10 Reasons to Love Israel

November 3rd, 2014

MountOlives10s 1.  Israel is the Center of The Earth; it is the home of each and everyone of us and   the collective home of us all.

2.  Israel is the Worship Center of the World.

3.  God’s Earthly Throne is there and will be there forever.

4.  Jesus was born there.  He lived there. He rebuked the storm on the Sea of Galilee and was baptized in the River Jordan.

5.  Because of the persecution the Jews in Israel have to  pay.

6.  Israel is Gods Beautiful, Chosen Place on Earth.  Tel Aviv is one of the Top Beach cities in the world.  Israel is a country rich with natural resources, beauty, culture, diversity, and Godliness.

7.  Israel is the site of many Holy Events in the Bible.

8. The Holiest site in Judaism, the Western Wall in Jerusalem, is all of the remains of the second Temple.   It is near the Temple Mount, where the 3rd Temple will be built; and the most controversial real estate in the world.

9.  Israel is the lowest place on earth below sea level; it’s the polar opposite of Mt. Everest. One’s skin and body can be powerfully rejuvenated by merely floating in the Black Sea.

10.   Israel is God’s Holy Place. Jesus will return to Jerusalem.  ”His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives; and the Mount of Olives will be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley; half the mountain shall move toward the north and half the mountain shall move toward the south.”  Zechariah 14:4-6.

Yom Kippur – Day Of Atonement October 3-4, 2014

October 3rd, 2014

PRAYER, FASTING AND REPENTANCE -  DAY OF ATONEMENT

High Holy   FastYom Kippur, also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest and most solemn day of the year for the Jews. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jews traditionally observe this holy day with a 24-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora’im (“Days of Awe”).

HebrewsForChristians.com states: Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement” is the holiest day of the Jewish year, and provides prophetic insight regarding the Second coming of the Messiah, the restoration of national Israel, and the final judgement of the world.  It also is a day the reveals the high priestly work of Yeshua as our High Priest after the order of Malki-Tzedek (Heb 5:10, 6:20).

Yom Kippur is the tenth day of the month of Tishrei. According to Jewish tradition, God inscribes each person’s fate for the coming year into a book, the Book of Life, on Rosh Hashanah, and waits until Yom Kippur to “seal” the verdict. During the Days of Awe, a Jew tries to amend his or her behavior and seek forgiveness for wrongs done against God and against other human beings. The evening and day of Yom Kippur are set aside for public and private petitions and confessions of guilt. At the end of Yom Kippur, one considers oneself absolved by God”.

Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, is one of the seven feasts celebrated by the Jewish people. (this year, Yom Kippur will be celebrated from sundown October 3rd to Sundown October 4th These feasts were laid out/”appointed” by God in Leviticus 23 – “these are the set times of the Lord, the sacred occasions, which you shall celebrate each at its appointed time” – Lev. 23:4). Many Christians are not aware of the significance of these Biblical holidays. There are four spring holidays (Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Pentecost) and three fall holidays (Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles). God’s eternal plan – from chaos to eternity – is brilliantly revealed through the nature and timing of the seven annual feasts. The spring festivals clearly prophesied the first coming of Jesus, so it stands to reason that the fall festivals are also prophetic of Christ’s second coming.

Yom Kippur is actually a fast day (not a feast day) and it is spent in fasting, prayer, and confession. In the Bible, this was one gracious day a year given by God whereby an individual could receive forgiveness. The high priest entered the holy of holies to make atonement for the nation by sacrificing an animal. “Also on the tenth day of the seventh month there shall be a Day of Atonement: it shall be a holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord” (Lev. 23:27).

There were two goats used on the Day of Atonement. God’s instruction of the sacrifice and the scapegoat can be found in Leviticus 16.  In summary, for one goat, the high priest in Israel would lay his hands on its head, to impute on it all the sins of Israel. That goat was carried out of the Israeli camp and set free. This goat, called the “scapegoat,” points to Christ (“Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” – John 1:29). Jesus carried our sin upon Himself (our sin was imputed on him just as the sins of Israel were imputed on the scapegoat).

The second goat was slaughtered as an offering to God, which is also symbolical of Christ, as He was slain for our sins. “We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” – Hebrews 10:10      (This may shed some light on the term “scapegoat”).

Should Christians acknowledge Yom Kippur?

Yom Kippur was an annual holiday appointed by God in Leviticus 23. .  Therefore, He appointed seven different holidays throughout the year that focus on various aspects of His redemptive plan toward mankind and He wants us to stop, reflect, repent, and rejoice on those days of remembrance. We are not to forget.  We need time to meditate – time to pause – time to reflect on the the magnificent mystery of salvation and redemption that God has set in place through his Son, Jesus.

