The gap between believing God’s word and human wisdom
We are influenced by the world we are born into much more than we realize. Young children today have an intuitive grasp of some modern technology than many adults who are their parents and grandparents. The current generation is also entering and growing up in a world that is increasingly ignorant of the true God and of His Word, and with an evolutionary mindset and world-view that has displaced a general consensus of the fundamental truths of morality expressed in the Bible, even within the household of faith (at least in the western, Christianized, gospelized world). We have a natural tendency to subject God’s word to the teachings of men – or to the lies of the devil – rather than to subject all things to the Word of God. If we do not believe what God says about the beginning, we may not believe what He also actually says about the ending. If we twist His words at first, we will probably continue to twist them at last.
Many believing Christians want to accept evolutionary “facts” as a means by which God created and made the world as it has “evolved” to be. Mostly they do this because of the amount of time they think is needed to “evolve” to where we are today. Yet, the issue is much more than a matter of time: the evolutionary explanation of origins and destiny are totally incompatible with what YHVH God has revealed to us – especially through the Jews – regarding what He alone knows: He IS the Creator, and the Redeemer, and has a plan that He is carrying out, no matter what anyone may believe or not. “Let God be true, and every man a liar!”
For those who “keep and remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy”: if you do not believe that God created the Heavens and the Earth in six days, and rested on the seventh, then you are not keeping the Sabbath, since this is the initial reason He gave it to Israel as the sign of His covenant relationship with them. And the Jewish people are His witnesses for who He is. This is so, also, for believing Christians, since they are in a new covenant relationship with the God of Israel, YHVH God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob/Israel. We bear false witness of Him if we deny His own testimony of what He did, how He did it, when He did it, why He has done it! The Lamb was slain before the foundation of the world!
When God, who is unapproachable light, created in the beginning the Heavens and the Earth, the “raw material” was in darkness. The creation was outside of Himself. Then God spoke and called the light out of the darkness, as He began to form and order His creation. This was not created light, for God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. Jesus said that He is the light of the world. And in the New Heavens and New Earth – in the New Jerusalem – there will be no night there, for the Lamb will be its light for the eternal day, without darkness: the day after the Sabbath. The sun and moon are temporary lights for this creation, which God placed in this unique solar system within the universe on the fourth day to serve their purposes in His sovereign wisdom.
We must, like Elijah called upon the false prophets of Baal in Israel, make a choice: if Yeshua/Jesus is our Lord and God, let us believe and follow Him. We can not be of two opinions when God has spoken to us, if a serpent, or a man, or even an angel, comes to us with a different word which contradicts His.
Here are some articles which are helpful on this subject of “the gap”:
This article originally appeared on Streams in the Negev, January 26, 2019, 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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Intercessory Prayer (Part 2)
Missed Part 1? Read HERE.
In order to “pass on” the baton of intercessory prayer to the next generation, here are more essential aspects of prayer that need to be embraced:
6. Forcefully and Energetically – Answer to prayer happens by intervention of God, not by our own effort. On the other hand, real prayer requires a huge amount of effort. Elijah prayed so forcefully, that it stopped the rain and changed history (Jacob 5:17). When Shimon (Peter) was put in jail, the community prayed with great forcefulness for his release, since in the previous case, they apparently didn’t pray hard enough for Jacob’s release, and he was killed (Acts 12:1-5). We are urged to pray unceasingly, with diligence and boldness (Luke 18:1; Romans 12:12).
7. Not Our Will – Often we simply pray for what we want. However true intercession starts by denying ourselves and seeking God’s will (Luke 9:23). One of the greatest moments of prayer was Yeshua’s simple but piercing cry: “Not my will but Your will” (Matthew 26:39-40). Yeshua is still seeking those who will pray that kind of prayer, because it will change the whole world.
8. By Kingdom Plan – Prayer is not only asking for God’s will to be done in our own lives, but that His plan for human society would come to pass. That plan is called the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:9-10). Since He told us to pray for that kingdom to come, we understand that prayer can advance the purposes of God’s government. We coordinate our personal prayers with this overall pattern and strategy.
