individual or for a whole nation. For an individual, revival would mean being born again in one's heart and then receiving the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38, John 3:3). After someone...

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“So, I’ve Come Down”

One line always gets me in God’s conversation with Moses: "So, I have come down.” Here’s Moses, freaking out at a bush that won’t stop burning. Why shouldn’t he be? He’s hearing the voice of God Almighty, for goodness' sake! The Hebrews are locked in slavery. Moses...

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World Redemption

Recently I dialogued with a famous New Testament Theologian from England. Our discussion centered on Israel and the Church. He was “replacement theology” oriented (the Church is now the ongoing meaning of Israel, the true Israel of God, and that ethnic Israel no...

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Victory Over the Enemy

One of the amazing graces we receive from God through Yeshua, along with forgiveness of sins, eternal life and the Shekinah presence of the Holy Spirit, is the power and authority to heal the sick and cast out demons. Although casting out demons is portrayed in the...

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A New Level of Prophecy

The concept of prophecy developed in stages throughout the Scriptures. The early patriarchs had many, direct prophetic encounters with God. Then Moses brought the prophetic experience to a higher level and became the "father" of the prophets. Moses prayed for all the...

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Passover and Baptism

The most important saying of the rabbis concerning Passover is that “in every generation, each person must see himself as if he came out of Egypt.” This is parallel to the New Covenant concept that each person must see himself as if he participated in the death and...

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Jerusalem Comes Down

Three times in the book of Revelation it is stated that heavenly Jerusalem descends from heaven. To the faithful at the church in Philadelphia, identified as a great example of a church, God promised: Revelation 3:12"I will write on him the name of My God and the name...

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Purity Before Power

In the stories of the birth of Yochanan (John the Baptist) and Yeshua (Jesus), two people receive a supernatural visitation by the archangel Gabriel. One is Miriam (Mary), the mother of Yeshua; the other is Zechariah (Zacharias), the father of John. Both are told of...

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Trusting God

What a change we see in Abraham from Chapter 12 of Genesis to Chapter 13. In Chapter 12, Abraham (well, Abram) goes down to Egypt because of a famine. There, he becomes concerned that his life is in danger. His wife, Sarai, is attractive and he thinks if Pharaoh knows...

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2013 Articles 2017

We Prophesy in Part

We seek to have a biblical balance on the issues concerning apostolic and prophetic gifts today. One of the keys to find such a balance is the phrase, "we prophesy in part." I Corinthians 13:9 - We know in part and we prophesy in part. Love is the greatest...

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Phobeo: Fear of the Lord

There are two words in Hebrew used for "fear": Pakhad – פחד – is fear in general. Yir'ah – יראה – is more a reverential fear associated with authority, power, and holiness. In Greek there is primarily one word, – Phobeo, from which are derived words having to do with...

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Fruit of Self Control

How we love the fruit of the spirit! – love and joy and all that good stuff. It is the very personality of God within us. There's one fruit of the spirit at the end that seems to be less talked about: self-control. We could call it the Final Fruit. Galatians 5:22 –...

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Aggressive Fruit of the Spirit

Many people in the world are aggressive; aggressive for power, glory, wealth… in short selfishness. Yet the teaching of Yeshua seems to point to an opposite character. In His first recorded message, the Sermon on the Mount, Yeshua said, "The meek will inherit the...

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Three Priesthoods

Sometimes we are asked if we consider Christians to be "priests." Three types of priesthoods are mentioned in the Scriptures: – 2 on earth and 1 in heaven: the Jewish Levitical, the Christian International, and the Heavenly Spiritual. The truest priesthood is the...

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4 Keys for Resisting Sexual Sin

There are many accounts of sexual sin in the Bible and we can learn much from both the stories of success and those of failure. In my eyes, Joseph has one of the most inspiring victories over sexual temptation. By the time the seventeen year old Joseph was sold to...

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2013 Articles 2016

God Punishes Sin (GPS)

There is a message that serves as a common foundation for almost all the other messages in Scriptures: "Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand." This may be seen as a summary of all the Israelite prophets (Jeremiah 25:5). It preceded the coming of Yeshua (Matthew...

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Jonah’s Two Prophecies

Jonah delivered two major prophecies. The first is recorded in II Kings 14:25 - to enlarge the borders of Israel. It was a message of victory and power. He seemed to be very motivated to this kind of prophecy. The second was recorded in the Book of Jonah to bring...

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God’s Destiny for Arabs and Jews

Each time we meet with Arab Christian leaders, whether locally here in Israel, or in the context of Global Gathering, there are new levels of revelation about God's destiny for Arabs and Jews. At the recent Gathering in Jerusalem, one of the Arab pastors pointed out...

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Lord of Forgiveness

The 40 days from the beginning of the month of Elul through Yom Kippur on the 10th day of Tishrei are known in Jewish tradition as a time for repentance and forgiveness.  There are special prayers during this time called סליחות "selichot" meaning forgiveness. One...

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The Pronunciation of YHVH

Sometimes I am asked about the correct pronunciation of YHVH יהוה , the name of God in the Hebrew Scriptures since the time of Moses. But first a “disclaimer”-- it is not worth arguing about, because: No one really knows for sure how it was pronounced. There is no...

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Kalah – Bride

We as the group of people on earth who believe in Yeshua, the Messiah of Israel and Savior of the world, are referred to as His bride. The Hebrew word here is Kalah - כלה . Kalah particularly refers to a bride betrothed before the wedding. In this way we are betrothed...

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MERCY – רחמים

In 1989 I received a vision of an oasis in the desert. I heard the words “tents of mercy.” Only years later, as a new immigrant, seeking God for the meaning of those words, did I receive Jeremiah 30:18: “…I will restore the tents of Jacob and have mercy on his...

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What Can’t I Hear?

Recently I felt a dramatic decrease in my hearing. I went to an ear specialist. The woman doctor was about my age and had a rather serious demeanor. She looked in my ear. Then she pulled out a primitive instrument, something like a letter opener, and said, "This might...

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Lion of Judah

Yeshua (Jesus) is described as the lion of the tribe of Judah. The image of the lion is one of strength and victory. It is the image of Messiah as a conquering king.  Revelation 5:5 - Behold the lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has overcome to open the...

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2013 Articles 2015

Light of the World

The birth of the Messiah should be the greatest Holy Day in Jewish history. The prophet Isaiah told us that the people of Israel would see a great light. Isaiah 9:1The people who walked in darkness saw a great light and those who dwell in the land of the death-shadow,...

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The Seven Mountain Teaching

For 35 years our ministries have taught the Gospel of the Kingdom in a way that connects us to the newer “Seven Mountain/Pillar Teaching”. This teaching has become increasingly popular in both charismatic and evangelical streams. We have taught generally that Yeshua’s...

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Messianic “Rabbi”?

While the term “rabbi” is commonly used in Messianic congregations in the Diaspora, it is almost unheard of in Israel. Here are some thoughts: There is a difference in culture between the diaspora and Israel. In the diaspora, there is a greater plurality of...

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Gentile Levites

When Jacob married Leah, his third son was Levy. His name came from Leah's saying that her husband would "closely accompany" her – Genesis 29:34. This is the root of Levy לוי . Leah meant this in a soulish way, but God—in His sovereign election of this family--used...

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Right Theology

Here are some aspects of what I consider a right theology that must prevail in the Messianic Jewish movement. End Times - We are to be aligned with the last days' church, which will lead to Israel being saved, the return of the Messiah Yeshua, and the Millennial...

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No Arguing or Complaining?

For many years I have taught that the New Covenant is really a Jewish book. Except for this verse perhaps: Philippians 2:14 – Do everything without complaining and without any arguing. Can Rabbi Saul of Tarsus really mean this? J Arguing is practically our national...

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Passion for the Kingdom

We have a passion for the kingdom of God. We pray for His kingdom to come. We desire for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven—to see heaven come and change our world. (Matthew 6:10) God has a plan for a perfect world with perfect people—the Kingdom of...

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Living in Secret

In Mathew 6, Yeshua gave three parables focused on living in secret. He is teaching us to pray, fast, and give in secret. In all three, the same words appear - who sees in secret. This is a powerful principle. The main lesson to be learned here is not that doing these...

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Strive for Unity

Unity is always a priority for the kingdom of God (Zechariah 14:9). Working for unity is never easy. It involves overcoming opposition, going against the stream, bridging differences between people, fighting against the devil (Luke 11:16-17). It is painful, because it...

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To Be Seen

In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), Yeshua teaches about the Ten Commandments, explaining the true heart motivation that should be the foundation of our understanding and obedience to “Torah.” The Mount of Beatitudes interprets Mount Sinai. When dealing with...

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Daniel’s Prophecies

The book of Daniel can be divided into two main sections. Chapters 1 through 6 contain stories of the experiences of Daniel and his friends while serving in the governments of Babylon and Persia. Chapters 7 through 12 contain a series of visions about the kingdom of...

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The First Split

We often pray for unity. To arrive at perfect unity, we must get to the root of division. Here is a fascinating question: what was the first division or split in the community of faith? Some say it was between Jew and Gentile. To be more exact, the first division was...

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The Price of Unity

Unity is the end product of love. If I love you and you love me, and we all love one another - then the totality of our love makes us united. Being "One" is a divinely-inspired, spiritual union (Ephesians 5:31-32); becoming united is the human process or outworking of...

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Job and the Fear of God

Job is perhaps the oldest book in the Bible. The Hebrew language of the text is quite difficult. The events seem to have taken place parallel to the time of the Patriarchs, but not connected to them, as there is no mention of Abraham, Isaac or Jacob. Thus the book...

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Turning Point

This year 2014-2015 represents a significant turning point, and as noted by many a "Shemita" year in the Jewish calendar. This week marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in southwest Poland, near Krakow. An estimated 1.1 million Jews...

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2013 Articles 2014

Gospel of the Kingdom

The Good News answered the great Jewish question of the day, where is the Kingdom of God promised by the prophets? The hope of the prophets was that Israel and the nations would be one under the rule of the Messiah, the Son of David. As we read in Isaiah 2, the word...

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Discipling the Nations

In Matthew 28:18-20 we read: Then Yeshua came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them… and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you... From the time of...

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The 24 Elders

In the Book of Revelation we find an unusual and rather astonishing group of people, known as the “24 elders." They seem to be an elite group of leaders who are assembled right in the throne area of God Himself, along with Yeshua and the “Four Living Creatures." Their...

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A Bit of Honor

Giving honor to other people is a special principle of godly living. One of the Ten Commandments is to honor one's parents (Ex. 20; Deut. 5). Giving honor is not only for parents but for all those "to whom honor is due" (Rom. 13:7). As we pass honor upwards, God...

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God in Search of Man

At the beginning of the Bible, right after the sin of Adam and Eve, we see God coming to earth to search for His wayward creatures. Genesis 3:9 – And God called to the man, and said, "Where are you?" When Adam and Eve sinned, they turned their back on God; they...

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What is Truth?

There is a clash of so-called "truth" in the world today. When Yeshua stood before Pilate, He told Pilate that He was the truth and was born to bear witness of the truth. Pilate's last words to Yeshua are a significant question: John 18:38What is truth? Yeshua seemed...

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Uniting the Body

The unifying of true believers in Yeshua around the world leads to a revelation of the kingdom of God. This may be likened to the pieces of a jig-saw puzzle. As the pieces are separate, it is impossible to understand the picture. As the pieces are joined, the meaning...

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Worship in Spirit and Truth

Matthew 6:33 commands, “Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness.” The first step in seeking His Kingdom is to seek a relationship with the King through worship. Kingdom advance flows out from, and is empowered by, worship.  In John 4, Yeshua says to the Samaritan...

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Wisdom and the Fear of God

Wisdom is the ability to know what is the right thing to do.  Before we can do the right thing, we have to know what it is. If God sees that someone really wants to do the right thing, He will let that person understand (John 7:17). If someone wants to know just for...

