This I would like to share with everyone that has gone through a divorce and remarriage.
Read this and understand the times we are living in. Ask God to show you the Truth of all things, and Ask Yeshua/Jesus the Messiah into your Heart, Trust in the King of the Universe and Trust God the Creator of all living things that are and have been are to come. God made all things possible by His Word, His Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.
There is no other God only God the Creator, there is no savoiur other than Yeshua the Messiah, Jesus the Son of the Living God. No man can come to the father except by comeing first to Jesus and no body can come to Jesus unless God is first of all leading and drawing that person to himself
You can stand on roof tops and declare whatever you like, you can hold seminars on loads of pseudo idealogies but when it comes to the crunch only God can do the drawing and only God knows His own and he also knows who belong to the enemy. Who do you belong to. God and Yeshua or Satan and his minions. To have no faith at all is a lonely and empty place. Better have faith in one or the other than none at all.
Even Satan and his minions know God because before the were kicked out of Heaven they were with him. But their own arrogance and jealousy and pride brought them into conflict with the Creator God. The rest we know is history. HOW many of you realise that there is only One God, One Son, One Holy Spirit. There is not a myriad of gods to worship only One. God himself tells us that the Lucifer himself is a fallen angel and is destined to the great abyss along with his minions and all those that choose to follow his ways, that is to stand in defiance of the Great God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob. To stand and shake your fist at God and to say that He does not exsist is like saying the planet we live on does not exsist – for with out God – We would not exsist. He created us out of the dust of this very planet and breathed life into his nostrils, God led his first created man to a place of beauty and all he had to do was to trust God and let him take care of him. God took so much care of him that he gave him a mate, a female from his very own side and presented her to him for his companionship. He gave them the command to go forth and multiply and subdue and take care of the planet God had created for their home.
We have a lot to thank God for – without His word we would not be here, we would not be surrounded by such beauty, we would not even know of life. Nor the pleasure of being at one with anybody. To share you dreams and hopes with another. This God has done for us. What have we done for God.
We have turned our back on him, we have denied him, we have rediculed the very notion that He exsisted – we who are just carbon and water – just like a pot on a potters wheel.
He fashioned us to be human – he gave us everything for His pleasure and ours so that we may someday come back to the Father in full repentance and ask His forgiveness and Turn from our evil ways and once again recognise that He the Creator God is worthy to be recognised.
Do you want to wait until the next disaster before you will finally recognise He is in control, of all the volcanos, earthquakes, sea levels, winds. He can make it snow in the summer and rain in the winter and create huge fire balls on the land. Who are we. Will we never learn – just think that when the volcano erupted in greenland/iceland, it shut down all the airports, caused so much misery – what could man do against that except wait it out. Well God is behind everything to wake the people up to start to look up for your redemption is certainly drawing nigh. We are in a season of great perplexcity, great anxiety has gripped the hearts and minds of man. This was always had been spoken about in the Word of God. The books of the Prophets whom God had chosen to send to the nation of Israel to bring them back to the Father was very much aware of our times. Warning us of things to come if we insist on disobeying and running againt God.
Do you think you can change yourself – God changes you from within., He leads you back to Himself and His ways, His teachings, His prophecy. Yeshua the King of Israel and all the World will come in Victory and No one will stand in His way.
IT IS TIME TO STAND UP STAND UP FOR YESHUA FOR THE GLORY OF THE CROSS, LIFT HIGH HIS ROYAL BANNER HIS BATTLE IS NOT LOST.
He said it on the cross – it is finished – he defeated the grave, death and hades. WE who are standing and waiting for His return understand that WE shall be changed into His likeness of the resurrection. Where will you be.
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The CARMEL ALERT Sept 7th 2012
A compilation of news reports from the past week for the information of those committed to praying
for the Restoration of Israel & the Jewish People.
David’s Comment: Against ALL Odds
Joshua 23:10 “One man of you shall chase a thousand, for the LORD your God is He who fights for you, as He has promised you. (NKJ)
Over the last few weeks both Josie and I have written about the existential dangers that the tiny nation of Israel currently faces. In the natural it looks very bad for Israel’s future – hopeless in fact. Hizbollah has 50,000 plus missiles ready to use against Israel and Iran openly declares the annihilation of the Jewish state. The Western world, even the United States, has deserted Israel, the only democratic country in the Middle East. Just this week it was reported that President Obama sent a message, through 2nd parties, to the Iranians, clearly stating that the US will not assist Israel if there is an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilties. The US Joint Chief of Staff said in a speech that he gave in London last Friday ” that in the event of an attack on Iran, Israel is on her own.” The world is showing its true anti-Semitic colours. The majority of the leaders who are pulling away from Israel would deny that, but if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, its a duck !!!
