What is all the fuss about?

Some times I wonder if the general population has lost their minds and understanding. As of late the country is in an uproar over the revelation that the government is gathering information on personal cell phone calls and e-mail habits. What amazes me is that people make it seem like personal information gathering by government and other private agencies is something new and that citizens have never been subject to scrutiny before. The truth of the matter is, every time we make a purchase with a credit card our whereabouts becomes known and our purchase preferences are being recorded by the credit card company, correct? Every time we order a movie on-line aren’t our viewing habits being analyzed? In fact, every day we both voluntarily and involuntarily give up personal information about ourselves and no where more then on Facebook. So what is all the fuss about? Shmuel Alef (1 Samuel) 8:19-20 19 Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they … [Read more...]

G-d’s Requirements

Yeshayahu (Isaiah) {6:8} Then I heard the voice of the L-rd, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I. Send me!" {6:9} And He said, "Go, and tell this people: 'Keep on listening, but do not perceive; keep on looking, but do not understand.' If there has ever been a picture of most Believers today this is it. From this Scripture passage we learn that Yisrael (Israel) was not teachable. They refused to hear and obey the Word of the L-rd. HaShem was sending Yeshayahu to them but his preaching would have no affect on them. If you are attending a congregational service every week and are listening to the sermons but they are not having an effect on your life then you are like Yisrael during Yeshayahu’s time, you are not willing to hear or to change your life to be more like Yeshua. If the sermons and Bible studies you attend are not having any affect on you, then there might as well be one of the children teaching you. … [Read more...]

Where has all the Jewishness gone?

Something is happening to the messianic movement. It is losing its Jewishness! As more and more non-Jews join the movement congregations are becoming less and less Jewish. Now, do not get me wrong, I have nothing against non-Jews becoming a part of the Messianic Jewish movement. In fact Congregation Melech Yisrael is comprised of mostly non-Jews. However, I do have a problem when non-Jews try to minimize or marginalize the fact that the movement is Jewish. Is that not what the church has done? Messianic congregational and individual membership organizations recognized the importance of the Messianic movement remaining Jewish and they have included in their By-Laws that non-Jewish congregational leaders could not hold the designation “rabbi” and that non-Jews could only be associate members of these organizations. Yet now many of the congregations which form these organizations have lost their Jewishness any way. Not because they have become overwhelming … [Read more...]

Separation from the Ungodly World

The subject of this newsletter is SEPARATION. Now- a- days, when you say the word separation people automatically think about marriage. “They're separated.” Two people who loved each other when they married now find that they can no longer agree with each other, nor live together in the same house, so they separate. In secular terminology, separation merely means cessation of conjugal cohabitation, or in simple terms two people agree no longer to live together. This type of separation differs from a divorce, because there always remains the possibility of the two reuniting. G-d has called us as believers to separate ourselves from the world. Korintim bet/2 Corinthians 6:15-17 15 What harmony is there between Messiah and Belial? (or Satan) What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? Right here you see in whose camp the Shaliach Shaul (Apostle Paul) puts unbelievers. We are in harmony with Yeshua HaMashiach (the Messiah), they are in harmony … [Read more...]

Ready Or Not?

Bamidbar (Numbers) {29:1} And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you. Tehillim (Psalm) {89:15} Blessed is the people that know the joyful Teruah (sound) : they shall walk, O HaShem, in the light of Your countenance. Tehillim {81:3} Blow the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn Feast Day. The first two scriptures describe the blowing of trumpets on Yom Teruah (better known as Rosh Hashanah). The blowing of trumpets can certainly be associated with a joyous occasion. However, the third Scripture describes the day as a “Solemn Feast Day.” Why? The answer is that Yom Teruah pictures a very joyous day for some and a very solemn day for others. In order to see the reasons why, we have to understand why Rosh Hashanah commemorated with loud shofar blasts. The first reason is that this is the day that the Mashiach (Messiah) will … [Read more...]