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Present Help

A verse that has repeatedly come up in prayer, worship and teaching in a number of congregations in Israel during the war has been: Psalm 46:2 - God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in troubles. God is present everywhere at all times; yet there are...

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Root of Anti-Semitism

After the fall of Adam and Eve, God promised that a "seed" of the woman would be born to "crush the head of the serpent" (Gen. 3:15). That started a war between God and Satan. The seed was to be born through the Jewish people. Therefore demonic forces have always...

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Baruch Haba

There is a short phrase in Psalm 118:26 that has taken on major significance both in the Jewish and Christian world. In Hebrew the phrase is - ברוך הבא , baruch haba, "Blessed is he who comes…" Yeshua and his disciples refer to "Baruch haba" twice: once at His...

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Life of Power

There is a popular false teaching that the gifts of the Spirit were only for the transitional age of Apostolic leadership 2000 years ago. Yet, the contemporary occurrence of miraculous signs and wonders, particularly in revivals in East Asia, India, Africa and South...

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“Judah First”

In the book of Romans we find the phrase "to the Jew first" three times: one for the gospel (1:16), one for wrath (2:9) and one for glory (2:10).  I believe that this phrase is a continuation from the book of Genesis, in which the tribe of Judah was to "go first." ...

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Dealing with Disagreement

Whenever we discuss moral or spiritual values, we must be careful not to despise the person who disagrees with us. We should hate all evil activity (Proverbs 8:13), yet love the people involved (John 3:16). No one rebuked sin more than Yeshua; yet no one befriended...

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Dry Bones

On October 15, 1967, I arrived in Israel for a two-week visit with my parents. In 1967 I decided to produce a 30 minute documentary on the establishment of the new state of Israel and the recent return of Jerusalem to the Jewish people. I spent almost three years...

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“Oil on the Beard”

Unity, Leadership and Anointing There is a special connection between unity among leadership and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. I am involved in several leadership groups, such as our Revive Israel team, Ahavat Yeshua congregation in Jerusalem, Tiferet Yeshua...

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Son of Man

Yeshua often referred to Himself as the "Son of Man," particularly in the gospel of Luke. The word in Hebrew for man is adam--as in the first Adam; and in Aramaic is enash-- as in the first Enosh (Gen 4:26). Here are five spiritual implications to the name "Son of...

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Israel and the Nations

Exile and Redemption There is a profound mystery throughout the Scriptures about the relationship between Israel and the Nations. The covenant of God started with Noah for all the nations, and then was transferred to Israel through Shem and Abraham. Abraham himself...

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The Soul of Yeshua

In Isaiah 53, there are 3 references to the "soul" of the Suffering Servant. (The poetry of this chapter is as beautiful as its message is profound): Verse 10 – "If He will make his soul a guilt offering" Yeshua made His soul a guilt offering. We are guilty before...

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Can We Forget?

God doesn’t just forgive, but His promise of complete atonement includes this amazing fact: in Yeshua, in the New Covenant, God totally FORGETS our sins!  “…for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” (Jer 31:34) This is how the Apostle...

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John 17 and the Tower of Babel

Yeshua's prayer for the unity of the ecclesia (international church) is a profound revelation of God's plan for us. John 17:21-23May they all be one, as you father are in me and I in you, may they also be in us. I have given them the glory which you have given me that...

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Restoration of All Things

There was a significant change in the apostles' understanding of the kingdom of God between Acts chapter one and chapter three - before and after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:6 – "Will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" Yeshua taught His...

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“Nasi” – Lifted Up

The verb in Hebrew "nisa" – נישא – means "lifted up." There is a beautiful string of verses in Isaiah with this word. In Isaiah 3:11-17, everything that is lifted up which does not glorify the Lord will be brought low. In Isaiah 6:1-3, there is a glorified King lifted...

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Messiah Must Die

Today in Israel, as it was in the time of Yeshua, there is still an expectation that the Messiah will come to rule as king and bring world peace. The concept that the Messiah must come first to die (and only later rule) is very difficult for our people to grasp....

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2013 Articles 2013

What is Love?

The greatest commandment of scriptures is to love. If God commands us to love, it must be something that we have the ability to do, or not to do. It must be connected with our will. On the simplest level it could be called "good will" toward someone. Luke 2:14 – "Good...

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Israel and the Church

In Romans chapters 1-8 Paul deals with the plan of salvation for individuals. In chapters 9-11 he writes of God's sovereign plan for Israel and the nations. He saw that, according to the prophecies, Jerusalem would soon be destroyed and Israel sent into an extended...

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Menorah

The Bible speaks of the Menorah, or Lampstand, on three levels: one in the Torah, one in the Prophets, and one in the New Covenant. Moses was commanded to build a 7–branched, golden lampstand and place it in the Holy Place of the Tabernacle (Exodus 25:31-40). The...

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Faithful

Life can be likened to a long journey or race. At the finish line you only want to hear one thing, and nothing else matters: Matthew 25:21 – Well done, good and faithful servant. You were faithful in little; I will appoint you over much. Come into the joy of your...

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Who Mourns?

Prophecies about the Second Coming of Messiah state that the inhabitants of Jerusalem will "look upon Me whom they have pierced" – Zechariah 12:10. The prophecy goes on to say that the people will mourn Him as "one mourns for his firstborn son." Who are these people...

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Sun, Moon, and Shekel

During a solar eclipse, it seems to the human eye that the moon hides the full size of the sun –even though the moon is many times smaller than the sun. If one holds a half shekel coin at arm's length, it can also seem to be the same size as the sun or the moon, even...

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Cultural and Ethnic Development

The first community of faith in Yeshua (Jesus) started on the day of Shavuot (Pentecost). There was an original core of 120 Jewish believers (Acts 1:14), made up primarily of native-born "Israelis" from the Galilee (Acts 1:11; 2:7).  A careful reading of the Gospels...

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“Lech Lecha”

In Genesis chapters 12 to 22, the phrase "Lech Lecha" is found twice, once at the beginning and once at the end. "Lech Lecha" is a play on words that can mean either "go you" or "go, go." It is used to emphasize the personal sacrifice of going somewhere to obey God....

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Nineteenth Benediction

The central part of traditional Jewish prayer is the "Amidah," also called "The Eighteen Blessings." These prayers reflect the rabbinic world view since Yeshua's time, primarily based on Scripture. Actually there are not 18 but 19. Why? - Because one was added later....

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“You Pierced Me”

In Zechariah 12, verse 8, the Angel of YHVH is listed as parallel or equivalent to God (Elohim) – "like God, like the Angel of YHVH." In the prophecy that follows, the Divine Figure speaks of Himself three times in the first person, as "I" or "Me." The first time He...

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Jerusalem Throne

When Solomon became king in Jerusalem, he sat on the throne of his father David.  I Kings 2:12 – Solomon sat on the throne of David his father. This same event is described later in the book of Chronicles, but with a change in one word. I Chronicles 29:23 – Solomon...

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Fullness

The fullness of God is found in Yeshua (John 1:16, Colossians 2:9); and passed on to mankind through Yeshua until we become the fullness as well (Ephesians 3:19, 4:13). The word for "fullness" in these passages in Greek is "Pleiroma." Yeshua taught a parable that the...

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Rainbow and Circumcision

This week a member of our Jerusalem congregation celebrated the circumcision of his first born son. Many of his large, extended, Sephardic Israeli family were present. The event itself was a significant witness that our faith in Yeshua is a continuation of the...

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Fruits of Repentance

The message of the prophets of Israel could be summarized in one word, "Repent" (Isaiah 55:7, Jeremiah 25:5, Ezekiel 18:21, Hosea 14:2, Joel 2:13). Real repentance produces real results; those results are called "fruits." Matthew 3:8, Luke 3:8Bear fruits worthy of...

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Faith through Love

To help other people, we must believe in them. People will rise to the level of faith you have for them. This is a secret of supernatural friendship and\or leadership. You see a person with all of their failures, faults, and frustrating qualities -- but can you also...

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Tabernacles and the Triumphal Entry

The Biblical Holy Days are appointed times that have symbolic and prophetic meaning. They are a type of parable that can be understood on several levels. In addition to the agricultural and historical meanings in the Torah, there are also New Covenant fulfillments of...

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Feet of Yeshua

The expression "feet of Yeshua" has a five-fold meaning in Scriptures: parts of it present, past and future. Devotional Intimacy Perhaps the most well-known meaning today comes from the special, intimate, devotional expression we find in Miriam (Mary), one of Yeshua's...

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Seven Trumpets

This week we celebrated the Feast of Trumpets, which occurs on the 1st day of the 7th month of the biblical calendar (Leviticus 23). The number "7" and the blowing of trumpets are connected. There were 7 days in circling the walls of Jericho, and 7 angelic trumpets in...

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Rock and Key

In Matthew 16, Peter (Shimon Kefa) received a significant revelation of Yeshua. There were 4 parts to this historic breakthrough: Messiahship of Yeshua New Covenant Community of Faith Delegated Spiritual Authority Protection against Satanic Forces Matthew...

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Don’t Harden Your Heart

The Bible warns us not to let our hearts be hardened. Hebrews 3:7-8 (Psalm 95:7-8)As the Holy Spirit says, "Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion." Physically, if even a small piece of a person's heart becomes hard, he is in mortal...

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Times of Visitation

In a previous article (Weeping over Jerusalem – July 19, 2013), we discussed how Yeshua repeatedly prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem. He explained to the people of Jerusalem: "You did not know the time of your visitation" – Luke 19:44. This concept of...

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Perfect Balance

There is a perfect balance in the teaching of Scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation. The Word of God is a "two-edged sword" – Hebrews 4:12. It cuts in two directions. If we teach on the love and mercy of God, we should also teach on the fear of God and holiness. If...

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Weeping Over Jerusalem

I write this article on the 9th of Av, the day of mourning the destruction of Jerusalem (Jeremiah 39:2 – In the 9th day of the 4th month, the city was broken into.) Two people are recorded in the Bible as weeping over Jerusalem: Jeremiah in Lamentations 2:11, 18;...

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Name of Yeshua Prophesied

Sometimes we are asked if there is a prophecy in the Torah that the name of the Messiah is Yeshua. There are dozens of references to the name as the word for salvation, Yeshuah. For example: Exodus 15:1-2YHVH… has become for me Yeshuah (salvation). The orthodox Jewish...

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Repackaging Lies and Truths

So much evil in the world is because people believe in lies. Yeshua calls Satan, our archenemy, “the father of lies.” (Jn 8:44) if the truth is by nature more logical, healthy, and moral, why do people believe in lies? Simply put, they must be convinced and persuaded...

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More Than a Zionist

Was Yeshua a Zionist? No, He was not a Zionist; He was more than a Zionist. Here are three dimensions of being "more" than Zionist: Kingdom or State When Yeshua was raised from the dead, He taught for 40 days on the coming of the "kingdom of God" – Acts 1:3. His...

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Five Big “Alls”

As we enter more into the End Times and closer to the second coming of Yeshua, there are several major trends which are moving toward their fulfillment. Of course we in Israel are looking toward the great promised revival of our people. Romans 11:26And so ALL Israel...

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Just Do It

One of the secrets to our daily walk of faith is simply to do the will of God. No excuses. "Just Do It!" This is the opposite from the common attitude of "If it feels good, do it." Doing what is right usually doesn't feel good at all. Often sinning and being selfish...

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Ascension Day

There are amazing parallels between gospel events and Jewish history. Yeshua was crucified on Passover, and raised on the same morning that the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea (John 20:1; Exodus 14:27). The Holy Spirit was poured out on the feast of Shavuot....

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As in the Days

When Yeshua taught about His Second Coming, He compared it to the flood of Noah and the destruction of Sodom. Those were real historical events, yet they also serve as patterns for what will come upon the earth in the end times.  Luke 17:26, 28As it was in the days of...

