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Israel: Covenants & Kingdom (18) – Chapter 3 – The Sons of Abraham

editor 19 April 2018

By Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer.. From the book “Israel: Covenants & Kingdom”

Zechariah 13
Some people think that the continuous fighting of the Muslim world against the Jewish people and the State of Israel will ultimately lead to the total annihilation of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. In the ‘great tribulation’ Israel will become one big ‘Auschwitz’, so they say. And they refer to a passage in the book of Zechariah, which we will look at more closely. The misconception seems to be the sad result of a wrong translation of one Hebrew word into ‘land’ instead of into ‘earth’ or ‘world’. [Photo top right: Zechariah as depicted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel | Michelangelo].  (more…)

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Israel: Covenants & Kingdom (17) – Chapter 3 – The Sons of Abraham

editor 17 April 2018

By Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer.. From the book “Israel: Covenants & Kingdom”

The Covenant about the Promised Land
In Psalm 105:7-11 we read about the Covenant contract that God made with Abraham about the Promised Land: “…He is the LORD our God; His judgments are in all the earth. He remembers His Covenant forever, the word He commanded, for a thousand generations, the Covenant He made with Abraham, the oath He swore to Isaac. He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting Covenant: ‘To you will I give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit’…” (more…)

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Israel: Covenants & Kingdom (16) – Chapter 3 – The Sons of Abraham

editor 12 April 2018

By Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer.. From the book “Israel: Covenants & Kingdom”

Isaac
Genesis 17:15-16: “…God also said to Abraham, ‘As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her’…” The sheer impossibility of this was utterly laughable. Abraham did not, however, dare to laugh into God’s face, so he fell facedown and laughed at the ridiculous idea that God did not realise he was a hundred years old and Sarai ninety, long past the age of child-bearing. In his mind he may have said: “But, LORD, this is not just impossible – it is also unnecessary! Don’t you know that I already have a son? His name is Ishmael! Let him be the one! Accept him as the promised seed!” [Photo top right: Hagar and Ishmael Saved by the Angel – Sebastiano Ricci | Wikimedia Commons](more…)

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When Weakness Becomes Strength

editor 6 April 2018

By Jonathan Sacks.. Have you ever felt inadequate to a task you have been assigned or a job you have been given? Do you sometimes feel that other people have too high an estimate of your abilities? Has there been a moment when you felt like a faker, a fraud — that you would be found out and discovered to be the weak, fallible, imperfect human being you know in your heart you are? If so, according to Rashi’s commentary on this week’s parsha, you are in very good company. (more…)

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US Ambassador Blesses Israel at Mass Priestly Blessing

editor 5 April 2018

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz.. “Speak to Aharon and his sons: Thus shall you bless the people of Yisrael.” Numbers 6:22. The biannual priestly blessing took place on Monday morning (April 2, 2018) at the Kotel (the Western Wall) in Jerusalem. Tens of thousands of people gathered to receive the Biblically mandated blessing from hundreds of Kohanim (Jewish men descended from Aaron the Priest), one of whom was the US Ambassador to Israel. (more…)

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Barley Harvested in Preparation for Third Temple Wave Offering

editor 5 April 2018

By Breaking Israel News Staff.. “And thou shalt put the whole upon the hands of Aharon, and upon the hands of his sons; and shalt wave them for a wave-offering before the LORD. And thou shalt take them from their hands, and make them smoke on the altar upon the burnt-offering, for a sweet savour before the LORD; it is an offering made by fire unto the LORD.” Exodus 29:24-25. On the second night of Passover, this past Saturday night (March 31, 2018), dozens of men, women and children went out to the fields to harvest barley, not so much as a reenactment but a real Temple-related Passover ceremony. (more…)

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Pesach / פסח Passover 5778 (2018)

editor 28 March 2018

By Christians for Israel International.. Passover (Hebrew: פֶּסַח Pesach) commemorates the story of the Exodus, in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. Pesach (Passover) 5778 (2018) begins on the 15th day of the month of Nisan in the Jewish calendar, which is in spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and is celebrated for seven or eight days. It is one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays. Pesach begins at sundown on Friday, 30 March, 2018. (more…)

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‘Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done’

editor 19 February 2018

By Andrew Tucker.. Prayer is at the heart of our Christian faith. Throughout the gospels, we read that Jesus Himself was almost constantly in prayer with His Father in heaven. For Him, this was the most natural and important thing to be doing. Regularly He withdrew from the crowds to spend time with His Father; even His own disciples often did not know where He was. He spent nights alone on the mountain in prayer. His last night before His arrest and crucifixion was a long night of tears spent in close communion with His Father. (more…)

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Tu BiShvat 2018 / טו בשבט

editor 30 January 2018

By Christians for Israel International.. Tu BiShvat or Tu B’Shevat or Tu B’Shvat (Hebrew: ט״ו בשבט‎) is a minor Jewish holiday, occurring on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. It is also called “The New Year of the Trees” or (Hebrew:ראש השנה לאילנות, Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot‎). Tu BiShvat is one of four “New Years” mentioned in the Mishnah.

Tu BiShvat begins at sundown on Tuesday, 30 January 2018. (more…)

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day – January 27, 2018

editor 24 January 2018

By Christians for Israel International.. International Holocaust Remembrance Day, is an international memorial day on Saturday January 27, 2018 commemorating the victims of the Holocaust. It commemorates the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated 6 million Jewish men and women, under whom where 1.5 million Jewish children. Also 2 million Romani people, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, and 9,000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. (more…)

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