Messiah has come!
What joy and hope this gave to those who heard the good news/glad tidings when the angels sang, and the Israeli Jewish shepherds in the field heard the joy of the Father in Heaven over the birth of His only-begotten Son, Yeshua, the King of Israel! And what comfort and expectation it gave to those who were waiting for the long-anticipated Messiah whom God first spoke of to our first father and mother in the Garden of Eden! In the sovereign wisdom of God, this expectation and hope were not fully fulfilled at the birth of the Lord, or even during His life and death and resurrection; no, that fullness of the Law and the Prophets waits for the return of this same Yeshua/Jesus to return in great power and glory, to be Lord of every man, and to whom all must confess that He is YHVH! What a glorious day that will be, and the new song to be sung by the saints and the angels!
Israel was living in a low state at the first coming of Messiah; from God’s viewpoint, Israel and the saints are also living at a low point in world history now, as the spirit and forces of evil conspire together still against YHVH and His Anointed One — against His people Israel/ the Jewish people and against those good things which the Christian believer testifies to through the gospel to the world. Both Jesus and Israel are signs spoken against, and the cause of the rise and falling of many in Israel/in the Church/in the nations, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. (Heb. 4:11-13) Jesus is being relegated to at best one of the holy men in history; at worst the very devil himself. Israel is increasingly being regarded as a failed experiment or as an evil invader. It is worth noting that the third woe, mentioned in Rev. 11:14, is the coming again of Jesus to judge the opposers to Him and His Kingdom, and to reward those who have been faithful to Him, as He comes to set up His Kingdom on the throne of David, as one of the key covenantal promises made by YHVH.
Anti-semitism is openly rising; anti-Christian attacks on all that is good and right is increasing; truth is being thrown to the ground as lies and deceit become “equivalent”. Praise God for the truth of Messiah being Jesus/Yeshus, and His plan and victory will prevail! Nations will continue to slide toward “coming against Jerusalem” — even if for now some governments are demonstrating support — but believing Christians who believe what God has said through the whole of the Bible must speak up and out. If not us, who? Israel is an island surrounded by a sea of Gentile powers and empires that have always sought to take its land and destroy the people. We want as many as possible people to be saved now; and as many as do not, then that they would become sheep rather than goats when the Judge makes His separation for who is in, and who is out, of His soon-coming Kingdom. Please pray how you might become a prophetic voice in these darkening days, and not to get caught up in divisive quarrels.
Yeshua’s Inheritance Congregation will have it’s celebration of the birth of Yeshua this coming Shabbat. As a congregation we will have no tree, no songs about jingle bells, nor of a white Christmas. Our desire is to honor our God and Savior in spirit and truth, and thank and praise Him for what He has done, what He is doing, what He will do, and for who He Is. Individual families may choose to follow certain traditions in their own homes. We encourage them to do so to the glory of Jesus, exalted above all other things. On Sonday, Randi and I, with some others, will again go to Bethlehem to worship and celebrate with our brothers and sisters there at a church which does not particularly like Israel. We have been doing so since 2003 during the second intifada. But we are there as faces and names to them, and they are faces and names to us: reminders that our Father has redeemed children there and here. For the sake of the testimony of who Jesus/Yeshua is we go: we must show that Jesus is our peace and reconciliation, even when times are tense and difficult. If we can not do that when things are not well, then we have no message to our people even when they are. It is the grace and mercy of God that moves us. Please pray that we would continue to have an open door to enter the ‘other side’. The Kingdom of God does recognize boundaries, and in the Spirit we can respect them, and cross over.
This article originally appeared on Streams in the Negev, December 15, 2018, and reposted with permission.
Howard Bass is the congregation pastor/leader of Nachalat Yeshua (Yeshua's Inheritance) in Beer Sheva, Israel.
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My story of overcoming rejection
I felt lost! I could not feel the love of God. I felt He was disappointed in me.
I did not pray enough, I did not evangelize enough, I did not read His word enough, etc. I felt that there was a certain peak I had to get to each day in order for Him to love me—in order to feel good about my self.
And because He had taken away His presence (yes, He took his presence from me—I will explain later), I could not feel Him—I couldn’t pray. I actually felt oppressed when I read His Word. I could not connect with him and, thus, I felt like a complete failure.
Why would God do this to me?
God did this to me! But, why?