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Blood of the Lamb

Passover is time for us to remember the blood of the Lamb. The Torah is filled with pictures of blood. From the first animal killed for Adam and Eve's cloak, righteous Abel, Abraham's circumcision, Joseph's coat, Sinai covenant, Temple sacrifices, Day of Atonement,...

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All Tel Aviv Saved

We are heading into a special period of growth and multiplication. In Israel the rains have been abundant (Hosea 6:3); the almond flowers have blossomed (Jeremiah 1:11); this is an "acceptable year of favor" (Isaiah 61:2). The book of Acts documents the growth in...

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Throne of David

God chose David to be king over Israel and set him on a throne with authority to rule the government from Jerusalem. David's throne later passed on to his son Solomon (Shlomo). I Kings 2:12 – Solomon sat on the throne of David his father, and his kingdom was greatly...

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Desperate Widows

Some of the greatest men of faith and power in the gospels were not men at all, but women – often women in desperate situations. There is the Canaanite woman whose persevering faith received deliverance for her daughter (Matthew 15:27) even though she had to humble...

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Two Notes

Rabbi Menahem Mendel Morgenstern of Kutsk (1787 - 1859) is known to have said, "Every man should have a note in one pocket saying, 'The whole world was created for me,' and a note in the other pocket saying, 'I'm nothing but dirt and ashes.'" Let's compare verses from...

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Two Sticks Prophecy

In Ezekiel 37:15-23 the prophet is instructed to take two sticks and write on one: "For Judah and the sons of Israel, his companions" and on the other, "For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and the whole house of Israel." Then he is to join the two sticks in his hand,...

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2013 Articles 2012

All Things

Our faith in God is more than a philosophy; it is a way of life. Our biblical world-view gives us a confident and optimistic attitude despite ever-worsening conditions around us. Romans 8:28All things work together for good to those who love God. One of the daughters...

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God and Armies

One of the most prominent names and descriptions of God is יהוה צבאות – "YHVH of armies" – Isaiah 6:3. It is difficult in this modern world to understand God in some kind of military role. Here are some biblical perspectives: God is sovereign over the armies of heaven...

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Is God for Democracy?

God has sovereign power and authority to place whomever He wants as the head of any government (Daniel 4:17). However, He often respects the free will of the people, even if their choice for government leader is wrong, and even if they are rejecting God's will (I...

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Holiness: Seeing God

Holiness is the pure and perfect character of God. He is so holy, that He is actually "Holy, Holy, Holy (Isaiah 6:2)." Isaiah saw Him in that holiness. "My eyes have seen the King (Isaiah 6:5)." While we cannot attain that level of holiness, He does demand us to...

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Rainbow, Dove, and Olive

The rainbow, dove, and olive branch have become universal symbols of love, peace, harmony, tolerance, and spirituality. Their origin however is in the Bible as part of God's covenant with Noah. Genesis 8:11 – The dove came to him … an olive leaf in her mouth.Genesis...

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Broken Hearted

There is much evil in the world today, as there has always been (I John 5:19). A person who is sensitive and caring will end up being hurt. Out of that sensitivity and "broken-heartedness," we have the opportunity to seek God in purity and humility. That purity and...

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How Much Are You Worth?

A friend used to buy old jalopies and fix them up. He would essentially rebuild them from the inside out. Then he would resell them for a profit as restored, antique cars. Once, an old car was brought in and I asked him how much it was worth. He replied, "You don't...

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God Who Humbles Himself

It is astonishing that the all-knowing, all-powerful, eternal creator would be willing to humble Himself on our behalf. Why? – Because He loves us. The fact that someone so great would be willing to make Himself so small on our behalf makes His greatness even greater....

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Blood of Atonement

When Yeshua died on the cross, His side was pierced and blood came out (John 19:34). His blood is the fulfillment of all the blood sacrifices of ancient Israel, including the Day of Atonement. The Bible does not emphasize the physical aspects of this blood, but rather...

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Double Slap

On the way to the cross, Yeshua was slapped on the face twice: Once by the servants of the High Priest and once by the soldiers of Pilate. John 18:22 – One of the servants standing there struck Yeshua with the palm of his hand, saying, "Do you answer the high priest...

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Eternal Love and Glory in John 17

Twice in John 17 we find the expression, "before the foundation of the world." The first speaks of Yeshua and the Father together in glory. John 17:5 – "… the glory I had with You before the world was." The second speaks of Yeshua and the Father together in love. John...

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All Israel Saved – Background

The Messianic body in Israel believes with a united heart that "all Israel will be saved" – Romans 11:26. The idea that one nation, Israel, is promised a predestined, national revival is a radical concept. It is too radical to be based on one verse, even coming from...

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God Thoughts

As God made us in His image, we have thoughts as He has thoughts. His thoughts are like ours, but His are much higher. Isaiah 55:9 – As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. The quality of...

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Head of Church – King of Israel

Yeshua (Jesus) is the central figure in the plan of God and in the whole of Scriptures. He is the first and the last (Revelation 1:8, 17); the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He fulfills many roles. As the Christ-Messiah, He is both Head of the...

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Why Tribulation?

There will be increasing tribulation in the end times. It is not that God desires difficulties for us; however, there are reasons that these spiritual battles “must” take place. Revelation 1:1 – things which must take place swiftlyRevelation 4:1 – things which must...

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Spirit and Power

In the New Covenant, particularly in the writings of Luke, we repeatedly find the double expression "spirit and power." John the Baptist was to come in the "spirit and power of Elijah" (Luke 1:17) Miriam (Mary), the mother of Yeshua, was to conceive because "the Holy...

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Kurios

with SI The historical events of the Tanakh (Old Testament) end with the book of Nehemiah around 440 BC. The last book of the Tanakh to be written and edited was Chronicles. In I Chronicles 3 there is a genealogical list that continues some 10 generations after...

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Moral Commandments

Moral Behavior is an essential part of the gospel message. We are to repent of evil deeds. We are to believe in Yeshua. He grants us forgiveness of sins but also demands of us obedience. We are to receive the Holy Spirit, who leads us into all righteousness (Acts...

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Science and Creation

Faith in God involves every area of life. One of the first items of faith is belief in divine creation (Genesis 1:1, Hebrews 11:3). Modern science gives evidence for the biblical claims of creation. Microbiology – Atheistic evolution demands a chance development over...

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Eye to Eye

The first century followers of Yeshua (Jesus) did not have copies of the New Covenant Scriptures because they were in the process of writing them. The Bible they had was the Tanakh – the Hebrew Old Testament. Therefore, the teachings of Yeshua and His disciples as...

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Friends Forever

Does anyone want to have friends and be a friend? Does anyone want to be a friend to Yeshua? Is being a friend important? Yeshua said that the end purpose of discipleship is to be His friends. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his...

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Isaiah 13 and the End Times

The Second Coming of Yeshua is a central event of New Covenant prophecy. It is also central to the Hebrew prophets of the Old Covenant, but is often overlooked because it is called by a different name: "The great and terrible day of YHVH." By re-establishing the...

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Second Pentecost

The holiday of Shavuot commemorates the beginning of the harvest season, the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost morning. The overlap of these three themes on the same day is a marvelous bit of biblical symbolism and...

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Three Elijahs

After the Mount of Transfiguration experience, Yeshua's disciples asked Him about Elijah the prophet. Yeshua's answer presented three different ways of looking at the biblical prophecies concerning Elijah, and thus gave us a pattern for a "three-fold" interpretation...

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Peter Revelation

Peter had three kinds of revelation as recorded in the New Covenant. When he saw the supernatural catch of fish, the very goodness of the Lord caused him to realize that he was a sinful man. The first revelation was that he needed to repent. “When Simon Peter saw it,...

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Origin of the Name “Yeshua”

The Israeli branch of "Jews for Jesus" is running a campaign of newspaper ads this month with a slogan in Hebrew: "Yeshu = Yeshua = Y'shuah." The name "Yeshu" is the most common name in Hebrew for Jesus, yet it is a terribly derogatory term, meaning "his name be...

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Covenant Relationships

Our approach to life and ministry is based on covenantal relationships. God is a God of love. Therefore relationships are of highest priority. Covenant is the framework to build relationships of trust. In fact the Bible itself is a covenant document. Since we have a...

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“Beloved”

John the apostle had a profound revelation of the love of God, and is referred to as "John the Beloved." In fact, that nickname came from his own writings. His identity was so changed by the love of God that he had the audacity to refer to himself five times as the...

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Three Outpourings

In the end times, there will be great outpourings of the Holy Spirit. We could classify these outpourings in three simple categories. Revival in the Church The example of what happened on Pentecost morning will be repeated, but on an international scale.Acts 2:17...

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A Biblical Definition of Love

God Is Love The Bible tells us that “God is love” (I John 4:16). It is the deepest part of his character. Yet it also tells us that God is a judge to be feared. In Exodus we read the definition of God’s character that in the Jewish tradition is called the Thirteen...

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Unbreakable Covenant

Covenant can be defined as an agreement between God and man that cannot be broken. Covenant is the framework for all the events in the Bible. The covenants of the Bible come in a consecutive series that logically build upon one another. Adam and Eve – God transfers...

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The Second Coming Battle

The central event of the end times is the 2nd Coming of Yeshua (Jesus). That event is real and literal. The clearest two passages in the Scriptures describing the 2nd Coming are Revelation 19 and Zechariah 14. Revelation 19 gives the heavenly perspective; Zechariah 14...

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First Button

If one buttons up a shirt and starts with the correct button, then all the others will end up in the right place. If one starts with the incorrect button, in the end, all the buttons will be in the wrong place. So what is the "first button" of the Bible? The whole...

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Daniel, Persia, and Greece

The prophet Daniel engaged in spiritual warfare that changed the course of history. After praying and fasting for 21 days the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said: Daniel 10:12-13 - “From the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble...

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International Church

There is a progression of the idea of the international church from the beginning of the New Testament to the end, from Matthew to Revelation. Likewise there is a development of the church from the first century until today. Yeshua started the church in Matthew 16:18...

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End of Ezekiel

What do we do with the last 12 chapters of the book of Ezekiel? They could be summarized this way: Chapter 37 – "Dry Bones" - Resurrection and regathering to IsraelChapters 38-39 - "Magog" - International end times' war against IsraelChapters 40-46 - "Temple" -...

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Don’t Touch the Bride

Throughout the Scriptures the people of God are referred to as His bride. This metaphor starts in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2), through all the queens of Israel (especially Esther), the Song of Solomon, the wedding parables of the Gospel, Paul's epistles, the...

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If Yeshua, Then…

Logical philosophy is based upon "If-Then" propositions. Natural science is based on "Cause and Effect" experiments. Spiritual principles work on a similar pattern. If our faith is concentrated on the person of Yeshua, then certain effects will take place. If we look...

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Light of the World

Yeshua is so wonderful and His message so pure, I have often wondered why some people do not receive the gospel. In reverse, how can God judge someone simply because he didn't believe a message? That seems unjust. Here is Yeshua's answer: John 3:19 – The light has...

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Standing in the Gap

The righteous, prophetic remnant is called to stand in the breach and build up protection for all of Israel. They are called to prepare the people for the future, for difficulty, for judgment and for war; to make up for weaknesses in the defense of the people against...

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Advocate or Accuser

I. Twisted Words Satan is a word-twister. When he first approached Eve, he asked "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree in the garden?'" – Genesis 3:1. He was twisting God's words, using innuendos to cast doubt about God's character and intentions....

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Knows Our Thoughts

All of us will have to stand before God one day to give account for what we have done in this lifetime (Matthew 16:27, II Corinthians 5:10, Revelation 20:12-13). Yet God not only judges our deeds, He also knows our thoughts. Three times Luke mentions that Yeshua knew...

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Light of the World

This is the week between Hanukah and Christmas. We Messianic Jews are somewhat "caught" spiritually and culturally between the two. At our congregation in Jerusalem, Ahavat Yeshua, I taught on Yeshua as the light of the world and the connection with the lampstand of...