9. For Kings (Leaders) – We desire to bless everyone, but it is simply not possible for us to pray for every single person on the planet by name! It becomes obvious that we should pray for those with the most influence, who in turn can bless many, many others. This starts with government leaders, and includes judges, as well as business, cultural, educational and religious leaders (I Timothy 2:1-4). In our modern world, media figures have a particularly strong influence on public opinion.
10. In Agreement – Prayers of faith can do anything; and when those prayers are prayed together with others in heart agreement, the power of that prayer can multiply ten-fold, a hundred-fold, and more We seek to pray with others, as prayer partners or in prayer meetings, or through broad internet communication of certain prayer needs and themes (Matthew 18:19). Husbands and wives definitely need to practice praying together (I Peter 3:7).
11. For Unity – Those who understand spiritual warfare know that demonic forces always seek to divide and conquer God’s people, while we always seek to unite by prayer and love. Oneness with God is Yeshua’s highest example of prayer (John 17:21-23; Luke 11:17). If you are not praying for unity, you may unwittingly be part of the problem.
12. In Yeshua’s name – We pray everything under the lordship and authority of Yeshua the Messiah. We are aligned with Him. Proclaiming Yeshua’s name is not just about adding a pious salutation at the end of our prayers— “in Jesus’ name”; it is a consciousness that we are standing as His personal representatives on the earth (John 14:13-14; 15:16; 16:23-24). That kind of prayer has unlimited impact and effectiveness.
This article originally appeared on Revive Israel, January 9, 2019, and reposted with permission.
Asher Intrater is the founder and apostolic leader of Revive Israel Ministries, and oversees Ahavat Yeshua Congregation in Jerusalem, and Tiferet Yeshua Congregation in Tel Aviv. Asher was one of the founders of Tikkun International with Dan Juster and Eitan Shishkoff, and serves on the board of the Messianic Alliance of Israel and Aglow International.
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Four Jewish heroes escaped Auschwitz to tell the world what the Nazis were doing
(Jerusalem, Israel) — On January 27, 1945, the Nazi death camp in southern Poland known as “Auschwitz-Birkenau” was finally liberated.
It happened just months before Adolf Hitler committed suicide and the U.S., British, Soviets, and all of our allies heroically liberated Germany and all of Europe.
We must never forget the one million souls who were exterminated at Auschwitz, members of the six million Jews murdered as part of the Nazi’s so-called “Final Solution.”
But I believe there are four specific names we should also remember. They are the names of four Jewish men — truly extraordinary men. They did not die at Auschwitz, and that’s why their names should be remembered and their stories should be told.
Almost a year before it was liberated, these four men actually escaped from Auschwitz — not simply to save their own lives but to tell the world the truth about what was really happening behind those high walls and barbed wire.
Truly the greatest escape in all of human history.
Several years go, I wrote a book called The Auschwitz Escape to help people rediscover what these men did and why. I also wrote this column for the same purpose. On this #HolocaustRemembranceDay, I hope you and your family will take some time to read their stories, learn their names and honor their heroism.
By Joel C. Rosenberg
To misunderstand the nature and threat of evil is to risk being blindsided by it.
In 1933, the world was blindsided by the rise of Adolf Hitler.
In 1939, it was stunned by the German invasion of Poland and the Nazi leader’s bloodthirsty quest for global domination. Perhaps most tragically, most of the world did not understand Hitler’s plan to annihilate the Jews until it was almost too late.
Today, we face dangerous new threats from Iran, North Korea, and a rising czar in Russia, not from Germany. Yet curiously, in recent weeks [various world leaders] have each warned that as we confront current challenges we must be careful to learn the lessons of history regarding how the world failed to understand the threat posed by Hitler and the Nazis and deal with it decisively, before events spun out of control.
I agree, and as an example, I would point the extraordinary events that occurred in the spring of 1944.
Four men pulled off the greatest escapes in all of human history, from a Nazi death camp in southern Poland. They did not simply escape to save their own lives. Nor did they escape merely to tell the world about a terrible crime against humanity that had been – and was being – committed. What set these true heroes apart is that they planned and executed their escapes in the hope of stopping a horrific crime before it was committed – the extermination of the Jews of Hungary.