There is nothing new under the sun – once again Israel is facing an extremely serious threat to her existence. It’s nothing new, it has been this way since the Hebrews were slaves in Egypt. The Jewish people have faced a long line of potential destroyers – the Pharaoh, Haman, Antiochus Epiphanes, King Herod, Napolean, Hitler, Arafat, & the PLO, Black September, Islamic Jihad, the PFLP, Hamas, Hizbollah and now Ahmedinejhad. As individual organisations they may be much smaller and less powerful that the State of Israel, but together they pose a formidable enemy whose combined and clearly stated goal is the total destruction or anhililation of Israel and the Jewish people.
As I said at the outset, in the natural Israel’s futute looks to be in serious jeopardy, However, whether she knows it or not (and sadly most Israelis dont know it) Israel has an unseen ace up her sleeve – The Holy One of Israel. The God of Israel created and holds the entire Universe in His hands. And the Universe is unfathomably gi-normous. It is impossible for the human brain to even begin to comprehend the power of the Universe. If the God of Israel created and controls this power, it makes sense that He is MORE POWERFUL than His creation. And He loves Israel, and many times in His Word makes covenant based promises to protect His Land and His people.
Now back to the title AGAINST ALL ODDS …….. Israel’s 3800 year history is akin to the story of David & Goliath. There had always been a ‘Goliath’ out there mocking, cursing and threating to destroy God’s people. Goliath thought he was going to engage little David, but he was really facing off against the God of Israel, and he very soon lost his head, bring victory to Israel and total defeat to the Philistines. The scenario has been exactly the same right throughout Israel’s history, and it is repeating itself in our time. We can clearly see God’s miraculous intevention as recently as the Six Day War of June 1967. Israel was attacked simultaneously by Egypt, Syria and Jordan. Israel was vastly outnumbered in every way and it must have looked hopeless at the time. The world stood in shock and awe as the attacking armies crumbled and the war was over in SIX days. The Israeli army is good, but it is not that good. The God of Israel moved His mighty hand and Israel’s victory was nothing short of a miracle.
Tiny Israel is surrounded by a sea of 280 million Muslims who are sworn enemies mocking, curising and threatening to destroy her. The God we believe in changes not. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He has always intervened to destroy Israel’s enemies and we have great confidence and security that He will do the same today. The Bible is full of God’s amazing promises for Israel. Here are just a few of them ……………
Jeremiah 31:35-36 Thus says the LORD, who gives the sun for a light by day, the ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, who disturbs the sea, and its waves roar (The LORD of hosts is His name): “If those ordinances depart from before Me, says the LORD, then the seed of Israel shall also cease from being a nation before Me forever.” (NKJ)
Psalm 20:6 Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; he will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand.
Psalm 2:1-6 Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the LORD shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure: “Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion.” (NKJ)
Psalm 33:10-11 The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations. (NKJ)
Exodus 5:3 The LORD is a man of war; the LORD is His name. (NKJ)
Psalm 18:13-14 The LORD also thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered His voice, hailstones and coals of fire. He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe, lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them. (NKJ)
Zechariah 9:15-16 The LORD of hosts will defend them; they shall devour and subdue with slingstones. They shall drink and roar as if with wine; they shall be filled with blood like basins, like the corners of the altar. The LORD their God will save them in that day, as the flock of His people. For they shall be like the jewels of a crown, lifted like a banner over His land– (NKJ)
Ps 129:5-6 Let all those who hate Zion be put to shame and turned back. Let them be as the grass on the housetops, which withers before it grows up, NKJ
Isaiah 60:12 For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish, and those nations shall be utterly ruined. (NKJ)
One last thought to encourage all of us who have a blood covenant relationship with Israel’s God. Whether we are ‘natural branches’ or ‘grafted-in branches’
(Rom 11:17) we are all fellow citizens (Eph 2:19) – in God’s eyses we are ALL Israel and every promise of protection, provision, salvation and victory belong to every one of us. As much as natural Israel can and should expect God to keep His covenant promises, we should do the same. He is the Lord our God and He changes not, and His promises are YES and AMEN. The victory is ours, but the battle belongs to the LORD.