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Foreknew

Twice in the book of Romans Paul (Saul) uses the term "foreknew." Both times it refers to the destiny that God has-- first for an individual, and second for a nation. Romans 8:29Whom He foreknew, He predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son. God has a...

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2013 Articles 2011

Oil and Oil Press

The name Gethsemane in Hebrew is "Gat Shmanim," meaning "Oil Press." It is the place where olives are brought and crushed; the skin and pit are strained and separated. The result is pure olive oil. Oil is a consistent biblical symbol for the anointing of the Holy...

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The Church of the East

When Yeshua was born, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem to seek Him. Perhaps they had received prophecies passed down from Daniel and Ezekiel about the coming of a savior from the time of the Babylonian and Persian exile. Matthew 2:2 – We have seen His star in...

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Victory

The word for "eternity" in Hebrew is "Netsach". The word for "victory" is "Netsachon" - which could be literally translated as "a little part of eternity." Our spiritual victory in this life is that we already have eternal life granted to us. Therefore no matter what...

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Love One Another

In our Jerusalem congregation (Ahavat Yeshua) this week, the message started with a simple "Bible quiz." What is the common element in the following verses from John? John 13:34 – A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that...

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Yes and No

Nine of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20, Deuteronomy 5), are based on the word, "No." no other gods no idols no use of God's name in vain no work on seventh day no murder no adultery no stealing no lying no coveting The only one based on a positive commandment is to...

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Firstborn and Siblings

My experience is as the third born child in our family. I will never be first born. The first-born bears weight and responsibility that the rest of the children will never have to bear.  If the parents go away, he is the one put in charge. When he is learning...

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Love Involves Pain

Love is the highest value of the kingdom (I Corinthians 13:13). It is the central motivation of all the commandments (Mark 12:30-31). It is the character of God Himself (I John 4:8). It is the motivation behind the life mission of Yeshua (John 3:16). And it involves...

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Last Great Trumpet

There are many kinds of shofars, or trumpets, in the Bible: Mount Sinai, Jericho, the Silver Trumpets, Gideon's army, the Seven Trumpets of Revelation, the feast of Trumpets, and so on. However, none of these are the one and only "last great trumpet." This last great...

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Kingdom in Daniel

Daniel's prophecies of the "kingdom" lay a foundation for the teachings of Yeshua and the Apostles in the New Covenant. We can summarize Daniel's teachings in three general points: God's Sovereignty over the Nations Transfer of Authority to Messiah Transfer of...

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Deception in the End Times

The first sin started in the beginning with a lie and a deception (Genesis 3:4, 13). The first liar was Satan, and all further lies proceeded from him (John 8:44). As we grow near the end times, those lies and deceptions will reach their fullness. In Yeshua's teaching...

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Two Kinds of Unity

One of the most important prayers of Yeshua is for us to be one (John 17:21-23). This "oneness" involves first our spiritual union with God, and then our unity with one another. The divine union precedes the human unity. If I am spiritually one with God through...

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The Last Sermon of Christ

The Bible was written by different men in different generations. However, they were all led and inspired by the same Holy Spirit. Therefore each part of the Bible has a different style according to the human writer, and a different historical emphasis according to the...

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Faithful Friend

One of the most important characteristics of a godly person is to be faithful. That means to be faithful to your friends, a faithful friend. The edition of our book "Covenant Relationships" in Hebrew is called, "Faithful Friend." Yeshua said that the ultimate goal of...

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Prelude to World War II

The Lord is a man of war, YHVH is His name. Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea…You have overthrown those who rose against You: The enemy said: I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil…I will draw my sword, My hand shall destroy...

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Universality and Particularity

(with Asher Intrater) Jewish Philosophy deals much with the concepts "Universality" and "Particularity." Universal principles deal with people from all nations. The creation story, for instance, is universal. Moral principles, such as not to murder or steal, are also...

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God’s Thoughts Revealed

God has thoughts that are above and beyond the thoughts that we have in our limited minds (Isaiah 55:8). The thoughts that God has that we do not yet know are called a mystery. Nothing is a secret or mystery to God; He already knows everything.  When one of God's...

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Poems of the Cross

Yair Zakovits, head of the Bible department at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, has recently published a book in Hebrew called, "Yeshua Reads the Gospels" (Am Oved Publishers, Tel Aviv). The book contains 71 poems, written as Yeshua Himself speaking in the first...

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Faithful unto Death

After the Fast of Esther, we had a wonderful celebration of the Feast of Esther - with singing, dancing, "haman-cookies" and a play for the children. Our son Ami, who is enlisting this week in the Israeli army, gave the message. There were several not-yet-saved...

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Was Matthew 23 A Mistake?

In Matthew 23:37-39, Yeshua stated that Jerusalem would be destroyed because of the sin of our people. However, He went on to say that He would not return unless the Jews in Jerusalem received Him in faith and invited Him back as King Messiah with shouts of "Blessed...

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Law of Perspective

There is a tendency for human beings to think they are right even when they are wrong. Wise King Solomon wrote: Proverbs 16:2– All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart. Proverbs 16:25 – There is a way that seems right to a man, but...

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National Destiny

(Part One) One of the first commandments God gave to Abraham was to be a blessing to all the nations of the world. Genesis 12:3 – In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. This was fulfilled in the gospel of salvation going forth to all the nations in the...

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Covenantal Relationships

with S.I. The context of faith and love in the Bible is covenant. Covenant is the basis for love and faith that is real and measurable. Faith without covenant is an empty belief that has no structure to define what faith believes to be true. Love without covenant is...

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2013 Articles 2010

The Birth of Moses

In this week's Torah portion read in synagogues around the world "Shemot" (Exodus 1-5), the birth of Moses is described. There are several interesting parallels between the birth of Moses and Yeshua. "Maiden" Miriam– The prophecy of a "virgin" giving birth to Immanuel...

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Born is the King of Israel

There are several theories as to the date of Yeshua's birth, but there is no solid proof for any of them. In addition, there are many cultural aspects of the celebration of Christmas which are ungodly. Despite those problematic issues, the birth of Messiah into this...

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Servanthood

Yeshua gave us the example of being a servant when He washed His disciples' feet. This was not a religious ritual, but an example of serving someone else; serving in practical details, in something dirty, devoid of honor. John 13:14-15 – If I, your lord and teacher,...

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Prayers of Yeshua

Yeshua (Jesus) often taught about prayer. More than that, He prayed. To my count the gospels record 15 instances of Yeshua praying. They are best recorded in the book of Luke. The 15 instances could be divided into three groups: 1) personal preparation, 2)...

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Money and Ministry

The relationship between money and ministry is very sensitive. Let's look at a few issues: Lordship We never do anything in the ministry for the sake of getting money. Yeshua said, "You can not serve God and Mammon" – Matthew 6:24. Of course we need money for the work...

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Power of the Blood

On the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), the High Priest brought the blood of the sacrifice into the Holy of Holies. This day reminds us of the importance of the blood of Messiah who was offered as a sacrifice for us (Hebrews 7-10). The blood of Yeshua (Jesus) has...

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The Gospel to Muslims

There is a popular teaching in the Muslim world today that Muhammed is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh). Mohammed's appearance in the Tanakh would give authority in their view that he is the final and greatest prophet, superseding Judaism and Christianity. I was...

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Yeshua Superstar

"Yeshua Superstar" was the headline of a major article in the magazine section that greeted hundreds of thousands of Israelis when they sat down to read their morning newspaper on Monday, August 16. The article was part of a series on different streams of Judaism here...

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Restoration of All Things

We believe in the biblical principle of restoration. God made everything in the world "very good" (Genesis 1:31). Yet, Adam's sin and Satan's rebellion caused much destruction. God's plan of redemption not only saves us from damnation, it also restores the damage that...

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Two Reasons for the Name “Yeshua”?

Names in the Bible have great importance. Our savior was given the name "Yeshua" for TWO reasons. Yeshua in Hebrew is a shortened form of the name Yehoshua, which is the original name of Joshua, the hero of faith who led the conquest of Canaan. "Jesus" and "Joshua"...

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Discernment and Disqualification

There is a difference between discernment and disqualification. The Bible calls us to discern all things; to know what is right and wrong; to chose what is right and reject the wrong. I Thessalonians 5:21-22 – "Test all things. Hold on to what is good. Separate...

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“On a Donkey and on a Cloud”

with Sahar S. and Asher Intrater Two Comings of Messiah from Zechariah and Daniel One of the most common and reasonable questions that Jewish people have concerning the gospel is: If Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah, where is the kingdom of peace and prosperity that was...

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Divine and Davidic

We believe that Yeshua (Jesus) is both man and God. Once I was meditating on Romans 1 where Yeshua is described as Seed of David (verse 3) and Son of God (verse 4). I sensed the Holy Spirit ask me which was more important. I answered: "Being the Son of God." The Holy...

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Keeping the Sabbath

When sharing the gospel in Israel, we have to deal with the question of whether we “keep the commandments.” When religious Jews say, “commandments,” they mix together the biblical commandments and the added rabbinic commandments. If we say “No,” we have lost the...

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Passover and the Crucifixion

Over 3,000 years ago God first created a people for Himself at the exodus from Egypt. The number of people who crossed the Red Sea was over 3 million, and included Jews and Egyptians, believers and unbelievers. Until that time, God had a family and a group of tribes,...

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Jonah and Solomon

Yeshua compared Himself to two figures in the Tenach (Hebrew Scriptures): Jonah and Solomon. He said He was like Jonah, but more. He was like Solomon, but more. Matthew 12:40-42 As Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son...

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Luke Ten

or "How Ministry Can Get in the Way of Love" In Luke chapter ten, Yeshua gives a little trilogy on love. From verse 25 to 28, He explains to a rabbi that the central principle of the Law of Moses is not religious ritual but love. First to love God and secondly to love...

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The Green Prince

This week "Haaretz" (Israel's third largest Hebrew newspaper) featured an interview with Mas'ab Yousef, the son of Sheikh Hasan Yousef (one of the founders and primary leaders of Hamas). In 1996, as an 18 year old, Mas'ab was arrested for carrying illegal weapons. He...

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God and Government

The kingdom of God starts as a seed in our hearts and eventually grows into an international commonwealth of peace and harmony (Matthew 13, Isaiah 2). In the meantime, no religious denomination should have authority over a government. In Muslim nations, the Roman...

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Yeshua is Lord

One of the most important proclamations of the New Covenant is "Yeshua is Lord." To say that Yeshua is Lord is to recognize His authority. That simply means that you intend to do whatever He tells you. We can learn the correct response from this example of the...

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Characteristics of a Cult

This week in Israel a strange cult was revealed, led by a man named Goel Ratson, who controlled almost 20 women as wives or concubines. They and their children lived in a form of psychological slavery. There are many cults in the world today, and it would be wise for...

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Three Elijahs

Yeshua (Jesus) spoke of three different Elijahs. Matthew 17:11, 13 – Elijah will truly come and restore all things. But I say to you that Elijah has already come and they did not recognize him… His disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptizer. The...

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Praying for Revival in Israel

Almost 30 years ago, I visited the Western Wall at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. I was praying with traditional Jewish garb of Kipah (Head Covering), Tallit (Prayer Shawl) and Tefillin (leather phylacteries). I felt the urge to intercede earnestly in the Spirit –...

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2013 Articles 2009

Was Mary a Virgin?

Mary's real name was Miriam. Technically, when Miriam gave birth to Yeshua (Jesus), she was not a virgin, but a virgin-betrothed. In biblical law, there is a big difference. Miriam was legally married to Yoseph (Joseph), but they had not yet come together physically....

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The Seed of Promise

When Adam and Eve sinned and fell under the dominion of Satan, God promised to redeem the earth through one He called "the seed of the woman" (Genesis 3:15). Eve had two sons. Satan obviously thought that the promised seed was Abel. Thus he influenced Cain to kill him...