This was my experience for a year and half. It began about two years after I came to Yeshua. And I needed it because I did not understand His gospel.
I had it backwards. You see, I thought, if I am good enough, He will love me. If I work hard enough, pray, evangelize, read the word—then I was at peace. I would pray for an hour looking at the clock. That is not prayer! That is not relationship! I don’t sit with my wife in the morning over coffee like a robot—asking her how she is, while waiting for the clock to hit one hour. But that was my relationship with God.
No, we do not earn His love. The Bible doesn’t say that He loves me because I love Him! It is states clearly that, “we love because He loved us first.”(1 John 4:19) Furthermore, Romans states that when Ron Cantor was still a sinner, Jesus died for him. (Romans 5:8).
Yes, the way He expressed his love for me, when I did not love Him, know Him or care to know Him, was to die a gruesome death for me. There is not a greater expression of love. Yeshua says, “There is no greater love than a man lay down his life for his friends.”
But I was trying to earn God’s love. This was because I suffered from rejection. It came from my father. He was very cold and closed. I never felt much emotion from him. I can’t remember him smiling at me, telling me he loved me or was proud of me. I was jealous of my friends and their fathers. Dads are supposed to be an example of God to their children, to show them what He is like. As a result, I felt rejection in all my relationships.
(Amazingly, today, my dad and I are best friends! When I was a kid, he didn’t talk and now I can’t shut him up! I love it!)
When I came to faith, it all disappeared. I thought it was over. I felt the love of God. Yet, God wanted me to deal with the root problem. I remember the day it all came back. I was talking to a leader in our congregation and he said something to me that projected rejection. It came into me like a blanket, and I could not get rid of it. It followed me to Bible school.I shared the gospel. I worked harder than everyone else, but not for the right reasons.
Root of Pride!
This works mentality came from two places: rejection and pride. I wanted to be the best believer there was! I would work harder than others. I didn’t like verses like 1 Corinthians 15:10 where the apostles said, “I am what I am by the grace of God.” No, I wanted the credit. I wanted my rewards in Heaven!
So, God took all my zeal away for the next year and a half. I didn’t want to do anything for God. I knew it was Him, but I didn’t know what He was doing or why He was doing it.
Massive Inner Healing
And, then, I met John Sheasby. He was our guest speaker for the week and he worked in inner healing. When I met him, I was completely broken. We spoke for four hours and, by the end, I was crying. He ministered truth to me. He explained that there was no way for God to love me more than He already did. As I said, he demonstrated his love for me by dying for me when I was a dirt bag!
He loves me if I pray or don’t pray; if I share or don’t share. Of course there is work to be done, but not to obtain the love of God. I learned that we do those things as an expression of gratefulness to God for what He has done for us. I obey Yeshua not to get something, but because I love Him.
Is God mad at you?
I have found that most believers feel that God is a little bit mad at them. Often, most who feel this way minister out of their deep need for acceptance, not out of love for God. Many think they are in ministry to get affirmation from the congregation. Many write and preach to hear the praise of men because they are not whole. When you are whole internally (spiritually and emotionally) and know your worth before God, you do not need the praise of men.
Sadly, many ministers have abused the people of God in their desire to serve God! They are so (unintentionally) focused on feeding their wound of rejection and looking for acceptance, that they can even be downright mean.
I once said, regarding a leader I knew, that he loved the visionof his congregation so much that he was willing to kill the peoplein the congregation, not realizing that they are the vision!If you don’t love the people, you don’t really love the vision.
Why do you do what you do? To impress others? To find God’s love? Or to say thank you to Jesus for all that He has done?
What if you lost it all?
Here is the question: what if you lost everything? What if your spouse left you, your kids turned on you, the congregation hated you, or your boss fired you? What if every source that feed your self-esteem turned against you? For me, that would be writing and preaching. What if instead of encouragement, I started seeing large numbers unsubscribe from my blog?
How would I respond? Would I still be secure in God? Would I still have the confidence and self-worth that I possess today?
I think of Job. After he lost everything, he said, “The Lord gives and takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Even when his wife said,“Curse God and die!” he continued in faith.
You see, so many people find their worth in what they do: Their job, the place of respect in the community or their nearly perfect family. But if you lost it all, would you still know your value before God?
That is when you know your soul is healed—when your worth comes from His love for you, not because of what you do.