The Lord bless you as you bless Israel by standing in defense of her right to exist on the land given to the Jewish people by the God of Israel. Lets pray that Israel will turn back to their God. Do not be silent at this most strategic time, but share this with your fellow Christians, share it with your pastors, and with anyone you have a chance to speak to. Lets also pray for breakthrough to the Muslims, and please remember to pray for all of the soldiers in the IDF – they are defending and fighting for the soon coming Kingdom of God.
Shabbat Shalom …. David & Josie
THIS WEEKS NEWS REPORTS
1. PM Netanyahu Slams President Obama Over Iran Israel Today News Sept 2nd
Israel was abuzz over the weekend with news that a recent meeting between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US Ambassador Daniel Shapiro became heated after the Israeli leader criticized US President Barack Obama for not doing enough to thwart Iran’s nuclear program. The Netanyahu-Shapiro meeting took place behind closed doors two weeks ago. Last Friday, Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot cited unnamed sources present at the meeting as saying “sparks and lightning were flying” when the two men discussed the Iran situation. According to the sources, Netanyahu openly blasted what he called Obama’s ineffectual policies vis-a-vis Iran’s nuclear program, which Israel views as an existential threat considering the Iranian leadership’s very public declarations that it wishes to annihilate the Jewish state.
Netanyahu and many other Israeli leaders have been vocal in their criticism of Obama and the entire international community for punishing Iran with little more than words while the Islamic Republic has continued its defiant nuclear program with only minor hindrance. Netanyahu reportedly told Shapiro that instead of worrying about whether or not Israel will strike Iran, Obama should focus on the root of the problem and put some real pressure on Tehran. At that point, Shapiro was said to have broken diplomatic protocol and snapped back at Netanyahu, insisting that the Israeli leader was misrepresenting Obama’s position. Shapiro then reiterated Obama’s promise to not allow Iran to attain nuclear weapons, to which Netanyahu responded, “Time is running out.”
Please pray for wisdom and Divine guidance for PM Netanyahu and the Israeli military leaders
2. Israel May Have to Deal With Iran on her Own
US Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman General Martin Dempsey went to London last week to deliver a warning to the Israelis and an encouragement to Iran, telling the Israelis that the United States would “not be complicit” in an Israeli attack and telling the Iranians that Israel doesn’t have the muscle to stop its nuclear program. “Distancing himself from any Israeli plan to bomb Iran, Dempsey said such an attack would “clearly delay but probably not destroy Iran’s nuclear programme”. He added: “I don’t want to be complicit if they [Israel] choose to do it.” That comment sent a shockwave through the Israeli establishment, but it was the rest of Dempsey’s remarks that pretty much confirmed that as far as the Obama administration is concerned, Israel is on its own. “Dempsey said he did not know Iran’s nuclear intentions, as intelligence did not reveal intentions. What was clear, he said, was that the “international coalition” applying pressure on Iran “could be undone if [Iran] was attacked prematurely”. Sanctions against Iran were having an effect, and they should be given a reasonable opportunity to succeed.” Please pray that other nations will come to Israel’s side in the event of a conflict with Iran
3. Obama Likely to Make Netanyahu Pay If He Wins Election Ynet News Sept 2nd
Israeli cabinet ministers who spoke to Ynet, said they believe Obama will make Netanyahu pay if the former is reelected as America’s president in November. At present, Obama cannot risk being seen as creating a rift between America and Israel, lest he lose the votes of most Jews and many Christians. But after the election, Obama will have no such constraints. “The US elections are in two months, and there is no doubt that President Barack Obama, if he is reelected, will make Netanyahu pay for his behavior. It will not pass quietly,” one minister told Ynet. Already there are indications that Obama is taking a more hostile position toward Israel. For instance, next month Israel and the US were scheduled to hold their largest ever joint military exercise, which was to be largely focused on confronting a major ballistic missile threat (read: Iran). But over the weekend, the Pentagon suddenly and significantly downsized American participation in the exercise. “Relations between Israel and the US have soured” as a result of differing views on the urgency of the Iran situation, concluded another cabinet minister. Lets pray that God’s will be done in the upcoming US elections
4. “Palestinian” Worker Admits Poisoning Jewish Family Israel Today News Sept 2nd
A Palestinian Arab man recently admitted to poisoning a Jewish family with intent to kill simply because he “hates Jews.” Israeli courts on Sunday cleared for publication details of the attack, which occurred last October in the central Israel town of Raanana. The suspect, 46-year-old Adnan Nasaara, was a construction worker who had previously done some work at the victims’ house. The Lerner family initially thought they were the victims of a simple robbery, and called police to the scene. But during the post-break-in interview, Eyal Lerner and one of the police officers collapsed after drinking water from the kitchen.