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Gaza and Gilad

Gaza and Gilad There were rumors this week on the streets of Gaza that the release of Gilad Shalit is close at hand. Maybe. Maybe not. In the disengagement during the summer of 2005, Israel pulled all of its residents (9,000) and all of its soldiers totally out of...

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The Intervention of Heaven: A Creative Miracle

Ten years ago in Russia, Luda and her son Arthur, were on a 3-day train ride from Siberia to Irkutch. During this trip, Arthur became very ill with a high fever and he was on the brink of death. Luda was not a believer in Yeshua (Jesus); however, in spite of this, she...

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The Beersheba Case

In recent years, as the Body of believers in Yeshua (Jesus) is growing in Israel, and more and more congregations are being established, the unjust and even illegal persecution against the believers here is beginning to be reported by Israel's media. A major newspaper...

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The “Jewish Trinity”

Some have referred to the "Jewish Trinity" as: the people of Israel, the Torah of Israel, and the Land of Israel. It is unfortunate to call it by that name, since it stands in opposition to the authority of Yeshua (Jesus) as Messiah; it misses the work of the Holy...

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Mega-Trends from the Bible

Many things are happening in the world today that are cause for concern. Yet there is also great hope for victory. In general bad things will get worse, and good things will get better (Isaiah 60:2). Let's look at seven Bible verses with the word "all" or "every" to...

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Ahavat Yeshua

Our congregational service this week did not start out in glory. The parking area had been blocked off. The sound system didn't work until the last minute. We had just switched secretaries, and our pastor Eddie was out of town. The worship time started with a sweet...

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Righteousness and Social Justice

One of the main themes of the Bible is righteousness. One dimension of righteousness is that we repent of our sins and do what is right. A parallel dimension of righteousness is that we are cleansed of guilt by the atoning blood of Yeshua (Jesus). These two “halves”...

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Final Revelation of Yeshua

There is a progressive revelation of Yeshua throughout the New Covenant. In the gospels we find Him growing up in the Galilee, teaching and working miracles. The disciples grow in their understanding of His crucifixion and His divinity. Finally in the book of...

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Conflict in Swedish Press

In the darkest periods of so-called "Christian" anti-Semitism in the Middle Ages, a weird and vicious lie concerning the Jewish people was made popular: that Jews would kill Christian children to use their blood to make Matsah (unleavened bread) for Passover. This was...

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Rapture After Tribulation

The central event of the end times in the 2nd Coming of Yeshua (Jesus). There are wars and tribulations leading up to that event. At the 2nd Coming, there is a great supernatural event called the rapture, in which the saints are transformed and caught up in the air....

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Three Goblets

A simple vision in my heart is three golden goblets, each filled with fine wine, with Hebraic writing engraved on the side. The three goblets represent the three sections of Acts chapter two. Acts 2 serves as the template, model, and pattern for building our...

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Yehovah and Yeshua

In a previous article (Yahweh or Yehovah), I described the root meaning of the name Yehovah, how it is to be pronounced and what revelation goes with it. Here are a few points as to the connection between the name Yehovah and Yeshua (Jesus). Power – There was great...

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Why the Exile? – Part Two

The death and resurrection of Yeshua is parallel to the destruction and restoration of Jerusalem - And vice versa. The book of Lamentations is read by religious Jews on the 9th of Av. In it Jeremiah weeps over the destruction of Jerusalem much in the way Yeshua did...

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Why the Exile? – Part One

The yearly traditional fast of Tisha B’av, the 9th day of the 4th month (Jeremiah 52:6), remembers several disastrous events in Jewish history, including the destruction of the First and Second Temples, and the expulsion from Spain in 1492. The meaning of the exile...

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Five Sources of Power

A true believer in Yeshua (Jesus) has access to spiritual power from God which is holy and pure. This power comes from five different sources or avenues. 1. Cross The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is...

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Being Number Two

Most of my life in ministry, I have served as the "number two" man: as Dan Juster's assistant for 5 years at Beth Messiah congregation, at a Christian high school for 4 years under Thurlow Switzer, as Joe Shulam's assistant for 4 years at Netivyah, under Ilan Zaimir...

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Judgment on the Nations

There are many long and somewhat difficult to read chapters throughout the Hebrew prophets that describe God's judgment on the nations in the end times. These need to be synchronized with God's promises of salvation in the New Covenant. As we compare the sweep of all...

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Equipping the Saints

Our vision at Revive Israel (as our name implies) is to foster revival in the land of Israel, and from there to the rest of the world. In order to do so, we are formed as an apostolic team, based on the model of Yeshua's twelve disciples and of Paul's ministry team....

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The Earth will be Filled with His Glory

Here are 5 biblical promises that one day all the earth will be filled with the glory of God: Numbers 14:21 – All the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LordIsaiah 6:3 – The whole earth is full of His glory Isaiah 11:9 – The earth will be full of the...

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Aligned for the Second Coming

There is much talk of correct "alignment" in the Body of Messiah around the world today. I agree. We need to be aligned spirit, soul and body. We need to be aligned with God's will. We also need to be aligned with the Second Coming of Yeshua (Jesus). To be aligned is...

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Stephen the First Martyr

Stephen is one of my heroes. The traditional site of his burial is Bet Jamal, 35 kilometers outside of Jerusalem. For 3 years our family lived adjacent to that property. Stephen attained a remarkable degree of Christ-likeness. His short life is a worthy model for us...

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Second Holocaust

There is a direct relationship between the restoration of Israel and the 2nd Coming of Yeshua (Jesus). The connection between Israel and the End Times can be summarized in this three part saying: 2nd Coming, 2nd Pentecost, 2nd Holocaust. 2nd Coming The Second Coming...

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Passover 2009

Passover and Baptism The most important saying of the rabbis concerning Passover is that "in every generation, each person must see himself as if he came out of Egypt." This is parallel to the New Covenant concept that each person must see himself as if he...

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Israel and the End Times

There is a direct relationship between the restoration of Israel and the 2nd Coming of Yeshua. What is known as the "Israel mandate" is essentially connected to the End Times' message.  When the modern Messianic movement started in the 1970's, the primary reason was...

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Genealogies and Covenant

One of the greatest moments in biblical history was the early period of Solomon's temple in all of its splendor. There were 4 key leaders at the time: head of the government high priest worship leader head of the finances The head of the government was King Solomon,...

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Esther, Iran, and the End Times

I. Historic Truth The book of Esther can be read on three levels. The first is historic truth. The events were real; they took place approximately 500 years before the time of Yeshua (Jesus). Esther is the only book in the Bible that the name of God is not mentioned...

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Three Men with Measuring Rods

There are three biblical passages that describe a man with a measuring rod, one in Ezekiel and two in Revelation. Ezekiel 40:2-7 - a glorified man, measuring a city and a temple. Revelation 11:1-2 - a man (John) measuring a temple. Revelation 21:15-18 - an angel...

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People of the Covenant

We call the Jewish people "B'nei Brith," or "Children of Covenant," because of God's covenant with Abraham. However, all people on the face of the earth are descendants of Noah, and he also had a covenant with God. Therefore all people of all races are also "Children...

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Ladder of Gospel and Law

The relationship between the Gospel message and Jewish tradition can be described in a simple way by imagining a ladder of four rungs or priorities: salvation by grace moral law ritual law religious tradition Salvation by Grace Yeshua (Jesus) took our punishment on...

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He Is Coming

In the gospels, Yeshua (Jesus) spoke often of His second coming. Sometimes He spoke in parable form (wheat and tares, fish in the dragnet, wise and foolish virgins, wedding banquet, 10 talents, renting the vineyard, goats and sheep, etc.). In three occasions, He...

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Wrath of the Lamb

With each passing day, we distance ourselves from the first coming of Yeshua (Jesus) and come closer to His second coming. With this transition, we should be receiving more revelation about the end times, and more revelation about who Yeshua is, not only as described...

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War in the Heavenlies

  The book of Revelation describes spiritual warfare in the end times. That warfare is between angels loyal to God and angels that fight against God (demons). Revelation 12:7 – "There was war in the heavenlies. Michael and his angels fought with the dragon. And...

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2013 Articles 2008

John 17 Prayer (Part Three)

Yeshua (Jesus) prayed two things in John 17:21 and 23:"That they may be one…", and"That the world may know…" We join Him in these two prayers. What is it about our becoming one that causes the world to know? It is not simply that they are impressed by our unity. Our...

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John 17 Prayer (Part Two)

Yeshua's High Priestly prayer in John 17 can be divided into three parts. First He prays for Himself to be glorified with the glory that He had with the Father before the world was created (verses 1-5). Then He prays for His disciples (verse 6-19). Then He prays for...

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John 17 Prayer (Part One)

This High Priestly prayer of Yeshua (Jesus) is a high water mark for intercessory prayer, a gold mine of revelation. Many people refer to John 17 as Yeshua's prayer for the unity of the Church. Certainly that is part of the prayer. However the prayer as a whole is...

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War in Gaza

Warfare has again fallen upon our nation. After over two hundred rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel over the past two weeks and over two thousand over the past three years, Israel has finally invoked its right to protect its citizens. A Backdrop...

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India Terrorist Attack

Here is a survey of reports from Israeli Hebrew press and International media about the tragedy in Mumbai this week: September 24 - American CIA chief in Delhi met with Indian security leaders and reported that Pakistani terrorists were training at a base with...

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Holy Land Foundation Trial

This week after an agonizing two year trial, a 12 member federal jury in Dallas Texas convicted the HLF and five of its key leaders to 102 counts of criminal activities. The National Review described the verdicts as "a testament to the Justice Department's...

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Million Fold Blessing

I often pray for people to bear fruit for God's kingdom, in fact MUCH fruit. (We don't pray to bear fruit for our own glory but so that our Father in heaven would be glorified.) John 15:8 - "In this is Your Father glorified: that you bear much fruit." You can be...

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Finances, Fear and the Future

New Mayor for Jerusalem We are rejoicing with the election of Nir Barkat as the mayor of Jerusalem, and believe this to be an important spiritual victory. Barkat has been a successful businessman, an Israeli army Major, and the leader of a movement for renewing the...

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God and Government

One of the first verses to remember in the 21st century is Proverbs 21:1: "The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes." Let us remember that the prayer of faith offered to the Lord has power to direct the...

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Jezebel, Balaam, and the Current World Crisis

This week we opened our new ministry facilities at Yad Hashmona Messianic kibbutz outside of Jerusalem. It includes offices, training center and prayer room. Our first event is an all night prayer meeting today, matching the hours of "The Call California," led by our...

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Fall Feasts of Israel

The Holy Days of the Torah (Law of Moses) are referred to by two names in Hebrew: Chag – meaning feast, from the root word to gather or dance in a circle, andMo'ed – meaning "appointed time," from the root word for destiny or goal. Chag emphasizes the celebration...

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Praying to Appoint Righteous Judges

One of the most important themes of the Bible is justice. Justice simply means: 1) punishing the wicked, 2) rewarding the righteous, and 3) acquitting the innocent. The person ultimately responsible for justice is God himself. Yet He has arranged a system of justice...

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Girls, Gold, and Glory

If a man of God is to fulfill his destiny, if he is to bear fruit for Yeshua's (Jesus) Kingdom, if he is to walk in intimacy with God and integrity before men, he must watch out for three spiritual dangers that face every man. These three dangers may be seen as the...

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The Curse of the Law

Child Murders Over the last week, Israeli news has been dominated by the horrible stories of two cases of child murder. In one case, Roni Ron was having an affair with his daughter in law, and murdered her daughter (his own granddaughter), 4 year old Rose; allegedly...

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Fire in His Eyes

The book of Revelation contains three references to Yeshua (Jesus) having "fire in His eyes." This power, the "pyros" of God, is the same spiritual fire that appeared at the burning bush to Moses (Exodus 3), in the pillar at the Red Sea (Exodus 14), on Mount Sinai...