Christ did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17-19). During his time on earth, Christ participated in the high holy days (see John 2:23; John 5:1; John 7:2,10, 14, 37; John 11:55-56; John 12:12; John 13:1; and Luke 2:41-42), and there is evidence that the members of the early church did as well (see Acts 2:1, Acts 20:16, Acts 18:21, and 1 Cor 5:7). Understanding the significance of Yom Kippur (or any of the high holy days) leads to a greater understanding of God’s Word.

Chosenpeople.com has this to say about Yom Kippur:

www.chosenpeople.com:

The Levitical calendar is not only a reminder of God’s holy convocations for the children of Israel, but it also renders a vivid picture of God’s love, grace, and provision for the Jewish people and the rest of mankind. It helps us to better understand not only the Jewish people, but the God of the Jewish people, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob… our God, and His Word.”

WAYS A CHRISTIAN CAN ACKNOWLEDGE YOM KIPPUR:

Take time this evening for prayer, confession, and repentance for yourself and your family. Perhaps you will fast from sun up Friday to Sun down Sat. Specifically, think over any sins that we need to confess and repent of, and ask for God’s grace to be changed from the inside out. Ask the Lord for forgiveness and think over any strained relationships that you may have that you can work to mend.

 Spend time throughout the day learning about Yom Kippur. Read and discuss Lev. 16 and Lev. 23 as a family. Consider using stuffed “goat” props to teach your children about the sacrificial lamb and the scapegoat (and how Christ’s work fulfilled these Old Testament requirements). Take time to learn about the Biblical feasts as a whole.

Messianic Jewish congregations devote serious effort at presenting a rationale for Yom Kippur. “For believers in Yeshua, both Jewish and non-Jewish, the observance of Yom Kippur can hold special significance. The repentance started at Rosh Hashanah comes to a culmination with atonement ten days later. As with the traditional Jewish community, those ten days take on spiritual meaning as we meditate on the meaning of the high holy days. Traditional readings from the book of Jonah, Hosea 14 and other passages are studied. Blessed be the Lord God, who has secured our salvation in Yeshua the Messiah!

We referred to and quoted exerpts from the following resources.  We all just want to share and spread the Word.  We thank the sources below and invite you to view their websites.

http://www.shepardmychild.com ;   

http://www.chosenpeopleministries.com

http://www.wikipedia.com

http://www.hebrewsforChristians.com

Now, if your question is Why doesn’t my church teach about  these “appointed times with God” and the “Feasts of the Lord”  and these “Holy Convocations”?  You have probably been told or taught that this is old testament theology, and We Christians live by the New Testament, and New Covenant.  That is good.  This is true.  But, as one studies, seeks God, seeks wisdom and understanding, you find many incredible teachers who teach that the Feasts are types and shadows; dress rehersals, if you will, for the Second Coming.  There is soooo much information about Christs return associated with the Feasts.  If one does not study the Feasts, one does not know this information.  Everyone should listen to the teachers and pastors who have studied this subject and teach about it.  And, of course, Messianic Congregations acknowledge the Feasts Season.

You can google:  Mark Biltz, he has an entire series on the 7 Feasts of the Lord on Youtube.  Pastor David Middleton, at Jesus Is Lord Ministries, teaches bible courses, is a prolific writer, and has a website with various teachings on this subject.  Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn has teachings on the Appointed Feasts Times, Rabbi Schnieder, The Jewish Jesus teaches extensively, Perry Stone, Worldwide Preacher and Evangelist teaches on The Feasts, and Pastor John Hagee teaches extensively on the Feasts.  Also, this website has some great articles on the Feasts, (See Category – Feasts of the Lord).  The articles have links to the sources I mentioned above and other resources.

Many Pastors have not visited and studied in Israel.  Those who have, have a deeper understanding.  GOD GAVE US FREE WILL.  You Choose.  You can google the names I have mentioned and you will find a wide variety of excellent, well scripted and researched information about this subject.

Lastly, if you want to go to a service today–They usually start at 6pm. Find a Messianic Congregation near you.  Like Ester, Consecrate a Holy Fast, and just watch and see how powerfully you are Blessed.

GOD BLESS YOU!

 

Rosh Hashanah (New Years) 2014 September 25-27

September 24th, 2014

Shofar_blowers-1THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS, #5 OF THE SEVEN FEASTS OF ISRAEL   WAS INSTITUTED BY GOD THROUGH MOSES HIS SERVANT AT MOUNT SINAI. LEVITICUS 23:23 “Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying 24 Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. 25 You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.’” Thus the Feast of Trumpets began. Moses instituted this feast as the fifth of seven feasts. Feast of Trumpets is also called Rosh Hashanah.