Eyal’s wife, Yifat, and their 2 year old child also became ill. All 4 were hospitalized, with Eyal spending a week in intensive care in serious condition. Police later found that most of the drinks and staple food items in the Lerner’s kitchen had been laced with highly toxic pesticides. Officers later traced the robbery to Nasaara and two other suspects. They found pesticides in Nasaara’s house. Police told Israel’s Ynet news portal that Nasaara admitted to the poisoning, saying he did it because he “hates Jews.” Officials are now describing the incident at nationalistically motivated, or, in other words, a terrorist attack.
The attack again brings to light two important aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. First, Israel is constantly criticized for restricting the freedom of movement in Judea and Samaria (the so-called “West Bank”), and especially for denying Palestinians easy access to Israeli-controlled areas. But most of those restrictions are new, having only been implemented over the past decade due to rising Palestinian violence. The poisoning of the Lerner family demonstrates why Israel is so careful with access to Jewish areas. Second, it has become increasingly important to limit access because the Palestinian Authority has so utterly failed to educate its population to view the Jews as neighbors and partners. In fact, it has done the opposite, and many Palestinians today, like Mr. Nasaara, view it as a national and even a religious duty to take the lives of Jews, be they men, women or children.
Please pray for the full recovery of the Lerner family and the police officer who was poisoned
5. Six Killed in Gaza Border Clashes ICEJ News Sept 6th
The border between Israel and the Hamas ruled Gaza Strip erupted overnight Wednesday, with the IDF repelling two attempted attacks and killing six Palestinian gunman, according to medical sources in the Strip. The first incident involved the IAF attacking a rocket squad Wednesday night as it was about to fire its weapons into Israel from the central Gaza Strip. Several hours later, IDF ground troops struck a terror cell as it attempted to plant an explosive device on the Gaza border. The IDF Spokesman’s Office stated that “the IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians, and will operate against anyone who uses terror against the State of Israel. The Hamas terror organization is solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip.
Please pray that all terrorsts and potential terrorsits be stopped before they can take innocent lives
6. Egypt Replacing Tanks with Armored Vehicles in Sinai ICEJ News Sept 5th
A security source confirmed on Tuesday that the Egyptian army has withdrawn at least 20 tanks from the Sinai Peninsula in response to Israeli protests that their participation in anti-terrorism operations violated the 1979 Camp David peace agreement. The source also said that light armored vehicles are being deployed in place of the tanks, but did not specify if all the deployed tanks had been withdrawn. “The operation is entering a new phase that requires different equipment capable of facing and handling the situation in Sinai,” a military official told Reuters on Tuesday. Please pray that Israel will be aware of any planned attacked coming from the Sinai
7. Israeli Minister of Defence: Attack on Iran May Not be Necessary Ha Aretz News Sept 7th
Defense Minister Ehud Barak hinted Thursday that there may be no need for anIsraeli strike on Iran, due to the unprecedented concentration of U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf. Barak spoke after meeting with Admiral James Winnefeld, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who is visiting Israel. “Israel retains its right to make sovereign decisions and the United States respects that,” Barak said at an Atzmaut party gathering. “However, one should not ignore the impressive preparations by the Americans to counter Iran on all fronts.” Barak made the comments after he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were briefed by U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon regarding U.S. preparations for a possible confrontation with Iran. Please pray that this is indeed the case and that a war with Iran can be averted
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This I felt compelled to share with you. It shows just how the Bible prophecies are unfolding in our time.
I have found this source a blessing and very instructive. I have been doing their Bible Study Course now for a couple of years and have found it really exciting to see just how everything fits together like a glove when it comes to Yeshua and the way God has used Israel as a template of how He would have liked his creation to follow him.