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of these escapes, and to draw attention to the significance these unknown – or unremembered – events, and the lessons they have to teach us, I recently wrote a work of historical fiction, The Auschwitz Escape. I changed the names of key figures involved so as not to put words in their mouths that cannot be verified to be their own. But it is my deepest hope that the book will cause many to dig into the real history of these remarkable heroes.
Their real names were Rudolf Vrba and Alfred Wetzler — they were Slovak Jews. They escaped from Auschwitz on April 7, 1944.
Arnost Rosin was also a Slovak Jew. Czeslaw Mordowicz was a Polish Jew. These are more real names. Together these men escaped from Auschwitz on May 27, 1944.
Upon making it safely to Czechoslovakia, Vrba, only 19 years old, and Wetzler, 25, linked up with the Jewish underground. They explained Auschwitz was not simply a labor camp, as most thought, but rather a death camp. The Nazis were systematically murdering prisoners, mostly Jews, using poison gas called “Zyklon B,” then burning their bodies in enormous ovens.
The men explained the Nazis were dramatically enlarging an expansion camp a few miles from Auschwitz called “Birkenau,” building new train tracks, enormous new gas chambers, and massive new crematoria. They had also completed ramps leading all those arriving in the cattle cars directly into the gas chambers.
Vrba and Wetzler said they had heard SS guards talking about Hungarian “salami” that would soon be arriving. They knew from their jobs as clerks in the camp that none of Hungary’s nearly 450,000 Jews had yet arrived, even though Jews from most of Europe had come already.
They urged the Czech Jewish leaders to warn Hungarian Jews immediately so they would revolt and not get on the trains. They also urged that the Allied leaders be notified so they would mount an operation to liberate Auschwitz.
Both men were asked to separately draft detailed eyewitness reports. Their reports were then cross-checked, compiled into a single report, and then simultaneously translated into multiple languages.
Eventually, Mordowicz, 23, and Rosin, 30, escaped as well. When they got to Czechoslovakia, they wrote up reports of their own, which were added to the existing document. But all this took precious time the Hungarian Jews did not have.
The report, known as “The Auschwitz Protocol,” was sent to Jewish and Allied leaders in early June 1944. Excerpts were leaked to the press, creating an international uproar. But the Germans had begun deporting Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz in massive numbers on May 15th. And “The Auschwitz Protocol” landed in the hands of President Franklin Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill and their top aides just as the Allies were executing the D-Day invasion of Normandy and trying to liberate France.
On July 2nd, the U.S. began bombing Budapest. Admiral Miklos Horthy, the Nazi-backed Regent of Hungary, feared the air raid was in reprisal for the Jewish deportations. He ordered the trains halted. Thus, while, more than 300,000 Hungarian Jews had already been sent to Auschwitz and gassed, 120,000 more Hungarian Jews were saved from deportation and certain death.
Sir Martin Gilbert, the British historian, would later note, “The Auschwitz Protocol” was responsible for “the largest single greatest rescue of Jews in the Second World War.”
That said, neither the U.S. nor the British military took direct action to liberate Auschwitz during the war. Nor did they bomb the train lines to the death camps, or bomb the camps themselves, as Jewish leaders had implored.
When the Soviets finally entered Auschwitz on January 27, 1945, only 7,000 prisoners remained alive. More than 1.1 million had already been exterminated.
Why didn’t Washington and London take decisive action upon receiving detailed, inside intelligence? Couldn’t they have at least tried to stop the Holocaust, or at least disrupt it, knowing the hellish nightmare people in the camps were experiencing?
Historians have been debating this for years. Yet the issues are not academic. Today, our leaders also face urgent questions.
Let’s consider just one. Iran has threatened to “wipe Israel off the map.” It has threatened to create world without the “Great Satan” (aka, the U.S.), as well. The mullahs are actively developing the ability to build nuclear warheads and the missiles to deliver them.
Do we currently have inside sources giving us accurate intelligence on the state of Iran’s nuclear program? If diplomacy and sanctions fail, should the West take military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities before the mullahs can set into motion a Second Holocaust?
Rather than attack ourselves, should the U.S. support an Israeli preemptive strike? What are the risks of launching such a strike? What are the risks of delay?
Would history forgive us if we wait too long and Iran strikes first?
The moral courage that Rudolf Vrba, Alfred Wetzler, Arnost Rosin, and Czeslaw Mordowicz demonstrated seventy years ago was extraordinary. They understood the nature and threat of evil, and they risked their lives to tell the world the truth.