This article originally appeared on Messiah’s Mandate, December 14, 2018, and reposted with permission.
Ron and wife Elana make their home in Tel Aviv. He serves on the pastoral team of Tiferet Yeshua—the Glory of Yeshua—a Tel Aviv-based, Hebrew-speaking Messianic congregation. Ron is a published author with Destiny Image Publishers, having written books like “Identity Theft”, “Leave Me Alone, I’m Jewish” and “The Jerusalem Secret”. Ron is a sought-out conference speaker and shares passionately about the Jewish Roots of the New Testament and God’s broken heart for His ancient people Israel.
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PARASHAT VAYIGASH (AND HE APPROACHED)
BERESHEET (GENESIS) 44:18–47:27
In my previous blog entry, His Perfect Plan (Pt. 2), I wrote that in the same way Joseph knew his brothers, but they did not recognize him until an appointed time, so it is with Yeshua our Messiah. He knows His brothers (i.e. Israel, the Jewish people), but Israel as a whole will not recognize Him until an appointed time which God alone knows:
And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a first-born.
In this week’s reading, Joseph reveals who he is to his brothers in a very moving account, which is recorded in Chapter 45. I would like to address two important points in this portion.
The first one is found in verse 5:
And now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.
Joseph was able to recognize the reason for what he went through, which had nothing to do with him, but that rather through this difficult experience, God intended to “preserve life” (i.e. to save Israel). Messiah Yeshua also suffered a similar experience. As I’ve written before, there is an incredible parallel between Joseph’s life and that of Yeshua’s. God allowed Yeshua to go through what He went through in order to “preserve life” as well, however in this case, not just Israel but also the entire world:
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
The second thing I’d like to point out is Joseph’s incredible heart. His heart, fully summited to God’s plan, was full of forgiveness and grace. Joseph had every right to be angry with his brothers for what they did to him, and to show them no mercy. He also could have been angry at God! However, Joseph had a deep understanding that everything he had gone through was for a purpose. He knew that God allowed it to happen, and instead of being angry at God for all that he had suffered, he kept a soft heart toward Him.
But this is a choice, my brothers and sisters! Not allowing our hearts to grow hard and bitter toward God is something each one of us must choose. Is there an area of hurt in your past that you still choose to hold on to and not forgive? Or perhaps you are angry at God for allowing you to suffer as you did? May I suggest that you think for a moment what would be if Yeshua our Messiah did not forgive the wrong that was done to Him? (Luke 23:34)
I never want to lessen the hurt that anyone has endured, but I also want to encourage you to remember that God allows certain wrongs to happen in our lives, so that through them, we can follow Yeshua’s example, submit to His plan, and display His amazing love and forgiveness to those who hurt us. There is an immense amount of freedom when you choose to forgive and show grace. It’s not easy, but it’s always worth it.
This article originally appeared on Hope for Israel and is reposted with permission.
Moran is the Founder and Executive Director of Hope for Israel, which is a service and resource-providing ministry that aims to bring the hope of the Messiah back to Israel. It is also a resource center for current and timely news updates concerning Israel that provides daily prayer alerts, Bible teachings, and weekly blogs in order to help believers across the world understand what God is doing in the Land, how to pray for Israel and filter everything through the Word of God.
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The greatest miracle of all happened during the Chanukkah – Christmas season
‘Jump for Joy’ by artist Corby Eisbacher. www.artbycorby.etsy.com
Why is the Chanukkah and Christmas time a most wonderful time of the year?
Because this is when Love came into the earth! This is when the Son of God came into the earth! This is when Yeshua was conceived in the womb of His beloved mother Miriam!
There are 7 Feasts of the LORD besides the weekly Shabbat. And on three of the seven Feasts of the LORD, Passover, Shavuot, (Pentecost) and Succoth (Feast of Tabernacles) all the Jewish men were commanded by God to come up yearly to Jerusalem to bring an offering to God. And of the three Feasts, the two most important are Passover and Succoth. [Millennial Kingdom: Ezekiel 45:17-25]
Yeshua died on Passover. But the greatest of these 7 Feasts of the LORD is Succoth. There is so much biblical evidence that clearly proves Yeshua was born on Succoth. I have written two books on this subject of Yeshua’s birthday being on Succoth. One is called, ‘Yeshua’s True Birthday is the Feast of Succoth!’ [10/11/2018]. And the other book is called, ‘Yeshua’s True Birthday, 20 Points of Evidence that Yeshua was born on Succoth’ [8/31/2018].