We know that we are in for a bumpy ride if we do not heed the warnings of which God is making loud and clear in our time. With the diverse wars and volcanic eruptions and earthquakes all of which have been told to us by Yeshua as signs to be watching out for in the end times before His return. No one knows the day or the time of his return but we are all called to watch and pray and make ourselves ready for the Kingdom of God on earth.
What a great gift we have in His precious Word to give us the template on how to live full and abundant lives when we follow His drection and His commandments.
I strongly recommend you start to discover for yourself just what God has got in store for you in your lifetime and just how to prepare yourself for His precious Kingdom. Afterall if we all were to be obedient to God and keep His laws and His feastdays we would be at peace right now with our brothers and sisters because no one would be our enemy we would all be serving and loving God the creator of Mankind and all the universe. It is just amazing that we have such a gift of life.
Let us all work towards achieving His ultimate goal for us – by turning back to the Father and asking him for forgiveness. We have caused so much damage to this amazing planet and so much harm to one another – it is about time people started to look at each other as God sees us. His precious sons and daughters made in His image to give glory to Him to share in this wonderful planet together and not keep tearing each other apart and being greedy over gifts that God has given for all of us to share in.
Let us really start to ask ourselves do we want to walk onto the path of destruction – which is the way man is going or do we really want to come to a place of peace and joy and salvation through our Saviour Yeshua/Jesus – he came to give us an opportunity to reconcile us back to God, to heal our lands, heal our bodies and minds to restore hope and love and joy into our lives.
Do read the article below as it will give you a great insight into what is developing now in our lifetimes.
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For me the celebration of Hanukkah has now given me a different meaning for this time of the year. I have found it really difficult to get to grips as to why people would want to celebrate a falsehood. For me, the celebration of christmas has no meaning as Christ was not born on December 25th – this is a day of celebration for the Pagan, Druids it was adopted by the church in order to try and share the birth of christ with the pagans, however, from my conversations with pagans who celebrate their Solstice they have no interest in the birth of christ – it means nothing to them – in fact from what I have experienced personally they laugh at the christian who consider it to be a holy day for them as the pagans know full well it is not anything to do with the Son of God – but rather the rebirth of the Sun – and fertility.
For me, I would rather celebrate Hanukkah as it is far more meaningful to me. For God enabled the oil to burn for 8 days while new oil was prepared – sanctified and purified to be burned in the restored temple – which was in the history of the Maccabees who discovered the ruined Temple and wanted to restore it – they asked God to maintain the oil and God did for 8 days while the preparations were being undertook. For me this is a real miracle – as people really were dedicated to God in believing that God could perform such a miracle. Today – people have seem to have lost their way in not asking God for help.
For me the celebration of the festival of Light means more to me as Christ is the Light of the World and He came to shine for us and show us the Way back to the Father Creator of all the Universe. Without the guiding light of Christ we would not have a way back. The Messiah came to show us the way – He is the Light of the Word – teaching us His Commandments, His rulings and His obedience. In keeping with the Word of God as He is the Word made flesh he came and dwelt amongst us. His light shines eternally –
Yeshua was with God at the beginning of Creation – He is the Word of God made flesh who dwelt amongst us to show us the Way – He is the Way to the Life and Truth and only through Him do we have Salvation, and remission for our sins, He was ransomed on our behalf and nailed to a tree so that we could be given the opportunity to be reconcilled back to the Father – Creator of All – It is by HIs Word that we are here at all. He brought everything into being by His Word –
We are called to make ourselves ready – the story of the 10 virgins who had their lamps is a clear indication as to how important that we have our wicks and lamps trimmed ready for His return. The story of the virgins denotes our readiness to be prepared to recieve Him as our bridegroom and to walk with Him when he calls us to be with Him.