They deserve to be remembered and heralded by Jews and Christians and all who care about freedom and human dignity.
We must never forget what they did, and why they did it. But we must also be ready to act wisely, bravely and decisively if a mortal threat rises again. For if we learn nothing else from the history of the Holocaust, we had better learn this: Evil, unchecked, is the prelude to genocide.
Joel C. Rosenberg is a New York Times best-selling and award-winning author of 10 novels and five non-fiction books, with more than 3 million copies sold. He is also the Founder and Chairman of The Joshua Fund (www.joshuafund.com), a non-profit educational and charitable organization he and his wife launched in 2006 to mobilize Christians to “bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus, according to Genesis 12:1-3.” He and his wife have four sons. They made Aliyah in 2014 and now live in Israel and the United States.
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David – the comforter
King David brings some of us much comfort. He was called “a man after God’s own heart.” His name means ‘beloved,’ and he was beloved by God. And yet when we look at David’s life we see a man of great passions and weaknesses, not unlike ourselves, zealous for the kingdom of God, but a flawed human being.
He was a brave and vicious warrior, an outlaw persecuted by the royal authorities, and also a sensitive poet and musician, writing many of the psalms sung for the last three thousand years in synagogues and churches around the world unto this day. He was loved by some, and hated by others, as may be the case with some of us as well. At times his own lusts overcame his better judgment and his own great knowledge of God’s Law, which led to adultery and even murder, sins for which he suffered the consequences.
His life was filled with triumphs and defeats, with family dysfunction as his own son betraying and rebelling against him, and even another defiling his own half-sister which led to a son murdering his brother, and he thus suffered the anguish of two sons dying in disrepute. But all this did not stop David from his personal relationship with YHVH, his heart remaining sensitive and tender despite his rough exterior. On the contrary, unlike King Saul who justified his own transgressions and was dethroned in favor of David, David poured out the details of his own in writing for the whole world to see, translated for all generations to behold. He openly admitted his sins and wept before God and man, asking forgiveness, even as king of a nation. Perhaps this is part of his greatness, and why he remained beloved by God who made promises to him and his descendants forever, and from who would come the King Messiah.
David is an example and an encouragement for us all who stumble at times in our human weaknesses and passions. His life gives us the comfort of knowing that our sins may be forgiven when brought to light and humbly and honestly confessed to God and man. His example to emulate also teaches us that it is better to bring them to light now for forgiveness, rather than to conceal them, only to have them broadly exposed in the light and time of God’s judgment.
Elhanan ben-Avraham, born in 1945, is a professional artist, poet, writer and father of two, grandfather of four, living in Israel since 1979. He has served in the IDF, taught the Bible internationally, published two illustrated books of poetry, and painted two large Biblical murals in public buildings in Jerusalem, among many other works. He and his wife live in a quiet village in the Mountains of Judah.
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What is the real reason or purpose for life?
Why are we here on earth? What’s it all for? We have already seen our grandparents die, and perhaps many of us have also seen our own parents die. And we are getting older, and then one day perhaps soon we too will die. What’s it all for? Are we put here on earth for some special reasons? Does it have something to do with things we are here to learn while we are here on earth? We sense that it has a lot to do with love, and with family, and perhaps with helping others. Where do we go when we die? Is life eternal?
Solomon who was said to have been one of the wisest men said in the book of Ecclesiastes 12:1, “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, “I have no pleasure in them …”
In Daniel 12:2-3 it says, “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.”
Yes, we are here to discover our Creator, our Loving God and our Savior, and to get to know Him in a real and personal and intimate way. Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.” We are also here to learn to be more like our Creator in all of our everyday behaviors, in our interaction with our fellow human beings. God is Love, and God is Good! But God is also our Judge. There is so much we can learn about our Creator. Our Creator who is the God of all the Universe is also the God of Israel. God commanded us to love the LORD our God with all of our heart, with all our soul, and with all our strength, and with all of our might.
Deuteronomy 6:5 God also gave us His 10 Commandments to teach us how to live in a right way with our fellow man.
Exodus 20 Everyone of God’s children have been given free will to choose God, to choose good or evil, and to choose Life.