Laugh with G-d, our loving Abba

The attribute of God that is most forgotten and most relevant for today is God’s sense of humour. In the story of Creation the Book of Genesis quotes God as saying, “Let us make man in our own image.” And so He did. And He saw that it was good, very good. Since that time man has been making God in his own image. And that is not good at all. Most of these man-made images of God are caricatures. We often picture God as a serious old man, burdened with the incredible task of managing this vast, complex universe and providing adequately for all of His creatures, especially for the fickle, fallible, unpredictable human beings. But God is not old. Neither is He young. It is the passing of time that makes one young and then old. God exists outside of time. God exists in eternity, in an eternal now. And God is not serious, at least in the sense of being burdened with a task that is too big for Him. Is it more difficult to manage the universe than to create it … [Read more...]

It’s All About Gratitude

I am sorry, but it is time we got serious with G-d and stopped taking Him for granted! We need to stop only talking like Believers and we need to start walking, living and serving like Believers. Yeshayahu (Isaiah) {1:1} The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, concerning Y’hudah (Judah) and Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) which he saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. {1:2} Listen, O heavens, and hear, O earth; for HaShem speaks, "Sons I have reared and brought up, but they have revolted against Me. {1:3} "An ox knows its owner, and a donkey its master's manger, {but} Yisrael (Israel) does not know, My people do not understand." Yeshayahu (Isaiah), at the command of G-d, calls the heavens and the earth to pay attention to the accusations that G-d has against the bnei Yisrael (children of Israel). They are His because He is the One that brought them out of bondage and that took care of them. He is the one who preserved … [Read more...]

Are You Ready?

There is much talk lately about the clouds of war that are gathering over Yisrael (Israel), and there is no shortage of speculation of who will attack who first. Believing internet sites are ablaze with prophetic utterances about how everything happening in HaAretz (the Land) fits into Bible prophecy. There are also perditions flying around about who the anti-Christ will be and when he will be revealed. Without a doubt these are exciting times, perhaps even the most thrilling times since the first coming to earth of our Mashiach, (Messiah) Yeshua. Prior to the first coming of Yeshua HaMashiach (the Messiah), during the last century BC, there was great anticipation of the coming of the Mashiach. Josephus (the Jewish historian of the 1st century) informs us that there prevailed throughout the entire east of that time an intense conviction derived from ancient prophesies (most notably from Daniel) that a powerful monarch would arise in Judea, and he would gain … [Read more...]

HaShem is in Control!

Vol. 10 No. 3 November 2004 / Cheshvan-Kislev 5765 It is hard to get away from all the comments on the disastrous events happening around the world, it is in all the news media and it is part of everyone's conversation. First and foremost on everyone's mind is the ominous threat of terrorism. President Bush has said over and over that it is not a question of if there will be another terrorist attack, but when and where the attack will take place. Then there is the war in Iraq which is getting bloodier and deadlier as the days go by. Osama Bin Laden is still at large and his Al Qaeda network is still killing innocent people, with a resort in Egypt, frequently visited by Israeli tourists, as its latest target. Neither has Hamas let up on its relentless attacks against innocent civilians in Israel and of course Israel continues to retaliate. Political frustration is high in the United States as the Presidential election draws closer and it goes on and on. Let us face it, people are … [Read more...]

Behind the Parochet (Veil)

What is the difference between Messianic Jewish Believers and traditional Jews; whether Ultra-Orthodox, Orthodox, Conservative or Reform? The difference is, traditional Jewish sects are still operating in the outer court of the Bet HaMikdash (Temple), while we are operating within the Kodesh HaKodashim. Let me explain. It was in the outer court that the sacrificial system took place. It was in the outer court that the physical reality of sin was manifest into sight, sound, touch and smell. And it is the outer court where traditional Jews are caught up to this very day; they are still in the outer court! You do not have to look very far to see how little Judaism has progressed. The traditional Shacharit Morning Prayer service contains a lengthy section of liturgy, which relates to and in fact, according to the rabbis, replaces the sacrifices, which cannot be performed today. That is because the Bet HaMikdash is not standing. But if you have been keeping up with the news then you know … [Read more...]