We have discussed in previous articles the Spring Feasts of the Lord. We know that Passover pictures the Death of Jesus Christ. The Feast of Unleavened Bread pictures the Burial of Jesus Christ. The Feast of First Fruits pictures the Resurrection of Christ. Pentecost pictures the descent of the Holy Spirit and the Birth of The Church. The Spring Feasts were fulfilled at Christ’s first coming on the exact day. All of the Fall Feasts picture the second advent. The Feast of Trumpets is the first of the Fall Feasts, picturing the rapture. The Feast of Trumpets is when the “Last Trump” of the rapture of 1 Cor 15: 51-52 is blown. The Feast of Trumpets is known as the Wedding of the Messiah. The Church is the Bride of Christ, and the rapture is when the Church is caught up to heaven to be wed with Christ.

The Feast of Trumpets happens on the “new moon”, which is 29.5 days after the last one, meaning it might occur on the 29th or 30th day, nobody knows for sure. “Of that day or hour no man knows” is an expression referring to this feast, and thus, the rapture. “Of that day or hour no man knows, but my Father only, Matt. 24:36 and Mark 13:32. This expression is also used by a Jewish Groom when asked when his wedding will be. Because it is His Father that will tell him when the preparations and the bridal chamber are complete as to the exact time.

The “Open Door” of the rapture in Matt 25, and Rev 3, & Rev 4:1 is a symbol of the Feast of Trumpets. Ezek 6:1 “Thus says the Lord GOD: The gate of the inner court that faces east shall be shut on the six working days; but on the Sabbath day it shall be opened and on the day of the new moon it shall be opened. We are told that the new moon and the Feasts of the Lord are a shadow of things to come in Col 2:16,17. Since the Feast of Trumpets is the only Feast of the Lord that falls on a new moon, we should take particular note. There are “seven days of awe” between the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement. These picture the seven years of tribulation. Atonement pictures Satan being defeated and cast away at the end of tribulation. If you add the two day Trumpets Feast, and the Day of Atonement, the “Seven Days of Awe” you have the 10 days which might be referred to in Rev. 2:10.

In the Jewish Wedding, a marriage takes place over a period of time known as the “bridal week”. During the bridal week, the groom and bride have sex in the bridal chamber. At the end of the week, there is a marriage supper. Compare Judges 14, Rev. 19, and Genesis 29:22-28. This “bridal week” will be the tribulation week on earth, while the bride of Christ is in heaven. In the Jewish Wedding, the groom comes for his bride “like a thief in the night” to take (seize / rapture) her away and into the bridal chamber for the bridal week at his father’s house. NOW YOU ARE READY TO ENJOY OUR NEXT ARTICLE. FEASTS OF TRUMPETS II. Go there now.

This article has excerpts from the article on the website: Feast of Trumpets & the Rapture. www.bibleprophesy.org/introtrumpets.htm and www.endtimepilgrim.org/trumpets.htm

You can read other articles on The Feasts of the Lord at www.whoswhointhekingdom.com under the category: ” Feasts of the Lord”.

The Jerusalem Prayer Team

August 29th, 2014

Dr Mike Evans
Dr. Michael Evans is a New York Times Best Selling author, award winning   commentator, journalist, minister, the head of several prominent international organizations in the US, The Netherlands and Israel.  As a middle-eastern analyst, and award- winning journalist, Dr. Mike Evans provides commentary on Middle Eastern affairs for a variety of media.   He has appeared on Good Morning America, Crossfire, Nightline, The Good Morning Show (Great Britain) and appears frequently on Fox News, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC.  His articles have been published in the Wall St. Journal,  The USA Today, The Washington Times, the Jersalem Post, and others.

Evans is a member of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. For more than three decades he has covered strategic events worldwide, such as the Middle East Peace Conference in Madrid and the 43rd General Assembly of the United Nations’ specially convened session in Geneva. He most recently covered the International UN Conference on Afghanistan in The Hague, Netherlands, and the UN Durban Review Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mike Evans was an advisor to Prime Minister Menachem Begin and recommended Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his first political position. Evans arranged an exclusive interview on Fox News Network with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during the 65th U.N. General Assembly in New York City in September 2010.

He serves as the Executive Director of The Corrie ten Boom Fellowship, as well as Chairman of the Board of the Corrie ten Boom Foundation in Ha’arlem, Holland, which operates the ten Boom Holocaust Museum. He also founded The Jerusalem Prayer Team with a reunified Jerusalem’s second mayor, Ehud Olmert. It is a direct outreach of the Corrie ten Boom Fellowship. He founded Churches United with Israel, Inc., the  Middle East Media Group, the Evans Institute of Middle East Studies, The Jerusalem World News and TimeWorthy Books.

Evans is a Christian Zionist who, with Prime Minister Menachem Begin, founded the present Christian Zionist movement. He was present at the National Prayer Breakfast in 1982 when a committed group of evangelicals formally pledged their allegiance to support of the nation of Israel.