Both these books are free to download from my website.
This paper is on the mystery of Yeshua’s Conception. Most believers in Yeshua know that Yeshua was not born on Christmas day, in December. Many now know that Yeshua’s true birthday was on Succoth, the Feast of Tabernacles.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and tabernacled among us, and we beheld His Glory, the Glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of Grace and Truth.
However, what is rarely taught concerning our Lord Yeshua’s coming to the earth is that nine months prior to His birthday was Yeshua’s conception. Was Yeshua’s conception prophesied in the Scriptures? Was this around what is known as the Chanukkah and Christmas time of year when these special events happened that are recorded in the Bible, in the first chapter of the book of Luke?
Luke 1:11-15 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the Altar of Incense. And when Zechariah saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel Gabriel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elisheva will bear you a son, and you shall call his name Yochanan (John). And you shall have joy and gladness; and many will rejoice at his birth. For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.”
Luke 1:24-38 Now after those days his wife Elisheva conceived; and she hid herself five months… Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Miriam. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women!” And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Miriam, for you have found favor with God. And, behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Yeshua! He shall be Great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the LORD God will give Him the Throne of His father David. And He will Reign over the House of Jacob forever; and of His Kingdom there will be no end.” Then Miriam said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the Power of the Highest will overshadow you. Therefore, also that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God! Now indeed, Elisheva (of Aaron) your relative (The Greek word used here for relative meant blood relative; in Hebrew this is ‘karov,’ which means close relative), has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible!” Then Mariam said, “Behold the maid servant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
Luke 1:39-44 Now Miriam arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah. And entered into the house of (the Aaronic priest) Zechariah and greeted Elisheva (of Aaron). And it happened, when Elisheva heard the greeting of Miriam, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisheva was filled with the Holy Spirit. And she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.”
Yes, indeed, Miriam was ‘highly favored’ and also truly ‘blessed’ among women! For it had been some 4000 years prior when God had first spoken this prophesy to Eve about her special Seed, who would one day destroy the serpent. (Genesis 3:15) That Seed, coming from Eve for the physical body of the only begotten Son of God, Heaven’s King and Great High Priest, Melchi Zedek, ‘my King of Righteousness,’ would be woman’s contribution, and fulfilled that day in this young Jewish virgin Miriam. (“ … but a body You have prepared for Me.”), quoting from Hebrews 10:5, from the Septuagint for Psalm 40:6.
And that Seed from Eve would have traveled thru two family lines, that of kings from king David and also that of high priests from high priest Yehoshua of high priest Zadok of Aaron. See Jeremiah 33: 17, 18, 24; Zechariah 3:1, 8; and Zechariah 6:11-13
Yes, baby Yochanan was also filled with the Holy Spirit, and leaped for joy in the womb of his mother Elisheva, (fulfillment of the prophesy given to his father Zechariah, the mystery Zadokite high priest, by the angel Gabriel, in Luke 1:15) because the Son of God, Yeshua, had now come into the world during this special time of His conception, and was fully alive with God, within the womb of this young Jewish virgin, His mother Miriam.
For the Human Life of the Son of Man began at Conception!
Was Yeshua’s conception prophesied in the Old Covenant? Yes!
Where is this found and what does it say?
“Therefore the LORD Himself will give you a Sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanu El (God is with us).” Isaiah 7:14
Could God have also revealed to us in His Word what time of year when this great miracle would happen? And also could God have also revealed to us in His Word what specific day?
Yes, I truly believe that God had told us all these things!This is found in the book of Haggai … around 520 B.C.
“Consider now from this day and upward, from the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, (the ninth Hebrew month is called Kislev), even from the day that the foundation of the LORD’s Temple was laid, consider it … from this day I will bless you.” Haggai 2:18, 19
I believe this was the actual day of Yeshua’s Conception!
It occured nine months before Yeshua’s Birthday, Succoth.
The 24th of the ninth month is the 24th of Kislev. The feast of Chanukkah (164 B.C.) begins the 25th of Kislev, and lasts for eight days. In the year 2005, the 24th of Kislev fell on Christmas day, on December 25th. In the year 2016, the 24th of Kislev fell on December 24th. In 2019, the 24th of Kislev will be on December 22.