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Joining “The Call” for America

Tomorrow (Saturday the 16th of August) several of our Revive Israel Team members are participating in an historic prayer and fasting assembly – The Call - at the Washington DC Mall. We believe this to be a turning point for America: either for good or for bad. We urge...

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Three Mysteries of Ephesians

The book of Ephesians speaks of three profound spiritual mysteries. All three are based on the symbolism of the marriage between Adam and Eve, where the two become one. The three mysteries are found in chapters 1, 3, and 5. (We will cover them here in reverse order.)...

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Israel’s Pain and the World’s Joy

Samir Kuntar and four other convicted terrorists were returned to Lebanon in exchange for the dead bodies of two Israeli soldiers kidnapped at the beginning of the 2nd Lebanese War, Eldad Regev and Udi Goldvasser. Kuntar was received in Lebanon as a hero, welcomed by...

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Two Jerusalems

The Bible speaks of two Jerusalems; one earthly and one heavenly. The vast majority of scriptures speak of the earthly Jerusalem, yet there are references to heavenly Jerusalem in the New Covenant. Galatians 4:26 – "the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of...

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Strategic Partnerships for World Revival

We believe there will be a great revival in the end times leading up to the second coming of Yeshua (Jesus). "It shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh…" – Acts 2:17 (Joel 2:28). We also believe that God is...

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All Israel Will Be Saved

This week has seen an unprecedented number of public exposures of the good news of our Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) in Israel. Dan Sered of the Israeli Jews for Jesus was interviewed on the popular Channel 2 "Good Morning Israel" television show. The Ortiz family, whose son...

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Israel’s 60th Anniversary

This week is packed with events that could have significance world wide. We have a sense of the plan of God's kingdom for many ages converging upon us. His time, His place, and His purpose are coming together. We are entering into events that were predestined by God...

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Ortiz Follow Up

I just got off the phone with David Ortiz. Amiel had 6 pieces of metal removed from his eyes but is now seeing 20/20. All of the doctors are saying that his rapid healing is a "miracle." Please continue your prayers. Amiel is still in much pain physically and...

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Fullness of All Things

It is God's will to fill the earth with His own presence and glory. "All the earth shall be filled with the glory of YHVH (Numbers 14:21)." This prophecy is so important that it is repeated in Psalm 72:19, Isaiah 6:3, Isaiah 11:9, and Habakkuk 2:14. Filling all things...

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Head of the Church and King of Israel

Yeshua (Jesus) is both head of the international Church and king of the nation of Israel. He is not schizophrenic. These two roles will eventually merge into one. It is difficult to grasp Yeshua as both. (- about as hard as trying to imagine Ehud Olmert as Pope, or...

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Amiel Ortiz and Purim

This week Israel celebrated Purim, commemorating the events of the Book of Esther. The Scroll of Esther is read, children (and adults) dress up in costumes, and gifts are given by families one to another. The atmosphere is festive, somewhere between an Easter party...

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Jeremiah Wright’s “God D**m America”

Israeli press briefly covered the story of Barak Obama's pastor, Jeremiah Wright of Trinity United Church of Christ, preaching a sermon in which he repeatedly shouted, "God d**n America, God d**n America!" (There is no word in Hebrew for "damn" and the statement had...

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Massacre at Merkaz Harav

"Merkaz Harav" (The Rabbi's Center) is a famous Jewish religious college near the entrance of Jerusalem. The college is named after its founder, Rabbi Avraham Kook, the first chief rabbi of Israel, and the founder of the concept of religious nationalism. Merkaz Harav...

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Increased Military Action in Gaza

Almost three years ago, Israel pulled out all of its citizens (9,000) who were living in homes in settlements in Gaza, as well as all of its military units. Shortly after that the Hamas movement took over the government of Gaza. Since that time, to the disappointment...

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Isaiah 56 and “The Call” – Jerusalem

Earthquake Reaches Temple Mount Last Friday, February 15, a 5.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Middle East with its epicenter 20 kilometers east of Tyre, Lebanon, near the Israeli northern border. The jolt was felt all the way to Jerusalem, where it shook open a hole...

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Mureniyah Killed

The most wanted terrorist leader in the world (with the possible exception of Osama Bin Laden) was killed this week in Damascus. Imad Mureniyah served as the planner and commander of the terrorist activities of Hizballah in Lebanon, and coordinated their activities...

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Revival – Remnant – Return

Our biblical priorities for the end times may be summarized in these three words: Revival, Remnant and Return. By "Revival" we mean a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit around the whole world: Acts 2:17 (Joel 2:28) – And it shall come to pass in the last days that I...

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2013 Articles 2007

“It Seemed Good…”

A Model for Decision Making in Ministry Leadership Teams The early community of disciples of Yeshua (Jesus) came to a crisis concerning the standing of Jews and Gentiles in the Body of Messiah. The resolution of the conflict released a great advance for the kingdom of...

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Double Dedication/Double Anointing

Three Elements in the Book of Esther When I look at the Book of Esther, I think of it primarily on three levels: First of all, it was a historical event. It happened around 500 years before the time of Yeshua. Even just as a historical event, it is mind blowing....

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Acts of the Holy Spirit

The early disciples and apostles of Yeshua (Jesus) related to the Holy Spirit in a very personal and direct manner. The Holy Spirit was involved in all their activities and decisions. They saw the Holy Spirit as a partner in their ministry, cooperating with them in a...

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David and Joab

An appeal to pray for the Messianic soldiers in the Israeli army. The Israeli army has a significant role to play in biblical history, and also in future end times prophecies. Today there are a couple of hundred Messianic Jewish believers in the Israeli army. They are...

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Annapolis and the “Peace Process”

Later this month Arab and Israeli leaders are scheduled to meet for another round of "peace talks". The peace process has been characterized by many disappointments and a few victories. The very subject raises fierce reactions on both sides of the issue, within the...

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“King of the Jews”

When Yeshua (Jesus) was crucified, Pilate placed a sign above His head, which carried the inscription, "King of the Jews" (John 19:19; Matthew 27:37). This sign was written in three languages (Hebrew, Latin, and Greek) so that all of the world could know. I believe...

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End Times Worldwide Revival

Many years ago I wrote an article called, “Second Pentecost.” I had been meditating on the revival recorded in Acts 2, and noticed how Shimon (Peter) described it as a fulfillment of the prophecy in Joel. Acts 2:16-21This is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: “And...

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Full Moon Over Jerusalem

These last two nights the people of Israel have sat in their sukkahs (booths), on their balconies or in their gardens to share a dinner meal for the beginning of the Feast of Tabernacles. As the sun set in the west, a beautiful full moon rose from the east, lighting...

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Paradox of Authority

I. All AuthorityYeshua (Jesus) made an amazing statement concerning authority: Matthew 28:18All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. This statement is similar to Shaul's (Paul) in Romans 13:1 and Shimon's (Peter) in I Peter 2:13 that all authority...

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Righteous Government in Israel

This week's Torah portion "Shofetim" calls for the establishment of righteous government in Israel, and particularly a court system for social justice. Deuteronomy 16:18, 20You shall appoint judges and officers in all your gates, and they shall judge the people with...

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The Power of the Covenant

One of the most powerful miracles in the Bible occurred when God stopped the sun at the prayer of Joshua (Joshua 10:13). One of the most righteous men in the Bible was Moses, who reached the highest level of personal holiness (Deuteronomy 34:10; Hebrews 3:5). ...

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On Choosing Disciples

Yeshua (Jesus) prayed all night in order to choose the right disciples (Luke 6:12). What qualities was He looking for? We can learn the answer from the following three examples: Mark 1 – Yeshua asks the Zebedee brothers to become His disciples, and they agree.Mark 5 –...

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Charismatic Witchcraft

Wanting the Power of God for the Wrong Reasons In the revival at Samaria, we learn of two mistakes: one more relevant to evangelicals, and one to charismatics. After the gospel had been preached there, apostles from Jerusalem went down to pray for them to receive the...

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The Generosity Gospel

Sometimes I am asked if I believe in the "Prosperity" gospel. What I believe in is the "Generosity" gospel. There is a divine revelation of God's desire to bless His people in every way, including financially. The issue of blessing can be seen at the first covenant of...

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Strategic Prayers and Update for Middle East

1. Gaza - This week Hamas completed its military take over of Gaza, driving out the last forces of the PLO (Fatah) and the Palestinian Authority. The PLO is now strengthening its hold on the West Bank. The situation has created virtually two sub states: Hamas-stan in...

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His Feet on the Mount of Olives

When Yeshua (Jesus) taught on the end times, He did so on the Mount of Olives. This teaching is sometimes called the "Olivet Discourse". I believe He chose this location on purpose. Matthew 24:3As He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately,...

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Kingdom and Government

There is a great need for the body of Messiah to understand the relationship between the governments of this world and the kingdom of God. Governments are in transition and will ultimately be "taken over" by Yeshua's kingdom. This is the message of the seventh...

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Turkish Martyrdom

Last week we reported on the murder on Wednesday, April 18 of three Christian evangelists in the east Turkey city of Malatya (46 year old German missionary and father of three, Tilman Geske; 35 year old ex-Muslim, pastor of the local church, and father of two Necati...

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Murder in Turkey

Yesterday (Wednesday, April 18) at 1:30 PM, three Christian workers had their throats slit by radical Muslims in the east Turkish city of Malatya. I just got off the phone with our friend and coworker MN, who gives these insights and details: The three men worked for...

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Holocaust Day, 2007

Today in Israel, Monday April 16, marks Holocaust Day, or as it is also known, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Some thoughts: Denial – Emotionally many of us would rather just forget about the Holocaust. This year it has taken on new importance in the light of the...

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Yahweh or Yehovah

What's in a name? Words have great spiritual importance. God created the world with words, and rules over the world with words. The power of words is in their meaning, not so much in their pronunciation. I am often asked how the name of YHVH is pronounced (Yahweh or...

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Heaven and Earth

The kingdom of God has aspects that are heavenly and aspects that are earthly. To understand the kingdom, we have to understand God's purpose for both heaven and earth. Let's review here a series of seven verses that contain the words "heaven and earth." (Please note...

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Bridge and Truck

When driving along a road in the country, one may come up to a bridge which has a sign in front of it with a picture of a truck – the sign indicating how many "tons" of vehicle and cargo the bridge is strong enough to hold. One must also look across to the other side...

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When Yeshua Wept

Scriptures record three times that Yeshua (Jesus) wept. From these passages we can learn something of His heart and something for our own spiritual life. Victory over DeathThe first instance is when Yeshua arrives at the tomb of Lazarus. He felt the sadness of death...

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Strategic Prayers for the Middle East

We are to pray for the nations according to the plans and purposes of God. To do so, we need a revelatory understanding of the times in which we live. Derek Prince used to call this "Shaping History through Prayer and Fasting." We have an excellent example of this in...

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“Whom He Foreknew”

(Or, "A new look at Romans 11 and the Destiny of Israel") Part One: Foreknowledge and Predestination In the book of Romans, we find the surprising phrase in two places, "whom He foreknew." The first time (Romans 8) refers to an individual – any individual who chooses...

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David’s Greater Son

(A Jewish Perspective on the Dual Nature of the Messiah) The faith of ancient Israel started with one man – Abraham – and his family. That family then grew to a tribe, and ultimately to a people (at the time of Moses.) As that people found a homeland in Canaan, they...

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“Rooted in the Faith”

(A Call for Authenticity) We are called to be rooted and grounded in our faith through a strong personal relationship with God through Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah. Ephesians 3:17That Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in...

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The Death of Saddam

Should we rejoice over the execution of Saddam Hussein? The answer is: No, Yes, Yes. Let's look at a few brief issues. No - we do not rejoice over the fall of any man, nor his punishment. God loves every human being and desires for all to repent, and come to the...