Personal

Michael David Evans was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1947 to a non-practicing Jewish mother whose parents were immigrants from the Soviet Union. Following his discharge from the United States Army, Evans moved to Texas where he earned an Associate of Arts degree from Southwestern Assemblies of God College. He speaks of early life as abusive and painful at the hands of a troubled alcoholic father.

At age 11, he had what he describes as a dramatic encounter with Jesus Christ, during which he received assurance of God’s love for him and a promise that he would be used by God. Evans says his Jewish roots have given him a special appreciation for thepeople of Israel and have caused him to spearhead many ministries in support of Jews and Israel.

Mike Evans’ wife Carolyn is the founder of Christian Woman of the Year Association. Mother Teresa, Elizabeth Dole, Ruth Graham, Shirley Dobson, Dede Robertson, Dodie  Osteen, and other distinguished women are among those honored during the past twenty years. Mike and Carolyn Evans have four children, Michelle, Shira, Rachel and Michael II, and  nine grandchildren.

Corrie ten Boom house

Mike Evans purchased and restored the Corrie ten Boom house in 1983. The Corrie ten Boom Fellowship is a non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation governed by a board of directors.  It gains no direct or indirect funding from the State of Israel, nor do any of Evans’organizations. He has served as the chairman without salary for decades.

Upon purchasing and restoring the house, Mike Evans created the Corrie ten Boom Fellowship, an organization that follows in the tradition of the ten Boom family by continuing to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. The Fellowship encourages Christians to exercise their faith by helping the Jewish people, praying for them and for the peace of Jerusalem in accord with the scriptural mandate in Psalm 122:6.

Jerusalem Prayer Team

Mike Evans began the Jerusalem Prayer Team in 2002 to unite people in intercessory prayer for Israel and to develop a platform from which to speak out to world leaders at UN conferences, peace summits, etc., on behalf of Israel. From that platform Evans has met with dozens of heads of state, including being invited to a State visit by President Barzani from Kurdistan. He has met with dozens of world leaders, including President Cristiani of El Salvador, the president of the Philippines, President Musevani of Uganda, as well as many foreign ministers, ambassadors, prime ministers and kings. He has worked closely with Israel’s prime ministers for three decades.

As an advisor to Prime Minister Menachem Begin, he recommended Benjamin Netanyahu for his first government post. His recommendation followed a meeting with the future prime minister after his brother, Jonathan, had been shot in the back while leading the raid on Entebbe in Uganda. Benjamin Netanyahu is now serving his second term as prime minister of Israel.

The Prayer Team also raises funds to meet humanitarian needs of the Jewish people in Israel providing coats, blankets and home repairs for those in need. The ministry has a website that includes articles about the people of Israel, the problems being faced by her leaders and other pertinent topics.

More than 300 national Christian leaders, including Pat Robertson, Tim LaHaye, Joel Osteen and John Maxwell are supporters of the Jerusalem Prayer Team. It receives no funding from the State of Israel and its official statement says it “believes that God loves Arabs in the Bible as much as the Jews.” [press release, January 2009] Author and Speaker Evans has written extensively on the Middle East, Christian Living, Prophecy and Iraq. His works include 42 fiction and non-fiction books. The 2010 novel, titled GameChanger is a fictional work set in the U.S. that suggests how the next extremist terrorist attack could bring America to a standstill, potentially changing the way we live forever.

Dr. Evans predicted a battle between America and radical Islam in his book, Israel: America’s Key to Survival in 1980. In his book, The Jerusalem Scroll, written in 1999, he also predicted that the first attack would target the World Trade Center in New York City and its tallest building. (*See references below and Jerusalem Post article, “America the Target”).

“I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” – Genesis 12:3

Whoswhointhekingdom.com is a supporter of Dr. Mike Evans and the Jersalem Prayer Team.  If you would like to donate (and receive the book CURSED), visit the website below.  You will also find a plethora of information about Dr. Evans and the Jerusalem Prayer Team.

The exerpts above are from the website:   http://www.thejerusalemprayerteam.org

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The Secret Meaning of Pentecost….

June 8th, 2014

th_pentecostWikipedia: Pentecost (Ancient Greek: Πεντηκοστή [ἡμέρα], Pentēkostē [hēmera], “the fiftieth [day]“) is the Greek name for the Feast of Weeks, a prominent feast in the calendar of ancient Israel celebrating the giving of the Law on Sinai. This feast is still celebrated in Judaism as Shavuot. Later, in the Christian liturgical year, it became a feast commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ (120 in all), as described in the Acts of the Apostles 2:1–31.[1] For this reason, Pentecost is sometimes described by some Christians today as the “Birthday of the Church”.