Can we also find any possible evidence that this Truth about Yeshua’s Conception was also revealed by Yeshua, Himself, in any of the four Gospel’s?
Yes. It happened during Chanukkah!
Let’s read about it in the book of John 10:22-38
Now it was the Feast of Dedication (Chanukkah, begins on Kislev 25) in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Yeshua walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch. Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, “How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
Yeshua answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them Eternal Life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is Greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are One!” Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Yeshua answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?” The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.” Yeshua answered them, “Is it not written in your Torah, ‘I said, “You are gods”’? (Psalm 82:6) If He called them gods, to whom the Word of God came (the Scripture cannot be broken), verse 36, do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified & sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I Am the Son of God’?
If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the Works, that you may know and believe that My Father is in Me, and I in Him.” (John 16:28 thru 17:18)
Yeshua was telling them during Chanukkah, an eight day feast, perhaps on the first day of the feast, on the 25th of Kislev, that His Father had sent Him into the world. He spoke this after Kislev 24, His Conception. Yeshua was sent into the world by His Father at Conception, which was nine months before His birth on Succoth.
His Conception in the virgin Miriam was when the foundation of the LORD’s Temple was laid … the 24th of Kislev. And here, during Chanukkah, was one of the three places in the Gospel’s when Yeshua spoke about His Father sending Him into the world.
The other two places when He spoke about His Father sending Him into the world were both on the day that He died, on Passover. Why? Because Yeshua was sent into the world to die for our sins, to open up ‘the Way’ for us to be able to come Home to our Father.
John 20:17 Jesus said to her, “ … go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ ”
John 16:27-28 “… for My Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God. 16:28 I came forth from My Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to My Father.”
John 17:14-19 “I have given them Your Word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your Truth. Your Word is Truth! As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the Truth.”
By the way, Chanukkah could never have been Yeshua’s conception day. Why? Chanukkah (165 B.C.) was not only when the Maccabees took back the Jerusalem Temple from Israel’s Greek enemies and cleaned the Temple, but it was also recorded in Jewish history that this was when the Maccabees took over the Jerusalem Temple, kicking out the Zadok high priest and the other Zadokite Aaronic priests, corrupting the whole Aaronic Temple priesthood, in violation of God’s Word, until the Temple was finally destroyed in 70 A.D. Read God’s Word of Ezekiel 43:18, 19 and 44:15, 16.
In researching the names of all the Aaronic high priests from the Artscroll Publications, Yoma Edition, volume 9, Kohanim Gedolim of First and Second Temple periods, I discovered that the name Yochanan was the last Zadokite high priest about 165 B.C.
In the opening scene of the whole New Covenant, 165 years later, priest Zechariah, the future father of Yochanan, proved to be the real mystery Zadokite high priest when God sent angel Gabriel to speak to him while he was ministering in the Temple before God at the Altar of Incense. (Luke 1:8-20) How can we know for sure that Zechariah was the real high priest? King Herod had appointed two high priests for the Jerusalem Temple, Annas and Caiaphas. (Luke 3:2) Were these men Aaronic priests? They were not from the Zadokite family, the only family appointed by God for the high priest position. The Altar of Incense was the place for Aaron, the first high priest, and for his future generation of sons, who would also serve before God as the high priests at the Altar of Incense. See Exodus 30:1, 7; Ezekiel 44:15, 16; Ezekiel 43:18, 19;
Also, why did God open the New Covenant with the first scene being about the Aaronic Priesthood? What did old Aaronic priest Zechariah and his old wife Elisheva of the daughers of Aaron who could not have children, have anything to do with Yeshua? Also what was the mystery relationship between virgin Miriam of Judah and her close blood relative (‘karov’ in Hebrew) Elisheva of Aaron? Why was this young virgin Miriam, and pregnant with God’s Son Yeshua, directed by God through His angel Gabriel to spend her first three months with this Aaronic priest Zechariah and his wife Elisheva of Aaron? Who really were they, as Miriam’s blood kin relatives? Who really was their unborn son? Why did his name have to be called Yochanan? What would be his real relationship to Miriam’s newly conceived Son, Yeshua? What were all these bible mysteries of Miriam’s family all about?