We are to come before the Father and ask for forgiveness for our lack of faith and believe in Him. Today – people are being led to believe that Santa Claus is the one who can give hope to the people – only the Messiah and God can do that – Santa Claus cannot stop the rains, nore halt the hurricanes, nor feed the five thousands – only the Messiah can do that. To teach children to follow Santa Claus and to celebrate by giving him cookies – which do not get eaten except by the parents of the children who place their presents under the tree – which also is an abomination to God – another pagan ritual which has been integrated into the so called celebration of christs birth day –
Yeshua came to give us life more abundantly by our following in His footsteps in obedience to God holy word and teachings. The Ten Commandments, the keeping of the Shabbat and the Holy Days that God has ordained – which had all been thrown away from the early church because they did not want to be associated with anything Jewish – how foolish – for by throwing it away we are actually throwing away the promise which was given to Israel – not to any other group of people were given such great gifts, knowledge and wisdom – when Moses came down the mountain with the Ten Commandments and found the people in rebellion already against God he was utterly dismayed and threw the Word down – only to have to go again to God and plead for forgiveness for the people and ask God to again give to him the Word which was to give a light to the path of men. When you discover the Truth behind the Ten Commandments and realise just how important they are to Mankind we would all be able to live in the Peace and Joy and Salvation that God promised to Israel if they choose to Follow His Way.
WE do have a choice – you only have to look into Deut to see the full picture of what would happen when we choose to follow God’s path – life, abundant food, happy homes, fruitful fields, is that not what people are looking for really.
However when we choose the other path of disobedience of denying God’s very existence, denying God’s power to heal the sick, bringing only shame and destruction on ourselves – He said that this would happen when we turn our backs on God.
The way Society is today with its blatant disregard for God’s Laws and teachings – denying Him, the world is facing such a massive destructive path ahead because of this. God said He would shake the Heavens and the Earth – there would be floods, wars, earthquakes, famines, plagues – this is What God said he would allow to come on the earth because of mans disregard to His power, His Word, His Ways.
Far better to come to the Father and ask for forgiveness and aknowledge our unbelief and seek His face while there is yet still time. Mankind is on a road to destruction – but those who call upon the name of the Lord in that day will be saved. When we understand that by Turning back to the Father we have an opportunity to have a life filled with Joy, Peace and Abundance – do you not think that it is a much wiser course of action – to come back to the Creator and let Him shine His light into your hearts and minds and rediscover who He really is.
If we say we love and believe in Yeshua and God and say we do not need the 10 Commandments which make up the Spiritual base of what we believe then how can we say we comply with the first Commandment which is to Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and everything withiin you , and to be ready to keep His Commandments. How do we comply if we are prepared to say we do not need them, when quite clearly we do.
If you take a close look at the 10 Commandments that God gave to mankind – via Moses we can see that by following them we are indeed complying with what God had laid out to us. Yeshua did not come to change any of it but rather to fulfil it – yet even He said that he had not come to get rid of the law – in fact He makes it very clear in Matthew that we are to keep the commandments, even in 1 Corinthians 7, Paul is making it clear that they are important – does not say that we are to stop obeying them – in fact the passage reads as such (from the Complete Jewish Bible)
1 Corinthians 7 : verses 18 -19
18) Was someone already circumcised when he was called?, then he should not try to remove the marks of his circumcision. Was someone uncircumcised when he was called? He should’nt undergo b’rit-milah (circumcision).
19) Being circumcised means nothing, and being uncircumcised means nothing; what does mean something is keeping Gods commandments.
In Matthew 24 Yeshua speaks plainly –
4) Yeshua replied “watch out! Don’t let anyone fool you!
5) for many will come in my name, saying ‘I am the Messiah’ and they will lead many astray
6) You will hear the noise of wars nearby and the news of wars far off; see to it that you don’t become frightened . Such things must happen, but the end is yet to come.
7) For peoples will fight each other, nations will fight each other, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various parts of the world
8) All this is but the beginning of the “birth pains”
9) At that time you will be arrested and handed over to be punished and put to death, and all peoples will hate you because of me.
10) At that time many will be trapped into betraying and hating each other
11) Many false prophets will appear and fool many people;
12) And many people’s love will grow cold because of the increased distance from the Torah (Covenants, Commandment, Teachings of God).
13) But whoever holds out till the end will be delivered
14) And the Good News about the Kingdom will be announced throughout the whold world as a witness to all the Goyim, (Pagans, Unbelievers) It is then that the end will come.
15) “So when you see the abomination that causes desolation spoken about through the propeht Daniel standing in the Holy Place” (let the reader understand the allusion),
16) “that will be the time for those in Y’hudah to escape to the hills,
17) if someone is on the roof, he must not go down to gather his belongings from is house,
18) If someone is in the field, he must not turn back to get his coat.
19) What a terrible time it will be for pregnant women and nursing mothers!
20) Pray that you will not have to escape in winter or on Shabbat.