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2013 Articles 2006

Open Heavens in Revelation

In the book of Revelation, there are four occasions in which the heavens are opened above us, and in each occasion, there is a spiritual breakthrough for the Kingdom of God. Revelation 4:1After these things I looked and behold a door standing open in heaven. And the...

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Communication and Unity

In the episode of the tower of Babel, the people rebel against God, and He punishes them by dividing their language, which causes division between them, and the work is stopped. Scriptures then comment that if all the people have one language and are unified, nothing...

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Reasons to Hate George Bush

There are lots of reasons to hate George W. Bush. Muslim extremists hate him because of his leading the war on terrorism and knocking down the terrorist supporting regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. Homosexuals, pornographers, and pro-abortionists hate him for standing...

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The Meaning of the Fall Feasts

The biblical holy days take place into two main groups: the first group is in the spring; the second in the autumn. The spring group has three holy days: Pesach (Passover) Omer (First Sheaf) Shavuot (Weeks). The autumn group also has three holy days: Teru'ah...

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The Urgency of Saving Souls

Here is a dream I had on October 11, 2006, 2:00 AM, which was the night before teaching at the Sukkot (Tabernacles) conference in Jerusalem with Barry Segal and Frances Frangipane: We were at a large family conference at a retreat center, country style, which reminded...

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Feast of Trumpets

The Jewish holiday that is coming up has two names. The biblical name is Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets) and the traditional Jewish name is Rosh Hashanah, which means New Year. According to the Bible, there are not many commandments required on the Feast of Trumpets,...

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Don’t Call Darkness Light

Five years after the 9-11 Twin Towers bombing and six years after the Terrorist War (Intifada) outbreak against Israel, we still see a tremendous onslaught of propaganda from Islamic extremism on the one hand, and liberal humanism on the other. Unfortunately many...

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What Did the Pope Actually Say?

We continue to see a bizarre theater of the absurd on the world stage. Iranian demagogue Ahmadenajad was given a forum to speak at the United Nations building in New York. Venezuelan leftist President Chavez crossed himself on the same forum, voiced support for...

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Give Us Barabbas

Two spirits that I don't like are 1) rebellion and 2) religious pride and jealousy. When the two come together, there is a particularly dangerous combination. The human race has been in rebellion against God throughout our history (Psalm 2). Rebellion is glorified in...

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3,000

Over 3,000 missiles have been shot by Hizballah into Israel this month – all of them with the express purpose of hitting population centers. (This is the exact opposite of Israeli policy, whose express purpose is to avoid civilian sites as much as possible.) On the...

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Between Agreement and Implementation

One of the great spiritual battles of our generation is against Islamic terrorism and Jihad. This battle has both spiritual and natural aspects to it. It is connected to what is called "the Beast" in Revelation 13:1-2. Since the Beast will be destroyed finally at the...

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Prayer for Lebanon and Israel

Inside reports from the Israeli cabinet tell of particularly tense meetings this week. The cabinet has twice postponed its decision to enlarge ground attacks to get control over southern Lebanon up to the Litani River. The reason for the postponement is to see if a...

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Return to Jerusalem

We believe in the strategic revelation for the end times, called by some "Road to Jerusalem" and others "Back to Jerusalem." This has particular significance for our brothers and sisters in the Far East and Asia, but is a matter of prayer for all of us. God wants the...

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Tisha B’av 2006 on the Lebanese Border

The ninth day (tisha) of the month of Av is a traditional Jewish day of fasting, in remembrance of a series of disasters in Jewish history, particularly the destruction of both the first and second Temples (586 BC, 70 AD) in Jerusalem, and the exile from Spain (1492...

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Letter to Southern Lebanese Christians

Today finishes 20 days of the war in Lebanon. Israel has agreed to suspend air attacks for 48 hours and to allow safe passage in and out of southern Lebanon for humanitarian purposes. All the Hizballah air strikes also stopped immediately. By the time you get this...

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Crossing All Lines

Monika Lerer, 40, immigrated to Israel from Argentina four years ago. Today (Thursday, July 13 , 9:00 am Israel time), she was sitting on the balcony of her fifth floor apartment in the northern coastal town of Nahariya, sipping her morning coffee, when she was killed...

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Gaza Fighting

As I write, Israel has finished its second full day (Friday July 7) of military action in northern Gaza. On this day, 12 Kasam rockets were fired into Israel – a reduced number, but still representing active Hamas or Jihad resistance. No Israelis have been killed by...

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Physical and Spiritual Warfare

Israel has finished 17 days of war against Hizballah; an average of 100 katyusha rockets have been fired into northern Israel every day. Israel has called up 3 divisions of reservists. Syria has put its army on high alert. At the moment of writing this, Israeli Army...

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Offense of the Firstborn

When Yeshua was born into this world as savior, He was God's only begotten son (John 3:16). However when He was raised from the dead, He was the first born son (Revelation 1:5) of all those others who will be raised from the dead with Him. Colossians 1:18He is…the...

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The Kidnapping of Gilad Shalit

As I write this, 63 hours have passed since the "military" wing of Hamas succeeded in kidnapping Israeli corporal Gilad Shalit. Here are some of the factors: 1. Israeli Prime Minister Olmert has declared a total closure on all of Gaza; no one going in, no one going...

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Two Palestinian Tragedies

On Friday afternoon, June 9, the Raaliah family of Gaza went to spend time on the beach. Sometime between 4:57 and 5:10 pm a bomb exploded. All of the family was killed (7) except for Hoda, their beautiful pre-teen daughter.  An Arab reporter was in the area and ran...

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Olmert’s Choice

Opposite the window of my office in the hills of Judea, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, I see a group of tractors and backhoes, working on a new stretch of the security fence. Behind that fence are several Muslim Arab villages, some relatively cooperative, some quite...

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The Picture and the Frame

Understanding the cultural context of the GospelThe kingdom of God comes to every people group and is expressed within their own culture (Acts 10-11). The Apostles decided (Acts 15) to allow freedom for every people group to express their faith in their own way. In...

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The Art of Fathering

Of all the ways God would have chosen to describe Himself He picked "Father." The heart of a loving father is the closest thing to the true nature of God. Yeshua spoke to God in prayer with intimacy and trust, as a son would speak to his dad: Matthew 6:9 - "Our...

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Demon Honor

One of the most difficult problems we face as believers, and particularly those in ministry and leadership, is HONOR. Many aspects of faith and spiritual life are negated when the honor of man comes into the picture. John 5:44How can you have faith when you receive...

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Ownership and Occupation

PART ONE: COVENANT and CONQUEST Many conflicts in the world today are connected to the question of ownership and occupation of the Land of Israel. Here is an effort to give a balanced summary of the basic Biblical issues on the subject from a Messianic Jewish...

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Terror and the Coming Israeli Elections

I. Needle in a Hay StackThe last month warnings about planned terrorist attacks have gone up 50% according to Israeli security forces. There are currently seventy (70!) warnings out, thirteen of them described as "hot" or "pointed." With the Israeli elections just a...

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Bearing the Sword

The Bible makes a distinction between "taking up arms" and "bearing arms." Understanding this difference has wide implications on the political situation in the Middle East. Yeshua (Jesus) warned His disciples, "All who take up the sword will die by the sword" -...

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The Love of Truth

Recently we have been shocked by Iran's president Ahmadenajab's remarks that the Holocaust did not really happen. (Not to mention that this tragedy is one of the most thoroughly documented events in history). We are struck by a glaring disregard for the biblical value...

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Hamas Elections

This past Wednesday, January 25, 2006, the radical Islamic party, Hamas, won a landslide election for the seats in the Palestinian parliament, capturing 80 out of the 132 seats. This election has had complex reasons, and will have complex results. Here are some...

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Revival Strategy

We believe that a national revival is on its way in Israel - "All Israel shall be saved" - Romans 11:28, and that this revival will be connected to a world-wide spiritual awakening leading up to the Second Coming of Yeshua (Jesus) - "And what will their restoration be...

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Samuel Anointing David

Consider Samuel's anointing of David as king. He poured a flask of oil on him, and at the same time the Holy Spirit came upon him. This anointing of the Holy Spirit both appointed him into the position as leader of the government, and also anointed him with power to...

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2013 Articles 2005

From Discipleship to Sainthood

The name "Christian" is used only 3 times in the New Testament in referring to believers in Jesus (Yeshua), and all three were in connection with Gentiles. We refer to ourselves as Messianics instead of Christians. However, the root of the word Christian is the same...

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The Destiny of Nations

(This article is an excerpt from a teaching at the recent Aglow convention in Nashville, that we have had numerous requests for.) Every nation has two groups of people in it: the general population, which is seen by God as being in rebellion to His authority (Psalm...

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Erev Rosh Hashanah 2005

On this eve of the traditional Jewish New Year, there is a ray of hope among Israelis. It has been a year of massive spiritual conflict, but the progress of the kingdom of God has been much greater. It has taught us a lesson, that when times are difficult, we need to...

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Strategic Global Prayer Bullets

1. Islam's Three Targets - We could do well to learn from the three key targets of militant Islam: the first is Israel, the second is America, and the third is the evangelists sharing the gospel in Asia. Along with America, we need to understand that Islam wants the...

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Answers to “Disengagement” Questions

Today some of my dearest friends think that the disengagement from Gaza is a betrayal of God's mandate for the Jewish people to repossess the land of Israel. It is always painful and difficult when brothers in the Lord do not see eye to eye on a given subject. All one...

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Business and Government

The involvement of true believers in business and government has an important connection with the establishment of the kingdom of God on earth. The kingdom of God is the government of God. Yeshua (Jesus) is the head of that government. Yeshua is the ultimate authority...

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Coming in the Flesh

Although the Father is greater than Yeshua (Jesus), the active part of the plan of redemption centers around the Son. Since it was mankind that sinned, it is by a man that they must be saved... 1 Corinthians 15:21-22For since by man came death, by man also came the...

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Sharon, Abu Mazen and the Disengagement Plan

100 days. For the first time since the turn of the Millennium 2000, we have seen even a few months of relative quiet, even a ray of hope, in the Middle East. That quiet ended last night at 11:20 pm at the "Stage" disco on Jonah the Prophet Street. Two suicide...

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Worship Your Creator

Worship is the right relationship between a creator and His created being. It is the right attitude from us as created beings toward God our creator. Ecclesiastes 12:1"Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth." When we worship, we 1) take our position as...

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Hear O Israel

The greatest commandment of all time starts with the word "Hear"- in Hebrew, "Shema". Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord with all your heart, all your soul and all your might - Deuteronomy 6:4-5. This verse has been the rallying...

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2013 Articles 2004

Clash of Spiritual Powers

We are all shocked at the reports of the quake and tidal wave in Southeast Asia that is turning out to be one of the greatest natural disasters in history. Our hearts go out to those who are suffering and to those who have lost loved ones. At times like these we also...

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Five Priestly Prayers

There are many prayers in the Bible, designated for different situations for individuals. However, I have identified five prayers that represent God's will as we intercede from a position as spiritual priests on behalf of the world around us. Our ministry team prays...

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Such a Time as This

I write this hurriedly on the plane returning from Korea after 2 weeks of blessed and intensive ministry and preaching. A glance at the paper showed that Yassar Arafat is dying, on the very eve of the presidential elections in the U. S. The world is on the verge of...

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Tips for Witnessing

One of the purposes of an apostolic team ministry is to help the evangelists receive equal support along with pastors and prophets. Not every believer is called to the "office" of evangelist, but every believer is called to be a witness, and to share the gospel...

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Repent, Believe and Receive

It is possible to divide the general message of the Bible into three basic categories. The first level is kind of a condensed version of all the messages of the prophets of the Hebrew Bible (tenach), summarized in the word, "repent." This was the message of Yochanan...

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Praying for Government Leaders

Part One: Introduction to Government AuthorityOn this eve of Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets), 2004, I am stirred for the need to continue praying for those in government authority: in every nation of the world, and particularly for the President of the United...