Pentecost is the Fourth Feast of the Lord  (Leviticus 23). There are the three Spring Feasts, and Pentecost, which have all been fulfilled on the exact day.  Pentecost is sometimes referred to as the “Early Harvest’.  The “Full Harvest is in the Fall. The three Fall Feast will also be fulfilled, according to Bible Teachers and Scholars, on the exact day.

On this day of Pentecost 2014, The Holy Spirit has revealed to me a clearer understanding of The Pentecost.  I am sharing two very excellent articles on the subject.  Read them both, start to finish and consider yourself BLESSED and HIGHLY FAVORED–CHOSEN!!!

I am humbled, and so very grateful that THE HOLY SPIRIT leads me to the very best teachers and teachings.  I have been led totally by The Holy Spirit to this message on this day.  My assignment was to read it on this Day of Pentecost, 2014, and to deliver it to you.  You need to read it and act upon it.  If you embrace this teaching, I want to know you.  Please comment and subscribe to my contact list.

I am very grateful to both authors.  They have done an incredible job of providing  scripture  to support their teaching.   Please visit these two websites.  Please write the authors and say “Thank You”.  Please share your comments with us.     BLESSINGS!

http://www.meaningofpentecost.org/

http://www.pray4zion.org/ShavoutorPentecost4thFeastoftheLord2014.html

 

 

 

 

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Chronology of the last week of Jesus’ life.

April 30th, 2014

god-bless-with-rainbow-crossThe focus of this article is to provide multiple resources for Christians to read and ponder regarding the Time Line of Jesus Christ’s Death and Resurrection.    Passover is Nissan 14.  An alarming number of Christians are “still celebrating Easter”.  I received “Happy Easter” phone calls, texts, emails and messages.  I heard about Easter egg hunts in the park, and at churches.  The restaurants were booked for “Easter Brunch and Dinner”.  Christians are allowing their children to have Easter Bunnies, eggs, candy, and clothes.  There is an article in our Archives called “The truth about Easter” (Mar. 2012).

There are believers who celebrate “Resurrection Sunday” and those who “Acknowledge and Celebrate Passover” in some way.  And, there, of course, Passover Seders celebrated by Jews and many Messianic Jews.  As Christians we are grafted into the promises of God.  We must know about and study his Holy days.  These are Holy convocations, appointed times with God (Lev. 23).

The New Covenant teaches that as Christians we are to take communion and we are no longer held to the custom and requirement of the Passover Seder.  Understanding Passover and the other six Feasts, or the Holy Convocations of the Lord are very important.  I believe a Messianic Passover Seder is an excellent experience.  The Marriage Supper is going to be an incredible, Holy, Sacred event. (Rev. 19:9).  Knowing and understanding the appointed times/Holy Convocations will help us prepare for our Heavenly experience.  We have compiled some great resources to help Christians and Non Christians understand  that we must know and understand Resurrection Sunday and Passover.  Click the link below to view an awesome timeline of the last week of Jesus.  Good Friday and Easter are not part of “God’s Plan of Redemption”.   I have compiled some resources.  My favorite is the chart below.

Click:   http://www.jesusfirst.org/free-downloads/articles/timeline.pdf

David Middleton, Pastor of Jesus is Lord Worship Center, is an excellent teacher on this subject.  All of his sermons are archived and available free of charge on his website and Youtube.   This is an excellent teaching.   He has a very excellent archive of sermons.  The website is:  http://www.doersoftheword.org/   Under title “Church Service Archives” you will find a detailed assortment of teachings on all subjects.  Click:  4-13-14-AM – The Chronology Of The Last Week Of Jesus .  When you understand what happened last week of Jesus Christ’s life, you will be amazed at the level of deceit that is operating in the world.  Satan is the great deceiver.   I have also included other resources for you to  read.  See below.

Other references on the subject:

http://www.greatpreachers.org/jesus_death.html

http://www.gci.org/jesus/wednesday

http://rcg.org/search.html?q=jesus+died+on+wednesday

Please share your comments.

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Kingdom Teachers & Resources for YOU!

March 31st, 2014

BibleThe Body of Christ is beginning to move in the same direction.
There are more and more and more good teachers and good teachings available than ever before. We are blessed to live at such a time as this. Below is a list of excellent teachers/Ministries.
We really appreciate those ministries that teach about the God’s Holy Days, understanding The Rapture, The End Times Church, The Five Fold Ministries…the Pure and unchanged Word of God.

People of God: Listening to David Jeremiah or one of the many ministries on your cell phone for a half hour a day while you take a walk is wonderful. Go to: http://oneplace.com/ministries

Pastor Jeremiah researches everything in depth. His recent teachings on Angels, Heaven and Hell and The Throne Room of God are phenomenal!