21) For there will trouble then worse than there has ever been from the beginning of the world until now, and there will be nothing like it again.
22) Indeed, if the length of this time had not been limited, no one wold survive, but for the sake of those who have been chosen, its length will be limited.
23) “At that time, if someone says to you “look! Here is the Messiah! or, there he is” do not believe him.
24) “For there will appear the false Messiahs and false prophets performing great miracles – amazing things – so as to fool even the chosen, if possible.
25) There I have told you in advance!
26) So if people say to you, “listen, he is out in the desert! don’t go, or “look! He’s hidden away in a secret room!” don’t believe it.
27) For when the Son of Man does come, it will be like lightening that flashed out of the east and fills the sky to the western horizon.
28) Wherever there’s a dead body, that’s where you find the vultures.
29) Immediately following the trouble of those times,
The sun will grow dark, the moon will stop shinning, the starts will fall from the sky, and the powers in heaven will be shaken.
30) The sign of the Son of Man will appear in the Sky, all tribes of the Land (Earth) will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with tremendous power and glory.
31) He will send out his angels with a great Shofar (Trumpet) and they will gather together his chosen people from the four winds, from one end of the heave to the other.
31) Now let the fig tree teach you its lesson; when its branches begin to sprout and leave appear, you know that summer is approaching
32) In the same way, when you see all these things, you are to know that the time is near, right at the door.
34) Yes! I tell you that this people will certainly not pass away before all these things happen.
35) Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
36) But when that day and hour will come, no one knows – not the angels in heaven, not the Son, only the Father.
37) For the Son of Man’s coming will be just as it was in the days of Noah.
38) Back then, before the Flood, people went on eating and drinking, taking wives and becoming wives, right up till the day Noah entered the ark
39) and they didn’t know what was happening until the Flood came and swept them all away. It will be just like that when the Son of Man comes.
40) Then there will be two men in a field – one will be taken and the other left behind.
41) There will be two women grinding flour at the mill – one will be taken and the other left behind.
42) So stay alert, because you don’t know on what day the Lord will come.
For me it is very important to understand the times we are living in, for me it has been a journey of discovery from the time I was 21 till now, I have been very keen to find out what Yeshua was teaching, we who were not brought up in any religion or practices we have a journey that is challenging. When I first started to Trust God which was after an incredible bad time in my life, I had been very ill with chronic nervous indigestion (which may not mean much) but when you are unable to eat or drink anything without throwing up all the time, you develop a sense of not wanting to eat or drink because of the trouble it causes you. However, when I was really ill and felt I was dying I cried out to God and told him I did not believe in him but would he please heal me, during that time I had read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, but did not believe it – nor could I believe that same Yeshua could save my life – however, to tell you that when the weight lifted off my chest and I was able to breath again and could get up without pain and to enjoy eating without the problems it does make you realise that you are definitely not alone – then I started to read the Bible seriously and look at all the amazing things that God had done throughout all of the History of Mankind, how when the house of Israel turned their back on God and forgot His Commandments, his statutes, his laws, his very teachings that Israel was taken captive and became a slave nation – but then when one of the people rediscovered the Laws of God and started to keep them then their nation was blessed and brought out of captivity and slavery. So when you thing of your own life and you think of Yeshua hanging on the Tree for you and realise that His life was given so that you may have an opportunity to return to the Father knowing that Yeshua had made the ultimate sacrifice – that by being obedient even unto death He gave us the Atonement for our sins and our lawlessness ways.
For me to come back to the Father and start to take some inspiration from the Word of God on how to live our lives by following the 10 Commandments we realise that if all the nations were to live according to the same Commandments as God had intended then we would have a Peace on this Earth – but we cannot have it until we come back to the Father and ask for forgiveness for our backsliding and our lack of knowledge and understanding of His divine plan for Humanity. What an incredible place this world could be with every one living in harmony and peace with each other, all living by the same code of life – well for the people of the Word it is possible because that is his promise that we will all be living in the same way when the King returns.
What an incredible future we have when we look at the Word of God as our source of inspiration rather than to the Worlds newspapers. For me the Bible has been a road map for me for many years and I can honestly say that without God and His teachings I would not be here today. I am now 55 and have many years ahead of me God willing to share Gods wonderful plan for mankind.
Complete Jewish Bible is the Bible I use to do my studying from.