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Double Terror in Beer Sheva

4:30 AM at the Erez crossing between Gaza and Israel. Palestinian workers are lining up to come through into Israel to find jobs. Michal Eliyahu, a 20 year old Israeli girl, happens to be on guard duty this morning. She looks at one of the men coming through, and...

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Israel Revival Strategy

Revival in Israel is on the way. We can be sure of that because the Bible promises that, "All Israel will be saved" - Romans 11:26. That is the banner cry of our ministry. Yet before all Israel will be saved, there will be 144,000 Israelis who will be...

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Praying for Prodigals

A prodigal is a loved one who has known the Lord and yet has turned away toward the temptations of the world. There is a limitation to what you can pray, because the person's free will is running against God. While God does not force anyone to believe, we can marshall...

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Prayer and Praise Ministry

At the center of any Spirit-led ministry is prayer and praise. We build an "altar" where we pour out our hearts in love to God, intercede for the lost and receive anointing from the Lord. As we transition back toward Jerusalem this year, the first stage of the...

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D-Day and Prayer for France

On the first weekend of June, Valerie, Youval and I ministered at the Messianic congregation in Paris on Saturday and Christian Life Center on Sunday, which turned out to be the same time that international leaders, including George Bush, were also in Paris for the...

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The Philadelphia Road and Spiritual Warfare

Part One:Israel is bordered on the west by the Mediterranean Sea, on the south by Egypt (the Sinai), on the east by Jordan and on the north by Syria (and Syria dominated Lebanon). In both 1967 and 1973, there were full-scale wars between Israel and those three major...

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Gibson and Vaanunu

I. Gibson, Yes; Vaanunu, NoThe front page of Yediot Aharonot (largest Israeli Hebrew newspaper) had a giant headline today, "Vaanunu the Christian." Unfortunately, this is exactly the opposite kind of testimony we Messianic Jews in Israel are hoping for. Mordecai...

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Feast of the Sacrifice

Sunday, February 01, 2004 is the greatest feast on the calendar. On this day, 200 million Americans worship the "gods of the coliseum" - Superbowl! But to much of the rest of the world, to 500 million Muslims, that same day marks "Chag Hakorban", the Great Feast of...

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A Messianic Jewish Day School

According to Deuteronomy 6, one of our top priorities in faith is to train our children. Here are excerpts from a letter that Asher shared with congregational leaders in Israel recently concerning the need for a Messianic Jewish day school alternative. 1. A twelve...

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Ethics of Suicide Bombing

The Erez Junction is a crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel where several thousand Palestinians pass through on their way to employment every morning in Israel. Of course they have to pass a security check on the way. On Wednesday this week (January 14) the...

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On Worship

One of our top priorities in life is to worship God. God made us to worship Him. Worship is a lifestyle of heart devotion to God. On LoveThere is a connection between worship and love. Deuteronomy 6:10-11"Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God; the Lord is one. And you...

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2013 Articles 2003

Saddam’s Capture – An Israeli View

I suppose most of the world's coverage of this event was fairly uniform, but here are a few things that stood out to my notice from the Israeli press. 1. Prime Minister Sharon read a short statement of congratulations and support to the US. Like President Bush, he...

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Close Call

A shudder went through the soul of Israel last night. It should have caused a shudder to everyone in the world. Perhaps this story will give you a sense of why we ask you to pray for Israel, and for its security against terror attacks. "Ort Alon" is a public high...

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The Joseph Vision

We sometimes refer to the "Joseph Vision" or the " Joseph Ministry." I thought it would be good to define some of the principles behind this concept. (Special thanks to Michael Enos for his insight on this revelation.) 1. Lay MinistryIn scriptures serving the Lord is...

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Seven Pillars of Messianic Judaism

Over the years I have been a voice within Messianic Jewish circles to challenge the excesses in our movement. We have often made our culture more important than the gospel itself. Some of us are trying to be "more Jewish than Jesus was." Our ethnic identity has become...

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Three Mistakes of Pastors and Apostles

Those of us who serve in leadership positions as pastors and apostles, by the very nature of the ministry, are prone to three characteristic mistakes. More than evangelists, prophets, and teachers, those in the ministry of apostle and pastor have responsibility to...

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Rosh Hashana and Shabbat

Several of the Messianic leaders in Israel asked me about whether Jewish tradition allows for blowing the Shofar on Shabbat, since Rosh Hashana happens to fall on Shabbat this year. Although this is a technical issue of culture and tradition, some of you may have had...

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Some Tough Numbers

Personally, I'm not in favor of "expelling" Arafat from Israel. Strategically I think it would just make him an international ambassador of terror. However the recent vote (September 19, 2003) in the UN was for just the opposite reasons: to demonstrate support for...

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Best of Times and the Worst of Times

How are things here in Israel? Well, the economy continues to sink after three years of Intifada - no tourists, no investors, tax debt, unemployment, business foreclosures, etc. Morally, the country is collapsing both in terms of family values - with every form of...

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Formula for Success

In recent years many teachings on biblical success were presented in such a carnal way, that they became theological cover-ups for greed and lust. You could almost feel the anger of Yeshua (Jesus) against such teachings, as in His overturning of the tables of the...

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Double Bombing

The two terrorist bombings yesterday, in Baghdad and in Jerusalem, were almost simultaneous. Not only were they simultaneous, but they were also similar in proportion. Each reported about 20 killed and over one hundred wounded. The attack in Baghdad was against...

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Cease-Fire Tight Rope

Israel and the Palestinians continue on a certain tightrope walk. One month of the three month "cease fire" (hudna) has come to an end. How can it be evaluated so far? The Palestinians are complaining that the Israelis have not made any real concessions, and the...

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The Blood of Amir Simachon

Israeli papers were filled this week with the stories of Viki Kanfi, a single mother who walked 200 kilometers to lead a protest against Bibi Netanyahu and the government cutbacks in welfare (of the Bibi versus Viki story, I hope to write more on next week), and of...

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Palestinian Power Struggle

The political situation in Israel remains in a precarious balance at this moment and is in need of much prayer. Here are some factors for you to weigh: There is a three-way struggle for power within the Palestinian community. The first group, by far the more righteous...

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Spiritual Warfare and the Iraq War

The spiritual warfare concerning the impending war in Iraq is quickly transitioning into a new stage. Up until now, while there were still some possibilities as to whether the war would take place or not, our role was to pray for wisdom and righteousness for those in...

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A Trumpet in Zion

I was struck recently by this prophecy from Joel 2:1 -"Blow a trumpet (shofar) in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain!Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble;For the day for the Lord is coming, for it is at hand." I realized that this was not speaking of...

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A Bloody Week

It has been a bloody week here in Israel, a dizzying week, a nauseating week, if you will. Two days after the Aqaba Summit, Hamas executed a terrorist attack at the Erez Junction at the northern border of the Gaza strip. Israel had decided as a gesture of good will...

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Praying for the Road Map

A few hours ago, President George W. Bush landed at Sharm E Shekh. The next few days will include some talks that could determine the outcome of life in the Middle East for the next decade. Certainly we need to pray. The mood of the large majority of the Israeli...

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Giving: The Ultimate Ministry

Giving is a powerful, supernatural, and extremely effective form of ministry. There are four funds currently operating in Israel that we have had a part in founding, managing or serving on the board of directors. These funds give both to the needy and to those who are...

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Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today (May 1, 2003) in Israel marked the yearly Holocaust Remembrance Day. Here are some notes on this day's activities, which give a certain "snapshot" of the strange life here in the "holy land": I. Survivors Rescued by Christian FamiliesOn television, there was a...

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Racial Pride and Prejudice

Most of us as born-again believers in Jesus (Yeshua) do not have a problem with racism. That is a gross sin that we left behind along with lying and stealing. However there are subtler dimensions of racial prejudice and ethnic pride that have more of a negative...

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New Government Coalition

Well, after a typically tormented time of trying to tie together a coalition, Sharon has established a new government. Here are some of the ups and downs of it: The new Shinui party has 5 major cabinet portfolios, including the interior ministry and the justice...

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The Double Shout

There were many times that Yeshua raised His voice - when rebuking religious hypocrisy, demons and sickness. However there are two instances in which He gives a full "shout" - one has happened already; one is yet to come. Matthew 27:50"Yeshua cried out with a loud...

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O Columbia, O Palestine

Sometimes we charismatics can get a little "spooky" by looking at every event as a sign from heaven. It borders on being superstitious. On the other hand, it's difficult not to see the biblical symbolism in the events connected with the Columbia space shuttle...

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Jerusalem Comes Down

Three times in the book of Revelation it is stated that heavenly Jerusalem descends from heaven. To the faithful at the church at Philadelphia, considered to be the best of all the churches, is promised: Revelation 3:12"I will write on him the name of My God and the...

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The Kingdom at Hand

Dan Juster recently taught at our Bible school course on Mark 1:15 "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel." As I was translating him from English to Hebrew and I came to the words that the kingdom is "at hand," I...

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Gematria and the Trinity

One of the forms of mysticism in traditional Judaism is gematria. In Hebrew each letter has a number. Aleph is one; bet is two, and so on. Gematria is a number game playing with the letters of the words in the Bible. Generally speaking, I do not believe in gematria,...

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2013 Articles 2002

Is Yeshua God?

Jewish believers in Jesus (Yeshua) often struggle with a theological question that other Christians may not find difficult. It has to do with whether it is proper to say, "Yeshua is God," without any qualifying remarks. We are not speaking here of His divinity....

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Jesus, Christmas, and the Star of David

Er... I mean Yeshua, the Birth of the Messiah and the Magen David. What do they have in common? The Star of David has become the mostly widely recognized symbol of the Jewish people - even though there is no real background for it anywhere in rabbinic writings. This...

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Kingdom Priorities

Yeshua (Jesus) gave us a simple yet profound rule as to how to order the priorities in our life. Our first priority has to do with our relationship with God and His purposes; the second with acting in integrity; and the third is all the other material blessings that...

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Rewards in Heaven

The ultimate destiny of every man is either eternal bliss in paradise or eternal torment in the lake of fire. There is no middle ground. Revelation 20:15"Anyone not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." The difference between these two...

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The Two Witnesses

Revelation 11 speaks of two great end-times prophets, called "The Two Witnesses." An image of these two is seen in the two olive branches that give anointing oil to the lampstand in Zechariah 4. A further image is found in the two pillars that stand by the opening of...

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Pure Motives

Pure motives are important in the kingdom of God. God wants people in the world to come whose hearts are right. That's why He is called Bochen Levavot, "tester of the hearts." I Chronicles 28:9The Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the...

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Some Call It Luck

They refer to themselves as "the group," the five of them. There's Yehuda Zarka, a retired policeman; Shaul Solomon (50), an engineer; Raphael Ben Zeev (48), a farmer. And then there's Nurit Aveshar (33), an Israeli woman with long, curly, brown hair, tour guide by...

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Three Kinds of Phony Righteousness

A beautiful revelation of the New Covenant is that we find our identity and our self worth IN Yeshua (Jesus). We also find our freedom of conscience in Him. When we try to establish our own rightness, we find ourselves in the wrong. Philippians 3:9"And be found in...

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The Three Battlefronts

Last summer many of the Israeli Messianic youth were taking part in a musical outreach directed by Souled Out Ministries from Chicago. One evening in the city square of Netanya, Eitan Shishkoff and I sat watching over the youth; we were serving as parents/pastoral...

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True Repentance

True repentance is a rare commodity. People do all kinds of religious and psychological exercises to avoid repenting. Jesus (Yeshua) once said to a group of religious people, "The tax collectors and the harlots will enter the kingdom of God before you. For John came...

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A Split Second

Eli Federman is the manager of a Thai Boxing club in Modiin. In an effort to pay his monthly bills, he works a couple of nights on the weekend as a security guard at the "Studio 49" disco in Tel Aviv. He works for minimum wage, as do thousands of others here in Israel...

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