DavidJeremiah.org

https://www.davidjeremiah.org/‎

Prolific Teacher – Turning Point Television Broadcasts
www.oneplace.com/ministries/turning-point/‎

Pastor Mark Biltz,
www.elshaddaiministries.us/
Prolific Teacher; Blood Moons, Feasts of the Lord, Israel Tours

Perry Stone – TV Ministries
http://manafest.org Israel Tours
Prolific Teacher, Author, Charismatic

Nasir K. Siddiki – Wisdom Ministries, Dr. Nasir Siddiki
www.wisdom-ministries.com/bio.html‎ Wisdom University
Prolific Teacher, Healing and Prosperity.

Tomorrowsworld.org – Tomorrow’s World Television weekly
Roderick C. Meridith – Tomorrow’s World Ministries
Tomorrows World Worldwide Outreach & Magazine distribution

Iris Global Missionary Organization
Heidi & Roland Baker
www.irisglobal.org – Mozambique, Africa
Prolific Teacher, Documentary Movie/Book: Touched By Love

Jonathan Cahn – Hope of the World Ministries
www.bethisraelworshipcenter.org/aboutjonathan.htm‎
Messianic Rabbi- Beth Israel Messianic Congregation
Author: Harbinger, Harbinger II, Harbinger Decoded

Bill Winston Ministries, Living Word Christian Center
www.billwinston.org Bible College
Television Ministry, Author and Speaker

Dr. John Ankerberg – Ankerberg Worldwide TV Ministry
www.lightsource.com/ministry/ankerberg-show/‎
Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show
www.jashow.org/‎ Prolific Teachings: End Times/Last Days.

Theresa Garcia Ministries Television Ministries
theresagarciaministry.com
Prolific Teacher – Understanding the End of the Age-TV.

Jewish Voice Ministries International
www.jewishvoice.org/‎
Jonathan Bernis,
Jewish Voice Today TV broadcast & Jewish Voice Outreach Ministries.

Amir Tsarfati
http://www.beholdisrael.com – Youtube
Dynamic, Gifted Speaker – Israel – History, Current Events

Bill Johnson Ministries – god.tv‎ Adwww.god.tv/‎
Bethel Church – Bill Johnson, bjm.org
www.ibethel.org/users/billandbenijohnson‎
Teacher: Five Fold Ministries, School of Prophetic

Joyce Meyer Ministries
www.joycemeyer.org/‎
Prolific Teacher & International Outreach Ministry

More great teachers for you to get to know:

Pastor Michael Maiden – http://www.cftn.org
Pastor Mark Chirona – http://www.churchonthelivingedge.com
Pastor John Eckhardt – http://www.johneckhardtministries.org
Pastor Reginald Steele – http://www.kivvcc.org
Pastor David Middleton – http://www.doersoftheword.org
Pastor Mike Murdock – http://www.thewisdomcenter.org
Pastor T.D. Jakes – http://www.thepotterstouch.org
Pastor Creflo Dollar – http://www.creflodollarministries.org
Apostle Micheal Sterling – http://www.thechurchofthenations.org
Apostle Darrel Winston – http://www.greaterworksassembly.org
Sid Roth – http://www.itssupernatural.com
Katie Souza – http://www.expectedendministries.com

POWERFUL SCRIPTURE FOR YOUR DAILY DEVOTION:
1. Psalms: 103 2-5 NKJV
2. Ephesians: 1:16-19 NKJV
3. Ephesians: 6:10-18

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The Olivet Discourse – What is it?

February 18th, 2014

MountOlives10sWho’s Who in the Kingdom is a Website about Pastors, Teachers, Churches and Ministries Worldwide that are spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. All of us are called to The Ministry of Jesus Christ. Individually, we must know God. The resources that are available today allow anyone that is hungry, to be fed the Word of God. Who’s Who in the Kingdom is a Messenger Ministry. We are hungry for God’s Word and we are passionate about helping Christians and Non-believers find not just teachers, but the very best preachers, teachers and ministries in the Kingdom of God.

Today’s Topic: What is the Olivet Discourse?

Maybe you have heard a sermon on this, maybe not.
Got Questions Ministries does a great job of answering this
question and many other questions. Please learn a little
about them, and then read their very well-researched
answer to this question.

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Question: “What is the Olivet Discourse?”

Answer: The Olivet Discourse is the name given to the orderly and extended teaching given by Jesus Christ on the Mount of Olives. His subject is the end times. This discourse is recorded in Matthew 24:1 – 25:46. Parallel passages are found in Mark 13:1-37 and Luke 21:5-36. The record in Matthew is the most extensive, so reference here will be to Matthew’s Gospel.