The answers to these questions, and so many other mysteries found in the Gospels reveal some amazing revelations that God has kept hidden about Yeshua only until recently, for End Times. To me the greatest is the true mystery identity of our Lord Yeshua, coming from the Zadokite high priest family of Aaron, which God first began teaching me in 1993, and which He finally had me start teaching 20 years later, in 2013. I have written five books on this mystery of Yeshua coming from the high priest family of Zadok of Aaron. My most recent book just published this fall is called, ‘Yeshua, my King of Righteousness. Heaven’s King and Great High Priest from ‘Seed’ of King David and Zadok of Aaron!’
All these books are free to download from my website.
In conclusion, though Christmas is still being celebrated by the world wide Church Body as Yeshua’s birthday, and while so many of our Jewish people along with many Messianic Jewish believers are celebrating Chanukkah this time of year, the real Truth is that Yeshua’s birthday is on Succoth, the Feast of Tabernacles, and His conception was nine months prior, on the 24th of Kislev, which occurs each year during the Chanukkah – Christmas season.
Perhaps it’s Time for believers to Celebrate the real truth!
Yeshua said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free!
RIchard has served the Lord full-time from Jerusalem since 1998, having made Aliyah to Israel in 1995. He been a writer for the Lord Yeshua since 1982. All of his books, including the newest one, ‘King Priest Yeshua from the Seed of David and Aaron’, along with other writings are free to read and download from his website.
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Whatever you did for one of the least of these
My husband and I suddenly had a free Friday morning together. We debated going out for breakfast but decided to pick up some groceries instead and do a breakfast date at home. We parked at a supermarket we passed on the way. I decided that I wanted to get fresh juice, a pre-cut salad, cheese, and a nice loaf of whole wheat bread.
As soon as I walked in I realized that I wasn’t in ‘my’ supermarket. The bread counter was right in the entrance of the store. The bread offered was simple and the selection limited. They didn’t have any of the breads that I liked. I got some simple white rolls instead. I passed the meat counter and noticed that also there the selection was limited. I continued towards the vegetables. No pre-cut salads. And no ‘luxury’ fruit or veggies either. Simple and basic. I got some lettuces, cucumber and tomatoes to cut up and make my own salad. Fresh juices were not to be found. The dairy section was next and also there the selection was limited.
I was kind of bothered that I could not find the things I wanted. I almost regretted not going out for breakfast instead. But then I started to look around me, at the people in the store.
In ‘my’ supermarket people fill up their carts for the weekend but here people where buying very modest amounts. People compared prices. No one was buying snacks or soda. Only real food. And this was their Shabbat shopping. They were buying the basics. The items that the government subsidized. Payment was done in cash and more than once people put items back due to insignificant funds.
But is wasn’t just the items in their baskets or carts. Their coats & shoes were worn. Clothing was clean but dated. Haircuts were simple and hair color done at home. After the shopping groceries were not loaded into the car, but people walked home or took the bus.
Israel is a modern country, we are the startup nation. There is a lot of advancement. We are doing well. But minimum wage is low, so low that it doesn’t cover the cost of living. Even families with two incomes struggle to make ends meet. Many people work very hard but are only able to provide the bare minimum. The financial struggle is even greater for single parent families. They live paycheck to paycheck with nothing left for extra things.
It was uncomfortable to be confronted with how hard life is for so many people. But it was important for me to have this experience, took look outside of my bubble. Because this kind of living is the reality for the families that we help at CBN Israel. Hard working families and single moms who simply don’t have the funds to buy a new refrigerator when theirs breaks, or get winter coats for their children, or simply have some extra’s for the holidays.
We want to bless these families by helping them with their very real needs. We want them to know that we care and reassure them that they are not alone. But most of all, we hope that we get to show them the love of the Messiah.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?” The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25: 35-40
This article originally appeared on CBN Israel, December 5, 2018, and reposted with permission.
Since its establishment in March 2012 CBN Israel has helped thousands of people through its various operations. As the foundation of Project Light Shine, CBN Israel gives help to the community through three avenues; Humanitarian aid, education and economic development. CBN Israel serves with a spirit of humility and love. Their mission is to prepare the Land and the people of Israel for the coming of Messiah Yeshua and the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth. The vision of their work is to see the hungry fed, the needs of the needy met, businesses established and to improve the spiritual, physical and financial situation of the local body.