When I was a young Christian and started to read the Word of God and started to question all the things that Christ said to His disciples and also how they lived and the differences that i discovered over the years of the separation from the Word of God in the “churches” it made me consider research into such matters.
Over the years I have been doing an amazing Bible Study from http://www.tomorrowsworld.org and have read a lot of their free material and watched thier broadcasts and have gone along to their Shabbat meetings in Birmingham, Uk which has been held at the Jury Inn for a long time.
However for me the greatest breakthough came when I discovered I really wanted to learn more and more about what Jesus/Yeshua was saying to the people and how the Commandments affected me in my life today. As I read through the 10 Commandments and really gave them a lot of thought I discovered very quickly that in being obedient to them and keeping the Shabbat my life completely took on a new lease of life – it included PEACE AND JOY that I had not known before and a steady understanding of Gods Word released in me such a complete need to find out more and more of this Amazing God and His wonderful gifts He has in store fot those that diligiently seek His face daily.
When I was reading Matthew 19 and asked the Lord to show me exactly what it meant when he was discussing with the young man about keeping the commandments and the difficulties people face in doing so.
The trouble today – is that we are not taught them at all and those that are in authority to teach do not seem to understand the fullness of their need to OBEY them – because after the last Apostle died in the first century – there was an agreement with the politicians of the day and the so called church that they should do away with the “Jewish” Holy Days, Teaching and Commandments nor to keep the Shabbat as that would be too Jewish – thus cutting themselves off from the Vine – because how can you be grafted into the Vine if you are not being a partaker in the life that Christ and His disciples lived. It is only when you look at the yearly pattern of Christs ministry and his teachings that you can see that He kept the Shabbat, He kept the Passover, Hannukkah, Feast of Tabernacles, Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement – so why as “christians” do we not do the same. This is because we have been taught it is not for us – however by keeping the Holy Days and Feasts and following in the footsteps of Christ and His Disciples is when you are truly grafted into the Vine – because Yeshua/Jesus is coming back in the same manner as He left – and He is going to bring the Same disciplines as He has had for all eternity – He is the same today, tomorrow, and yesterday and His Word does not change.
We have changed and added and taken away so much from God’s Holy Word in the belief that we are following the True Messiah – it is impossible to see the Truth without the Obedience to Gods Holy Word..
Today as I sit here on the second day of Hannukkah and reflect over the past years that I feel that there is so much more to learning about What God wants for Mankind and how He would be glad to hear one of the saints raise up in Praise of HIs Holy Days and really ask Him for help to discover more about what it is to be Grafted Into the Vine.
For me, I lay before the Lord naked and asked God to show me and teach me His ways and to discover the Truth in the Word of God.
There is only one path to Salvation and that is through Yeshua/Jesus – He died on the tree for our sins and carried all our sicknesses, and burdens and was marred more than anyman that none would love him. Yet in His obedience to the Father He gave His life for us.- sinners and pagans, people in gross darkness – those of us who never knew Him nor anything about Him – He came for us to show us a way to be healed, restored back to the Creator God and also for us to live in peace with our neighbour.
Living by Gods Code of Life – the Ten Commandments and learning to appreciate His wonderful bounty of gift of life for it is He who gives rain in due season, it is He who blesses us with the sunshine and the stars in the heavens and waters in the sea. It is He who has bestowed on us an amazing bounty of diversity in the flora and fuana we see about us and the amazing diversity in the animals and fishes. Instead of bemoning and critising we should be Praising God for the wonderful gift of life in all its forms.
He knows each hair on your head, He knows your troubles – yet we fail to see that we can come to him and really ask Him to help us – He has given each Human Being the desire to Seek Him out and look to Him for His bountiful mercy – yet we as Human Beings have chosen to reject Him to deny His very existence – however just because you deny it – He does not go away – He is always there just waiting for you to reach out and ask for Help from the Creator God.
He is WAITING FOR YOU.
His Word says – that Whosoever Calls on the Name of the Lord in that day shall be saved. That is just the beginning of a wonderful journey of discovery for each man once he has called on the Lord has a path to follow that is unique to them.
Not all of us are called as Apostles, Teachers, Healers, some are called to be comforters and bringers of words of wisdom in due season.
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The Word of God I use for my studies is the Complete Jewish Bible
The other book I have recently been reading and found to be very encouraging is the Restoration – Returning the Torah of God to the Disciples of Jesus