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Israel: Covenants & Kingdom (36) – Chapter 5 – Church and Kingdom

editor 21 June 2018

By Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer.. From the book “Israel: Covenants & Kingdom”

The Kingdom and Israel
That visible Kingdom will be inseparably bound to Israel, because the Angel Gabriel promised to Jesus’ mother Mary in Luke 1:30-33: “…The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; His Kingdom will never end’…” [Photo top right: The Christmas story – An angel visits Mary | Credit: Contributed by LUMO Project – Free Bible Images].  (more…)

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Israel: Covenants & Kingdom (34) – Chapter 5 – Church and Kingdom

editor 14 June 2018

By Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer.. From the book “Israel: Covenants & Kingdom”

Ethiopia: Signs and Wonders
In the book of Acts, the promised signs of the Kingdom immediately became visible. In the book of Acts one will find many examples of this. The crippled beggar at the entrance to the Temple was healed in the Name of Jesus by the Apostles, as well as many others. Demons were cast out, dead were raised, and Paul who was bitten by a snake simply shook off the creature into the fire, without being harmed. [Image top right: Peter and John meet a lame man begging outside the Temple who ends up walking and jumping and praising God. Acts 3:1-26. | Contributed by Sweet Publishing Free Bible Images].  (more…)

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In These Annoying Times, Here’s the One Yiddish Word You Should Know

editor 8 June 2018

By Avi Shafran.. Is anything mutcheh-ing you these days? An opinion column about the U.S. administration’s strategy (the word used here loosely) toward Iran’s government recently appeared in the Orthodox English-language daily Hamodia under the title “Mutcheh-ing the Mullahs.” The columnist (full disclosure: it was I) was challenged by an expert proofreader (full disclosure: she is my wife) to explain the odd Yiddish verb. It is, in fact, a most wondrous one, expressive, memorable, fun to say and full of appropriate invocations in these troubled times, as we are treated to a profusion of mutcheh-ing. (more…)

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An End-of-Days Guide to the Embassy Move

editor 25 May 2018

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz.. “And give no rest to Him, Until He establish Yerushalayim And make her renowned on earth.” Isaiah 62:7. On Monday (May 14, 2018), the US Embassy was officially opened in Jerusalem as per the orders of President Donald Trump in what many believe was an integral part of the Messianic process that will culminate in another architectural landmark: the building of the Third Temple. Several prominent rabbis weigh in on what this really means and why it is not simply another short-lived political agenda. [Photo top right: US Pres. Donald Trump and the Temple | Credit: Breaking Israel News]. (more…)

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“We will wipe out Israel”: Hamas Leaders

editor 24 May 2018

By SWC.. On the anniversary of Shavuot, when Jews around the world commemorate the giving of the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai — the founding pillar of human civilization — we thought it would be worthwhile to list the Ten Commandments most frequently on the lips of the leaders of Hamas, a terrorist organization committed to the destruction of Israel:

  1. “There is no concession to Jerusalem, no alternative to Palestine, and no solution but to return. This is the Palestinian people taking the initiative for the sake of Jerusalem and the right of return”
    — Ismail Haniyeh, Chairman of Hamas Political Bureau, 2018 
    [Photo top right: Hamas chief Meshaal and senior Hamas leader Haniyeh wave to crowd as they leave rally marking 25th anniversary of founding of Hamas, in Gaza City | Photo credit: Reuters].

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Shavuot 2018 – שבועות

editor 19 May 2018

By Christians for Israel International.. The festival of Shavuot (or Shavuos, in Ashkenazi usage; Shabhuʿoth in Classical and Mizrahi Hebrew Hebrew: שבועות, lit. “Weeks”) is a Jewish holiday that occurs on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan (late May or early June). Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the entire Israelite nation assembled at Mount Sinai, although the association between the giving of the Torah (Matan Torah) and Shavuot is not explicit in the Biblical text. The holiday is one of the Shalosh Regalim, the three Biblical pilgrimage festivals. It marks the conclusion of the Counting of the Omer. Shavuot begins at sundown on Saturday, May 19, 2018. [Photo top right: Members of Kibbutz Ramat Yochanan harvest in a wheat field during a ceremony celebrating the Omer holiday, in northern Israel, on April 11, 2017. The Omer holiday is a tradition that was started by Ramat Yochanan since the foundation of the kibbutz. The tradition celebrates the beginning of the harvest season, the Omer period between Passover and Shavuot Jewish holidays. Kibbutz Ramat Yochanan was founded in 1932, in the Zvulon Regional Council. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90]. (more…)

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A Syrian Treat for Shavuot

editor 19 May 2018

By Joan Nathan.. Tired of cheesecake and blintzes? Make cheese-filled sambusak your new holiday recipe. Shavuot, a holiday where dairy meals are traditionally served at Jewish homes throughout the world, commemorates the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. [Photo top right: Syrian cheese sambusak | Photo credit: Justin Covington].  (more…)

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Israel: Covenants & Kingdom (26) – Chapter 4 – God’s Love and Covenants with Israel

editor 17 May 2018

By Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer.. From the book “Israel: Covenants & Kingdom”

Everlasting Covenants
The Covenants are to be taken literally as contracts between two parties. These Covenants are eternal, everlasting agreements with Israel that will therefore exist ‘forever’. God cannot change His mind halfway about them. All these Covenants are covered by a solemn oath, which the Lord Almighty swore by His own Name at the making of these Covenants with Israel. [Photo top right: God’s everlasting Covenants with Israel | Credit Menucha Shuchatowitz – Flickr].  (more…)

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When Weakness Becomes Strength

editor 6 April 2018

By Jonathan Sacks.. Have you ever felt inadequate to a task you have been assigned or a job you have been given? Do you sometimes feel that other people have too high an estimate of your abilities? Has there been a moment when you felt like a faker, a fraud — that you would be found out and discovered to be the weak, fallible, imperfect human being you know in your heart you are? If so, according to Rashi’s commentary on this week’s parsha, you are in very good company. (more…)

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US Ambassador Blesses Israel at Mass Priestly Blessing

editor 5 April 2018

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz.. “Speak to Aharon and his sons: Thus shall you bless the people of Yisrael.” Numbers 6:22. The biannual priestly blessing took place on Monday morning (April 2, 2018) at the Kotel (the Western Wall) in Jerusalem. Tens of thousands of people gathered to receive the Biblically mandated blessing from hundreds of Kohanim (Jewish men descended from Aaron the Priest), one of whom was the US Ambassador to Israel. (more…)

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