It is important to recognize that Jesus’ teaching in this discourse is in reference to Israel and not the Church. Christ was speaking of God’s future program for Israel. Other passages to consider when studying the Olivet Discourse are Daniel 9:24-27 and Revelation 6:1 – 19:21, which refer to the future seven-year period called the tribulation. God’s program for the Church concludes with the rapture, which is not taught in the Olivet Discourse. The rapture of the Church is found in John 14:1-4; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

In Matthew 23, Jesus had spoken to the Pharisees concerning judgment. This can be seen in the “woe” statements in that chapter. In 24:1, Jesus was leaving the temple when the disciples called His attention to the magnificent buildings on the temple mount. Jesus then tells the disciples that “not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down” (verse 2). This prophecy was literally fulfilled in A.D. 70 when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem. The temple was burned. The gold in the temple melted in the fire and ran down into the cracks between the stones. As people later searched for the gold, they toppled every stone from its place. This destruction of Jerusalem was but a foreshadowing of what is yet to come.

Jesus’ prophecy of doom got the disciples curious, and probably more than a little concerned. When they were alone with Jesus on the Mount of Olives, they asked Him, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” (verse 3). What follows in Matthew 24–25 refers to the future, seven-year tribulation period and the second coming of Christ at the end of the tribulation. During that time, God will complete His chastisement and purification of Israel and judge the whole world (Daniel 9:24-27; Revelation 6–19).

Daniel 9:27 indicates that the tribulation will be divided into two equal parts. Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 24:4-8 refers to the first half. The “birth pangs” (verse 8) refer to the sufferings that Israel will experience during the first 3 1/2 years. The signs with reference to the end of the age are the coming of false messiahs (verse 5), the threat wars and widespread conflict (verses 6-7), and various natural catastrophes (verse 7).

Revelation 6 is a parallel passage. The apostle John writes of the seal judgments. Revelation 6:2 speaks of a rider on a white horse, which refers to a false messiah called elsewhere the Antichrist and the Beast. Revelation 6:4 says that peace is taken from the earth. Revelation 6:6-8 speaks of famine and death. Jesus said these things are only the “beginning of birth pangs” (Matthew 24:8). Worse is yet to come.

In Revelation 13, the second half of the tribulation begins when the Beast, or Antichrist, sets up his rule for 42 months (cf. Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15).

In the Olivet Discourse, the second half of the tribulation is described in Matthew 24:9-14. Persecution of the Jews and death (verse 9) will be the result of the Beast’s rise to power. The Antichrist will also persecute anyone who refuses to follow him (Revelation 13:1-18).The salvation promised in Matthew 24:13 is deliverance from the Beast’s persecution. The one who endures until Christ returns will be saved from the Beast. Jesus says that “this gospel of the kingdom” will be preached worldwide before the end comes. In other words, the good news (gospel) will be available during the tribulation; the message will be that Christ will soon return in judgment to set up His earthly kingdom (Revelation 20:4-6). This message will cause many people to realize their sinful state and receive the Savior during the tribulation.

Matthew 24:15-26 gives further details concerning the tribulation. Jesus refers to an “abomination” and desolation of a future temple in Matthew 24:15-22; this is more clearly spoken of in Luke 21:20-24. The Beast will take authority and set up an image of himself in the future temple (Daniel 9:27; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4; Revelation 13:1-18). When this happens, Jesus says, head for the hills. Those in Jerusalem are advised to flee for their lives when they see that Beast has taken his seat of authority (Matthew 24:16-20). The Antichrist will rule from Jerusalem for 42 months (3 1/2 years), the latter half of the tribulation, called the “great tribulation” in verse 21.

Jesus warns that the great tribulation will be the worst time ever seen on earth (verse 21). In fact, if those days were not cut short by the return of Christ, no one would survive (compare the bowl judgments in Revelation 16).

Jesus again gives a warning of false prophets in the last days (Matthew 24:23-28). At the end of the tribulation, there will be astronomical upheaval (verse 29), and the nations of the world will see the Christ “coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory” (verses 29-30). Those who were saved during the tribulation will be gathered out of the world by the angels (verse 31).

Jesus emphasizes the facts that there will be signs leading up to the day of judgment (Matthew 24:32-34) and that His Word is sure (verse 35). Jesus says that no one knows the timing of these events and that those upon whom judgment is coming will be caught unawares (verses 36-44).

Jesus ends the Olivet Discourse with four parables. The first one concerns a wicked servant whose master punishes him upon his return home (Matthew 24:45-51). The next, the Parable of the Ten Virgins, encourages readiness and watchfulness (25:1-13). The third parable, relating the story of three servants and their use (or misuse) of finances, teaches faithfulness in view of the fact that God’s servants must give an account of themselves one day (25:14-30). Jesus ends His discourse by telling the Parable of the Sheep and Goats, which pictures the dividing of the saved from the unsaved at the end of the tribulation before the commencement of Christ’s millennial reign (25:31-46).

Within days of the Olivet Discourse, Jesus was betrayed into the hands of unbelievers and crucified for sinners. The Holy One of God will one day return in glory to judge the world, but first He had to provide the way of salvation for all who would trust in Him.