Deuteronomy 30:19 And yet everyone sins and fails to keep God’s Commandments perfectly so many times.
Isaiah 59:1-2 “Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.”
The only way that God could forgive any of us of all of our sins would be if someone else who was without sin would pay the price for our sins, and die in our place. But that was impossible since everyone in the human race had many sins, & also generational sins passed down from their fathers. Numbers 14:18, Deuteronomy 5:9
And so that was the reason why God Himself did the impossible, and came to earth, born as a baby Boy, born from a virgin mother, as prophesied in Isaiah 7:14. “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel (God with us).” This Son lived a perfect sinless life, and He died as our Savior for all of our sins.
This mystery of our Messiah was prophesied in over 200 places in the Jewish Hebrew Holy Scriptures, or Old Testament. The first 1000s of believers in the promised Messiah were all Israeli Jews. Yeshua said in John 3:13-18 “No one has ascended to Heaven but He who came down from Heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in Heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have Eternal Life. For God so Loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have Everlasting Life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
On my website is a list of the top 70 most important of these Old Testament Scripture prophesies on the coming Messiah, for you to see and to study. These are now available in 15 different languages free, such as in English, Hebrew, Russian, French, etc… These Scriptures were prophesied from 500 to 4000 years before our Savior, Messiah Yeshua was actually born in Bethlehem.
I can truly say from my own life’s experiences, from the age of 29 to 38, having been badly destroyed during those years on drugs, in the occult, and in eastern religions, that my life was like a real hell. And what I am writing is absolutely true. In those days I was a walking dead man, loaded with demons. God delivered me out of all that hell, restored my mind, my sanity, my health, & my joy, and also employed me in work in the only job that I have ever been able to keep. I am still working for my Lord and Savior from 1982 until today. I was also taken up into Heaven, and into the Glorious Presence of my Savior Jesus, Yeshua, the King of Glory, on April 10th on Passover, in 1982, where Yeshua personally began my total healing and restoration process.
Life on earth is getting more and more crazy, and one day very soon Yeshua will come back and destroy all the evil on this planet.
You must get your life right before God and have your sins forgiven, and be ‘born again!’ Being ‘born again’ is when your spirit man is connected again to the Spirit of the Living God, in a relationship that had existed with Adam and God, but had been lost with the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden. This is a free gift from God. But you must be sincere, and you must mean what you ask God for from your heart, for God knows everything about you, all of the good things, and also all the bad things done in your life. And He truly died to be able to forgive you of all of your sins, both past present and future sins; and to be able to draw you to Himself.
Read the following prayer, and if it seems good and right to you in your heart then say it out loud, or just from your heart in true sincerity, and your life will be changed forever, and for the best.
You may be a sincere religious or non religious person, Jewish or Gentile, but unless you have received God’s forgiveness for all of your sins, which only comes by accepting God’s Son Yeshua as your Lord and Savior, and His shed Blood as the Atonement for your sins, then you really have no guarantee of Eternal Salvation, & Eternal Life in Heaven with the God of Love and joy and peace.
Pray this simple Prayer to receive God’s Eternal Salvation!
Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you in the name of Your Son Jesus, Yeshua (in Hebrew) and I ask that You forgive me of all of my sins because of the shed Blood of Your Son Yeshua, who died in my place for all my sins. I repent for all of my sins, and I turn away from them. I ask You, Lord Yeshua to be my Lord and my Savior, and by Your Holy Spirit to come and live in my heart.
I thank You for dying on the Cross in order to forgive me for all of my sins. I ask You now to cleanse me from all of these sins.
I forgive every person who has ever harmed me or hurt me, and I also bless all these people. And I ask You to also forgive them. And also I forgive myself. I ask You, Lord Yeshua, by Your Holy Spirit, to come into my heart and to fill me with Your Wonderful Love, and to live in my heart forever!
I thank You, Holy One of Israel, Father Almighty God for saving me and giving me Eternal Life through Your Son Yeshua.
Thank You my God, that by Your Word, ‘he who calls upon the name of the Lord Yeshua shall be Saved!’ Joel 2:32 Amen!
By simply praying this prayer, and by truly meaning it from your heart, your name has now been written in “ … the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Revelation 13:8
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.