Jesus told us to watch for a repeat of the desecration of God’s holy place as played out by Antiochus Epiphanes in 167 BC. Now, the latest international movements to divide God’s land have occurred on the same date as that ancient desecration — Kislev 15. Is a modern-day manifestation beginning to stir?
The United States of America is about to experience an unusual event – the Jewish Festival of Hanukkah and American Thanksgiving fall on the same day this year. Though this may not be the most significant world event this month, it does give pause for thought – a time to reflect on the historical and spiritual roots of both holidays, and to apply these lessons in our fast-paced modern world.
As part of an annual fall “ingathering” festival after she had entered the land and was living in nice constructed houses, Israel was called to rejoice and feast before the LORD for seven days, resting on the first and eighth days. For that occasion she was also called to build and spend time in sukkot. As we rejoice in thanksgiving before the LORD for His provision and sustenance, we remind ourselves that we are nevertheless still abiding in temporary dwellings.
We are in the midst of fall segment of the Feasts of the LORD. While these holy days are marked by Jews everywhere, they are of importance to anyone who serves the God of Israel and His Messiah Yeshua. Yom Kippur reminds us that the wages of sin are death.
Russia has successfully neutralized the United Nations. With its veto in the Security Council, the U.N. will do nothing to save Syrian lives. Who does the U.S. have on its side? Perhaps France, and a few mealy-mouthed Arab dictators — like Saudi Arabia. The duel between the U.S. and Russia went into full swing Thursday, as the G20 met.
I want to introduce you to Calev Myers. Myers is the founder of Jerusalem Institute of Justice. In the embedded interview with i24 News, Meyers is questioning why the United States wants to engage Syria now when before the chemical attack that killed 1,400 the United Nations had calculated that more than 100,000 had already died.
The Day of Trumpets is to be a day on which a sound is to go up memorializing the greatness and faithfulness of the LORD! The sound of the shofar also speaks of the Source of our redemption. It was through a ram caught in a thicket by its horn (from whence is made a shofar) that God “provided the lamb” to take the place of Isaac on Mount Moriah. We believe that it is this relation to the “Lamb of God” who carries away the sin of the world.
Israelis are waiting in lines for hours for government-issued gas masks even as a U.S.-led strike on Syria is in a holding pattern after the UK parliament votes against cooperating. This Friday evening, Orthodox Israelis will be praying earnestly for God’s mercy on our nation. Across our nation, the Messianic Jews and born-again Israeli Arabs will be seeking God’s favor in our congregational services. We ask you to join in prayer that God will be jealous for His people, in spite of our sin.
Yes, it is true that the most ghastly crime thinkable is taking place not far away. Syria’s president is gassing his own people. But at least that is 133 miles away. On our southern border, the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt’s military are battling it out. Christians are under violent persecution by the Brotherhood. But at least Cairo is 250 miles away.
One of the Biblical names for Jerusalem is Zion and it means signpost – we might say highway sign or even billboard. There is much flashing across the sign right now as Israeli-Palestinian peace talks resume after a three-year stall. In light of current events, I want to share some points that have stood out to me as well as some points to consider and watch.