Recommended Resources: Understanding End Times Prophecy by Paul Benware and Logos Bible Software.

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The Shemitta Year (5775) 09/25/14 – 09/13/15

January 18th, 2014

Hebrew CalendarOur Blog Emphasizes the importance of learning and acknowledging the Feasts of the Lord. We encourage you possess a Jewish Calendar in order to attune your heart and your prayer life with the times and dates that are important to God. We feel that knowing and acknowledging His Feasts are important in order to obey God’s commandments and understand current and future events. One can order a Jewish Calendar online or pick one up at a local Chabad or Jewish book store.

What is a Shmita Year?
The Shemitta Year is the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah for the Land of Israel and still observed in contemporary Judaism. When Moses received the Levitical law, God gave the commandment to rest on the seventh day, the Sabbath. Moses also applied the cycles of seven to weeks and years. A cycle of seven weeks points to the 50th day, called Pentecost. And a cycle of seven sets of seven years points to the 50th year, the year of Jubilee. The year of Jubilee is based on letting the land rest every seventh year as follows:

For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. But in the seventh year the land is to have a sabbath of rest, a sabbath to the Lord. (Lev. 25:3-4). Chapter 25 of the Book of Leviticus promises bountiful harvests to those who observe the Shemitta, and describes its observance as a test of religious faith.

The last Shemitta Year was Jewish year 5768 – September 13, 2007 through September 29, 2008. The Financial crisis of 2007–08 began
with the collapse of Lehman Brothers. On September 16, 2008, the failures of massive financial institutions in the United States, occurred due primarily to exposure of securities of packaged sub-prime loans and credit default swaps issued to insure these loans and their issuers. This rapidly evolved into a global crisis resulting in a number of bank failures in Europe and sharp reductions in the value of equities (stock) and commodities worldwide. In the United States, 15 banks failed in 2008, while several others were rescued through government intervention or acquisitions by other banks. On October 11, 2008, the head of the International Monetary Fund warned that the world financial system was teetering on the “brink of systemic meltdown.” The economic crisis caused countries to temporarily close their markets.
Many asks: Is the United States being judged by God for its
“UnGodliness”?

Interesting facts about Shemitta Years:
1916 was a year of Shemitta. The FOLLOWING year, Jerusalem was liberated from the Turks.

1965 was a year of Shmita, 49 years after the 1916 Shemitta. The FOLLOWING year, Jerusalem was re-liberated from the Arabs.
This would suggest that both 1916 and 1965 were 7th Shemittas, preceding a year of Jubilee.

The next Shemitta Year will be Jewish year 5775 – September 25, 2014 through September 13, 2015. This will be 7th Shemitta/49th year, the following year, 2015-16 is Jubilee.

By adding together seven cycles of seven years, we count a total of 49 years. Therefore, the year of Jubilee is the 50th year as noted by the following verses.

You are also to count off seven sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years, so that you have the time of the seven sabbaths of years, namely, forty-nine years. You shall then sound a ram’s horn abroad on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement [Yom Kippur] you shall sound a horn all through your land. You shall thus consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim a release through the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, and each of you shall return to his own property, and each of you shall return to his family. (Lev. 25:8-10).

Some ambiguity occurs when we don’t consider that a Hebrew year intersects 2 of our years. And so if you add 49 yrs to 1967 you get 2016, or add 50 yrs to 1967 you get 2017. But the last Jubilee didn’t start in ’67, it began in ’66 and ran through to ’67 (Sep. 24, 1966 to Oct. 13, 1967). Consider, If the Jubilee didn’t begin until Atonement of ’67 (Oct 14, 1967), then Israel would have captured Jerusalem before Jubilee even began, which would be outside the laws of Jubilee…since all land is recaptured, debts cancelled, slaves set free WITHIN the year of Jubilee. But instead, if you add 49 yrs to Sept. 24,1966 you come to Sept. 22, 2015, with the very next day of Sept. 23, 2015 being the first day of that 50th year…Jubilee.

This ultimately reinforces Daniel 9:25 and the 7 weeks (49 years). Because if you take 49 Hebrew years (17460 days) from Israel capturing Jerusalem on June 7, 1967…you ALSO end up at September 23, 2015 which is the Feast of Atonement/Yom Kippur, and next Jubilee.

We are currently in the 70th Jubilee cycle since the very first Jubilee, which occurred when Joshua led the children of Israel into the promised land and liberated it from the Canaanites. The beginning of that liberation was heralded with the blowing of the Yobel rams horns. The word “Jubilee” comes from Yobel. At the blowing of the seventh trumpet, the walls of Jericho collapsed.

The book of Revelation speaks of seven trumpets blown by angels, heralding the transfer of ownership of the whole planet Earth. “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of Christ” announces the angel. *******

January 2nd, 2014

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